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Famous people from Belize

Here is a list of famous people from Belize. Curious if anybody from Belize made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Shyne

Hip hop Artist

Moses Michael Levi, better known by his stage name Shyne, is a Belizean hip hop recording artist, who relocated to the Brooklyn borough of New York City as a teenager. He is perhaps best known for his time under Bad Boy Entertainment and a 1999 shooting incident that led to his nine year incarceration. He was released from prison in 2009 and was subsequently deported back to Belize.

Dean Barrow

Politician

Dean Oliver Barrow is a Belizean politician who has been Prime Minister of Belize since 2008. He is also the leader of the United Democratic Party. An attorney by trade, he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1993 to 1998 and was Leader of the Opposition from 1998 until the UDP won the February 2008 election. Barrow started his first term as Prime Minister after victory in the 2008 election. He started his second term after the UDP again won an election on 7 March 2012.

Deon McCaulay

Footballer

Deon McCaulay is a Belizean international footballer, who plays for Belmopan Bandits in the Premier League of Belize.

George Cadle Price

Politician

The Right Honourable George Cadle Price, P.C., was the first Prime Minister of Belize and is considered to have been one of the principal architects of the country's independence. Today he is referred to by many as "the Father of the Nation". Born in Belize City, in what was then British Honduras, to William and Irene Price, he entered politics in 1947 with his election to the Belize City Council. In 1949, with the devaluation of the British Honduran Dollar he, together with a group of citizens formed the People's Committee. It was the start of the "Peaceful, constructive Belizean revolution". On September 29, 1950, he co-founded the People's United Party, which he led for four decades and which was devoted to the political and economic independence of the British colony, then known as British Honduras.

Arlen Escarpeta

Actor

Arlen Alexander Escarpeta is a Belizean actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Friday the 13th, Brotherhood, and Final Destination 5.

Said Musa

Politician

Said Wilbert Musa is a Belizean lawyer and politician. He was the Prime Minister of Belize from 28 August 1998 to 8 February 2008.

Shane Orio

Footballer

Shane Moody-Orio is a Belizean football goalkeeper, who plays for C.D. Marathón in the Honduras First division.

Colville Young

Politician

Sir Colville Norbert Young, GCMG, MBE is the Governor General of Belize, and also patron of the Scout Association of Belize. He was appointed Governor-General in 1993, taking office on 17 November of that year, and was knighted in 1994.

Manuel Esquivel

Politician

Sir Manuel Esquivel, KCMG, PC is a Belizean politician. As leader of the United Democratic Party, he served as Prime Minister from 1984 to 1989, and then again from 1993 to 1998.

Barry Bowen

Politician

Barry Mansfield Bowen KCMG was a Belizean bottling magnate, politician and entrepreneur. Bowen was the second wealthiest citizen of Belize as of 2010. His business interests included Bowen and Bowen, Ltd., which was founded by his father, and is the exclusive bottler of Coca Cola products in Belize and the Belize Brewing Company, which brews Belikin beer. Bowen also served as a former member of the Senate of Belize and the financier of the People's United Party. In December 2007, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Bowen as a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.

Ian Gaynair

Footballer

Ian Gaynair is a Belizean soccer player.

Zee Edgell

Novelist

Zelma I. Edgell, better known as Zee Edgell, MBE, is a writer. She has had four of her novels published. She was an associate professor of English at Kent State University.

Elroy Smith

Soccer Defender

Elroy Smith is a Belizean football defender that currently plays for Deportes Savio in Liga Nacional de Honduras.

Leroy Young

Musical Artist

Leroy Young, otherwise known as "The Grandmaster", is a Belizean dub poet.

Errollyn Wallen

Composer

Errollyn Wallen is a Belize-born British composer. She was the first black woman to have a work performed at The Proms.

Ashley Torres

Soccer

Ashley Torres is a Belizean professional footballer who currently plays for Placencia Assassins and the Belize national football team as a striker.

Harrison Róchez

Soccer Midfielder

Harrison Dwith Róchez is a Belizean football midfielder who plays in the Liga Nacional de Honduras.

Arlie Petters

Physicist

Arlie O. Petters, MBE is a Belizean American mathematical physicist, who is the Benjamin Powell Professor and Professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Business Administration at Duke University. Petters is a founder of mathematical astronomy, focusing on problems connected to the interplay of gravity and light and employing tools from astrophysics, cosmology, general relativity, high energy physics, differential geometry, singularities, and probability theory. His monograph "Singularity Theory and Gravitational Lensing" is the first to develop a mathematical theory of gravitational lensing. He was Chairman of the Council of Science Advisers to the Prime Minister of Belize.

Woodrow West

Footballer

Woodrow West is a Belizean professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Belmopan Bandits. In July 2013 he, and fellow international Ian Gaynair, were praised by CONCACAF for reporting an attempt to bribe them ahead of a Gold Cup game against the USA.

Verno Phillips

Professional Boxer

Verno Jeremias Phillips, is a professional boxer in the Light Middleweight division.

Ryan Simpson

Soccer Midfielder

Ryan Simpson is a Belizean international footballer who plays for Benguche United, as a midfielder.

Dalton Eiley

Soccer Defender

Dalton Eiley is a Belizean footballer who plays for Toledo United.

Daniel Jiménez

Soccer

Daniel Jimenez is a Belizean professional forward currently playing for Belize Defence Force.

Michael Salazar

Soccer

Michael Salazar is a Belizean footballer who currently plays college soccer at UC Riverside in the United States and is also a member of the Belize national team.

Kenneth Medwood

Olympic Track and field Athlete

Kenneth Medwood is a Belizean track and field athlete, specializing in the 400 metres hurdles. He competed in the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics and was his nation's flagbearer in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Medwood grew up in Los Angeles, attending Theodore Roosevelt High School, where he was a three time Los Angeles City Section Champion in the high jump. In both 2005 and 2006, he finished in a tie for 4th place at the CIF California State Meet. He also played basketball and tennis. Next he attended East Los Angeles College where he began to excel in the long hurdles. He was the state community college champion both years, establishing the state record in the 400 hurdles at 51.63. His next stop was Long Beach State University where he was runner up in the Big West Conference in both the 400 hurdles and long jump. He set his personal record in the 400 hurdles at the 2012 Mt. SAC Relays, running 49.54.

Elroy Kuylen

Soccer Midfielder

Elroy Kuylen is a Belizean professional football Midfielder, who currently plays for C.D. Platense. He is a regular choice for the Belize national football team.

Tyrone Pandy

Soccer Defender

Tyrone Pandy is a Belize football player.

Angela Gegg

Artist

Angela Gegg is a Belizean artist, author and entertainer. Angela Gegg is one of Belize’s leading female artists. In the past decade she has had six major solo art shows and been featured in over twenty joint art shows and exhibits in Belize, Texas, New York, Miami, and Trinidad. She is featured in calendars, DVDs, CDs, and books about Belize artists. She is also the published author of two books and is a regular stage performer of the spoken word at events, shows and festivals throughout the country of Belize.

Evan X Hyde

Politician

Evan Anthony Hyde is a Belizean writer and journalist. He publishes and writes for the nation's largest newspaper, the Amandala, and oversees its subsidiaries, KREM Radio and Krem Television. Between 1969 and 1974 he headed the United Black Association for Development which demanded better conditions for Belize's black people and emphasized unity. He earned a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College.

Luis Mendez

Soccer Defender

Luis Mendez was a Belizean footballer who played as a Defender. He last played for Hankook Verdes in the Belize Premier Football League and the Belize national football team. He died in a road accient in 2013.

Phillip Goldson

Politician

Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson was a Belizean newspaper editor, activist and politician. He served in the House of Representatives of Belize as member for the Albert Division from 1961 to 1998 and twice as a Minister. He was a founding member of the People's United Party, National Independence Party, United Democratic Party and National Alliance for Belizean Rights.

Víctor Morales

Soccer Midfielder

Víctor Morales is a Belizean footballplayer who currently plays for San Pedro Dolphins.

David Trapp

Soccer Midfielder

David Trapp is a Belizean professional midfielder currently playing for Revolutionary Conquerors.

Mario Villanueva

Soccer Defender

Mario Villanueva is a Belizean professional defender currently playing for Georgetown Ibayani.

Vallan Symms

Soccer Defender

Vallan Symms is a Belizean football defender, who currently plays for Defence Force.

Kaina Martinez

Olympic Track and field Athlete

Kaina Martinez is a Belizean athlete. She competed in 100 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Evan Mariano

Soccer

Evan Mariano is a Belizean professional footballer who currently plays for Police United and the Belize national football team as a striker.

Charlie Slusher

Soccer Midfielder

Carlos Slusher is a Belizean professional football goalkeeper, who currently plays for FC Belize.

Ivan Duran

Man

Ivan Duran is a music producer and musician, and the founder and director of Stonetree Records, an independent record label and music recording studio based in Benque Viejo del Carmen in Belize. He has produced over 30 albums featuring the musical styles of Belize and the region. Since founding Stonetree in 1995, Duran has been a promoter of Belizean music overseas, attending World Music trade fairs and presenting local artists in music festivals around the world. In 2007 he received the WOMEX award alongside Andy Palacio for their work on the Watina album, voted by Amazon.com as the #1 World Music album of all time. In 2003, he co-founded MIAB As president of MIAB he is involved in promoting and creating awareness of all kinds of local music and produces the annual Belize Music Week.

Pen Cayetano

Man

Delvin "Pen" Cayetano MBE is a Belizean artist and musician.

Godfrey Smith

Politician

Godfrey Smith is a Belizean politician and a member of the People's United Party.

Trevor Lennan

Soccer Midfielder

Trevor Lennan is a Belizean professional footballer who currently plays for Police United and the Belize national football team as a midfielder.

Chito Martínez

Baseball Player

Reyenaldo Ignacio Martínez, also known as Chito, was the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to be born in the country of Belize. Born in Belize City, he spent parts of three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, hitting 13 home runs in his rookie season and posting a slugging percentage of .514 in 216 at bats. It would be the high point of his career. After his power dropped dramatically in 1992, Martínez quickly faded away. He appeared in eight games in 1993 before disappearing from the major leagues.

Kareem Ferguson

Film Actor

Kareem Ferguson born in Belize, is an American actor on theater and in films and television. He has also directed one short film The Touch and produced two others, Three Takes and Talking with the Taxman About Poetry. Ferguson is a classically trained actor receiving his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He has been on stage in the United States and overseas and acted in a number of television shows on NBC and CBS. Kareem Ferguson has worked in regional theaters such as the Guthrie, Alliance, Pioneer and Penumbra Theatre companies. He is a company member of the Actors Gang Theater and Ensemble Studio Theater. He was nominated as "Best Lead Actor" for the NAACP 2011 Theater Awards for the play Free Man of Color. Born in Belize, he now resides in Los Angeles. He is also a licensed Private Pilot and is a fanatic of aviation.

Kalilah Enríquez

Author

Kalilah Enríquez is a Belizean journalist and poet. She currently resides in Kingston, Jamaica, where she is the news anchor for CEEN Caribbean News.

Elmira Minita Gordon

Politician

Dame Elmira Minita Gordon GCMG GCVO is the former Governor General of Belize from its independence in 1981 to 1993. She was the first woman in a Commonwealth realm to assume the position of Governor General. As Governor General she also held the title of Patron to the Scout Association of Belize and the Belize Girl Guides Movement.

Nigel Miguel

Actor

Nigel Miguel is an actor and film producer.

Evral Trapp

Soccer Defender

Evral Trapp is a Belizean professional defender currently playing for Hopkins FC.

Harrison Tasher

Soccer Midfielder

Harrison Tasher is a Belizean professional footballer who currently plays for Belize Defence Force and the Belize national football team as a midfielder.

Kisha Sierra

Actor

Kisha Sierra is an actress.

Gerald Rhaburn

Musical Artist

Gerald "Lord" Rhaburn is a Belizean calypso, soca, reggae and brukdown musician. He became famous when performing with the Lord Rhaburn Combo in the 1970s and 1980s. Rhaburn has toured frequently abroad promoting Belizean music. In 2004 he hosted the first Lord Rhaburn Music Awards, an annual Belizean music awards show.

Wilfred Elrington

Politician

Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington is a Belizean politician. He was the Attorney-General of Belize and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from February 12, 2008 to 2010. A reshuffle of the Cabinet in 2010 left him with just Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. In 2012 he was again made the Attorney General of Belize. He remains the current Minister of Foreign Affairs. Elrington read law at the University of the West Indies. He is the only Belizean who has served in the executive, the legislative and the judicial arms of government, having served as a part-time judge of the Supreme Court of Belize.

Andrés Makin

Soccer Midfielder

Andrés Makin, Jr. is a Belizean professional footballer who currently plays for Police United and the Belize national football team as a midfielder. He is the younger brother of fellow national team member, Devon Makin

Anthony Adderly

Football player

Anthony Adderley "Garrincha" is a Belizean football and manager. He later on went to manage the national team.

Jarbi Álvarez

Soccer Defender

Jarbi Álvarez is a Belizean professional football defender. He currently plays for the Guatemalan lower league side CSD Sayaxche.

Dion Frazer

Football player

Dion Frazer is a Belizean professional football striker, who currently plays for Santel's. He is a regular choice for the Belize national football team.

Devon Makin

Soccer Midfielder

Devon Makin is a football player.

Patrick Faber

Man

Patrick Jason Faber is a Belizean politician. Faber was born in Belize City, Belize. He is currently the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports in Belize.

Shannon Flowers

Soccer Defender

Shannon Flowers is a football player.

Johnny Briceño

Politician

Juan Antonio Briceño, commonly known as "Johnny", is a Belizean politician who has been the leader of the People's United Party, as well as the Leader of the Opposition, since 2008. Previously, he was Deputy Prime Minister from 1998 to 2007.

Deris Benavides

Soccer Midfielder

Deris Benavides is a Belizean soccer player.

George Gabb

Author

George Seymour Gabb M.B.E. was a Belizean artist, sculptor, writer and entertainer.

Charmaine Chinapen

Award competitor

Charmaine Chinapen is a beauty pageant contestant from Belize. A student at the University of St. John's in New York, USA., she represented Belize in Miss World 2008, held on December 13 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was born in Curaçao, in island in the Netherlands Antilles, and moved to several countries before settling in Belize as her home at the age of nine, and became a citizen along with her immediate family. She has one brother, Kevin; her father is in the banking industry, and her mother returned to university.

Lennox Castillo

Soccer

Lennox Castillo is a Belizean football player.

Felicita Arzú

Woman

Felicita “Leesha” Arzú is a beauty queen who represented Belize in Miss World 2007 in China. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English Education, and plans to pursue a masters & doctoral degree in education.

Corinth Morter Lewis

Author

Corinth Irene Morter Lewis is a Belizean educator and poet. She is currently the acting President of the University of Belize, having previously served as its President from January 2003 to June 2007.

Christobal Gilharry

Soccer Defender

Christobal Gilharry is a football player.

Theodore Aranda

Politician

Dr. Theodore "Ted" Aranda is a Belizean politician.

Dennis Serano

Soccer Midfielder

Dennis Serano is a Belizean footballer who plays for Juventus FC (Suga Boys Juventus).

Kahlil Velasquez

Soccer Defender

Kahlil Velasquez is a Belizan soccer player.

Amin August

Footballer

Amin August is a Belizean soccer player.

Jerome James

Soccer

Jerome James is a football player.

Bill Gutteron

Athlete

William Alexander Gutteron was a professional football player in the National Football League. He made his NFL debut in 1926 with the Los Angeles Buccaneers. He played only one season in the league.

Floyd Jones

Soccer Defender

Floyd Jones is a Belizean football player.

Dellon Torres

Soccer Midfielder

Dellon Torres is a Belizean football player.

Russell Cassanova

Soccer

Russell Cassanova is a football player.

San Leobardo Méndez

Soccer Defender

San Leobardo Méndez is a Belize football player.

Bernard Linarez

Soccer Defender

Bernard Linarez is a football player.