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List of famous people from Latvia, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Latvia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Latvia you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Latvia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

A list made up of people like Harry Adaskin and Voldemārs Veiss.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Latvia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Latvia?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Ginta Lapiņa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Ginta Lapiņa age 27 - Ginta Lapiņa is a Latvian model.

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Inga Drozdova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Inga Drozdova age 40

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Anatoly Solovyev is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Anatoly Solovyev age 67 - Anatoly Yakovlevich Solovyev is a retired Russian and Soviet cosmonaut and pilot. Solovyev holds the world record on the number of spacewalks performed, and accumulated time spent spacewalking.

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Mark Rothko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Mark Rothko Died at 67 (1903-1970) - Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous ...more

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Angelika Kallio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Angelika Kallio age 43 - Angelika Kallio is a Finnish model, living and working abroad since the early 1990s.

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Juris Hartmanis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Juris Hartmanis age 88 - Juris Hartmanis is a prominent computer scientist and computational theorist who, with Richard E. Stearns, received the 1993 ACM Turing Award "in recognition of their seminal paper which ...more

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Vitas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Vitas age 34 - Vitas is the stage name of Vitaliy Vladasovich Grachov, a Ukrainian singer, singing mainly in Russian language, and songwriter. Known for his high falsetto voice and a vocal range of 5 octaves, ...more

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Yeshayahu Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Yeshayahu Leibowitz Died at 91 (1903-1994) - Yeshayahu Leibowitz was an Israeli Jewish public intellectual, professor of biochemistry, organic chemistry and neurophysiology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a polymath known for his ...more

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Alexei Kudrin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Alexei Kudrin age 56 - Alexei Leonidovich Kudrin is a Russian political figure who served in the government of Russia as Minister of Finance from 18 May 2000 to 26 September 2011. After graduating with degrees in ...more

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Serge Sorokko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Serge Sorokko age 61 - Serge Sorokko is an American art dealer, publisher and owner of the Serge Sorokko Gallery in San Francisco. He played a major role in establishing the first cultural exchanges in the field of ...more

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Eliyahu Rips is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Eliyahu Rips age 67 - Eliyahu Rips, also Ilya Rips is a Latvian-born Israeli mathematician known for his research in geometric group theory. He became known to the general public following his coauthoring a paper on ...more

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Mariss Jansons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Mariss Jansons age 72 - Mariss Ivars Georgs Jansons is a Latvian conductor, the son of conductor Arvīds Jansons and the singer Iraida Jansons.

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Bill Rebane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Bill Rebane age 80 - Baron Bill Rebane is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for low budget horror movies such as Twist Craze and The Giant Spider Invasion. Rebane also ran for ...more

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Rosa von Praunheim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Rosa von Praunheim age 73 - Rosa von Praunheim, is a German film director, author, painter and gay rights activist. A prolific director, he has made over seventy feature films. He began his career associated to the New ...more

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Laila Pakalnina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Laila Pakalnina age 53 - Laila Pakalnina is a Latvian film director and screenwriter. She has directed 20 films since 1991. Her film Kurpe was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

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Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga age 79 - Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga was the sixth President of Latvia and the first female President of Latvia. She was elected President of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga is a ...more

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Oļegs Maļuhins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Oļegs Maļuhins age 47 - Oļegs Maļuhins is a former Latvian biathlete. He retired after the 2006 Turin Olympics, but announced comeback in 2008 stating that in his plans is to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics. In ...more

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Lipman Bers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Lipman Bers Died at 79 (1914-1993) - Lipman "Lipa" Bers was an American mathematician born in Riga who created the theory of pseudoanalytic functions and worked on Riemann surfaces and Kleinian groups. He was also known ...more

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Карл Юльевич Давыдов is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Карл Юльевич Давыдов Died at 51 (1838-1889) - Karl Yulievich Davydov was a Russian cellist of great renown during his time, and described by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as the "star of cellists". Arensky dedicated his first piano ...more

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Edgars Maskalāns is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Edgars Maskalāns age 34 - Edgars Maskalāns is a Latvian bobsledder.

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Eižens Laube is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Eižens Laube Died at 87 (1880-1967) - Eižens Laube was aLatvian architect. He was responsible for some of the reconstruction work of Riga Castle in the 1930s and designed more than 200 houses in Riga.

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Jānis Miņins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Jānis Miņins age 36 - Jānis Miņins is a Latvian bobsledder who has competed since 1999. He won a bronze medal in the four-man event at the FIBT World Championships 2009 in Lake Placid, New York, earning the country ...more

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Elya Baskin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Elya Baskin age 66 - Ilya Zalmanovich Baskin, known as Elya Baskin, is an American actor.

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Madara Līduma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Madara Līduma age 34 - Madara Liduma is a biathlete. 

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Daina Taimina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Daina Taimina age 62 - Daina Taimina is a Latvian mathematician, currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Cornell University, known for crocheting objects to illustrate hyperbolic space. She received all her formal ...more

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Yury Tynyanov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Yury Tynyanov Died at 49 (1894-1943) - Yury Nikolaevich Tynyanov was a famous Soviet/Russian writer, literary critic, translator, scholar and screenwriter. He was an authority on Pushkin and an important member of the Russian ...more

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Agnese Koklaca is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Agnese Koklaca age 25 - Agnese Koklaca is a luger.

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Annie Londonderry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Annie Londonderry Died at 77 (1870-1947) - Annie “Londonderry” Cohen Kopchovsky was the first woman to bicycle around the world. She was a free-thinking young woman, who reinvented herself as the daring “Annie Londonderry” — ...more

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Kārlis Balodis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Kārlis Balodis Died at 67 (1864-1931) - Kārlis Balodis was a notable Latvian economist, financist, statistician and demographist. Most notably, he is the author of civilian rationing, which was first used in Germany during the First ...more

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Eliezer Halfin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Eliezer Halfin Died at 24 (1948-1972) - Eliezer Halfin was a wrestler for the Israeli Olympic team at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Along with 10 other athletes and coaches he was taken hostage by Palestinian Black ...more

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Anna Orlova is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Anna Orlova age 44 - Anna Orlova is a retired Latvian luger who competed at six Winter Olympics between 1992 and 2010. She won the silver medal in the mixed team event at the 2003 FIL World Luge Championships in ...more

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Boris Ingster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Boris Ingster Died at 75 (1903-1978) - Boris Ingster was a screenwriter and film producer.

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Andrejs Rastorgujevs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Andrejs Rastorgujevs age 28 - Andrejs Rastorgujevs is a Latvian biathlete. His debut in the Biathlon World Cup was a rather unsuccessful one. In the first event of 2009–10 Biathlon World Cup in Östersund he participated ...more

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Nechama Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Nechama Leibowitz Died at 92 (1905-1997) - Nechama Leibowitz was a noted Israeli Bible scholar and commentator who rekindled interest in Bible study.

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Lina Stern is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Lina Stern Died at 90 (1878-1968) - Lina Solomonovna Stern was a notable Soviet biochemist, physiologist and humanist whose medical discoveries saved thousands of lives at the fronts of World War II. She is best known for her ...more

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Julia Graysen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Julia Graysen Latvian director of films and clips, former radio DJ, journalist, TV presenter and simply beautiful woman.

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Georg August Schweinfurth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Georg August Schweinfurth Died at 89 (1836-1925) - Georg August Schweinfurth was a Baltic German botanist, traveller in East Central Africa and ethnologist. He was born at Riga, Latvia, then part of the Russian Empire. He was educated at the ...more

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Aigars Cipruss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Aigars Cipruss age 45 - Aigars Cipruss is a Latvian professional ice hockey player currently playing for HK Ozolnieki/Monarhs hockey club. Until then he played for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League, and ...more

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Mihails Arhipovs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Mihails Arhipovs age 31 - Mihails Arhipovs is a former Latvian bobsledder who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of tenth in the four-man event at Vancouver in 2010. ...more

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Wolf Ruvinskis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Wolf Ruvinskis Died at 78 (1921-1999) - Wolf Ruvinskis, born Wolf Ruvinskis Manevics, was a naturalized Mexican actor and Luchador, or professional wrestler. He was married three times, to Beatriz Perez, dancer Armida Herrera and ...more

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Oskars Gudramovics is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Oskars Gudramovics age 28 - Oskars Gudramovics is a luger.

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Ernst Rudolf von Trautvetter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Ernst Rudolf von Trautvetter Died at 80 (1809-1889) - Ernst Rudolf von Trautvetter, was a Baltic German botanist, specialising in the flora of the Caucasus and central Asia. He was the son of Friedrich Wilhelm Trautvetter, Royal Saxon privy and ...more

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Zintis Saicans is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Zintis Saicans age 26 - Zintis Saicans is a luger.

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Anete Brice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Anete Brice age 25 - Anete Brice is a cross-country skier.

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Johann Eduard Erdmann is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Johann Eduard Erdmann Died at 87 (1805-1892) - Johann Eduard Erdmann was a German religious pastor, historian of philosophy, and philosopher of religion, of which he wrote on the mediation of faith and knowledge. He was known to be a ...more

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Artūrs Plēsnieks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Artūrs Plēsnieks age 25 - Artūrs Plēsnieks is a Latvian weightlifter. He has received several medals at junior competitions, including gold medal at Junior World Championships 2010. Plēsnieks has competed in several ...more

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Uldis Logins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Uldis Logins age 25 - Uldis Logins is a luger.

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Andrejs Berze is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Andrejs Berze age 25 - Andrejs Berze is a luger.

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Lauris Dārziņš is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Lauris Dārziņš age 30 - Lauris Dārziņš is a Latvian ice hockey player who currently plays for Dinamo Riga of Kontinental Hockey League.

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Sergejs Naumovs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Sergejs Naumovs age 46 - Sergejs Ivanovich Naumovs is a former Latvian professional ice hockey goaltender. Naumovs began career with Dinamo Riga in the Soviet League. In 1994, he moved to North America and had spells ...more