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List of famous people from Ukraine, 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 Ukraine, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Ukraine 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 Ukraine, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

You can rank all of these people, from Yuri Malenchenko to Adam Daniel Rotfeld.

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

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Nikki Benz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Nikki Benz age 35 - Nikki Benz is the stage name of an award winning Ukrainian Canadian pornographic actress. She is also a 2010 Penthouse Pet who was selected as the 2011 Pet of the Year. In May 2014 she announced ...more

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Maksim Chmerkovskiy age 37 - Maksim "Maks" Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy is a Ukrainian American Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor. He is widely known as one of the professional dancers on ...more

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Golda Meir is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Golda Meir Died at 80 (1898-1978) - Golda Meir was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of ...more

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Leonid Brezhnev is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Leonid Brezhnev Died at 76 (1906-1982) - Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, presiding over the country from 1964 until his death in 1982. His ...more

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Robert Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Robert Maxwell Died at 68 (1923-1991) - Ian Robert Maxwell, MC was a Czechoslovakian-born British media proprietor and Member of Parliament. He rose from poverty to build an extensive publishing empire. His death revealed huge ...more

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Vaslav Nijinsky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Vaslav Nijinsky Died at 60 (1890-1950) - Vaslav Nijinsky was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer of Polish descent, cited as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century. He was celebrated for his virtuosity and for the ...more

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Lee Strasberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Lee Strasberg Died at 81 (1901-1982) - Lee Strasberg was an American actor, director and acting teacher born in Galicia, Austria-Hungary. He cofounded, with directors Harold Clurman and Cheryl Crawford, the Group Theatre in 1931, ...more

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Vera Brezhneva is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Vera Brezhneva age 35 - Vera Viktorovna Galushka, better known by her stage name Vera Brezhneva, is a Russian pop-singer and television presenter.

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Alla Nazimova is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Alla Nazimova Died at 66 (1879-1945) - Alla Nazimova was a Russian-American film and theater actress, screenwriter and film producer. She is perhaps best known as simply Nazimova, but also went under the name Alia Nasimoff. She ...more

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Boris Sagal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Boris Sagal Died at 58 (1923-1981) - Boris Sagal was a Ukrainian-born American television and film director.

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Vladimir Lyakhov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Vladimir Lyakhov age 74 - Vladimir Afanasyevich Lyakhov is a former Soviet cosmonaut. He was selected as cosmonaut on May 5, 1967, and retired on September 7, 1994. Lyakhov was the Commander on Soyuz 32, Soyuz T-9 and ...more

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Vladimir Vasyutin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Vladimir Vasyutin Died at 50 (1952-2002) - Vladimir Vladimirovich Vasyutin was a Soviet cosmonaut. He was selected as a cosmonaut on December 1, 1978. He retired on February 25, 1986. Vasyutin was assigned to the TKS program for a new ...more

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Sergey Alexandrovich Volkov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Sergey Alexandrovich Volkov age 44 - Sergey Aleksandrovich Volkov is a Russian cosmonaut. He was a member of two missions to the International Space Station, spending more than a year in total in space. During his missions he did ...more

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Leonid Popov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Leonid Popov age 71 - Leonid Ivanovich Popov is a former Soviet cosmonaut.

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Leonid Kizim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Leonid Kizim Died at 69 (1941-2010) - Leonid Denisovich Kizim was a Soviet cosmonaut. Kizim was born in Krasnyi Lyman, Donetsk Oblast, Soviet Union. He graduated from Higher Air Force School in 1975; and served as a test pilot in ...more

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Mike Mazurki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Mike Mazurki Died at 83 (1907-1990) - Mike Mazurki, born Mikhaił Mazurkiewicz, was an Austrian-born American actor and professional wrestler who appeared in over 100 films. His towering 6' 5" presence and intimidating face ...more

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Paul Muni is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Paul Muni Died at 72 (1895-1967) - Paul Muni was an American stage and film actor who was born in Lemberg and grew up in Chicago. He started his acting career in the Yiddish theatre. During the 1930s, he was considered one of the ...more

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Igor Suprunyuck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Igor Suprunyuck age 29 - Igor Suprunyuck was a serial killer and known as one of the Dnepropetrovsk maniacs.

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George Gamow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
George Gamow Died at 64 (1904-1968) - George Gamow, born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov, was a theoretical physicist and cosmologist – notably an early advocate and developer of Lemaître's Big Bang theory. He discovered a ...more

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Viktor Sayenko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Viktor Sayenko age 29 - Viktor Sayenko was a serial killer and known as one of the Dnepropetrovsk maniacs.

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Tadeusz Sendzimir is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Tadeusz Sendzimir Died at 95 (1894-1989) - Tadeusz Sendzimir of Ostoja coat of arms was a Polish engineer and inventor of international renown with 120 patents in mining and metallurgy, 73 of which were awarded to him in the United ...more

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Victoria Koblenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Victoria Koblenko age 36 - Victoria Koblenko is a Dutch actress, presenter and columnist of Ukrainian descent.

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Max Levchin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Max Levchin age 40 - Maksymilian Rafailovych "Max" Levchyn is a Ukrainian-born American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur. He is the former chief technology officer of PayPal, which he ...more

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Alexander Liberman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Alexander Liberman Died at 87 (1912-1999) - Alexander Semeonovitch Liberman was a Russian-American magazine editor, publisher, painter, photographer, and sculptor. He held senior artistic positions during his 32 years at Condé Nast ...more

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Eugene Hütz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Eugene Hütz age 44 - Eugene Hütz is a Ukrainian-born singer, composer, DJ, and actor, most notable as the frontman of the Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello.

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Hayim Nahman Bialik is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Hayim Nahman Bialik Died at 61 (1873-1934) - Hayim Nahman Bialik, also Chaim or Haim, was a Jewish poet who wrote primarily in Hebrew but also in Yiddish. Bialik was one of the pioneers of modern Hebrew poetry and came to be recognized as ...more

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Svyatoslav Fyodorov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Svyatoslav Fyodorov Died at 73 (1927-2000) - Svyatoslav Nikolayevich Fyodorov was a Russian ophthalmologist, politician, professor, full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. He is considered to ...more

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Nudie Cohn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Nudie Cohn Died at 82 (1902-1984) - Nuta Kotlyarenko, known professionally as Nudie Cohn, was a Ukrainian-born American tailor who designed decorative rhinestone-covered suits, known popularly as "Nudie Suits", and other ...more

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Adam Zagajewski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Adam Zagajewski age 71 - Adam Zagajewski is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

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Yevgeny Primakov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Yevgeny Primakov age 87 - Yevgeny Maksimovich Primakov is a Russian politician and diplomat who was Prime Minister of Russia from 1998 to 1999. During his long career, he also served as Foreign Minister, Speaker of the ...more

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Mykola Lysenko is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Mykola Lysenko Died at 70 (1842-1912) - Mykola Vitaliyovych Lysenko was a Ukrainian composer, pianist, conductor and ethnomusicologist.

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Leo Fuchs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Leo Fuchs Died at 83 (1911-1994) - Leo Fuchs was a Polish-born Jewish American actor. According to YIVO, born Avrum Leib Fuchs in Warsaw; according to Schechter, born in Lwów, Galicia, then Poland, now Lviv, Ukraine. Fuchs ...more

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Sergei Korolev is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Sergei Korolev Died at 59 (1907-1966) - Sergei Pavlovich Korolev was the lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer in the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1950s and 1960s. He is considered ...more

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Nestor Makhno is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Nestor Makhno Died at 46 (1888-1934) - Nestor Ivanovych Makhno or Bat'ko Makhno was a Ukrainian anarcho-communist revolutionary and the commander of an independent anarchist army in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War. As commander ...more

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Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Andriy Shevchenko age 40 - Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko is a former Ukrainian footballer who played for Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea, and the Ukrainian national team as a striker. Shevchenko is ranked as the fifth top ...more

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Nikolai Podgorny is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Nikolai Podgorny Died at 80 (1903-1983) - Nikolai Viktorovich Podgorny was a Soviet Ukrainian statesman during the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine from 1957 to 1963 and ...more

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J. Peters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
J. Peters Died at 96 (1894-1990) - J. Peters was the most commonly known pseudonym of a man who last went by the name "Alexander Stevens" in 1949. Peters was an ethnic Jewish journalist and political activist who was a ...more

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Theodore Romzha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Theodore Romzha Died at 36 (1911-1947) - Blessed Theodore Romzha was bishop of the Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of Mukacheve from 1944 to 1947. Assassinated by Joseph Stalin's NKVD, he was beatified as a martyr by Pope John Paul II on ...more

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Anka Romensky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Anka Romensky age 36

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Vladimir Kondratenko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Vladimir Kondratenko Vladimir Kondratenko was a serial killer and known as one of the Nighttime Killers.

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Vladislav Volkovich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Vladislav Volkovich Vladislav Volkovich was a serial killer and known as one of the Nighttime Killers.

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Elena Berkova is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Elena Berkova age 30 - Elena Sergeyevna Berkova is a Russian ex-model, television presenter, singer and actress. In 2004, she joined the popular show Dom-2 on TV channel TNT. In 2006, Elena appeared as a singer in ...more

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Nikolai Tikhonov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Nikolai Tikhonov Died at 92 (1905-1997) - Nikolai Aleksandrovich Tikhonov was a Soviet Russian-Ukrainian statesman during the Cold War. He served as Chairman of the Council of Ministers from 1980 to 1985, and as a First Deputy Chairman ...more

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Paul Celan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Paul Celan Died at 50 (1920-1970) - Paul Celan was a German language poet and translator. He was born as Paul Antschel to a Jewish family in Cernăuți, in the then Kingdom of Romania, and adopted the pseudonym "Paul ...more

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Aleksander Ford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Aleksander Ford Died at 72 (1908-1980) - Aleksander Ford was a Polish film director; and head of the Polish People's Army Film Crew in the Soviet Union during World War II. Ford became director of the nationalized Film Polski company ...more

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Stanislaw Ulam is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Stanislaw Ulam Died at 75 (1909-1984) - Stanisław Marcin Ulam was a renowned Polish-American mathematician. He participated in America's Manhattan Project, originated the Teller–Ulam design of thermonuclear weapons, invented the Monte ...more

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Nikolai Ryzhkov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Nikolai Ryzhkov age 87 - Nikolai Ivanovich Ryzhkov is a former Soviet official who became a Russian politician following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He served as the last Chairman of the Council of Ministers. ...more

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Dmitry Salita is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dmitry Salita age 33 - Dmitriy Aleksandrovich Lekhtman better known as Dmitriy Salita is a Ukrainian-born American boxer from Brooklyn, New York in the welterweight division. He has a 33–1–1 record, with 16 KOs. He is ...more

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Grigory Zinoviev is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Grigory Zinoviev Died at 53 (1883-1936) - Grigory Yevseevich Zinoviev, born Ovsei-Gershon Aronovich Radomyslsky, known also under the name Hirsch Apfelbaum, was a Bolshevik revolutionary and a Soviet Communist politician. Zinoviev is ...more

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Ivan Ladyga is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Ivan Ladyga age 96 - Ivan Fedorovich Ladyga was a Soviet-Russian colonel of artillery. He was a Candidate of Military Sciences, a professor, and a corresponding member of the Russian Military Sciences Academy. He ...more