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NECN) – Meteorologist Nelly Carreno joined us not for the weather, but to celebrate important strides by Hispanic men for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Thursday we took a look at influential Hispanic women.
When we talk about Hispanic men that have had a major impact in American culture, one of the first names that comes to mind is Cesar Estrada Chavez, who passed away in 1993.
Chavez was a Mexican-American labor leader who used non-violent methods to fight for the rights of migrant farm workers, like higher wages, better working conditions and safety.
One of Chavez's most vocal supporters then and now is actor Martin Sheen, who was actually born "Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estevez." Sheen says he changed his name, like many Hispanic actors during that time, in order to get work.
Another major star that paved the way for today's Hispanic actors was Desi Arnaz, born: "Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III", better known as Ricky Ricardo from "I Love Lucy.”
Arnaz was a talented musician and bandleader, an actor, a business man, producer, director, and founder of a production company.
Finally when it comes to sports, Boxer Oscar de la Hoya opened the doors for future Hispanic athletes by winning the gold medal for the U.S. Boxing Team in 1992.