List of Famous people born in Costa Rica

Famous People
Names and Surnames

Harry Shum

First Name Harry
Last Name Shum
Born on April 28, 1982 (age 40)

Harry Shum Jr. is a Costa Rican-born American actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer. He is best known for his roles as Mike Chang on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015) and as Magnus Bane on the Freeform television series Shadowhunters (2016–2019). He was nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance in Glee, winning once. He won the award for The Male TV Star of 2018 in the E! People's Choice Awards for Shadowhunters.

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Keylor Navas

Keilor Antonio Navas Gamboa
First Name Keylor
Born on December 15, 1986 (age 36)
Height 185 cm | 6'1

Keilor Antonio Navas Gamboa, known as Keylor Navas, is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Costa Rica national team.

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Joel Campbell

Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels
First Name Joel
Last Name Campbell
Born on June 26, 1992 (age 30)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a forward and winger for Liga MX club León and the Costa Rica national team.

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Francisco Fonseca

First Name Francisco
Last Name Fonseca
Born on January 24, 1994 (age 29)

Francisco Hernan Fonseca Lira is a Nicaraguan professional boxer. He has challenged twice for the IBF super featherweight title in 2017 and 2018.

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Bryan Ruiz

First Name Bryan
Last Name Ruiz
Born on August 18, 1985 (age 37)
Height 188 cm | 6'2

Bryan Jafet Ruiz González is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Alajuelense and the Costa Rica national team, whom he also captains. A left-footed attacking midfielder, he can also play as a second striker.

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Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz

Franklin Ramón Chang-Díaz
First Name Franklin
Last Name Díaz
Born on April 5, 1950 (age 72)

Franklin Ramón Chang-Díaz is a Costa Rican-born American mechanical engineer, physicist and former NASA astronaut. He is the sole founder and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company as well as a member of Cummins' board of directors. He became an American citizen in 1977.

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Gabriel Badilla

First Name Gabriel
Last Name Badilla
Born on June 30, 1984
Died on November 20, 2016 (aged 32)
Height 180 cm | 5'11

Gabriel Badilla Segura was a Costa Rican footballer who played as a defender.

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Carlos Alvarado Quesada

First Name Carlos
Last Name Quesada
Born on January 14, 1980 (age 43)

Carlos Andrés Alvarado Quesada is a Costa Rican politician, writer, journalist and political scientist, who is currently serving as the 48th President of Costa Rica. A member of the center-left Citizens' Action Party (PAC), Alvarado was previously Minister of Labor and Social Security during the Presidency of Luis Guillermo Solís.

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Paulo Wanchope

First Name Paulo
Last Name Wanchope
Born on July 31, 1976 (age 46)
Height 191 cm | 6'3

Paulo César Wanchope Watson, more commonly known as Paulo Wanchope, is a Costa Rican former footballer and former Head Coach of the Costa Rica national football team.

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Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz

Gerardo Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz
First Name Fabricio
Born on May 30, 1974 (age 48)

Fabricio Gerardo Alvarado Muñoz is a Costa Rican politician, singer and undergraduate journalist. He was once a deputy in the Legislative Assembly, representing the San José Province. He is also a musician, having released a number of songs in the Christian genre. A member of the conservative National Restoration Party he was also the party's presidential nominee for the 2018 general election, ultimately losing to Carlos Alvarado Quesada. According to the BBC, his campaign gained in popularity because of his opposition to same-sex marriage. Alvarado Muñoz is a devout Evangelical Christian. On 23 October 2018 Alvarado announced his resignation to National Restoration Party and the start of a new party named New Republic. His campaign is under investigation by the Ministerio Público after the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones reported that it had found three providers of services on the elections that had been paid by cash, something that is illegal in Costa Rica.

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Giannina Facio

First Name Giannina
Born on September 10, 1955 (age 67)

Giannina Facio, Lady Scott, is a Costa Rican actress and producer who has appeared in a number of films, especially those of her husband, British film director and producer Sir Ridley Scott. She first worked with Scott on White Squall and has been his partner since Hannibal. Gladiator was the first of two films in which she plays the wife of Russell Crowe's character, the other being Body of Lies. Since White Squall, Facio has made appearances in all of Scott's films except for American Gangster, The Martian and Alien: Covenant.

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Cristian Gamboa

Cristian Esteban Gamboa Luna, commonly known as Cristian Gamboa, is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a right-back for VfL Bochum.

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Rafael Rojas Morales

Rafael Humberto Rojas Morales
First Name Rafael
Last Name Morales
Born on April 16, 1961 (age 61)

Rafael Rojas is a former male fashion model and actor of telenovelas and the cinema of Mexico.

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Juan Mora Fernández

First Name Juan
Last Name Fernández
Born on June 12, 1784
Died on December 16, 1854 (aged 70)

Juan Mora Fernández was Costa Rica's first elected head of state. He was considered a liberal and decided to move the capital from Cartago to Puntarenas. Juan Mora was elected as the first head of state in 1825. He is remembered for instituting land reform, and he followed a progressive course. As a consequence of his land reform structure, he inadvertently created an elite class of powerful coffee barons. The barons eventually overthrew one of his later successors, José María Alfaro Zamora.

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Ian Smith

Ian Rey Smith Quirós
First Name Ian
Last Name Smith
Born on March 6, 1998 (age 25)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Ian Rey Smith Quirós is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a right back for Costa Rican club Alajuelense.

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Bryan Oviedo

Bryan Josué Oviedo Jiménez
First Name Bryan
Last Name Oviedo
Born on February 18, 1990 (age 33)
Height 172 cm | 5'8

Bryan Josué Oviedo Jiménez is a Costa Rican footballer who plays left back for Danish Superliga club Copenhagen.

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Jhonny Acosta

Jhonny Acosta Zamora
First Name Jhonny
Born on July 21, 1983 (age 39)
Height 176 cm | 5'9

Jhonny Acosta Zamora is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a defender for the Costa Rica national team.

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Daniel Zovatto

First Name Daniel
Last Name Zovatto
Born on July 12, 1991 (age 31)

Daniel Zovatto-Blanco is a Costa Rican American film and television actor. Since 2012, he has starred in films of the horror genre, Beneath (2013), It Follows (2014), and Don't Breathe (2016), as well as the romantic comedy Laggies (2014). Zovatto made his television debut in 2014, guest starring in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He has since held recurring roles as Gideon LeMarchal in Revenge (2014), and Jack in Fear the Walking Dead (2016). In 2018 he appeared in one of the lead roles in HBO's Here And Now, and a year later he was cast in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels as the series protagonist, which premiered in 2020.

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José María Figueres Olsen

First Name José
Last Name Olsen
Born on December 24, 1954 (age 68)

José María Figueres Olsen is a Costa Rican businessman and politician. After he left the presidency of Costa Rica in 1998, Figueres has also been involved in global issues such as climate change, sustainable development, and technology. He started his career as an engineer working in agribusiness. After a decade, he entered public service as Minister of Foreign Trade and then Minister of Agriculture. In 1994, he was elected President of Costa Rica, as the nation's youngest elected president of the 20th century. In 2000, he joined the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, and later he worked with Concordia 21 in Madrid. Since 2010, he has been Chairman of the Carbon War Room, an independent non-profit organization focused on the global transition to a low-carbon economy. On 27 March 2012, Sir Richard Branson announced that he was appointed as the new President of the Carbon War Room.

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Javier Tebas Medrano

First Name Javier
Last Name Medrano
Born on July 31, 1962 (age 60)

Javier Tebas Medrano is a Spanish lawyer and the president of Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, the association responsible for administering Spain's two professional football leagues. First elected in April 2013, he was re-elected for a third term in December 2019.

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