Rosario Dawson

by ethnic on February 27, 2008

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 9, 1979

*Puerto Rican, Cuban [including African] (mother)
*unclear (biological father)

Rosario Dawson is an American actress, singer, and writer.

Rosario’s mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer, and is of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent. Rosario was raised by her mother and stepfather, Greg Dawson, who gave her his surname; Greg is said to be of Irish and Native American ancestry.

Rosario’s biological father is named Patrick Harris. It does not appear to be publicly known what Patrick’s ancestry is.

Rosario’s maternal grandmother was Isabel Quiñones (the daughter of Antonio Quiñones and Celestina Alvira y Torres). Isabel was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Antonio was the son of Ceferino Quiñones and Francisca Quiñones y Rivera. Celestina was the daughter of Eusebio Alvira y Rivera and Teresa Rexach y Torres.


Genealogies of Rosario Dawson (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Rosario’s maternal grandmother, Isabel II (Quiñones) Stokilo –

Rosario’s maternal great-grandfather, Antonio Quiñones, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Rosario’s maternal great-grandmother, Celestina Alvira y Torres, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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andrew September 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm

her maternal great-grandparents (the parents of her maternal grandmother) are listed as “mulatto” on Census records:

alexgxo September 16, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Her bio father was probably a mgm African American or maybe part Afro-Latino too. I’d be very surprised if her bio father was say.. English descent. Her “black” mother looks mulatto.. Or in the very least tri racial with euro ancestry probably being the biggest part..

crunty May 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

Dawson is an anglo-saxon surname, but when it comes to names, they don’t mean much in the United States. Rosario is an attractive hybrid of humanity, though.

phaedra May 8, 2016 at 4:49 am

She’s tri-racial.

Spanish, Native and West African.

fatkat January 27, 2018 at 9:36 am

“Spanish” is not a race you idiot. Spaniards are Caucasian.

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Where I live most people would mistaken her for indian(theres not a lot of puerto ricans here)

Either way she’s hot!

Wolfman March 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm

What type of Indian? Do you mean South Asian Indian or Native American? I loved her playing an Afghan Scythian Princess, but she could never pass as a Afghan or Punjab, maybe South India which make up the majority of South Asians in America.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Jar Jar binks?

perez-richart October 4, 2015 at 9:07 pm

possibly caucasian father

xoxo November 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm

What makes you think he’s white? He could be mixed just like her mother.

Wolfman August 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Beautiful! She looks like a Scythian Afghan Princess. LOL X

neiltennant August 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm

SHE looks like a limited edition barbie doll

you know what i mean those which are very expensive and the dolls wearing designer cloths

Bow Down Bitches July 25, 2015 at 9:37 pm

no wonder she’s so beautiful, she part puerto rican

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 2:43 pm

She looks like a typical Puerto Rican or Black mixed with Spanish.

karenj February 1, 2016 at 12:16 am

Exactly. I hated when she was on Clerks 2 and stood by while the guy rattled off every black racial epithet to Wanda Sykes. And she stood there like “Not talking about me” Story about when she was in England and she got a part as a lady in waiting to some past monarch. When the director came in to meet the cast he took the casting agent aside and asked her “why is a black girl playing a lady in waiting?” Some how the part was not continued and perhaps Rosario learned a lesson or two that when white people see her they do not see Afro-cuban Puerto Rican, they see black. You are what you look like to white people. That’s how it is. I am not trying to insult anyone believe me. It just seems that a lot of people from Puerto Rico and Cuba are separating themselves as some other race. Puerto Rican and Cuban are not races. Roberto Clemente was Puerto Rican He was black as any African. So coming from those Islands makes actual race ambiguous.

cimetina February 11, 2016 at 2:38 pm

You must be African American to make comments like this. Puerto Ricans and Cubans don’t seperate themselves as some other race. They simply specify, if they have African origins, that thet are not African American and wish to have their ethnicity and culture considered and not their color as AA are obsessed with doing. First of all she was in England and encountering Latin Americans there is very rare, so the last thing they would imagine she could be is that. if the average Algerian walked down the streets in New York, most people would think he was Hispanic because people have a lack of culture. Why does she need to be taught a lesson?? Has she ever said she’s white? She has only stated her mix, but black Americans are obsessed with making everyone just black.

Blahby June 18, 2016 at 3:57 am

“You are what you look like to white people. That’s how it is.” Geez, what a slave mentality. What if you look like a heaping pile of dog poop to them? Or better yet, what if the ‘white’ person is passing as a ‘pure’ white person…but has some past admixture as eventually everyone goes back to Africa? So, you must base your identity and worth on people with the lightest pigment’s whims.

flo January 7, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Why are you complaining about a character she plays in a movie? You realize movies are not real life right? Actors are not playing themselves.

“They don’t see Afro Cuban they see black”. What do you think Afro Cuban means?

laavida June 24, 2015 at 12:40 am

CORRECTION: I met Rosario’s paternal grandmother years ago. She’s Apache and her husband (Rosario’s biological father’s father) was white. We met at a Native American cultural center.

follers June 24, 2015 at 1:34 am

Well, that’s hearsay. Are you saying you met the mother of Patrick Harris?

M June 6, 2015 at 12:23 am

She’s beautiful. Anyone who says she’s ugly is obviously jealous.

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

One of my dudes likes her but I think she is uugly! She looks like a man to me and very mixed, tooo dam mixed!..definetly not a true blood latina.

Isabel365 May 12, 2015 at 4:54 pm

What **in hell** is a “pureblood Latina”? You do know that if you mean [email protected] as in “Latin American” that is a contradiction, right? Most of us are [email protected], Latino as in Latin American denotes by both nature and history a mixed race people, truly white Latinos are few compared to everyone else, who is either mestizo, mulato or a mix of both, unless you’re talking about the (white, European) Latinos of Spain, Italy, France, and Portugal, and even THOSE “true” Latin countries have had great amounts of mixing into their DNA through centuries and migrations! Even in Argentina, which is often thought of as lily white, many people have indigenous blood, and with some people you can tell by just looking at them. So ignorant. Take that foot out of your mouth.

Nikki June 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm

her father is european and her mom is afrocuban

shay87 February 24, 2014 at 10:18 am

She is gorgeous perfect bone structure,plump lips ,beautiful golden,reddish olive brown skin beautiful i don’t see one thing ugly on her you gotta be blind but even a blind men could tell she was beautiful she looks multiracial i thought she was white latina but then again she does look like she is latin, native american,white and black she looks every bit of different ethnicity all of them which make her even more beautiful cause she looks more than one race she is really cool personality to very nice slim body beautiful legs she got it all.

ihatemostpeople February 25, 2014 at 4:25 am

How in the hell does look like a white Latina? It’s very obvious she has black ancestry. You must be blind or fcking stupid!

ihatemostpeople February 25, 2014 at 4:27 am

Son of a bitch, I meant “HOW IN THE HELL DOES SHE LOOK LIKE A WHITE LATINA…..” I should learn to proofread before I hit the damn submit button. Shit.

Check7t February 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

White Latina? You must be blind fool.

Nikki May 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

Be nice everyone! we all see different things so dont get mad just because of someone’s opinion. you believe what you want to believe, and they can believe what they want to believe

WTF May 31, 2014 at 10:41 am

nikki girl, you gotta see why that person said they must be blind. rosario doesn’t look like a white latina at all. she looks mulatto or triracial. she’s one of those exxxoticals that most black men want. a pretty lightskin with long hair and mixed features.

LucarioCooper May 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Wtf, shut up. I’m black, and I would like a dark skinned girl with an Afro. They are the most beautiful in my opinion. Especially when they take the time to grow it.

fuzzybear44 May 3, 2015 at 10:56 pm


( she’s one of those exxxoticals that most black men want. a pretty lightskin with long hair and mixed features.)

Well I can’t speak for most black men, seeing how I don’t know all of them. Nor can I speak for those particular ones on youtude (crying about not liking dark girls).Also I know we are flooded with the idea that lighter is better. However my family is a rainbow of colors, and the lightskin girls are just as crazy as the dark ones .However as far the black men I do know , it’s about proximity .Whether the girl be light or dark they will try to get at her

hii August 3, 2012 at 7:14 am

she says she’s black hispanic and thats whats put in her Wikipedia as well. not every single light skinned person of spanish heritage thinks their ethnicity is just spanish, so she was raised with the knowledge of the history behind her family and what their ethnicity and history is. if she says shes black hispanic and the family says their black hispanic y go crazy about it? at least they know what and who they are and where they come from.

Md April 8, 2012 at 1:13 am

I’m confused why they put afrocuban I mean clearly if she has Cuban ancestry though goes without saying that she’s mixed with African and Spanish so I hate when they hyphenate and add “Afro” to nations where 1/2 the people or more have African ancestors. I hate that America’s racial classification system is influencing and changing other countries

midori29 July 13, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Some Cubans are primarily African, with smaller traces of admixture, the ones who have African black in majority are called Afro-Cubans.

me February 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

she’s hot

Mary February 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

@me omg,after all, what are you? gay male, bi woman or you’re just a freak throll ? =o

me February 16, 2012 at 11:34 am

none of these options

Quinn January 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

She is pretty

Amanda January 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

How is she ugly??? Hotness should not be based on ethnicity! To me she is really pretty!

me November 23, 2011 at 8:05 am

she’s mulatto to me

Lady Avarice October 17, 2011 at 12:13 am

She is ugly, ugly that’s her race.

Former MySpace Celebrity October 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I think she said on Punk’d she was black, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Irish,and Native American…close enough lol.

The Realist September 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Ugly as fuck!

I’m only attracked to my own race though. Worth mentioning, I think there are more or less beautuful women in any race but not in a attractive way.

This is just one of those ugly ones.

Rafael: Men AND women do tend to care for race, it’s only natural and nothing wrong. Skintone is nothing I care for, only that the woman I see is of the same race.

Love your race and herritage.

Btw: This woman is a great actress but beautiful? Hell no.

Ralph October 10, 2011 at 5:46 am

The reallist homo shut ur mouth why dont u take the dick out.ur ass and put iy in your mouth

rafael June 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

this woman is gorgeous men dont care about skin color we just want hot women

kathleen April 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

she’s awesome! beautiful latina!

lovedawn April 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

@Savaje- You are not making movies in Hollywood though… LOL!

Almondee latrice March 31, 2011 at 6:04 pm

What’s this a competition she’s pretty and she’s a good actress.I thought this was a site about seeing what’s celebrities ethnicity not what’s their bone structure look like or their eyes, she’s was pretty enough to get usher attention in then movie light it up and off the screen of the movie I believe they have great chemistry together anwhen I look at her I see a light skinned black woman but u can tell she’s mixed and she can play both roles black and puerto rican or afro,cuban. So can’t we stop talking about people and she can’t help that she was bless to look like her parents that’s god work

Blackmon March 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

In other words shes black ,white and Native American.She not all that I agree

fuzzybear March 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

to blackmon

No offense,I’m mixed that,why couldn’t she be?

fuzzybear March 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Oh are you saying she’s not pretty?

Anonymous April 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

He is saying that she is not pretty.

savaje December 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm

She not all that. Who cares what she is she has a boyish shape and big eyes. I look way better than her next!

cope August 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

hahah yeah you look better than that sexy women she is beautiful and would not change a thing well maybe make her younger for me :)

Dre November 10, 2010 at 8:08 am

Rosario I absolutely a beatiful mix of something, but who cares of what. We all have her, we get to enjoy her talent and witness her grace and beauty so it should not matter what race or races she is made of. And stick to the point of the blog, it’s about Rosario , not you, not your little piece of land or not how you have been oppressed. We are here because of our admiration for the lovely and most talented Ms Rosario Dawson. “End Quote”

kickup September 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

she is black and latino period point blank…she includes all the other races in her bio to EXPAND her MARKETABILITY FOR movie ROLES…lol!

TheCoolGirl December 1, 2010 at 10:43 am

Well, since her father is Irish/Native American, she is not “black and latino period”.


kickup December 1, 2010 at 11:50 am

@ TheCoolgirl, it doesnt matter what u think and keep ya opinions to yourself b4 callin me stupid…dumbazzzz

kickup December 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

the chick does use her RACIal AMBIGUITY TO EXPAND MARKETABILITY for movie rolls…ie more work if u fit several racial identies to those slow like

It is I January 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Gosh, you people are really immature! I wonder how old most of the people are on this website?

Jennifer September 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Rosario’s stepfather Greg Dawson is not her biological father.
Rosario must know by now that her geneology is not related to her stepdad Greg. She has spoken of a Patrick Harris as being her father, see article link below.

Sep 23, 2007 … Rosario’s father, Patrick Harris, never married her mother. He disappeared from her life, and her stepfather, Greg Dawson, took his place. …

ethnic September 10, 2010 at 1:45 am

thanks for the link Jennifer!

she so fine. August 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm

She doesnt look blk to me. Full blood latina. I hate when a mufu%ka tellz me damn u gotta phat azz u must be half blk and im like naw im from ponce, puerto rico and they be like oh u puerto rican well u might as well say u black then…..uuug

fuzzybear August 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm

To She so Fine

Well a full blood Latina is usually a mix,and the Booty usually comes from the African side.I don’t understand you guys,you take the benefits of a bloodline,but you hate the source.You should just say thank you and move on

Jon January 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

IMO, her African ancestry is the most obvious. I would not have guessed her other heritage. I also think she is gorgeous.

marjanel October 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Thera are blacks in Latin America.There is not something like looking latino.

ADA July 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

i say, unless you dont have shares in an indian casino… please dont claim to be native american

ADA July 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

*unless you have. My bad

DatMatt July 17, 2010 at 6:18 am

Not every tribe has a casino. Only 39.3% of federally recognized tribes operate casinos and only about 8.2% of FEDRALLY DOCUMENTED American Indians profit from the revenue of these casinos. So are you saying 90+ percent of Indians aren’t really Indian? You sound a little ignorant. But just a little bit!

Kirsten June 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

ps u sound kind of racist

Kirsten June 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

i bet ur not even native american haha. seriously. dont be so judgemental. dont assume everyone is a liar just cause many are.

Kirsten June 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm

dude. i know a native american. and shes got a lot in her. and she has those lip almost perfectly. im an expert have a lot of NA in me as well. if you saw my gram youd know im being honest she is almost pure ahah.
she is for sure native american
besides who are you to judge and say she isnt???

Anonymous June 12, 2010 at 7:38 am

Don’t get me wrong- she’s awesome. And super-pretty. But EVERY person in America with no idea what their TRUE ethnicity is tries to claim they’re Native. Usually “Cherokee,” and almost always from their grandmother some generations back. Unless you’ve got a tribal i.d., you know- proof, than don’t try to claim you’re part of a people who don’t need to be bled out any more than we already are. C’mon- get your own damned identity. Speaking as a full-blood from a REAL tribe -with a TRIBAL I.D.- it’s really friggin’ offensive. We’ve had our country stolen and are nearly extinct, and are, in truth, the rarest breed. Leave us our damned identity at least. And for fuck’s sake, all the black people in America need to shut the fuck up about opression. If you’re in America, you’ve got nothing to complain about. You are no longer enslaved by anything other than yourselves, and you are NOT entitled to OUR land. The only people here who should be getting acreage and mules are US.

shevillz July 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm

relax your tits native americans werent only in north america they traveled to south america and central and puerto rico ,… i have native american particulary Tainos of puerto rico nobbady wants to steal anything from you and plus you get cheap cigarettes you should be happy =)

total23 June 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm
hii August 3, 2012 at 7:19 am

is that the stepfather or her biological father? i know the biological father left her when she was a kid but i don’t think he came back into her life, i think thats the stepfather that took care of her.

WTF May 31, 2014 at 4:40 pm

her dad (step dad??????) is looking good for an old man.

Thom June 7, 2010 at 5:20 am

Lots of black people in America have Irish/British last names.

Thom June 7, 2010 at 5:19 am

She is Puerto Rican and African American. She constantly includes other races in her BIO? for some strange reason. The white guy she claims as her dad is really her step-dad.

total23 June 8, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Who Told You That? Do You Know Her?

If You Don’t Know Her Then Please Stop Saying Things…Please!

total23 May 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm
ethnic January 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm

OD Irish?

chillchica January 19, 2010 at 5:47 am

I read an article in Latina Magazine with her in it many years ago. They asked her what her hertiage was and she named like 7 things. I wanted to be like, so what are you really?

The Irishman January 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Dawson is an OD irish name

La Nena January 12, 2010 at 6:24 am

She is very beutiful.

kira November 27, 2009 at 11:52 am


ethnic October 23, 2009 at 11:02 pm

She looked stunning in Death Proof.

Lala October 23, 2009 at 7:12 am

I guessed Black and Latino. She’s gorg.

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