Benicio del Toro

by ethnic on July 10, 2009

Birth Name: Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez

Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: February 19, 1967

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Italian, Indigenous]

Benicio del Toro is a Puerto Rican actor and film producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Traffic (2000).

He was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, the son of Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera and Gustavo Adolfo Del Toro Bermúdez. He moved to the continental United States at the age of thirteen. Benicio is famous for his appearances in the films Frank Miller’s Sin City, Snatch, and as Che Guevara in Che.

Benicio has stated that he has Spanish, Italian, Indigenous, Puerto Rican, and Basque ancestry. He has also said, “I have Spanish, Italian and (Native) American blood, I feel completely Latino.” Benicio is related to basketball player Carlos Arroyo, singer Eliseo Del Toro, and Spanish pop-eurodance singer Rebeca Pous Del Toro.

Benicio has a daughter with television personality Kimberly Stewart. Kimberley is the daughter of singer Rod Stewart.

Benicio is fluent in Spanish and uses his language ability in his film performances. He holds Spanish citizenship, and has stated: “Mi familia viene de España. Mi madre era muy Española” (“My family comes from Spain, my mother was very Spanish”).

Benicio’s paternal grandfather was Monserrate de los Reyes del Toro Irizarry (the son of Leonardo Antonio del Toro Mercado and Ramona Cristina Irizarry del Toro). Monserrate was born in Cabo Rojo. Leonardo was the son of Marcelino Del Toro y Rodriguez/Padilla and Maria Faustina Mercado. Ramona was the daughter of Pedro Jose Irizarry and Ramona Juliana del Toro Rivera.

Benicio’s paternal grandmother was Carmen Luisa Bermúdez Villa (the daughter of Francisco Bermúdez Rodriguez and Concepcion Villa Rielo). Benicio’s grandfather Benicio was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Carmen was born in Mayagüez. Francisco was the son of Francisco Bermúdez Roque, who was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, and of Rosa Rodriguez Lugo. Concepcion was the daughter of Maximino Villa Colon and Rosa Rielo.

Benicio’s maternal grandfather was Benicio del Carmen Sanchez Castaño (the son of Felipe Benicio Sanchez Osorio and Clemencia Genoveva Castaño Rivera). Felipe was born in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, the son of Bernandino/Bernadino Sanchez and Eulalia Osorio. Clemencia was born in Vieques, the daughter of Jesus Maria Castaño Martin and Ramona Rivera Brache.

Benicio’s maternal grandmother was Lirio/Licio/Licia/Lucia Belén Rivera Bengoa (the daughter of Rafaél Rivera Esbri and Fausta Bengoa Larrauri). Lirio was born in Ponce. Rafaél was the son of Ramón Rivera Alvarado and Julia Esbri/Estri y Robert. Fausta was the daughter of Gervasio Bengoa Saez de Valluerca and Juana Maria Larrauri y Aponte, who were both born in Valluerca, Alava, Basque Country, Spain.

Sources: Genealogy of Benicio del Toro –

Benicio’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Death record of Benicio’s mother –

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andrew February 23, 2018 at 5:16 am

* Juana Maria Larrauri y Aponte, who were both born in Valluerca, Alava, Basque Country, Spain.

andrew September 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm

In the first source you put he has stated:

“Yo tengo sangre española, italiana y americana, y me siento completamente latino” -> I have Spanish, Italian and (Native) American blood, I feel completely Latino

anen87 October 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm

I find his wording quite funny. he said “americana” which translate to just American, which is quite ambiguous, and I’m sure he meant it that way. Had he really meant native american, he would have said, “taino”, “indigena”, “amerindio”, “nativo-americano” in spanish, which he didn’t… makes me believe he’s not sure and is not 100% on-board in claiming native american ancestry. Latin-Americans who describe their parent/s as “very Spanish” usually don’t…

andrew August 1, 2017 at 5:47 am


maternal grandparents: Benicio Sanchez Castaño and Lirio Belen Rivera De Sanchez

death record of his mother:

crunty September 9, 2016 at 1:22 pm

In some photos, he’s like the Hispanic version of Brad Pitt.

visokozen September 8, 2016 at 6:30 am

He’s wife is white Rod Stewart’s daughter.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 7:20 am

Ugly Asiatic eyes. YUCK!

anen87 November 17, 2016 at 12:19 am

His eyes are Not asiatic they are hooded eyelids and they get droopier with age, just like Norman Reedus and Josh Harnett…

cwm85 October 4, 2015 at 2:22 pm

He’s basically mestizo. A blend of native and Spanish. When I first saw him in traffic I assumed he was mexican.

Samiiraa October 16, 2017 at 5:03 am

He is absolutely not mestizo. A mestizo is a person who is approximately 50/50 and he is not 50/50. He probably is like 80% European and 10% Taíno and African. He is WHITE.

fuzzybear44 October 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm


Quote(A mestizo is a person who is approximately 50/50)

That’s a rarity today, even for a Mexican. Also truthfully Mestizo just meant mixed blood. A Mestizo could have African blood, Asian, Middle East, or could have been full native, as long as they spoke spanish

andrew October 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Benicio was born to Gustavo Adolfo Del Toro Bermúdez and Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera. He holds Spanish citizenship. He has stated: “Mi familia viene de España. Mi madre era muy española” (My family comes from Spain, my mother was very Spanish”)

DeanB November 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

He’s 90% Spaniard, I lived in Spain for 11 years and for sure he is Spanish.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 12:21 am

His eye shape is far from Caucasian/Spanish.

MadBadDog September 8, 2016 at 6:50 am

He has hooded eyelids and they get droopier with age, just like Norman Reedus.

aps October 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm
John September 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

Benicio del Toro is a white Puerto Rican.

WTF August 25, 2014 at 1:35 am

No, he’s not. You can see the Native American in him. His eyes look Asian due to the Native blood.

rafael June 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

its about time for another oscar

rafael June 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

ok now maybe its just me, but what exactly is similar about benicio del toro and salma hayeks heritage?above it says similiar heritage

jbrizz June 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Salma is also of Spanish descent like Benicio

rafael June 30, 2011 at 5:43 am

jbrizz i am not aware of salma being from spain

jbrizz June 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

She’s Spanish-Mexican on her mothers side and Lebanese on her fathers side. By the way, where are you from Rafael? I came across some of your comments and I got the impression that you may be Latino?

rafael July 1, 2011 at 5:50 am

jbrizz i am,puerto rican,spanish

DelTorero May 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Check this interview out which he talks about…etc…

ethnic May 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm

nice vid

Me Too May 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Not only Native American ancestry but some African Black. Why the hell people can’t see that?

zoe January 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

eventually they’ll say it but right now it seems if they think about it too much their heads will explode or something.

WTF August 25, 2014 at 1:36 am

He doesn’t look black to me. If he is, the percentage is very small.

Me February 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

So he is white? I don’t think so. Italian and Spanish are European white, but if you look at his eyes he seems to have a little native ancestry… just a little but it is there.

Donato, duh ninjin turdle October 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Word on duh Native(American) eye shadow. After uh ninjin like myself, Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi duh Ninjin Turdle, noticed the eyes and his obvious Mexican traits that show in his voice and every character he plays(they all seem to come from Mexico) I still had suspicions that those wasn’t just dark bags from sleep loss under his eyes. Also his hair and the shape uh his head(specially duh jaw) and body be sure as shell shock, Duh Ninjin Del Toro after uh Ninjinsu lesson wit Donato!

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