Famous Icelander Men

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Bobby Fischer
(American Chess Grandmaster and the Eleventh World Chess Champion)
Bobby Fischer
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Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 17, 2008

Bobby Fischer began as a chess prodigy in his teens and went on to become the youngest "grandmaster," at 15. His participation in a politically controversial match in Yugoslavia led to the revocation of his U.S. passport and his arrest. He spent the final years of his life in Iceland.

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Leif Erikson
(First European to reach North America)
Leif Erikson
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Birthdate: 0970 AD
Birthplace: Iceland
Died: 1020 AD

Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer widely believed to have been one of the earliest Europeans to have set foot on North America, at least 500 years before Christopher Columbus. He is also credited with establishing a Norse settlement at coastal North America, as told in the sagas of Icelanders. He has been portrayed in films like The Viking (1928).

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Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
(Icelandic Professional Strongman, Regarded as One of the Greatest Strength Athletes of All Time)
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
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Birthdate: November 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is an Icelandic actor and former professional strongman. He inspired a number of Icelandic strongmen by becoming the first person to win the World's Strongest Man, Europe's Strongest Man, and Arnold Strongman Classic in the same calendar year. His popularity as a strongman earned him the role of Gregor Clegane in the popular series Game of Thrones.

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Stefán Karl Stefánsson
(Icelandic Actor and Singer Best Known for His Role as ‘Robbie Rotten’ in TV Series ‘LazyTown’)
Stefán Karl Stefánsson
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Birthdate: July 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Died: August 21, 2018

Stefán Karl Stefánsson was an Icelandic singer and actor. He is remembered for playing Robbie Rotten in the popular children's television series, LazyTown. In June 2018, he was honored with the Order of the Falcon. In August 2018, Stefán Karl died of cancer. The launch of a performing arts academy in his honor was announced after his death.

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Magnús Scheving
(Creator of the Children's Television Series ‘LazyTown’)
Magnús Scheving
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Birthdate: November 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Borgarnes, Iceland

Magnús Scheving is best known as the creator of the BAFTA-winning children’s series Lazy Town, which has its roots in Scheving’s first book and centers around children’s fitness. The Icelandic aerobic gymnastic champion is also a motivational speaker and has previously been a fitness trainer at a school.

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
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Birthdate: March 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Connecticut, USA
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Daði Freyr
(Icelandic Musician)
Daði Freyr
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Birthdate: June 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Daði Freyr is an Icelandic musician best known as the frontman of a musical band named Daði & Gagnamagnið. In 2021, Freyr represented Iceland at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 10 Years and finished fourth. 

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Jon Pall Sigmarsson
(One of the Greatest Strongmen of All Time)
Jon Pall Sigmarsson
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Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
Died: January 16, 1993
The first person to win the World’s Strongest Man title four times, Icelandic bodybuilder Jon Pall Sigmarsson is remembered for his Herculean strength and his crowd-pulling aggression. He called himself a Viking and would chant at the audience mid-performance. He died of a heart attack while deadlifting in his gym.
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Magnús Ver Magnússon
(Retired Icelandic Powerlifter Who Is a 4-Time World’s Strongest Man Contest Winner)
Magnús Ver Magnússon
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Birthdate: April 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Egilsstaðir, Iceland

Retired Icelandic powerlifter Magnús Ver Magnússon not only won the World’s Strongest Man contest 4 times but has also been Europe's Strongest Man twice and Iceland's Strongest Man 8 times. He owns a gym, has launched a strongman competition, and judges powerlifting and strongman contests, too.

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Gunnar Nelson
(Icelandic Mixed Martial Artist Who Competes for the UFC Welterweight Division)
Gunnar Nelson
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Birthdate: July 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland

Icelandic MMA fighter Gunnar Nelson, also known as Gunni, competes for the UFC welterweight division. A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he had been interested in football and ice hockey till age 13, when he began training in Gōjū-ryū Karate. He is a World Jiu-Jitsu Championship silver medalist.

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Snorri Sturluson
(Historian, Poet, and Politician)
Snorri Sturluson
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Birthdate: 1179 AD
Birthplace: Dalasýsla, Iceland
Died: September 22, 1241
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Ólafur Arnalds
(Icelandic Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer)
Ólafur Arnalds
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Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mosfellsbær, Iceland

BAFTA-winning Irish multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds is known for his innovative experiments with electronic music. A trained drummer and pianist, he uses his customized software to mingle classical and modern notes. He is also known for his collaborative initiatives, such as his work with the techno duo Kiasmos.

Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson
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Birthdate: February 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
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Thorfinn Karlsefni
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Birthdate: 0980 AD
Birthplace: Iceland
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Tómas Lemarquis
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Birthdate: August 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
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Alfreð Finnbogason
(Icelandic Footballer Who Has Had Successful Stints with Breiðablik and Olympiacos)
Alfreð Finnbogason
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Birthdate: February 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grindavík, Iceland

Icelandic footballer Alfreð Finnbogason is a forward who began his youth career with teams such as Grindavík and later graduated to senior teams such as Breiðablik. He has also played for Dutch, Spanish, German, and Belgian clubs. He has won the Icelandic Cup with Breiðablik and the Super League Greece with Olympiacos.

Eysteinn Sigurðarson
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Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
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Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
(Icelandic Footballer Who Has Had a Successful Stint as an Ajax Striker)
Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
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Birthdate: March 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Icelandic footballer Kolbeinn Sigþórsson, who started his senior career with HK, later had a successful stint with the Dutch club Ajax, winning the Eredivisie thrice and the Johan Cruyff Shield once. His 26 goals for the Iceland national team have made him the top joint national goal-scorer of all time.

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Magnus Magnusson
(Journalist)
Magnus Magnusson
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Birthdate: October 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Kingdom of Iceland
Died: January 7, 2007
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Olafur Eliasson
(Artist known for sculptured and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer's experience)
Olafur Eliasson
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Birthdate: February 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist. He is famous for his sculptured and large-scale installation art. He established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin in 1995 and co-founded Studio Other Spaces in 2014. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He was a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts for many years. 

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Baltasar Kormakur
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Birthdate: February 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
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Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
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Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ísafjörður
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Aron Jóhannsson
(Icelandic-American Footballer Who Plays for the US National Team)
Aron Jóhannsson
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Birthdate: November 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile

Born to Icelandic parents in the US, footballer Aron Jóhannsson moved to Iceland at age 3. Starting his senior career with Fjölnir, he later had successful stints with the Dutch club AZ and the Danish club AGF. While he initially represented the Iceland U21 team, he later switched to the US national team.

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Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
(Icelandic Professional Footballer Winger)
Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
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Birthdate: October 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavik

Icelandic professional football-winger Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson made his senior-career debut with Breiðablik. Thereafter he played with AZ, with whom he won the 2012–13 KNVB Cup; and with Charlton Athletic before joining Burnley in July 2016. He represented Iceland in UEFA Euro 2016, where he assisted the country’s first-ever goal in a major tournament; and in 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Jón Daði Böðvarsson
(Icelandic Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right Winger or Striker)
Jón Daði Böðvarsson
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Birthdate: May 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Selfoss, Iceland

Icelandic professional footballer Jón Daði Böðvarsson made his senior debut with Selfoss. Thereafter he played with several other clubs before joining his present club Bolton Wanderers in January 2022. He played for Iceland at under-19 and under-21 level and became full international in 2012. He remained part of the national squad during UEFA Euro 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Eiður Guðjohnsen
(Icelandic Footballer-Turned-Coach Who Has Played for Chelsea and Barcelona)
Eiður Guðjohnsen
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Birthdate: September 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavik

Icelandic former footballer and coach Eiður Guðjohnsen began his senior career with Valur and then had successful stints with clubs such as Chelsea and Barcelona as a forward/midfielder. The son of former striker Arnór Guðjohnsen, he had also led the Iceland national football team as its captain.

Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
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Birthdate: December 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
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Halldór Laxness
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Birthdate: April 23, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
Died: February 8, 1998
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Sjón
(Icelandic Poet, Lyricist, Screenwriter, and Novelist)
Sjón
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Birthdate: August 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Sjón is an Icelandic poet, lyricist, screenwriter, and novelist. He is best known for his frequent collaborations with singer-songwriter and composer Björk. Sjón's works are widely read and have been translated into many languages. Over the course of his career, Sjón has won several prestigious awards such as the Nordic Council's Literature Prize and DV Newspaper Culture Prize.

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Gylfi Sigurðsson
(Icelandic Professional Football Player Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
Gylfi Sigurðsson
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Birthdate: September 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Gylfi Sigurðsson is an Icelandic football player who plays for the Iceland national team and Premier League club Everton. He helped the Iceland national team reach the quarter-finals at UEFA Euro 2016, the team's first major tournament. He also represented the country at their first-ever FIFA World Cup in the year 2018. 

Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson
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Birthplace: Norway
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Ragnar Sigurðsson
(Icelandic Former Professional Football Centre-Back)
Ragnar Sigurðsson
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Birthdate: June 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reykjavik

Icelandic former professional football centre-back Ragnar Sigurðsson  made his senior-career debut with Fylkir and went on to play with several other clubs, most notably with IFK Göteborg, with whom he won Allsvenskan (2007), Svenska Supercupen (2008) and Svenska Cupen (2008). He won 97 caps while representing Iceland during 2007-20, which included representing the country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  

Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
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Birthdate: November 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
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Jóhann Jóhannsson
(Icelandic Music Composer)
Jóhann Jóhannsson
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Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
Died: February 9, 2018

Jóhann Jóhannsson was an Icelandic music composer best remembered for his wide array of work for various medium like theatre, television, and film. He is perhaps best known for his work in the 2014 biographical romantic drama film The Theory of Everything, for which he received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award. 

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Benedikt Magnússon
(Icelandic Strongman and Powerlifter)
Benedikt Magnússon
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Birthdate: April 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iceland

Icelandic strongman and powerlifter Benedikt "Benni" Magnússon currently holds the WPO powerlifting world record in deadlift and the Log Lift Icelandic Record. He won the Iceland's Strongest Man contest in 2003 and finished as runner up in 2004 and 2010. He attained the strongman deadlift world record at 460 kg in April 2011 at MHP's Clash of the Titan's IV.

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Heimir Hallgrímsson
(Retired Icelandic Defender Who Is Now a Coach and Also Practices Dentistry)
Heimir Hallgrímsson
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Birthdate: June 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Apart from being a coach and former footballer, Heimir Hallgrímsson is also a qualified dentist. The Icelandic defender has had successful playing stints with teams such as ÍBV and Höttur. He has also coached the Iceland team and the Qatari club Al-Arabi among others. He also has his dental chamber in Vestmannaeyjar.

Egill Skallagrímsson
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Birthdate: 0910 AD
Birthplace: Borg á Mýrum, Borgarnes, Iceland
Died: 0990 AD
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Jón Gnarr
(Actor)
Jón Gnarr
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Birthdate: January 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
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Ragnar Þórhallsson
(Icelandic Musician Who is Member of the Band 'Of Monsters and Men')
Ragnar Þórhallsson
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Birthdate: March 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Garðabær, Iceland

Ragnar Þórhallsson is an Icelandic musician best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of a band named Of Monsters and Men. He performs as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band alongside Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir. Of Monsters and Men has released some successful albums like My Head Is an Animal and Beneath the Skin.

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Arnaldur Indriðason
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Birthdate: January 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reykjavik
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Gísli Örn Garðarsson
(Best Known for His Performance in the Icelandic Film 'Children')
Gísli Örn Garðarsson
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Birthdate: December 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Iceland

Gísli Örn Garðarsson is an Icelandic actor and occasional scriptwriter and producer. Also a theatre director, Gísli Örn is credited with co-founding a theatre and film company called Vesturport. Gísli Örn Garðarsson is best known for his portrayal of Garðar in the 2006 Icelandic film Children, which earned him a Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007.

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Emil Hallfreðsson
(Icelandic Professional Football Central Midfielder or Left Winger)
Emil Hallfreðsson
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Birthdate: June 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hafnarfjörður

Icelandic professional footballer Emil Hallfreðsson made his senior career debut with Icelandic multi-sports club Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar. Moving on, he played with other clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Reggina and Virtus Verona and rejoined the latter club in October 2021. He also plays for the Iceland national team and was part of the nation’s squad during EURO 2016 and 2018 World Cup.

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Ásgeir Trausti
(Icelandic Musician and Singer-songwriter)
Ásgeir Trausti
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Birthdate: July 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Laugarbakki, Iceland

Ásgeir Trausti is an Icelandic musician and singer-songwriter. Apart from performing with his eponymous band, Trausti also plays guitar for The Lovely Lion. Over the course of his career, Ásgeir Trausti has won several prestigious awards such as Icelandic Music Awards and Kraumur Award.

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Aron Gunnarsson
(Icelandic Footballer)
Aron Gunnarsson
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Birthdate: April 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland

Icelandic footballer Aron Gunnarsson is best known as a midfielder for the Qatari club Al-Arabi. While he was initially determined to be a handball player, he later switched to football. He led Iceland to their first World Cup in 2018 and also captained them to the quarter-finals of the 2016 UEFA Euro.

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Stony Blyden
(Icelandic Rapper, Actor, Drummer, and Record Producer)
Stony Blyden
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Birthdate: March 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Stony Blyden is an Icelandic rapper, singer, actor, drummer, and record producer. He is best known for his portrayal of Stony in the 2018 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, Dude. Stony Blyden also played an important role in the 2020 American romantic drama film, Life in a Year.

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Ari Eldjárn
(Comedian)
Ari Eldjárn
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Birthdate: September 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
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Atli Örvarsson
(Icelandic Composer Who Has Composed Music for Hollywood Films)
Atli Örvarsson
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Birthdate: July 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland

Atli Örvarsson is an Icelandic composer best known for his work in American films and TV series. He is credited with composing and orchestrating music for popular Hollywood films like Angels & Demons and the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

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Orri Páll Dýrason
(Former Drummer of Sigur Rós Who Left the Band amid Sexual Assault Allegations)
Orri Páll Dýrason
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Birthdate: July 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Iceland

The son of a footballer, Icelandic musician Orri Páll Dýrason is best known as the former drummer of the post-rock band Sigur Rós. He quit the band amid allegations of sexual assault by a fan on Instagram. He later defended his innocence through a Facebook post.

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Jónsi
(Icelandic Musician Who is Member of the Post-Rock Band 'Sigur Rós')
Jónsi
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Birthdate: April 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Jónsi is an Icelandic musician best known for his association with a post-rock band named Sigur Rós, where he performs as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Renowned for using his cello bow on guitar, Jónsi has also achieved popularity for his amazing countertenor voice.

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Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson
(Investor, Entrepreneur and Banker)
Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson
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Birthdate: March 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland