We found out where some of our past favorite Latino celebrities are now!
Remember when they were supposed to be the Next Big Thing? These Latino stars enjoyed their 15—maybe even 20—minutes of fame, but then faded from the limelight. We track down a few former Latino celebrities to find out “Where are they now?”
Latino celebrities: Where are they now?
Maria Conchita Alonso
Maria Conchita Alonso: Alonso made her U.S. film debut in 1984’s “Moscow on the Hudson,” where she played Robin Williams’ love interest. Despite a media blitz aimed to propel her to stardom, few of Alonso’s subsequent roles garnered her the attention of “Moscow.” She made an appearance on “Desperate Housewives,” starring as Gabrielle Solis’ (played by Eva Longoria) mother. Her last film appearance was in Rob Zombie’s “Lords of Salem.” Nuff said…
Frankie Muniz: This “Malcolm in the Middle” cutie pie was nominated for two Golden Globes and an Emmy for his work as Malcolm, the middle child in a dysfunctional, but loving family. Muniz went on to star in a few moderately successful films, but his film career never really took off. Maybe to viewers, he was still always Malcolm. He’s since switched careers, and is now a race car driver and a drummer in the band Kingsfoil.
Alfonso Ribeiro: Some stars portray their characters so well that they are forever associated with them. Take Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Will Smith’s rich, uptight cousin Carlton Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” It’s been the high point of his career, but we expect Alfonso is laughing all the way to the bank. He’s now a host on the Game Show Network.
Erik Estrada: Though Estrada appeared as motorcycle cop Ponch in just two seasons of “CHiPs,” the role made him a sex symbol and even landed him the title of People magazine’s 10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World. Unfortunately, the role of Ponch also defined Estrada’s career, at least in the U.S. He went on to stardom in Mexican telenovelas, but never regained stardom in the U.S. He now works in real estate and does occasional voice-over work.
Dayanara Torres: 17-year-old Torres was discovered in her native Puerto Rico, and quickly went on to win Miss Universe 1993. She’s been a huge star in the Philippines, but despite record releases and minor television appearances, her star never took off in the U.S. She’s probably best known as the woman Marc Anthony left to be with Jennifer Lopez— the latter married just a week after Anthony’s divorce from Torres was finalized. Torres recently published a book about her rocky marriage and divorce titled: “Married to Me: How Committing to Myself Led to Triumph After Divorce.”
Lorenzo Lamas: Remember that guy? After achieving sex symbol status for playing bad boy Lance Cumson on TV’s “Falcon Crest”. He went on to several disastrous movie roles, including the 1984 bomb, “Body Rock,” for which he was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor. He’s since done some theater work, but has achieved more notoriety for his eventful love life. Married five times and father to six kids with three different women, maybe Lamas is living up to his former status as a Latin lover.
Desi Arnaz, Jr. & Lucie Arnaz
Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lucie Arnaz: These two siblings are the offspring of one of Hollywood’s most famous couples, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. Desi Jr.’s birth was even worked into the storyline of the wildly successful 1950s sitcom, “I Love Lucy.” Both siblings have sought the spotlight, but have found it hard to emerge from the shadows of their mega-famous parents. Desi Jr. plays in a band that frequently covers his father’s music, and Lucie landed only minor film and TV roles during her acting career. Both siblings regularly participate in tributes to their late parents.