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Famous People From Albania

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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.
  • Luigj Gurakuqi

    Luigj Gurakuqi

    Dec. at 46 (1879-1925)

    BirthplaceShkodër, Albania

    Luigj Gurakuqi (19 February 1879 – 2 March 1925) (also called: Louis Gurakuchi) was an...  more
  • Masiela Lusha

    BirthplaceTirana, Tirana District, Eurasia, Albania, Tiranë County

    Masiela Lusha (; born October 23, 1985) is an Albanian-American actress, author, producer and...  more
  • Arbër Abilaliaj

    Age: 34

    BirthplaceVlorë, Albania

    Arbër Abilaliaj (born 6 June 1986) is an Albanian football player who plays for Skënderbeu...  more
  • Ramiz Alia

    Ramiz Alia

    Dec. at 86 (1925-2011)

    BirthplaceShkodër District, Eurasia, Shkodër, Albania, Shkodër County

    Ramiz Tafë Alia (pronunciation ; 18 October 1924 – 7 October 2011) was the second and last...  more
  • Ismail Kadare

    BirthplaceGjirokastër, Albania

    Ismail Kadare (Albanian pronunciation: [ismaˈil kadaˈɾe], also spelled Ismaïl Kadaré in...  more
  • Sali Berisha

    BirthplaceViçidol, Eurasia, Albania, Tropojë District, Kukës County

    Sali Ram Berisha , (Albanian pronunciation: [saˈli bɛˈɾiʃa]; born 15 October 1944) is an...  more
  • BirthplaceElbasan County, Eurasia, Albania, Elbasan, Elbasan District

    Luljeta Lleshanaku (born 1968, in Elbasan, Albania) is an Albanian poet who is the recipient...  more
  • Leon Qafzezi

    BirthplaceTirana, Tirana District, Eurasia, Albania, Tiranë County

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

    Andon Zako Çajupi

    Dec. at 64 (1866-1930)

    BirthplaceSheper, Albania

    Andon Zako Çajupi (27 March 1866 – 11 July 1930) was a leading Albanian rilindas, poet, and...  more
  • Andamion Murataj

    Andamion Murataj is an Albanian film director, producer, and screen writer currently living in...  more
  • Rexhep Meidani

    BirthplaceTirana, Albania

    Rexhep Qemal Meidani (listen ; born on 17 August 1944) is an Albanian physics professor,...  more
  • Tanush Shaska

    BirthplaceVlorë, Albania

  • Murat Reis the Elder

    Murat Reis the Elder

    Dec. at 104 (1534-1638)


    Murat Reis the Elder (Turkish: Koca Murat Reis; c. 1534 – 1609) was an Ottoman privateer and...  more
  • Bujar Nishani

    Bujar Nishani

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceDurrës, Albania

    Bujar Nishani (Albanian pronunciation: [bujaɾ ni'ʃani]; born 29 September 1964) is an Albanian...  more
  • Abas Ermenji

    Dec. at 90 (1913-2003)

    BirthplaceSkrapar District, Albania

    Prof. Abas Ermenji (December 12, 1913 - March 13, 2003) was an Albanian politician, historian...  more
  • Arben Malaj

    Arben Malaj

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceVlorë, Albania

    Arben Malaj (born 19 September 1961 in the city of Vlora, Albania) has been Minister of...  more
  • Jimmy Marku


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

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceElbasan, Albania

    Briken Calja is an Albanian weightlifter. He competed for Albania at the 2012 Summer Olympics,...  more
  • Pashko Vasa

    Pashko Vasa

    Dec. at 67 (1825-1892)

    BirthplaceShkodër District, Eurasia, Shkodër, Albania, Shkodër County

    Vaso Pasha (30 June 1825, Shkodër, Albania, Ottoman Empire – 29 June 1892, Beirut, Lebanon,...  more
  • Altin Lala

    Altin Lala

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceTirana, Albania

    Altin Dodë Lala (born 18 November 1975) is an Albanian former professional footballer who...  more
  • Donald Suxho

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceKorçë, Albania

    Donald Suxho is an Albanian-American professional volleyball player and a player for the US...  more
  • Llazar Fundo

    Dec. at 45 (1899-1944)

    BirthplaceKorçë, Albania

    Llazar (Zai) Fundo (born March 20, 1899 in Görice, Manastir Vilayet, Ottoman Empire died...  more
  • Koto Hoxhi

    Koto Hoxhi

    Dec. at 71 (1824-1895)

    BirthplaceQestorat, Albania

    Konstandin Hoxhi, known as Koto Hoxhi (1824–1895) was an advocate of the Albanian language. He...  more
  • Bujar Alimani

    Age: 51

    BirthplacePatos, Albania, Albania

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

    Age: 33


    Ilirjan Caushaj is an Albanian football player. As of the 2010–11 season, he plays in the...  more