Antonio Banderas

by ethnic on December 25, 2007

Birth Name: José Antonio Domínguez Bandera

Place of Birth: Málaga, Málaga, Spain

Date of Birth: 10 August, 1960

Ethnicity: Spanish [including Andalusian]

Antonio Banderas is a Spanish actor, director, and producer.

He was born in Málaga, Málaga, Spain, the son of Ana Bandera Gallego and José Domínguez Prieto. He has a daughter with his former partner, Sonnia Gomez, and a daughter, actress Stella Banderas, with his former wife, American actress Melanie Griffith.

Antonio’s paternal grandparents were Bartolomí Domínguez and Isabel Prieto.

Antonio’s maternal grandparents were Rafael Bandera and Francisca Gallego.

A DNA test of uncertain value whose results were displayed on the show El árbol de tu vida stated that Antonio’s genetic ancestry matches to the following countries:

*50% Spain
*20% Italy
*12% Portugal
*11% Jordan
*7% Mexico

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anen87 August 17, 2018 at 8:16 pm

He is 11% Jordan and 7% Mexico according to a DNA test. So he DOES have arab genes and apperantly a distant mestizo ancestor.

Manila February 28, 2018 at 9:18 am

Correct the following:
Birth Name: José Antonio Domínguez Bandera
Place of Birth: Málaga, Málaga, Spain
Switch his date of birth to DMY
and maternal grandfather’s last name to Bandera

Add Andalusian as part of his Spanish ancestry.

His father, José Domínguez Prieto, was a police officer. His mother, Ana Bandera Gallego, was a school teacher.

Isabel’s last name is Prieto.

alberto.r7 September 19, 2017 at 9:37 am

He is a tanned Spanish, so yes, he is white. This is him before tanning:×647.jpg?x28508

slowdive February 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm

Spaniards oft look non-white.

JamesMathieu February 5, 2016 at 10:41 pm

Not really, unless they’re ethnically Gypsy/Romani. An Ethnic Spaniard looks fully European/white. Antonio Banderas isn’t an exception. He looks like what he is, a Southern White. He just tans a ton. His natural skin colour is a lighter olive than that. Also, he actually looks slightly more Italian than Spanish, IMO.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 9:08 pm

He isn’t always tanned. And I think that this picture would be an interesting profile picture here:

He looks rather white.

hesh123 September 1, 2015 at 11:43 pm

Spaniards are white

perez-richart October 8, 2015 at 7:41 am

yes cain velasquez is a example but black haters dont accept they are white

bleachsoda January 17, 2016 at 9:29 pm

isnt cain a mestizo or castizo mexican

M July 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm

He looks Mestizo

cwm85 August 6, 2015 at 1:10 pm

He’s not. He was born in Spain. A european country, Not inhabited by native indans. He’s European.

bleachsoda January 22, 2016 at 11:31 pm

no he doesnt…just because someone has heavy eyelids doesnt mean they look mestizo he look full european

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 6:07 pm

does anybody know the WRIGLEYS commercial when he breaks up with the smell of food and he chews the gum ?

he looks so white in that commecial but on this pic he looks half dead and dark

neiltennant July 12, 2015 at 4:55 pm

why GEORGE CLOONEY plays just white man roles while Banderas plays hispanic roles?

SpaniardIam March 29, 2015 at 3:29 am

When Antonio left Europe to go to work in USA, he took the habit of sun tanning the skin. So it seems at times not white .But is European Spanish hundred percent.

alberto.r7 March 17, 2015 at 6:48 am

Tanned or not, he is white.

thomas1987 January 13, 2015 at 12:27 am
Capricious October 9, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Oh my, I never really found him THAT attractive, but he’s SO HOT in the second pic with that beard and gelled hair. Lighter skin suits him, somehow too. He should stick with that look. :)

And yes, he just tans easily. His complexion is no darker than Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean). He is naturally light.

Check7t April 20, 2014 at 5:22 am

Lol, you picked the darkest picture of him possible.

He’s not that dark looking, at all.×768/20110628/antonio-banderas-13.jpg

With this natural untanned look he basically looks like a typical white man.

andrew April 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm

it’s a terrible pic..tan or not

Epaul December 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Antonio Banderas as a southern-spain citizen obviously has Arabic blood. And he said that himself..

Banderas, who stars in Black Gold , the opening night film of this year’s DTFF said he considers
himself partly Arabic. “I am pretty sure I have Arab blood, I am an Andalucian, from the South of
Spain which was ruled by Arabs for 8 centuries. I have always been very interested in Arab
culture as its part of my heritage.”

andrew December 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I wonder if he would have stated the same with a Jewish magazine

JasonBaker December 5, 2013 at 6:36 am

So what if he claimed to have Arabic blood? He definitely hasn´t a single drop. He just wants to look exotic, which he´s not.

the punisher January 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

The dude totally looks non-white he’s part arab he said it himself too bad Spaniards I guess you guys can’t deny it anymore

Waldemar February 27, 2015 at 2:41 pm

I have bad news for you:

“In particular most studies estimate around 10% of the current population is typical of the inhabitants of North Africa , a percentage similar to that found in northern Italy or France genetic characteristics. In contrast to elsewhere in Europe that genetic contribution is far more noticeable are the cases of Greece , Serbia , Albania and southern Italy (about 25 %). In the same Iberian Peninsula, haplogroup E has in Portugal, mainly in the southern area greater weight in the overall population in Spain”

And a bit more:

“Celts descended from Spanish fishermen, study finds”


anen87 August 17, 2018 at 8:10 pm

Yeah even Antonio himself felt he had arab genes! I think he can see himself on his face and a DNA test finally proved it, he is 11% Jordan (an arab country)

the punisher November 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Somebody name Jose cannot be white

daniel December 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Sir, latinos come in different colors and shapes. The latino image created by Hollywood is far, far away from what real latinos look like, you can find mixed, white, black, native american and even asian latinos. Just like USA the current latin american population came from all over the world and mix with the native population. Travel a little, it would open your mind.

andrew January 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

punisher you’re too retarted to undestand “Latino” roles, an unknown concept outside US, are alwais played by White Mediterranean actors. Obviously “Jose” with his Spanish accent cant play “Anglo” roles. Are you an Hispanic who wishes to be classified “white” by census???

the punisher January 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I never seen Antonio play anglo roles WTF are you talking about

Waldemar February 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm
nnnnn February 28, 2013 at 3:12 am

Which purpose is to change the name Bandera to Banderas?
Or it’s not a spain name, arabic or so?

Bluerabbits July 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm

If you are from Spain then you are considered European. Look at the world map and read more about ethnicity and haplogroups. My dad is taking a dna test this week to see his forefathers ethnicity percentage and migration routes. :) It will be interesting since he is from southern Bangladesh near the sea and coastal area. :)

delnegro June 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

This nigga is Spanish so that makes him white right??? But why is he so fucken dark then? Would somebody explain please!

nnnnn December 5, 2012 at 12:32 am

Wow! “nigga”. I can’t understand this obsession with
“white or not white”. F.e. japanese people are definitely not white, and they are proud and don’t want to be white.

skulld January 5, 2013 at 8:03 am

Study anthropology. “White” is only a term to define caucasians, because they often have fair skin. He is from the same race of a scandianavaian, he has the same ancient roots.

Waldemar February 27, 2015 at 2:50 pm
Testing April 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I bet you 100% that if Antonio was born in mexico or latin america many Spaniards and other europeans would not consired him white But since he’s from Spain everybody claim him as white
sounds very stupid doesn’t it.

poppy April 10, 2012 at 3:40 am

Spain is considered a white country and only bcuz its in Europe but the people vary from white to olive to brown.Not long ago Spanish and Italians and Greeks were considered “wops”by the Anglos and to be honest these Latin cultures do consider their culture to be better than “anglo” culture and they could be right.

People in Spain,Greece,France and most of the Balkan countries can be of the same colouring as the middle East and western Asian countries and even darker.they are shorter..You can get a blond blue eyed Afghan and a Antonio type and just knowing that one is Spanish….people call him “white” and the blond Afghan….people call him “brown “…

Even the Spanish have differences from Itailans and Greeks.Spanish are generally taller and features are finer.

I am olive skinned and Indian and when I have been in Spain and Italy the Spanish and Italians are confused that I am not responding to them in Spanish and Italian .So being with 100 English people they will pick me out to speak to in Spanish or Italian.They serve me first.They are especially friendly and confused when all I can do is smile and nod.I think they put it down to me being of Spanish parents immigrating to the USA and not being taught Spanish by mom and dad !There are Indian shopkeepers there and the Spanish are fine with them.There are people from South American countries.

So I deduced from that over the years and by looking at the main olive skin tone that the olive skin tone is what they believe is Spanish or Italian

revenge April 10, 2012 at 4:41 am

Poppy not long ago the Irish were not considered white and they are very white…So what Anglos have said it the past is shit really !!

Poppy April 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

The Irish are called Micks and Paddies which are insulting terms according to my Irish friends .I like the Irish very much.a lovely people and great culture.Old history.

They were subjugated by the Brits for 900 years.
The Brits caused the potato famines and the Irish immigration.
They used to have signs up here saying No Irish,no blacks and no dogs.
Thats how racists the Anglos were.They call the French….frogs.The Germans are Huns or Jerrys.

Anglo June 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

It doesn’t matter if someone is Olive color in tone. Spaniards aren’t considered white because they’re in Europe. They’re considered white because THEY ARE white. They share genetic affinity with other European nations and are arguably one of the most homogeneous nations in Europe.

As for culture. Anglo vs Latin. Thats debatable, Anglo culture helped create the modern world and pumped out many things that changed the world and our perception of it. Much of the modern innovations and inventions we use came from Anglos. England & Scotland mostly. Computers, Televisions, Internet, World Wide Web, Theory of Evolution, Three Laws of motion, Industrial Revolution, Much of the sports we play, Our legal systems, what Anglos also did for Agricultural, Science, Military, Chemistry, Medicine, Film, Music, & Literature is also unmatched…..the list is endless. Latin culture gets credit for birthing civilization (Even though the Romans got it from The Greeks who also got it from people in Asia) but Anglo culture took it to a new level that no Latin group has ever taken it.

Bluerabbits July 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I am mistaken for being Spanish and my sisters are mistaken for Latin American. I am from India (very wierd I know). Apparently on my dad´s side there´s a rumor going on that my forefathers on my paternal side are in fact from Portugal!

My dad looks like Julian Mcmahon, but now when he is older he resembles old Antonio Banderas (a lot like 90 % resmblance) Which is strange. But yeah, I believe the reason I´m mistaken for Spanish is because of my dad´s resemblance with Antonio Banderas.

Esmeralda D. Iniguez April 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Lol what if he just tans himself and the rest of his family is white skined looking!!

Testing April 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I bet you 100% that if he was born in mexico or other Latin American country many Spaniards and other europeans wouldn’t considered him white. but just because he was born in spain everybody said’s he’s white. sounds stupid right!

sadie March 25, 2012 at 1:23 am

He is a very very sexy HOT SPANIARD!! Watch out Melanie.

bvision April 7, 2012 at 1:16 am

i heard that he cheated on melanie with cameron diaz

nnnnn November 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

He’s not “spaniard”, he’s spanish.
“Spaniard” are spanish-speaking people from middle
and latin america. BTW, I know some of them, they
hate spanish people

marjanel April 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I am from Latin America, we are not Spaniards or Spanish
People from Spain are the Spaniards and Spanish

Christian March 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

anthonio banderas is very handsome guy,

he has a strong europide look.

he looks italian, spanish and maybe a little bit south-eastern european

but there are also a lot of people in britain who look the same like him, those people are british too.

look at JOHN MAJOR; SIR DENIS THATCHER ; those two people have similar look

Alice March 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

The Icelandic population is descended from Irish, Scots and Norse. The reason why they are more distant from their population origin is because of genetic drift due to isolation and also bottlenecks in their population. They are still of Irish, Scot and Norse descent though. Many populations that are isolated will over time deviate from their source population. Thanks for the interesting article.

HANS JIMENEZ March 23, 2012 at 8:03 am

hola sir como estas , being half spanish filipino im very totally proud of you sir , i wish oneday to meet you , u r my number fave actor , enrique iglesias my fave singer he is also a spanish liked us , always take care HANS JIMENEZ FROM FACEBOOK

Esmeralda D. Iniguez March 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Ok people so when the Spaniards arrived in the Americas the Indians where suprised because they never seen a white man before. Spain is in Europe they are white. His last name is Spanish meaning European. Yes many people in Latin America have Spanish sur name but that’s because Spain took over that part of the land. The English took the land of the Indians North of the border took over the Native land too. Does this mean that the English is no longer white? Or the French because part of Canada is also French speaking but at one time our Native people lived on that land for thousands of years. So yes Spaniards are white.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Lopac is seething right now.

HANS JIMENEZ March 23, 2012 at 8:06 am


levangelista36 May 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

why is this site obsessed with caucasian peoples that are not blonde and blue-eyed? they obsessed with jews, italians, spaniards, south europe people in general. then they obsess about the north eruope peoples who are not blonde either and americans

it’s really annoying

Lisa March 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

OMG people. believe it or not, Spaniards are WHITE. They are descendants of the germans, italians, and greeks. we are so used to seeing mexicans/puerto ricans/etc speak spanish, and people immediatley assume spanish is not a white people languauge… and it is.

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

No. Only Anglos.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 1:47 am

They are, but this site is of the opinion that only Northern Europeans are white. You will be stoned for this comment. Good thing this is just the Internet and Internet trolls have no impact on the real world.

lopac March 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm

so according to you his white uh! when was the last time you saw a white person name jose. LOL

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Are you that Internet Nazi Auschwitz? It is explained why you were banned before. Haha!

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

You’re Auschwitz, aren’t you?

lopac February 17, 2012 at 12:19 am

he doesn’t look white. in an interview he did in dubai he said he has arab in him. it might be true cause he doesn’t look white.

lopac February 17, 2012 at 12:16 am

Who ever saids his white are blind. he dont look white at all.

lopac February 25, 2012 at 2:03 am

did you know antonio play an arab in the movie the 13th warrior. and right now he’s making a movie called black gold which he plays an arab. so what does that tell you.

storm February 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm

who cares? eli wallach played tuco the Mexican in the good, the bad, and the ugly. He’s a polish Jew.

mind your own business March 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Yes and charlize theron played a prostitute murder in a movie.Catherine Zeta Jones is Welsh and Irish and she played a woman from Spain in Zorro.
It is called being a actor/actress dumbass.

levangelista36 May 29, 2012 at 2:09 am

lopac, i see how all over this site you always claiming south europeans and jews are not white. you try to make points about movies and crap, but i was watching 300 today – the movie based on greeks who are supposed to be some of the darkest in europe. they had actors of all kinds of european origin, including anglo, playing greek men. in x-men, michael fassbender, a non-jewish european, played a jew and jews play WASPS all of the time, so do south europeans. you want to use that stupid stuff as a argument. well, i’m turning it against you

levangelista36 May 29, 2012 at 2:09 am

lopac, i see how all over this site you always claiming south europeans and jews are not white. you try to make points about movies and crap, but i was watching 300 today – the movie based on greeks who are supposed to be some of the darkest in europe. they had actors of all kinds of european origin, including anglo, playing greek men. in x-men, michael fassbender, a non-jewish european, played a jew and jews play WASPS all of the time, so do south europeans. you want to use that stupid shit as a argument. well, i’m turning it against you

levangelista36 May 29, 2012 at 2:10 am

they had actors of all kinds of european origin, including anglo, playing greek men. in x-men, michael fassbender, a non-jewish european, played a jew and jews play WASPS all of the time, so do south europeans.

storm January 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I watch Desperado today. He look different from all of the Mexicans in the movie. Like he had tan skin like them but his face structure and features look very different from them. My papa could tell the difference too and he didn’t think Antonio was really Mexican. Come to find out he’s not

Mena April 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

He looks like a Mediterranean man.. if he wasnt Spanish, he could easily be Italian or Greek..

Eduardo January 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I thought he was cuban everbody always said he was a cuban.

david January 22, 2012 at 1:52 am

Banderas it is european , ( white it is a very confuse term ,) personally I believe that in Europe we have two Caucasian races . Nordic and mediterranean ,( Mediterranean share background with middle est and north africa , greeck , and italian and many french and portoghes )
Antonia Bandera a caucasian mediterranean person ,.
yes he is not blond or blue eyes , since he is from south Europe .
Now if you define be white only for people with very light skin , maybe he is not , since he is skin like many other south european it is more brown .
I am italian , my mother have super withe skin my father too , but i have more brown , olive

:-).com January 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I disagree Alex. I think your comment describes your negetive personality not the American public. There are people who are not racist toward any ra e, but more of a behavior. RUDE AND INCONSIDERATE comes in all race size and religion.

Alex December 10, 2011 at 1:36 am

I know first hands that most American confuse nationality with Race. Antonio Banderas is WHITE of spanish heritage and nationality. The confusion is further exacerbated when you have Americans who claim that anybody with a spanish surname isn’t White and try to be politically correct or unoffensive by calling people of mixed races spanish. This why Mexicans love to be called spanish. When that name got a negative connotation they were called hispanic and then latino. American ignorance ruins it for people who are truly white of Spanish origins. Many Americans can tell you facts about celebrity gossip, but they can’t even name the branches of government! Its true look it up on credible sources. Then you have American ignorance of supposed God-fearing christians promoting hate but don’t even know the names of the books in the bible. So don’t be offended real,white-spaniards, America’s ignorance currently catching up to them. As you know Karma. Soon American will be a race in other places in world associating them with brown people, even if some are white. Karma is $%^&*! Enough with the ramble, the point is it’s just pure American ignorance and our geocentric view of the world.

anon229 December 10, 2011 at 1:54 am

I definitely agree with you Alex! However, we are all not as ignorant as the corn-fed inbreeds of the south and mid-west ;). Many Americans just don’t feel the need to learn about culture. All we care about is new comers being Americans. In the end it doesn’t matter if America understands because we are to busy being brain washed, mindless sheep that the elite want us to be. Divide and conquer is their motto. We are all the human race. for our real importance lies within. Antonio Banderas isn’t the only one this site names their Nationality as their race or ethnicity. Oh and BTW there is a slight difference between the two America.

Anon November 28, 2011 at 5:28 am

Spain is part of Europe, and native Europeans are White ethnically. Native Spaniards are White, and not to be confused with Spaniards whose ancestors came from other countries and settled in Spain such as from the the Middle East & Mexico.

Marko February 17, 2012 at 6:18 am

@ANON yes majority of Spainards are white! Spanish people can range in looks as from being as darks as a brownish skinned Arab to light as blonde pale skinned nordic person! Typically they are not dark as your average Arabs (Saudis,Egyptians,Algerians etc.) but aren’t light as your average nordic peoples (Norwegians,Swedes,Danes,Finns etc.), they are something in the middle of that, more like light or olive skin tone with generally brown hair and eye colours can change from dark to light! Spanish people are generally I would say the same skin color as Italians or Portuguese people, or basically all southern europeans!

cole March 23, 2012 at 7:27 am








hiiii November 28, 2011 at 12:41 am

hes white not Spanish. spanish is the language he speaks its not his Ethnicity and/or race.

maria November 28, 2011 at 1:15 am

What are you on about he is from Spain in Europe so he is Spanish and his ethnicity is Spanish..Yes Spanish is a language aswell as his ethnicity,,God why are people so confused about people who live in SPAIN IN EUROPE! and LATIN AMERICA HISPANICS,Jesus christ it not that hard t work out

zoe January 20, 2012 at 6:25 am

he’s white. Spanish is not his race. its like when an american says his/or her race is american and his/or her ethnicity is american doesn’t make sense what so ever. im sorry if you don’t see or know the history behind what’s actually considered to be “Spanish” and whats not. he’s a Spaniard i.e white!!!!!!!! in america the idea of what ethnicity and nationality really is is pretty screwed up here and people do get away with it a little bit too much to the point of denying their own ethnicity. he doesn’t deny his ethnicity, he says he’s white and if you take off that sprayed on tan of his he’s just a regular white guy from spain.

Alice January 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

A person from Spain is called Spanish.
Spaniard or Spanish means someone from Spain whether they are white, yellow or brindle. If you are from Mexico you are Mexican or Boliva you would be Bolivian. People from Mexico or Boliva might speak Spanish but they are not Spanish. Americans speak English but they are not English.

Alice January 20, 2012 at 8:38 am

Just to clarify Antonio Banderas is full Spanish so his ethnicity is Spanish as well as his nationality. If you were from Mexico and your full ancestry was Spanish this would be your ethnicity as well. You would be Mexican of Spanish ethnicity or American or Irish ethnicity.

Alice January 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

I meant to say American of Irish ethnicity.

hiiii January 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

difference between “spanish” people- Puerto rican, dominican republic, haiti, cuba to name a few are west Indian islands or west indies i.e Caribbean islands and if you don’t believe me then go look it up on wiki or look in a geography or history books. majority of the islands are inhabited by blacks/ biracial blacks who for some reason won’t say their either west indian. black or biracial black but would rather say their “spanish” alot of shit went down on those islands b/c of crazy dictators who couldn’t deal with their own ethnicity and themselves and put their own people in fear of being killed if they considered themselves to be black. so the whole “i’m spanish!!!! i’m latin!!!!” shit you hear was just done so they wouldn’t get killed back then.

storm February 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm

how come you guys aren’t being lynched for saying he’s white?

lopac March 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm

he’s white uh! when was the last time you saw a white person name jose . LOL

bre October 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm

he stills sexy as fuckkk!!!

samysamy25 August 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm

berber are not race
they are black from africa
antonio alwes said i am arabic not north africa
reak berber was a black
the whit berber not berber they are europen or arab

vinny casali August 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

arab isnt a race. theres plenty of arabic people who are white.

MANCHESTER March 23, 2012 at 7:05 am









Anonymous101 April 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Well if you know any white arabs they’re not arabs plain and simple. Arabs are not white. Lebanese, Syrians, North Africans,etc are not Arabs. The Gulf Arabs from Saudi Arabia,Oman,Yemen,etc are the real Arabs and they are not white.

fzh April 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

Not sure if this is too late but being Arab (white) from Palestine I know a little more than the average person on this subject. My ancestors are from the biblical people who lived in Palestine with some ancient Arab ethnic ancestry from the Islamic expansion. I also have European ancestry from the Crusaders. Many chose to remain in the holy land. Arab is a difficult descriptive word. There are many descriptive types of Arabs. There are the ancient Arabs, those from a number of tribes that died out. There are the Pure Arabs (heritage 100%) from the original source of tribes, culture…. These are Yemeni definitely and gulf Arabs. There are Arabised Arabs. When the Islamic expansion occurred these are groups who over time their cultures changed to become more Arabic most notably in their language. Egypt is a great example. They are mostly 100% descended from the Ancient Egyptians. There are also those who are descended from a mixture of original ethnic Arabs and Arabised Arabs. All in all this occurred over a millennia ago and though we may be consciously aware of our varying ancestries it isn’t a negative thing. Maybe in the last 60 years since we were split into all these different countries it may be becoming a point of contention between political opportunists. But like Americans whose ancestors originate from different ethnic groups but as the decades pass their cultures become intertwined and they become 1, especially as their children intermarry and give birth to the next generation who have multiple ethnic origins, so is the story of who todays Arabs are. Any person from any background who moves to an Arab country and takes on the culture and language and raises their children in that way would be considered an Arab.

ana August 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Berbers and moors hate arabs

fzh April 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

True and not true. There may be a lot of contention between the two groups but hate is a strong word for it. I can’t say the attitude of the ruling elites in north Africa have done anything to improve this situation but be have lived together successfully for over 1000 years. My family are Palestinian and live in England. We have a number of Algerian friends. Some are whiter Arabs from the North and others are Berbers from the South. We met them as a group who were friends with each other. There maybe political divisions because of scum bag political opportunists but we have a history of working together and a solid foundation to continue doing so successfully. A great example is the fact that we built an empire together not apart.

ana August 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Antonio said in a interview he is mixed with north african

ana August 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm

The moors and berbers are not arabs they are north africans they were in african thousand years ago.

irbl May 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Antonio is spaniard!!!!!!(shocked) I though he was mexican!!!!

KimJ May 30, 2010 at 7:10 pm

In 711 AD the Moors invaded Spain. Thus, any Spaniard displaying a darker complexion is displaying their Arabic background. The CeltIberian people that were the original peoples of Iberia were of course just like any European peoples; fair complexion. Just take a look at the royals of Spain back when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel finally kicked the Moors out in 1492. They were what any European should be, fair skinned. It is unfortunate that it is sometimes a little more difficult to tell a true Spaniard that has Arabic influence from that of a Spanish American Indian mix as the two influencing races are so different!

But yes, a Spaniard should not have a darker complexion if they are of more pure CeltIberian descent.

Bombpants May 30, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I think through natural selection and 1000s of years of evolution, the people native to the Iberian Peninsula including Spain would have had to be atleast a little darker than more northern Europeans. If they were pale skinned they would have been vulnerable to the harmful UV rays that parts of Southern Europe gets.

Nuggets June 25, 2010 at 3:10 am

Not all Arabics are tan or have a dark complexion iv’e seen arabic people who are fair skinned to pale skin with brown hair and there 100% arabic.

Sebastiane January 26, 2010 at 11:28 am

You can, because, some Mexicans are white Europeans. Though the majority of Mexico is comprised of mixed European and native Americans, Mexico, much like the United States, is made up of a variety of ethnic and racial groups. So to say that he cannot pass as a “Mexican” is rather inaccurate.

lis October 31, 2009 at 5:15 am

antonio is a white spainaird from europe. you can’t mistake hom for mexican or hispanic

cole March 23, 2012 at 7:09 am




crytonite March 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm

I am proud to know that there are other spaniards like me here in the U.S but I am sure people mistake you for mexican or other kinds of latinos since your dark white/olive complected. Any way I like your movies from the 90s from zorro to Desperado and when you played puss and boots on shrek. I didn’t care to much for spy kids to be honest but I want to continue seeing more of you on the big screen. I admire you as a person who has accomplished a lot, lived his life to the fullest, and loves his family. No olvedes que dios mudo por ti y tenes todo por que el do esas cosas.

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