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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.
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  • Dec. at 59 (1808-1868)

    BirthplaceTrinidad, 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.  ...more
  • 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
  • Dec. at 74 (1940-2015)

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Eduardo Hughes Galeano (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwaɾðo ɣaleˈano]; 3 September 1940 – 13 April 2015) was an Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist considered, among other things, "global soccer's  ...more
  • Dec. at 44 (1890-1935)

    BirthplaceToulouse, France

    NationalityFrance, Argentina

    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 tango.   ...more

    #162 of 215 The Best Easy Listening Bands/Artists#23 of 85 The Greatest Latin American Artists of All Time#8 of 44 The Best Tango Artists

  • Dec. at 88 (1920-2009)

    BirthplacePaso de los Toros, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    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 journalist,  ...more
  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    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, he is regarded as  ...more

    #116 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#706 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#21 of 146 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    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 Wanderers F.C. as a  ...more
  • Dec. at 89 (1880-1969)

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    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
  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    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
  • Dec. at 76 (1888-1964)

    BirthplaceSan José de Mayo, Uruguay

    NationalityArgentina, 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 less  ...more
  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityArgentina, Uruguay

    Israel Adrián Caetano (born 1969 in Montevideo, Uruguay), known as Adrián Caetano, is an Uruguayan film director, producer and screenplay writer.  ...more
  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Enrique Graf is a Uruguayan born, American naturalized musician.  ...more
  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    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
  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityCanada, Switzerland, 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 the  ...more
  • Dec. at 65 (1874-1940)

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 pen  ...more
  • Age: 46

    BirthplaceTacuarembó, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Daniel Umpiérrez also known as Dani Umpi is a Uruguayan musician and writer.  ...more
  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Atilio Supparo was an actor and a film score composer.  ...more
  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalitySpain, 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
  • Dec. at 77 (1859-1937)

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Juan Campisteguy Oxcoby (September 7, 1859 – September 4, 1937) was a Uruguayan soldier, lawyer, and President of Uruguay (1927–1931).  ...more
  • Dec. at 84 (1897-1981)

    BirthplaceMontevideo, 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 "Desde el  ...more
  • BirthplaceColonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Ricardo Islas is a film director.  ...more
  • BirthplaceMaldonado, Uruguay

    Alberto Abdala (Arabic: البرتو عبد االله‎) (1920–1986) Uruguayan attorney, politician, painter and Vice-President from 1967 to 1972.  ...more
  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    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 to  ...more
  • BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rafael Viñoly Beceiro is an Uruguayan architect.  ...more
  • Dec. at 75 (1855-1931)

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    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 figure.  ...more