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Famous People From Albania

Updated December 20, 2017 13.4k views937 items

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

List people include Luigj Gurakuqi, Daniel Godelli and many more.

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

    Dec. at 46 (1879-1925)

    BirthplaceShkodër, Albania

    GenderMale

    Luigj Gurakuqi (19 February 1879 – 2 March 1925) (also called: Louis Gurakuchi) was an Albanian writer and politician. He was an important figure of the Albanian National Awakening and was honoured...  more
  • BirthplaceTirana, Albania

    GenderFemale

    Alternative NameMasiela Lusha

    Masiela Lusha (; born October 23, 1985) is an Albanian-American actress, author, producer and humanitarian. Lusha gained recognition for playing Carmen Lopez on the globally syndicated ABC sitcom...  more
  • Arbër Abilaliaj

    Age: 34

    BirthplaceVlorë, Albania

    GenderMale

    Arbër Abilaliaj (born 6 June 1986) is an Albanian football player who plays for Skënderbeu Korçë in the Albanian Superliga as a forward....  more
  • Ramiz Alia

    Dec. at 86 (1925-2011)

    BirthplaceShkodër, Albania

    GenderMale

    Ramiz Tafë Alia (pronunciation ; 18 October 1924 – 7 October 2011) was the second and last leader of the People's Socialist Republic of Albania from 1985 to 1991, served as First Secretary of the...  more
  • BirthplaceGjirokastër, Albania

    GenderMale

    Ismail Kadare (Albanian pronunciation: [ismaˈil kadaˈɾe], also spelled Ismaïl Kadaré in French; born 28 January 1936) is an Albanian novelist, poet, essayist and playwright. He has been a leading...  more
  • BirthplaceViçidol, Albania

    GenderMale

    Sali Ram Berisha , (Albanian pronunciation: [saˈli bɛˈɾiʃa]; born 15 October 1944) is an Albanian cardiologist and conservative politician who served as the second President of Albania from 1992 to...  more
  • BirthplaceElbasan, Albania

    GenderFemale

    Luljeta Lleshanaku (born 1968, in Elbasan, Albania) is an Albanian poet who is the recipient of the 2009 Crystal Vilenica award for European poets. She was educated in literature at the University of...  more
  • BirthplaceTirana, Albania

    GenderMale

    Leon Qafzezi (born 23 February 1953 in Tirana, Albania) is an Albanian writer and cineaste....  more
  • Andon Zako Çajupi

    Dec. at 64 (1866-1930)

    BirthplaceSheper, Albania

    GenderMale

    Andon Zako Çajupi (27 March 1866 – 11 July 1930) was a leading Albanian rilindas, poet, and playwright writer that actively participated in the Albanian National Awakening....  more
  • Andamion Murataj

    Andamion Murataj is an Albanian film director, producer, and screen writer currently living in New York, NY. He is best known for the script of The Forgiveness of Blood, which he co-wrote with Joshua...  more
  • BirthplaceTirana, Albania

    GenderMale

    Rexhep Qemal Meidani (listen ; born on 17 August 1944) is an Albanian physics professor, diplomat and politician. Meidani was the 3rd President of Albania to be elected after the first multi-party...  more
  • BirthplaceVlorë, Albania

  • Murat Reis the Elder

    Dec. at 104 (1534-1638)

    BirthplaceAlbania

    GenderMale

    Murat Reis the Elder (Turkish: Koca Murat Reis; c. 1534 – 1609) was an Ottoman privateer and admiral, who served in the Ottoman Navy. He is regarded as one of the most important Barbary corsairs....  more
  • Bujar Nishani

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceDurrës, Albania

    GenderMale

    Bujar Nishani (Albanian pronunciation: [bujaɾ ni'ʃani]; born 29 September 1964) is an Albanian politician. He served as President of Albania from 24 July 2012 to 24 July 2017. Before his election as...  more
  • Abas Ermenji

    Dec. at 90 (1913-2003)

    BirthplaceSkrapar District, Albania

    GenderMale

    Prof. Abas Ermenji (December 12, 1913 - March 13, 2003) was an Albanian politician, historian and nationalist fighter with social democratic views who opposed the Albanian Monarchy, Fascism,...  more
  • Arben Malaj

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceVlorë, Albania

    Arben Malaj (born 19 September 1961 in the city of Vlora, Albania) has been Minister of Finance and Economy in the Republic of Albania different times from 1997 until 2005. He is known for...  more
  • BirthplaceAlbania

    GenderMale

    Jimmy Marku (Albanian: Xhimi Marku; born 27 August 1974) is an Albanian-born British strongman competitor....  more
  • Briken Calja

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceElbasan, Albania

    GenderMale

    Briken Calja is an Albanian weightlifter. He competed for Albania at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he finished 9th in his weight class. In 2013 Calja was suspended for two year for using...  more
  • Pashko Vasa

    Dec. at 67 (1825-1892)

    BirthplaceShkodër, Albania

    GenderMale

    Vaso Pasha (30 June 1825, Shkodër, Albania, Ottoman Empire – 29 June 1892, Beirut, Lebanon, Ottoman Empire), also known as Pashko Vasa, Wasa Pasha or Vaso Pashë Shkodrani, was an Albanian writer,...  more
  • Altin Lala

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceTirana, Albania

    GenderMale

    Altin Dodë Lala (born 18 November 1975) is an Albanian former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder and former manager. He spent his entire playing career in Germany and...  more
  • Donald Suxho

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceKorçë, Albania

    GenderMale

    Donald Suxho is an Albanian-American professional volleyball player and a player for the US Olympic Team. As a setter, he participated in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece as well as the 2012...  more
  • Llazar Fundo

    Dec. at 45 (1899-1944)

    BirthplaceKorçë, Albania

    GenderMale

    Llazar (Zai) Fundo (born March 20, 1899 in Görice, Manastir Vilayet, Ottoman Empire died September 20, 1944 in Kukës, Albania) was an Albanian Communist, later social-democratic journalist and...  more
  • Koto Hoxhi

    Dec. at 71 (1824-1895)

    BirthplaceQestorat, Albania

    GenderFemale

    Konstandin Hoxhi, known as Koto Hoxhi (1824–1895) was an advocate of the Albanian language. He taught the language secretly to his students in Qestorat in Southern Albania. He was imprisoned and died...  more
  • Bujar Alimani

    Age: 51

    BirthplacePatos, Albania, Albania

    GenderMale

    Bujar Alimani is a film director, screenwriter and actor....
  • Ilirjan Çaushaj

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceAlbania

    GenderMale

    Ilirjan Caushaj is an Albanian football player. As of the 2010–11 season, he plays in the Albanian Superliga for Shkumbini Peqin as a defender. Caushi's previous clubs include Dinamo Tirana, Teuta...  more