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 is unclear 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?

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