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Famous People From Haiti

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

These people, like Jean Alfred and Émile Roumer include images when available.

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

    Garcelle Beauvais (French pronunciation: ​[gaʁsɛl bovɛ]: born November 26, 1966) is a Haitian actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her roles as Francesca "Fancy" Monroe on The WB...  more
  • BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Jean-Claude Duvalier (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃klod dyvalje]), nicknamed "Baby Doc" (Haitian Creole: Bebe Dòk; 3 July 1951 – 4 October 2014), was a Haitian politician who was the President of Haiti...  more

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  • BirthplaceCroix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

    Nel Ust Wyclef Jean (; born on October 17, 1969) is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor. At the age of nine, Jean immigrated to the United States with his family. He first achieved fame as a member...  more

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  • Dec. at 64 (1907-1971)

    BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    François Duvalier (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃swa dyvalje]; 14 April 1907 – 21 April 1971), also known as Papa Doc (Daddy Doc), was the President of Haiti from 1957 to 1971. He was elected president...  more

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  • BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Meta Golding (born November 2, 1971) is a Haitian-American actress....  more
  • Dec. at 69 (1930-2000)

    BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Jean Léopold Dominique (July 31, 1930 – April 3, 2000) was a Haitian journalist and pro-democracy activist. His station, Radio Haiti-Inter, was the first to broadcast news, investigative reporting,...  more
  • BirthplaceJérémie, Haiti

    Joseph Raoul Cédras (born July 9, 1949) is a Haitian former military officer who was de facto ruler of Haiti from 1991 to 1994....  more
  • BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Lee Elwood Holdridge (born March 3, 1944) is an American composer and orchestrator....  more
  • BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Michaëlle Jean ; born September 6, 1957) is a Canadian stateswoman and former journalist who was the third Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie from 2015 until...  more
  • BirthplaceHaiti, Pétionville

    Jimmy Jean-Louis (born August 8, 1968) is a Haitian-French actor and model best known for his role as "the Haitian" on the NBC television series Heroes. Born in Pétion-Ville, he moved to Paris at a...  more
  • BirthplacePort-Salut, Haiti

    Jean-Bertrand Aristide (born 15 July 1953) is a former Haitian priest and politician who became Haiti's first democratically elected president. A proponent of liberation theology, Aristide was...  more
  • Dec. at 72 (1806-1879)

    BirthplaceAnse-à-Veau, Haiti

    Guillaume Fabre Nicolas Geffrard (September 19, 1806 – December 31, 1878) was a mulatto general in the Haitian army and President of Haiti from 1859 until his deposition in 1867. After collaborating...  more
  • BirthplaceHaiti

    Jeffrey Michael Julmis is a Haitian sprinter. He competed in the 110 m hurdles event at the 2012 Summer Olympics....  more
  • BirthplaceArcahaie, Haiti

    Andre Pierre, the current Democratic mayor of North Miami, Florida and an attorney, was born in Arcahaie, Haiti on March 23, 1969. After emigrating to the United States as a teenager, he attended...  more
  • Age: 68

    BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Raoul Peck (born 1953) is a Haitian filmmaker, of both documentary and feature films, and a political activist. From March 1996 to September 1997, he was Haiti's Minister of Culture. His film I Am...  more
  • BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Junior Jovais Galette (born March 27, 1988) is a Haitian-American outside linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and has...  more
  • BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Samuel Davis Dalembert (born May 10, 1981) is a former Haitian-Canadian professional basketball player who last played for the Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played...  more

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  • BirthplaceFort-Liberté, Haiti

    Vincent-Marie Viénot de Vaublanc baron of the Empire as known as "count de Vaublanc" ' (2 March 1756 – 21 August 1845) was a French royalist politician, writer and artist. He was a deputy for the...  more
  • Dec. at 72 (1913-1986)

    BirthplacePestel, Grand'Anse, Haiti

    Pierre-Eustache Daniel Fignolé (1913–1986) was a Haitian politician who became Haiti's provisional head of state for three weeks in 1957. He was one of the most influential leaders in the...  more
  • Dec. at 78 (1932-2010)

    BirthplaceSaint-Marc, Haiti

    Marc Louis Bazin (March 6, 1932 – June 16, 2010) was a World Bank official, former United Nations functionary and Haitian Minister of Finance and Economy under the dictatorship of Jean-Claude...  more
  • Qwote is a club, pop, R&B, electronic and urban artist born in Haiti and based in the United States. He is an indie artist signed in 2008 to Slip-n-Slide Records in addition to Miami-based indie...  more
  • Dec. at 70 (1810-1880)

    BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Jean-Nicolas Nissage Saget (1810–1880) succeeded Sylvain Salnave as President of Haiti in 1869. Coming into power by coup, Saget was the first Haitian president to serve out his term of office...  more
  • Dec. at 89 (1820-1910)

    BirthplaceCap-Haïtien, Haiti

    Pierre Nord Alexis (2 August 1820 – 1 May 1910) was President of Haiti from 21 December 1902 to 2 December 1908....  more
  • BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Michèle Montas (born 1946) is a journalist from Haiti and the former Spokesperson under UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (January 1, 2007 - January 1, 2010). Prior to her appointment, Montas headed...  more
  • Dec. at 26 (1974-2000)


    Patrick Moses Dorismond (February 28, 1974 – March 16, 2000) was a security guard and father of two children who was killed by undercover New York City Police Department officers during the early...  more