Read on to discover more about the most famous and influential people from Chile.

Famous Chileans

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
(Former President of Chile)

25 November 1915

10 December 2006

Valparaíso

Sagittarius

Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda
(Chilean poet)

12 July 1904

23 September 1973

Parral, Chile

Cancer

Salvador AllendeSalvador Allende
(Former President of Chile)

26 June 1908

11 September 1973

Santiago, Chile

Cancer

Isabel AllendeIsabel Allende
(Writer)

02 August 1942

Lima

Leo

Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
(Chilean poet)

07 April 1889

10 January 1957

Vicuña

Aries

Roberto MattaRoberto Matta
(Surrealist Painter)

11 November 1911

23 November 2002

Santiago

Scorpio

Cote de PabloCote de Pablo
(Actress)

12 November 1979

Santiago, Chile

Scorpio

HolaSoyGerman (Germán Garmendia)HolaSoyGerman (Germán Garmendia)
(YouTuber, Singer, Author)

25 April 1990

Copiapó, Chile

Taurus

Sebastian PineraSebastian Pinera
(Former Chilean President)

01 December 1949

Santiago

Sagittarius

Mariela GrifforMariela Griffor
(Poet, Publisher, Diplomat)

29 September 1961

Concepción

Libra

Alejandro JodorowskyAlejandro Jodorowsky
(Writer, Film director, Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter, Film editor, Science fiction writer)

17 February 1929

Tocopilla

Aquarius

Michelle BacheletMichelle Bachelet
(Politician, Surgeon, Epidemiologist)

29 September 1951

La Cisterna

Libra

Tom ArayaTom Araya
(Singer, Songwriter)

06 June 1961

Viña del Mar

Gemini

José de San MartínJosé de San Martín
(soldier, politician)

25 February 1778

17 August 1850

Yapeyú

Pisces

Roberto BolañoRoberto Bolaño
(Writer, Poet, Journalist, Literary critic)

28 April 1953

15 July 2003

Santiago

Taurus

Orlando LetelierOrlando Letelier
(Politician, Diplomat)

13 April 1932

21 September 1976

Temuco

Aries

Alfredo JaarAlfredo Jaar
(Artist, Painter, Architect)

05 February 1956

Santiago

Aquarius

Ricardo LagosRicardo Lagos
(Lawyer, Economist, Politician, Professor, Diplomat)

02 March 1938

Santiago

Pisces

Andrés BelloAndrés Bello
(Poet, Legislator, Philosopher, Educator, Philologist, Diplomat, Politician, Translator, Writer)

29 November 1781

15 October 1865

Caracas

Sagittarius

Ariel DorfmanAriel Dorfman
(screenwriter, writer, playwright, journalist)

06 June 1942

Buenos Aires

Gemini

Miguel SerranoMiguel Serrano
(Diplomat, Writer)

10 September 1917

28 February 2009

Santiago

Virgo

Miiko AlbornozMiiko Albornoz
(Association football player)

30 November 1990

Stockholm

Sagittarius

Eduardo Frei Ruiz-TagleEduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
(Civil engineer, Politician)

24 June 1942

Santiago

Cancer

Beto CuevasBeto Cuevas
(Singer, Songwriter)

12 September 1967

Santiago

Virgo

Isabel Allende BussiIsabel Allende Bussi

18 January 1945

Santiago

Capricorn

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.

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