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List of famous people from Guatemala, 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 Guatemala, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Guatemala 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 Guatemala, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Carlos Castillo Armas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Carlos Castillo Armas Died at 43 (1914-1957) - Carlos Castillo Armas was a Guatemalan military officer who seized power in a United States-orchestrated coup in 1954. Castillo Armas had served in the Guatemalan army until 1944, when he supported ...more

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Alberto Fuentes Mohr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Alberto Fuentes Mohr Died at 52 (1927-1979) - Alberto Fuentes Mohr was a Guatemalan economist and politician, one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party. He also served as finance minister and foreign minister during the 1960s.

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Manuel Colom Argueta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Manuel Colom Argueta Died at 47 (1932-1979) - Manuel Colom Argueta was mayor of Guatemala City and an important progressive leader of the opposition in Guatemala. Born in Guatemala City, Colom studied at the El Rosario school, the Liceo Infantil ...more

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José María Reina Barrios is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
José María Reina Barrios Died at 44 (1854-1898) - José María Reyna Barrios was President of Guatemala from 15 March 1892 until his death on 8 February 1898. He was born in San Marcos, Guatemala and was nicknamed Reynita, the diminutive ...more

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Oscar Isaac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Oscar Isaac age 38 - Oscar Isaac is a Guatemalan-born American actor and singer. He is known for his lead roles in Inside Llewyn Davis, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, A Most Violent Year and Ex ...more

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Miguel Ángel Asturias is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Miguel Ángel Asturias Died at 75 (1899-1974) - Miguel Angel Asturias Rosales was a Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan poet-diplomat, novelist, playwright and journalist. Asturias helped establish Latin American literature's contribution to mainstream ...more

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Efraín Ríos Montt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt age 90 - José Efraín Ríos Montt is a Guatemalan politician who was President of Guatemala from 1982 to 1983. An army general, his time in office was marked by the Guatemalan Civil War. ...more

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Manuel Estrada Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Manuel Estrada Cabrera Died at 66 (1857-1923) - Manuel José Estrada Cabrera was President of Guatemala from 1898 to 1920. He was lawyer with no military background and as President, he was a strong ruler, who modernised the country’s ...more

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Santiago González is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Santiago González Died at 69 (1818-1887) - Santiago González Portillo was President of El Salvador 15 April 1871 - 1 February 1876. He was a military officer and a member of the Liberal Party. He led a revolution in 1871 in which the ...more

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Jorge Ubico is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Jorge Ubico Died at 68 (1878-1946) - Jorge Ubico y Castañeda was the authoritarian ruler of Guatemala from 14 February 1931 to 4 July 1944. A general in the Guatemalan army, he was elected to the presidency in 1931, in an election ...more

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Luis von Ahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Luis von Ahn age 38 - Luis von Ahn is a Guatemalan entrepreneur and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is known as one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is the ...more

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Ricardo Arjona is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Ricardo Arjona age 53 - Edgar Ricardo Arjona Morales, known as Ricardo Arjona, is a Guatemalan singer-songwriter and former basketball player and school teacher. Arjona is one of the most successful Latin American artists of ...more

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Antonio José de Irisarri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Antonio José de Irisarri Died at 82 (1786-1868) - Antonio José de Irisarri Alonso, was a Guatemalan statesman, journalist and Interim Supreme Director of Chile. He is considered one of the fathers of Chilean journalism together with Fr. Camilo ...more

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David Campos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
David Campos age 46 - David Campos, is an attorney and member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing San Francisco's District 9 since 2008. His reelection in 2012 made him one of only two LGBT San Francisco ...more

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Rafael Espada is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Rafael Espada age 73 - Dr. José Rafael Espada is a former Vice President of Guatemala and a former cardiothoracic surgeon. Espada is well known in the Houston cardiothoracic surgery community. He grew up in ...more

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Jose Manuel Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Jose Manuel Hernandez age 21 - Jose Manuel Hernandez is an actor, film director and film editor.

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Manny Marroquin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Manny Marroquin age 44 - Manny Marroquin is a Guatemalan-born American mixing engineer. He has received nine Grammy awards for his professional audio work.

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Manuel Barillas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Manuel Barillas Died at 62 (1845-1907) - Manuel Lisandro Barillas Bercián was a Guatemalan general and acting president of Guatemala from 6 April 1885 to 15 March 1886 and President from 16 March 1886 to 15 March 1892. He was born in ...more

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Oliverio Castañeda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Oliverio Castañeda Died at 23 (1955-1978) - Oliverio Castañeda de León was a Guatemalan left-wing oriented student leader, who fought for civil rights and was assassinated at the age of 23 in Guatemala City during the regime of ...more

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Juan Carlos Plata is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Juan Carlos Plata age 46 - Juan Carlos Plata is a Guatemalan retired football striker. He is the highest-scoring player in the history of Guatemala's top division. As of January 2010, Plata has, except for Marc Lloyd-Williams, ...more

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Roberto Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Roberto Taylor age 67 - Roberto Taylor is a retired Guatemalan soccer midfielder who played one season in the American Soccer League and one in the North American Soccer League.

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Pedro Molina Mazariegos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Pedro Molina Mazariegos Died at 77 (1777-1854) - Doctor Pedro José Antonio Molina Mazariegos was a Central American politician, considered one of the founders of liberalism in Guatemala. At the head of a party named Los Cacos, he fought for ...more

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Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García Died at 79 (1930-2009) - Brigadier General Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García was President of Guatemala from 1 July 1974 to 1 July 1978. He was the son of a Norwegian father and Guatemalan mother. Laugerud received part of ...more

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Carlos Herrera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Carlos Herrera Died at 74 (1856-1930) - Carlos Herrera y Luna was acting President of Guatemala from March 30, 1920 to September 15, 1920 and President of Guatemala from September 16, 1920 until December 10, 1921.

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Carlos Solórzano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Carlos Solórzano Died at 92 (1919-2011) - Carlos Solórzano Fernández was a Guatemalan born Mexican playwright. He is considered one of the most important playwrights in Guatemalan history. His contribution to the theater in ...more

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Alejandro Galindo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Alejandro Galindo age 23 - Alejandro Galindo is a Guatemalan soccer player.

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Miguel Rosales is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Miguel Rosales age 56 - Miguel Rosales is president and principal designer of Rosales + Partners, a transportation architecture firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. Miguel Rosales is an architect specialized in bridge ...more

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Michael Kaluta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Michael Kaluta age 68 - Michael William Kaluta, sometimes credited as Mike Kaluta or Michael Wm. Kaluta, is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his acclaimed 1970s adaptation of the pulp magazine hero, ...more

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Christian López is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Christian López Died at 29 (1984-2013) - Christian Alberto López Bobadilla was a Guatemalan weightlifter. He competed in the -105kg event at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the +105 kg at the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the 2010 Central ...more

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Julen Urigüen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Julen Urigüen age 25 - Julen Urigüen Sieveking is a junior tennis player who currently lives in the United States. He has competed for the Guatemala Davis Cup team.

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Lou Sagastume is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Lou Sagastume Luis "Lou" Sagastume is a retired Guatemalan-American soccer player who spent three seasons in the North American Soccer League and coached at the youth, collegiate and professional levels. ...more

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Jorge Serrano Elías is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Jorge Serrano Elías age 70 - Jorge Antonio Serrano Elías was President of Guatemala from January 14, 1991 to May 31, 1993.

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Mario Rafael Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Mario Rafael Rodríguez age 34 - Mario Rafael Rodríguez Rodríguez is a Guatemalan football midfielder. He currently plays for the local club CSD Municipal. Rodríguez has played locally for CSD Comunicaciones and ...more

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Erwin Morales is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Erwin Morales age 30 - Erwin Morales is a Guatemalan soccer player.

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Josué García is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Josué García age 27 - Josué García is a Guatemalan professional footballer who currently plays as Midfielder for CSD Municipal.

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Kendel Herrarte is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Kendel Herrarte age 23 - Kendel Herrarte is a Guatemalan professional footballer who currently plays as striker for CSD Comunicaciones.

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Vinicio Cerezo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Vinicio Cerezo age 73 - Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo is a Guatemalan politician. He served as President of Guatemala from 14 January 1986 to 14 January 1991. He was the first president of the modern democratic era.

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P. M. Carlson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
P. M. Carlson age 75 - P. M. Carlson is an Edgar Award nominated author.

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Alfred Julio Jensen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Alfred Julio Jensen Died at 78 (1903-1981) - Alfred Julio Jensen was an abstract painter. His paintings are often characterized by grids of brightly colored triangles, circles or squares, painted in thick impasto. Conveying a complex web of ...more

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Juan Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Juan Valenzuela age 26 - Juan Valenzuela is a Guatemalan professional footballer who currently plays as striker for CSD Municipal.

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Carlos Batres is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Carlos Batres age 49 - Carlos Alberto Batres González is a Guatemalan football referee. He has refereed FIFA World Cup qualification and final tournament matches, and at Olympic tournaments. Having refereed in FIFA ...more

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Juan José Arévalo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Juan José Arévalo Died at 86 (1904-1990) - Juan José Arévalo Bermejo was a professor of philosophy who became Guatemala's first democratically elected president in 1944. He was elected following a popular uprising against the ...more

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Jorge Rodas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Jorge Rodas age 44 - Jorge Alexander Rodas Hurtarte is a retired Guatemalan professional football midfielder. He last played for Aurora FC in the Guatemalan Primera División as of the end of the 2007-08 ...more

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Mayra Herrera is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Mayra Herrera age 27 - Mayra Herrera is an athlete.

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Carlos Peña is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Carlos Peña age 29 - Carlos Enrique Peña Aldana is a Guatemalan singer and songwriter. He is the winner of the second season of Latin American Idol.

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Hilda Morales Trujillo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Hilda Morales Trujillo age 74 - Hilda Morales Trujillo is a lawyer in Guatemala who has become internationally known for her work in defending women's rights and as a campaigner for Guatemala's Network for Non-Violence Against ...more

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Mayra Conde is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Mayra Conde age 46 - Mayra Lissette Conde is a professional Personal Trainer and mixed martial artist, who has also competed in bodybuilding, kickboxing and brazilian jiu-jitsu.

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Juan Federico Ponce Vaides is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Juan Federico Ponce Vaides Died at 67 (1889-1956) - Juan Federico Ponce Vaides was the acting President of Guatemala from 4 July 1944 to 20 October 1944. He was overthrown by a popular uprising in October 1944 that began the Guatemalan ...more

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Rolando Morán is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Rolando Morán Died at 69 (1929-1998) - Comandante Rolando Morán is the nom de guerre of Ricardo Arnoldo Ramírez de León, a former leader of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity, an armed Guatemalan resistance ...more

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Ana Sofía Gómez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Ana Sofía Gómez age 20 - Ana Sofía Gómez Porras is a Guatemalan gymnast who won the Silver Medal in the all-around event and the Gold Medal in balance beam Gymnastics at the 2011 Pan American Games. She competed ...more