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.

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Canelo Álvarez
55
Birthdate: July 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guadalajara, 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. 

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Guillermo del Toro
(Film Director Best Known For Movies 'Pan's Labyrinth' & 'The Shape of Water')

Guillermo del Toro
22
Birthdate: October 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

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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Carlos Slim
(Entrepreneur)

Carlos Slim
16
Birthdate: January 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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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Julio Cesar Chavez
18
Birthdate: July 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ciudad Obregón, 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.

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Diego Rivera
(Painter)

Diego Rivera
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Birthdate: December 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guanajuato, Mexico
Died: November 25, 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.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu
(Director, Best Known for Making Psychological Drama Films)

Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu
9
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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Javier Hernández
(Football player)

Javier Hernández
21
Birthdate: June 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

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.

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Luis Miguel
(Youngest Artist Ever to Win a Grammy at the Age of 14)

Luis Miguel
16
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.

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Pancho Villa
(Governor of Chihuahua (1913-14))

Pancho Villa
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Birthdate: June 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: La Coyotada, Mexico
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.

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Diego Luna
(Actor Known for His Role in the Films 'Y tu mamá también', 'Rudo y Cursi' and 'Milk')

Diego Luna
12
Birthdate: December 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toluca, Mexico

Diego Luna is a Mexican actor, singer, producer, and director. The son of a popular set designer, he was exposed to show business as a young boy. He started acting when he was just seven and appeared in many telenovelas. He then moved to films and has appeared in many hit films, including Open Range and The Terminal.  

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Cesar Millan
(Dog trainer)

Cesar Millan
3
Birthdate: August 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Culiacán, Mexico

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.

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Alberto Del Rio
(Mixed Martial Artist and Professional Wrestler)

Alberto Del Rio
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Birthdate: May 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Luis Potosí, Mexico
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.

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Gael García Bernal
7
Birthdate: November 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Being the son of actor Patricia Bernal and director José Ángel García, Gael García Bernal was no stranger to entertainment as a kid. The Mexican actor-director is known for dealing with taboo relationships in his films and for his Golden Globe-winning role in the series Mozart in the Jungle.

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Alfonso Cuarón
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)

Alfonso Cuarón
4
Birthdate: November 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Alfonso Cuarón is a Mexican filmmaker who works in a wide range of genres. He has multiple romantic, action, drama, and fantasy movies to his credit. The son of a doctor and a biochemist, he chose an unconventional profession for himself. After completing his studies, he began working as a director. He has received four Academy Awards. 

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Ricardo Montalbán
(Actor who played the role of Mr. Roarke on the series, Fantasy Island and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actor's Guild in 1993.)

Ricardo Montalbán
5
Birthdate: November 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalbán was a Mexican actor who achieved immense popularity in Hollywood during his illustrious career that spanned 70 years! He was the recipient of several prestigious awards including an Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award. Ricardo Montalbán is credited with establishing the Nosotros Foundation where he served as the first president.

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Eugenio Derbez
(Actor, comedian, director and producer who became known for starring in XHDRBZ and La familia P. Luche)

Eugenio Derbez
7
Birthdate: September 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Villa Milpa Alta, Mexico

Eugenio Derbez is a Mexican actor and filmmaker best known for co-creating and starring in the family sitcom La familia P. Luche. After establishing himself in the Mexican film industry, he ventured into American films and TV series as well. His feature film Instructions Not Included became the most successful Spanish-language film in US. 

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador
(President of Mexico (Since 2018))

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
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Birthdate: November 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tepetitán, Tabasco, Mexico
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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Joaquín Guzmán Loera
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Birthdate: April 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Tuna, Mexico

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Sergio Pérez
(Racing driver who took his first Formula One podium at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix)

Sergio Pérez
8
Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Starting racing at age 6, Mexican racing driver Sergio Pérez, nicknamed Checo, scripted history by scoring more points than any Mexican in Formula One history. The winner of titles such as the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix and the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he is now associated with Red Bull Racing.

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Benito Juarez
(Lawyer, Politician)

Benito Juarez
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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." 

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Juan Gabriel
(Singer)

Juan Gabriel
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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.

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Enrique Peña Nieto
(President of Mexico (2012-18))

Enrique Peña Nieto
7
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlacomulco de Fabela

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.

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Vicente Fernández
(Singer, actor, and movie producer whose career has spanned more than fifty years and resulted in seven Latin Grammy Awards.)

Vicente Fernández
7
Birthdate: February 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Died: December 12, 2021
One of Mexico’s best-known cultural icons, singer-actor Vicente Fernández gained nicknames such as The King of Ranchera Music. Known for his signature oversized sombrero and eye-catching costumes, he sold more than 50 million albums throughout his career and won 3 Grammys and 9 Latin Grammys. He also produced Mexican films.

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Carlos Vela
(Footballer)

Carlos Vela
9
Birthdate: March 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cancún, Mexico

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.

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Emiliano Zapata
(Revolutionary)

Emiliano Zapata
3
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.

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Hirving Lozano
(Footballer)

Hirving Lozano
12
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.

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Chalino Sanchez
(He specialized in Regional Mexican music)

Chalino Sanchez
4
Birthdate: August 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Guayabo, Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: May 16, 1992

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Cantinflas
(Comedian)

Cantinflas
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Birthdate: August 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, 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. 

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Raúl Jiménez
(Football Player)

Raúl Jiménez
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Birthdate: May 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tepeji, Hidalgo, Mexico
Mexican footballer Raúl Jiménez is a promising forward of the Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers. He won a gold as part of the Mexican team at the 2012 London Olympics. Starting with Club América's youth team, he has also played for Atlético Madrid and Benfica, winning the Liga NOS twice.

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Guillermo Ochoa
(Footballer)

Guillermo Ochoa
5
Birthdate: July 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Guillermo Ochoa is a Mexican professional footballer. He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Liga MX club América and the Mexico national team. He made his senior-level professional debut in 2004 and won his first league title in 2005. He has been a part of many FIFA World Cup squads. He is married to Mexican model Karla Mora. 

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Moctezuma II
(Emperor of Aztec Empire (1502-1520))

Moctezuma II
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Birthdate: 1466 AD
Birthplace: Tenochtitlan, Mexico
Died: June 29, 1520

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Mario Van Peebles
7
Birthdate: January 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico
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!

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Giovani dos Santos
(Footballer Attacking Midfielder, Winger)

Giovani dos Santos
5
Birthdate: May 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico

Starting his youth career with teams such as Monterrey and Barcelona, Mexican footballer Giovani dos Santos later went on to win a gold medal with the Mexican team at the 2012 London Olympics. He was also part of the U-17 FIFA World Championship-winning Mexican squad and is a 3-time CONCACAF Gold Cup winner.

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Adan Canto
(Actor)

Adan Canto
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Birthdate: December 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Acuña Municipality, 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.

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Luis Buñuel
(Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film editor, Writer)

Luis Buñuel
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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.  

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Jaime Camil
(Television and film actor best known for playing Rogelio de la Vega on the CW series Jane the Virgin)

Jaime Camil
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Birthdate: July 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Jaime Camil is a Mexican singer, actor, and TV personality best known for his portrayal of Rogelio de la Vega in the popular American romantic comedy-drama telenovela Jane the Virgin. His performance in the telenovela earned him a couple of nominations at the Critics' Choice Television Awards. He also won three successive Teen Choice Awards starting from 2017.

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Rafael Márquez
(Football player, Centre-Back, Defensive Midfielder)

Rafael Márquez
3
Birthdate: February 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zamora, Mexico

One of the most decorated Mexican footballers, Rafael Márquez, nicknamed El Káiser, was a star defender in his time. Starting his career with Atlas at age 17, he later played for teams such as Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls. His achievements include 4 La Liga and 2 UEFA Champions League titles.

Juan Manuel Márquez
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Birthdate: August 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iztacalco, Mexico City, Mexico

Juan Manuel Márquez is a Mexican former boxer who became only the third Mexican boxer to win world championship titles in four weight classes. Counted among the greatest boxers of all time, Márquez was renowned for his toughness, speed, and technical skills. In 2020, Juan Manuel Márquez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. 

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Demián Bichir
(nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in A Better Life)

Demián Bichir
3
Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico

Demián Bichir is a Mexican actor who was once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The son of two popular acting professionals, he developed an early interest in acting. He attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute before beginning his film career. He is also an American Civil Liberties Union Ambassador for Immigration Rights. 

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Pedro Infante
(Actor, Singer, Film actor, Carpenter)

Pedro Infante
2
Birthdate: November 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mazatlán
Died: April 15, 1957

Once a matinee idol in Mexico, Pedro Infante is remembered for his blockbuster hits such as Nosotros los pobres and Los tres García. He loved flying planes, using the pseudonym Captain Cruz and eventually died in a plane crash. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Bear for his performance in Tizoc.

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Stephen Austin
(Politician)

Stephen Austin
4
Birthdate: November 3, 1793
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Austinville, Virginia
Died: December 27, 1836

Stephen Austin, also known as the Father of Texas, was born to a lead-mining businessman in Missouri who later bought a piece of land from the Mexican government. Austin developed the land and mediated between American and Mexican people for control over it, eventually leading to the Texas Revolution.

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Juanpa Zurita
(YouTuber)

Juanpa Zurita
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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.

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Joan Sebastian
(Singer-songwriter, Actor, Poet, Record producer)

Joan Sebastian
2
Birthdate: April 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guerrero
Died: July 13, 2015

Known as the king of Mexican rodeo, for performing in concerts on horseback, Mexican singer Joan Sebastian won the highest number of Grammy awards from his country. Over 20 of his songs made it to the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. An actor, too, he was seen in the telenovela Tú y yo.

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Chespirito
(One of the Greatest Comedians of All Time)

Chespirito
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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.

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Ariel Camacho
(Singer, songwriter)

Ariel Camacho
7
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. 

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David Casta
6
Birthdate: October 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, United States

Best known for his performance as Diego Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy, David Castañeda is an American-born actor who was raised in Mexico. While initially aspiring to be a civil engineer, he later switched to studying film production. He has also been part of films such as El Chicano and The Guilty.

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Fernando Valenzuela
(Baseball Player)

Fernando Valenzuela
2
Birthdate: November 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Navojoa, Mexico

Fernando Valenzuela is a Mexican former baseball pitcher who participated in 17 Major League Baseball seasons, playing for popular teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. He achieved super-stardom during the 1981 season, which was dubbed Fernandomania. He became the first player to receive both Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards in the same season.

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Fernando Colunga
(Actor, Television actor)

Fernando Colunga
2
Birthdate: March 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City

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Sebastián Rulli
(Actor, Model)

Sebastián Rulli
0
Birthdate: July 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Earl Watson
(Basketball coach)

Earl Watson
3
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas ,USA

As a basketball player, Earl Watson had a successful stint with teams such as the Seattle SuperSonics and Utah Jazz. Owing to his mother’s Mexican roots, he qualified to play for the Mexican national team but chose NBA instead. Now a coach, he is associated with the Canadian team Toronto Raptors.

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!