List of Dominican Americans

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

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Dominican Puerto Rican American or must have references showing they are Dominican American and are notable.



Maria Montez
Carlos Pena Jr.
Michelle Rodriguez

Singers and musicians[edit]

Prince Royce
Karina Pasian
Nicky Jam
  • 40 Cal. – rapper, member of Harlem-based hip-hop group The Diplomats
  • Jhené Aiko – singer–songwriter; of Japanese, Spanish, Dominican, and African American descent
  • AraabMuzikhip hop record producer, of Dominican and Guatemalan descent[20]
  • Arcángel – singer-songwriter, rapper and actor; parents are Dominicans[21]
  • AZ – American rapper
  • Bryan Bautista – singer and contestant from NBC's The Voice season 9; of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent
  • Carlos & Alejandra – Latin music group focusing on the genre of bachata
  • Cardi B – Talented Dominican American rapper who recently[when?] made number on billboard due to her popular single bodak yellow
  • Michel Camilo – Grammy Award winner Dominican born jazz pianist and composer
  • Yasmin Deliz – singer-songwriter, model and actress of Dominican and Colombian and Venezuelan heritage; Dominican father, Colombian and Venezuelan mother
  • Kat DeLuna – Dominican American pop singer
  • Dave East – American rapper of Dominican and Bajan descent
  • Mike El Beta – Dominican-American recording artist-songwriter and actor
  • Fabolous – rapper of Dominican and African American descent[22][23]
  • Fuego – Dominican-American merengue singer-songwriter, composer
  • Fulanito – Dominican-American musical group
  • Irv Gotti – hip hop and R&B record producer
  • Ivan Barias – GRAMMY nominated music producer and songwriter
  • Mila J – singer, rapper, dancer; Jhené Aiko's sister
  • Jumz – rapper
  • Magic Juan – merengue hip hop artist; Dominican parents[24]
  • Johnny Marines – member of the Latin American group Aventura
  • Ralph Mercado (1941–2009) – promoter of Latin American music who established a network of businesses; of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent[25]
  • Chep Nuñez (1964–1990) – Dominican born American raised music producer, editor, and mixer[26]
  • Karina Pasian – Grammy Award-nominated recording artist and pianist; of Dominican and Armenian descent[27][28]
  • Prince Royce – singer-songwriter and record producer; of Dominican descent[29]
  • Karen Rodriguez – American singer; placed twelfth on the tenth season of American Idol; of Dominican and Peruvian descent
  • Lizette Santana – recording artist, singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actress
  • Roger Sanchez – house music DJ
  • Juelz Santana – rapper, producer, actor and member of group Dipset; of African American and Dominican descent; at age twelve started duo Draft Pick, which was signed to Priority Records[30]
  • Lenny Santos – former member of the bachata group Aventura
  • Max Santos – bass player of the bachata group Aventura
  • Romeo Santos – singer, featured composer and former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura; of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent[31]
  • Giselle Tavera – Dominican born, American raised singer
  • Trina – rapper, songwriter and model; father is of Dominican origin[32][33]
  • JR Writer – American rapper


  • Susie Castillo – former beauty queen who held the Miss USA title and competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe pageants; of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent[34]
  • Adriana Diaz – beauty queen from New York City who has competed in the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants
  • Claudette Lali – Dominican-American former model and wardrobe stylist turned actress
  • Sessilee Lopez – American model; of Dominican and Portuguese descent[35]
  • Christina Mendez – plus-size model from New York City


Felix Sanchez
Alex Rodriguez
Dante Rosario
  • Moisés Alou – former Dominican-American outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for 17 seasons in the National League
  • Pedro Alvarez – Dominican born, American raised[36] professional baseball third baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball
  • Trevor Ariza – American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association
  • Ronnie Belliard – retired Major League Baseball second baseman, of Dominican descent
  • Julio Borbon – Major League Baseball center fielder for the Texas Rangers
  • Luis Castillodefensive end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League
  • Stalin Colinet – former defensive tackle/defensive end in the NFL
  • Manny Delcarmen – professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees organization; has been called "The Pride of Hyde Park"
  • Mary Joe Fernández – former professional tennis player
  • Fernando Guerrero – Dominican boxer living in the US since a child[37]
  • Al Horford – Dominican professional basketball player; center and power forward for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA
  • Mark Jackson – retired professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors; father is Dominican
  • Pedro Martínez – Dominican-American professional baseball player
  • Sammy Mejia – Dominican American professional basketball player
  • Diomedes Olivo- Dominican American retired Major League Baseball player
  • David Ortiz – Dominican-American professional baseball player with the Boston Red Sox
  • Plácido Polanco – Dominican born Major League Baseball player, plays for the Philadelphia Phillies and has also played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers; in 2008, he became a naturalized American citizen
  • Albert Pujols – Dominican-American professional baseball first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball
  • Hanley Ramírez - professional baseball first baseman/designated hitter, currently for the Boston Red Sox
  • Manny Ramirez – professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter; currently a free agent; Dominican born, American raised[38]
  • Tutan Reyes – free agent football guard in the NFL
  • Alex Rodriguez – professional baseball third baseman with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball; parents are Dominican[39]
  • Gilberto Rondón, a retired Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Dante Rosario – father is Dominican, mother is from the US
  • Eddie Sanchez – mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter; of Mexican and Dominican descent
  • Félix Sánchez – track and field athlete who specializes in the 400 meter hurdles; of Dominican parents[40]
  • Pedro Sosa – football offensive tackle for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League
  • Sammy Sosa – Dominican former professional baseball right fielder; played with four Major League Baseball teams over his career, which spanned from 1989–2007
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – Dominican-American professional basketball player with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected him first overall in the 2015 NBA draft; African American father, Dominican mother
  • Charlie Villanueva – Dominican-American professional basketball player with the Detroit Pistons


Thomas Perez
Adriano Espaillat



Other personalities[edit]

Christina Mendez
Danielle Polanco
  • Rolando Acosta – Dominican associate justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department
  • Santi Deoleo – Dominican born radio producer, personality, and fashion designer also known as "Krazy Kulo"
  • Rudy Duthil – advertising executive of Cuban and Dominican descent
  • The Kid Mero – comedian
  • Christina Mendez – New York City-based plus-size model and entertainment personality
  • Providencia Paredes – personal assistant to the First Lady of the US Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • Jose Pimentel – also known as Muhammad Yusuf; Dominican born naturalized US citizen[48] arrested on November 20, 2011 by the New York City Police Department for allegedly plotting to bomb New York City
  • Danielle Polanco – dancer and choreographer; Dominican-Puerto Rican American
  • Óscar de la Renta – Dominican born fashion designer
  • Julissa Reynoso – New York City attorney born in the Dominican Republic; American Ambassador to Uruguay since 2012 [49]
  • Rosanna Tavarez – entertainment reporter and television presenter
  • Jessy Terrero – Dominican film and music video director
  • Carmen Wong Ulrich – television and online journalist; personal finance expert at CNBC[50]
  • Ramona M. Valdez (1984–2005) – U.S. Marine

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