Rosario Dawson

Dawson in 2011, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Rosario Isabel Dawson

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

Date of Birth: May 9, 1979

*mother – Puerto Rican, Cuban, including African and Taíno
*biological father – publicly unknown

Rosario Dawson is an American actress, voice actress, producer, singer, comic book writer, and political activist. Her roles include the films Kids, He Got Game, Josie and the Pussycats, Men in Black II, The Rundown, Shattered Glass, Alexander (2004), Frank Miller’s Sin City, and its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For; Rent (2005), Clerks II and 3, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Seven Pounds, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Unstoppable, Zookeeper, Trance (2013), Top Five, Zombieland: Double Tap, The Water Man, Haunted Mansion (2023), and, in voice role, The Lego Batman Movie and as Wonder Woman in several Justice League animated films; and on television’s Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Young Rock, Dopesick, and Ahsoka.

Rosario’s mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer, and is of Puerto Rican and African-Cuban descent. Her mother has Taíno roots. 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.

She was raised partly in Garland, Texas.

Rosario has a daughter, who is adopted.

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 –


Curious about ethnicity

90 Responses

  1. andrew says:

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

  2. alexgxo says:

    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..

  3. crunty says:

    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.

  4. phaedra says:

    She’s tri-racial.

    Spanish, Native and West African.

  5. Adrian1Cram says:

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

    Either way she’s hot!

    • Wolfman says:

      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.

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