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Famous People From Vietnam

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

Hoang Dinh Tung and Tran Trong Kim are included on this list.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Vietnam?" or "Which celebrities were born in Vietnam?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Ho Chi Minh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

Birthplace: Kim Lien, Vietnam

Hồ Chí Minh (; Vietnamese: [hò cǐ mīŋ̟] (listen), Saigon: [hò cǐ mɨ̄n] (listen); Chữ nôm: 胡志明; 19 May 1890 – 2 September 1969), born Nguyễn Sinh Cung, also known as ...more

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Marguerite Duras is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras (French: [maʁ.ɡə.ʁit dy.ʁas]; 4 April 1914 – 3 March 1996), was a French novelist, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, and experimental filmmaker. ...more
Jonathan Ke Quan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 47

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Jonathan Luke Ke Huy Quan (Chinese: 關繼威; pinyin: Guān Jìwēi; Vietnamese: Quan Kế Huy; Cantonese: Gwāan Gaiwāi; born August 20, 1971) is a Vietnamese-American actor and stunt choreographer ...more
Mai Phương Thúy ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 30

Birthplace: Hanoi, Vietnam

Mai Phương Thúy (August 6, 1988) is a Vietnamese actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned the 10th Miss Vietnam at the Vinpearl Resort in Nha Trang, Vietnam on August ...more
Linh Dan Pham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 45

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Linh Dan Pham (born Phạm Linh Đan 1974) is a Vietnamese-born French actress.
Angela Melini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 49

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Navia Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 46

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Navia Nguyen (born 1973) is a Vietnamese American model and actress.
Thich Quang Duc is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Thich Quang Duc Dec. at 66 (1897-1963)

Birthplace: Hội Khánh, Vietnam

Thích Quảng Đức (Vietnamese: [tʰǐk̟ kʷâːŋ ɗɨ̌k] (listen); 1897 – 11 June 1963; born Lâm Văn Túc) was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at ...more
Tsui Hark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 65

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tsui Hark (Chinese: 徐克, Vietnamese: Từ Khắc, born 15 February 1950), born Tsui Man-kong, is a Chinese film director, producer and screenwriter. Tsui has directed several influential Hong Kong ...more
Eugene H. Trinh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 68

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Eugene Huu-Chau "Gene" Trinh (Vietnamese: Trịnh Hữu Châu, born September 14, 1950) is a Vietnamese American biochemist who flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-50 as a ...more
Kym Purling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 46

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Kym Purling is an Australian pianist, composer, and conductor from Vietnam.
Nguyễn Chí Thiện ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Nguyễn Chí Thiện Dec. at 73 (1939-2012)

Birthplace: Hanoi, Vietnam

Nguyễn Chí Thiện (27 February 1939 – 2 October 2012) was a Vietnamese-born American dissident, activist and poet who spent a total of twenty-seven years in prison by the Hanoi communist ...more
Pham Tuan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 72

Birthplace: Thái Bình, Vietnam

Phạm Tuân ([faːm˧ˀ˨ʔ twɜn˨˩] born 14 February 1947) is a retired Vietnam Air Force aviator. He became the first Vietnamese citizen and the first Asian in space when he flew aboard the ...more
Hong Tran is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 52

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Hong Thi Tran (born May 5, 1966) was a candidate in the Washington Democratic Party primary election for the United States Senate in 2006, challenging incumbent Maria Cantwell. Tran received ...more
Nick Ut is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 67

Birthplace: Long An Province, Vietnam

Huỳnh Công Út, known professionally as Nick Ut (born March 29, 1951) is a Vietnamese American photographer for the Associated Press (AP) who works out of Los Angeles. He won both ...more
Bich Minh Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 45

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Bich Minh "Beth" Nguyen (born 1974 Saigon) is an American novelist and nonfiction writer. She won a 2010 American Book Award, for Short Girls and received the PEN/Jerard Award Fund in ...more
Duy-Loan Le is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 57

Birthplace: Nha Trang, Vietnam

Duy-Loan T. Le (born 1962, Vietnam) is an engineer and the first woman and Asian elected as a Texas Instruments Senior Fellow.
Dustin Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 56

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Dustin Nguyen (born September 17, 1962) is an Vietnamese-American actor, director, writer, and martial artist. He is best known for his roles as Harry Truman Ioki on 21 Jump Street, and as ...more
Bảo Đại is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Dec. at 84 (1913-1997)

Birthplace: Hue, Vietnam

In the Vietnamese name below, Nguyễn is the surname.Bảo Đại (Vietnamese: [ɓa᷉ːw ɗâːjˀ], Hán tự: 保大, lit. "keeper of greatness", 22 October 1913 – 30 July 1997), born ...more
Le Duc Tho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Dec. at 79 (1911-1990)

Birthplace: Hà Nam Province, Vietnam

Lê Đức Thọ (Vietnamese: [lē ɗɨ̌k tʰɔ̂ˀ] (listen); 10 October 1911 – 13 October 1990), born Phan Đình Khải in Nam Dinh Province, was a Vietnamese revolutionary, general, diplomat, ...more
Pauline Chan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 63

Birthplace: Vietnam

Pauline Chan is an actress, film director, film producer and screenwriter.
Thi Thuy Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Thi Thuy Nguyen Age: 28

Birthplace: Hanoi, Vietnam

Nguyễn Thị Thúy is a Vietnamese weightlifter. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's 53 kg, finishing 8th.
Dat Phan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 44

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Dat Phan (born January 25, 1975) is a Vietnamese American stand-up comedian. He first rose to fame in 2003 after defeating runner-up Ralphie May to win Season 1 of Last Comic Standing.
Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyê... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 53

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên (listen; born June 30, 1965) is a Vietnamese singer, songwriter, and master of ceremonies, notably co-hosting the Paris by Night series.
Jacqueline Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Age: 54

Birthplace: Da Lat, Vietnam

Jacqueline Hong-Ngoc Nguyen (Vietnamese: Nguyễn Hồng Ngọc; born May 25, 1965) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.