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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)
Hồ Chí Minh, born Nguyễn Sinh Côn, or Nguyễn Sinh Cung, also known as Nguyễn Tất Thành and Nguyễn Ái Quốc, was a Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who was ...more
Marguerite Duras is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)
Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras, was a French writer and film director.
Jonathan Ke Quan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 47
Jonathan Luke Ke Huy Quan is a Vietnamese-born American actor. He is best known for his appearances in the 1980s Steven Spielberg productions of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The
Mai Phương Thúy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 30
Mai Phương Thúy was crowned the 10th Miss Vietnam at the Vinpearl Resort in Nha Trang, Vietnam on August 26, 2006. She represented Vietnam at the Miss World 2006 pageant in Warsaw, Poland ...more
Linh Dan Pham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 45
Linh Dan Pham is a French actress of Vietnamese descent. She was born in Saigon, South Vietnam, but moved with her family to France a year later, just before the fall of Saigon to North ...more
Angela Melini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 49
Navia Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 46
Navia Nguyen, born in 1973 in Saigon, South Vietnam, 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)
Thích Quảng Đức, was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963. Quang Duc was protesting the persecution of ...more
Tsui Hark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 65
Tsui Hark, born Tsui Man-kong, is a Vietnamese-born New Wave film director, producer and screenwriter. Tsui has produced & also directed several influential Hong Kong films such as A Better ...more
Eugene H. Trinh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 68
Eugene Huu-Chau "Gene" Trinh is a Vietnamese American biochemist who flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-50 as a Payload Specialist, becoming the first Vietnamese American
Kym Purling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 46
Kym Purling is an Australian pianist, composer and conductor, who was found abandoned at 2–3 days of age during the Vietnam War. After spending the first several months of his life in two ...more
Nguyễn Chí Thiện is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Nguyễn Chí Thiện Dec. at 73 (1939-2012)
Nguyễn Chí Thiện Vietnamese-born American dissident, activist and poet who spent a total of twenty-seven years in prison.
Pham Tuan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 72
Phạm Tuân is a retired Vietnam Air Force aviator. He became the first Vietnamese citizen and the first non-Russian Asian in space when he flew aboard the Soyuz 37 mission as an Intercosmos ...more
Hong Tran is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 52
Hong Thi Tran was a candidate in the Washington Democratic Party primary election for the United States Senate in 2006, challenging incumbent Maria Cantwell. Tran received more than five percent ...more
Nick Ut is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 67
Huỳnh Công Út, known professionally as Nick Ut, is a photographer for the Associated Press who works out of Los Angeles. He won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for ...more
Bich Minh Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 45
Bich Minh Nguyen 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 2005. Her second novel, Pioneer Girl ...more
Duy-Loan Le is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 57
Duy-Loan T. Le 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
Dustin Nguyen is a 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 Johnny Loh on V.I.P. In Films, ...more
Bảo Đại is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Dec. at 84 (1913-1997)
Bảo Đại, born Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh Thụy, was the 13th and final emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty, which was the last dynasty of Vietnam. From 1926 to 1945, he was king of Annam. During this ...more
Le Duc Tho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
Dec. at 79 (1911-1990)
Lê Đức Thọ, born Phan Đình Khải in Hà Nam Province, was a Vietnamese revolutionary, general, diplomat, and politician. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with ...more
Pauline Chan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 63
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
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
Dat Phan, is a Vietnamese American stand-up comedian.
Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 53
Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên is a Vietnamese-American personality and co-host of Thuy Nga's Paris By Night.
Jacqueline Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Vietnam
age 54
Jacqueline Hong-Ngoc Nguyen is a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.