Wilson Jermaine Heredia

Heredia in 2014, photo by Debby Wong/Bigstock.com

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

Date of Birth: December 2, 1971

Ethnicity: Dominican Republic [African, Spanish]

Wilson Jermaine Heredia is an American actor. He is known for his role as Angel Dumott Schunard in the musical Rent. He was born in Brooklyn, to Dominican parents.

Regarding his family, he has stated:

So, they’re [my parents] proud-but years later, I would go see my parents, and my mom would say [he assumes a Spanish accent] “You can still be a doctor, you know. You can still go back to school.” See, my dad is a black Dominican and my mom is a white Dominican, so the 70s were very rough for them here. Their attitude was [acting] should be a hobby, because they didn’t come to this country so that their kids would have to struggle the way they did.

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