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

List includes Carlos Andrés Sánchez, Gaston Gonnet and more.

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

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Venancio Flores is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Venancio Flores Died at 60 (1808-1868) - Venancio Flores Barrios was a Uruguayan political leader and general. Flores was President of Uruguay from 1854 to 1855 and from 1865 to 1868.

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Martin Sorrondeguy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Martin Sorrondeguy Martin Sorrondeguy is the singer of hardcore bands Los Crudos and Limp Wrist, the founder of the DIY record label, Lengua Armada Discos, documentary film director and a prominent figure in both ...more

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Eduardo Galeano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Eduardo Galeano age 76 - Eduardo Hughes Galeano was a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist considered, among other things, "global soccer's pre-eminent man of letters" and "a literary giant of the ...more

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Carlos Gardel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Carlos Gardel Died at 45 (1890-1935) - Carlos Gardel was a French Argentine singer, songwriter, composer and actor, and the most prominent figure in the history of tango. Gardel's baritone voice and the dramatic phrasing of his ...more

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Mario Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Mario Benedetti Died at 89 (1920-2009) - Mario Orlando Hardy Hamlet Brenno Benedetti Farrugia, known as Mario Benedetti, was an Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet as well as being an integral member of the Generación del ...more

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Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Diego Forlán age 37 - Diego Forlán Corazo is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Cerezo Osaka in Japan. He is a two-time winner of both the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe, and also ...more

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Ignacio María González is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Ignacio María González age 34 - Ignacio 'Nacho' María González Gatti is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Club Nacional de Football as a midfielder.

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Emilio Frugoni is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Emilio Frugoni Died at 89 (1880-1969) - Emilio Frugoni was a Uruguayan socialist politician, lawyer, poet, essayist, and journalist. He founded the Socialist Party of Uruguay in 1910 and was its first general secretary, as well as its ...more

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Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Enzo Francescoli age 54 - Enzo Francescoli Uriarte is a former Uruguayan football player. Francescoli was nicknamed El Príncipe or Le Prince. He played 73 times for the Uruguay national team between 1982 and his ...more

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Francisco Canaro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Francisco Canaro Died at 76 (1888-1964) - Francisco Canaro was an Uruguayan violinist and tango orchestra leader. His parents, Italians emigrated to Uruguay, and later – when Francisco Canaro was less than 10 years old, they emigrated ...more

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Adrián Caetano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Adrián Caetano age 47 - Israel Adrián Caetano is an Uruguayan-Argentine film director, producer and screenplay writer.

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Enrique Graf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Enrique Graf age 64 - Enrique Graf is a Uruguayan born, American naturalized musician.

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Jorge Medina Vidal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Jorge Medina Vidal age 90 - Jorge Medina Vidal is a Uruguayan poet, educator and literary critic. He received his diploma at the Department of Humanities and Sciences of the Universidad de la República. As a member ...more

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Gaston Gonnet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Gaston Gonnet age 62 - Gaston H. Gonnet is a Uruguayan Canadian computer scientist and entrepreneur. He is best known for his contributions to the Maple computer algebra system and the creation of an electronic ...more

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Marco Banderas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Marco Banderas age 48 - Marco Banderas is a Uruguayan-born Spanish pornographic actor and aspiring singer.

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F. Luis Mora is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
F. Luis Mora Died at 66 (1874-1940) - F. Luis Mora, also known as Francis Luis Mora, was an Hispanic American figural painter. Mora worked in watercolor, oils and tempera. He produced drawings in pen and ink, and graphite; and ...more

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Dani Umpi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Dani Umpi age 42 - Daniel Umpiérrez also known as Dani Umpi is a Uruguayan musician and writer.

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Atilio Supparo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Atilio Supparo Died at 71 (1871-1942) - Atilio Supparo was an actor and a film score composer.

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Cristina Peri Rossi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Cristina Peri Rossi age 75 - Cristina Peri Rossi is a Uruguayan novelist, poet, translator, and author of short stories. Considered a leading light of the post-1960s period of prominence of the Latin-American novel, she has ...more

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Juan Campisteguy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Juan Campisteguy Died at 78 (1859-1937) - Juan Campisteguy Oxcoby was a Uruguayan soldier, lawyer, and President of Uruguay.

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Rosita Melo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Rosita Melo Died at 84 (1897-1981) - Clotilde Mela Rosa Luciano, better known as Rosita Melo, was an Argentine-Uruguayan pianist, composer and poet. She is the author of the famous Creole Waltz "Desde el alma" for which ...more

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Ricardo Islas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Ricardo Islas age 47 - Ricardo Islas is a film director.

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Alberto Abdala is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Alberto Abdala Died at 66 (1920-1986) - Alberto Abdala Uruguayan attorney, politician, painter and Vice-President from 1967 to 1972.

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Jorge Drexler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Jorge Drexler age 51 - Jorge Drexler is a Uruguayan musician, actor. He is a doctor specialized in otolaryngology. In 2004, Drexler won wide acclaim after becoming the first Uruguayan ever to win an Academy Award. He ...more

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Rafael Viñoly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Rafael Viñoly age 71 - Rafael Viñoly Beceiro is an Uruguayan architect.

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Juan Zorrilla de San Martín is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Juan Zorrilla de San Martín Died at 76 (1855-1931) - Juan Zorrilla de San Martín was a Catholic Uruguayan epic poet – he is referred to as the "National Poet of Uruguay" – and political figure .

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Richard Bennett Lamas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Richard Bennett Lamas age 47 - Richard Bennett is a former comic book artist and current freelance film concept and storyboard artist born in Uruguay. He broke into the comic book industry in 1990, penciling and inking the ...more

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Tab Ramos is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Tab Ramos age 49 - Tabaré Ramos Ricciardi, known as Tab Ramos is a retired American soccer player who currently serves as head coach of the United States U-20 team. Over this thirteen-year professional ...more

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Andrea Ghidone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Andrea Ghidone age 38 - Andrea Ghidone Segundo is a Uruguayan vedette, fashion model, professional dancer and actress of theater and television known for her work in Argentina. Ghidone is known for her work with the ...more

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Ruben Rada is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Ruben Rada age 73 - Rubén Rada; moniker "El Negro Rada" is an Afro-Uruguayan percussionist, composer and singer. He is closely associated with Candombe, an Afro–Uruguayan rhythmic style music, ...more

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Juan José de Amézaga is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Juan José de Amézaga Died at 75 (1881-1956) - Juan José de Amézaga Landaroso was a Uruguayan political figure.

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Diego Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Diego Rodríguez age 30 - Diego Manuel Rodríguez da Luz is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for River Plate in the Uruguayan Primera Division.

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Julio María Sanguinetti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Julio María Sanguinetti age 81 - Julio María Sanguinetti Coirolo is a Uruguayan politician, lawyer and journalist, as well as a former President of Uruguay for the Partido Colorado. A lawyer and journalist by profession, ...more

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Juan Pablo Rebella is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Juan Pablo Rebella Died at 32 (1974-2006) - Juan Pablo Rebella was an Uruguayan film director and screenwriter.

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Déborah Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Déborah Rodríguez age 24 - Déborah Rodríguez is a Uruguayan athlete and fashion model.

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Martín Sastre is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Martín Sastre age 39 - Martín Sastre is a film director and contemporary media artist working with film, video, sculpture, photography and drawing.

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Walter Vidarte is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Walter Vidarte Died at 80 (1931-2011) - Walter Vidarte was a Uruguayan actor.

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Walter Tournier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Walter Tournier age 71 - Walter Tournier is a Uruguayan director of animated and documentary films, who is closely identified with that country's enterprising filmmaking community. His work has been well-received both ...more

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Elli Medeiros is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Elli Medeiros age 59 - Elli Medeiros is a singer and actress.

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Paquito Busto is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Paquito Busto Died at 63 (1891-1954) - Paquito Busto was an actor.

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Luis Alberto Lacalle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Luis Alberto Lacalle age 74 - Luis Alberto Lacalle de Herrera, GCMG, is a Uruguayan lawyer and politician who served as President of Uruguay from 1990 to 1995.

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José Batlle y Ordóñez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
José Batlle y Ordóñez Died at 73 (1856-1929) - José Pablo Torcuato Batlle y Ordóñez was the president of Uruguay in 1899 and from 1903 until 1907 and for a further term from 1911 to 1915. He was the son of former ...more

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Enrique Loedel Palumbo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Enrique Loedel Palumbo Died at 61 (1901-1962) - Enrique Loedel Palumbo was a Latin American physicist. Loedel Palumbo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and studied at the University of La Plata in Argentina. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on optical ...more

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Eduardo Acevedo Díaz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Eduardo Acevedo Díaz Died at 70 (1851-1921) - Eduardo Acevedo Díaz, was a Uruguayan writer, politician and journalist.

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Gabriel Terra is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Gabriel Terra Died at 69 (1873-1942) - Dr. Gabriel Terra Leivas was the President of Uruguay from 1931 to 1938.

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Jorge Orosmán da Silva is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Jorge Orosmán da Silva age 54 - Jorge Orosmán da Silva Echeverrito is a retired Uruguayan footballer who played as a striker, and a current manager. Nicknamed "Polilla", he played professionally in four ...more

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Manuel Pérez y Curis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Manuel Pérez y Curis Died at 36 (1884-1920) - Manuel Pérez y Curis was an Uruguayan poet, born in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Apolo Magazine stands out between its works that appeared monthly; the writing secretary was Ovidio ...more

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Carlos Vaz Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Carlos Vaz Ferreira Died at 86 (1872-1958) - Carlos Vaz Ferreira was an Uruguayan philosopher, writer, and academic. Influenced by John Stuart Mill and Herbert Spencer, he is notable for introducing liberal, pluralistic political values ...more

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Gustavo Rojo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Gustavo Rojo age 92 - Gustavo Rojo is a Uruguayan film actor and producer. He has appeared in more than 100 films since 1938.

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Alejandro Foglia Costa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Alejandro Foglia Costa age 33 - Alejandro José Foglia Costa is a Uruguayan sailor in the Laser class. He competed in three Summer Olympics for his native South American country: 2004, 2008 and 2012, and in two Pan ...more