Famous Jamaican Men

Home to the suavest fictional sleuth in history — James Bond, Jamaica has always ranked high as one of the world’s most frequented backpacker’s destinations. And while there is no denying the physical charms of the country with its pristine white sands and azure waters forming the perfect backdrop for a perfect getaway, know that there is more to this Caribbean nation than its tropical bounties. That is true! Did you know that Jamaica was one of the first Caribbean countries to foray into Olympics? Or that only United States has clinched more World and Olympic medals than Jamaica? Bet you did not know that Jamaica was the first Western nation to build a railroad? With so many exciting and laud-worthy accomplishments in its kitty, isn’t it worth that we explore the masterminds, the real force behind such exemplary exploits? Hop on as we trail the successful lives of some such Jamaican men in the biographies recorded below. Their timeline, trivia and lesser-known facts will enlighten your minds to the kind of lives these exemplary Jamaicans led.

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 1 Bob Marley

Bob Marley
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nine Mile, Jamaica
Died: April 11, 1981

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who sold 20 million records in his career. He was the first international star to come from the ‘Third World’ and is considered one of the forerunners of reggae. A fusion of reggae, ska and rocksteady was his music’s hallmark. Marley died due to cancer at the age of 36.

 2 Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt
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Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: August 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sherwood Content, Jamaica

One of the greatest athletes ever, Usain Bolt is popular by the nickname ‘Lightning Bolt’. He holds the world record for 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay and is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

 3 Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing
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Famous As: Basketball player Center, Head coach
Birthdate: August 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
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 4 Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: August 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 10, 1940
Marcus Garvey is remembered as an iconic Black separatist leader who believed that all African-origin people in Europe and America should go back to Africa. He established the Universal Negro Improvement Association, but his activism was not accepted by civil rights activists, who believed in racial integration and not segregation.

 5 Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston

Known as the most capped West Indian player in international cricket, Chris Gayle is also the only player with a triple hundred in Tests, a double century in ODIs, and a century in T20Is. Breaking Brian Lara's record of 10,348 runs, he became the leading West Indian ODI run-scorer.

 6 Sean Paul

Sean Paul
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Sean Paul is a Jamaican recording artist and producer, widely considered one of dancehall's most prolific artists. He is best known for his singles, Temperature and Get Busy. Most of his albums have received Grammy nominations under the Best Reggae Album category.

 7 Shaggy

Shaggy
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Jamaican reggae singer Orville Richard Burrell, better known as Shaggy, has delivered international hits such as It Wasn't Me and In The Summertime. The two-time Grammy-winning artist was also bestowed with the Jamaican Order of Distinction. He was part of the U.S. Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm.

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 8 Sean Kingston

Sean Kingston
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Jamaican-American singer and rapper Kisean Paul Anderson, better known as “Sean Kingston,” is best known for his chart-topping tracks Beautiful Girls and Eenie Meenie. He has campaigned for PETA and the non-profit Do Something. He launched the Professional Rapper Boxing League in 2020 and guest-starred in Black Dynamite.

 9 Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica

Born in Jamaica, Dillian Whyte moved with his family to the UK as a 12-year-old. Initially a British kickboxing champion, he later moved on to boxing. He was banned for 2 years for consuming a banned drug. He apparently had his first child at age 13, becoming one of the world’s youngest fathers.

 10 Don Shirley

Don Shirley
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Died: April 6, 2013

 11 Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley
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Birthdate: October 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trenchtown, Jamaica
Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley, son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley and Rita Marley, is known for leading the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. He is also an avid philanthropist and has worked with charities such as Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment and Little Kids Rock.

 12 Damian Marley

Damian Marley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston

 13 Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: January 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

Jamaican reggae/dancehall musician Vybz Kartel, also known as Worl' Boss, soared to fame with hits such as Romping Shop and Summer Time. In 2014, he was convicted of the murder of his associate Clive "Lizard" Williams and received a life sentence. However, he continues to release music from prison.

 14 Yohan Blake

Yohan Blake
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: December 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. James Parish, Jamaica

 15 Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh
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Famous As: Reggae Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westmoreland, Jamaica
Died: September 11, 1987
Abandoned by his parents as a child, Peter Tosh grew up learning music by watching others perform. Part of the Jamaican reggae group Bob Marley and the Wailers, he advocated for legalization of marijuana. He loved unicycling. He was shot dead during a robbery attempt by three gunmen.

 16 Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Kickboxer
Birthdate: July 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Spanish Town

Uriah Hall is a Jamaican-American professional mixed martial artist who emerged as The Ultimate Fighter 17 Knockout of the Season. He currently fights in the middleweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and has previously been associated with Bellator MMA and Ring of Combat. Besides mixed martial arts, he has made a few media appearances. 

 17 Rohan Marley

Rohan Marley
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Famous As: Co-founder of Marley Coffee
Birthdate: May 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Rohan Marley is a Jamaican entrepreneur and son of the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley. A former football player, Marley played for the University of Miami, where he was teammates with Dwayne Johnson, Ray Lewis, and Warren Sapp. He then went on to play professional football for the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League.

 18 Safaree Samuels

Safaree Samuels
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Famous As: Rapper and Songwriter, Best Known as the Cast of VH1 Reality Show 'Love & Hip Hop"
Birthdate: July 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 19 Buju Banton

Buju Banton
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Famous As: Jamaican musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer

Buju Banton is a Jamaican recording artist widely regarded as one of the most important and celebrated artists in the history of Jamaican music. He is best known for his album Mr. Mention, which became one of the best-selling Jamaican albums of all time. In 2010, Buju Banton won the Grammy Award for his tenth studio album, Before The Dawn.

 20 Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley
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Famous As: The Melody Makers. He has released albums like Mind Control in 2007
Birthdate: April 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

 21 Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA

 22 Shawn Rhoden

Shawn Rhoden
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: April 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 23 Andre Russell

Andre Russell
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Jamaican cricketer Andre Russell, who gained fame as a West Indian all-rounder, holds the record of being the second person to score a century and a hat-trick in the same T-20 match. In 2021, he released a video thanking Indian prime minister Narendra Modi for sending COVID-19 vaccines to Jamaica.

 24 Ky-Mani Marley

Ky-Mani Marley
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Famous As: Reggae musician, Actor who received a Grammy Award nomination for his album, Many More Roads
Birthdate: February 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Falmouth, Trelawny, Jamaica

 25 Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Music artist, Artist, Musician
Birthdate: April 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint James Parish

 26 Shabba Ranks

Shabba Ranks
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Famous As: Musician, Singer who is notoriously popular for "Mr. Loverman" and "Ting-A-Ling"
Birthdate: January 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Ann, Jamaica

 27 Patrick Chung

Patrick Chung
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: August 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 28 Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Celle, Germany

Dustin Brown is a German tennis player best known for defeating Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal in the second round of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Renowned for his speed, technique, and entertaining playing style, Dustin Brown is also famous for his dreadlocked hairstyle, which has earned him the nickname Dreddy.

 29 Bushwick Bill

Bushwick Bill
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Famous As: Member of the pioneering Texas hip hop
Birthdate: December 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: June 9, 2019

 30 Marilyn

Marilyn
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 31 Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston

 32 Donovan Ruddock

Donovan Ruddock
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica

 33 Asafa Powell

Asafa Powell
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Famous As: Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: November 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Spanish Town

 34 OMI

OMI
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon

OMI is a Jamaican singer best known for his song Cheerleader, which achieved commercial success, reaching number one in many countries including Germany, the US, and the UK. The song earned him nominations at the Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, NRJ Music Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards.

 35 Michael Lee-Chin

Michael Lee-Chin
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Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: January 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica

 36 Masego

Masego
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Famous As: Incorporating the saxophone into his musi
Birthdate: June 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 37 Beenie Man

Beenie Man
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston

 38 Darren Moore

Darren Moore
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

 39 Wes Morgan

Wes Morgan
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nottingham

 40 Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs
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Famous As: Known as The Cool Ruler, he sang hundreds of Jamaican dancehall classics like "My Only Lover"
Birthdate: July 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: October 25, 2010

 41 Claude McKay

Claude McKay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish
Died: May 22, 1948

Claude McKay was a poet who played an influential role in the Harlem Renaissance. Remembered for his work If We Must Die, a poem written in response to mob attacks on African-American communities by white Americans, McKay was named the national poet of Jamaica in 1977. For his contribution to literature, he was posthumously honored with the Order of Jamaica.

 42 Bunny Wailer

Bunny Wailer
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Famous As: Singer, Percussionist, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston

 43 Desmond Dekker

Desmond Dekker
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Died: May 25, 2006

 44 Trevor Berbick

Trevor Berbick
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica
Died: October 28, 2006

Trevor Berbick was a Jamaican boxer known for participating in historical bouts, such as Muhammad Ali's last fight in 1981, which Ali lost. He also held the WBC heavyweight title in 1986 before losing the title to Mike Tyson the same year. He is also remembered for earning Jamaica a bronze medal at the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico.

 45 Toots Hibbert

Toots Hibbert
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: May Pen, Jamaica
Died: September 11, 2020

 46 Lee Perry

Lee Perry
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: March 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kendal, Jamaica

 47 Michael Manley

Michael Manley
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Andrew
Died: March 6, 1997

 48 Burning Spear

Burning Spear
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica Saint Ann, Jamaica

 49 Mavado

Mavado
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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: November 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston

 50 Yellowman

Yellowman
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston