For at least 100 years the American media have been presenting Latinos, archived through documentaries such as the Bronze Screen, in all their diversity. Despite common stereotypes – Dark Lady, sensual Latino, lazy Mexican, Grinder, Gangster Wato – Latin American actors, writers and directors have made so much progress in recent decades and have continued to expand their representation and activities.
Have you ever noticed the revolving doors of the Latinos we know, who are often seen as supporters in Hollywood? You know, like that guy you can never really name, but who always seems to play the lead in Latin? You can recognize them, from big-budget movies to popular television shows, and their names may or may not ring the alarm bells in American families, but one thing’s for sure: you can always find one of these guys playing hell out of your Abuello, Tio or other recognizable parishioners alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Jump on the list!
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – 10. SEPTEMBER Actor Edward James Olmos poses for a portrait at the NCLR ALMA Awards 2011 on the 10th. September 2011 in the Auditorium of Santa Monica City, Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Charlie Halley/Getty Images for NCLR)
Edward James Olmos is an actor, director and producer, while an East Los Angeles activist is best known for his roles as Abraham Quintanilla in the film of Selenium and Lieutenant Martin Marty Castillo in Miami Metro.
Emilio Rivera appears in film and television as well as in stand-up comedies. A Texas-born actor, who often plays a criminal, law enforcement or threatening gang member, is best known for his portrayal of Marcus Alvarez in Sons of Anarchy and Maya’s M.C.
The big breakthrough of Danny Trejo is partly due to a prison tattoo on his chest with an image of a woman in a sombrero. Thanks to this characteristic character, the screenwriter recognized him as a boxing champion.
Danny Trejo comes from Echo Park in Los Angeles and played the leading roles in Bad Break, King of Hill and Heat and Despair. He also plays with his voice.
WESTERN HOLLIVUD, CA – 13. JUNE Actor Raymond Cruz at the premiere of the TNT film The Fall of the Sky and Dreamworks on the 13th. June 2011 at the Pacific Design Center Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Pictures)
Raymond Cruz is a Mexican-American actor best known for his leading role as Inspector Julio Sanchez in the series Closer and Better Get Saul.
Noel Gugliemi, also known as Noel G, is a popular supporting role in many American films, often starring a gangster from Southern California.
Michael Pena is a Chicago born actor and musician. He recently played the role of DEA agent Kiki Kammaren in the film Netflix’ Narcos and in the films Accident, Hayes Tower and Battle: Los Angeles.edward james olmos,edward james olmos family