List of Famous people born in Guatemala

Famous People
Names and Surnames

Oscar Isaac

Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada
First Name Oscar
Last Name Isaac
Born on March 9, 1979 (age 44)
Height 171 cm | 5'7

Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada is a Guatemalan-American actor who starred in the tragicomedy Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, the crime drama A Most Violent Year (2014), and the science fiction thriller Ex Machina (2014). In 2006, he portrayed Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, in The Nativity Story. He also portrayed José Ramos-Horta, former president of East Timor and co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, in the Australian film Balibo, for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

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Ricardo Arjona

Édgar Ricardo Arjona gramajo
First Name Ricardo
Last Name Arjona
Born on January 19, 1964 (age 59)

Edgar Ricardo Arjona Morales, known as Ricardo Arjona, is a Guatemalan singer-songwriter. Arjona is one of the most successful and best-selling Latin American artists of all time, with more than 80 million records sold. He is often called El Animal Nocturno, thanks to his breakthrough success with his fourth studio album, which bears the same name. His music ranges from ballads to Latin pop, rock, pop rock, Cuban music, and more recently a cappella performances and a mixture of Tejano music and Norteño music, and other Afro-American and Latin sounds. Arjona is noted for his lyrical style, and often addresses topics such as love, sexuality, violence, racism and immigration.

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Miguel Ángel Asturias Rosales

Miguel Ángel Tejada Peñuela
First Name Miguel
Last Name Rosales
Born on October 19, 1899
Died on June 9, 1974 (aged 74)

Miguel Ángel Asturias Rosales was a Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan poet-diplomat, novelist, playwright and journalist. Asturias helped establish Latin American literature's contribution to mainstream Western culture, and at the same time drew attention to the importance of indigenous cultures, especially those of his native Guatemala.

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Otto Pérez Molina

First Name Otto
Last Name Molina
Born on December 1, 1950 (age 72)

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Jimmy Morales

James Ernesto Morales Cabrera
First Name Jimmy
Born on March 18, 1969 (age 54)

Jimmy Morales is a Guatemalan politician, actor and comedian who served as the 50th president of Guatemala from 2016 to 2020.

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Jacobo Árbenz

First Name Jacobo
Born on September 14, 1913
Died on January 27, 1971 (aged 57)

Juan Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán was a Guatemalan military officer and politician who served as the 25th President of Guatemala. He was Minister of National Defense from 1944 to 1951, and the second democratically elected President of Guatemala, from 1951 to 1954. He was a major figure in the ten-year Guatemalan Revolution, which represented some of the few years of representative democracy in Guatemalan history. The landmark program of agrarian reform Árbenz enacted as president was very influential across Latin America.

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José María Reina Barrios

First Name José
Last Name Barrios
Born on December 24, 1854
Died on February 8, 1898 (aged 43)

José María Reyna Barrios was President of Guatemala from 15 March 1892 until his death on 8 February 1898. He was born in San Marcos, Guatemala and was nicknamed Reynita, the diminutive form, because of his short stature.

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Alejandro Giammattei

First Name Alejandro
Last Name Giammattei
Born on March 9, 1956 (age 67)

Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei Falla is a Guatemalan politician who is the incumbent President of Guatemala. He is a former director of the Guatemalan penitentiary system and participated in Guatemala's presidential elections in 2007, 2011, and 2015. He won in the 2019 election and assumed office on January 14, 2020.

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Kevin Cordón

First Name Kevin
Last Name Cordón
Born on November 28, 1986 (age 36)

Kevin Haroldo Cordón Buezo is a Guatemalan badminton player.

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Concepción Ramírez

First Name Concepción
Last Name Ramírez
Born on March 8, 1942
Died on September 10, 2021 (aged 79)

María de la Concepción Ramírez Mendoza was a peace activist from Guatemala and whose portrait appears on the Guatemalan 25 centavo coin, known as the choca.

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Rigoberta Menchú

First Name Rigoberta
Born on January 9, 1959 (age 64)

Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a K'iche' Indigenous feminist and human rights activist from Guatemala. Menchú has dedicated her life to publicizing the rights of Guatemala's Indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996), and to promoting Indigenous rights internationally.

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Carlos Castillo Armas

Carlos Alberto Castillo Armas
First Name Carlos
Last Name Armas
Born on November 4, 1914
Died on July 26, 1957 (aged 42)
Born in Guatemala

Carlos Castillo Armas was a Guatemalan military officer and politician who was the 28th president of Guatemala, serving from 1954 to 1957 after taking power in a coup d'état. A member of the right-wing National Liberation Movement (MLN) party, his authoritarian government was closely allied with the United States.

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Carlos Ruiz

Carlos Humberto Ruiz Gutiérrez
First Name Carlos
Last Name Ruiz
Born on September 15, 1979 (age 43)
Height 175 cm | 5'9

Carlos Humberto Ruiz Gutiérrez, initially nicknamed El Pescadito but gradually known as just Pescado or "Fish", is a retired Guatemalan footballer. A product of CSD Municipal's youth academy, Ruiz has played for five MLS clubs, scoring 88 goals in 182 MLS regular-season matches and 16 goals in the post-season, which is the record for the most post-season goals in MLS history. In 2002, he was named the MLS's Most Valuable Player of the season.

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Álvaro Enrique Arzú Irigoyen

First Name Álvaro
Last Name Irigoyen
Born on March 14, 1946
Died on April 27, 2018 (aged 72)

Álvaro Enrique Arzú Yrigoyen was a Guatemalan politician who was the 32nd President of Guatemala from 14 January 1996 until 14 January 2000. He was elected Mayor of Guatemala City on six occasions: in 1982, when he declined taking office because of a coup d'état; in 1986; in 2003, after serving as president; in 2007; in 2011, and in 2015, for a term that would see him die in office.

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Efraín Ríos Montt

First Name Efraín
Born on June 16, 1926
Died on April 1, 2018 (aged 91)

José Efraín Ríos Montt was a Guatemalan general, politician, and war criminal who served as President of Guatemala. Born in Huehuetenango, he was a dictator who took power as a result of a coup d'état on March 23, 1982. He was overthrown by his defense minister, Óscar Humberto Mejía Victores, in another coup d'état on August 8, 1983. In the 2003 presidential elections, Ríos Montt unsuccessfully ran as the candidate of the Guatemalan Republican Front (FRG). In 2007 he returned to public office as a member of Congress, thereby gaining prosecutorial immunity. He was protected from a pair of long-running lawsuits alleging war crimes against him and a number of his former ministers and counselors during their term in the presidential palace in 1982–83. His immunity ended on January 14, 2012, with the end of his term in legislative office. On January 26, 2012, he appeared in court in Guatemala and was formally indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity.

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Margarita Carrera

First Name Margarita
Born on September 16, 1929
Died on March 31, 2018 (aged 88)

Margarita Carrera Molina was a Guatemalan philosopher, professor and writer. She was a member of the Academia Guatemalteca de la Lengua and the 1996 laureate of the Miguel Ángel Asturias National Prize in Literature.

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Sandra Torres

First Name Sandra
Last Name Torres
Born on October 5, 1955 (age 67)

Sandra Julieta Torres Casanova is a Guatemalan politician who was First Lady of Guatemala from 2008 to 2011 and unsuccessful candidate for president in 2015 and 2019.

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Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre

First Name Alejandro
Last Name Aguirre
Born on January 6, 1936 (age 87)

Alejandro Baltazar Maldonado Aguirre is a Guatemalan politician who was the Acting President of Guatemala, following the Congress of Guatemala's acceptance of the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina on September 3, 2015.

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Gloria Álvarez

Gloria Álvarez Cross
First Name Gloria
Last Name Álvarez
Born on March 9, 1985 (age 38)

Gloria Álvarez Cross is a Guatemalan radio and television presenter, author, and libertarian political commentator. She is the host of the Viernes de Gloria radio program in Guatemala. Álvarez is also the program director of the National Civic Movement of Guatemala, an organization that advocates for political participation in the national politics of Guatemala. She has also published books on political topics for a popular audience.

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Cash Luna

Carlos Enrique Luna Arango
First Name Cash
Last Name Luna
Born on March 4, 1962 (age 61)

Carlos Enrique Luna Arango, popularly known as Cash Luna, is a Guatemalan televangelist and faith healer who is the founder and pastor of the Casa de Dios, one of the largest megachurches in Latin America.

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