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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 (; Portuguese: [moˈɾenɐ ˈbakaɾĩ]; born June 2, 1979) is a Brazilian-American...  more

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  • Jennifer O'Neill (born February 20, 1948) is a Brazilian-American actress, model, author and...  more

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  • Cazuza

    Dec. at 32 (1958-1990)
    Agenor de Miranda Araújo Neto, better known as Cazuza (Portuguese pronunciation: [kaˈzuzɐ]; 4...  more
  • Vinicius de Moraes

    Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)
    Marcus Vinicius da Cruz e Mello Moraes (19 October 1913 – 9 July 1980), also known as Vinicius...  more
  • Oscar Niemeyer

    Dec. at 105 (1907-2012)
    Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian...  more
  • Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

    Dec. at 69 (1839-1908)
    Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (Portuguese: [ʒwɐˈkĩ mɐˈɾi.ɐ mɐˈʃadu dʒi ɐˈsis]), often known...  more
  • Pinheiro Machado

    Dec. at 64 (1851-1915)
    José Gomes Pinheiro Machado (May 8, 1851 – September 8, 1915) was a Brazilian republican...  more
  • Sérgio Vieira de Mello

    Dec. at 55 (1948-2003)
    Sérgio Vieira de Mello (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛʁʒu viˈejɾɐ dʒi ˈmɛlu], 15 March 1948 –...  more
  • Lyoto Carvalho Machida (町田龍太, Machida Ryōto, Portuguese pronunciation: [liˈotu maˈʃidɐ]) (born...  more
  • Luiz Gonzaga

    Dec. at 77 (1912-1989)
    Luiz Gonzaga do Nascimento, Sr. (standard orthography 'Luís'; Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈis...  more
  • Didi

    Dec. at 73 (1928-2001)
    Didi (Portuguese pronunciation: [dʒiˈdʒi]), popular nickname for Waldyr Pereira (8 October...  more

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  • Monteiro Lobato

    Dec. at 66 (1882-1948)
    José Bento Renato Monteiro Lobato (April 18, 1882 – July 4, 1948) was one of Brazil's most...  more
  • Antônio Carlos Jobim

    Dec. at 67 (1927-1994)
    Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (January 25, 1927 – December 8, 1994), also known...  more
  • Paulo Moura

    Dec. at 78 (1932-2010)
    Paulo Moura was a Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist. Born in São José do Rio Preto, where...  more
  • Paulo Porto

    Dec. at 82 (1917-1999)
    Paulo Porto (1 September 1917 – 3 July 1999) was a Brazilian actor, film producer, director...  more
  • Xuxa

    Age: 57
    Maria da Graça "Xuxa" Meneghel (Portuguese pronunciation: [maˈɾia da ˈgɾasa ˈʃuʃa mẽneˈgɛw];...  more
  • José de Alencar

    Dec. at 48 (1829-1877)
    José Martiniano de Alencar (May 1, 1829 – December 12, 1877) was a Brazilian lawyer,...  more
  • Álvares de Azevedo

    Dec. at 21 (1831-1852)
    Manuel Antônio Álvares de Azevedo (September 12, 1831 – April 25, 1852), affectionately called...  more
  • Elis Regina

    Dec. at 37 (1945-1982)
    Elis Regina Carvalho Costa (March 17, 1945 – January 19, 1982), known professionally as Elis...  more
  • Romário

    Age: 54
    Romário de Souza Faria (born 29 January 1966), known simply as Romário (Brazilian Portuguese:...  more

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  • Anderson Bigode Herzer

    Dec. at 20 (1962-1982)
    Anderson Bigode Herzer (born Sandra Mara Herzer 10 June 1962 in Rolândia, Paraná, Brazil - 10...  more
  • Tarsila do Amaral

    Dec. at 87 (1886-1973)
    Tarsila de Aguiar do Amaral (Portuguese pronunciation: [taɾˈsilɐ du ɐmaˈɾaw]; September 1,...  more
  • Carlos Saldanha (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaʁluz sawˈdɐɲa]; born January 24, 1965) is a...  more
  • Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-Braganza

    Dec. at 26 (1983-2009)
    Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-Braganza (12 January 1983 – 1 June 2009) was the son of Prince...  more