Find out more about the greatest Cubans, including Fidel Castro, Gloria Estefan, Miguel Díaz-Canel, Yoel Romero and Desi Arnaz.

Did you know that Cuba, a country synonymous to sugar, cigar, rum, baseball and musket-toting pirates, is also been home to many polarizing figures. That is right! This timeworn yet splendid country, which fuses old world colonial charm with contemporary cultural idiosyncrasies with élan, boasts of some exceptionally gifted and universally feted Cubans whose life and heritage will bowl you over completely. Gloria Estefan, Desi Arnaz, Cesar Romero, Rosario Dawson, Cameron Diaz, Marco Rubio, Jeff Bezos, Eva Mendes, Pitbull, Andy Garcia, Gilbert Arenas, and Ted Cruz are just some of the famous Cubans whom the world knows and lauds. But that is just tip of the iceberg. There is more to the list of famous Cubans than you can fathom. Explore all about the famous Cubans in their biographies captured below. As you trail their timeline, revel in their trivia, and wonder at some of the lesser-known facts about them, we bet you will not be able to stop reading.
Fidel CastroFidel Castro
(Cuban Revolutionary Leader)

13 August 1926

Yoel RomeroYoel Romero
(Mixed Martial Artist (MMA))

30 April 1977

Desi ArnazDesi Arnaz

02 March 1917

Gloria EstefanGloria Estefan
(Singer)

01 September 1957

Malu TrevejoMalu Trevejo
(Instagram Star)

15 October 2002

Joey DiazJoey Diaz
(Actor)

19 February 1963

Fulgencio BatistaFulgencio Batista
(Former President of Cuba)

16 January 1901

Yvette PrietoYvette Prieto
(Michael Jordan’s Wife)

29 February 1979

Miguel Díaz-CanelMiguel Díaz-Canel
(President of Cuba)

20 April 1960

Vida GuerraVida Guerra
(Model)

19 March 1974

Erick Brian ColonErick Brian Colon
(Instagram Star)

03 January 2001

Lili EstefanLili Estefan
(Model, T.V. Show Host)

20 March 1967

Andy GarciaAndy Garcia
(Actor)

12 April 1956

William LevyWilliam Levy
(Actor, Model)

29 August 1980

Reinaldo ArenasReinaldo Arenas
(Cuban poet)

16 July 1943

Alberto KordaAlberto Korda
(Photographer)

14 September 1928

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

03 June 1931

Jose MartiJose Marti
(Poet)

28 January 1853

José FernándezJosé Fernández
(Baseball Pitcher)

31 July 1992

Mirta Díaz–BalartMirta Díaz–Balart
(Fidel Castro's Ex-wife)

30 September 1928

Aroldis ChapmanAroldis Chapman
(Baseball player)

28 February 1988

Daisy FuentesDaisy Fuentes
(Model)

17 November 1966

Ry CooderRy Cooder
(Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Banjoist, Musicologist, Mandolinist)

15 March 1947

Dave LombardoDave Lombardo
(Drummer, Musician)

16 February 1965

Yonder AlonsoYonder Alonso
(Baseball player)

08 April 1987

Yasiel PuigYasiel Puig
(Baseball player)

07 December 1990

Yoenis CéspedesYoenis Céspedes
(Baseball player)

18 October 1985

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

09 October 1958

Guillermo RigondeauxGuillermo Rigondeaux
(Boxer)

30 September 1980

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
(Chess Player)

19 November 1888

Anabelle AcostaAnabelle Acosta
(Model)

28 February 1987

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

01 January 1900

Samuel ArmenterosSamuel Armenteros
(Association football player)

27 May 1990

Orlando HernándezOrlando Hernández
(Baseball player)

11 October 1965

Tony PérezTony Pérez
(American baseball player)

14 May 1942

Hector LombardHector Lombard
(Judoka, Thai boxer)

02 February 1978

Kendrys MoralesKendrys Morales
(Baseball player)

20 June 1983

Camilo CienfuegosCamilo Cienfuegos
(Armed force officer)

06 February 1932

Javier SotomayorJavier Sotomayor
(High jumper)

13 October 1967

Yuriorkis GamboaYuriorkis Gamboa
(Boxer)

23 December 1981

Teófilo StevensonTeófilo Stevenson
(Boxer, Engineer)

29 March 1952

Arturo SandovalArturo Sandoval
(Trumpeter, Pianist, Composer, Jazz musician, Percussionist)

06 November 1949

Yunel EscobarYunel Escobar
(Baseball player)

02 November 1982

Ibrahim FerrerIbrahim Ferrer
(Cuban singer)

20 February 1927

Cristina SaraleguiCristina Saralegui
(Journalist, Actor, Television actor)

29 January 1948

Omara PortuondoOmara Portuondo
(Cuban singer)

29 October 1930

Alberto SalazarAlberto Salazar
(Marathon runner, Athletics competitor)

07 August 1958

Jorge SolerJorge Soler
(Baseball player)

25 February 1992

Mirta Diaz-BalartMirta Diaz-Balart

30 September 1928

Benny ParetBenny Paret
(Boxer)

14 March 1937

Osvaldo AlonsoOsvaldo Alonso
(Association football player)

11 November 1985

Mariela CastroMariela Castro
(psychologist, educator, university teacher, journalist)

27 July 1961

Alejo CarpentierAlejo Carpentier
(Writer, Journalist, Essayist, Musicologist, Literary critic)

26 December 1904

Gerardo MachadoGerardo Machado
(Politician)

28 September 1871

Arnaldo Tamayo MéndezArnaldo Tamayo Méndez
(Astronaut, Aviator, Military personnel)

29 January 1942

Danell LeyvaDanell Leyva
(Artistic gymnast)

30 October 1991

Leonardo Padura FuentesLeonardo Padura Fuentes
(writer, journalist, screenwriter)

1955 AD

Ozzie CansecoOzzie Canseco
(Baseball player)

02 July 1964

Ramón GrauRamón Grau
(politician, physician)

13 September 1881

Kid ChocolateKid Chocolate
(Boxer)

06 January 1910

Dayron RoblesDayron Robles
(Cuban track, Field athlete)

19 November 1986

Guillermo Cabrera InfanteGuillermo Cabrera Infante
(Linguist, Screenwriter, Translator, Essayist, Writer, Journalist)

22 April 1929

Gertrudis Gómez de AvellanedaGertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda
(poet, writer, playwright)

23 March 1814

Rubén GonzálezRubén González
(Pianist)

26 May 1919

José AbreuJosé Abreu
(baseball player)

29 January 1987

Mike PerezMike Perez
(boxer)

20 October 1985

José Julián Martí PérezJosé Julián Martí Pérez

28 January 1853

José Canseco Capas, JrJosé Canseco Capas, Jr
(Famous Baseball Players)

02 July 1964