List of Cuban Americans

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This is a list of notable Cuban Americans, including immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.







Directors, screenwriters and producers[edit]




Latin American popular music[edit]


Rap and hip-hop[edit]


  • Desmond Child, American musician, songwriter, and producer; mother is Cuban songwriter Elena Casals[31]
  • Scott Herren, music producer; father is Catalan and mother is of Irish and Cuban descent[32]
  • Ray Martinez, American musician, music producer, songwriter, artist, disco music icon; Cuban American; Cuban mother and Puerto Rican father
  • Rudy Pérez, Cuban composer and music producer[33]
  • Tonedeff, American rapper, producer, and singer-songwriter; Cuban mother and Colombian father


Composers and/or bandleaders[edit]



Folk, country and other music[edit]

Reality television contestants[edit]





United States ambassadors[edit]

United States Cabinet members[edit]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

2008 Congressional candidates[edit]

United States Senate[edit]

Federal government[edit]

Local government[edit]

State government[edit]

U.S. Commonwealth government[edit]


United States Armed Forces[edit]

World leaders[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

Visual arts[edit]


  • Juanita Castro, sister of former Cuban President Fidel Castro and incumbent President Raúl Castro; has lived in the United States since 1964 and is a naturalized citizen
  • Michelle Font, beauty queen who won Miss Washington USA and competed in the Miss USA pageant on April 11, 2008 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada; of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent
  • Emma González, activist and advocate for gun control; survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
  • Vida Guerra, Cuban born-American glamour model
  • Emilio Núñez (1855–1922), soldier, dentist, and politician
  • Jesus Permuy, Community leader, architect, urban planner, and human rights activist
  • Ana María Polo, Cuban-born American lawyer and Hispanic television arbitrator on Caso Cerrado
  • Manny Puig, Cuban-born wildlife entertainer
  • Enrique Ros (died 2013), Cuban-born businessman and activist opposed to Cuban president Fidel Castro
  • Andrea Louise Simon, community leader
  • Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, Cuban-born lawyer; writer; historian; expert in the field of human rights and international law; retired high-ranking United Nations official; peace activist; since 2012 the United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order (also known as Special Rapporteur), appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council


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