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List of famous people from Cambodia, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Cambodia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Cambodia you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Cambodia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

People include everything from Theary Seng to Pen Sovan.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Cambodia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Cambodia?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Norodom Sihanouk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk Died at 90 (1922-2012) - Norodom Sihanouk was the King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 to 2005. He was the effective ruler of Cambodia from 1953 to 1970. After his second abdication in 2004, he was ...more

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Lon Nol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Lon Nol Died at 72 (1913-1985) - Marshal Lon Nol was a Cambodian politician and general who served as Prime Minister of Cambodia twice, as well as serving repeatedly as Defense Minister. He led a military coup against Prince ...more

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Sos Suhana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Sos Suhana age 23 - Sos Suhana is a footballer for Phnom Penh Crown in the Cambodian League. He plays as a Midfielder.

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Tep Rundaro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Tep Rundaro age 52 - Tep Rindaro, is a Cambodian actor and singer, who started acting in 1987. With his career spanning more than two decades, he is one of the longest starring actors in Cambodia since the fall of ...more

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Bour Kry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Bour Kry age 72 - Samdech Preah Sanghareach Bour Kry is the seventh and current Supreme Patriarch of the Thammayut order of Cambodia.

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Dith Pran is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Dith Pran Died at 66 (1942-2008) - Dith Pran was a Cambodian photojournalist best known as a refugee and survivor of the Cambodian Genocide. He was the subject of the Academy Award-winning film The Killing Fields. He was ...more

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Vann Nath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Vann Nath Died at 65 (1946-2011) - Vann Nath was a Cambodian painter, artist, writer and human rights activist who was one of a diverse group of writers from 22 countries to receive the prestigious Lillian Hellman/Hammett Award ...more

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Sinn Sisamouth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Sinn Sisamouth Died at 44 (1932-1976) - Sinn Sisamouth was a famous and highly prolific Cambodian singer-songwriter in the 1950s to the 1970s. Widely considered the "King of Khmer music," Sin Sisamouth, along with Ros ...more

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Rithy Panh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Rithy Panh age 51 - Rithy Panh is an internationally and critically acclaimed Cambodian documentary film director and screenwriter. The French-schooled director's films focus on the aftermath of the genocidal Khmer ...more

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Khuang Aphaiwong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Khuang Aphaiwong Died at 66 (1902-1968) - Khuang Aphaiwong 17 May 1902 - 15 March 1968; Thai: ควง อภัยวงศ์, also spelled Kuang, Abhaiwong, or Abhaiwongse; was three times the prime minister of Thailand: from August 1944 to 1945, from ...more

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Hong Khaou is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Hong Khaou age 40 - Hong Khaou is a film director and screenwriter.

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Peng Bunchay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Peng Bunchay age 23 - Peng Bunchay is a footballer for Boeung Ket Angkor in the Cambodian League.

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Prak Mony Odom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Prak Mony Odom age 21 - Prak Mony Udom is a footballer for Svay Rieng in Cambodian League. He plays as a Midfielder for club.

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Kris Dim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Kris Dim age 42 - Krisna "Kris" Dim is an IFBB professional bodybuilder. His first national bodybuilding competition was the NPC USA Championships, where he took 6th. After many years of hard work, he ...more

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Phuong Soksana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Phuong Soksana age 23 - Phuong Soksana is a footballer for National Defense Ministry in the Cambodian League. He has represented Cambodia at senior international level.

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Reach Sambath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Reach Sambath Died at 47 (1964-2011) - Reach Sambath was a Cambodian journalist and a former spokesperson and "Chief of Public Affairs" of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, commonly known as the ...more

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Dy Saveth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Dy Saveth age 71 - Dy Saveth is a renowned Cambodian actress and first Miss Cambodia. She featured several films throughout the 1960s until the communist takeover in 1975, and later from 1993 to present. She ...more

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Seyha Chan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Seyha Chan age 22 - Chan Seyha is a Cambodian runner who competed in the 200 metre event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and also she competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 200 m event but was ...more

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Khim Borey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Khim Borey age 26 - Khim Borey is a Cambodian footballer who plays for Nagaworld and the Cambodia national team.

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Tieng Tiny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Tieng Tiny age 29 - Tieng Tiny is a footballer for Nagacorp FC in the Cambodian League and the Cambodia national team. Regarded as one of his country's best defenders for the last few years, Tieng Tiny has been a ...more

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Patricia Hy-Boulais is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Patricia Hy-Boulais age 50 - Patricia Hy-Boulais is a former tennis player. She turned professional on October 12, 1986. Early in her career she represented Hong Kong. She became a citizen of Canada in 1991. However, she ...more

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Keo Pich Pisey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Keo Pich Pisey age 33 - Keo Pich Pisey is a Cambodian actress, model, and former dancer. She is best known for her portrayal of San Chhay in the F4 Cambodian film series. She has also appeared in karaoke DVDs and TV ...more

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Pheak Rady is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Pheak Rady age 26 - Pheak Rady is a Cambodian footballer who plays for Boeung Ket Angkor in the Cambodian League and the Cambodia national team.

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Son Sann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Son Sann Died at 89 (1911-2000) - Son Sann was a Cambodian politician and anti-communist resistance leader, having served as 24th Prime Minister of Cambodia and President of the National Assembly. A devout Buddhist, he fathered ...more

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D.Y. Sao is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
D.Y. Sao age 36 - D.Y. Sao appeared in the 2003 film Cradle 2 the Grave.

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Sun Sovannarith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Sun Sovannarith age 28 - Sun Sovannarith is a footballer for Nagacorp in Cambodian League. He plays as a Defender for club. He has represented Cambodia at senior international level.

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Khieu Samphan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Khieu Samphan age 84 - Khieu Samphan is a former Cambodian communist politician who was the president of the state presidium of Democratic Kampuchea from 1976 until 1979. As such, he served as Cambodia's head of state ...more

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Preap Sovath is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Preap Sovath age 40 - Preap Sovath is a singer in Cambodia. He records for Cambodian production company Rasmey Hang Meas. Preap Sovath performs the style of music known as "Khmer Karaoke", the name derives ...more

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Sottha Khunn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Sottha Khunn Sottha Khunn is a 1998 JBF Awards nominee for the Best New Restaurant.

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Sok Chanraksmey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Sok Chanraksmey age 23 - Sok Chanraksmey is a Cambodian soccer player.

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Norodom of Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Norodom of Cambodia Died at 70 (1834-1904) - Norodom I ruled as king of Cambodia from 1860 to 1904. He was the eldest son of King Ang Duong, who ruled on the behalf of Siam, and half-brother of Prince Si Votha as well as the half-brother ...more

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Hor Namhong is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Hor Namhong age 80 - Hor Namhong is a Cambodian diplomat who has served in the government of Cambodia as Minister of Foreign Affairs since 1998. He previously held the same post from 1990 until 1993. He is a member ...more

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Sisowath Kossamak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Sisowath Kossamak Died at 71 (1904-1975) - Preah Mahaksatriyani Sisowath Monivong Kossamak Nearirath Serey Vathana was the Queen consort of Cambodia from 1955 to 1960 as the wife of King Norodom Suramarit. Sisowath Kossamak was born ...more

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Norodom Sihamoni is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Norodom Sihamoni age 63 - Norodom Sihamoni is the reigning King of Cambodia. He ascended the throne on 14 October 2004. He is the eldest son of Norodom Sihanouk and his second wife Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. He was ...more

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Kieng Samorn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Kieng Samorn age 34 - Samorn Kieng is a Cambodian middle-distance runner. He competed in the men's 800 m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics but was eliminated in the first round. However, Kieng did finish with a ...more

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Choun Chum is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Choun Chum age 30 - Choun Chum is a footballer for Nagacorp in Cambodian League. He plays as a striker. He has represented Cambodia at senior international level.

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Sorn Davin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Sorn Davin age 23 - Sorn Davin is a taekwondo practitioner who represented Cambodia at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was born in Phnom Penh. She had the honor of carrying the flag for her country during the Parade ...more

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Sotheara Chov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
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Ieng Mouly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Ieng Mouly age 65 - Ieng Mouly is a Cambodian politician. Mouly was vice president of the Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party. Upon the establishment of the coalition government CMAC in 1993, Ieng Mouly became the ...more

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Preap In is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Preap In Died at 26 (1938-1964) - Preap In was a Cambodian political dissident of the 1950s–1960s. A high-level cadre of the Khmer Serei, a rightist militia formed to oppose the regime of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, In is ...more

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Pen Sovan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Pen Sovan age 79 - Pen Sovan is a Cambodian politician who served as the Prime Minister of the Hanoi-backed People's Republic of Kampuchea from June 27 to December 5, 1981, and was General Secretary of the ...more

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Chut Wutty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Chut Wutty Chut Wutty was Founder and Director of the Natural Resource Protection Group. He was a Cambodian environmental activist best known as the country’s most vocal critic of the military's alleged ...more

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Sokvannara Sar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
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Ken Lo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Ken Lo age 58 - Kenneth Low Wai-kwong is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, and stuntman. He was a member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team.

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Tea Lim Koun is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Tea Lim Koun age 81 - Tea Lim Koun is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer and film editor.

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Saksi Sbong is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Saksi Sbong age 71 - Saksy Sbong is a Cambodian actress who mainly played the role of villains in Cambodian pre-Khmer Rouge films. Saksy Sbong fled Cambodia to live in France before the rule of the Khmer Rouge but ...more

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Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Pol Pot Died at 73 (1925-1998) - Pol Pot, born Saloth Sar, was a Cambodian socialist revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until 1997. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of ...more

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Saom Vansodany is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Saom Vansodany Saom Vansodany or Som Van Sok Dany was a famous Cambodian actress from the late 1960s until 1975. She was mainly featured and famous for her roles in melodramatic movies such as Thavory Meas ...more

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Haing S. Ngor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Haing S. Ngor Died at 56 (1940-1996) - Haing Somnang Ngor was a Cambodian American physician, actor, and author who is best known for winning the 1985 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his debut performance in the movie The ...more

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Virak Dara is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Cambodia
Virak Dara age 68 - Virak Dara is a Cambodian actress primarily known for her roles in the 1960s and early-to-mid-1970s. In 1967 she starred as "Kong Rey" in Puthisean Neang Kong Rey, which is to date the ...more