Chilean

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.

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 1 Pedro Pascal

Pedro Pascal.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

 2 Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Chilean poet
Birthdate: July 12, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parral, Chile
Died: September 23, 1973

Chilean poet-diplomat and politician, Pablo Neruda, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He was a versatile writer and his works include surrealist poems, historical epics, political manifestos, and love poems. He is considered the national poet of Chile. As a politician, he served a term as a senator for the Chilean Communist Party and held several diplomatic positions.

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 3 Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tocopilla

Chilean professional footballer Alexis Sanchez currently plays for Serie A club Inter Milan and the Chile national team. He plays as a forward. He is Chile’s all-time leading goalscorer and helped Chile win the the 2015 Copa América tournament, marking one of the greatest achievements of his career.

 4 Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Cote de Pablo is a Chilean-American singer and actress. She is best known for playing Ziva David in the popular action police procedural TV series NCIS. After co-hosting episodes of a Latin-American talk show titled Control, at the age of 15, Cote de Pablo went on to establish herself as a successful actress and musician.

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 5 Augusto Pinochet

Augusto Pinochet.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Chile
Birthdate: November 25, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valparaíso
Died: December 10, 2006
Augusto Pinochet was the president of the Chilean Military Junta from 1973 to 1981. He ousted the elected government of President Salvador Allende through a U.S.-supported coup and became the Chilean President in December 1974. Following this, he persecuted all political opponents and leftists and also advocated for Operation Condor

 6 Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima
Chilean author Isabel Allende is known for her bestselling Spanish-language novels The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts. The Chilean National Literature Prize-winner explores women’s perspectives and includes magic realism and autobiographical aspects in her works. She has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 7 Lorenza Izzo

Lorenza Izzo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
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 8 Salvador Allende

Salvador Allende.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Chile
Birthdate: June 26, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Died: September 11, 1973
Salvador Allende was a physician who later became the Chilean president, this becoming the first Marxist president of a Latin American nation. His policies included nationalization and collectivization. He committed suicide after delivering a farewell speech over radio, to escape General Augusto Pinochet’s coup to oust him from the government.

 9 Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky.
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile

Chilean-French filmmaker and artist, Alejandro Jodorowsky, is best known for his avant-garde films. A multifaceted personality, he is also a novelist, poet, musician, composer, and spiritual guru. His films are filled with surreal images and mysticism. A much-revered figure in international cinema, he is the recipient of the Jack Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF).

 10 Santiago Cabrera

Santiago Cabrera
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

 11 Tom Araya

Tom Araya
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Viña del Mar

 12 Claudio Bravo

Claudio Bravo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: April 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Viluco, Chile

 13 José de San Martín

José de San Martín.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Leader, Politician
Birthdate: February 25, 1778
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yapeyú
Died: August 17, 1850

José de San Martín was an Argentine general who played an important role in the Spanish American wars of independence. San Martín is considered a national hero of Peru and Argentina. The Order of the Liberator General San Martín, the highest honor conferred by the government of Argentina, was created in his honor.

 14 Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Surgeon, Epidemiologist
Birthdate: September 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago

 15 Sebastian Pinera

Sebastian Pinera.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Chilean President
Birthdate: December 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santiago

Chilean president Sebastian Pinera not only boasts of a Harvard doctoral degree but is also a successful businessman, having introduced credit cards to the Chilean public through his company Bancard. His Fundación Futuro works for causes such as energy and water conservation. He is married to his neighbor Cecilia Morel.

 16 Leonor Varela

Leonor Varela
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

 17 Víctor Jara

Víctor Jara
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Teacher, theater director, poet, singer-songwriter and political activist
Birthdate: September 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lonquén
Died: September 16, 1973

 18 Gary Medel

Gary Medel
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pudahuel, Chile

 19 Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Chilean poet
Birthdate: April 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vicuña, Chile
Died: January 10, 1957

Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet and educator Lucila Godoy Alcayaga was better known by her pseudonym, Gabriela Mistral. The suicide of her first love inspired her poem Dolor. Her diplomatic assignments later took her to places such as Madrid and Lisbon. She is remembered for her emotional verses and her feminism.

 20 Nicolas Jaar

Nicolas Jaar
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 21 Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Poet, Journalist, Literary critic
Birthdate: April 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santiago
Died: July 15, 2003

 22 Violeta Parra

Violeta Parra
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Carlos, Chile
Died: February 5, 1967

 23 Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Joaquín, Chile

 24 Marcelo Ríos

Marcelo Ríos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago

 25 Cristian Garín

Cristian Garín
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: May 30, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arica, Chile

 26 Marcelo Salas

Marcelo Salas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: December 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Temuco, Chile

 27 Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football manager
Birthdate: September 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

 28 Paloma Mami

Paloma Mami
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 11, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 29 Mauricio Isla

Mauricio Isla
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chilean footballer
Birthdate: June 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buin

 30 Fernando González

Fernando González
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santiago

 31 Iván Zamorano

Iván Zamorano
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

 32 Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lille, France

 33 Claudio Arrau

Claudio Arrau
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: February 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chillán, Chile
Died: June 9, 1991

 34 Horatio Sanz

Horatio Sanz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

 35 Orlando Letelier

Orlando Letelier
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: April 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Temuco
Died: September 21, 1976

 36 Nicolás Massú

Nicolás Massú
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Viña del Mar, Chile

 37 Miguel Serrano

Miguel Serrano
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Diplomat, Writer
Birthdate: September 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santiago
Died: February 28, 2009

 38 Arath de la Torre

Arath de la Torre
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cancún, Mexico

 39 Roberto Matta

Roberto Matta.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Surrealist Painter
Birthdate: November 11, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santiago
Died: November 23, 2002

Legendary Chilean painter Roberto Matta is remembered as a significant figure of the abstract expressionist and surrealist art of the 20th century. The Praemium Imperiale-winning artist had initially studied architecture in Santiago and had then worked for Le Corbusier in Paris. His inscape works were influenced by Freud’s psychoanalysis.

 40 Lautaro

Lautaro
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Indigenous Leader
Birthdate: 1534 AD
Birthplace: Treguaco, Chile
Died: April 29, 1557

 41 Nicolás Jarry

Nicolás Jarry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: October 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

 42 Elías Figueroa

Elías Figueroa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile

 43 Luis Sepúlveda

Luis Sepúlveda
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ovalle, Chile
Died: April 16, 2020

 44 Isabel Allende Bussi

Isabel Allende Bussi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago

 45 Mark González

Mark González
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Durban

Mark González is a Chilean retired football player who was chosen to play three Copa América tournaments during his career. He also represented his national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Renowned for his speed, Mark González helped his national team win their second Copa América Centenario in 2016.

 46 Patricio Aylwin

Patricio Aylwin
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Chile
Birthdate: November 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Viña del Mar
Died: April 19, 2016

 47 Eduardo Frei Montalva

Eduardo Frei Montalva
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Died: January 22, 1982

 48 Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle

Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Civil engineer, Politician
Birthdate: June 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santiago

 49 Ariel Dorfman

Ariel Dorfman
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: screenwriter, writer, playwright, journalist
Birthdate: June 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 50 Andrés Bello

Andrés Bello
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Poet, Legislator, Philosopher, Educator, Philologist, Diplomat, Politician, Translator, Writer
Birthdate: November 29, 1781
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caracas
Died: October 15, 1865

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.