Famous Mexican Men

The spectacular architectural galore, rich history, diverse landscape and indigenous blend of culture and heritage make Mexico one of the most coveted countries in the world. And due credit for the same goes to its talented pool of nationals who have constantly worked hard to help Mexico stand tall in the world forum. Talking specifically about Mexican men, the list goes far and wide for there have been umpteenth men who have greatly contributed to the country’s rich heritage and culture through their progressive thinking.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Canelo Álvarez

Canelo Álvarez.
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: July 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Named the world’s best active boxer by BoxRec and other sports organizations, Mexican welterweight Canelo Álvarez is a skilled counterpuncher. He won a silver at the Mexican National Championship at 15 and has earned the WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine light middleweight titles. He is known for his knockout wins. 

 2 Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro.
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Famous As: Filmmaker, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most popular Mexican filmmakers of all time. Along with Alejandro Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón, he is known as one of the Three Amigos of Cinema. He also played a major role as a former special effects makeup artist. In 2018, he was named in Time's 100 most influential people in the world list.

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 3 Julio Cesar Chavez

Julio Cesar Chavez.
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Famous As: Mexican professional boxer
Birthdate: July 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Obregón, Sonora, Mexico

Julio Cesar Chavez is a Mexican former boxer who won several world championships in three different weight divisions. He also holds several records, such as the most successful world title defenses and most title fights. He has been named in ESPN's 50 Greatest Boxers of All Time list and was made an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 4 Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu

Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican filmmaker, Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu, is known internationally for his films about the human condition. Beginning his entertainment career as a radio host, he started composing music and producing films as the years went by. The recipient of many prestigious awards, he is the first Mexican filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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 5 Javier Hernández

Javier Hernández.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Javier Hernández is a professional football player and the first Mexican to represent the popular football club Manchester United. An important player for his national team, Hernández is the all-time leading goal-scorer for Mexico. He has represented Mexico at important tournaments like 2010, 2014, and 2018 FIFA World Cups. Hernández also serves as an inspiration to many aspiring Mexican footballers.

 6 Joaquín Guzmán Loera

Joaquín Guzmán Loera
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Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: April 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Tuna, Mexico

 7 Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City
Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim owns the conglomerate Grupo Carso and has served as the CEO of América Móvil and Telmex. He was the world’s richest person from 2010 to 2013 and the fifth-richest in 2020, according to Forbes. He also owns three charity organizations focusing on Mexico City. 
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 8 Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Luis Miguel is a Mexican singer. Having performed in a wide range of styles like pop and jazz, Miguel is considered the most successful artist in the history of Latin America. One of the best-selling Latin musicians ever, Miguel is credited with popularizing the bolero genre. Thanks to his popularity, he has been referred to as the Latin Frank Sinatra.

 9 Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa.
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: June 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Durango
Died: July 20, 1923
Military leader Pancho Villa was a significant figure of the Mexican Revolution. He supported the ouster of dictator Porfirio Diaz and later fought to remove Victoriano Huerta from power. He also allied with Emiliano Zapata and fought against Venustiano Carranza. He remains immortalized in many films and novels.

 10 Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera.
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Famous As: Painter, Muralist
Birthdate: December 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guanajuato, Mexico
Died: November 24, 1957
Mexican painter Diego Rivera is best remembered for his association with the mural movement and had created masterpieces such as The History of Mexico and the Detroit Industry Murals. He was inspired by cubism and post-impressionism. He had married, divorced, and remarried Frida Kahlo, the third of his four wives.

 11 Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico
Died: June 3, 2001
Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning roles in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life. He also delivered stellar performances in the films Zorba the Greek, Wild Is the Wind, and The Guns of Navarone. He had exhibited his artwork and also written two memoirs.

 12 Alberto Del Rio

Alberto Del Rio.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: May 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Luis Potosí
José Alberto Rodríguez Chucuan is better known by his WWE ring name, Alberto Del Rio, and his Impact Wrestling ring name, Alberto El Patron. He became the first Mexico-born WWE world champion. He gained fame as an MMA fighter in Mexico and Japan earlier, using the name Dos Caras Jr.

 13 Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan.
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Famous As: Dog Behaviourist
Birthdate: August 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mazatlán

Mexican-American dog trainer Cesar Millan owns the Dog Psychology Center and is best known for his Emmy-nominated series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. He owns a brand of dog products, has authored bestselling books, and also owns a foundation that supports animal shelters. He also delivers a dog-training lecture series.

 14 Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo

Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo.
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Famous As: Drug Lord
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Badiraguato Municipality

Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo is a convicted Mexican drug lord. He led a now-defunct criminal group called the Guadalajara Cartel alongside Rafael Caro Quintero and Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. In 1982, the Drug Enforcement Administration indicted him in a money laundering operation, but he fled back to Mexico where he was finally arrested in 1985.

 15 Diego Luna

Diego Luna
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toluca, Mexico

 16 Juan Gabriel

Juan Gabriel.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Parácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico
Died: August 28, 2016
Regarded by many as Mexico’s Elvis Presley, singer Juan Gabriel sold more than 60 million records, while his songs have been translated to languages such as Japanese and French. Though never married, he had six children, two of them with his domestic employees. Interestingly, some tabloids suggested he was gay.

 17 Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso Cuarón
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Birthdate: November 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City

 18 Enrique Peña Nieto

Enrique Peña Nieto.
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Famous As: President of Mexico
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlacomulco, State of Mexico, Mexico

Mexican politician Enrique Peña Nieto served as the 64th President of Mexico from 2012 to 2018. He was previously the Governor of the State of Mexico. He joined politics in the mid-1980s as a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was a controversial president and his tenure saw a rise in drug trade and corruption.

 19 Benito Juarez

Benito Juarez.
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: March 21, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Pablo Guelatao, Mexico
Died: July 18, 1872

Benito Juarez was a Mexican lawyer and politician. He served as the 26th president of Mexico from 1858 to 1872, becoming the first president of Mexico who was of indigenous origin. He died of a heart attack in 1872. To date,  he is revered as "a preeminent symbol of Mexican nationalism and resistance to foreign intervention." 

 20 Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macuspana
Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been serving as Mexico’s 58th president since December 2018. He led the Party of the Democratic Revolution from 1996 to 1999 and was elected Head of Government of Mexico City. He established the National Regeneration Movement in 2014 and led it till 2017.
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 21 Carlos Vela

Carlos Vela.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cancún

Carlos Vela is a Mexican football player who currently plays for and captains the Los Angeles Football Club of the Major League Soccer (MLS). A versatile player, Vela can play as an attacking midfielder, winger, and forward. He is also known for his creativity and goal-scoring ability. Carlos Vela is also an important player for the Mexico national team.

 22 Emiliano Zapata

Emiliano Zapata.
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Famous As: Mexican Political figure
Birthdate: August 8, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anenecuilco, Mexico
Died: April 10, 1919
Emiliano Zapata was a key figure in the Mexican Revolution of 1910–1920 and led the agrarian movement known as Zapatismo. As the leader of the Liberation Army of the South, he contributed to the fall of Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz and later fought against Venustiano Carranza.

 23 Ryan Guzman

Ryan Guzman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas
Ryan Guzman had to forego his love for baseball due to an injury. He later joined Wilhelmina Models and also learned mixed martial arts. His subsequent auditions bore fruit, and he never looked back after being cast as Sean Asa in the Step Up dance film franchise.

 24 Demián Bichir

Demián Bichir
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Film actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City

 25 Cantinflas

Cantinflas.
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Famous As: Comic Film Actor
Birthdate: August 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cotija de la Paz Michoacan Mexico
Died: April 20, 1993

Cantinflas was a Mexican actor, comedian, and filmmaker. Dubbed the Charlie Chaplin of Mexico, Cantinflas is best remembered for playing Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Regarded as one of the most popular Mexican comedians of all time, Cantinflas is celebrated as a popular icon throughout Spain and Latin America. 

 26 Hirving Lozano

Hirving Lozano.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 30, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City

Hirving Lozano is a Mexican football player. An important member of the Mexico national team, he represented his nation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Lozano was adjudged CONCACAF Men's Player of the Year in 2018.

 27 David Casta

David Casta
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, United States

 28 Guillermo Ochoa

Guillermo Ochoa
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

 29 Adan Canto

Adan Canto.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico
Adan Canto is best known as Sunspot from the film X-Men: Days of Future Past and as Paul Torres in the series The Following. He played real-life politician Rodrigo Lara Bonilla in the Netflix series Narcos. He also directed the award-winning short film The Shot through his own production house.

 30 Luis Buñuel

Luis Buñuel
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film editor, Writer
Birthdate: February 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calanda, Spain
Died: July 29, 1983

Luis Buñuel was a Spanish-Mexican filmmaker with a brilliant career spanning almost half a century. He worked in France, Mexico, and Spain and directed films spanning various genres. His filmmaking technique was strongly influenced by mise-en-scène. He was hailed as a leader of avant-garde surrealism and is considered one of the top directors of the 20th century.  

 31 Antonio López de Santa Anna

Antonio López de Santa Anna
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Famous As: Politician, Officer, Military personnel
Birthdate: February 21, 1794
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Xalapa
Died: June 21, 1876

 32 Sergio Pérez

Sergio Pérez
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara

 33 Giovani dos Santos

Giovani dos Santos
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monterrey

 34 Mario Van Peebles

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico City
Mexican-born American director and actor Mario Van Peebles gained fame with films such as USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage and New Jack City, both of which he directed and appeared in. He is the son of director Melvin Van Peebles and portrayed him in his biopic Baadasssss!

 35 Vicente Fox

Vicente Fox
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: July 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: León

 36 Juan Manuel Márquez

Juan Manuel Márquez
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mexico City

 37 Diego Boneta

Diego Boneta
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Association football player, Television actor
Birthdate: November 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City

 38 Juanpa Zurita

Juanpa Zurita.
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Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: March 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico
Mexican comedy content creator Juanpa Zurita initially rose to fame through Vine and now boasts of millions of followers on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. He was also named to Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list. The Liter of Light ambassador has also taken up philanthropic work in Brazil and the Philippines.

 39 Jaime Camil

Jaime Camil
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: July 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 40 Porfirio Díaz

Porfirio Díaz.
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Famous As: Military General, Politician
Birthdate: September 15, 1830
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oaxaca, Mexico
Died: July 2, 1915

Porfirio Díaz was a Mexican politician and general. He served as president of Mexico for 31 years, which included seven terms between 1876 and 1911. The entire period of his presidency is referred to as the Porfiriato. His life inspired the 1944 Mexican historical film, Porfirio Díaz. Over the years, he has also been depicted in other films like Juarez.

 41 Vicente Fernández

Vicente Fernández
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: February 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara

 42 Marco Antonio Barrera

Marco Antonio Barrera.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Marco Antonio Barrera is a former professional boxer who held several world championships in different weight classes. He finds a place on ESPN's 50 greatest boxers of all-time list. In 2017, Barrera was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. After retiring from boxing, Marco Antonio Barrera has been working as a commentator for ESPN Deportes.    

 43 Julio César Chávez, Jr.

Julio César Chávez, Jr.
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Birthdate: February 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Culiacán

 44 Chalino Sanchez

Chalino Sanchez
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Birthdate: August 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Badiraguato
Died: May 16, 1992

 45 Joan Sebastian

Joan Sebastian
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actor, Poet, Record producer
Birthdate: April 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guerrero
Died: July 13, 2015

 46 Pedro Infante

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Film actor, Carpenter
Birthdate: November 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mazatlán
Died: April 15, 1957

 47 José José

José José
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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: February 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Azcapotzalco, Mexico City, Mexico

 48 Chespirito

Chespirito.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: November 28, 2014

Mexican comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños became a cultural icon with his show Chespirito, which also starred him as the titular character and thus made him adopt Chespirito as his stage name later. He was a boxer before venturing into entertainment and had even dropped out of an engineering course.

 49 Ariel Camacho

Ariel Camacho.
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Famous As: Singer, songwriter
Birthdate: July 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guamuchil, Sinaloa
Died: February 25, 2015

Ariel Camacho was a Mexican singer and songwriter best remembered for leading his Regional Mexican band, Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho. He died in a car accident at the age of 22. Following his death, his album El Karma became immensely popular. His band continues to make albums in his honor. 

 50 Earl Watson

Earl Watson
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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas ,USA

Be it revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata or last Aztec Emperor Cuauhtemoc, painter and muralist Diego Rivera or actor, producer and comedian Louis C.K., military leader Pancho Villa or 31st president Manuel Gonzalez Flores, each of them and many more have greatly contributed to Mexico’s culture, history, art and commerce. It is due to their immense contribution that they have eventually become the true gems of Mexico. With this section, brief yourself with the life and works of inspiring and motivating Mexican men who changed the way the world looked at Mexico! They are worth a read!