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
(Former Prime Minister of Cuba)

Fidel Castro
68
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
(Actor)

Desi Arnaz
18
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 
Yoel Romero
(Cuban Professional Mixed Martial Artist and Former Freestyle Wrestler)

Yoel Romero
5
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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 4 

Eddie Cibrian
9
Birthdate: June 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burbank, California, USA
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 5 
Joey Diaz
(Comedian, Actor, and Host of Podcast, "The Church of What's Happening Now.")

Joey Diaz
8
Birthdate: February 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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.

 6 
José Fernández
(Baseball player)

José Fernández
10
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.

 7 
William Levy
(Actor, Model)

William Levy
10
Birthdate: August 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cojímar, 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.
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 8 

Oscar Nunez
2
Birthdate: November 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuba, Cuba

 9 
Jose Canseco
(Baseball player)

Jose Canseco
3
Birthdate: July 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 10 
Luis Ortiz
(Boxer)

Luis Ortiz
2
Birthdate: March 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camagüey, Cuba
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 11 
Aroldis Chapman
(Baseball player)

Aroldis Chapman
4
Birthdate: February 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Holguín, Cuba

 12 
Faizon Love
(Actor, Comedian)

Faizon Love
11
Birthdate: June 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, 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.

 13 

Jose Marti
4
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.

 14 
Yasiel Puig
(Baseball player)

Yasiel Puig
3
Birthdate: December 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cienfuegos, Cuba

 15 
Elián Gonzalez
(Cuban Citizen Who Got Embroiled in Immigration Controversy)

Elián Gonzalez
2
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.

 16 
Miguel Díaz-Canel
(President of Cuba)

Miguel Díaz-Canel
10
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.

 17 

David Fumero
1
Birthdate: December 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 18 
Yoenis Céspedes
(Baseball player)

Yoenis Céspedes
3
Birthdate: October 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Campechuela, Granma, Cuba

 19 
Pedro Zamora
(Educator)

Pedro Zamora
5
Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: November 11, 1994

 20 
Randy Arozarena
(Baseball player)

Randy Arozarena
1
Birthdate: February 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pinar Del Rio, Cuba

 21 
Xavier Cugat
(Conductor, Composer, Jazz musician, Singer, Bandleader)

Xavier Cugat
2
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. 

 22 
Al Jourgensen
(Singer, Music executive, Banjoist, Composer)

Al Jourgensen
2
Birthdate: October 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana

Al Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer, music producer, and musician. He is best known for founding the popular industrial metal band Ministry where he serves as the lyricist and frontman. Over the course of his four-decade-long musical career, Al Jourgensen has collborated with numerous other artists like Iggy Pop and Jello Biafra. He has also influenced numerous other musicians.

 23 
Tony Plana
(Actor)

Tony Plana
2
Birthdate: April 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Guillermo Rigondeaux
2
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

 25 
Jon Secada
(Pop Singer Who Co-wrote the Song 'She’s All I Ever Had' for 'Ricky Martin')

Jon Secada
2
Birthdate: October 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Jon Secada is a singer, voice actor, and songwriter. Having sold more than 15 million records, Secada is often counted among the best-selling Latin music artists. Apart from recording his own songs, he has also contributed as a songwriter for songs recorded by artists like Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, and Gloria Estefan. Secada has received two Grammy Awards so far.
 

 26 

Yordenis Ugás
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Birthdate: July 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

 27 
Konnan
(Professional wrestler and Podcaster)

Konnan
0
Birthdate: June 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba Province, Cuba

Konnan is an American Cuban former professional wrestler who wrestled for national and independent promotions in Mexico and the USA. He held 15 title belts in nine promotions during an illustrious career that spanned almost 30 years. Konnan is also known for his involvement in the creation of Lucha Underground.

 28 

Erislandy Lara
2
Birthdate: April 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guantanamo, Cuba

 29 
Yasmani grandal
(Baseball player)

Yasmani grandal
1
Birthdate: November 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 30 
Camilo Cienfuegos
(Armed force officer)

Camilo Cienfuegos
2
Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana
Died: October 28, 1959

Camilo Cienfuegos was a Cuban revolutionary who was part of the 1956 Granma expedition alongside Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. He went on to become one of Fidel Castro's top guerrilla commanders and played an important role in winning the Battle of Yaguajay, which earned him the nickname Hero of Yaguajay. Camilo Cienfuegos is revered as a hero in Cuba.

 31 
Fulgencio Batista
(Former President of Cuba)

Fulgencio Batista
9
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.

 32 
Raul Castro
(President of the Council of State of Cuba)

Raul Castro
15
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.

 33 

Yuriorkis Gamboa
1
Birthdate: December 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guantánamo, Cuba

 34 
Rudy Sarzo
(Bassist)

Rudy Sarzo
0
Birthdate: November 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana

 35 
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
(Baseball player)

Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
0
Birthdate: October 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sancti Spíritus, Cuba

 36 

José Raúl Capablanca
3
Birthdate: November 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: March 8, 1942

 37 
Sal Magluta
(Kingpin who ran South Florida from the 1970s to 1990s)

Sal Magluta
0
Birthdate: November 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuba

 38 
Orlando Hernández
(Baseball player)

Orlando Hernández
0
Birthdate: October 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Villa Clara, Cuba

 39 

Frank Sanchez
0
Birthdate: July 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guantanamo, Cuba

 40 
Danell Leyva
(Artistic gymnast)

Danell Leyva
2
Birthdate: October 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardenas, Cuba

With his mother and stepfather both being national gymnasts from Cuba, Danell Leyva was bound to follow in their footsteps. The Cuban-American gymnast has won 2 silvers and 1 bronze at the Olympics. In 2020, he came out as pansexual and bisexual, hoping it would ease things for other LGBT individuals.

 41 
Alberto Salazar
(Former Track Coach and Long-Distance Runner)

Alberto Salazar
1
Birthdate: August 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

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.

 42 
Teófilo Stevenson
(Boxer who competed from 1966 to 1986)

Teófilo Stevenson
3
Birthdate: March 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Puerto Padre, Cuba
Died: June 11, 2012

 43 
Yordan Álvarez
(Baseball player)

Yordan Álvarez
1
Birthdate: June 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Las Tunas, Cuba

 44 
Yonder Alonso
(Baseball player)

Yonder Alonso
2
Birthdate: April 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 45 
Kendrys Morales
(Baseball player)

Kendrys Morales
0
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fomento

 46 
Minnie Minoso
(Baseball player)

Minnie Minoso
2
Birthdate: November 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Perico, Cuba
Died: March 1, 2015

 47 
Luis Tiant
(Baseball player)

Luis Tiant
1
Birthdate: November 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marianao, Havana, Cuba

 48 
Wilfredo León
(Volleyball player)

Wilfredo León
0
Birthdate: July 31, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

 49 
Hector Lombard
(Mixed martial artist, former Olympic judoka)

Hector Lombard
1
Birthdate: February 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Matanzas, Cuba

 50 
Rocky Romero
(Professional wrestler)

Rocky Romero
2
Birthdate: October 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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.