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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
Morena Baccarin age 37 - Morena Baccarin is a Brazilian American actress. She is best known for portraying Inara Serra in the series Firefly and the follow-up film Serenity, Adria in the series Stargate SG-1 and the ...more

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Jennifer O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Jennifer O'Neill age 69 - Jennifer O'Neill is an American actress, model, author and speaker, known for her role in the 1971 film Summer of '42 and modelling for CoverGirl cosmetics starting in the 1970s.

Cazuza is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Cazuza Died at 32 (1958-1990) - Agenor Miranda Araújo Neto, better known as Cazuza was a Brazilian composer and singer, born in Rio de Janeiro. Along with Raul Seixas, Renato Russo and Os Mutantes, Cazuza is considered ...more

Vinicius de Moraes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Vinicius de Moraes Died at 67 (1913-1980) - Marcus Vinicius da Cruz e Mello Moraes, also known as Vinícius de Moraes and nicknamed O Poetinha, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Son of Lydia Cruz de Moraes and Clodoaldo Pereira da ...more

Melanie Healey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Brazil

Oscar Niemeyer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Oscar Niemeyer Died at 105 (1907-2012) - 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 Assis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis Died at 69 (1839-1908) - Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, often known by his surnames as Machado de Assis, Machado, or Bruxo do Cosme Velho, was a Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright, short story writer, and advocate of ...more

Pinheiro Machado is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Pinheiro Machado Died at 64 (1851-1915) - José Gomes Pinheiro Machado was a Brazilian republican politician. He fought for the establishment of the Republic in Brazil and for its consolidation. He fought on the republican side in ...more

Sérgio Vieira de Mello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Sérgio Vieira de Mello Died at 55 (1948-2003) - Sérgio Vieira de Mello was a Brazilian United Nations diplomat who worked for the UN for more than 34 years, earning respect and praise around the world for his efforts in the ...more

Lyoto Machida is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Lyoto Machida age 38 - Lyoto Carvalho Machida is a Japanese Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently fights in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight ...more

Luiz Gonzaga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Luiz Gonzaga Died at 77 (1912-1989) - Luiz Gonzaga do Nascimento, Sr., "The King of Baião" or "Gonzagão" was a Brazilian singer, songwriter, musician and poet and one of most influential figures of ...more

Didi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Didi Died at 73 (1928-2001) - Waldyr Pereira, nicknamed Didi, was a Brazilian footballer who played midfielder. He played in three FIFA World Cups, winning the latter two and was named the tournament's best player in 1958. ...more

Monteiro Lobato is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Monteiro Lobato Died at 66 (1882-1948) - Monteiro Lobato is a novelist, writer, journalist, and publisher.

Antônio Carlos Jobim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Antônio Carlos Jobim Died at 67 (1927-1994) - Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim — known as Tom Jobim — was a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. He was a primary force behind the creation ...more

Paulo Moura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Paulo Moura Died at 78 (1932-2010) - 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

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Paulo Porto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Paulo Porto Died at 82 (1917-1999) - Paulo Porto was a Brazilian actor, film producer, director and screenwriter. He appeared in 32 films and television shows between 1947 and 1988. He starred in the 1973 film All Nudity Shall Be ...more

Xuxa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Xuxa age 52 - Maria da Graça Xuxa Meneghel, commonly known as Xuxa, is a Brazilian television presenter, film actress, singer and businesswoman. Her various shows have been broadcast in Portuguese, ...more

José de Alencar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Brazil
José de Alencar Died at 48 (1829-1877) - José Martiniano de Alencar was a Brazilian lawyer, politician, orator, novelist and dramatist. He is considered to be one of the most famous and influential Brazilian Romantic novelists ...more

Álvares de Azevedo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Álvares de Azevedo Died at 21 (1831-1852) - Manuel Antônio Álvares de Azevedo, affectionately called "Maneco" by his close friends, relatives and admirers, was a Brazilian Romantic poet, short story writer, ...more

Elis Regina is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Elis Regina Died at 37 (1945-1982) - Elis Regina Carvalho Costa, popularly known as Elis Regina, was a Brazilian singer of popular and Jazz music. Upon her untimely death at the age of thirty-six she was widely regarded as Brazil's ...more

Romário is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Romário age 49 - Romário de Souza Faria, known simply as Romário, is a former Brazilian footballer, manager and current politician. A prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, he is ...more

Anderson Bigode Herzer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Anderson Bigode Herzer Died at 20 (1962-1982) - Anderson Bigode Herzer, was a writer and poet. He committed suicide at the age 20. The film Vera by Sérgio Toledo is based on Herzer's life.

Tarsila do Amaral is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Tarsila do Amaral Died at 87 (1886-1973) - Tarsila do Amaral, known simply as Tarsila, is considered to be one of the leading Latin American modernist artists, described as "the Brazilian painter who best achieved Brazilian ...more

Carlos Saldanha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Carlos Saldanha age 50 - Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director of animated films who works with Blue Sky Studios. He was the director of Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio, Rio 2, and the ...more

Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-B... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-Braganza Died at 26 (1983-2009) - Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-Braganza was the son of Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza, and was third in the line of succession to the former Brazilian throne, abolished in ...more

Ciro Pessoa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Ciro Pessoa age 59 - Ciro Pessoa Mendes Corrêa, also known by his Dharma name Tenzin Chöpel, is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, screenwriter, journalist, writer and poet. He is famous for being ...more

Altamiro Carrilho is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Altamiro Carrilho Died at 88 (1924-2012) - Altamiro Carrilho was a Brazilian musician and composer. He is widely regarded as a master flutist and a major representative of the choro genre. Carrilho died of lung cancer on August 15, 2012, ...more

Eduardo Saverin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Eduardo Saverin age 35 - Eduardo Luiz Saverin is a Brazilian internet entrepreneur and investor. Saverin is one of five co-founders of Facebook, along with Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, and Andrew ...more

Andre Ziehe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Andre Ziehe age 31 - André Ziehe is a Brazilian model.

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Carlos Eduardo Imperial is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Carlos Eduardo Imperial Died at 57 (1935-1992) - Carlos Eduardo da Corte Imperial, better known as Carlos Imperial, born in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, ES, Brazil, was a Brazilian actor, filmmaker, television presenter, songwriter and music ...more

João Pinheiro Chagas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Brazil
João Pinheiro Chagas Died at 62 (1863-1925) - João Pinheiro Chagas was a Portuguese journalist and politician. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of Portuguese parents who soon moved back to Portugal. He was an editor at the ...more

João Silvério Trevisan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Brazil
João Silvério Trevisan age 72 - João Silvério Trevisan is Brazilian author, playwright, journalist, screenwriter and film director. In his much-diversified oeuvres, he has published eleven books, among them great ...more

Manuel de Araújo Porto Alegre,... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Manuel de Araújo Porto Alegre, Baron of Santo Ângelo Died at 73 (1806-1879) - Manuel José de Araújo Porto-Alegre, Baron of Santo Ângelo, was a Brazilian Romantic writer and painter, as well as an architect, diplomat and professor. He is the patron of ...more

Marcelo Gleiser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Marcelo Gleiser age 58 - Marcelo Gleiser is a Brazilian physicist and astronomer. He is currently Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College.

Artur Azevedo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Artur Azevedo Died at 53 (1855-1908) - Artur Nabantino Gonçalves de Azevedo was a Brazilian playwright, short story writer, chronicler, journalist and Parnassian poet. He is famous for consolidating in Brazil the "comedy ...more

Sílvio Romero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Sílvio Romero Died at 63 (1851-1914) - Sílvio Vasconcelos da Silveira Ramos Romero was a Brazilian "Condorist" poet, essayist, literary critic, professor, journalist, historian and politician. He founded and occupied ...more

Alexandre Nero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Alexandre Nero age 45 - Alexandre Nero Vieira is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, sound designer, musical director and actor.

José do Patrocínio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Brazil
José do Patrocínio Died at 51 (1854-1905) - José Carlos do Patrocínio was a Brazilian writer, journalist, activist, orator and pharmacist and among the most well-known proponents of the abolition of slavery. He founded and ...more

Arnaldo Antunes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Arnaldo Antunes age 56 - Arnaldo Antunes, is a writer and composer from Brazil. He began as a member of the band Aguilar e Banda Performática in the late 1970s. For most of the 1980s he was a member of the rock ...more

Alfredo D'Escragnolle Taunay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Alfredo D'Escragnolle Taunay Died at 56 (1843-1899) - Alfredo Maria Adriano d'Escragnolle Taunay, Viscount of Taunay, was a Brazilian writer, musician, professor, military engineer, historian, politician, sociologist and nobleman. He is famous for ...more

Francisco Cavalcanti Pontes de... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Francisco Cavalcanti Pontes de Miranda Died at 87 (1892-1979) - Francisco Cavalcanti Pontes de Miranda was a prominent Brazilian jurist, judge, diplomat and professor of Law at the Federal University of Pernambuco. He occupied the 7th chair of the Brazilian ...more

José Paranhos, Baron of Rio Br... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Brazil
José Paranhos, Baron of Rio Branco Died at 67 (1845-1912) - José Maria da Silva Paranhos, Jr., Baron of Rio Branco was a Brazilian diplomat, geographer, historian, monarchist, politician and professor, considered to be the "father of ...more

Santa Rita Durão is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Santa Rita Durão Died at 62 (1722-1784) - José de Santa Rita Durão was a Colonial Brazilian Neoclassic poet, orator and Augustinian friar. He is considered a forerunner of "Indianism" in Brazilian literature, ...more

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Susan Boulet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Susan Boulet Died at 56 (1941-1997) - Susan Seddon Boulet (1941 - 1997) was a Brazil-born American artist. Best known for her fantasy illustrations, Boulet drew inspiration from mythology, psychology, world religions, and nature.

Bernardino Machado is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Bernardino Machado Died at 93 (1851-1944) - Bernardino Luís Machado Guimarães, GCTE, GCL, was a Portuguese political figure, the third and eighth President of Portugal.

Glauber Rocha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Glauber Rocha Died at 42 (1939-1981) - Glauber Rocha appeared in the 2012 documentary film Tropicalia.

Amácio Mazzaropi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Amácio Mazzaropi Died at 69 (1912-1981) - Amácio Mazzaropi was a Brazilian actor and filmmaker.

Casimiro de Abreu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Casimiro de Abreu Died at 21 (1839-1860) - Casimiro José Marques de Abreu was a Brazilian poet, novelist and playwright, adept of the "Ultra-Romanticism" movement. He is famous for the poem "Meus oito anos". He ...more

Augusto Boal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Augusto Boal Died at 78 (1931-2009) - Augusto Boal was a Brazilian theatre director, writer and politician. He was the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, a theatrical form originally used in radical popular education movements. ...more

Carlos Chagas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Brazil
Carlos Chagas Died at 55 (1879-1934) - Carlos Justiniano Ribeiro Chagas, or Carlos Chagas, was a Brazilian sanitary physician, scientist and bacteriologist who worked as a clinician and researcher. He discovered Chagas disease, also ...more