Chileans are known for their sense of humor, fun-loving nature, and love for music and dance. They are also famous for their prudence and wisdom. Chile was under Spanish colonial rule from mid-16th century to early 19th century until Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme together with José de San Martín, freed Chile from Spanish rule. Hard working and determined, Chileans began rebuilding their nation and Chile is today one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations. The country’s population is made up of people from varied backgrounds, the influence of which is reflected in their diverse cultures.

Augusto PinochetAugusto Pinochet
25 November 1915
Former President of Chile
Cote de PabloCote de Pablo
12 November 1979
Actress

Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda
12 July 1904
Chilean poet

Salvador AllendeSalvador Allende
26 June 1908
Former President of Chile

Isabel AllendeIsabel Allende
02 August 1942
Writer

José de San MartínJosé de San Martín
25 February 1778
Military Leader, Politician
Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
07 April 1889
Chilean poet

Roberto MattaRoberto Matta
11 November 1911
Surrealist Painter

Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez
19 December 1988
Footballer
Bramty JulietteBramty Juliette
19 June 1995
YouTuber

Ignacia AntoniaIgnacia Antonia
07 September 2001
TikTok Star
Sebastian PineraSebastian Pinera
01 December 1949
Former Chilean President

Mayte RodríguezMayte Rodríguez
25 January 1989
Actress

Mariela GrifforMariela Griffor
29 September 1961
Poet, Publisher, Diplomat

HolaSoyGerman (Germán Garmendia)HolaSoyGerman (Germán Garmendia)
25 April 1990
YouTuber, Singer, Author

Andres BAndres B
25 November 1977
YouTuber, Viner
Andrés BurgosAndrés Burgos
25 November 1977
YouTuber

Pedro PascalPedro Pascal
02 April 1975
Actor

Lorenza IzzoLorenza Izzo
19 September 1989
Actress

Santiago CabreraSantiago Cabrera
05 May 1978
Actor
Alejandro JodorowskyAlejandro Jodorowsky
17 February 1929
Writer, Film director, Actor, Playwright,

Arturo VidalArturo Vidal
22 May 1987
Footballer
Luis SepúlvedaLuis Sepúlveda
04 October 1949
Writer

Tom ArayaTom Araya
06 June 1961
Singer, Songwriter

Claudio BravoClaudio Bravo
13 April 1983
Football Player
Claudio BravoClaudio Bravo
08 November 1936
Hyperrealist painter

Michelle BacheletMichelle Bachelet
29 September 1951
Politician, Surgeon, Epidemiologist
Iván ZamoranoIván Zamorano
18 January 1967
Football striker

Leonor VarelaLeonor Varela
29 December 1972
Actress

Nicolas JaarNicolas Jaar
10 January 1990
Composer
Horatio SanzHoratio Sanz
04 June 1969
Actor

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Marcelo SalasMarcelo Salas
24 December 1974
Footballer
Roberto BolañoRoberto Bolaño
28 April 1953
Writer, Poet, Journalist, Literary critic

Víctor JaraVíctor Jara
28 September 1932
Teacher, theater director, poet, singer-songwriter

Violeta Del Carmen Parra SandovalVioleta Parra
04 October 1917
Composer

Marcelo RíosMarcelo Ríos
26 December 1975
Tennis player
Claudio ArrauClaudio Arrau
06 February 1903
Pianist
Miguel SerranoMiguel Serrano
10 September 1917
Diplomat, Writer

Mark GonzálezMark González
10 July 1984
Footballer

Mauricio IslaMauricio Isla
12 June 1988
Chilean footballer

David PizarroDavid Pizarro
11 September 1979
Footballer
Nicolás MassúNicolás Massú
10 October 1979
Chilean tennis player

Fernando GonzálezFernando González
29 July 1980
Tennis player

LautaroLautaro
1534 AD
Indigenous Leader

Patricio AylwinPatricio Aylwin
26 November 1918
Former President of Chile

Elías FigueroaElías Figueroa
25 October 1946
Footballer
Orlando LetelierOrlando Letelier
13 April 1932
Politician, Diplomat

Ricardo LagosRicardo Lagos
02 March 1938
Lawyer, Economist, Politician, Professor, Diplomat
Eduardo Frei MontalvaEduardo Frei Montalva
16 January 1911
Chilean Political leader

Ariel DorfmanAriel Dorfman
06 June 1942
screenwriter, writer, playwright, journalist

Beto CuevasBeto Cuevas
12 September 1967
Singer, Songwriter
Eduardo Frei Ruiz-TagleEduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
24 June 1942
Civil engineer, Politician

Andrés BelloAndrés Bello
29 November 1781
Poet, Legislator, Philosopher, Educator,
Alfredo JaarAlfredo Jaar
05 February 1956
Artist, Painter, Architect

Nicanor ParraNicanor Parra
05 September 1914
Poet

Carlos Ibáñez del CampoCarlos Ibáñez del Campo
03 November 1877
Army Officer

Alejandro AravenaAlejandro Aravena
22 June 1967
Architect

Miiko AlbornozMiiko Albornoz
30 November 1990
Association football player
Andrónico Luksic AbaroaAndrónico Luksic Abaroa
05 November 1926
Businessman

José Manuel BalmacedaJosé Manuel Balmaceda
19 July 1840
Politician

Vicente HuidobroVicente Huidobro
10 January 1893
Poet

José DonosoJosé Donoso
25 September 1925
Writer
Hortensia BussiHortensia Bussi
22 July 1914
Chilean first lady

José Miguel CarreraJosé Miguel Carrera
15 October 1785
Military officer
Diego PortalesDiego Portales
16 June 1793
Statesman

Antonio SkármetaAntonio Skármeta
07 November 1940
Writer

Sophia HaydenSophia Hayden
17 October 1868
Architect
CaupolicánCaupolicán
Leader

María Luisa BombalMaría Luisa Bombal
08 June 1910
Author
Isabel Allende BussiIsabel Allende Bussi
18 January 1945
 

Manuel MonttManuel Montt
04 September 1809
Statesman

Conchita CintrónConchita Cintrón
09 August 1922
Bullfighter
Manuel BulnesManuel Bulnes
25 December 1799
Political Figure

Ramón VinayRamón Vinay
31 August 1911
Operatic Tenor
Diego Barros AranaDiego Barros Arana
16 August 1830
Professor

Gladys MarínGladys Marín
16 July 1938
Political figure

Arturo Alessandri PalmaArturo Alessandri Palma
20 December 1869
Political figure

Sergio LarraínSergio Larraín
05 September 1931
Photographer
Jorge EdwardsJorge Edwards
29 June 1931
Writer
Gonzalo RojasGonzalo Rojas
20 December 1916
Poet

Volodia TeitelboimVolodia Teitelboim
17 March 1916
Politician

Pedro MonttPedro Montt
29 June 1849
Political Figure

Raúl Silva HenríquezRaúl Silva Henríquez
27 September 1907
Advocate
Francisco ColoaneFrancisco Coloane
19 July 1910
Novelist

Anacleto AngeliniAnacleto Angelini
17 January 1914
Businessman

Alberto Blest GanaAlberto Blest Gana
04 May 1830
Novelist

Eduardo BarriosEduardo Barrios
25 October 1884
Writer

Sergio Badilla CastilloSergio Badilla Castillo
30 November 1947
Poet
Raúl RuizRaúl Ruiz
25 July 1941
Filmmaker

Raúl RettigRaúl Rettig
16 May 1909
Politician
Patricia VerdugoPatricia Verdugo
30 November 1947
Journalist

Frederick NivenFrederick Niven
31 March 1878
Author
Sola SierraSola Sierra
01 December 1935
Activist
Hugo Gunckel LüerHugo Gunckel Lüer
10 August 1901
Pharmacist

The nation’s folk music was revived in the mid 20th century by composers like Raul de Ramon, Margot Loyola, Luis Aguirre Pinto, and Violeta Parra. Chileans call their country país de poetas — country of poets—and for good reason. The nation has produced writers like Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda who received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Chileans have also made their mark in the fields of cinema and sports. Manuel Plaza Reyes, Luis Vicentini and Estanislao Loayza are among the great sportsmen born in the nation. Read on to discover about the life and works of famous Chileans.