Alitash Thomas On Assignment

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


  • Aric Almirola, current NASCAR driver
  • Kiko Alonso, current NFL player for the Miami Dolphins
  • Osvaldo Alonso, midfielder for Seattle Sounders soccer team
  • Carlos Alvarez, former college football player for the University of Florida, known as "The Cuban Comet"
  • Robert Andino, infielder for the Baltimore Orioles
  • Gilbert Arenas, professional basketball player with the Washington Wizards
  • Javier Arenas, cornerback and punt returner for the Arizona Cardinals
  • J. P. Arencibia, current catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Anthony Leon former NBA ALL-Star center
  • René Arocha, former MLB pitcher
  • Rolando Arrojo, former MLB pitcher
  • Bronson Arroyo, starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks and member of World Champion 2004 Boston Red Sox; Cuban father
  • Alex Avila, current catcher for the Detroit Tigers
  • Danys Báez, relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Yan Barthelemí, Cuban professional boxer
  • Steve Bellán, former baseball player
  • Yuniesky Betancourt, former MLB pitcher
  • Bert Campaneris, former MLB All-Star shortstop
  • Bárbaro Cañizares, current first baseman
  • José Canseco, former MLB All-Star outfielder and DH; author (Juiced); reality show contestant (The Surreal Life)
  • Ozzie Canseco, former MLB outfielder
  • Rene Capo, former Olympicjudoka
  • José Cardenal, former MLB outfielder and coach
  • John Carlos, Olympic track and field medalist, professional football player, founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights; Cuban mother[1]
  • Joel Casamayor, Cuban professional boxer
  • Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
  • Elieser Castillo, Cuban professional boxer
  • Eliseo Castillo, Cuban professional boxer
  • Yoenis Céspedes, outfielder with the New York Mets
  • Aroldis Chapman, relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
  • Vinnie Chulk, relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants
  • José Contreras, current MLB free agent pitcher
  • Mike Cuellar, former MLB All-Star pitcher
  • Orestes Destrade, former MLB first baseman and current broadcaster
  • Eric Eichmann, former US National Team and American professional soccer player; Cuban mother
  • Yunel Escobar, current shortstop for the Los Angeles Angels
  • Alex Fernandez, former pitcher for the Florida Marlins
  • Mary Joe Fernández, tennis player
  • Osvaldo Fernández, former MLB pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
  • José Fernandez, former MLB pitcher for the Miami Marlins
  • Tony Fossas, former MLB relief pitcher
  • Ryan Freel, former MLB utility player
  • Tito Fuentes, former MLB second baseman
  • Yuriorkis Gamboa, "El Ciclón de Guantanamo", professional boxer
  • Danny Garcia, former MLB outfielder, Kansas City Royals
  • Preston Gómez, former MLB infielder and manager
  • Anthony Gonzalez, WR Atlanta Falcons National Football League
  • Gio González, current MLB pitcher for the Washington Nationals
  • Joaquin Gonzalez, offensive line, Indianapolis Colts, National Football League
  • Luis Gonzalez, former outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Yasmani Grandal, current catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Henry Gutierrez, former US National Team and American professional soccer player
  • Ricky Gutiérrez, former shortstop
  • Annia Hatch, originally Annia Portuondo; Cuban-Americangymnast, former member of Cuban and U.S. National gymnastics teams; 1993 World Gymnastics Championships and 1995 Pan American Games medal winner (representing Cuba); 2004 Olympics medal winner (representing USA); U.S. Classic winner
  • Evelio Hernández, starting pitcher for the Washington Senators
  • James "Chico" Hernandez, of Wheaties fame; US SomboWrestling Champion; World Cup silver; three-time British silver medalist[2]
  • Liván Hernández, former MLB pitcher
  • Orlando Hernández, half-brother of Liván, former MLB player
  • Eric Hosmer, first baseman for the Kansas City Royals
  • Raúl Ibañez, left fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • José Iglesias, current MLB shortstop for the Detroit Tigers
  • Jon Jay, outfielder for the Chicago Cubs[citation needed]
  • Danell Leyva, Olympic gymnast
  • Ryan Lochte, gold medal Olympic swimmer
  • Doug Logan, Chief Executive Officer of USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track and field, long distance running, and race walking
  • Neil Lomax, former quarterback for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Hector Lombard, mixed martial artist; Judo competitor at 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • Brook Lopez, current NBA player for the Brooklyn Nets; Cuban father
  • Mickey Lopez, former second baseman
  • Robin Lopez, current NBA player for the New Orleans Pelicans; Cuban father
  • Frank Martin, current head men's basketball coach at South Carolina
  • J. D. Martinez, current MLB player
  • Jorge Masvidal, mixed martial artist
  • Christina McHale, professional women's tennis player
  • Jennifer Miel, Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's U.S.-Turkey Business Council; serves as the U.S.-Bahrain Business Council Executive Director and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Turkey and Middle East Affairs Director[3]
  • Minnie Miñoso, former MLB All-Star outfielder
  • Frank Mir, mixed martial artist and former UFC Heavyweight Champion
  • Al Montoya, current goalkeeper for the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL
  • Pablo Morales, Olympic swimmer
  • Kendrys Morales, current first baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Alex Ochoa, former MLB outfielder and current first base coach in the Boston Red Sox organization
  • Sergio Oliva, former 3-time Mr. Olympia; only bodybuilder to have ever beaten Arnold Schwarzenegger in a Mr. Olympia competition
  • Tony Oliva, former MLB All-Star outfielder
  • Rey Ordóñez, former shortstop, New York Mets
  • Henry Owens, former relief pitcher for the Florida Marlins
  • Orlando Palmeiro, former MLB outfielder and pinch-hitter
  • Rafael Palmeiro, former MLB All-Star first baseman and member of the 3,000 Hit and 500 Home Run clubs
  • Camilo Pascual, former MIB pitcher
  • Brayan Peña, current MLB catcher
  • Eduardo Pérez, former MLB first baseman and current bench coach of the Houston Astros
  • Tony Pérez, former MLB All-Star infielder
  • Jorge Posada, catcher for the New York Yankees; Cuban father
  • Yasiel Puig, professional baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball
  • Alexei Ramírez, current shortstop for the Chicago White Sox
  • Nap Reyes, former MLB infielder
  • Guillermo Rigondeaux, Cuban professional boxer
  • Amy Rodriguez, frontline for U.S. women's national soccer team
  • Jennifer Rodriguez, Olympic medal-winning speed skater
  • Sean Rodriguez, second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Cookie Rojas, former MLB infielder
  • Yoel Romero, mixed martial artist
  • Cody Runnels, former WWE wrestler known by his ring names Cody Rhodes and Stardust; Cuban maternal grandfather
  • Alberto Salazar, runner and marathon winner
  • Alex Sánchez, former outfielder
  • David Segui, former first baseman
  • Odlanier Solís, Cuban professional boxer
  • Danny Tartabull, former MLB All-Star outfielder
  • Tony Taylor, former MLB infielder
  • Luis Tiant, former MLB All-Star pitcher
  • Dara Torres, Olympic gold-medalist (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2008)
  • Danny Valencia, current third baseman for the Kansas City Royals


  • Alex Aguila,[4] co-founder of Alienware
  • Raúl Alarcón, president and CEO of the Spanish Broadcasting System
  • Alfredo Alonso, SVP of Clear Channel Radio
  • Ralph Alvarez,[5] former president and COO of McDonald's
  • Bacardi family,[6] owners of Bacardi Rums, Grey Goose, Martini & Rossi and Dewar's
  • Paul L. Cejas, CEO of PLC Investments, Inc.
  • Ralph de la Vega, Former President and CEO of AT&T Mobility
  • Enrique C. Falla, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company[7][8]
  • Alfonso Fanjul Sr. (1909-1980), Cuban-born American sugar baron[9]
  • Alfonso Fanjul Jr.,[10] sugar baron
  • Jose Fanjul,[10] sugar baron
  • Joe Fernandez, entrepreneur, founder of Klout
  • Raul J. Fernandez, co-owner of the NBAWashington Wizards, NHLWashington Capitals and WNBAWashington Mystics
  • Jorge Figueredo,[11] Senior Vice President of Dow Jones
  • Robert C. Goizueta,[12] former CEO of the Coca-Cola Company
  • Nelson Gonzalez,[4] co-founder of Alienware
  • Efraim Grinberg, CEO of Movado watches
  • Gedalio Grinberg, founder and former CEO of Movado watches
  • Carlos Gutierrez,[13] former CEO of Kellogg Company
  • Carlos de la Cruz, is a Cuban-born American businessman, the chairman of CC1 Companies, Inc. which include Coca-Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers, CC1 Beer Distributors, Inc., Coca-Cola Bottlers Trinidad & Tobago, and Florida Caribbean Distillers, LLC. The companies together employ 2,500 people and have annual sales of $1 billion
  • Bobby Maduro, baseball entrepreneur; owner of Havana Sugar Kings
  • Jorge Mas Canosa, CEO of MasTech, political activist, former head of Cuban-American National Foundation
  • Alex Meruelo, CEO of the Muruelo Group
  • Alvaro de Molina,[14]Chief Financial Officer of Bank of America Corporation
  • Antonio Luis Navarro, former vice president of W. R. Grace and Company
  • Jorge M. Perez,[15] real estate developer, CEO of the Related Group
  • Joe Quesada,[16] CCO of Marvel Entertainment; former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics
  • George Reyes,[17]Chief Financial Officer of Google
  • Marcos A. Rodriguez, entrepreneur, broadcaster, movie producer
  • Felix Sabates, entrepreneur, philanthropist, holds ownership in NASCAR, Charlotte Bobcats
  • Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, is a Cuban-born art collector and the founder and president of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation
  • Gustavo Cisneros, is a businessman and Chairman of Grupo Cisneros born in Venezuela of Cuban descent.
  • Mario Baeza, is a Cuban-American corporate lawyer, investment and merchant banker, entrepreneur, musician/composer and philanthropist.
  • Alberto Vilar, a.k.a. Albert Vilar, is an American former investment manager who became particularly known for donating tens of millions as a patron of opera.


  • Dr. Ruth Behar, anthropologist, poet, and filmmaker; first Latina recipient of a MacArthur award, University of Michigan
  • Dr. George J. Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy, Harvard University
  • Dr. Ana Mari Cauce, President of the University of Washington, Seattle
  • Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, prolific author on Hispanic religiosity, Iliff School of Theology
  • Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez, Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics, former Chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University
  • Dr. Roberto González Echevarría, Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, Yale University
  • Dr. Carlos M. N. Eire, T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University; his memoir of the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana (Free Press, 2003), won the National Book Award for non-fiction
  • Dr. Jorge J. E. Gracia, Samuel P. Capen Chair in Philosophy, University at Buffalo
  • Dr. Robert Lima, Knight Commander, Order of Queen Isabel of Spain; academician ANLE; Corr. Member RAE; Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Fellow, IAH (Penn State University)
  • Dr. Modesto A. Maidique, former President of Florida International University
  • Dr. Elsa A. Murano, Former President of Texas A&M University, Former Vice Chancellor of Agriculture & Life Sciences of Texas A&M University, Current Director of the Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture of Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President of Miami Dade College, immediate past chair of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Dr.Gustavo Pérez Firmat, David Feinson Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
  • Dr. Alejandro Portes, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University
  • Dr. Gregory Rabassa, literary translator and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Queens College, City University of New York and in the Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures of the Graduate School and University Center of the CUNY Graduate Center
  • Dr. Carmen Reinhart, Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Dr. Teofilo Ruiz, Distinguished Professor of History, UCLA and recipient of the National Humanities Medal[18] at the White House
  • Dr. Rubén G. Rumbaut, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
  • Dr. Ernest Sosa, Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University
  • Armando Vilaseca, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Education



  • Laz Alonso, actor
  • Odette Annable, actress (Cloverfield); Cuban mother
  • Desi Arnaz, actor (I Love Lucy)
  • Desi Arnaz Jr., actor
  • Lucie Arnaz, actress
  • Nelson Ascencio, comedian (MADtv)
  • Omar Avila, actor
  • Ariana Barouk, TV host, actress, model, and singer; represented Cuba in the seventh edition of the environmentally oriented Miss Earth, international beauty pageant
  • Steven Bauer, actor (Scarface, ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, credited as Rocky Echevarría)
  • Jason Canela, actor; brother of Jencarlos Canela
  • Maria Canals-Barrera, voice actress
  • Jencarlos Canela, actor (Mas sabe el diablo)
  • Bobby Cannavale, actor (Third Watch, Will & Grace), Cuban mother
  • Irene Cara, actress (Flashdance)
  • Nestor Carbonell, actor (Suddenly Susan, Lost, The Dark Knight, The Lost City)[19]
  • Matt Cedeño, actor and model
  • Eddie Cibrian, actor (Vanished, Invasion)
  • Valerie Cruz, actress (Nip/Tuck, The Dresden Files)
  • Dar Dash, actor, voice actor, Cuban mother
  • Sammy Davis, Jr., actor, singer, dancer; mother was of mostly Cuban descent, though often reported as Puerto Rican
  • Rosario Dawson, American actress (Rent, Kids), mother of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent[20]
  • Kamar de los Reyes, soap opera actor (One Life to Live)
  • Bianca Del Rio, comedian, actor, drag performer (Hurricane Bianca)[21]
  • Cameron Diaz, actress (father was of Cuban descent)
  • Guillermo Díaz, actor (films Half Baked, Party Girl)
  • Joey Diaz, actor and comedian
  • Emiliano Díez, actor (the George Lopez TV series)
  • Majandra Delfino, actress (Roswell)
  • Marieh Delfino, actress
  • Raúl Esparza, actor
  • Mel Ferrer, actor
  • Daisy Fuentes, model and television personality (MTV's House of Style)
  • David Fumero, soap opera actor (One Life to Live)
  • Gene Gabriel, actor (Numb3rs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
  • David Gallagher, actor, 7th Heaven, Cuban mother[22]
  • Mo Gallini, actor (2 Fast 2 Furious)
  • Melissa Gallo, television actress, One Life to Live[23]
  • Robert Gant, actor (Queer as Folk)
  • Andy García, Academy Award-nominated actor (The Godfather Part III, Ocean's Eleven, Oceans Twelve, The Lost City)
  • Joanna García, film and television actress (Reba)[24]
  • Jorge Garcia, actor (Lost)
  • Jsu Garcia, actor
  • Nona Gaye, singer and actress (Ali)
  • Carlos Gómez, actor
  • Marga Gomez, comedian/playwright
  • Adam Irigoyen, actor (Shake It Up)
  • Oscar Isaac, actor (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)[25]
  • Blake Jenner, American actor and singerl; mother is Cuban[26]
  • David Lago, actor
  • Paul Le Mat, American actor of partial Cuban descent
  • William Levy, actor
  • Josie Loren, actress
  • Faizon Love, actor, born Langston Faizon Santisima
  • Natalie Martinez, actress (Sons of Tucson)
  • Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado, actress (El Super, ¿Qué Pasa, USA?)
  • Eva Mendes, actress (Hitch, 2 Fast 2 Furious)
  • Olga Merediz, actress and singer
  • Alano Miller, actor (Jane the Virgin, Underground, and Loving)
  • Christina Milian, singer and actress (Be Cool)
  • Louisa Moritz, Cuban-American actress, real estate holder and former lawyer
  • Enrique Murciano, actor (Without a Trace)
  • Giovanni Niubo, Cuban-American actor
  • Oscar Nuñez, actor (The Office)
  • Luis Oquendo, actor (film, Guaguasi, ¿Qué Pasa, USA?)
  • Elizabeth Peña, actress (Rush Hour)
  • Danny Pino, actor (Cold Case)
  • Tony Plana, actor (Ugly Betty)
  • Carlos Ponce, actor and singer; born in Puerto Rico to Cuban immigrants
  • Armando Riesco, actor (film Garden State)
  • Adam Rodríguez, actor (CSI: Miami), of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent
  • Génesis Rodríguez, actress (Dona Barbara, Dame Chocolate and Prisionera)
  • Cesar Romero, actor (The Joker on Batman (1960s TV series), Ocean's Eleven, Week-End in Havana)
  • Mercedes Ruehl, Academy Award-winning (The Fisher King) and Tony Award-winning actress, mother is of part Cuban descent
  • Caitlin Sanchez, actress (Dora The Explorer)
  • Marco Sanchez, actor
  • Saundra Santiago, actress (Miami Vice, The Sopranos)
  • Tessie Santiago, actress (Queen of Swords, Good Morning, Miami)
  • Bianca A. Santos, actress (The Fosters)
  • Cristina Saralegui, Hispanic talk show host
  • Jamie-Lynn Sigler, actress (The Sopranos), mother is of Cuban descent
  • Georg Stanford Brown, actor (Roots)
  • Bella Thorne, actress Shake It Up; father was of Cuban descent
  • Oscar Torre, actor and director (Hangover III, Cane, Ladrón que roba a ladrón)
  • Gina Torres, actress (The Matrix sequels, Firefly and Serenity)
  • Tammy Trull, American actress of Venezuelan and Cuban descent
  • Yul Vazquez, Cuban-born American actor and musician
  • Bob Vila, This Old House host
  • Jordi Vilasuso, actor (Guiding Light)
  • Judge Alex Ferrer,
  • Judge Marilyn Milian,


Directors, screenwriters and producers[edit]

  • Ozzie Alfonso, TV director, writer, producer; directed Sesame Street in the 1970s; senior producer, writer, and director of 3-2-1 Contact in the 1980s; freelanced for many clients; adjunct college professor at St. John's University
  • Migdia Chinea, film director, writer, producer; (When it rains..., The Incredible Hulk)
  • Manny Coto, executive producer (24), writer (24, Star Trek: Enterprise)
  • René Echevarria, writer (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Medium), co-creator of The 4400
  • Andy García, director (Lost City)
  • Silvio Horta, creator and writer (Ugly Betty), writer (Urban Legends, Jake 2.0)
  • Leon Ichaso, director/screenwriter (El Super), director (Ali: An American Hero, Crossover Dreams, Piñero, El Cantante)
  • Joe Menendez, TV and film director (Ladrón que roba a ladrón), (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, 12 Monkeys (TV series), Queen of the South (TV series))
  • Roberto Orci, executive producer (Star Trek, The Proposal) and writer (Transformers, Eagle Eye, Star Trek)
  • Mari Rodriguez Ichaso - American magazine editor, author, filmmaker and producer
  • George A. Romero, American film director, screenwriter and editor (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead), creator of the Living Dead film series; son of a Cuban-born father of Castilian Spanish parentage[27] and a Lithuanian American mother
  • Amy Serrano, director, cimematographer, and writer (The Sugar Babies), producer of documentary films, poet




St. Thomas Girl Scout Troop in the Star Ledger (3/23/2014)

Link to Girl Scouts at St. Thomas Article online

Link to Girl Scouts at St. Thomas Article PDF

Click the picture below for more a larger image.

St. Thomas Basketball and Coach Stoeckel

Link to NJ Star Ledger Article

PDF of article of Coach Stoecket, St. Thomas Basketball coach

St. Thomas in the Bloomfield Bicentennial Religion Article

St. Thomas in the Bloomfield Bicentennial Religion Article

St. Thomas in the Bloomfield Bicentennial Religion Article (PDF)

Father Peter Funesti’s assignment to the Church of the Nativity in Midland Park

Father Peter Funesti’s assignment (JPG)
Father Peter Funesti’s assignment (PDF)

St. Thomas Student in the New York Times on July 22, 2007

Link to New York Times

Irish Night in the March 8th, 2007 Issue of Bloomfield Life

Bloomfield Life Article

Bloomfield Mayor Ray McCarthy at STA for Catholic Schools’ Week

From the Bloomfield Township Website

Francisco (Frank) Ramirez in the February 7th, 2007 Catholic Advocate

Catholic Advocate Article
Printed Front Page, with Francisco and Yolando Ramirez

Parish Profile in the June 29th, 2005 Catholic Advocate

Catholic Advocate Article

150th Anniversary of the Newark Archdiocese

From the 150th Book (PDF) (you may need to rotate to the page to read it on the screen)
From the 150th Book (JPG)

Catherine A. Nardella: Someone to Lean On

NY Times article of Catherine Nardella, a St. Thomas Parishioner who passed away on 9/11/2001

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