6 Famous Mexicanos

  1. Salma Hayek. The Mexican-born American actress is well known for her roles in many Hollywood films including Desperado alongside Antoinio Banderas, Wild Wild West with Will Smith and Traffic with Benicio del Toro. Her breakthrough role was starring as famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in Frida, which she was nominated for an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award.
  2. Selena Gomez. Following growing up in a family that faced financial troubles and being brought up by a teen mother who worked three jobs to support her, Gomez had her big break in 2007 starring in TV series Hannah Montana. She has since landed roles in a number of television shows and films, particularly the Disney channel. Her music career has also taken off, with a number of her hit songs reaching the Billboard charts.
  3. Alfonso Cuarón. Born in Mexico City in 1968, the Mexican director, producer and screenwriter is best known for his work on A Little Princess, Great Expectations, Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Gravity. He was the first Mexican director to win the Academy Award for Best Director for Gravity, which he also won a Golden Globe for.
  4. Hugo Sanchez. Born in Mexico city in 1958, Sanchez is hailed as the greatest soccer player of all time, being voted the 26th best footballer of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. He’s won five titles playing for Real Madrid, scored 46 goals for the Mexican national team and has played in three FIFA World Cup tournaments. Since retiring as a professional footballer, Sanchez has had a short stint coaching the national team.
  5. Rodolfo Neri Vela. The qualified mechanical and electrical engineer is well known for his gig as an astronaut in 1985 where he flew aboard a NASA Space Shuttle. During the mission the crew conducted space walks to demonstrate space station construction techniques and other experiments for the Mexican government. He was also a voice actor in the Latin dub of the movie Finding Dory.
  6. Mario Molina. Born in Mexico City in 1943, the chemist discovered the Antarctic ozone hole through his lab research, which led to the development of the ozone depletion theory. He was the first Mexican-born citizen to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995.