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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Matadors
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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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    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, Mexico City
    • Profession: Matador
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    Antonio Ordóñez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Matadors
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Matadors
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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 listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Matadors
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    Guillermo Capetillo is a Mexican actor, voice actor, singer and matador and bullfighter. more

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

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    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
    • Profession: Matador, Model
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    José Ortega Cano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Matadors
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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: 62
    • Birthplace: Cartagena, Spain, Spain
    • Profession: Matador, TV Personality
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    Manolete is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Matadors
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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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