Birth Name: Néstor Gastón Carbonell
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: December 1, 1967
Ethnicity: Cuban [Spanish, Catalan, Basque, possibly other]
Néstor Carbonell is an American actor, director, and screenwriter.
Néstor is the son of Rosa Ramírez de Arellano y Cárdenas and Néstor Tulio Carbonell y Cortina. His parents are Cuban, and moved to the U.S. in the 1960s. Néstor has a sister, Rosa Maria, and a brother, José. One of Néstor’s cousins is Cuban baseball player Rafael Palmeiro.
Néstor is married to Australian actress Shannon Kenny, with whom he has two children.
Néstor has said:
My parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were born in Cuba, but my roots are Spanish. On my father’s side, Carbonell (Catalonia) y Cortina (Basque Country), and on my mother’s side, Ramírez de Arellano (Navarre) y Cardenas (Jaén). I was born in New York and I am as proud of my American nationality as of my Cuban nationality and Spanish origins. I’ve been to Spain many times and I’ve enjoyed visiting Madrid and Andalusia.
Néstor’s paternal great-grandfather was José Manuel Cortina. He was a Cuban politician, lawyer, and journalist. José was the son of Dionisio Constantino de Cortina y Arteaga, an agriculturalist, of Basque descent, and of María Luisa García y Gutiérrez, who was born in Matanzas, Cuba.
Néstor’s maternal grandfather was named Gastón Ramírez de Arellano y Longa.
Néstor’s maternal grandmother was Rosa María De Cárdenas y Blanco (the daughter of Raúl De Cárdenas y Echarte and Dulce María Blanco y Valdés-Rodríguez). Raúl was the son of Lic-Julio De Cárdenas y Rodríguez Dulzáides and Rosa Echarte y Alfonso. Néstor’s Cárdenas line can be traced back to a man from Baeza, Jaén, Andalusia, Spain, who moved to Cuba in the 1500s.
Source: Genealogy of Néstor Carbonell (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org