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

Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda
12 July 1904
Chilean poet

Salvador AllendeSalvador Allende
26 June 1908
Former President of Chile

Isabel AllendeIsabel Allende
02 August 1942

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

Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez
19 December 1988

Roberto MattaRoberto Matta
11 November 1911
Surrealist Painter

Bramty JulietteBramty Juliette
19 June 1995
Andres BAndres B
25 November 1977
YouTuber, Viner

Sebastian PineraSebastian Pinera
01 December 1949
Former Chilean President
Mayte RodríguezMayte Rodríguez
25 January 1989

Mariela GrifforMariela Griffor
29 September 1961
Poet, Publisher, Diplomat

HolaSoyGerman (Germán Garmendia)HolaSoyGerman (Germán Garmendia)
25 April 1990
YouTuber, Singer, Author
Andrés BurgosAndrés Burgos
25 November 1977

Ignacia AntoniaIgnacia Antonia
07 September 2001
TikTok Star
Pedro PascalPedro Pascal
02 April 1975

Arturo VidalArturo Vidal
22 May 1987
Chilean footballer

Lorenza IzzoLorenza Izzo
19 September 1989
Santiago CabreraSantiago Cabrera
05 May 1978

Alejandro JodorowskyAlejandro Jodorowsky
17 February 1929
Writer, Film director, Actor, Playwright,
Tom ArayaTom Araya
06 June 1961
Singer, Songwriter

Michelle BacheletMichelle Bachelet
29 September 1951
Politician, Surgeon, Epidemiologist

Claudio BravoClaudio Bravo
13 April 1983
Football Player

Horatio SanzHoratio Sanz
04 June 1969
Leonor VarelaLeonor Varela
29 December 1972
Nicolás MassúNicolás Massú
10 October 1979
Chilean tennis player

Roberto BolañoRoberto Bolaño
28 April 1953
Writer, Poet, Journalist, Literary critic

Iván ZamoranoIván Zamorano
18 January 1967
Football striker

Víctor JaraVíctor Jara
28 September 1932
Teacher, theater director, poet, singer-songwriter
Nicolas JaarNicolas Jaar
10 January 1990

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Miguel SerranoMiguel Serrano
10 September 1917
Diplomat, Writer

Mauricio IslaMauricio Isla
12 June 1988
Chilean footballer

Marcelo SalasMarcelo Salas
24 December 1974

Marcelo RíosMarcelo Ríos
26 December 1975
Tennis player
Fernando GonzálezFernando González
29 July 1980
Tennis player

Orlando LetelierOrlando Letelier
13 April 1932
Politician, Diplomat
Claudio ArrauClaudio Arrau
06 February 1903

Chris WatsonChris Watson
09 April 1867
Politician, Trade unionist

Patricio AylwinPatricio Aylwin
26 November 1918
Former President of Chile
Mark GonzálezMark González
10 July 1984

Andrés BelloAndrés Bello
29 November 1781
Poet, Legislator, Philosopher, Educator,
Ricardo LagosRicardo Lagos
02 March 1938
Lawyer, Economist, Politician, Professor, Diplomat

Beto CuevasBeto Cuevas
12 September 1967
Singer, Songwriter

David PizarroDavid Pizarro
11 September 1979

Eduardo Frei MontalvaEduardo Frei Montalva
16 January 1911
Chilean Political leader

Eduardo Frei Ruiz-TagleEduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
24 June 1942
Civil engineer, Politician
Ariel DorfmanAriel Dorfman
06 June 1942
screenwriter, writer, playwright, journalist

Miiko AlbornozMiiko Albornoz
30 November 1990
Association football player

Alfredo JaarAlfredo Jaar
05 February 1956
Artist, Painter, Architect

Isabel Allende BussiIsabel Allende Bussi
18 January 1945
Sergio Badilla CastilloSergio Badilla Castillo
30 November 1947

Hugo Gunckel LüerHugo Gunckel Lüer
10 August 1901

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.