List of famous Spanish people with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

The Spanish come across as fun loving, easy going people who would rather party all night and sleep all day! Definitely fun loving, but by no means are the Spaniards lazy people! In fact the Spanish work for longer hours than do most Europeans. It is just the fact that the Spanish know that there is more to life than just running the rat race and adhering to set conventions. Take Pablo Picasso for instance. Unconventional and highly prolific, the artist co-founded the cubist movement and went on to become one of the best known figures of 20th century art. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the author of ‘Don Quixote’, gave the world the most influential work from the Spanish Golden Age.

Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso
(Painter)

25 October 1881

08 April 1973

Málaga

Scorpio

Hernán CortésHernán Cortés
(Spanish conquistador)

1485 AD

02 December 1547

Medellín, Spain

Gerard PiquéGerard Piqué
(Football Player)

02 February 1987

Barcelona

Aquarius

Salvador DaliSalvador Dali
(Surrealist Painter)

11 May 1904

23 January 1989

Figueres

Taurus

XaviXavi
(Footballer)

25 January 1980

Terrassa, Spain

Aquarius

Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias
(Singer)

08 May 1975

Madrid

Taurus

Philip II of SpainPhilip II of Spain
(King of Spain)

21 May 1527

13 September 1598

Pimentel Palace, Valladolid, Spain

Taurus

Javier BardemJavier Bardem
(Actor)

01 March 1969

Las Palmas

Pisces

Penelope CruzPenelope Cruz

28 April 1974

Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain

Taurus

Emilio MartinezEmilio Martinez
(Instagram Star)

10 May 1999

Catalonia, Spain

Taurus

Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
(Dictator of Spain)

04 December 1892

20 November 1975

Ferrol

Sagittarius

Antonio BanderasAntonio Banderas
(Actor, Director)

10 August 1960

Málaga

Leo

Rafael NadalRafael Nadal
(Tennis player)

03 June 1986

Manacor

Gemini

Fernando TorresFernando Torres
(Footballer)

20 March 1984

Fuenlabrada

Pisces

Ivan MartinezIvan Martinez
(Instagram Star)

10 May 1999

Catalonia, Spain

Taurus

Junípero SerraJunípero Serra
(Franciscan Priest)

24 November 1713

28 August 1784

Petra, Majorca

Sagittarius

Francisco GoyaFrancisco Goya
(Painters)

30 March 1746

16 April 1828

Fuendetodos

Aries

Mariano RajoyMariano Rajoy
(Current Prime Minister of Spain)

27 March 1955

Santiago de Compostela

Aries

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
(Spanish conquistador)

26 June 1478

26 June 1541

Trujillo, Cáceres

Cancer

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
(Explorer)

1474 AD

30 June 1521

Santervás de Campos

Jorge LorenzoJorge Lorenzo
(Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racer)

04 May 1987

Palma, Spain

Taurus

Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
(Novelist)

29 September 1547

22 April 1616

Alcalá de Henares

Libra

Diego VelazquezDiego Velázquez (Painter)
(Painter)

06 June 1599

06 August 1660

Seville

Gemini

Julio IglesiasJulio Iglesias
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter)

23 September 1943

Madrid, Spain

Virgo

Francis XavierFrancis Xavier
(Missionary)

07 April 1506

03 December 1552

Javier

Aries

Joan MiróJoan Miró
(Painter)

20 April 1893

25 December 1983

Barcelona

Aries

Pedro AlmodovarPedro Almodovar

25 September 1949

Calzada de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Spain

Libra

Hernando de SotoHernando de Soto
(Explorer)

1500 AD

21 May 1542

Province of Badajoz, Spain

BalboaVasco Núñez de Balboa
(Spanish Explorer)

1475 AD

15 January 1519

Jerez de los Caballeros, Spain

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
(Poet)

05 June 1898

19 August 1936

Fuente Vaqueros

Gemini

AverroesAverroes
(Philosopher)

14 April 1126

10 December 1198

Córdoba

Aries

Plácido DomingoPlacido Domingo
(Tenor & Conductor)

21 January 1941

Madrid, Spain

Aquarius

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
(Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist)

16 December 1863

26 September 1952

Madrid

Sagittarius

Paz VegaPaz Vega
(Actress, Model)

02 January 1976

Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Capricorn

John of the CrossJohn of the Cross
(Roman Catholic Saint)

24 June 1542

14 December 1591

Fontiveros

Cancer

Louis Alphonse, Duke of AnjouLouis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou
(Member of the Royal House of Bourbon)

25 April 1974

Madrid, Spain

Taurus

José CarrerasJosé Carreras
(Opera Singer)

05 December 1946

Barcelona

Sagittarius

Manu RiosManu Rios
(TV Personality)

17 December 1998

Calzada, Calatrava, Spain

Sagittarius

Juan GrisJuan Gris
(Painter)

23 March 1887

11 May 1927

Madrid

Aries

Santiago Ramón y CajalSantiago Ramón y Cajal
(Father of Modern Neuroscience)

01 May 1852

18 October 1934

Petilla de Aragón, Navarre, Spain

Taurus

Andres SegoviaAndres Segovia
(Guitarist)

21 February 1893

02 June 1987

Linares, Jaén

Pisces

Saint Ignatius of LoyolaSaint Ignatius of Loyola
(Priest)

23 October 1491

31 July 1556

Azpeitia

Libra

Pablo CasalsPablo Casals
(Musician)

29 December 1876

27 October 1973

El Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain

Capricorn

Manuel de FallaManuel de Falla
(Classical music composer)

23 November 1876

14 November 1946

Cadiz

Sagittarius

Miguel de UnamunoMiguel de Unamuno
(Writer)

29 September 1864

31 December 1936

Bilbao

Libra

Isaac AlbenizIsaac Albeniz
(Composer)

29 May 1860

18 May 1909

Camprodon

Gemini

Pedro de AlvaradoPedro de Alvarado
(Explorers)

1485 AD

04 July 1541

Badajoz

Francisco Vásquez de CoronadoFrancisco Vásquez de Coronado
(Explorers)

1510 AD

22 September 1554

Salamanca

Enrique GranadosEnrique Granados
(Pianist and Composer)

27 July 1867

24 March 1916

Lleida

Leo

Tomas Luis De VictoriaTomas Luis De Victoria
(Composer, Singer and Organist)

1548 AD

20 August 1611

Sanchidrián

Severo OchoaSevero Ochoa
(Physician and Biochemist)

14 September 1905

01 November 1993

Luarca, Spain

Virgo

Peter of CastilePeter of Castile
(King of Castile and León)

30 August 1334

23 March 1369

Burgos

Virgo

Juan Carlos I of SpainJuan Carlos I
(Former King of Spain (1975-2014))

05 January 1938

Rome

Capricorn

Camilo José CelaCamilo José Cela
(Writer)

11 May 1916

17 January 2002

Iria Flavia

Taurus

Mario SelmanMario Selman
(Social Media Personality and Musical.ly Star)

21 December 1999

Chile

Sagittarius

Clara AlonsoClara Alonso
(Fashion Model)

21 September 1987

Madrid

Virgo

Rafael AlbertiRafael Alberti
(Poet)

16 December 1902

28 October 1999

El Puerto de Santa María

Sagittarius

Abbas Ibn FirnasAbbas Ibn Firnas
(Polymath)

0810 AD

0887 AD

Izn-Rand Onda (Ronda), Al-Andalus

Saint Teresa of AvilaSaint Teresa of Avila
(Saint)

28 March 1515

04 October 1582

Gotarrendura

Aries

Astrid Berges-Frisbey Astrid Berges-Frisbey
(Actress, Model)

26 May 1986

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Gemini

Elvira LindoElvira Lindo
(Journalist)

23 January 1962

Cádiz

Aquarius

Millie Bobby BrownMillie Bobby Brown
(Actress)

19 February 2004

Marbella, Spain

Aquarius

Stella BanderasStella Banderas
(Actress)

24 September 1996

Marbella, Spain

Libra

St Ignatius of LoyolaSt Ignatius of Loyola
(Priest and Soldier)

24 December 1491

31 July 1556

Azpeitia

Capricorn

El RubiusEl Rubius
(YouTube Celebrity & Social Media Sensation)

13 February 1990

Mijas, Spain

Aquarius

Pep GuardiolaPep Guardiola
(Association football player, Association football manager)

18 January 1971

Santpedor

Capricorn

Elsa PatakyElsa Pataky
(Actor, Film producer, Model, Singer)

18 July 1976

Madrid

Cancer

Pau GasolPau Gasol
(Basketball player, Actor)

06 July 1980

Barcelona

Cancer

Iker CasillasIker Casillas
(Association football player)

20 May 1981

Móstoles

Taurus

Diego CostaDiego Costa
(Association football player)

07 October 1988

Barcelona

Libra

Olivier MartinezOlivier Martinez
(Actor)

12 January 1966

Paris

Capricorn

Rafael BenítezRafael Benítez
(Association football player, Association football manager)

16 April 1960

Madrid

Aries

David VillaDavid Villa
(Association football player)

03 December 1981

Oviedo

Sagittarius

Andrés IniestaAndrés Iniesta
(Association football player)

11 May 1984

Fuentealbilla

Taurus

Juan Carlos I of SpainJuan Carlos I of Spain
(Sovereign)

05 January 1938

Rome

Capricorn

Juan MataJuan Mata
(Association football player)

28 April 1988

Villafranca Montes de Oca

Taurus

Roberto AlomarRoberto Alomar
(Baseball player)

05 February 1968

Ponce, Puerto Rico

Aquarius

Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
(Association football player)

25 November 1981

Tolosa

Sagittarius

Teresa of ÁvilaTeresa of Ávila
(Philosopher, Writer, Cleric)

28 March 1515

Gotarrendura

Aries

Oona ChaplinOona Chaplin
(Actor, Film actor, Television actor)

04 June 1986

Madrid

Gemini

MichuMichu
(Association football player)

21 March 1986

Oviedo

Aries

Amancio Ortega GaonaAmancio Ortega Gaona

28 March 1936

Province of León

Aries

Jean RenoJean Reno
(Film actor, Actor)

30 July 1948

Casablanca

Leo

Jorge PosadaJorge Posada
(Baseball catcher)

17 August 1971

Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Leo

Sergio RamosSergio Ramos
(Association football player)

30 March 1986

Camas, Seville

Aries

Diego BonetaDiego Boneta
(Actor, Singer, Association football player, Television actor)

29 November 1990

Mexico City

Sagittarius

Seneca the YoungerSeneca the Younger
(Roman statesman)

29 February 0004

0065 AD

Córdoba, Spain

Pisces

Bartolomé de las CasasBartolomé de las Casas
(Historian)

11 November 1484

18 July 1566

Seville, Spain

Scorpio

Denis CheryshevDenis Cheryshev
(Association football player)

26 December 1990

Nizhny Novgorod

Capricorn

David de GeaDavid de Gea
(Association football player)

07 November 1990

Madrid

Scorpio

El GrecoEl Greco
(Painter)

1541 AD

07 April 1614

Heraklion, Greece

Alfredo Di StéfanoAlfredo Di Stéfano
(Association football player, Association football manager)

04 July 1926

07 July 2014

Buenos Aires

Cancer

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

22 February 1900

29 July 1983

Calanda

Pisces

Ferdinand II of AragonFerdinand II of Aragon

10 March 1452

25 January 1516

Sos del Rey Católico

Pisces

Cesar MillanCesar Millan
(Animal trainer, Writer, Cynologist)

27 August 1969

San Salvador

Virgo

Manuel VallsManuel Valls
(Politician)

13 August 1962

Barcelona

Leo

Juande RamosJuande Ramos
(Association football player, Association football manager)

25 September 1954

Pedro Muñoz

Libra

Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
(Association football player)

13 December 1984

Llanera

Sagittarius

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de VacaÁlvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
(explorer, writer)

1490 AD

1559 AD

Jerez de la Frontera

Spain also produced some of the major writers of the 20th century like Camilo José Cela and Miguel Delibes. The Spanish are known for their love of music and it is not surprising that several great composers like Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla and Enrique Granados were born in Spain. The contemporary Spaniards too uphold the rich traditions their forefathers were famous for.

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