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Famous People From Guatemala

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

Use every item on this list for yours, from Ricardo Alfonso Cerna to Ricardo Arjona.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Guatemala?" or "Which celebrities were born in Guatemala?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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Carlos Castillo Armas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Dec. at 43 (1914-1957)

Birthplace: Escuintla Department, Guatemala

Carlos Castillo Armas (locally ['kaɾlos kas'tiʝo 'aɾmas]; November 4, 1914 – July 26, 1957) was a Guatemalan military officer and politician who was the 28th president of Guatemala, serving from ...more
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Alberto Fuentes Mohr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Dec. at 52 (1927-1979)

Birthplace: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Alberto Fuentes Mohr (born 22 November 1927 – assassinated 25 January 1979) was a Guatemalan economist and politician, one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party. He also served as ...more
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Manuel Colom Argueta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Manuel Colom Argueta Dec. at 47 (1932-1979)

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Manuel Colom Argueta (8 April 1932 – 22 March 1979) was mayor of Guatemala City and an important progressive leader of the opposition in Guatemala.Born in Guatemala City, Colom studied at the El ...more
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José María... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Dec. at 44 (1854-1898)

Birthplace: San Marcos, Guatemala

José María Reyna Barrios (24 December 1854 – 8 February 1898) was President of Guatemala from 15 March 1892 until his death on 8 February 1898. He was born in San Marcos, Guatemala ...more
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Oscar Isaac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Age: 39

Birthplace: Guatemala

Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada (born March 9, 1979) is a Guatemalan-American actor. He has played lead film roles in the tragicomedy Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), for which he ...more

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Miguel Ángel Astu... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Miguel Ángel Asturias Dec. at 75 (1899-1974)

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Miguel Ángel Asturias Rosales (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɣel ˈaŋ.xel asˈtu.ɾjas]; October 19, 1899 – June 9, 1974) was a Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan poet-diplomat, novelist, ...more
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Efraín Río... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Age: 92

Birthplace: Huehuetenango, Guatemala

José Efraín Ríos Montt (Spanish: [efɾaˈin ˈrios ˈmont]; June 16, 1926 – April 1, 2018) was a Guatemalan general and politician who served as President of Guatemala. Born in ...more
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Manuel Estrada Cabrera ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Manuel Estrada Cabrera Dec. at 66 (1857-1923)

Birthplace: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Manuel José Estrada Cabrera (21 November 1857 – 24 September 1924) was President of Guatemala from 1898 to 1920. He was a lawyer with no military background and as President, he was a ...more
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Santiago González... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Santiago González Dec. at 69 (1818-1887)

Birthplace: Guatemala

Santiago González may refer to: Santiago González (politician) (1818–1887), President of El Salvador, 1871–1876 Santiago González Bonorino (born 1975), former Argentine ...more
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Jorge Ubico is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Jorge Ubico Dec. at 68 (1878-1946)

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Jorge Ubico Castañeda (10 November 1878 – 14 June 1946), nicknamed Number Five or also Central America's Napoleon, was a Guatemalan dictator. A general in the Guatemalan army, he was ...more
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Luis von Ahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Age: 40

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Luis von Ahn (Spanish: [ˈlwis fon ˈan]; born 19 August 1978) is a Guatemalan entrepreneur and a Consulting Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University in ...more
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Ricardo Arjona is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Age: 55

Birthplace: Jocotenango, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

Edgar R. Arjona Morales (born 19 January 1964), known as Ricardo Arjona (Spanish pronunciation: [riˈkaɾðo aɾˈxona]), is a Guatemalan singer-songwriter. Arjona is one of the most successful ...more
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Antonio José de I... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Dec. at 82 (1786-1868)

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Antonio José de Irisarri Alonso (American Spanish: [ãnˈtonjo xoˈse ðe iɾiˈsari]; February 7, 1786 – June 10, 1868), was a Guatemalan statesman, journalist, and politician who ...more
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David Campos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Age: 48

Birthplace: Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

David Campos (born September 28, 1970), is an attorney and former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing San Francisco's District 9 (Bernal Heights, Portola, and the Inner ...more
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Rafael Espada is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Age: 75

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Dr. José Rafael Espada (born January 14, 1944 in Guatemala City) is a former Vice President of Guatemala and a former cardiothoracic surgeon. Espada is well known in the Houston ...more
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Jose Manuel Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Jose Manuel Hernandez Age: 23

Birthplace: Guatemala

Jose Manuel Hernandez is an actor, film director and film editor.
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Manny Marroquin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Age: 47

Birthplace: Guatemala

Manny Marroquin (born September 21, 1971) is an American mixing engineer. He has received eight Grammy awards for his professional audio work.
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Manuel Barillas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Manuel Barillas Dec. at 62 (1845-1907)

Birthplace: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Manuel Lisandro Barillas Bercián (17 January 1845 – 7 April 1907) was a Guatemalan general and acting president of Guatemala from 6 April 1885 to 15 March 1886 and President from 16 March ...more
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Oliverio Castañed... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Oliverio Castañeda Dec. at 23 (1955-1978)

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Oliverio Castañeda de León (October 12, 1955 – October 20, 1978) was a Guatemalan left-wing oriented student leader, who fought for civil rights and was assassinated at the age of ...more
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Juan Carlos Plata is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Juan Carlos Plata Age: 48

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Juan Carlos Plata (born 1 January 1971) is a Guatemalan soccer coach and retired football striker. He is the highest-scoring player in the history of Guatemala's top division. As of January ...more
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Roberto Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Roberto Taylor Age: 69

Birthplace: Guatemala

Roberto Taylor (born 28 August 1949) is a retired Guatemalan soccer midfielder who played one season in the American Soccer League and one in the North American Soccer League.
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Pedro Molina Mazariegos ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Pedro Molina Mazariegos Dec. at 77 (1777-1854)

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Doctor Pedro José Antonio Molina Mazariegos (April 29, 1777, Guatemala — September 21, 1854) was a Central American politician, considered one of the founders of liberalism in Guatemala. ...more
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Kjell Eugenio Laugerud G... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Brigadier General Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García (January 24, 1930 – December 9, 2009) was President of Guatemala from July 1, 1974 to July 1, 1978. He was the son of a Norwegian father ...more
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Carlos Herrera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Carlos Herrera Dec. at 74 (1856-1930)

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Carlos Herrera y Luna (26 October 1856 – 3 July 1930) was acting President of Guatemala from March 30, 1920 to September 15, 1920 and President of Guatemala from September 16, 1920 until ...more
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Carlos Solórzano ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Carlos Solórzano Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)

Birthplace: San Marcos, Guatemala

Carlos Solórzano Fernández (May 6, 1919 – March 30, 2011) was a Guatemalan born Mexican playwright. He is considered one of the most important playwrights in Guatemalan history. ...more