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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.

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Carlos Castillo Armas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Dec. at 43 (1914-1957)
Carlos Castillo Armas was a Guatemalan military officer who seized power in a United States-orchestrated coup in 1954. Castillo Armas had served in the Guatemalan army until 1944, when he ...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)
Alberto Fuentes Mohr was a Guatemalan economist and politician, one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party. He also served as finance minister and foreign minister during the 1960s.
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Manuel Colom Argueta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Dec. at 47 (1932-1979)
Manuel Colom Argueta was mayor of Guatemala City and an important progressive leader of the opposition in Guatemala. Born in Guatemala City, Colom studied at the El Rosario school, the Liceo ...more
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José María Reina Barrios is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Dec. at 44 (1854-1898)
José María Reyna Barrios was President of Guatemala from 15 March 1892 until his death on 8 February 1898. He was born in San Marcos, Guatemala and was nicknamed Reynita, the ...more
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Oscar Isaac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
age 36
Oscar Isaac is a Guatemalan-born American actor and singer. He is known for his lead roles in Inside Llewyn Davis, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, A Most Violent Year and ...more
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Miguel Ángel Asturias is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Dec. at 75 (1899-1974)
Miguel Angel Asturias Rosales was a Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan poet-diplomat, novelist, playwright and journalist. Asturias helped establish Latin American literature's contribution to ...more
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Efraín Ríos Montt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
age 92
José Efraín Ríos Montt is a Guatemalan politician who was President of Guatemala from 1982 to 1983. An army general, his time in office was marked by the Guatemalan Civil ...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)
Manuel José Estrada Cabrera was President of Guatemala from 1898 to 1920. He was lawyer with no military background and as President, he was a strong ruler, who modernised the country’s ...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)
Santiago González Portillo was President of El Salvador 15 April 1871 - 1 February 1876. He was a military officer and a member of the Liberal Party. He led a revolution in 1871 in which ...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)
Jorge Ubico y Castañeda was the authoritarian ruler of Guatemala from 14 February 1931 to 4 July 1944. A general in the Guatemalan army, he was elected to the presidency in 1931, in an ...more
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Luis von Ahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
age 40
Luis von Ahn is a Guatemalan entrepreneur and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is known as one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is ...more
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Ricardo Arjona is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
age 55
Edgar Ricardo Arjona Morales, known as Ricardo Arjona, is a Guatemalan singer-songwriter and former basketball player and school teacher. Arjona is one of the most successful Latin American ...more
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Antonio José de Irisarri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Dec. at 82 (1786-1868)
Antonio José de Irisarri Alonso, was a Guatemalan statesman, journalist and Interim Supreme Director of Chile. He is considered one of the fathers of Chilean journalism together with Fr. ...more
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David Campos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
age 48
David Campos, is an attorney and member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing San Francisco's District 9 since 2008. His reelection in 2012 made him one of only two LGBT San ...more
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Rafael Espada is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
age 75
Dr. José Rafael Espada is a former Vice President of Guatemala and a former cardiothoracic surgeon. Espada is well known in the Houston cardiothoracic surgery community. He grew up in ...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
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
Manny Marroquin is a Guatemalan-born American mixing engineer. He has received nine 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)
Manuel Lisandro Barillas Bercián was a Guatemalan general and acting president of Guatemala from 6 April 1885 to 15 March 1886 and President from 16 March 1886 to 15 March 1892. He was ...more
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Oliverio Castañeda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Oliverio Castañeda Dec. at 23 (1955-1978)
Oliverio Castañeda de León was a Guatemalan left-wing oriented student leader, who fought for civil rights and was assassinated at the age of 23 in Guatemala City during the regime ...more
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Juan Carlos Plata is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
age 48
Juan Carlos Plata is a Guatemalan retired football striker. He is the highest-scoring player in the history of Guatemala's top division. As of January 2010, Plata has, except for Marc ...more
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Roberto Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Roberto Taylor age 69
Roberto Taylor 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)
Doctor Pedro José Antonio Molina Mazariegos was a Central American politician, considered one of the founders of liberalism in Guatemala. At the head of a party named Los Cacos, he fought ...more
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Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Guatemala
Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)
Brigadier General Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García was President of Guatemala from 1 July 1974 to 1 July 1978. He was the son of a Norwegian father and Guatemalan mother. Laugerud received ...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)
Carlos Herrera y Luna was acting President of Guatemala from March 30, 1920 to September 15, 1920 and President of Guatemala from September 16, 1920 until December 10, 1921.
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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)
Carlos Solórzano Fernández was a Guatemalan born Mexican playwright. He is considered one of the most important playwrights in Guatemalan history. His contribution to the theater ...more