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Famous People From Uruguay

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

List includes Carlos Andrés Sánchez, Gaston Gonnet and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Uruguay?" or "Which celebrities were born in Uruguay?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Venancio Flores is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Dec. at 60 (1808-1868)

Birthplace: Trinidad, Uruguay

Venancio Flores Barrios (18 May 1808 – 19 February 1868) was a Uruguayan political leader and general. Flores was President of Uruguay from 1854 to 1855 (interim) and from 1865 to 1868.
Martin Sorrondeguy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Uruguay

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Martin Sorrondeguy (born December 3, 1967) is the singer of hardcore bands Los Crudos and Limp Wrist, the founder of the DIY record label, Lengua Armada Discos, documentary film director and a ...more
Eduardo Galeano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 78

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Eduardo Hughes Galeano (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwaɾðo ɣaleˈano]; 3 September 1940 – 13 April 2015) was an Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist considered, among other things, ...more
Carlos Gardel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: Died at 45 (1890-1935)

Birthplace: Toulouse, France

Carlos Gardel (born Charles Romuald Gardès; 11 December 1890 – 24 June 1935) was a French Argentine singer, songwriter, composer and actor, and the most prominent figure in the history of ...more

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Mario Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Dec. at 89 (1920-2009)

Birthplace: Paso de los Toros, Uruguay

Mario Orlando Hardy Hamlet Brenno Benedetti Farrugia (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo βeneˈðeti] (listen); 14 September 1920 – 17 May 2009), best known as Mario Benedetti, was a Uruguayan ...more
Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 39

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Diego Martín Forlán Corazo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo foɾˈlan]; born 19 May 1979) is a Uruguayan former professional footballer who played as a forward. A prolific goalscorer, ...more

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Ignacio María Gon... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Ignacio María González Age: 36

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Ignacio 'Nacho' María González (Spanish pronunciation: [iɣˈnasjo ˈnatʃo maˈɾi.a ɣonˈsales ˈɣati]; born 14 May 1982) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Montevideo ...more
Emilio Frugoni is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Dec. at 89 (1880-1969)

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Emilio Frugoni (March 30, 1880 – August 28, 1969) was a Uruguayan socialist politician, lawyer, poet, essayist, and journalist. He founded the Socialist Party of Uruguay (PS) in 1910 and was its ...more
Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 57

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Enzo Francescoli Uriarte (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈenso fɾansesˈkoli uˈɾjaɾte]; Italian: [ˈɛntso frantʃeˈskɔːli]; born 12 November 1961) is a former Uruguayan football player. Due to his elegant ...more

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Francisco Canaro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Dec. at 76 (1888-1964)

Birthplace: San José de Mayo, Uruguay

Francisco Canaro (November 26, 1888 – December 14, 1964) was a Uruguayan violinist and tango orchestra leader. His parents, Italians emigrated to Uruguay, and later – when Francisco Canaro was ...more
Adrián Caetano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 49

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Montevideo Department, Uruguay, Montevideo

Israel Adrián Caetano (born 1969 in Montevideo, Uruguay), known as Adrián Caetano, is an Uruguayan film director, producer and screenplay writer.
Enrique Graf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 66

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Enrique Graf is a Uruguayan born, American naturalized musician.
Jorge Medina Vidal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 94

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Jorge Medina Vidal (1925 in Montevideo – 2008) is a Uruguayan poet, educator and literary critic.He received his diploma at the Department of Humanities and Sciences of the Universidad de la ...more
Gaston Gonnet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 64

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Gaston H. Gonnet is a Uruguayan Canadian computer scientist and entrepreneur. He is best known for his contributions to the Maple computer algebra system and the creation of a digital version of ...more
F. Luis Mora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
F. Luis Mora Dec. at 66 (1874-1940)

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

F. Luis Mora, also known as Francis Luis Mora (July 27, 1874 – June 5, 1940), was a Uruguayan-born American figural painter. Mora worked in watercolor, oils and tempera. He produced drawings in ...more
Dani Umpi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Dani Umpi Age: 44

Birthplace: Tacuarembó, Uruguay

Daniel Umpiérrez also known as Dani Umpi is a Uruguayan musician and writer.
Atilio Supparo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Dec. at 71 (1871-1942)

Birthplace: Uruguay, Montevideo

Atilio Supparo was an actor and a film score composer.
Cristina Peri Rossi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 77

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Cristina Peri Rossi is a Uruguayan novelist, poet, translator, and author of short stories. Considered a leading light of the post-1960s period of prominence of the Latin-American novel, she has ...more
Juan Campisteguy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Dec. at 78 (1859-1937)

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Juan Campisteguy Oxcoby (September 7, 1859 – September 4, 1937) was a Uruguayan soldier, lawyer, and President of Uruguay (1927–1931).
Rosita Melo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Rosita Melo Dec. at 84 (1897-1981)

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Clotilde Mela Rosa Luciano, better known as Rosita Melo (July 9, 1897 – August 12, 1981), was an Argentine-Uruguayan pianist, composer and poet. She is the author of the famous Creole Waltz ...more
Ricardo Islas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 49

Birthplace: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Ricardo Islas is a film director.
Alberto Abdala is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Alberto Abdala Dec. at 66 (1920-1986)

Birthplace: Maldonado, Uruguay

Alberto Abdala (Arabic: البرتو عبد االله‎) (1920–1986) Uruguayan attorney, politician, painter and Vice-President from 1967 to 1972.
Jorge Drexler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 54

Birthplace: Uruguay, Montevideo

Jorge Abner Drexler Prada (born September 21, 1964) is a Uruguayan musician, actor and doctor specializing in otolaryngology. In 2004, Drexler won wide acclaim after becoming the first Uruguayan ...more
Rafael Viñoly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Age: 74

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Rafael Viñoly Beceiro is an Uruguayan architect.
Juan Zorrilla de San Mar... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Uruguay
Dec. at 76 (1855-1931)

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Juan Zorrilla de San Martín (December 28, 1855 – November 3, 1931) was a Catholic Uruguayan epic poet – he is referred to as the "National Poet of Uruguay" – and political