This page lists some famous people from Brazil.

Famous sports personalities


Pelé is known as the best ever football player from Brazil. He played between 1956 and 1977, including being in 4 out of the 5 Brazilian teams that won the world cup.


Kaká is a professional footballer. At age 12 he was quite a bit shorter than his father and brother, but medical tests showed a problem with his bones and after growth treatment, he reached normal height.

Bob Burnquist

Robert Dean Silva Burnquist (born 10th October 1976 in Rio de Janeiro), better known as Bob Burnquist, started skateboarding aged 3 and became a Brazilian professional skateboarder at the age of 6. In 2010, he became the first skateboarder to land a mega fakie to fakie 900, which means doing 2.5 full turns during a jump.

Ayrton Senna

Many people think Ayrton Senna was the best racing driver ever. He was killed in a high speed crash during a Formula 1 race in 1994.

Famous explorers and engineers

Amyr Klink

Amyr Klink (born September 25th, 1955 in Sao Paulo, Brazil) is an explorer and sailor who sailed across the South Atlantic Ocean, on a project called “Antartica 360”. Amyr has written seven books about his adventures, including Between Two Poles (about his trip from Antartica to the Arctic Pole, starting in 1989 and taking 642 days). Amyr helped to build the ship used in this trip, named Paratii after the town of Paraty in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Alberto Santos-Dumont

Alberto was born on the 20th of July 1873 and died on the 23rd of July 1932 (aged 59). He designed, built and flew one of the first airships. He also flew around the Eiffel tower (in Paris) in 1901, in his airship, and in 1906 he made the first public flight of an aeroplane in Europe.

Famous artists, authors and actors

Artur Barrio

Artur Barrio is an artist who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He thinks are should be about doing things, not just looking at things.

Maria Machdo

Maria was a Brazilian playwright, based on plays for children. She was born in 1921, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais and died in Rio de Janeiro in 2001, where she lived most of her life. Daughter of writer Anibal Machdo, she studied theater in Paris, and started an acting school (O Tablado, in Rio de Janeiro) when she returned to Brazil.

Alice Braga

Alice Braga Moraes (born 15th April 1983) is a Brazilian actress. She has appeared in several films in her country, mostly as Angeltca in City of God (in 2002) and Karina in Lower City (in 2005). She has also starred in the Hollywood movies, I am a Legend (2007), Repo Men and Predators (both 2010).