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Famous People From Brazil

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

List people include Canuto Mendes de Almeida, Lima Barreto and many additional people as well.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Brazil?" or "Which celebrities were born in Brazil?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Morena Baccarin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Age: 39

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Morena Baccarin (; Portuguese: [moˈɾenɐ ˈbakaɾĩ]; born June 2, 1979) is a Brazilian-American actress known for portraying Inara Serra in the sci-fi series Firefly and the follow-up film ...more

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Jennifer O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Age: 71

Birthplace: Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Jennifer O'Neill (born February 20, 1948) is a Brazilian-American actress, model, author and speaker, known for her role in the 1971 film Summer of '42 and modelling for CoverGirl cosmetics ...more
Cazuza is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 32 (1958-1990)

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Agenor de Miranda Araújo Neto, better known as Cazuza (Portuguese pronunciation: [kaˈzuzɐ]; 4 April 1958 – 7 July 1990), was a Brazilian singer and songwriter, born in Rio de Janeiro. ...more

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Vinicius de Moraes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Vinicius de Moraes Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)

Birthplace: Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marcus Vinicius da Cruz e Mello Moraes (19 October 1913 – 9 July 1980), also known as Vinicius de Moraes (Portuguese pronunciation: [viˈnisjuʃ dʒi moˈɾajʃ]) and nicknamed O Poetinha ("The ...more
Melanie Healey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Age: 57

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oscar Niemeyer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 105 (1907-2012)

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. ...more
Joaquim Maria Machado de... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 69 (1839-1908)

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (Portuguese: [ʒwɐˈkĩ mɐˈɾi.ɐ mɐˈʃadu dʒi ɐˈsis]), often known by his surnames as Machado de Assis, Machado, or Bruxo do Cosme Velho (21 June 1839 – 29 September ...more
Pinheiro Machado is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 64 (1851-1915)

Birthplace: Cruz Alta, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

José Gomes Pinheiro Machado (May 8, 1851 – September 8, 1915) was a Brazilian republican politician. He fought for the establishment of the Republic in Brazil and for its consolidation. ...more
Sérgio Vieira de ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 55 (1948-2003)

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sérgio Vieira de Mello (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛʁʒu viˈejɾɐ dʒi ˈmɛlu], 15 March 1948 – 19 August 2003) was a United Nations diplomat of Brazil who worked for the United Nations for ...more
Lyoto Machida is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Age: 40

Birthplace: Salvador, Brazil

Lyoto Carvalho Machida (町田龍太, Machida Ryōto, Portuguese pronunciation: [liˈotu maˈʃidɐ]) (born 30 May 1978) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, currently signed with Bellator MMA, ...more
Luiz Gonzaga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 77 (1912-1989)

Birthplace: Exu, Pernambuco, Brazil

Luiz Gonzaga do Nascimento, Sr. (standard orthography 'Luís'; Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈis ɡõˈzaɡɐ]; Exu, December 13, 1912 – Recife, August 2, 1989) was a Brazilian singer, ...more
Didi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 73 (1928-2001)

Birthplace: Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil

Didi (Portuguese pronunciation: [dʒiˈdʒi]), popular nickname for Waldyr Pereira (8 October 1928 – 12 May 2001), was a Brazilian footballer who played as a midfielder or as a forward. He played ...more

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Monteiro Lobato is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 66 (1882-1948)

Birthplace: Taubaté, Brazil

José Bento Renato Monteiro Lobato (April 18, 1882 – July 4, 1948) was one of Brazil's most influential writers, mostly for his children's books set in the fictional Sítio do ...more
Antônio Carlos Job... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 67 (1927-1994)

Birthplace: Brazil, Tijuca

Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (January 25, 1927 – December 8, 1994), also known as Tom Jobim (Portuguese pronunciation: [tõ ʒoˈbĩ]), was a Brazilian composer, pianist, ...more
Paulo Moura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 78 (1932-2010)

Birthplace: São José do Rio Preto, Brazil

Paulo Moura was a Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist. Born in São José do Rio Preto, where his father was the maestro of a marching band and encouraged his son to train as a ...more
Paulo Porto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 82 (1917-1999)

Birthplace: Muriaé, Brazil

Paulo Porto (1 September 1917 – 3 July 1999) was a Brazilian actor, film producer, director and screenwriter. He appeared in 32 films and television shows between 1947 and 1988. He starred in ...more
Xuxa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Age: 55

Birthplace: Santa Rosa, Brazil

Maria da Graça "Xuxa" Meneghel (Portuguese pronunciation: [maˈɾia da ˈgɾasa ˈʃuʃa mẽneˈgɛw]; born 27 March 1963), commonly known as Xuxa (English: SHOO-shə; Portuguese ...more
José de Alencar ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 48 (1829-1877)

Birthplace: Fortaleza, Brazil

José Martiniano de Alencar (May 1, 1829 – December 12, 1877) was a Brazilian lawyer, politician, orator, novelist and dramatist. He is considered to be one of the most famous and ...more
Álvares de Azeved... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 21 (1831-1852)

Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Manuel Antônio Álvares de Azevedo (September 12, 1831 – April 25, 1852), affectionately called "Maneco" by his close friends, relatives and admirers, was a Brazilian ...more
Elis Regina is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 37 (1945-1982)

Birthplace: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Elis Regina Carvalho Costa (March 17, 1945 – January 19, 1982), known professionally as Elis Regina (Brazilian Portuguese: [eˈlis ʁeˈʒinɐ]), was a Brazilian singer of popular and jazz music.She ...more
Romário is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Age: 53

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Romário de Souza Faria (born 29 January 1966), known simply as Romário (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁoˈmaɾiu]), is a Brazilian politician who previously achieved worldwide fame as a ...more

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Anderson Bigode Herzer ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Dec. at 20 (1962-1982)

Birthplace: Rolândia, Brazil

Anderson Bigode Herzer (born Sandra Mara Herzer 10 June 1962 in Rolândia, Paraná, Brazil - 10 August 1982, in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil) was a writer and poet. He ...more
Tarsila do Amaral is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Tarsila do Amaral Dec. at 87 (1886-1973)

Birthplace: Capivari, Brazil

Tarsila de Aguiar do Amaral (Portuguese pronunciation: [taɾˈsilɐ du ɐmaˈɾaw]; September 1, 1886 – January 17, 1973), internationally known as Tarsila do Amaral or simply Tarsila, is considered ...more
Carlos Saldanha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Age: 54

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Carlos Saldanha (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaʁluz sawˈdɐɲa]; born January 24, 1965) is a Brazilian director, producer and animator of animated films who works with Blue Sky Studios. He was the ...more
Prince Pedro Luiz of Orl... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-Braganza Dec. at 26 (1983-2009)

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-Braganza (12 January 1983 – 1 June 2009) was the son of Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza, and was third in the line of succession to the former ...more