Famous people from Venezuela
Here is a list of famous people from Venezuela. Curious if anybody from Venezuela made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.
Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was a Venezuelan politician who was the President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. He was formerly the leader of the Fifth Republic Movement from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, when it merged with several other parties to form the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, which he led until 2012. Following Chavism, his own political ideology of Bolivarianism and Socialism of the 21st Century, he focused on implementing socialist reforms in the country as a part of a social project known as the Bolivarian Revolution. He implemented the 1999 Venezuelan Constitution, participatory democratic councils, the nationalization of several key industries, and increased government funding of health care and education and made significant reductions in poverty with oil revenues. The Bolivarian Missions have entailed the construction of thousands of free medical clinics for the poor, the institution of educational campaigns that have reportedly made more than one million adult Venezuelans literate, and the enactment of food and housing subsidies. Born into a working-class family in Sabaneta, Barinas, Chávez became a career military officer, and after becoming dissatisfied with the Venezuelan political system, he founded the secretive Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 in the early 1980s to work towards overthrowing it. Chávez led the MBR-200 in an unsuccessful coup d'état against the Democratic Action government of President Carlos Andrés Pérez in 1992, for which he was imprisoned. Released from prison after two years, he founded a socialist political party, the Fifth Republic Movement, and was elected president of Venezuela in 1998. He was re-elected in 2000. During his second presidential term, he introduced the system of Bolivarian Missions, Communal Councils, and worker-managed cooperatives, as well as a program of land reform, while also nationalizing various key industries. He was re-elected in 2006 with over 60% of the vote. On 7 October 2012, Chávez won his country's presidential election for a fourth time, defeating Henrique Capriles, and was elected for another six-year term.
Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco, commonly known as Simón Bolívar, was a military and political leader. Bolívar played a key role in Latin America's successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas. Following the triumph over the Spanish monarchy, Bolívar participated in the foundation of the first union of independent nations in Hispanic-America, a republic, now known as Gran Colombia, of which he was president from 1819 to 1830. Via his Decree of War to the Death, Bolívar allowed the widespread use of atrocities in retaliation for the historic atrocities of the Spanish army. Despite his brutal tactics, Bolívar is regarded as a hero, visionary, revolutionary, and liberator in Hispanic-America. During his lifetime, he led Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia to independence from the Spanish Empire. Admirers claim that he helped lay the foundations for democracy in much of Latin America.
Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina, nicknamed El Jefe, ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination in 1961. He officially served as president from 1930 to 1938 and again from 1942 to 1952, ruling for the rest of the time as an unelected military strongman under figurehead presidents. His 30 years in power, to Dominicans known as the Trujillo Era, is considered one of the bloodiest eras ever in the Americas, as well as a time of a classic personality cult, when monuments to Trujillo were in abundance. It has been estimated that Trujillo's tyrannical rule was responsible for the death of more than 50,000 people, including 20,000 to 30,000 in the infamous Parsley Massacre. The Trujillo tyranny unfolded in a Latin American environment that was particularly fertile in dictatorial regimes. His dictatorship was contemporaneous, in whole or in part, with those of Machado and Batista in Cuba, the two Somozas in Nicaragua, Ubico and Castillo Armas in Guatemala, Hernández Martínez in Salvador, Carías Andino in Honduras, Juan Vicente Gómez and Pérez Jiménez in Venezuela, Rojas Pinilla in Colombia, Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay, and François Duvalier in Haiti. But in retrospect, the Trujillo dictatorship has been characterized as more naked, more achieved, and more brutal than those that rose and fell around it.
Nicolás Maduro Moros is a Venezuelan politician who is the current President of Venezuela. He was previously the Vice President of Venezuela and the Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Hugo Chávez. A former bus driver, Maduro rose to become a trade union leader, before being elected to the National Assembly in 2000. He was appointed to a number of positions within the Venezuelan Government under Chávez, ultimately being made Foreign Minister in 2006. He was described during this time as the "most capable administrator and politician of Chávez's inner circle". After Chávez's death was announced on 5 March 2013, Maduro assumed the powers and responsibilities of the President. A special election was held on 14 April of the same year to elect a new President, which he won by a tight margin as the candidate of the United Socialist Party; he was formally inaugurated on 19 April.
Pastor Rafael Maldonado Motta is a Venezuelan Formula One driver currently with the Williams team. Before making his Formula One debut in 2011, he won the 2010 GP2 championship. He became the first Venezuelan to win a Formula One Grand Prix when he won the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix from his first pole position.
Carlos the Jackal
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known as Carlos the Jackal, is a Venezuelan terrorist currently serving a life sentence in France for the 1975 murder of an informant for the French government and two French counter-intelligence agents. While in prison he was further convicted of attacks in France that killed 11 and injured 150 people and sentenced to an additional life term. A committed Marxist-Leninist, Ramírez Sánchez is widely regarded as one of the most famous political terrorists of his era. When he joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in 1970, recruiting officer Bassam Abu Sharif gave him the code name "Carlos" because of his South American roots. After several bungled bombings, Ramírez Sánchez achieved notoriety for the 1975 raid on the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, which killed three people. This was followed by a string of attacks against Western targets. For many years he was among the most wanted international fugitives. Carlos was dubbed "The Jackal" by The Guardian after one of its correspondents reportedly spotted Frederick Forsyth's 1971 novel The Day of the Jackal near some of the fugitive's belongings.
Henrique Capriles Radonski
Henrique Capriles Radonski is a Venezuelan politician and lawyer. From 2000 until 2008, Capriles was the mayor of Baruta Municipality of Caracas. In November 2008, Capriles was elected Governor of Miranda, defeating Diosdado Cabello. After winning the election primaries in February 2012, Capriles became the opposition candidate for the 2012 Venezuelan presidential election, temporarily handing over his duties as Governor to Adriana D'Elia. Capriles is the grandson of Jewish Holocaust survivors and a self-professed devout Catholic. He is a member of the Justice First party. Following the death of Hugo Chávez in 2013, Capriles ran again as the opposition candidate in the 2013 special presidential election, challenging interim President Nicolás Maduro, who was appointed after Chavez' death.
Carolina Herrera is a Venezuelan-American fashion designer known for "exceptional personal style", and dressing First Ladies from Jacqueline Onassis to Michelle Obama. The New York Times cited her designs as "elegant and worldly without ever being fussy".
Antonio José de Sucre
Antonio José de Sucre y Alcalá, known as the "Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho", was a Venezuelan independence leader. Sucre was one of Simón Bolívar's closest friends, generals and statesmen.
Francisco de Miranda
Sebastián Francisco de Miranda Rodríguez, commonly known as Francisco de Miranda, was a Venezuelan revolutionary. Although his own plans for the independence of the Spanish American colonies failed, he is regarded as a forerunner of Simón Bolívar, who during the Spanish American wars of independence successfully liberated a vast portion of South America. Miranda led a romantic and adventurous life. An idealist, he developed a visionary plan to liberate and unify all of Spanish America but his own military initiatives on behalf of an independent Spanish America ended in 1812. He was handed over to his enemies and four years later, in 1816, died in a Spanish prison. Within fourteen years of his death, however, most of Spanish America was independent.
Félix Abraham Hernández García, nicknamed "King Félix", is a Venezuelan professional baseball starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. Hernández throws a fastball between 92-95 mph, although he does not rely entirely on overpowering velocity. Instead he often uses a two-seam fastball, which comes in just a bit slower but with more movement and sink as it approaches the batter. His repertoire of pitches also includes a hard curve, a power change-up, and a slider, all of which he can throw extremely well. When at his best, Hernández can induce a steady procession of groundball outs and strikeouts, with very few balls being hit in the air. Like some other pitchers, Hernández wears a long-sleeved undershirt beneath his uniform jersey. While typically this is done to keep the pitcher's arm from getting chilled, Hernández wears it even in the hottest weather. For him it serves to keep perspiration from running down his arms and interfering with his hand's grip on the baseball. On August 15, 2012, he threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 1-0 victory at Safeco Field.
Carlos Andrés Pérez
Carlos Andrés Pérez Rodríguez, also known as CAP and often referred to as El Gocho, was a Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela from 1974 to 1979 and again from 1989 to 1993. His first presidency was known as the Saudi Venezuela due to its economic and social prosperity thanks to enormous income from petroleum exportation. However, his second period saw a continuation of the economic crisis of the 1980s, and saw a series of social crises, a popular revolt and two coup attempts in 1992. In May 1993 he became the first Venezuelan president to be forced out of the office by the Supreme Court, for the embezzlement of 250 million bolívars belonging to a presidential discretionary fund.
Rafael Antonio Caldera Rodríguez was President of Venezuela from 1969 to 1974 and again from 1994 to 1999. Caldera taught sociology and law at various universities before entering politics. He was a founding member of COPEI, Venezuela's Christian Democratic party. He first ran for president unsuccessfully in 1947 and tried again every time it was possible until finally succeeding in 1968, winning by a relatively scant 33,000 votes against a recently divided Acción Democrática party. When he was sworn into office in 1969, it marked the first peaceful transfer of power from one party to another in Venezuela's history. During his first presidency, Caldera was able to pacify the country by granting an amnesty that allowed guerrilla fighters, who had been operating clandestinely for almost a decade, to reincorporate into society and participate in politics. In 1993, Caldera split from COPEI, the party he had founded, to form a new political party, Convergence, which, supported by a coalition of many small leftist parties: as well as some centre-right parties, raised Caldera to the presidency in December 1993. This was a fatal blow to the traditional parties which, leaderless and demoralized, garnered few votes in the election. He won a very narrow victory in that year's presidential election. During his second presidential period, he pardoned Hugo Chávez, who eventually went on to succeed him in 1999.
Gabriela Španić, or Gaby Spanic, is a Venezuelan actress best known for her roles in latin soap operas and her many controversies in the media. Her sister is model/actress Daniela Spanic. She has two younger sisters Patricia and Kristen,Her sister Partricia is a Captain in the US Army engaged to a Soldier by the name of Harris. and two brothers Antonio and Adiel. Among her most famous novelas are "La Usurpadora", "Por Tu Amor", "La Intrusa", "Tierra de Pasiones", and "Soy Tu Dueña". She was the only actress to repeat the role of twins. Currently, she is starring in TV Azteca's "Emperatriz" as the title character, which was a remake of the Venezuelan version - a character which she wanted to portray during her teenage years.
María Gabriela "Gaby" Espino Rugero is a Venezuelan actress and model. She best known for her roles in telenovelas.
Basketball Shooting guard
Greivis Josué Vásquez Rodríguez is a Venezuelan professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. He was drafted in 2010 after a U.S. college career with the University of Maryland men's basketball team. Vásquez finished second on the Terrapins' all-time scoring list, with 2,171 career points. He was born in Caracas and moved to the United States to attend high school at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland in 2004. During his senior year at Montrose he committed to the University of Maryland to play under head coach Gary Williams. In 2007, Vásquez played on the Venezuelan national basketball team in the FIBA America Championships. In his final college season of 2009–10, he was one of three Venezuelans playing in NCAA Division I men's basketball, with the others being David Cubillan of the Marquette Golden Eagles and Gregory Echenique of the Creighton Bluejays.
Juan Fernando Arango Sáenz is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays for Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany, as an attacking midfielder and side midfielder. He is well known for his free kick ability, long passing and powerful shot. Having played more than 100 times for Venezuela, he is one of the few Venezuelan players ever to play for a first division team in any of the major European leagues – he spent the better part of his career in La Liga with Mallorca, appearing in more than 200 official games – and is widely regarded as the best player the country has ever produced.
Yoseph Alicia Machado Fajardo is a Venezuelan actress, TV show host, singer and former Miss Universe. She was the fourth woman from Venezuela to capture the Miss Universe crown.
Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes, commonly known as Danny, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Russian Premier League, as an attacking midfielder. He has earned 26 caps for the Portugal national football team since 2008, and was selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Dayana Sabrina Mendoza Moncada is a model and beauty pageant titleholder who won the titles of Miss Venezuela 2007 and Miss Universe 2008.
José Salomón Rondón
José Salomón Rondón Giménez is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays for FC Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League, as a striker.
Carlos Alberto Zambrano, nicknamed "Big Z" or "El Toro", is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher, who currently is a free agent. Zambrano, who stands 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 275 pounds, was signed by the Cubs as a free agent in 1997 and made his debut in 2001. After being used in both starting and relief duties, he enjoyed his first full season as a starter in 2003, finishing with a 13–11 record, 168 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA. The controversial pitcher is known as one of the best hitting pitchers of recent times. He is a switch-hitter and has a career .238 batting average with 24 home runs, 71 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .396. The 23 home runs are the most ever by a Cubs pitcher, as well as also being the active leader in home runs hit by a pitcher. He also tied with Ferguson Jenkins for the club record for home runs by a pitcher in a single season, hitting six in 2006. Zambrano has been called on to pinch hit 20 times in his career and has won a Silver Slugger Award three times for his hitting. Zambrano was the only National League pitcher to have won at least 13 games in each year from 2003 to 2008. In 2006, he became the first player from Venezuela to lead the National League in wins.
Alberto "Johnny" Cecotto is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. The son of Italian immigrants, he is one of the few people to have competed in both motorcycle and Formula One Grands Prix.
Latin pop Artist
Carlos Roberto Baute Jiménez, best known simply as Carlos Baute, is a Venezuelan singer and television host. His music is mostly in the Latin pop genre, with some ballads and Bachata. He is the son of Alfonso Baute and Clara Jiménez and he is of Spanish, Cuban and Venezuelan descent. At age 13, he joined Los Chamos, which released an album entitled "Con un poco de Amor" in 1990. He worked as a model and released his first solo album entitled "Orígenes I" in 1994. He acted in the Venezuelan telenovela, "Destino de Mujer", as Pedro José, a swimming instructor. With the album "Yo nací para querer...", he moved to Spain and had much success with all his albums. He acted in the television series "Aladinna", "Mis Adorables Vecinos" and was the host of "Gala Miss España", "Gala IB3", "Gala Fin de Año de TVE1". Baute has released six albums, including a greatest hits album. In 2008, he released De Mi Puño Y Letra, which included "Colgando En Tus Manos". He released two versions, one solo and one with Marta Sánchez. The duet rose to the top of the charts in many Spanish-speaking countries worldwide.
Patricia Carola Velásquez Semprún is a Venezuelan actress and fashion model.
José Antonio Páez
José Antonio Páez Herrera de Mendoza Xaimes Aguero common known as José Antonio Páez, was a General in Chief of the army fighting Spain during the Venezuelan Wars of Independence. He later led Venezuela's breakaway from Gran Colombia and dominated the country's politics for most of the next two decadesPresident of Venezuela once it was independent of the Gran Colombia. He is considered a prime example of a 19th-century South American caudillo.
Nicolás Ladislao Fedor Flores, commonly known as Miku, is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays for Al-Gharafa Sports Club in Qatar, as a striker. He spent most of his career in Spain, having played for a host of clubs and starting with Valencia.
Jeffrén Isaac Suárez Bermúdez, simply known as Jeffrén, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal as a forward or winger. He is known for his crossing ability and his ability to unsettle defenders with his combination of speed and skill.
Rómulo Ernesto Betancourt Bello, known as "The Father of Venezuelan Democracy", was President of Venezuela from 1945 to 1948 and again from 1959 to 1964, as well as leader of Acción Democrática, Venezuela's dominant political party in the 20th century. He survived an assassination attempt ordered by Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic. Betancourt, one of Venezuela's most important political figures, led a tumultuous and highly controversial career in Latin American politics. Periods of exile brought Betancourt in contact with various Latin American countries as well as the United States, securing his legacy as one of the few real international leaders to emerge from 20th-century Latin America. Scholars credit Betancourt as the Founding Father of modern democratic Venezuela. Romulo Betancourt was a very close friend of the Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Muñoz Marín, visiting the island often and frequently exchanging political views with him, viewing him as a political advisor on Democracy. Although they disagreed on certain issues they remained faithful friends. On one occasion in 1963, he refused to attend the inauguration of Juan Bosch as president of the Dominican Republic if Bosch did not extend an invitation to Luis Munoz Marin, who had provided a safe haven for Bosch and various members of his political party in Puerto Rico. Betancourt attended the funeral of his friend in 1980.
Francisco Liriano y Casillas is a Dominican professional baseball player. A left-handed starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he has pitched in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox.
Rómulo Ángel del Monte Carmelo Gallegos Freire was a Venezuelan novelist and politician. For a period of some nine months during 1948, he was the first cleanly elected president in his country's history. Rómulo Gallegos was born in Caracas to Rómulo Gallegos Osío and Rita Freire Guruceaga, into a family of humble origin. He began his work as a schoolteacher, writer, and journalist in 1903. His novel Doña Bárbara was first published 1929, and it was because of the book's criticisms of the regime of longtime dictator Juan Vicente Gómez that he was forced to flee the country. He took refuge in Spain, where he continued to write: his acclaimed novels Cantaclaro and Canaima date from this period. He returned to Venezuela in 1936 and was appointed Minister of Public Education. In 1937 he was elected to Congress and, in 1940–41, served as councillor of Caracas. In 1945, was involved in the coup d'état that brought Rómulo Betancourt and the "Revolutionary Government Junta" to power, in the period known as El Trienio Adeco. In the 1947 general election he ran for the presidency of the republic as the Acción Democrática candidate and won in what is generally believed to be the country's first honest election. He took office in February 1948, but officers Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, Marcos Pérez Jiménez and Luis Felipe Llovera Páez, threw him out of office in November in the 1948 Venezuelan coup d'état. He took refuge first in Cuba and then in Mexico. From 1960 to 1963, he was Commissioner of the newly created Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and he was also its first President.
Marjorie de Sousa
Marjorie Lissette De Sousa Rivas is a Venezuelan model and actress. She is worldwide known for her villain roles as Camelia Valente in Venevisión's telenovela Gata Salvaje, as Carol in Televisa's telenovela Mariana de la Noche and recently as Kendra Ferreti in Televisa's telenovela Amores verdaderos.
Marcos Pérez Jiménez
Marcos Evangelista Pérez Jiménez was a Venezuelan military and general officer of the Army of Venezuela and the President of Venezuela from 1952 to 1958. His ruling period is characterized by marked improvement in development, with the rise of oil prices facilitating many public works achievements. Political and economic stability, along with the completion of ambitious public works and the rapid development of industries such as hydroelectricity, mining, and steel were achieved during this period as well. Pérez Jiménez was also responsible for the modernization of the military and the nation enjoyed a period of high prosperity and social tranquility. However, the government's National Security was extremely repressive against critics of the regime and ruthlessly hunted down and imprisoned those who opposed the dictatorship. Following massive public demonstrations in support for a democratic reform to take place in the government, Perez was deposed in a coup perpetrated by disgruntled sectors within the Armed Forces of Venezuela on January 23, 1958. Perez was then exiled to Dominican Republic, and afterwards went on to settle in Spain under the Franco regime's protection.
Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro is a Chilean footballer that currently plays for Brazilian Série B club Palmeiras as a creative midfielder. He is known for his technical ability with the ball. He also has played in the Chilean national team seven years, being his most successful period under the orders of the coach Marcelo Bielsa. Valdivia debuted in 2003 aged nineteen at the southern club of Universidad de Concepción, that gave him a pass to Europe and then to powherhouse club Colo-Colo, that served him with Claudio Borghi as coach, as a window to the success, devoting and being sold for a US$3.5 million bid to Palmeiras, in where earned a Paulistão honour in 2008 and a Copa do Brasil title in 2012. He also has between that facts a two–season spell at Middle East club Al Ain. His style of play closely resembles to Joga Bonito, being alongside Juliano Belletti one of the mentors of the Chute no vácuo, that in his country is commonly known as Espanta chunchos in reference to a derision of strong rival of Colo-Colo, the team Universidad de Chile. In 2007, Valdivia was included into the Brasileirão best XI, and also named the UFL Most Valuable Player, seasons later. In 2008, year in where the player won the Paulistão title, was described according to Carlos Valderrama as one of the world's best players.
Aníbal Alejandro Sánchez, Jr. [a-NEE-bal] is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. He is listed as 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. Sánchez has also pitched with the Miami Marlins. On September 6, 2006, in his 13th career Major League start, Sánchez pitched a no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Oswaldo José "Ozzie" Guillén Barrios is a Venezuelan former professional baseball player and manager. He managed the Chicago White Sox from 2004 to 2011 and then managed the Miami Marlins in 2012. Born in Ocumare Del Tuy, Venezuela, he played in Major League Baseball as a shortstop for the White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. As a player, Guillén was regarded for his passion, speed, hustle, intensity and defensive abilities and his ebullient love for the game. In 2005, Guillen became the first Latino manager in major league history to win a World Series.
Andrés de Jesús María y José Bello López was a Venezuelan humanist, poet, legislator, philosopher, educator and philologist, whose political and literary works constitute an important part of Spanish American culture. Bello is featured on the old 2,000 Venezuelan bolívar and the 20,000 Chilean peso notes. There is also a decoration, the Venezuelan Order of Andrés Bello.
Baseball First baseman
Pablo Emilio Sandoval, nicknamed "Kung Fu Panda", is a French professional baseball infielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. He is a two-time All-Star and has won two World Series championships with the Giants. Sandoval hit three home runs in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, becoming just the fourth person to hit three home runs in a World Series game, and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player. Sandoval is a 5 foot 11 inch, "240-pound" switch hitter. He was born left handed, but did not want to have to play outfield/first base all of his career. He therefore taught himself to throw right handed as well. He can still throw with both hands, but throws right handed during games.
Juan Vicente Gómez
Juan Vicente Gómez Chacón was a military general and de facto ruler of Venezuela from 1908 until his death in 1935.He was president on three occasions during this time, and ruled as an unelected military strongman for the rest of the era.
Édgar Filiberto Ramírez Arellano is a Venezuelan actor. He played Carlos in the 2010 French-German biopic series Carlos, a role for which he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor at the César Awards 2011. He also played Larry, a CIA operative in Pakistan, in the Zero Dark Thirty, and Paz, a CIA assassin, in The Bourne Ultimatum. Ramírez won at the 2012 ALMA Awards for Ares in Wrath of the Titans. He was nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy Award. Ramírez studied communications at the Andrés Bello Catholic University. He then worked in media and considered becoming a diplomat. When Iñárritu was critically praised, he decided to pursue his performing hobby as a career.
Baseball First baseman
Omar Enrique Vizquel González, nicknamed "Little O", is a Venezuelan former Major League Baseball infielder. Vizquel played for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers Chicago White Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays. In Venezuela he played for Leones del Caracas. Vizquel is considered one of baseball's all-time best fielding shortstops, winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves and two more in 2005 and 2006. He tied Cal Ripken, Jr.'s American League record, since surpassed, for most consecutive games at shortstop without an error. Currently, his .985 career fielding percentage is the highest of all-time for a shortstop in Major League history. On May 25, 2008, Vizquel became the all-time leader in games played at shortstop, passing Luis Aparicio. Vizquel is the all-time leader in double plays made while playing shortstop. He has the most hits recorded by any player from Venezuela, surpassing Aparicio's record of 2,677 on June 25, 2009. On May 24, 2010, Vizquel became the shortstop with the third most hits all time, behind second place Derek Jeter and Honus Wagner. Vizquel is the sacrifice hit leader of the live-ball era.
E. J. Viso
Ernesto "E. J." Viso is a Venezuelan race car driver. Ernesto José Viso Lossada was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He has raced in the 2005 and 2006 GP2 Series seasons, and has also driven the third car for Spyker MF1 Racing. In 2007 he competed in the GP2 Series for Racing Engineering. He currently drives for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series.
Francisco José Rodríguez Sr., nicknamed "Frankie" and "K-Rod", is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He previously pitched for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2002 to 2008, and the New York Mets from 2009 to mid-way through the 2011 season where he pitched as the closer for both teams. He then pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers until July, 2013, mostly in a setup role and the Baltimore Orioles the rest of 2013. Rodríguez holds the major league record for saves in a single season, with 62, set in 2008. He is a three-time league leader in saves.
Bob Kelly "Bobby" Abreu, nicknamed "El Comedulce" and also "La Luche", is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. Abreu is a two-time All-Star, and has won a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award. He has led the league in games, doubles, and triples. Through 2011, he was second among active ballplayers in doubles, third in walks, sixth in stolen bases, and ninth in on-base percentage. Through 2011, on defense he was the major league leader among active players in outfield assists, with 134.
Enrique Guzmán is a Venezuelan-born Mexican singer. He is the father of Mexican singer Alejandra Guzmán by his former wife, actress and politician Silvia Pinal. Enrique Guzmán was born in Venezuela to Mexican parents. They moved back to Mexico when Enrique was 12. He studied medicine at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México although he did not complete his studies. Guzmán has been a rock star in Mexico throughout the last half of the 20th century, known primarily for his translation of 1950s rock standards, such as Jailhouse Rock, for Spanish-speaking listeners. In 1958 he joined "Los Teen Tops", along with the Martínez brothers and piano player, Sergio Martel. In 1959 they debuted in the US on CBS radio, and they released their famous version of "La Plaga". He also wrote several hits for himself "Pensaba en tí", "La Ronchita", and for other Latin stars. He also appeared in films, such as Canta Mi Corazón in 1965. His hits include Spanish covers of "Put Your Head On My Shoulder", "Rolly Polly", "Bonnie Moronie" as well as the original "Dame Felicidad". During the mid-1960s Guzmán formed a motion picture company and produced some films in Ecuador. In the late 1960s, Guzman and his wife, Silvia Pinal, starred in a television show called Silvia y Enrique. He has continued recording, including with his daughter Alejandra Guzmán, throughout the 1990s and 2000s. As with his ex-wife and his daughter, he has his handprints embedded onto the Paseo de las Luminarias; he was inducted in 1983 for his work in the recording industry.
José Gregorio Monagas
José Gregorio Monagas was President of Venezuela 1851-1855 and brother of José Tadeo Monagas. General José Gregorio Monagas was born in Aragua de Barcelona, Venezuela, in 1795. His parents were Francisco José Monagas, a merchant from the Canary Islands, and Perfecta Burgos, a native of Cojedes. Monagas started his military career at an early age, in 1813, along with his brother José Tadeo.
Jesse Corti is an American voice actor, perhaps best known as Lefou in the 1991 Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast and playing Courfeyrac in the original Broadway show Les Misérables. He has appeared in numerous feature films. He has appeared on several popular TV shows such as 24, Heroes, Desperate Housewives, West Wing, Judging Amy, Law & Order and many more. In 1990 he received a Clio Award for his Drug Free America commercial.
Julio Álvarez Mosquera is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays for CD Numancia in Segunda División, mainly as an attacking midfielder. He appeared in 98 La Liga games over the course of five seasons, representing Racing de Santander, Rayo Vallecano, Murcia, Almería and Mallorca. In addition, he played in more than 250 matches in Segunda División. After competing for Spain at youth level, Álvarez represented Venezuela internationally.
Marcos Scutaro, better known as Marco Scutaro, nicknamed "Blockbuster," is a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. He bats and throws right-handed. Scutaro made his MLB debut with the New York Mets in 2002. Since then, he has also played for the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, and Colorado Rockies. Scutaro was named the most valuable player of the 2012 National League Championship Series while with the Giants. Scutaro was one of the primary subjects of the 2005 documentary "A Player to be Named Later."
Latin pop Artist
Guillermo Dávila is a Venezuelan actor and singer who has acted in many telenovelas. After starting his career in theatre in the 1970s, Dávila first gained national fame in a telenovela called Ligia Elena, becoming famous internationally in 1983, when he starred in its sequel, Nacho, for Venevisión. He played the eponymous main character. He then went to Puerto Rico, where he starred alongside Ivonne Goderich in the 1984 soap opera Diana Carolina for WAPA-TV. The series' title song, "LLevo perfume a ti", became a number-one hit for him. Dávila's international stardom somewhat faded after that, but he remained busy at home with numerous soap operas television shows, and album releases, until 1992 when he made a comeback to the international arena with another soap opera, Cara Sucia. As a singer, Dávila has released over ten albums, some of which reached international platinum or gold status. He sang the songs on the soundtracks for nearly all the soap operas he starred in. Dávila had an international hit in 1989 when he recorded a duet with pop singer Kiara; the single was called "Tesoro Mío" and was from the soap opera telenovela La Revancha. His first album, Tu Corazón, followed in 1990.
Iván Manuel Nova Guance is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball. Nova made his MLB debut in 2010. He bats and throws right-handed. Nova grew up poor in the Dominican Republic, where he started playing baseball at a young age. An unheralded prospect, the Yankees signed Nova as an international free agent in 2004. After pitching in minor league baseball through the 2008 season, the San Diego Padres selected Nova from the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft. The Padres opted not to carry Nova on their 25-man roster, however, and returned him to the Yankees. Nova enjoyed a breakout season in the minors for the Yankees in 2009. He reached MLB with the Yankees in 2010. Nova established himself as a key member of the Yankees' starting rotation during the 2011 season. After struggling in 2012, Nova reemerged in 2013, winning the American League Pitcher of the Month Award for August 2013.
Diosa Canales is a Venezuelan singer, actress, and model. Diosa Canales is set to release her first album, La Birola Sexy Venezuela, described as a fusion of merengue and reggaeton. Diosa is notoriously known for making promises of getting naked if her country's national football team wins a football tournament, just like Larissa Riquelme does; The two have gotten naked in public several times already. And, also like Riquelme, she became an internet phenomenon: first, when she got naked in front of her twitcam and were watched by more than 30,000 people in less than 12 minutes and became a trending topic until she got censored by Twitter, and later when she appeared dressed in short clothes with the colors of her national football team. She has worked also as a calendar model.
Santiago Cabrera is a British-Chilean actor, most known for his role as the character Isaac Mendez in the television series Heroes and as Lancelot in the BBC drama series Merlin. He was brought up in several countries including London, England, where he currently resides.
Diosdado Cabello Rondón is a Venezuelan politician. A former member of the armed forces, he was involved in Chávez's return to power after the 2002 coup d'état. He became a leading member of Chavez's Movimiento V República, and remains a leading member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela into which MVR was merged in 2007. Governor of Miranda from 2004 to 2008, he lost the 2008 election to Henrique Capriles Radonski, and was subsequently appointed Public Works & Housing Minister. In November 2009 he was additionally appointed head of the National Commission of Telecom, a position traditionally independent from Ministry of Public Works and Housing. In 2010, he was elected a member of parliament by his home state of Monagas. In 2011, President Hugo Chávez named him Vice-President of Venezuela's ruling party, the PSUV. In 2012, he was elected and sworn in as President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, the country's parliament.
Jaime Ramón Lusinchi is a Venezuelan politician who was the President of Venezuela from 1984 to 1989. His term was characterized by an economic crisis, growth of the external debt, populist policies, currency depreciation, inflation and corruption that exacerbated the crisis of the political system established in 1958. Accused of corruption after leaving office, Lusinchi was popular during his presidency, and was succeeded by a member of his party, Carlos Andrés Pérez.
Stefanía Fernández Krupij is a Venezuelan beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss Venezuela 2008 and Miss Universe 2009 titles. She earned a Guinness record by being the first Miss Universe winner who was crowned by a compatriot.
Oswaldo Augusto Vizcarrondo Araujo is a Venezuelan professional footballer that plays as a centre back. He currently plays for Nantes in the Ligue 1 and the Venezuelan national team. Vizcarrondo plays for his national team, being under the orders of the manager César Farías in his most successful moment, most notably during the Copa América of 2011 held in Argentina and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Vizcarrondo is also recognized for his similar appearance to Guatemalan singer Ricardo Arjona, being nicknamed "Ricky" when he played for powerhouse club of Venezuela like Caracas. During his club career, Vizcarrondo in teams like Olimpia and Deportivo Anzoátegui became an idol for the fans, winning at Once Caldas in 2010, his first honour out of his country.
Norkys Yelitza Batista Villarroel is a Venezuelan actress, model and former beauty pageant titleholder.
Magglio José Ordóñez Delgado is a retired Venezuelan Major League Baseball right fielder. He played for the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. Ordóñez is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 215 lb. Ordóñez retired from major league baseball as a Tiger on June 3, 2012 in a ceremony at Comerica Park prior to the afternoon game. In 2013, he announced that he will be running for public office in his native country of Venezuela.
Ervin Santana is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. Santana was born Johan Ramon Santana, and used that name throughout his life until 2003. At that time, he decided to change his name to avoid having the same name as pitching star Johan Santana. According to Ervin Santana, "I just came up with Ervin... Ervin Santana, that sounds good."
Kid606 is the stage name of Miguel Trost De Pedro, an electronic musician who was raised in San Diego and later moved to San Francisco. He is most closely associated with the glitch, IDM, Hardcore techno, and breakcore scenes. Kid606's music is similar to the work of his friend and colleague Lesser, as well as hardcore and IDM acts such as Atari Teenage Riot, Autechre, Mr. Oizo, and Matmos. He is primarily inspired not by his electronic contemporaries, but by his love of the Industrial music, Death metal, and Industrial metal of the 1980s and 90s, particularly bands like Godflesh and Napalm Death. His music is known for its high tempo breakbeats and liberal use of noise and sampling, as well as its punk aesthetic, uninhibited genre-mixing, and irreverent sense of humor. However, he is equally adept at creating more serious tracks that often reside in the realm of ambient and glitch. Notable releases by Kid606 include Don't Sweat the Technics, Down with the Scene, P.S. I Love You, and Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You. He collaborated or participated in the groups Flossin, Spacewurm, Ariel and Disc.
Baseball Center fielder
Carlos Eduardo González is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder with the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball. He played for the Oakland Athletics in 2008. González is an MLB All-Star and batting champion. He has won three Gold Glove Awards and a Silver Slugger Award.
Baseball First baseman
Andrés José Padovani Galarraga is a former Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels. He batted and threw right-handed. At six-foot-three and 235 pounds, Galarraga began his professional career in Venezuela at the age of 16. Despite several injuries that plagued Galarraga throughout his career, he was a very popular player both for his achievements on the field, and for his big and bright smile. He was nicknamed The Big Cat for his extraordinary quickness at first base in spite of his big frame. Galarraga was a five time All-Star, won two National League Gold Glove Awards and two NL Silver Slugger awards, and won the MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award after his successful return to baseball following cancer treatment.
Ramón A. Domínguez
Ramón A. Domínguez is a retired Eclipse Award-winning champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. Domínguez began riding horses at age 16 in his native Venezuela in show jumping then turned to riding thoroughbreds in flat racing events at La Rinconada Hippodrome. He emigrated to the United States where he began riding at Florida's Hialeah Park Race Track in 1996. In 2001 he got his big break by becoming the winningest jockey in the United States. He repeated the feat in 2003, and in 2004 he won the Isaac Murphy Award for having the highest winning percentage among all American-based jockeys. Domínguez was the regular rider of two-time Eclipse Award-winning turf champion Gio Ponti, whom he has ridden to victories in six Grade One stakes races including Belmont Park's Man o' War Stakes twice, as well as the Arlington Million, Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap and Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes twice. His first win in the Breeders' Cup came in 2004 when he rode Better Talk Now to victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Domínguez has won six races in a day on three occasions, most recently on July 22, 2012 when he rode six winners from seven mounts at Saratoga Race Course tying the same day win record by a jockey among all New York tracks. He is the second jockey in Saratoga's history to win six races on a single race card. He has also won five races in a day on several occasions at Aqueduct Racetrack, most recently on February 17, 2010 when he won the first five races on the card.
Luis Herrera Campins
Luis Antonio Herrera Campins was President of Venezuela from 1979 to 1984. He was elected to one five-year term in 1978. He was a member of the COPEI party.
Mónica Spear Mootz is a former beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Venezuela 2004 and currently works as an actress.
Freddy Antonio García, is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He is best known for his stints with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, and New York Yankees. García throws a fastball that can get into the 90s and a hard slider. He also throws a two-seam fastball, a curveball, a split-finger fastball and occasionally uses a changeup. García's best year was in 2001 in which he led the American League in innings pitched and ERA. He made the All-Star team in 2001 and 2002. In 2005, he was a member of the World Series winning Chicago White Sox and started the series winning game 4.
Arturo Uslar Pietri
Arturo Uslar Pietri, was a Venezuelan intellectual, lawyer, journalist, writer, television producer and politician.
Juan José Flores
Juan José Flores y Aramburu was a Venezuelan military general who became Supreme Chief, and later the first President of the new Republic of Ecuador. He later served two more terms from 1839 to 1843 and from 1843 to 1845, and is often referred to as "The Founder of the Republic".
Reynaldo Hahn was a Venezuelan, naturalised French, composer, conductor, music critic, diarist, theatre director, and salon singer. Best known as a composer of songs, he wrote in the French classical tradition of the mélodie. The fine craftsmanship, remarkable beauty, and originality of his works capture the insouciance of la belle époque.
Luis Ernesto Aparicio Montiel is a former professional baseball player from Venezuela. He played as a shortstop in Major League Baseball for 18 seasons from 1956 through 1973. In 1956, Aparicio won the American League Rookie of the Year Award playing for the Chicago White Sox. Nicknamed "Little Louie", Aparicio was the dominant shortstop of his era and was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. A ten-time All-Star and a nine-time American League stolen base champion, he was nominated for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.
Fernando Enrique Carrillo Roselli is a Venezuelan actor.
Edwin Valero was a Venezuelan professional boxer. He was born in Bolero Alto, and raised in El Vigía. Valero was an undefeated southpaw boxer and former two weight world champion who fought up to light welterweight. His professional boxing record was 27-0. Valero was a former WBA Super Featherweight champion and former WBC Lightweight champion who was known by boxing fans for his aggressive style and punching power. He is the only champion in the 30 years of the WBC to win every fight in his career by knockout.
Ruddy Rosario Rodríguez de Lucía, a former Miss Venezuela World, is an actress, model and businesswoman. Born in Anaco, Anzoátegui, daughter of Venezuelan Pedro José Rodríguez and Italian Rita de Lucía. She has a brother Romano and a sister Rina. She represented Venezuela in the 1985 Miss World pageant in England where she placed in the top 7.
Antonio Guzmán Blanco
Antonio Leocadio Guzmán Blanco was President of Venezuela for three separate terms, from 1870–1877, from 1879–1884, and from 1886–1887. Guzmán was born in Caracas as the son of Antonio Leocadio Guzmán, a Venezuelan journalist, politician as well as founder of the Liberal Party and Carlota Blanco Jerez de Aristeguieta. He was banished by the administration of General Julián Castro, and accompanied General Juan Crisóstomo Falcón in his invasion of Venezuela, becoming his general secretary. After the final defeat of Falcón at Cople in September, 1860, Guzmán accompanied his chief in his flight, and was sent to the West Indies to solicit assistance. Toward the end of 1861 he landed again with Falcón on the coast of Coro, and after numerous engagements signed on 22 May 1863, the treaty of Coche, by which arms were laid down, and a general assembly called at Victoria, which elected Falcón president and Guzmán vice president. The latter was at the same time secretary of the treasury, and went to London to negotiate a loan. On his return he was for a short time in charge of the executive, and afterward was elected president of congress. After the overthrow of Falcón in 1868, Guzmán left the country, but headed a revolution in 1869, and in 1870 became provisional president with extraordinary powers, ruling the country for seven years as a dictator. His successor, General Francisco Linares Alcántara, died in office in December, 1878, and there were several revolutionary uprisings, till Guzmán assumed the government again. In the elections of 1883 General Joaquín Crespo, one of his friends, was declared president, and Guzmán became ambassador to France, living with great ostentation in Paris. In 1886 he again assumed the presidency; his successor, the undistinguished Hermógenes López, was also understood to be under his influence.
Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco is a professional Spanish tennis player. Her highest WTA singles ranking is 53, which she reached on 15 July 2013.
José Humberto Rujano Guillen is a Venezuelan professional road bicycle racer who competed professionally between 2003 and 2013.
José Cipriano Castro Ruiz was a high-ranking member of the Venezuelan military, politician and the President of Venezuela from 1899 to 1908. He was the first man from the Andes to rule the country, and was the first of five military strongmen from the Andean state of Táchira to rule the country over the next 46 years.
Henry Ramón Blanco is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher who is currently a free agent. Although Blanco is a light-hitting player, he is regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in Major League Baseball.
Jesús Alejandro Montero Lopez is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher and designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. He was originally signed by the New York Yankees before being traded to the Mariners. At the time of his signing, the Yankees projected him as a possible future replacement for Jorge Posada. There were, however, doubts about whether his height and weight were conducive to being an everyday catcher.
Juan A. Baptista
Juan Alfonso Baptista Díaz is a Venezuelan actor and model best known for his roles in Pasión de Gavilanes and La Mujer En El Espejo.
Baseball First baseman
Víctor Jesús Martínez, also known by his nickname "V-Mart", is a Venezuelan professional baseball designated hitter with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. He has also played for the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians.
Rafael Jose Betancourt is a professional baseball right-handed relief pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians and the Colorado Rockies and in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Yokohama BayStars.
Pop rock Artist
Mikel Erentxun is a Venezuelan-born Spanish rock musician. Formerly with the group Duncan Dhu, he started his solo career in 1992. He has released six albums as a solo artist and has covered The Smiths' song, "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out", as "Esta luz nunca se apagará", as well as Morrissey's "Everyday Is Like Sunday" as "Todo es Igual Siempre". He has collaborated with Mark Gardener, Robert Quine, Pete Thomas, Lloyd Cole, Matthew Sweet and Fred Maher. In 2005 the band the Lightning Seeds sued Erentxun for alleged plagiarism of their song "Pure", but it was finally dismissed.
Simón Rodríguez, known during his exile from Spanish America as Samuel Robinson, was a South American philosopher and educator, notably Simón Bolívar's tutor and mentor. His mother, Rosalia Rodríguez, was the daughter of an owner of farms and livestock; her father was originally from the Canary Islands. In May 1791, the Caracas Council gave him a position as teacher in the "Reading and Writing School for Children". In 1794, he presented his critical writing Reflection on the flaws vitiating the Reading and Writing School for Children in Caracas and Means of Achieving its Reform and a New Establishment to the council. It's an original approach to a modern school system. His role in the failed Gual and España conspiracy against the Spanish crown in 1797 forced him to leave Venezuela. In Kingston, Jamaica he changed his name to Samuel Robinson, and after staying some years in the United States he traveled to France. There, in 1804, he met his former tutee, Simón Bolivar; together they made a long journey across Europe. They witnessed the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte in Milan, as King of Italy and in Rome, witnessed how Bolívar took his famous oath that he would liberate all of America from the Spanish Crown, and registered it for history: "I swear before you; I swear on my parent’s God; I swear on them; I swear on my honor; and I swear on my Motherland; that I won’t give rest to my arm, nor repose to my soul, until I have broken the chains that oppress us by will of the Spanish power."
Serge Blanco is a former rugby union footballer who played fullback for Biarritz Olympique and the French national side, gaining 93 caps, 81 of them at fullback. His alternative position was wing. Blanco was born in Caracas to a Venezuelan father and a Basque mother, but was raised in Biarritz, France. He made his international debut against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on 8 November 1980, which France lost 37–15.
Francisco Cervelli is an Italo-Venezuelan professional baseball player. A catcher, Cervelli plays in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. He was an international signee by the Yankees in 2003 and played in the 2009 World Baseball Classic for the Italian national team.
Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi
María Luisa Cáceres Díaz de Arismendi was a heroine of the Venezuelan War of Independence.
Kimberly Dos Ramos
Kimberly Dos Ramos De Sousa is an actress, entertainer, model, and singer from Venezuela. The actress began her career in commercials and promotions on the Venezuelan television station Radio Caracas Television,. She then acted in telenovelas in starring roles on RCTV International such as "Eugenia Alcoy Del Casal" on La Trepadora, and as "Karen Montero" on Que el Cielo Me Explique. She was later known throughout all of Latin America as "Matilda Roman" in the Nickelodeon television series Grachi. Kimberly became well known as a singer when she recorded a soundtrack album for the television series La Vida es Maravillosamente Mágica. She also reached an idol status for her outstanding acting in her Grachi role. Kimberly was a member of Grachi: El show en vivo, a musical tour ofGrachi, that traveled to several countries in Latin America.
Asdrúbal José Cabrera is a Venezuelan professional shortstop and second baseman for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball in the United States. Cabrera, a switch hitter, is a two-time All-Star.
Pedro Ángel Stroop, known as Pedro Strop, is a Dominican–Dutch professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. He debuted in MLB with the Texas Rangers.
Aída María Yéspica Jaime is a Venezuelan television personality, model, and former beauty pageant contestant.
Ramón José Velásquez
Ramón José Velásquez Mujica is a Venezuelan political figure. He served as Acting president of Venezuela between 1993 and 1994. He is known as a historian, journalist, lawyer, politician and entertainer of companies for his knowledge of the "national life".