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Famous Writers from Mexico

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List of famous writers from Mexico, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Mexico is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Mexican writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Mexico and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list has a variety of writers in it, from Carlos Bolado to Carlos Pellicer.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Mexican writers?" and "Which writers are from Mexico?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Mexico in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Mexico, but they're all of Mexico descent.
  • Anthony Quinn1

    Anthony Quinn

    Dec. at 86 (1915-2001)

    BirthplaceChihuahua, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    WorksEin- Mann- Tango, One Man Tango/Audio Cassettes, Lovers and other strangers, The original sin, Ceramic Design Course: Principles

    Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001), known as Anthony Quinn, was a... more on Wikipedia

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  • Edward James Olmos2

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico


    Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Louis C.K.3

    Louis C.K.

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    WorksDown to Earth, Pootie Tang, I Think I Love My Wife, Louis C.K.: Chewed Up, Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater

    Louis Székely () (born September 12, 1967), better known by his stage name Louis C.K. (), is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Luis Buñuel4

    Luis Buñuel

    Dec. at 83 (1900-1983)

    BirthplaceCalanda, Spain, Spain

    NationalitySpain, Mexico

    WorksThe Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Beauty of the Day, Robinson Crusoe, The Exterminating Angel, An Andalusian Dog

    Luis Buñuel Portolés (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis βuˈɲwel poɾtoˈles]; 22 February 1900 – 29... more on Wikipedia

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  • Chano Urueta5

    Chano Urueta

    Dec. at 75 (1904-1979)

    BirthplaceChihuahua, Chihuahua Municipality, Mexico


    WorksNight of the Mayas, El deseo, I Do Not Want Both, The Magnificent Beast, Highway of Cats

    Chano Urueta was a Mexican film director.
  • Cheech Marin6

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    WorksCheech & Chong's Up in Smoke, Nice Dreams, Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers, Things Are Tough All Over

    Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marín (born July 13, 1946) is an American stand-up comedian, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Guillermo del Toro7

    BirthplaceGuadalajara, Mexico


    WorksPan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Devil's Backbone

    Guillermo del Toro Gómez (Spanish: [ɡiˈʝeɾmo ðel ˈtoɾo]; born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carlos Fuentes8

    Carlos Fuentes

    Dec. at 84 (1928-2012)

    BirthplacePanama City, Panama


    WorksWhere the Air Is Clear, Christopher Unborn, The Old Gringo, Terra nostra, Do You Hear the Dogs Barking?

    Carlos Fuentes Macías (; Spanish: [ˈkaɾlos ˈfwentes] (listen); November 11, 1928 – May 15,... more on Wikipedia
  • Octavio Paz9

    Octavio Paz

    Dec. at 84 (1914-1998)

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    WorksThe Labyrinth of Solitude, The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987, Alternating current, La Otra Voz

    Octavio Paz Lozano (March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998) was a Mexican poet and diplomat. For his... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alfonso Cuarón10

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    WorksChildren of Men, Gravity, Y Tu Mamá También, Paris, je t'aime

    Alfonso Cuarón Orozco (US: ; Spanish: [alˈfonso kwaˈɾon] pronunciation ; born 28 November... more on Wikipedia
  • Gael García Bernal11

    BirthplaceGuadalajara, Mexico



    Gael García Bernal (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡaˈel ɣaɾˈsi.a βeɾˈnal]; born 30 November 1978) is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Luis Alcoriza12

    Luis Alcoriza

    Dec. at 74 (1918-1992)

    BirthplaceEurope, Badajoz, Southern Europe, Extremadura, Spain

    NationalitySpain, Mexico

    WorksThe Exterminating Angel, The Young and the Damned, El Bruto, Presage, Fever Mounts at El Pao

    Luis Alcoriza de la Vega (September 5, 1918 – December 3, 1992) was a respected Mexican... more on Wikipedia
  • Emilio Fernández13

    Emilio Fernández

    Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

    BirthplaceCoahuila, Mexico


    WorksPueblerina, La perla, A Woman In Love, Salon Mexico, La Choca

    Emilio "El Indio" Fernández (born Emilio Fernández Romo, Spanish: [eˈmiljo feɾˈnandes ˈromo];... more on Wikipedia
  • Roberto Orci14

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    WorksStar Trek, Transformers, Star Trek Into Darkness, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Mission: Impossible III

    Roberto Gaston Orci (born July 20, 1973) is a Mexican-American film and television... more on Wikipedia
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu15

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    WorksBirdman, Biutiful

    Alejandro González Iñárritu (; American Spanish: [aleˈxandɾo ɣonˈsales iˈɲaritu]; born 15... more on Wikipedia
  • Diego Luna16

    Diego Luna

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico



    Diego Luna Alexander (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ˈluna aleksanˈdeɾ]; born December 29,... more on Wikipedia


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  • Paul Rodríguez17

    BirthplaceCuliacán, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    WorksThe Original Latin Kings of Comedy, A Million to Juan

    Paul Rodriguez may refer to: Paul Rodriguez (actor) (born 1955), Mexican-American stand-up... more on Wikipedia
  • Thalía18


    Age: 48

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    WorksGrowing Stronger, Thalía: ¡Radiante! Your Guide to a Fit and Fabulous Pregnancy, Thalía: ¡Belleza! Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness

    Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈɾjaðna taˈli.a ˈsoði miˈɾanda]; born 26... more on Wikipedia
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky19

    BirthplaceTocopilla, Chile

    NationalityChile, France, Mexico

    WorksEl Topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre, Fando & Lis, The Severed Heads

    Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20

    Tito Davison

    Dec. at 73 (1912-1985)

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Chile, Chillán, Bío Bío Region, South America

    NationalityChile, Mexico

    WorksCorazón salvaje, La barraca, El ministro y yo, The Golden Barge, La dulce enemiga

    Tito Davison (14 November 1912 – 21 March 1985) was a Chilean-born Mexican film director and... more on Wikipedia
  • Alfonso Reyes21

    Alfonso Reyes

    Dec. at 70 (1889-1959)

    BirthplaceMonterrey, Mexico


    WorksHomero en Cuernavaca, Capítulos de literatura española, Universidad, política y pueblo, Ultima tule y otros ensayos

    Alfonso Reyes Ochoa (17 May 1889 in Monterrey, Nuevo León – 27 December 1959 in Mexico City)... more on Wikipedia
  • Alfonso Aráu22

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    WorksZapata: El sueño de un héroe, Inspector Calzonzin, Mojado Power, The Barefoot Eagle, Caras nuevas

    Alfonso Arau Incháustegui (born January 11, 1932) is a Mexican actor and director.
  • Roberto Gavaldón23

    Roberto Gavaldón

    Dec. at 77 (1909-1986)

    BirthplaceJiménez Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico


    WorksMacario, Las Tres perfectas casadas, The Boy and the Fog, Ash Wednesday, The Hidden One

    Roberto Gavaldón (June 7, 1909 in Jiménez, Chihuahua – September 4, 1986 in Mexico City) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Fernando de Fuentes24

    Fernando de Fuentes

    Dec. at 64 (1894-1958)

    BirthplaceVeracruz, Mexico


    WorksLet’s Go with Pancho Villa, Face of the Screaming Werewolf, La Mujer sin Alma, La familia Dressel, Beneath the Sky of Mexico

    Fernando de Fuentes Carrau (December 12, 1894 – July 4, 1958) was a Mexican film director,... more on Wikipedia
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    Miguel M. Delgado

    Dec. at 89 (1905-1994)

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    WorksLas Viudas del Cha Cha Cha

    Miguel Melitón Delgado (17 May 1905 – 2 January 1994) was a Mexican film director and... more on Wikipedia