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Famous Male Matadors

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List of famous male matadors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male matadors list contains the most prominent and top males known for being matadors. There are thousand of males working as matadors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic matadors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a matador then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Emilio Muñoz and Paquirri.

While this isn't a list of all male matadors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male matadors?" and "Who are the best male matadors?"


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    Ernesto Pastor
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    Ernesto Pastor Lavergne was the first, and so far only, Puerto Rican-born bullfighter to gain international fame. Toreadora Conchita Cintron was half Puerto Rican.more

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    • Age: Died at 29 (1892-1921)
    • Birthplace: Puerto Rico
    • Profession: Matador
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    Jaime Bravo was a Mexican matador during the 1950s and 1960s. Bravo was known for death defying style and numerous relationships with women and Hollywood starlets.more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1932-1970)
    • Birthplace: Tepito, Mexico City, Mexico
    • Profession: Matador, Actor
    • Credits: Love Has Many Faces
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    Carlos Arruza, born Carlos Ruiz Camino, was one of the most prominent bullfighters of the 20th century. He was known as "El Ciclón". Arruza was born in Mexico to Spanish parents. He began fighting bulls at age 14 in Mexico City, and moved to Spain in 1944. He and Manolete were Spain's top matadors of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1920-1966)
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Profession: Matador
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    Antonio Ordóñez
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    Antonio Ordóñez Araujo was a famous Spanish bullfighter.more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1932-1998)
    • Birthplace: Ronda, Spain
    • Profession: Matador
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    José Gómez Ortega
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    José Gómez Ortega, commonly known as Joselito, was a Spanish matador in the early twentieth century. Joselito was considered a child prodigy and was the youngest bullfighter to receive the title of matador de toros, at the age of 17. Joselito followed in arch-rival Juan Belmonte's footsteps and the two ...more

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    • Age: Died at 25 (1895-1920)
    • Birthplace: Seville, Spain
    • Profession: Matador
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    Guillermo Capetillo is a Mexican actor, voice actor, singer and matador and bullfighter.more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Profession: Matador, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Matador, Frontera, Quisiera Ser Hombre, Novia, Esposa y Amante, + more
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    Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez, is a Spanish torero or 'bullfighter'.more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
    • Profession: Matador, Model
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    José Ortega Cano
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    José María Ortega Cano is a Spanish bullfighter. He was married to Spanish singer Rocío Jurado. They adopted two Colombian children, one boy and one girl. He began his bullfighting career in 1973 in Madrid, and had a notably successful year in 1986, where he was very successful in many bullrings. In ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Cartagena, Spain, Spain
    • Profession: Matador, TV Personality
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    Manolete
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    Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez, better known as Manolete, was a Spanish bullfighter.more

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    • Age: Died at 30 (1917-1947)
    • Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
    • Profession: Matador
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    Francisco Rivera Pérez, known as Paquirri, was a Spanish bullfighter.more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1948-1984)
    • Birthplace: Zahara de los Atunes
    • Profession: Matador
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    Luis Miguel Dominguín

    Luis Miguel González Lucas was a famous bullfighter from Spain, better known as Luis Miguel Dominguín. His father was the legendary Domingo Dominguín; he adopted his father's name to gain popularity.more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1926-1996)
    • Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
    • Profession: Matador, Actor
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    Pedro Romero Martinez

    Pedro Romero Martinez
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    Pedro Romero Martínez was a legendary bullfighter from the Romero family in Ronda, Spain. His grandfather Francisco is credited with advancing the art of using the muleta; his father and two brothers were also toreros. As a youth he participated in bullfights in Algeciras and in Seville in 1772; and in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1754-1839)
    • Birthplace: Ronda, Spain
    • Profession: Matador
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    Francisco Rivera Ordóñez

    Francisco de Asís Rivera Ordóñez is a Spanish torero or 'bullfighter'.more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
    • Profession: Matador
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    Frank Evans

    Francis "Frank" Evans is a British-born bullfighter, known as "El Inglés". He is reputed to be the only British bullfighter currently working professionally. He now holds Spanish citizenship.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Matador
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    Emilio Muñoz is a Spanish film actor and bullfighter.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Seville, Spain
    • Profession: Matador, Actor
    • Credits: The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, Atolladero
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    Francisco Romero

    Francisco Romero
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    Francisco Romero was a significant Spanish matador. He reputedly introduced the famous red cape into bullfighting in around 1726. He was the founding father of a bullfighting dynasty, fundamental for bullfighting history. He was apparently the inventor of several characteristics that started to be used ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1700-1763)
    • Birthplace: Ronda, Spain
    • Profession: Matador
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    Enrique Ponce

    Alfonso Enrique Ponce Martínez Chiva, Valencia, Spain, also known as Enrique Ponce, is a famous Spanish bullfighter.more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Chiva, Valencia, Spain
    • Profession: Matador
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    Jairo Miguel

    Jairo Miguel is a bullfighter child prodigy. Miguel first began practicing bull fighting at the young age of six. He was signed to professionally fight bulls at the age of 12 in Mexico, because he could not compete in Spain, whose minimum age is 16. In 2007, he was severely gored by a bull and nearly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 14 (1993-2007)
    • Profession: Matador
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    Julio Aparicio Díaz

    Julio Aparicio Díaz, also known as Julito Aparicio, is a Spanish bullfighter from Seville. Aparicio made his public début in bullfighting at the age of fourteen in 1984. He was confirmed as a torero, or matador, in 1994. Aparicio is infamous for an incident in 2010 when he was gored by a bull and the ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Seville, Spain
    • Profession: Matador
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    Enrique Robles

    Enrique Robles
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    Enrique Robles of Madrid, Spain, also known as Chicorrito was a champion torero in Mexico and in Spain. By 1927 he killed over 1,000 bulls and had 70 scars from being gored.more

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    • Profession: Matador
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