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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 bullfighters, including Emilio Muñoz and Paquirri. These are the most popular names of men in bullfighting from Spain, Mexico, and everywhere else.

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?"
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

Age: Died at 29 (1892-1921)

Birthplace: Puerto Rico

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Carlos Arruza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Matadors
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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 the 1940s. Arruza retired to a ranch outside Mexico City in 1953, but made a comeback as a rejoneador, fighting bulls from horseback. He appeared in two Mexican films about bullfighting, and had a part in the 1960 John Wayne film The Alamo. He was the subject of the 1971 documentary Arruza, directed by Budd Boetticher. Arruza's sons, Manolo and Carlos Jr., also became prominent toreros. Carlos ...more

Age: Died at 46 (1920-1966)

Birthplace: Mexico, Mexico City

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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

Age: Died at 66 (1932-1998)

Birthplace: Ronda, Spain

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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 ushered in bullfighting's "Golden Age". Joselito was fatally gored in the ring at the age of 25 during a competitive bullfight with his brother-in-law, the matador Ignacio Sánchez Mejías. Belmonte and Gómez are widely considered to be the most famous bullfighters of all time. Upon his death, the Virgin of Hope of Macarena was famously dressed in an entirely-black ensemble to acknowledge the ...more

Age: Died at 25 (1895-1920)

Birthplace: Seville, Spain

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