Uruguayan

Squeezed between the European countries of Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay has always been deemed as an underdog by rest of the world. However, after thriving under the shadows of its two powerful neighbors, Uruguay, South America’s smallest country, has finally succeeded to find its place under the sun. Dynamic, safe, and sophisticated, Uruguay has plenty of opportunities and experiences to offer to its visitors. But that is not the sole unique selling point of Uruguay. To tell the truth, the ingenious, extraordinary men and women are the real asset of Uruguay. Diego Forlan, Carlos Gardel, Juan Carlos Onetti, Horacio Quiroga, Jose Gervasio Artigas, Barbara Mori, Cristina Perri Rosi, and Jorge Drexler are just some of the exemplary Uruguayans the world looks up to. Join us as we explore the legendary Uruguayans — the rich, the famous, and the extraordinarily talented men and women whose biographies will surely serve as an inspiration to many. All said, their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts is worth your perusal.

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 1 Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: January 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay

Controversy’s favorite child Uruguayan professional Luis Suarez has been in the news for an infamous handball and also for biting opponents. He now plays for Atlético Madrid and has previously represented Barcelona and Liverpool, winning 19 trophies in his career to date. He is Uruguay's leading goalscorer of all time.

 2 Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay

Uruguayan footballer, Edinson Cavani, is the second-most highest scorer among Uruguayan internationals, next only to Luis Suarez. During his time in Italy, he was called El Matador for his composure while scoring goals. Although considered one of the best strikers of his generation, Cavani has been criticized for his relatively poor performance in important games.

 3 José Mujica

José Mujica
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Uruguay
Birthdate: May 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montevideo

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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 4 Diego Forlán

Diego Forlán
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 5 Diego Godín

Diego Godín
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rosario, Uruguay

 6 Martín Cáceres

Martín Cáceres
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Uruguayan footballer
Birthdate: April 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo

 7 Natalia Oreiro

Natalia Oreiro
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Villa del Cerro, Montevideo, Uruguay
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 8 Natalia Cigliuti

Natalia Cigliuti
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 9 Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
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.

 10 Fernando Muslera

Fernando Muslera
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo

 11 Luis Suárez Miramontes

Luis Suárez Miramontes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer Attacking Midfielder
Birthdate: May 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

 12 Álvaro Recoba

Álvaro Recoba
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player - Attacking midfielder, forward
Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 13 Pablo Cuevas

Pablo Cuevas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Concordia, Argentina

 14 Sebastián Abreu

Sebastián Abreu
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minas

 15 Mario Benedetti

Mario Benedetti
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Journalist, Novelist and Poet
Birthdate: September 14, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paso de los Toros, Uruguay
Died: May 17, 2009

 16 Horacio Quiroga

Horacio Quiroga
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: December 31, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay
Died: February 19, 1937

 17 Nicolás Lodeiro

Nicolás Lodeiro
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paysandú

 18 Diego Lugano

Diego Lugano
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canelones

 19 Jorge Drexler

Jorge Drexler
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

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.

 20 Angel Bonanni

Angel Bonanni
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

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.

 21 Kenya Mori

Kenya Mori
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 22 Gabriela Hearst

Gabriela Hearst
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Women's luxury ready-to-wear and Accessories designer
Birthdate: November 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uruguay

 23 Luisel Ramos

Luisel Ramos
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: August 2, 2006

 24 Paolo Montero

Paolo Montero
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo

 25 Jayson Granger

Jayson Granger
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 26 Lucia Topolansky

Lucia Topolansky
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of the Senate of Uruguay
Birthdate: September 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 27 Lorena Ponce de Leon

Lorena Ponce de Leon
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 28 Juan Alberto Schiaffino

Juan Alberto Schiaffino
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: November 13, 2002

 29 José Gervasio Artigas

José Gervasio Artigas
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Military general
Birthdate: June 19, 1764
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: September 23, 1850

 30 Alcides Ghiggia

Alcides Ghiggia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: December 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo
Died: July 16, 2015

 31 Alfredo Evangelista

Alfredo Evangelista
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 32 Chris Namus

Chris Namus
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 33 Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football manager
Birthdate: November 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 34 Sebastián Coates

Sebastián Coates
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo

 35 Erwin Schrott

Erwin Schrott
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Bass-baritone
Birthdate: December 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: tevideo, Uruguay

 36 Gonzalo Rodríguez

Gonzalo Rodríguez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo
Died: September 11, 1999

 37 Diego Laxalt

Diego Laxalt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo

 38 Enzo Francescoli

Enzo Francescoli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 39 Tabaré Vázquez

Tabaré Vázquez
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Uruguay (2005-10, 2015-20)
Birthdate: January 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
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.

 40 Laura Prieto

Laura Prieto
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 41 Martin Mendez

Martin Mendez
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: April 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 42 Santiago Vescovi

Santiago Vescovi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 43 Fede Alvarez

Fede Alvarez
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo

 44 Jorge Fossati

Jorge Fossati
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football manager, Association football player
Birthdate: November 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 45 Rodrigo Mora

Rodrigo Mora
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rivera

 46 Rafael Viñoly

Rafael Viñoly
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 47 Marcelo Buquet

Marcelo Buquet
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 48 Diego Aguirre

Diego Aguirre
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player, Football manager
Birthdate: September 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

 49 Maximiliano Pereira

Maximiliano Pereira
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo

 50 Juan María Bordaberry

Juan María Bordaberry
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: July 17, 2011