Famous Cuban Men

A tiny island located a few hundred miles off the coast of Florida, Cuba has been the epicentre for cigar and rum lovers from across the globe. Ask anyone with a fascination for rum or cigar and he/she would tell you that quest for smoking different cigars or drinking varied rums isn’t fulfilled unless one has his/her hands on a Cuban one! However, this is just a side of the coin - Cuba is home to the cha-cha-cha dance form which originated in the country and some of world’s greatest baseball players. Yet still, listing Cuban accomplishments and achievements wouldn’t be complete, until one mentions the triumphs and deeds of Cuban men who have though their revolutionary work played an instrumental role in shaping the country’s identity on the world platform.

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 1 Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Cuba
Birthdate: August 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Birán, Cuba
Died: November 26, 2016

Serving as the Cuban prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and as president from 1976 to 2008, Fidel Castro was one of the most prominent Cuban leaders in the history. As the longest-reigning non-royal head of the 20th and 21st centuries, Castro was responsible for making Cuba a communist state.

 2 Desi Arnaz

Desi Arnaz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: December 2, 1986

Desi Arnaz was born wealthy but lost everything in the 1933 Cuban Revolution. He paired up with his first wife, Lucille Ball, in I Love Lucy, thus inventing the modern sitcom/syndicated show format, with live audiences. He owned a production company and was the bandleader of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra.

 3 Andy Garcia

Andy Garcia
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Andy García is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role of Vincent Mancini in The Godfather Part III and his Golden Globe-nominated role in the TV film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. He has also been part of the Ocean’s film franchise and the 2016 film Ghostbusters.
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 4 Yoel Romero

Yoel Romero
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pinar del Río, Cuba

Widely considered one of the most athletic competitors ever in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Yoel Romero is often compared with the greats of the sport. A former freestyle wrestler, Romero earned Cuba a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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 5 José Fernández

José Fernández
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: July 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba
Died: September 25, 2016

José Fernández was a Cuban-American baseball player who played for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball from 2013 to 2016. Renowned for his skills as a pitcher, José had four pitches in his armory: a four-seam fastball, a slurve, a changeup, and a sinker. He died at the age of 24 when a speedboat, which he was piloting, crashed.

 6 Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burbank, California, USA

 7 Joey Diaz

Joey Diaz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana
Joey Diaz began his career as a stand-up comedian and then graduated to acting, appearing in projects such as My Name Is Earl and Spider-Man 2. He is now known for his appearances on the podcasts The Joe Rogan Experience, The Church of What's Happening Now, and Uncle Joey's Joint.
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 8 Fulgencio Batista

Fulgencio Batista
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Famous As: Former President of Cuba
Birthdate: January 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Banes, Cuba
Died: August 6, 1973

Fulgencio Batista was the elected president of Cuba from 1940 to 1944. He formed the constitution of Cuba. He later became a dictator through a coup. He was finally ousted by Che Guevara at the Battle of Santa Clara, as part of Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement.

 9 William Levy

William Levy
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: August 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cojimar, Havana, Cuba
Cuban-American actor William Levy started as a model and then appeared on Spanish reality shows such as Isla de la Tentación. He has lent his voice to the dubbed version of Planet 51. He has also appeared in series such as Star and telenovelas such as Cuidado con el ángel.

 10 Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Actor and comedian, Jorge Garcia, is best known for his portrayal of Hugo "Hurley" Reyes in the TV series, Lost. An alumnus of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), he also studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school. Besides acting in TV shows and films, he performs as a stand-up comedian as well.

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 11 Raul Castro

Raul Castro
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Famous As: President of the Council of State of Cuba
Birthdate: June 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birán, Cuba
Cuban politician Raúl Castro, brother of Fidel Castro, succeeded his brother as the Cuban president and reigned from 2008 to 2018. He was part of the 26th of July Movement and spent 22 months behind bars. He is the current First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba.

 12 Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: July 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 13 Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: February 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Holguín, Cuba

 14 Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuba, Cuba

 15 Faizon Love

Faizon Love
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: June 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba

Faizon Love is a Cuban-American comedian and actor known for playing important roles in films like Friday, Torque, and Couples Retreat. In 2014, he was caught up in a controversy when he made a series of contentious comments on Twitter pertaining to the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. In 2017, he was arrested after being accused of misdemeanor assault.

 16 David Fumero

David Fumero
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 17 Miguel Díaz-Canel

Miguel Díaz-Canel
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Famous As: President of Cuba
Birthdate: April 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Placetas, Villa Clara

Miguel Díaz-Canel is a Cuban politician and the current president of Cuba. As president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel has made several international trips, visiting places like India, Azerbaijan, and Russia. He has also interacted with presidents and prime ministers of several countries. In 2018, he was honored with the prestigious Order of the Liberator by the government of Venezuela.

 18 Jose Marti

Jose Marti
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 28, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 19, 1895

Son of Spanish immigrants, Jose Marti spent his childhood in a strife-torn Cuba and attended high school on financial aid. Marti’s poems, essays, and articles were laced with his patriotic vigor to free Cuba from the Spanish rule. He died battling on the field at Dos Ríos.

 19 Elián Gonzalez

Elián Gonzalez
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Famous As: Cuban Citizen Who Got Embroiled in Immigration Controversy
Birthdate: December 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cardenas, Cuba
Elián González is a Cuban boy who became the center of an immigration issue when he was rescued by fishermen off the U.S. coast and handed over to federal agents. His mother had drowned during their escape from Cuba, and Elián’s father later fought to get him back to Cuba.

 20 Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cienfuegos, Cuba

 21 Georg Stanford Brown

Georg Stanford Brown
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana

Cuban-American actor Georg Stanford Brown of The Rookies fame had worked as a janitor to pay for his drama school. He incidentally met his wife at the same school. He won an Emmy for his direction in Cagney & Lacey and was nominated for two more for Hill Street Blues.

 22 Yoenis Céspedes

Yoenis Céspedes
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Campechuela, Granma, Cuba

 23 Pedro Zamora

Pedro Zamora
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: November 11, 1994

 24 Randy Arozarena

Randy Arozarena
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: February 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pinar Del Rio, Cuba

 25 Al Jourgensen

Al Jourgensen
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Famous As: Singer, Music executive, Banjoist, Composer
Birthdate: October 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana

 26 Erislandy Lara

Erislandy Lara
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guantanamo, Cuba

 27 Xavier Cugat

Xavier Cugat
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Famous As: Conductor, Composer, Jazz musician, Singer, Bandleader
Birthdate: January 1, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Girona
Died: October 27, 1990

Xavier Cugat was a Spanish musician and bandleader. He studied classical violin as a child and began working in silent films to support his family. He grew up to become a successful musician and played a leading role in the spread of Latin music. Besides music, he was also a cartoonist and a restaurateur. He was married five times. 

 28 Jon Secada

Jon Secada
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 29 Yasmani grandal

Yasmani grandal
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 30 Camilo Cienfuegos

Camilo Cienfuegos
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Famous As: Armed force officer
Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana
Died: October 28, 1959

 31 Tony Plana

Tony Plana
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 32 Rudy Sarzo

Rudy Sarzo
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: November 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana

 33 Yuriorkis Gamboa

Yuriorkis Gamboa
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guantánamo, Cuba

 34 Orlando Hernández

Orlando Hernández
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Villa Clara, Cuba

 35 Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sancti Spíritus, Cuba

 36 Danell Leyva

Danell Leyva
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: October 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardenas, Cuba

 37 Yonder Alonso

Yonder Alonso
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 38 Hector Lombard

Hector Lombard
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Famous As: Judoka, Thai boxer
Birthdate: February 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Matanzas

 39 José Raúl Capablanca

José Raúl Capablanca
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: November 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: March 8, 1942

 40 Alberto Salazar

Alberto Salazar
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Havana

Alberto Salazar is an American former long-distance runner who won the silver medal at the 1982 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Rome, Italy. After his retirement from the sport, Salazar served as the head coach for the Nike Oregon Project and received the 2013 IAAF Coaching Achievement Award in Monaco. He was later banned for doping and sexual offenses.

 41 Teófilo Stevenson

Teófilo Stevenson
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Famous As: Boxer, Engineer
Birthdate: March 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Puerto Padre
Died: June 11, 2012

 42 Yordan Álvarez

Yordan Álvarez
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: June 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Las Tunas, Cuba

 43 Guillermo Rigondeaux

Guillermo Rigondeaux
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

 44 Luis Tiant

Luis Tiant
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marianao, Havana, Cuba

 45 Minnie Minoso

Minnie Minoso
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Perico, Cuba
Died: March 1, 2015

 46 Kendrys Morales

Kendrys Morales
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fomento

 47 Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval
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Famous As: Trumpeter, Pianist, Composer, Jazz musician, Percussionist
Birthdate: November 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Artemisa

 48 Rocky Romero

Rocky Romero
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: October 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 49 Wilfredo León

Wilfredo León
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Famous As: Volleyball player
Birthdate: July 31, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

 50 Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: February 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Be it Raul or Fidel Castro, current and former leader of the Communist party of Cuba or Jose Marti, a Cuban national hero and Latin American litterateur, novelist Leonardo Padura or composer Ernesto Lecuona, sporting legends Ivan Dominguez, Jose Raul Capablanca and Jose Mendez or actor Mario Ernesto Sanchez and painter Pedro Alvarez Castello – Cuban men have been playing the role of a protagonist on the world’s cultural, economic, political and social stage. Know more about their life and works through this follow-up.