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Famous People From Brazil

Updated June 8, 2017 23.5k views990 items

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.
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  • BirthplaceRio 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 Serenity;...  more

    #122 of 201 The Best Actresses Working Today#158 of 253 The Best American Actresses Working Today#42 of 100 The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses

  • BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    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 starting...  more

    #59 of 98 The Most Gorgeous American Models#101 of 126 Celebrities Who Have Been Married 4 (or More!) Times

  • Dec. at 32 (1958-1990)

    BirthplaceRio 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. Along with Raul...  more
  • Dec. at 66 (1913-1980)

    BirthplaceGávea, 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 little...  more
  • BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Dec. at 104 (1907-2012)

    BirthplaceRio 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. Niemeyer...  more
  • Dec. at 69 (1839-1908)

    BirthplaceRio 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 1908),...  more
  • Dec. at 64 (1851-1915)

    BirthplaceCruz 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. He fought on...  more
  • Dec. at 55 (1948-2003)

    BirthplaceRio 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 than...  more
  • BirthplaceSalvador, 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
  • Dec. at 76 (1912-1989)

    BirthplaceExu, 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, songwriter, musician...  more
  • Dec. at 72 (1928-2001)

    BirthplaceCampos 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 in...  more

    #32 of 146 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time#13 of 247 The Best Soccer Players From Brazil

  • Dec. at 66 (1882-1948)

    BirthplaceTaubaté, 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 Picapau Amarelo (Yellow...  more

    #44 of 78 History's Greatest Essayists#178 of 1,347 Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle

  • Dec. at 67 (1927-1994)

    BirthplaceTijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    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, songwriter,...  more

    #294 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time#1779 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#563 of 816 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

  • Dec. at 77 (1932-2010)

    BirthplaceSão 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 tailor, Paulo instead...  more
  • Dec. at 81 (1917-1999)

    BirthplaceMuriaé, 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 the...  more
  • Age: 58

    BirthplaceSanta 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 pronunciation: [ˈʃuʃɐ]), is a...  more
  • Dec. at 48 (1829-1877)

    BirthplaceFortaleza, 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 influential...  more
  • Dec. at 20 (1831-1852)

    BirthplaceSão 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 Romantic poet, short story...  more
  • Dec. at 36 (1945-1982)

    BirthplacePorto 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
  • Age: 55

    BirthplaceRio 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 professional...  more

    #171 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#39 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#10 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

  • Dec. at 20 (1962-1982)

    BirthplaceRolândia, 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 committed suicide at the age of...  more
  • Dec. at 86 (1886-1973)

    BirthplaceCapivari, 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 one of...  more
  • BirthplaceRio 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
  • BirthplaceRio 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 Brazilian throne,...  more