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Famous Panamanians

Panama's Information

Flag of Panama
Land Area 74,340 km2
Water Area 1,080 km2
Total Area 75,420km2 (#116)
Population 3,705,246 (#130)
Population Density 49.84/km2
Government Type Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $93.12 Billion
GDP Per Capita $22,800
Currency Balboa (PAB)
Largest Cities

About Panama

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

  • Jesus Almenas guitarist, composer
  • Pedro Altamiranda singer, composer
  • Nancy Ames singer
  • Tanya Aparicio pianist
  • Ernesto Perez Balladares former president
  • Felipe Baloy soccer player
  • Nicolas Ardito Barletta former president
  • Bayano rebel slave
  • Jose Dominador Bazan politician
  • Nadia Noemi Franco Bazan writer
  • Reginald Beckford sprinter, first gold medalist of Panama
  • William Bedford basketball player
  • Ruben Blades singer, actor, minister of tourism
  • Nando Boom reggae artist
  • Miguel Bose actor, singer
  • Jordana Brewster actress
  • Floyd Britton political dissident
  • Rosa Maria Britton writer
  • Panama Al Brown first Hispanic world boxing champion
C - D
  • Rod Carew baseball player
  • Jorge Cham webcomics producer, author
  • Kenneth Bancroft Clark psychologist, writer
  • Billy Cobham drummer
  • Irichelle Duran boxer
  • Roberto Duran boxer
E - G
  • El General reggae artist
  • Guillermo Endara former president
  • Martin Torrijos Espino former president
  • Alfonso Frazier world champion boxer
  • Carlos Fuentes writer
  • Charles Patrick Garcia businessman, author
  • Carlos Garnett jazz musician
  • Gloria Guardia author
H - K
  • Omar Torrijos Herrera national guard leader
  • Esteban Huertas independence fighter
  • Jorge Illueca diplomat, politician
  • Leroy Jackson basketball player
  • Roberto Kelly baseball player
  • Lloyd LaBeach first Olympic medal holder of Panama
  • Vincent Laresca actor
  • Bobby Lashley professional wrestler
  • Oscar Willis Layne cyclist
  • Julio E. Linares treasury Minister, foreign minister
  • Hector Lopez baseball player
  • Victoriano Lorenzo patriot
  • Los Rabanes music group
  • Arnulfo Arias Madrid former president
  • Harmodio Arias Madrid former president
  • Carlos Francisco Chang Marin folklorist, painter, musician, journalist, activist, writer
  • Norma Mascoll first female US Director of Engineering and Housing
M continued
  • Luis Anderson McNeil former Minister of Labor
  • Ramiro Mendoza baseball player
  • Orlando Miller baseball player
  • Ricardo Miro poet
  • Mireya Moscoso former president
  • Jaime Murrell singer
N - P
  • Manuel Chong Neto painter
  • Manuel Antonio Noriega dictator
  • Ben Oglivie baseball player
  • Justine Pasek Miss Universe 2002
  • Eusebio Pedroza boxer
  • Danilo Perez pianist
  • Laffit Pincay Jr. jockey
  • Jose Luis Rodriguez Pitti photographer, author
  • Belisario Porras former president
Q - R
  • Jose Quintero director
  • J August Richards actor
  • Mariano Rivera baseball player
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega actress, singer
  • Carlos Ruiz baseball player
  • Luis Russell musician, band director
  • Irving Saladino Panama's first Olympic gold medallist
  • Manny Sanguillen baseball player
  • Alfredo Sinclair artist
  • Olga Sinclair artist
  • Alfredo Smith, Jr. jockey
  • Rachel Smith Miss USA 2007
  • Melissa De Sousa actress
  • Edward Ashton Gaskin Stuart educator, labor leader
T - Z
  • Marc Anthony Thompson musician, actor
  • Consuelo Tomas author
  • Omar Torrijos former dictator
  • Urraca chieftain
  • Roberto Vasquez boxer
  • Juan Williams television correspondent
  • Ingrid De Ycaza singer
  • Hilario Zapata boxer
  • Aaron Zebede actor, producer
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About the Author

John Moen is a cartographer who along with his wife are the orignal founders of worldatlas.com. He and his wife, Chris Woolwine-Moen, produced thousands of award-winning maps that are used all over the world and content that aids students, teachers, travelers and parents with their geography and map questions. Today, it's one of the most popular educational sites on the web.

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This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.