Famous Sri Lankan Men

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Muttiah Muralitharan
(Sri Lankan Cricket Coach and Former Professional Cricketer)
Muttiah Muralitharan
48
Birthdate: April 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kandy, Dominion of Ceylon Ceylon
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Kumar Sangakkara
(Sri Lankan Former Professional Cricketer)
Kumar Sangakkara
32
Birthdate: October 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Matale, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Lasith Malinga
(Sri Lankan Former Cricketer and One of the Greatest Limited Overs Bowlers of All Time)
Lasith Malinga
14
Birthdate: August 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galle, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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 4 
Sanath Jayasuriya
(Sri Lankan Former Cricketer)
Sanath Jayasuriya
9
Birthdate: June 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Matara, Sri Lanka Matara, Dominion of Ceylon Ceylon
 5 
Michael Ondaatje
(Canada's Most Renowned Living Authors)
Michael Ondaatje
6
Birthdate: September 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombo, 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. 

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Aravinda de Silva
(Former Sri Lankan Cricketer and Captain)
Aravinda de Silva
7
Birthdate: October 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 7 
Tillakaratne Dilshan
(Sri Lankan Former Cricketer and One of the Most Innovative Players of All Time)
Tillakaratne Dilshan
9
Birthdate: October 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 8 
Angelo Mathews
(Sri Lankan Professional Cricketer)
Angelo Mathews
8
Birthdate: June 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 9 
Ranil Wickremasinghe
(9th President of Sri Lanka)
Ranil Wickremasinghe
58
Birthdate: March 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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.

 10 
Ranasinghe Premadasa
(Third President of Sri Lanka)
Ranasinghe Premadasa
14
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.

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 11 
Arjuna Ranatunga
(Sri Lankan Former Cricketer and Politician)
Arjuna Ranatunga
8
Birthdate: December 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gampaha, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 12 
Ananda Coomaraswamy
(Metaphysician, Historian and a Celebrated Philosopher of Indian art)
Ananda Coomaraswamy
4
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.

 13 
Mahela Jayawardene
(First Sri Lankan in the History of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup to Score a Century)
Mahela Jayawardene
0
Birthdate: May 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Arul Pragasam
(Sri Lankan Tamil Activist and Revolutionary)
Arul Pragasam
4
Birthdate: April 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Died: December 3, 2019

Arul Pragasam was a Sri Lankan Tamil activist and revolutionary. He played an important role in the formation of the Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students during the Tamil independence movements in England. The movement, which originated in Sri Lanka, aimed at securing an independent Tamil state in the island country due to the oppression of Sri Lankan-Tamils by the government.

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Ajantha Mendis
(Sri Lankan Former International Cricketer)
Ajantha Mendis
5
Birthdate: March 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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J. R. Jayewardene
(2nd President of Sri Lanka (1978-1989), 7th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1977-1978))
J. R. Jayewardene
8
Birthdate: September 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
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.

 17 
Anagarika Dharmapala
(Writer)
Anagarika Dharmapala
13
Birthdate: September 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Matara, Sri Lanka
Died: April 29, 1933
 18 
D. S. Senanayake
(First Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)
D. S. Senanayake
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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.

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S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
(Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer)
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
7
Birthdate: January 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colombo
Died: September 26, 1959
 20 
C. W. W. Kannangara
(Sri Lankan Politician Who Played an Important Role in the Sri Lankan Independence Movement)
C. W. W. Kannangara
10
Birthdate: October 13, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: September 23, 1969

C. W. W. Kannangara was a Sri Lankan politician and lawyer. He played an important role in the Sri Lankan independence movement, a peaceful political movement aimed at achieving freedom from the British Empire. As a lawyer, C. W. W. Kannangara defended many political prisoners during the Riots of 1915 and later served as the President of Ceylon National Congress.

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Dinesh Kanagaratnam
(Singer)
Dinesh Kanagaratnam
2
Birthdate: August 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Badulla, Sri Lanka
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Kusal Mendis
(Sri Lankan Professional Cricketer)
Kusal Mendis
5
Birthdate: February 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
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Duṭṭhagāmaṇī
(King)
Duṭṭhagāmaṇī
3
Birthplace: Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Died: 0137 AD
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Marvan Atapattu
(Sri Lankan Cricket Coach and Former Cricketer)
Marvan Atapattu
8
Birthdate: November 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kalutara, Dominion of Ceylon Ceylon
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Kusal Perera
(Sri Lankan Professional Cricketer)
Kusal Perera
3
Birthdate: August 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kalubowila, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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W. D. Amaradeva
(Singer, Composer)
W. D. Amaradeva
4
Birthdate: December 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Died: November 3, 2016
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Dinesh Chandimal
(Sri Lankan Professional Cricketer)
Dinesh Chandimal
6
Birthdate: November 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
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Dhananjaya de Silva
(Sri Lankan Professional Cricketer)
Dhananjaya de Silva
5
Birthdate: September 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Chandran Rutnam
(Film director and producer, Screenwriter)
Chandran Rutnam
1
Birthdate: July 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
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Mahinda Rajapaksa
(President of Sri Lanka)
Mahinda Rajapaksa
43
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. 
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Sarath Fonseka
(Former Chief of the Defence Staff of Sri Lanka)
Sarath Fonseka
3
Birthdate: December 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ambalangoda

Sarath Fonseka is a Sri Lankan former politician and army officer. He served as the Commander of Sri Lanka Army during the Sri Lankan Civil War and is credited with ending the 26-year war in 2009 by defeating Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. After serving as the Commander, Sarath Fonseka briefly served as Chief of the Defence Staff in 2009.

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Ranjan Ramanayake
(One of the Most Popular and Celebrated Sri Lankan Actors of His Generation)
Ranjan Ramanayake
3
Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Negombo, Sri Lanka

Ranjan Ramanayake is a Sri Lankan former politician, film director, actor, script writer, and singer. He achieved immense popularity during the 1990s, when he appeared in many Sinhala language films. One of the most popular and celebrated Sri Lankan actors of his generation, Ranjan Ramanayake has won numerous awards, including nine Sarasaviya Awards.

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Parākramabāhu I
(King)
Parākramabāhu I
4
Birthdate: 1123 AD
Birthplace: Punkhagama, Lanka
Died: 1186 AD
 34 
Bernard White
(Actor)
Bernard White
2
Birthdate: June 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
 35 
Jackson Anthony
(Actor)
Jackson Anthony
3
Birthdate: July 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Podiwee Kumbura, Ragama, Sri Lanka
 36 
Thisara Perera
(Sri Lankan International Cricketer)
Thisara Perera
5
Birthdate: April 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 37 
Mahinda
(Monk)
Mahinda
3
Birthdate: 0285 AD
Birthplace: Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: 0205 AD
 38 
Maithripala Sirisena
(President of Sri Lanka)
Maithripala Sirisena
16
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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Akila Dananjaya
(Sri Lankan Professional Cricketer)
Akila Dananjaya
2
Birthdate: March 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panadura, Sri Lanka
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Duncan White
(Athlete)
Duncan White
1
Birthdate: March 1, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lathpandura, Kalutara, Basnahira, Srilanka
Died: July 3, 1998
 41 
H. Saint John Philby
(Explorer)
H. Saint John Philby
3
Birthdate: April 3, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Badulla, Sri Lanka
Died: September 30, 1960
 42 
Henepola Gunaratana
(Monk)
Henepola Gunaratana
1
Birthdate: December 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Henepola, Sri Lanka
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Suranga Lakmal
(Sri Lankan Professional Cricketer)
Suranga Lakmal
2
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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H. R. Jothipala
(Singer)
H. R. Jothipala
0
Birthdate: February 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dematagoda, Sri Lanka
Died: July 7, 1987
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Hemal Ranasinghe
(Actor, Model)
Hemal Ranasinghe
2
Birthdate: August 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Matale, Sri Lanka
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Henry Montgomery Lawrence
(Surveyor in British India Who Founded Military-Style Boarding Schools in India)
Henry Montgomery Lawrence
2
Birthdate: June 28, 1806
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Matara, Sri Lanka
Died: July 4, 1857

Henry Montgomery Lawrence was a British statesman, administrator, military officer, and surveyor in British India. He is best remembered for founding The Lawrence Military Asylums, a series of military-style boarding schools. Three of these schools exist today in present-day India and Pakistan.

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Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
(Former President & Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)
Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
1
Birthdate: February 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Polgahanga, Sri Lanka
Died: September 21, 2008

Dingiri Banda Wijetunga was a Sri Lankan political leader best remembered for his service as the President of Sri Lanka from 1993 to 1994. An influential politician, he also served as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 1989 to 1993. In 1993, Dingiri Banda Wijetunga was honored with the prestigious Sri Lankabhimanya, Sri Lanka's highest civilian honor.

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Kasun Kalhara
(Singer)
Kasun Kalhara
2
Birthdate: November 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka
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J.B. Jeyaretnam
(Sri Lankan-born Singaporean Lawyer, Politician, and Judge)
J.B. Jeyaretnam
3
Birthdate: January 5, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Died: September 30, 2008

J.B. Jeyaretnam was a Sri Lankan-born Singaporean lawyer, politician, and judge. He is best remembered for his association with the Workers' Party, where he served as Secretary-General from 1971 to 2001. In 2008, J.B. Jeyaretnam also served briefly as the Secretary-General of the Reform Party.

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Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera
(Writer, Monk)
Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera
0
Birthdate: 1408 AD
Birthplace: Kegalle, Sri Lanka
Died: 1491 AD