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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 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?"
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    Ernesto Pastor Lavergne (4 April 1892 - June 11, 1921) was the first of only two, Puerto Rican-born bullfighter (torero) to gain international fame, the other being Juan Ramón Fernandez....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 29 (1892-1921)
    • Birthplace: Puerto Rico
  • Carlos Arruza (February 17, 1920 – May 20, 1966), born Carlos Ruiz Camino, was one of the most prominent bullfighters of the 20th century. He was known as "El Ciclón" ("the cyclone"). 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,...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 46 (1920-1966)
    • Birthplace: Mexico, Mexico City
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    Antonio Ordóñez Araujo (1932–1998) was a famous Spanish bullfighter....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1932-1998)
    • Birthplace: Ronda, Spain
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    José Gómez Ortega (8 May 1895 – 16 May 1920), commonly known as Joselito (Spanish pronunciation: [xoseˈlito]), was a Spanish matador in the early twentieth century. Younger brother of matador de toros Rafael Gómez Ortega ("El Gallo"), Joselito was considered a child prodigy and was the youngest bullfighter to receive the title of matador de toros, at the age of 17, with his brother as "padrino". Joselito followed in arch-rival Juan Belmonte's footsteps and the two ushered in bullfighting's "Golden Age" during the second decade of the 20th Century. Joselito was fatally gored in the ring by the bull "Bailaor" in Talavera de la Reina at the age of 25, where he was appearing with the matador...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 25 (1895-1920)
    • Birthplace: Seville, Spain