Rudy Youngblood

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Youngblood in 2007, photo by

Place of Birth: Belton, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 21, 1982

Ethnicity: Comanche, Yaqui Native American

Rudy Youngblood is an American actor, musician, dancer, and artist.

He played Jaguar Paw, the lead role, in the epic film Apocalypto (2006), about Maya culture in the early 1500s. He learned the Yucatec Maya language in order to star in the film, in which all dialogue was in Mayan.

He has said that his name Youngblood comes from an uncle, and that he has used it since he was six. Rudy has also used the name Rudy Gonzalez, which is evidently the name of a stepfather.

His father is Yaqui and his mother is Comanche. He is Cree by adoption. The Yaqui are an Uto-Aztecan-speaking indigenous people of Mexico, who have communities in the valley of the Río Yaqui, Sonora, Mexico, along with elsewhere in the country, and the Southwestern United States, especially California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Rudy speaks fluent Spanish.


9 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    He was born Rudy Gonzalez and his father is of Spanish-Mexican and Yaqui origin and his mother is Comanche

    • follers says:

      How do you know that (Spanish and birth name)?

      • andrew says:

        I guess he is more a Mexican mestizo than anything.

        • alexgxo says:

          I suspect that his biological father, who he states is Yaqui (a tribe found in Northern Mexico and Southwestern US states such as Texas where he is from), is where the surname “Gonzalez” came from. But this is just speculation on my part. Either way, I’m sure he isn’t fully Amerindian as you stated. 60-70% seems right.

      • alexgxo says:

        “TV Guide” claims that his birth name is “Rudy Gonzalez”, (, but in an Los Angeles Times interview provided, he claims that “Rudy Gonzalez” is not his birth name, but supposedly the surname of a stepfather. I’m not sure if this adds up as his adoptive father is apparently Cree, who are a tribe found almost exclusively in Canada? Unless he doesn’t consider his adoptive father as a “stepfather” or he had a different stepfather?

        Since he claims that his biological father was Yaqui/had some degree of Yaqui heritage, a tribe who are found mainly in Northern Mexico and Southwestern United States (such as Texas, where he was born), than its possible that he has roots in Northern Mexico and that the “Gonzalez” surname is from his biological father. But this is obviously all speculation.

  2. Dar says:

    He is also Spanish

  3. Dar says:

    He is also Mexican and Spanish. Please add those tags

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