Rosario Dawson

Dawson in 2011, Featureflash /

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, producer, singer, comic book writer, and political activist.

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.

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

88 Responses

  1. Capricious says:

    Jar Jar binks?

  2. perez-richart says:

    possibly caucasian father

  3. Wolfman says:

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

  4. Bow Down Bitches says:

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

  5. cwm85 says:

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

    • karenj says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        “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 says:

        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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