Rosie Pérez

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Pérez in 2015, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Rosa Maria Pérez

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

Date of Birth: September 6, 1964

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

Rosie Pérez is an American actress, singer, community activist, talk show host, author, dancer, and choreographer.

Her parents, Lydia Pérez and Ismael Serrano, were Puerto Rican. A picture of Rosie with her father can be seen here. Rosie is married to artist Eric Haze.

Rosie’s paternal grandfather was Juan Serrano y Anglada (the son of Juan Serrano Vendrell and Juana Anglada y Lasalle). Rosie’s great-grandfather Juan was the son of Dionicia Serrano. Rosie’s great-grandmother Juana was the daughter of José del Carmen Anglada and Maria Josefa Lasalle.

Rosie’s paternal grandmother was Carmen Emilia Roqué y Cruz (the daughter of Jacinto Roqué y Lopez and Maria de la/R. Cruz y Velazquez). Jacinto was the son of José Eduviges Roqué and Petrona Lopez Ojeda.

Rosie’s maternal grandfather was Florentino Fontañes y Reyes (the son of Julian Fontañes and Anastacia Reyes y Villafane). Florentino was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Julian was the son of Tomasa Fontañes. Anastacia was the daughter of Pedro Reyes and Juana Villafane.

Rosie’s maternal grandmother was named Ramona Ramos.

Sources: Marriage record of Rosie’s paternal grandparents, Juan Serrano y Anglada and Carmen Emilia Roqué y Cruz –

Death record of Rosie’s paternal grandmother, Carmen Emilia Roqué y Cruz –


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19 Responses

  1. Daisuke says:

    Can anyone find a Icelandic and African mix!?

  2. Juanita says:

    Perez is Pérez was born in the Brooklyn, New York neighborhood of Bushwick to Afro-Puerto Rican parents. Her mother, Lydia Pérez (née Fontañez), a singer, was married to Ventura Pérez at the time of Rosie’s birth. However, Rosie’s biological father is Ismael Serrano, a merchant seaman with whom her mother had had an affair. Much of her young life was spent in foster care. She attended Grover Cleveland High School, which is located in Ridgewood, in the New York City borough of Queens, and Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California. See her facebook!!!

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