There are so many important achievements and accomplishments in American pop culture that have come from Latinxs. Many we know about, but there are several other instances that have been obscured in favor of more “mainstream” talent. It’s important for us to know how far we have come, and continue to keep making moves in order to see ourselves represented in fields including film and television, music, and radio. If Latinxs are a majority in California, we should see much more of our faces and narratives on both the small and silver screens.
A major honor for celebs who have created unforgettable work in Hollywood is to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their name gets enshrined in a star for generation after generation to see, in perpetuity, long after they are physically gone. To celebrate the successful work of Latinxs in Hollywood, we wanted to share 44 artists who have received a star on the Walk of Fame, and where you can visit each star.
Selena Quintanilla Perez is one of our hugest Latinx superstars. Her timeless hits include “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Como La Flor,” and “Amor Prohibido.” In addition to several awards, including a Grammy, and the best-selling celebrity makeup collaboration ever, Selena was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on November 3, 2017. You can visit it at 1750 Vine Street.
Another mega Latinx singer who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is Christina Aguilera. We know the Ecuadorian for having one of the best, most powerful voices in the business, and for songs including “Genie in a Bottle,” “Fighter,” and “Beautiful.” You can check out her star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard.
Did you know that TV legend Vanna White is a Latina? Yes! Born Vanna Marie Vosich, the beauty who has co-starred on the game show Wheel of Fortune for 36 years, is half Puerto Rican. White has also appeared on shows like L.A. Law, Full House, and The King of Queens. Her Hollywood star is located at 7108 Hollywood Boulevard.
Antonio Aguilar is an icon in Mexico (and so is his family), but his reach and popularity is majorly present in the U.S. The actor, producer, singer, songwriter, equestrian, and screenwriter, a.k.a. El Charro de Mexico, appeared in over 120 films, and recorded over 150 albums during his career. You can visit his Hollywood star at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard, where you will also see son Pepe’s star.
Guillermo del Toro
Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has made his mark in Hollywood, having been nominated for five Academy Awards, and winning two Oscars, for The Shape of Water, for Best Picture, and Best Director, respectively. On August 6, 2019, del Toro was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6918 Hollywood Boulevard.
Hollywood stars aren’t just for singers and actors. Major players in radio have also been honored with their own star on the Walk of Fame. Like Renan Almendarez, a.k.a. El Cucuy de la Mañana. The Honduran is a Latinx legend, and for six years, he beat out radio personalities including Howard Stern as the most-listened-to person on Los Angeles radio. Renan is also father to actress Francia Raisa. He received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 25, 2014; it is located at 6141 Hollywood Boulevard.
Colombian superstar Shakira has had a career spanning over three decades, during which she has blessed us with many hits, including “Estoy Aqui,” “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” In 2011, she became the first Colombian to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which you can see at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard.
Mexican Golden Globe-nominated actor Gilbert Roland played “Latin lover” roles in Old Hollywood, but he was fortunate to have a career spanning seven decades (1920s-1980s) that included a variety of roles in a variety of films. These include roles in The Plastic Age, The Bad and the Beautiful, and She Done Him Wrong. Gilbert’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6730 Hollywood Boulevard.
With “Conga,” Cuban Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine helped to introduce Latinx sounds to an American audience, while fusing them with pop, and spearheading a whole new genre. Estefan is rightfully considered to be the Queen of Latin Pop, also know for songs like “Get On Your Feet,” “Anything for You,” and “Mi Tierra.” You can find her Hollywood Star on the Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.
Emmy-nominated Argentinian-Mexican-American actress Carmen Zapata is known as The First Lady of the Hispanic Theater. She appeared on Broadway, an in over 300 shows and movies; a role Zapata is remember for is that of Doña Luz in the bilingual kid’s show Villa Alegre (the first national bilingual show in the U.S.). Carmen Zapata received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6357 Hollywood Boulevard, in 2003.
Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes became such a big star, he only needed one name — Cantinflas. The Mexican comedic genius became a huge deal in both Hollywood and Mexico. He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture —Comedy or Musical — for his role in the Best Picture-Oscar-winning film Around the World in 80 Days (his U.S. debut). The massively-successful film made Cantinflas the “world’s highest paid actor. He remains one of the biggest legends in Latinx, and comedy, history, with a Hollywood star at 6438 Hollywood Boulevard.
Cubano Desi Arnaz was one half of the powerhouse couple and television superstars that were Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. The two starred alongside each other in I Love Lucy, one of the most popular shows in American television history. They also founded the TV production company, Desilu Productions. On his own, Desi also fronted the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, where he showcased Cuban sounds and shared them with American audiences. For his work, Arnaz was honored with not one, but two Hollywood stars–one for motion pictures, and another for television–at 6301 and 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, respectively.
It’s pretty cool that a woman with one of the greatest voices of all time is an Afro-Latina. Mariah Carey, who has a five-octave vocal range, has had 18 #1 hits in her career so far. Mariah also has one of the longest-running number-one hit of all time, “One Sweet Day,” which topped the chart for 16 weeks. She has won five Grammys and has been nominated for 34, and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Mariah’s Hollywood star is located at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard.
On May 3, 2018, Afro-Puerto Rican-Dominican actress Zoe Saldana received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard. She is the only actress to have starred in three films that grossed over $2 billion: Avatar, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
Actress, producer, director, businesswoman, and activist Eva Longoria-Baston has made it her life’s work to not only rep for Latinxs in Hollywood, but to make sure several other Latinxs are given the opportunity to do so as well. As a producer, she was a part of bringing us visibility onscreen, in shows such as Devious Maids, and Telenovela, and documentaries Food Chain and The Harvest. Her well-deserved Hollywood star resides at 6906 Hollywood Boulevard.
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez
Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez was a Chicano character actor, who had numerous roles in movies and on television, notably in Westerns starring John Wayne (including Rio Bravo). He is also the grandfather of Chicano actor Clifton Collins Jr. In 2008, Pedro received a posthumous Hollywood star on the Walk of Fame, located at 1555 Vine Street.
When Jennifer Lopez became a superstar, dominating the English-language airways and starring in hit movies, she made it popular to be a Latina — in all its forms. She made a curvy body “in” again, showcased her unique urban-meets-glam fashion, and let everyone know she was a proud Puerto Rican from the Bronx. J-Lo’s hit songs include “If You Had My Love,” and “I’m Real,” and her movies include “Maid in Manhattan,” and “Selena.” You can find J-Lo’s Hollywood star at 6262 Hollywood Boulevard.
Another Latinx star with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is Chilean icon Lucho Gatica. Known as the King of Bolero, he is known for such timeless classics as “Me Importas Tu,” “El Reloj,” and “Tu Me Acostumbraste.” Lucho was honored for her work with a Hollywood star; it can be visited at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.
Known as La Novia de Mexico, Chicana Angelica Maria is an icon of film, television, and music, with huge popularity during the 1960s and ’70s. Among her successes, there is the film Corazon salvaje, the song “El hombre de mi vida,” and the novela Agujetas de color de rosa. Angelica Maria, who is also the mother of actress, singer, radio personality, and comedian Angelica Vale, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard.
Dolores del Rio
There wouldn’t be Latina actresses in Hollywood if it wasn’t for Dolores del Rio. The Mexican icon, known as the female Rudolph Valentino, is the first Latinx crossover Hollywood star, making her mark in Tinsel Town during the 1930s and ’40s, and as part of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, during the 1940s and ’50s. A legendary beauty with talent, Dolores films include Flying Down to Rio, The Fugitive, and Maria Candelaria. Rightfully, the legend has her own Hollywood star on the Walk of Fame, located at 1630 Vine Street.
Celia Cruz is a household name, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard. In her almost 60-year career, she broke records and amassed over 100 awards. The Cuban superstar recorded over 70 albums — 23 of them certified gold, and others platinum. She was in countless TV shows and films, won three Grammys (plus a Lifetime Achievement Award) and four Latin Grammys, had three streets named after her.
Grammy-Award-winner Gustavo Dudamel is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist, who was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 22, 2019, located at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard. Music director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar, Dudamel has conducted for the likes of movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the Vienna Philharmonic.
Lynda Jean Cordova Carter who we all know as simply Lynda Carter, proved to the world that Latinas could be as strong and noble as superheroes. The part Mexican star portrayed Diana Price/Wonder Woman on television for four years (1975-1979) before appearing on shows including The Muppet Show, Law & Order, and Two and a Half Men. Carter’s Hollywood star can be visited at 6562 Hollywood Boulevard.
Cypress Hill is a group essential to both West Coast and Latino rap. Made up mostly of Latinxs, members include B-Real, Sen Dog, and DJ Muggs. Some of the jams you have heard from Cypress Hill are “Insane in the Brain,” “Armada Latina,” and “(Rap) Superstar.” You can visit their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, bestowed upon them on April 18, 2019, at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard.
Before super creepy versions of the Joker were played by the late Heath Ledger, and Joaquin Phoenix, a more mild version was portrayed by Cuban-American actor Cesar Romero. He played the role of villain on the television show Batman, from 1965 to 1968, and in the 1966 Batman film. Romero also played several roles in film, including that of the Cisco Kid, and Doc Holliday (in this film called Doc Halliday) in Frontier Marshall. His two Hollywood stars–one for motion pictures, and one for television–are located at 6615 Hollywood Boulevard, and 1719 Vine Street, respectively.
Yma Sumac was a Peruvian singer who could reach five octaves, including singing notes in a whistle register, like a bird. Her incredible voice was sent from God, and her entire presence royal, which makes sense as it is believed she was descended from Atahualpa, the last Incan emperor. You can visit her Hollywood star here on Earth, at 6445 Hollywood Boulevard.
Lupe Velez is another important Latinx star of Old Hollywood. From 1939 to 1943, in eight films, the Mexican actress played Carmelita in the Mexican Spitfire series of films. Some found the role to be stereotypical of Latinas and a caricature, but the fact is that she was a groundbreaker. Through these films you were able to hear her pronounced Mexican accent, speak in Spanish, and connect with her Latinx audience. She was also practicing slapstick comedy in sound films, something not seen other than by Lucille Ball (who really showcased it later in television). Other films Lupe Velez appeared in include The Gaucho, Laughing Boy, and Ladies’ Day. Her Hollywood star can be visited at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard.
Ritchie Valens, born Richard Steven Valenzuela, was encouraged (like many artists during the 1950s and before) to Anglicize his name for better marketability. But that so-called marketability was thinly veiled racism, to be honest. So it’s even more special that Ritchie Valen’s biggest hit song was one adapted from a Mexicana folk song. You know the one, “La Bamba.” Other legendary songs in Ritchie’s eight-month-long career included “Donna” and “Come On, Let’s Go.” His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6733 Hollywood Boulevard.
Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno is one of the Latinx culture’s biggest success stories. The first Latina to win an Oscar (in 1961), she was honored with a Hollywood star, on 7083 Hollywood Boulevard for her impressive career. The Academy Award she earned was for her Best Supporting Actress role of Anita in West Side Story. Moreno is also the first Latina PEGOT winner — having received a Peabody Award, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
Thalia was the face most of us grew up seeing on Spanish television. She became a global star after starring in popular novelas like Maria Mercedes and Marimar. After also being part of the teen group Timbiriche, Thalia went on to sell millions of records with hits, including “Piel Morena” and “Amor a La Mexicana.” Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6262 Hollywood Boulevard.
Jose Feliciano is an icon. The Puerto Rican singer, musician, and composer didn’t allow poverty or blindness (due to congenital glaucoma) to deter him from his dream. His epic career, spanning almost 60 years, includes seven Grammys, being inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame and the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, and receiving a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Feliciano was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which you can visit at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard.
Andy Garcia is another name that comes up when you think of Latinx longevity in Hollywood. For decades, we have seen the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy-nominated Cuban actor in several films, such as The Godfather Part III, Ocean’s Eleven (and its sequels), and For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. You can visit Garcia’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.
Freddy Fender’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame can be visited at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard. Born Baldemar Huerta, Grammy Award-winning musician Freddy Fender gained fame singing songs across several genres (including rockabilly, Tejano, country, and pop) in both Spanish and English, including a Spanish cover of “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights,” “Vaya con Dios,” and “Before The Next Teardrop Falls.”
Legendary Puerto Rican actor Jose Ferrer has his own Hollywood star at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard. He was the first Latinx and Hispanic to win an Oscar, for his lead role in the 1950 film, Cyrano de Bergerac. Jose was also the first actor ever to receive the Presidential Medal of the Arts, in 1985. It is the highest honor an artist or art patron can get in the United States.
Jo Raquel Tejada, better known as Raquel Welch, was one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1960s and ’70s. The half Bolivian beauty appeared in a number of television shows, including Bewitched, Mork & Mindy, Seinfeld, and Saturday Night Live (as a host). Welch even had two of her own television specials, Raquel! and Really Raquel. Welch was also honored with a Hollywood star, which resides at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.
Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos is another Latinx Hollywood icon whose star you’ll want to visit on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His is at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard. Olmos has served as one of the main faces of Latinos in film for over 40 years. The L.A.-born actor and director has appeared in classics, including Stand and Deliver, American Me, and My Family/Mi Familia.
The role of Gloria, hot Colombian wife to Jay Pritchett, on the comedy Modern Family, made Sofia Vergara a household name in the United States (and beyond), and also earned the actress her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard. It also made the 47-year-old from Barranquilla the second-highest-paid actress in 2019 (the Forbes list includes both TV and movie actresses) and the top-paid actress on television for the last eight years before that.
At 7060 Hollywood Boulevard, you can visit the Hollywood star of Cubana Cristina Saralegui. Chances are, you grew up watching the talk show El Show de Cristina on TV. Cristina really was the Latina Oprah, interviewing the top stars for 21 years. Before that, she was an editor-jn-chief of Cosmopolitan en Español; after the show, Saralegui published her magazine Cristina: La Revista.
There is probably no bigger Latino rockstar than Carlos Santana. Born in Jalisco, but raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Santana fronted his namesake band, mixing Latin and African sounds, rock, jazz, blues, to create something fresh. He is also known for his guitar skills, and being an integral part of the Latin Explosion of the late 1990s as a solo artist. Santana’s Hollywood star can be seen at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard.
Legendary Mexican actor Anthony Quinn was honored with a Hollywood star, which is located at 6251 Hollywood Boulevard. He won two Best Supporting Actor Oscars, was nominated for Best Actor twice, for five Golden Globes, an Emmy, and received the Cecil B. Demille Award (Golden Globes). Some of his films include Zorba the Greek, Viva Zapata!, Lust for Life, Wild is the Wind, and Lawrence of Arabia.
One of the first artists to knock down barriers for Latina actresses was Katy Jurado. The Mexicana was a major player in the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and was also a star in Hollywood. In fact, she was the first Latina to be nominated for an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress for her role in 1954’s Broken Lance), and the first Latina to win a Golden Globe (for 1952’s High Noon). You can see her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard.
Known as the King of Latin Music, El Rey de los Timbales, and The Musical Pope, Nuyorican Tito Puente fused Latin sounds with big-band jazz to create a whole new sound. The most famous song from Puente, one of the best percussionists of all time, is “Oye Como Va.” It became a hit again as a Santana cover. And like, Santana, Tito was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His is at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard.
Perez Prado’s Hollywood star lives at 1529 Vine Street. The Afro-Cubano is recognized as the King of Mambo. The animated bandleader, composer, singer-pianist, and organist is known for several songs, including “Mambo No. 5,” “Cherry Blossom Pink and Apple Blossom White,” “Patricia,” and “Mambo No. 8.” Perez’s fame in the U.S. contributed to the peak of the first wave of interest in Latin music outside of the Latino community.
El Divo de Juarez Juan Gabriel is a Latinx icon, but his reach and fame definitely extended to the United States. In fact, the Mexican singer, one of the biggest Latinx singer/songwriters of all time, was honored with a Hollywood star on the Walk of Fame, which you can visit at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard. Some of the legend’s best-known and best-loved songs include “Querida,” “Hasta que te conoci,” “Amor Eterno,” El Noa Noa,” and “No tengo dinero.”