Héctor Elizondo

Elizondo in 2010, Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

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

Date of Birth: December 22, 1936

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [Basque, Spanish, possibly other]

Héctor Elizondo is an American actor. He has had a long acting career, in both drama and comedy. He has appeared in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Pretty Woman, and the series Chicago Hope, among many other films and series.

Héctor was born and raised in New York City, to Puerto Rican parents. His father, Martín Echevarría Elizondo, a notary public and accountant, whose parents were from San Lorenzo. His mother, Carmen Medina Reyes, was the daughter of parents from the Canary Islands, Spain.

Héctor is married to actress Carolee Campbell. He has a son from a previous marriage.

Héctor stated in an interview on Popentertainment.com that he has always considered himself as an American actor, rather than a Hispanic actor, as he did not want to “compartmentalize” himself.

Héctor’s paternal grandfather was Juan Elizondo/Elisondo Santiago (the son of Eugenio Elizondo Piñol and Eugenia de Santiago Pérez). Eugenio was born in Spain, the son of Jacinto Elizondo and Teresa Piñol. Eugenia was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

Hector’s paternal grandmother was named Victoria Echevarria Reyes.

Sources: http://findarticles.com

Héctor Elizondo on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Héctor’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Héctor’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Héctor’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Héctor’s paternal great-grandfather, Eugenio Elizondo Piñol – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    tag “Canary Islander”

  2. bablah says:

    Martin Elizondo on census:

    He was the son of Juan Elizondo/Elisondo Santiago and Victoria Echevarria Reyes, both from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico.

    Juan’s parents were Eugenio Elizondo Piñol, a native of Spain (one document says Barcelona, other Castilla), and Eugenia Santiago of Humacao, Puerto Rico.

    Eugenio’s death record:

  3. andrew says:

    He was born to Martín Echevarría Elizondo, a notary public and accountant, and Carmen Medina Reyes.

    Hector’s paternal grandparents were from Basque Country, Spain.

    Hector’s maternal grandparents were from Canary Islands, Spain.

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