Famous Sri Lankan Men

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 1 Muttiah Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kandy, Sri Lanka

 2 Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Matale, Sri Lanka

 3 Chamath Palihapitiya

Chamath Palihapitiya
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Famous As: Venture Capitalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Chamath Palihapitiya went from being a Sri Lankan refugee in Canada to a successful venture capitalist. He founded Social Capital and has also worked at Facebook. He was the youngest vice-president of AOL. He co-owns the Golden State Warriors basketball team and has invested in Palantir, Pure Storage, and Playdom.
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 4 Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sri Lanka

Michael Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian poet, writer, and filmmaker. Born in Sri Lanka, he eventually migrated to Canada. He studied at Bishop's University and embarked on a teaching career. His literary works include poems, novels, and essays. He is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the Giller Prize and the Booker Prize. 

 5 Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa
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Famous As: President of Sri Lanka
Birthdate: November 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weeraketiya
The highlight of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political career as the Sri Lankan president was ending the 30-year-old civil war with the Tamil Tigers. The Freedom Party member lost the 2015 election but came back to power as the leader of the Sri Lanka People's Front, becoming the country’s prime minister. 

 6 Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: August 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galle, Sri Lanka
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 7 Maithripala Sirisena

Maithripala Sirisena
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Famous As: President of Sri Lanka
Birthdate: September 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sri Lanka

Former president of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, son of a World War II veteran, first stepped into politics with the Ceylon Communist Party and then led the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. A probe into the 2019 church bombings in Sri Lanka found he had ignored prior hints about the attack.

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 8 Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya
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Famous As: cricketer
Birthdate: June 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Matara, Sri Lanka

 9 Ranasinghe Premadasa

Ranasinghe Premadasa
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Famous As: Third President of Sri Lanka
Birthdate: June 23, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died: May 1, 1993

Ranasinghe Premadasa was a Sri Lankan politician who served as the third president of Sri Lanka from 1989 to 1993. Before serving as the president, Premadasa served as the prime minister of Sri Lanka from 1978 to 1989. In 1986, he became the first Sri Lankan to receive the prestigious Sri Lankabhimanya, the country's highest civilian award.

 10 Angelo Mathews

Angelo Mathews
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Famous As: hews
Birthdate: June 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

 11 Arjuna Ranatunga

Arjuna Ranatunga
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: December 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gampaha

 12 Arul Pragasam

Arul Pragasam
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Birthdate: January 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London

 13 Ranil Wickremasinghe

Ranil Wickremasinghe
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Birthdate: March 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dominion of Ceylon

Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was born into a family of print media moguls and grew up to become an advocate. The United National Party leader had also been in the news for his rounds of peace talks with the LTTE. He is married to academic Maitree Wickremasinghe.

 14 Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Coomaraswamy
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 22, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died: September 9, 1947

Ananda Coomaraswamy was a Ceylonese Tamil philosopher of Indian art, metaphysician, and pioneering historian. He is credited for being one of the earliest interpreters of Indian culture to the West. He is also held responsible for introducing ancient Indian art to the West. Apart from bridging the gap between East and West, Coomaraswamy's works also aimed at rehabilitating original Buddhism.

 15 Anagarika Dharmapala

Anagarika Dharmapala
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Matara, Sri Lanka
Died: April 29, 1933

 16 Ajantha Mendis

Ajantha Mendis
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: March 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moratuwa

 17 Aravinda de Silva

Aravinda de Silva
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: October 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Colombo

 18 D. S. Senanayake

D. S. Senanayake
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Famous As: First Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Birthdate: October 20, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mirigama
Died: March 22, 1952

Sri Lanka’s first prime minister, D. S. Senanayake, was the son of a plantation owner and graphite miner and was raised as a devout Buddhist. An amateur cricketer in school, he later took to rubber planting and formed the cooperative-society movement. He rejected the honor of a knighthood.

 19 J. R. Jayewardene

J. R. Jayewardene
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Famous As: Former President of Sri Lanka
Birthdate: September 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombo
Died: November 1, 1996

J. R. Jayewardene was a Sri Lankan politician and leader. He served as the prime minister of Sri Lanka from 1977 to 1978 and then went on to serve as the country's second president from 1978 to 1989. A controversial figure, Jayewardene's actions have been recognized as a contributing factor to the commencement of the Sri Lankan Civil War.

 20 Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: February 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

 21 Tillakaratne Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kalutara

 22 Bernard White

Bernard White
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

 23 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike

S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
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Famous As: Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colombo
Died: September 26, 1959

 24 Velupillai Prabhakaran

Velupillai Prabhakaran
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Birthdate: November 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valvettithurai
Died: May 19, 2009

 25 Dhananjaya de Silva

Dhananjaya de Silva
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: September 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hambantota

 26 Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: August 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kalubowila

 27 W. D. Amaradeva

W. D. Amaradeva
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: December 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Died: November 3, 2016

 28 Thisara Perera

Thisara Perera
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: April 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colombo

 29 Duṭṭhagāmaṇī

Duṭṭhagāmaṇī
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Died: 0137 AD

 30 C. W. W. Kannangara

C. W. W. Kannangara
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Famous As: Diplomat, Politician
Birthdate: October 13, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: September 23, 1969

 31 Dinesh Kanagaratnam

Dinesh Kanagaratnam
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Badulla, Sri Lanka

 32 Sarath Fonseka

Sarath Fonseka
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ambalangoda

 33 Marvan Atapattu

Marvan Atapattu
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: November 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kalutara

 34 Jackson Anthony

Jackson Anthony
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Podiwee Kumbura, Ragama, Sri Lanka

 35 Chandran Rutnam

Chandran Rutnam
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Famous As: Film director and producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sri Lanka

 36 Dinesh Chandimal

Dinesh Chandimal
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: November 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Balapitiya

 37 Ranjan Ramanayake

Ranjan Ramanayake
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Famous As: Actor, Politician
Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Negombo, Sri Lanka

 38 S. Mahinda

S. Mahinda
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Famous As: Monk, Writer
Birthdate: 1901 AD
Birthplace: Gangtok, Sikkim, India
Died: March 16, 1951

 39 Hemal Ranasinghe

Hemal Ranasinghe
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: August 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Matale, Sri Lanka

 40 H. Saint John Philby

H. Saint John Philby
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: April 3, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Badulla, Sri Lanka
Died: September 30, 1960

 41 Sunil Weeramantry

Sunil Weeramantry
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: September 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sri Lanka

 42 Suranga Lakmal

Suranga Lakmal
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Matara

 43 Saranga Disasekara

Saranga Disasekara
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kalubowila, Sri Lanka

 44 Duncan White

Duncan White
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 1, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lathpandura, Kalutara, Basnahira, Srilanka
Died: July 3, 1998

 45 J.B. Jeyaretnam

J.B. Jeyaretnam
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 5, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: September 30, 2008

 46 Vijaya Kumaratunga

Vijaya Kumaratunga
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka
Died: February 16, 1988

 47 Akila Dananjaya

Akila Dananjaya
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Famous As: Sri Lankan cricketer
Birthdate: October 4, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Panadura

 48 Parākramabāhu I

Parākramabāhu I
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1123 AD
Birthplace: Punkhagama, Lanka
Died: 1186 AD

 49 Thileepan

Thileepan
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: November 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Died: September 26, 1987

 50 Mahinda

Mahinda
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Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 0285 AD
Birthplace: Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: 0205 AD