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Famous People From Colombia

Updated April 23, 2020 44.9k views996 items

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

The list you're viewing has a variety of people in it, like Mateo Carvajal and Gregorio Vasquez de Arce y Ceballos.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Colombia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Colombia?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • BirthplaceBarranquilla, Colombia

    GenderFemale

    Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara (Spanish: [soˈfi.a βeɾˈɣaɾa]; born July 10, 1972) is a Colombian-American actress, model, and comedian. Vergara rose to prominence while co-hosting two television...  more

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  • Andrés Escobar

    Dec. at 27 (1967-1994)

    BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Andrés Escobar Saldarriaga (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈðɾes eskoˈβaɾ salðari'aga]; 13 March 1967 – 2 July 1994) was a Colombian footballer who played as a defender. He played for Atlético Nacional,...  more

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  • Álvaro Gómez Hurtado

    Dec. at 76 (1919-1995)

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Álvaro Gómez Hurtado (May 8, 1919 – November 2, 1995) was a Colombian lawyer, politician, journalist and active member of the Colombian Conservative Party. Gómez was a son of the former President of...  more
  • Rafael Uribe Uribe

    Dec. at 55 (1859-1914)

    BirthplaceValparaíso, Antioquia, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Rafael Victor Zenón Uribe Uribe (born April 12, 1859 – died October 15, 1914 in Bogotá) was a Colombian lawyer, journalist, and general in the liberal party rebel army.Uribe Uribe is best known for...  more
  • Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa

    Dec. at 34 (1956-1990)

    BirthplaceManizales, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa (born in September 2, 1956 in Manizales, Caldas, died in Bogotá, Cundinamarca on March 22, 1990) was a Colombian politician and member of the Colombian Communist Party....  more
  • BirthplaceColombia

    GenderMale

    Alex Angarita is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Fiji....  more
  • BirthplaceCali, Colombia

    GenderFemale

    Adriana Arboleda (born 1978) is a Colombian model and presenter....  more
  • BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (Spanish: [ˈxwam maˈnwel ˈsantos kaldeˈɾon]; born 10 August 1951) is a Colombian politician. From 2010 to 2018, he was the President of Colombia. He was the sole...  more
  • Gustavo Rojas Pinilla

    Dec. at 75 (1900-1975)

    BirthplaceTunja, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Gustavo Rojas Pinilla (12 March 1900 – 17 January 1975) was the 19th President of Colombia from June 1953 to May 1957. An Army General, he mounted a successful coup d'état against the incumbent...  more
  • BirthplaceAmagá, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Belisario Betancur Cuartas (4 February 1923 – 7 December 2018) was a Colombian politician who served as the 26th President of Colombia from 1982 to 1986. He was a member of the Colombian Conservative...  more
  • Lina Marulanda

    Dec. at 30 (1980-2010)

    BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia

    GenderFemale

    Lina Marulanda (15 May 1980 – 22 April 2010) was a Colombian television personality and model. ...  more
  • BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Álvaro Uribe Vélez (born 4 July 1952) is a Colombian politician who served as the 31st President of Colombia from 7 August 2002 to 7 August 2010. Uribe studied law. Álvaro Uribe focused his political...  more
  • Alfonso López Pumarejo

    Dec. at 73 (1886-1959)

    BirthplaceHonda, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Alfonso López Pumarejo (31 January 1886 – 20 November 1959) was a Colombian political figure, who twice served as President of Colombia, as a member of the Colombian Liberal Party. He served as...  more
  • Ramón González Valencia

    Dec. at 77 (1851-1928)

    BirthplaceChitagá, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Ramón González Valencia (May 24, 1851 – October 3, 1928) was a Colombian conservative, military officer and statesman. He participated in the civil wars of 1876, Colombian Civil War of 1895, and the...  more
  • Alberto Lleras Camargo

    Dec. at 84 (1906-1990)

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Alberto Lleras Camargo (3 July 1906 – 4 January 1990) was the 20th President of Colombia (1958–1962), and the 1st Secretary General of the Organization of American States (1948–1954). A journalist...  more
  • BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Andrés Pastrana Arango (born August 17, 1954) was the 30th President of Colombia from 1998 to 2002, following in the footsteps of his father, Misael Pastrana Borrero, who was president from 1970 to...  more
  • BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    GenderFemale

    Doris Salcedo (born 1958) is a Colombian-born visual artist and sculptor. Her work is influenced by her experiences of life in Colombia, and is generally composed of commonplace items such as wooden...  more
  • Rafael Núñez

    Dec. at 69 (1825-1894)

    BirthplaceCartagena, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Rafael Wenceslao Núñez Moledo (September 28, 1825 – September 18, 1894) was a Colombian author, lawyer, journalist and politician, who was elected president of Colombia in 1880 and in 1884....  more
  • Francisco Javier Zaldúa

    Dec. at 71 (1811-1882)

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Francisco Javier Martínez de Zaldúa y Racines was a Colombian, lawyer and politician, elected President of Colombia in 1882....  more
  • Pedro Nel Ospina Vázquez

    Dec. at 69 (1858-1927)

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Pedro Nel Ignacio Tomás de Villanueva Ospina Vásquez (18 September 1858 – 1 July 1927) was a Colombian General and political figure. He served as president of Colombia between 1922 and 1926....  more
  • Fabio Valencia Cossio

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Fabio Valencia Cossio (nacido en Medellín, Antioquia, el 23 de marzo de 1948) es un abogado y político colombiano. Es bachiller del Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, de los jesuitas y estudió Derecho en...  more
  • Carlos Lleras Restrepo

    Dec. at 86 (1908-1994)

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Carlos Alberto Lleras Restrepo (12 April 1908 – 27 September 1994) is a Colombian politician and lawyer who served the 22nd President of Colombia from 1966 to 1970....  more
  • Jorge Holguín

    Dec. at 80 (1848-1928)

    BirthplaceCali, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Jorge Marcelo Holguín Mallarino (30 October 1848 – 2 March 1928) was a Colombian politician and military officer, two time Acting President of Colombia: June–August 1909 as interim president, and...  more
  • BirthplaceGuacara, Venezuela

    GenderMale

    Jesús Alejandro Montero López (born November 28, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees and...  more
  • BirthplaceUrrao, Colombia

    GenderMale

    Rigoberto Urán Urán, ODB (born 26 January 1987) is a Colombian professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education First.At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won a silver...  more