Famous People Born In Montevideo

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José Mujica
(Former President of Uruguay)
José Mujica
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus

José Mujica is an Uruguayan retired politician. From 2010 to 2015, Mujica served as the president of Uruguay. A well-known philanthropist, Mujica won the hearts of many for his donation of 90 percent of his monthly salary to charities. Due to his generosity and austere lifestyle, José Mujica has often been referred to as the world's humblest head of state.

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Diego Forlán
(Uruguayan Professional Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Striker)
Diego Forlán
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Barbara Mori
(Mexican Actress Best Known for Her Role in One of the Most Successful Telenovelas of All-Time, 'Rubí')
Barbara Mori
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Mexican actor Barbara Mori, who soared to fame with the telenovela Rubí, was scouted at 14, while working as a waitress. The former model became a grandmother at 38, when her son had a daughter. She became a sensation in India after being part of the Bollywood film Kites.
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Natalia Cigliuti
(Actress)
Natalia Cigliuti
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Birthdate: September 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Natalia Oreiro
(Uruguayan Actress, Singer and Model)
Natalia Oreiro
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus

Natalia Oreiro is a Uruguayan actress, fashion designer, singer, songwriter, host, and producer. Apart from appearing in telenovelas and films, Oreiro has also worked on social awareness events and shows for organizations like UNICEF and Greenpeace. As a singer, Natalia Oreiro has sold more than 10 million records so far.

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Álvaro Recoba
(Uruguayan Former Footballer Who Played as a Forward or Midfielder)
Álvaro Recoba
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 7 
Eduardo Galeano
(Uruguayan Journalist & Writer Best-Known for His Works ‘Las venas abiertas de América Latina’ & ‘Memoria del Fuego’)
Eduardo Galeano
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 3, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 13, 2015

Eduardo Galeano was a Uruguayan novelist, journalist, and writer. Regarded as one of the most respected writers of Uruguay, Galeano was honored by the Global Exchange with the prestigious International Human Rights Award in 2006. In 2010, he was awarded the Stig Dagerman Prize.

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Jorge Drexler
(First Uruguayan Composer to Win an Academy Award)
Jorge Drexler
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Birthdate: September 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo

Son of German immigrants who escaped the Holocaust, Jorge Drexler was born in Uruguay. Inspired by his physician parents, Dexler, became an otolaryngologist, but his love for music turned him into a Latin pop sensation. His song Al Otro Lado Del Rio from The Motorcycle Diaries won him an Oscar.

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Gabe Saporta
(Former singer and the primary creative force behind the electronic pop group Cobra Starship)
Gabe Saporta
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Chris Namus
(Boxer)
Chris Namus
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Comte de Lautréamont
(Poet)
Comte de Lautréamont
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 4, 1846
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 24, 1870
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Paolo Montero
(Uruguayan Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Central Defender / Left-Back)
Paolo Montero
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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José Gervasio Artigas
(Uruguayan Military General)
José Gervasio Artigas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1764
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 23, 1850

José Gervasio Artigas was a Uruguayan military general, political leader, and statesman. Considered a national hero in Uruguay, Artigas played a major role in the Latin American wars of independence against the Hispanic Monarchy. Apart from monuments and statues that have been erected in his honor, several public places have also been named after José Gervasio Artigas.

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Alcides Ghiggia
(Uruguayan-Italian Football Player Who Played as a Right Winger)
Alcides Ghiggia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 16, 2015
 15 
Juan Sartori
(Businessperson and Politician)
Juan Sartori
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Kenya Mori
(Actress)
Kenya Mori
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Birthdate: January 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Santiago Vescovi
(Basketball player)
Santiago Vescovi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Jayson Granger
(Basketball player)
Jayson Granger
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Martín Cáceres
(Uruguayan Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Martín Cáceres
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Fede Alvarez
Fede Alvarez
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Fede Alvarez is a Uruguayan filmmaker best known for directing American films like Evil Dead and Don't Breathe. Alvarez achieved international prominence after the release of Evil Dead, which grossed $97 million against a budget of $17 million. Fede Álvarez is also known for directing popular short films like Ataque de pánico!

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Maxi Pereira
(Uruguayan Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Right-Back)
Maxi Pereira
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Sebastián Coates
(Uruguayan Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre Back)
Sebastián Coates
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Gus Poyet
(Uruguayan Professional Football Manager and Former Footballer Midfielder)
Gus Poyet
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Diego Laxalt
(Uruguayan Professional Footballer, Who Plays as a Left-Back or a Left Winger)
Diego Laxalt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Alfredo Evangelista
(Boxer)
Alfredo Evangelista
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Juan Alberto Schiaffino
(Italian-Uruguayan Football Player Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder or Forward)
Juan Alberto Schiaffino
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 13, 2002
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Diego Aguirre
(Uruguayan Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Forward)
Diego Aguirre
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Gustavo Rojo
(Actor)
Gustavo Rojo
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Birthdate: September 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 22, 2017

Gustavo Rojo was an Uruguayan film producer and actor who appeared in over 160 television shows and films between 1938 and 2016. He made his theater debut in his mother Mercedes Pinto's play in the late 1920s. After moving to Mexico along with his family in the 1940s, Rojo started appearing in telenovelas, such as No creo en los hombres.

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Enzo Francescoli
(Uruguayan Former Footballer Who Played as a Attacking Midfielder)
Enzo Francescoli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Tab Ramos
(American Former Soccer Player and Former Head Coach of Hartford Athletic in the USL Championship)
Tab Ramos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Luisel Ramos
(Model)
Luisel Ramos
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 2, 2006
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Tabaré Vázquez
(39th and 41st President of Uruguay (2005 - 2010, 2015 - 2020))
Tabaré Vázquez
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 6, 2020

Tabaré Vázquez was a Uruguayan politician who served as the 39th and 41st president of Uruguay from 2005 to 2010 and from 2015 to 2020 respectively. The first socialist president of Uruguay, Vázquez's first presidency strengthened the country's diplomatic ties with Argentina and Brazil. In 2006, Tabaré Vázquez was honored by WHO for implementing strict tobacco control laws in Uruguay.

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Luca Barbareschi
(Film actor)
Luca Barbareschi
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Birthdate: July 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Lorena Ponce de Leon
(Architect)
Lorena Ponce de Leon
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: October 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
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Rafael Viñoly
(Architect)
Rafael Viñoly
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: June 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Martin Mendez
(Bassist)
Martin Mendez
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries

Martin Mendez is a Uruguayan Swedish bassist best known for his association with the popular Swedish progressive metal band, Opeth. He is the second-longest serving member of Opeth. Apart from Opeth, Martin Mendez has also played for several other bands like Proxima, Vinterkrig, and Fifth to Infinity.

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José Batlle y Ordóñez
(Former President of Uruguay Who Served for Three-Terms Between 1899 and 1911)
José Batlle y Ordóñez
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 21, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 20, 1929

José Batlle y Ordóñez was a Uruguayan politician best remembered for his service as the President of Uruguay on two occasions. He held the president's office from 1903 to 1907 and again from 1911 to 1915. He was also appointed as the acting president in 1899. Batlle is credited with modernizing the country by introducing extensive welfare state reforms.

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Angel Bonanni
(Actor)
Angel Bonanni
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Angel Bonanni is an Israeli model and actor. He is known for playing important roles in popular American TV series like Absentia and Condor. One of the most popular models in Israel, Bonanni has appeared in fashion campaigns for major designers like Donna Karan and Jean Paul Gaultier. He has also appeared in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar.

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Carlos Páez Rodríguez
(Uruguayan Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker and Writer)
Carlos Páez Rodríguez
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Birthdate: October 31, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Carlos Páez Rodríguez is a Uruguayan motivational speaker and writer. Nicknamed the man of the iron spirit, Rodríguez is best known for surviving a plane crash and spending 72 days in the Andes, during which the survivors resorted to cannibalism to keep themselves alive. The story inspired a film titled Alive where Carlos Páez Rodríguez was played by Bruce Ramsay.

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Álvaro Pereira
(Uruguayan Former Professional Footballer)
Álvaro Pereira
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Lucia Topolansky
(President of the Senate of Uruguay)
Lucia Topolansky
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra

Lucia Topolansky is a Uruguayan politician best known for her service as the Vice President of Uruguay from 13 September 2017 to 1 March 2020. She also served as a Senator from 2005 to 2017 and as the First Lady of her country from 2010 to 2015.

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Carlos Páez Vilaró
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: November 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 24, 2014

Carlos Páez Vilaró was a Uruguayan abstract artist, potter, sculptor, painter, muralist, composer, writer, and constructor. He began his career as a printing apprentice and then began composing music as well. He was part of the "Grupo de los 8", a movement of Uruguayan artists formed in the 1950s. He enjoyed a successful career but had a troubled personal life. 

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George Hilton
(Film actor)
George Hilton
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Birthdate: July 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 28, 2019
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Julio María Sanguinetti Coirolo
(President)
Julio María Sanguinetti Coirolo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Julio María Sanguinetti Coirolo is a Uruguayan politician, journalist, and lawyer. He is best known for his service as the President of Uruguay from 1985 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 2000. An influential politician, Julio María Sanguinetti Coirolo has also served as the Minister of Industry and Commerce as well as the Minister of Education and Culture. 

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Marcelo Buquet
(Actor)
Marcelo Buquet
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Diego Pérez
(Uruguayan Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defensive Midfielder)
Diego Pérez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Joaquín Torres García
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 28, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: August 8, 1949
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Juan Carlos Onetti
(Uruguayan Novelist and Short Story Writer)
Juan Carlos Onetti
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 30, 1994

Juan Carlos Onetti was a Uruguayan novelist and short story writer. Counted among Latin America's most eminent writers, Onetti was the recipient of several prestigious honors including the Uruguay National Literature Prize. He was also an important member of the Generation '45, a group of writers who had a significant influence in the cultural and literary life of their country.

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Gonzalo Rodríguez
Gonzalo Rodríguez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 11, 1999
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Joaquín Torres-García
(Uruguayan Artist and Art Theorist Who Established the Constructive Universalism Movement)
Joaquín Torres-García
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 28, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: August 8, 1949

Uruguayan-Spanish artist Joaquín Torres-García didn’t like the conservative style promoted at his Barcelona art academy and deviated more toward Impressionist and post-Impressionist art instead. He later brought Constructivism to South American countries. The Taller Torres García founder is best remembered for his work Monumento Cosmico.