List of Famous people born in Panama

John McCain

John Sidney McCain III
First Name John
Last Name McCain
Born on August 29, 1936
Died on August 25, 2018 (aged 81)
Height 175 cm | 5'9

John Sidney McCain III was an American statesman and United States Navy officer who served as a United States Senator for Arizona from 1987 until his death in 2018. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for president of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama.

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Jordana Brewster

First Name Jordana
Last Name Brewster
Born on April 26, 1980 (age 42)
Height 169 cm | 5'7

Jordana Brewster is an American actress and model. She made her acting debut in an episode of All My Children in 1995 and next took on the recurring role as Nikki Munson in As the World Turns, garnering a nomination for Outstanding Teen Performer at the 1997 Soap Opera Digest Award. Her first role in a feature film was in Robert Rodriguez's horror science fiction The Faculty (1998).

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Rubén Blades

Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna
First Name Rubén
Last Name Blades
Born on July 16, 1948 (age 74)
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna, known professionally as Rubén Blades, is a Panamanian musician, singer, composer, actor, activist, and politician, performing musically most often in the salsa, and Latin jazz genres. As a songwriter, Blades brought the lyrical sophistication of Central American nueva canción and Cuban nueva trova as well as experimental tempos and politically inspired Son Cubano salsa to his music, creating "thinking persons' (salsa) dance music". Blades has written dozens of hit songs, including "Pedro Navaja" and "El Cantante". He has won nine Grammy Awards out of seventeen nominations and five Latin Grammy Awards.

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Roberto Durán

First Name Roberto
Last Name Durán
Born on June 16, 1951 (age 71)
Height 170 cm | 5'7

Roberto Durán Samaniego is a Panamanian former professional boxer who competed from 1968 to 2001. He held world championships in four weight classes: lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight, as well as reigns as the undisputed and lineal lightweight champion, and the lineal welterweight champion. He is also the second boxer to have competed over a span of five decades, the first being Jack Johnson. Durán was known as a versatile, technical brawler and pressure fighter, which earned him the nickname of "Manos de Piedra" for his formidable punching power and excellent defense.

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Miguel Bosé

Luis Miguel Luchino González Bosè Lucas Borloni
First Name Miguel
Last Name Bosé
Born on April 3, 1956 (age 66)

Luis Miguel González Bosé, usually known as Miguel Bosé, is a Spanish pop new wave musician and actor.

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Manuel Noriega

Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno
First Name Manuel
Last Name Noriega
Born on February 11, 1934
Died on May 29, 2017 (aged 83)

Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno was a Panamanian politician and military officer who was the de facto ruler of Panama from 1983 to 1989. An authoritarian ruler who amassed a personal fortune through drug trafficking operations, he had longstanding ties to United States intelligence agencies before the U.S. invasion of Panama removed him from power.

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Mariano Rivera

First Name Mariano
Last Name Rivera
Born on November 29, 1969 (age 53)

Mariano Rivera is a Panamanian-American former professional baseball pitcher who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, from 1995 to 2013. Nicknamed "Mo" and "Sandman", he spent most of his career as a relief pitcher and served as the Yankees' closer for 17 seasons. A thirteen-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is MLB's career leader in saves (652) and games finished (952). Rivera won five American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Awards and three Delivery Man of the Year Awards, and he finished in the top three in voting for the AL Cy Young Award four times. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its class of 2019 in his first year of eligibility, and was the first player ever to be elected unanimously by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).

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El General

First Name El
Last Name General
Born on September 27, 1969 (age 53)

Edgardo Armando Franco, better known as El General, is a Panamanian former reggae artist considered by some to be one of the fathers of "Reggae Español". During the early 1990s, he was one of the artists who initiated the Spanish-language dancehall variety of reggae music. Early examples of this were the international and somewhat mainstream songs, "Te Ves Buena" and "Tu Pum Pum". Both songs, performed in Spanish deejaying style, were very successful in North America. After getting his foot in the door of the commercial market, many other Spanish-language dancehall reggae artists became famous in the mainstream as well. He has a unique, easy to listen to style of dance music and has produced many well-known songs all over Latin America. His musical works have become popular in Latin America over the last few years. This style is called reggae en Español, because he makes dancehall reggae music with Spanish-language lyrics and is an early precursor to reggaeton.

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Román Torres

First Name Román
Last Name Torres
Born on March 20, 1986 (age 37)
Height 188 cm | 6'2

Román Aureliano Torres Morcillo is a Panamanian footballer who last played as a defender for Seattle Sounders in MLS, and captains the Panama national team.

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Cristian Martínez

First Name Cristian
Born on February 6, 1997 (age 26)
Height 170 cm | 5'7

Cristian Jesús Martínez is a Panamanian footballer who plays as a midfielder for C.D. Plaza Amador.

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Daphne Rubin-Vega

First Name Daphne
Born on November 18, 1969 (age 53)

Daphne Rubin-Vega is a Panamanian-American dancer, singer-songwriter, and actress. She is best known for originating the roles of Mimi Marquez in the Broadway musical Rent and Lucy in the Off-Broadway play Jack Goes Boating.

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Ramón Fonseca Mora

First Name Ramón
Last Name Mora
Born on July 14, 1952 (age 70)

Ramón Fonseca Mora is a Panamanian novelist and lawyer, the co-founder of Mossack Fonseca, a former law firm based in Panama with more than 40 offices worldwide. He was minister-counselor of Juan Carlos Varela, and president of the Panameñista Party until he was dismissed in March 2016, due to the Brazilian Operation Car Wash. In 2016, the law firm he owned was raided by police on suspicion of money-laundering, bribery and corruption. Fonseca and his partner Jürgen Mossack were arrested and jailed on 10 February 2017. They were initially refused bail because the court saw a flight risk, but were released on 21 April 2017 after a judge ruled they had cooperated with the investigation and ordered them each to pay $500,000 in bail. Numerous lawsuits including serious allegations of collusion with despotic regimes, mafia, and global criminals are ongoing.

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Gabriel Torres

First Name Gabriel
Last Name Torres
Height 180 cm | 5'11

Gabriel Arturo Torres Tejada is a Panamanian footballer who plays for Universidad de Chile and the Panama national football team.

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Blas Pérez

First Name Blas
Last Name Pérez
Born on March 13, 1981 (age 42)
Height 187 cm | 6'2

Blas Antonio Pérez Ortega is a former Panamanian footballer who played as a forward.

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Amílcar Henríquez

First Name Amílcar
Born on August 2, 1983
Died on April 15, 2017 (aged 33)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Amílcar Henríquez Espinosa was a Panamanian footballer.

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Felipe Baloy

First Name Felipe
Last Name Baloy
Born on February 24, 1981 (age 42)
Height 185 cm | 6'1

Felipe Abdiel Baloy Ramírez is a Panamanian former professional footballer who played as a defender. He scored Panama’s first ever goal in a FIFA World Cup, against England at the 2018 edition.

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Laurentino Cortizo

Laurentino Cortizo Cohen
First Name Laurentino
Born on January 30, 1953 (age 70)

Laurentino "Nito" Cortizo Cohen is a Panamanian politician who has served as President of Panama since 2019. Cortizo Cohen is the former President of the National Assembly and Minister of Agricultural and Livestock Development. He was also a member of the National Assembly between 1994 and 2004, serving a year as chamber president.

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Edgardo Díaz

First Name Edgardo
Born on January 1, 1960 (age 63)

Edgardo Díaz is the creator of the "boy band" Menudo. The son of Puerto Ricans "Nacho" Diaz and his wife "Panchi", Díaz grew up in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

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Fernando Seguignol

First Name Fernando
Last Name Seguignol
Born on January 19, 1975 (age 48)
Born in Panama
Height 194 cm | 6'4

Fernando Alfredo Seguignol Garcia is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder. Seguignol also played 8 years in Nippon Professional Baseball. A switch hitter, Seguignol is regarded as the best switch-hitter ever to play in Japan, along with Orestes Destrade.

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Victoria Toensing

First Name Victoria
Last Name Toensing
Born on October 16, 1941 (age 81)

Victoria Ann Toensing is an American attorney, Republican Party operative and with her husband, Joseph diGenova, a partner in the Washington law firm diGenova & Toensing. Toensing and diGenova frequently appeared on Fox News and Fox Business channels, until diGenova used a November 2019 appearance to spread conspiracy theories about George Soros, leading to widespread calls for him to be banned from the network. In 2019, Toensing and diGenova were embroiled in the Trump–Ukraine scandal. The couple have worked with Rudy Giuliani in support of President Donald Trump beginning in 2018, and were named to join a legal team led by Giuliani to overturn the results of the 2020 United States presidential election in which Trump was defeated.

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