Famous Australian Men

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The very mention of Australians might bring to your mind the image of a beer guzzling, tanned, fun loving person lounging on the picturesque beaches all day long. From the past many decades Australians, especially men, have had to live with this dumb stereotype that projects them to the world as carefree beach mongers. Ever thought about what Australia would actually be like if Australians actually fit the stereotype? Australia is one of the wealthiest nations of the world and boasts of a high standard of living unmatched by many other countries. This would not have been possible without the relentless hard word, ingenuity, and dedication of the Australian men who gave it their all to build such a wonderful nation. 

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Chris Hemsworth
(Australian Actor Best Known for His Portrayal of 'Thor' in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Films)
Chris Hemsworth
104
Birthdate: August 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth, shot to superstardom after playing Thor, the crown prince of Asgard in the Thor and The Avengers film series. Before embarking on his Hollywood journey, he had already established himself in Australia with drama series Home and Away. The handsome actor has also won praise for films like Snow White and the Huntsman and Ghostbusters.
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Heath Ledger
(Australian Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘The Joker’ in the Film ‘The Dark Knight’)
Heath Ledger
100
Birthdate: April 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Died: January 22, 2008

An Australian actor, Heath Ledger grabbed limelight in America with the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. However, it was role in Brokeback Mountain that made him a star and earned him comparisons with greats actors like Marlon Brando. The brilliant actor gave his last performance as Joker in The Dark Knight which became a massive success.

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Hugh Jackman
(Australian Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Logan / Wolverine’ in the ‘X-Men’ Film Series)
Hugh Jackman
48
Birthdate: October 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian actor Hugh Jackman’s Hollywood debut in the film X-Men made him a transatlantic actor and he went on to do the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2018. Some of his other prominent films are Kate & Leopold, Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman, The Prestige and Australia. He is also a singer, songwriter and a dancer.

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 4 
Steve Irwin
(Television Celebrity & Wildlife Conservationist Who Died After Getting Stung by a Stingray Barb)
Steve Irwin
54
Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: September 4, 2006

Australian Steve Irwin was a world famous, high-spirited, lively host of The Crocodile Hunter television series. A conservationist, he was also part of other shows and documentaries on wildlife and environment. He was known for close encounters with some of the most dangerous and endangered animals in various jungles. He died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

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Liam Hemsworth
(Australian Actor Known for His Role in 'The Hunger Games' Film Series and 'Independence Day: Resurgence')
Liam Hemsworth
68
Birthdate: January 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Liam Hemsworth is an Australian actor and has starred in Hollywood films like The Last Song, Independence Day: Resurgence, Empire State, The Hunger Games, Isn't It Romantic and Killerman. He has been in the news for his relationship with singer and songwriter, Miley Cyrus. Luke and Chris, his older brothers, are also actors.

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Keith Urban
(Known for His Work in Country Music)
Keith Urban
38
Birthdate: October 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Whangārei, New Zealand

Four-time Grammy-winner Keith Urban had already tasted success in Australia, before making his American debut with a platinum-certified solo album. He knows how to play a variety of instruments, including the sitar, guitar, piano, and mandolin. His track Somebody Like You was named Billboard’s greatest country hit of the 2000s.

 7 
Paul Hogan
(Famous For His Role as Michael 'Crocodile' Dundee From the 'Crocodile Dundee' Film Series)
Paul Hogan
41
Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Paul Hogan is an Australian actor and television presenter. He is credited with popularizing the Crocodile Dundee film series with his award-winning portrayal of Michael "Crocodile" Dundee in the movie series. Such is his popularity in Australia that Hogan was made a member of the Order of Australia for service to entertainment and tourism.

 8 
Angus Young
(Co-Founder and Lead Guitarist for the Hard Rock Band 'AC/DC')
Angus Young
26
Birthdate: March 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Angus Young, AC/DC co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter, migrated to Australia at 13. After dropping out of school at 15, he started playing instruments. Named the Best Australian Guitarist of All Time by Australian Guitar magazine, he is known for his uniform outfits and for reviving Chuck Berry's "duck walk."
 9 
Daniel Ricciardo
(Formula One Driver)
Daniel Ricciardo
27
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Daniel Ricciardo is an Italian-Australian racing driver. He currently competes in Formula One for McLaren. Over the years, Ricciardo has had eight Grand Prix victories, including a win at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, in Formula One. He has also received several awards like BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy. In 2014, he was named GQ Australia Sportsman of the Year.

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Michael Hutchence
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the Rock Band 'INXS')
Michael Hutchence
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Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: November 22, 1997

Michael Hutchence, co-founder of the Australian rock band INXS, was known for his wild lifestyle, his affairs with celebrities, and his history of drug abuse. He was named to News.com’s list of the 15 greatest Australian singers of all time but unfortunately died by suicide in a Sydney hotel room.

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Eric Bana
(Actor and Comedian)
Eric Bana
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Birthdate: August 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Eric Bana, better known as Nero from Star Trek, initially gained fame with the series Full Frontal. The Australian actor made a mark in Hollywood with movies such as Hulk, Troy, and Munich. He loves racing and donates to charities related to causes such as mental-illness awareness and animal welfare.

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Guy Pearce
(Actor)
Guy Pearce
27
Birthdate: October 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
Guy Pearce is best known as Mike Young from the series Neighbours. Fans loved his Emmy-winning performance in the miniseries Mildred Pierce. He won a Saturn Award for his role in Memento and a SAG Award for his performance in The King’s Speech. Guy is also involved in animal welfare.
 13 
Bon Scott
(Singer & Musician)
Bon Scott
46
Birthdate: July 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Forfar, Scotland
Died: February 19, 1980
Bon Scott worked with bands such as The Spektors, Valentines, and Fraternity before joining the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, replacing lead singer Dave Evans in 1974. He was one of Classic Rock’s 100 Greatest Frontmen of All Time. Following his death, AC/DC released a best-selling album as a tribute.
 14 
Jacob Elordi
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Birthdate: June 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Australian heartthrob Jacob Elordi was a film buff since an early age and wanted to become an actor like his idol, Heath Ledger. Following a debut in a musical and few more acting assignments, he ultimately hit it big with Netflix teen film The Kissing Booth and HBO series Euphoria. Jacob Elordi is also a budding young activist and has spoken out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Sam Worthington
(He is best known for playing Jake Sully in Avatar)
Sam Worthington
20
Birthdate: August 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surrey, England, United Kingdom
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Ben Mendelsohn
13
Birthdate: April 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Ben Mendelsohn is best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Danny Rayburn in the series Bloodline and for his AACTA Award-winning performance in Animal Kingdom. He has also mesmerized audiences with his roles in The Dark Knight Rises and The Outsider. He has appeared as Talos in two Marvel movies.
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Shane Warne
(Former Australian Cricketer, Widely Regarded as the Greatest Leg Spinner in the History of Cricket)
Shane Warne
11
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: March 4, 2022

Shane Warne was a former Australian cricket player, best known for his leg-break bowling. Widely regarded as one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, Warne was the second-highest wicket-taker in test cricket. He was also one of the most controversial cricketers. In 2013, Shane Warne was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

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Errol Flynn
(Best Known for His Romantic Swashbuckler Roles in the Golden Age of Hollywood)
Errol Flynn
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Birthdate: June 20, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Battery Point, Australia
Died: October 14, 1959

Regarded as the successor to Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn was an Australian-born actor who gained recognition in the Golden Age of Hollywood mainly because of his romantic swashbuckler roles. He also achieved fame for his reputation as a womanizer and party animal in personal life. His career and life inspired several films, such as My Wicked, Wicked Ways and Flynn.

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The Kid Laroi
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Birthdate: August 17, 2003
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waterloo, Australia
Australian rapper and hip-hop artist The Kid Laroi was mentored by the late rapper Juice Wrld. He shot to fame with the tracks Let Her Go, Diva, the Billboard-charting Go, and Addison Rae. He is immensely popular on Instagram and YouTube, where he has millions of followers.
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Ben Simmons
(Australian Professional Basketball Player Who Plays at the Point Guard Position)
Ben Simmons
48
Birthdate: July 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Ben Simmons, son of Australian basketball player Dave Simmons, initially played for LSU and was then drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Ben was named the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year and the NBA All-Star in 2019 and 2020. He has also played for the Australian national team.
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Julian Assange
(Computer programmer)
Julian Assange
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Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.

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Geoffrey Rush
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Birthdate: July 6, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toowoomba, Australia
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Malcolm Young
(Musician)
Malcolm Young
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Birthdate: January 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: November 18, 2017

Malcolm Young was an Australian musician. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band AC/DC. He is also credited with popularizing the band and was described by many as the leader and the driving force of the band. Widely regarded as one of the best rhythm guitarists ever, Young was a leading exponent of rhythm guitar in rock music.

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Dacre Montgomery
(Known for His Role as 'Billy Hargrove' in the Netflix Series 'Stranger Things' )
Dacre Montgomery
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Birthdate: November 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Australian actor Dacre Montgomery is best known for his roles of Jason Scott/Red Ranger in the movie Power Rangers and Billy Hargrove in the Netflix series Stranger Things. He was also seen as Mike in A Few Less Men. In 2019, he launched his podcast DLKM, which showcased his poetry.
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Sir Donald Bradman
(Australian Cricketer Who is Considered the Greatest Batsman of All Time)
Sir Donald Bradman
7
Birthdate: August 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cootamundra, Australia
Died: February 25, 2001

Australian cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. He started playing cricket as a young man and scored numerous records within a few years. In a career spanning around two decades, he retired with a career test batting average of 99.94. He retained a pre-eminent position in the game for decades following his retirement. 

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Simon Baker
(Actor known for his lead roles in the CBS television series The Mentalist)
Simon Baker
7
Birthdate: July 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Launceston, Australia
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Luke Hemsworth
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Nathan Tyson’ in the TV Series ‘Neighbours’)
Luke Hemsworth
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Birthdate: November 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

The oldest of the famous Hemsworth brothers, Luke Hemsworth is also an actor like his younger siblings. A famous TV actor in Australia, Luke Hemsworth has also appeared in American films, such as Hickok, Encounter, and Crypto. A popular figure in Australia, Luke was chosen as the newest face of Tourism Australia in 2018.

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Travis Fimmel
(Actor and Former Model Best Known for His Role as ‘Ragnar Lothbrok’ in the TV Series ‘Vikings’)
Travis Fimmel
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Birthdate: July 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Echuca, Australia

Travis Fimmel never thought about becoming a model or actor before he was spotted working out at a gym by a talent scout's flatmate. In fact, he wouldn't even have been working out at that gym had he not broken his leg before making his debut for the St Kilda Football Club. Well, Australian football’s loss is film industry’s gain!

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Jai Courtney
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Birthdate: March 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Troye Sivan
(Australian Singer-Songwriter, Actor and YouTuber)
Troye Sivan
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Birthdate: June 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Singer, actor, and YouTuber Troye Sivan is best known for his Golden Globe-nominated song Revelation from the movie Boy Erased. He played the younger Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the titular role in the Spud movie franchise. His YouTube video The Boyfriend Tag won him a Teen Choice Award.
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Alex O'Loughlin
(Best Known as Lieutenant Commander 'Steve McGarrett' on The TV series 'Hawaii Five-0')
Alex O'Loughlin
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Birthdate: August 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia

Alex O'Loughlin is an Australian actor, director, writer, and producer. He is best known for his work in the popular police procedural TV series, Hawaii Five-0. Apart from being associated with the film and TV industry, Alex O'Loughlin also works closely with a nonprofit organization called Donate Life America for which he is the current ambassador.

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Nick Cave
(Singer-songwriter)
Nick Cave
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Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warracknabeal
Nick Cave is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The ARIA Hall of Fame inductee is known for the intense themes of his songs, such as death. He has also written several books, including novels and anthologies of his poetry. 
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Steve Smith
(Australian Cricketer Who is Considered One of the Best Batsmen of His Generation)
Steve Smith
13
Birthdate: June 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kogarah, Australia

Australian cricketer Steve Smith captained the Australian Test team and also tied with Garry Sobers when he made a record 6,000 Test runs in 111 innings, the second-best after Donald Bradman. The Allan Border Medal-winning batsman was banned from Australian cricket for a year for overseeing ball tampering.

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Flea (Musician)
(Musician, Actor, a Member and Bassist of the Rock Band ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’)
Flea (Musician)
8
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Michael Balzary, or Flea, is best known as the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has also been part of the supergroup Atoms for Peace, appeared in films such as The Big Lebowski, and voiced Donnie Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys franchise. He also co-owns a music-oriented non-profit.
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Bruce Kingsbury
(Victoria Cross Winner)
Bruce Kingsbury
6
Birthdate: January 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: August 29, 1942

Bruce Kingsbury was an Australian soldier best remembered for his efforts during the Second World War. Kingsbury lost his life while counter-attacking the Japanese forces during the Battle of Isurava. Kingsbury's counter-attack proved beneficial for the Australians and his bravery during the battle was honored with the Victoria Cross. 

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Ned Kelly
(Bushranger)
Ned Kelly
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Birthdate: 1854
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beveridge, Australia
Died: November 11, 1880

The Robin Hood of Australia for many and villain for others, Ned Kelly become immortal not just for his murderous confrontation with the police, but also for his reported last words “such is life”. The bushranger and outlaw remains a cult figure in Australia even a century after his execution. His sympathizers considered his as a champion of the poor.

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Calum Hood
(Bassist & Social Media Star)
Calum Hood
20
Birthdate: January 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Calum Hood is best known as part of the Australian pop-rock group 5 Seconds of Summer, which has delivered hits such as She Looks So Perfect. He has also written songs for artists such as Makeout. He quit his plans of pursuing a soccer career to venture into music.

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Robert Clarence Irwin
(American Television Personality, Wildlife Photographer and Son of Steve Irwin)
Robert Clarence Irwin
24
Birthdate: December 1, 2003
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buderim, Australia
Robert Irwin, the son of the late wildlife expert Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin, has also gained fame as the host of Robert's Real Life Adventures and co-hosted Wild But True. He is part of the series Crikey!, is a wildlife photographer, and has created a book series, too.
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Brenton Thwaites
14
Birthdate: August 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cairns, Australia

Australian actor Brenton Thwaites is best known for his appearance in the soap opera Home and Away. Even though his initial plans involved becoming a policeman or a firefighter, destiny had other plans for him. He started acting in plays as a teenager and moved to TV shows. He has since migrated to US where his career continues to thrive.

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Rick Springfield
(Actor, Musician and Member of the Pop Rock Group ‘Zoot’)
Rick Springfield
6
Birthdate: August 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Rick Springfield is best known for his Grammy-winning single Jessie's Girl. He also gained fame for his portrayal of Noah Drake in the soap General Hospital and Dr. Irving Pitlor in True Detective. He has also written an autobiography and a novel, both New York Times bestsellers.
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Gotye
(Founding Member of The Melbourne Indie-Pop Trio 'The Basics')
Gotye
11
Birthdate: May 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium
Belgian-born Australian singer Gotye initially formed the indie-pop group The Basics. The three-time Grammy-winning artist has also had a successful solo career and is best known for his Billboard-topping track Somebody That I Used to Know, which made him the fifth Australian artist to top the Billboard charts.
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Zyzz (Aziz Shavershian)
(Body Builder, Internet Personality)
Zyzz (Aziz Shavershian)
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Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 5, 2011

Aziz Shavershian was a Russian-born Australian personal trainer, bodybuilder, and model. He started posting videos on YouTube in 2007, establishing a cult following. Aziz was the poster boy of aesthetics, a subculture of amateur bodybuilding. Before his death, due to a heart attack, Aziz Shavershian had established a clothing line and his own protein label called Protein of the Gods.

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Terence Tao
(One of the Greatest Living Mathematicians Who is Referred to as the 'Mozart of Mathematics')
Terence Tao
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Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Terence Tao is an Australian-American mathematician who works at the University of California, Los Angeles as a professor of mathematics. Widely considered one of the most prominent living mathematicians, Tao was honored with the prestigious Fields Medal in 2006. In 2014, he was awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.

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Nick Vujicic
(Evangelist)
Nick Vujicic
115
Birthdate: December 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nick Vujicic is an Australian American motivational speaker and Christian evangelist. Born with a rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome, which is characterized by the privation of arms and legs, Vujicic founded an international non-profit organization called Life Without Limbs in 2005. In 2007, he established a motivational speaking company named Attitude is Altitude.

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Joel Edgerton
(Actor and Filmmaker Known for His Role of 'Owen Lars' in the 'Star Wars' Films and Series)
Joel Edgerton
14
Birthdate: June 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blacktown, Australia
Joel Edgerton is best known for his AACTA-winning performances in The Secret Life of Us and Animal Kingdom. His other notable films include Star Wars Episodes II and III, The Great Gatsby, and Loving. He was also appreciated for his directorial debut, The Gift. He works actively for eye-restoration projects.
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Scott Morrison
(30th Prime Minister of Australia (2018 – 2022))
Scott Morrison
49
Birthdate: May 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney

Scott Morrison served as the 30th prime minister of Australia between 2018 and 2022. He led his coalition to an unexpected victory in the 2019 election. Morrison's term witnessed increased tension between China and Australia. He was criticised for failure to adequately address climate change in Australia. His coalition was defeated in 2022 election and subsequently he resigned as the leader of the Liberal Party.

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Dominic Purcell
(Actor best known for his portrayals of Lincoln Burrows in Fox's Prison Break (2005–2009; 2017) and Mick Rory / Heat Wave in The CW's The Flash (2014–2016))
Dominic Purcell
6
Birthdate: February 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wallasey, England, United Kingdom
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Jesse Spencer
(Actor role in Neighbours (1994–2000, 2005)House (2004–2012), Chicago Fire (2012–2021))
Jesse Spencer
10
Birthdate: February 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian actor and singer Jesse Spencer is best known to fans as Dr. Robert Chase from House and as Billy Kennedy from Neighbours. Though born into a family of medical professionals, Spencer showed an early interest in music, excelling in the violin, and often plays at charity events these days.

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Rod Laver
(Australian Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Rod Laver
13
Birthdate: August 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Australia

Australian former tennis player Rod Laver is widely regarded to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He was ranked world No. 1 in nine different years. He holds 200 singles titles--the most in tennis history. He excelled on a variety of court surfaces: grass, clay, hard, carpet, and wood/parquet. The Laver Cup Tournament is named after him.

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Malcolm Turnbull
(29th Prime Minister of Australia (2015 - 2018))
Malcolm Turnbull
9
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Malcolm Turnbull is a retired Australian politician. From 2015 to 2018, Turnbull served as the 29th prime minister of Australia. He also served as the leader of the Liberal Party on two occasions. For his service to the Parliament of Australia, Turnbull was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia during the 2021 Australia Day Honours

Australian men have always been leading contributors to the world in the fields of science, technology, literature, politics and sports. Australia might not have a huge population, but she sure boasts of having produced a great many Nobel laureates like Howard Florey, Patrick White and Barry Marshall. Known for their love of sports, the country has spawned several world class sportsmen like Donald Bradman, Ian Thorpe and Adam Gilchrist. Read on to discover more about famous Australian men.