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In case you're curious, here's a list of famous people from Croatia, 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 Croatia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Croatia 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 Croatia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

The list features people like Dobriša Cesarić, Ivo Vojnović, answering the questions, "Which famous people are from Croatia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Croatia?" 

Mario Andretti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 78 Mario Gabriele Andretti is a retired Italian American world champion racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport. He is one of only two drivers to win races ...more

Blanka Vlašić is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 34 Blanka Vlašić is a Croatian athlete who specialises in the high jump. She is the Croatian record holder in the event, and the former indoor World Champion. The daughter of Croatian decathlon ...more

Rade Šerbedžija is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 69 Rade Šerbedžija, occasionally credited as Rade Sherbedgia in some English language productions, is a Serbian actor, director and musician. He is known for his portrayals of imposing figures on ...more

Mira Furlan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 62 Mira Furlan is a Croatian actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as the Minbari Ambassador Delenn on all five seasons of the science fiction television series Babylon 5, and as ...more

Severina Vučković is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 45 Severina Vučković is a Croatian pop singer popular across the entire former Yugoslavia. In 2006, Nacional weekly listed her among the 100 most influential Croats, calling her "the only bona ...more

Alida Valli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 85 (1921-2006) Alida Valli, sometimes simply credited as Valli, stage name of Baroness Alida Maria Laura Altenburger von Marckenstein u. Frauenberg, was an Italian actress who appeared in more than 100 films, ...more

Louis Cukela is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 68 (1888-1956) Louis Cukela was a United States Marine numbered among the nineteen two-time recipients of the Medal of Honor. Cukela was awarded the Medal by both the US Army and the US Navy for the same ...more

Anthony Francis Lucas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 66 (1855-1921) Anthony Francis Lucas was a Croatian-born oil explorer. With Pattillo Higgins he organized the drilling of an oil well near Beaumont, Texas that became known as Spindletop. This led to the ...more

Filip Šovagović is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 51 Filip Šovagović is a Croatian actor, film director, playwright and journalist. At first known simply as the son of renowned Croatian actor Fabijan Šovagović, Filip Šovagović has appeared in many ...more

Felix Weingartner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 79 (1863-1942) Paul Felix von Weingartner, Edler von Münzberg was an Austrian conductor, composer and pianist.

Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 29 (1964-1993) Dražen Petrović was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional basketball in Europe in the 1980s before joining the National ...more

Ante Tomić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 47 Ante Tomić is Croatian writer and journalist. A native of a village Glavina Donja near Imotski, Tomić graduated in philosophy and sociology at the University of Zadar. He began to write as a ...more

J.B. Tanko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 87 (1906-1993) J.B. Tanko was a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 67 (1880-1947) Corvette Captain Georg Johannes, Ritter von Trapp, often incorrectly referred to as Baron von Trapp, was an Austro-Hungarian Navy officer. His naval exploits during World War I earned him ...more

Luigi Dallapiccola is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 71 (1904-1975) Luigi Dallapiccola was an Italian composer known for his lyrical twelve-tone compositions.

Matea Ferk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 28 Matea Ferk is an alpine skier from Croatia. She has competed for Croatia at both the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. Her best result in the Olympics was a 34th place in the slalom in 2010.

Gustav Gavrin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 70 (1906-1976) Gustav Gavrin was a film director, screenwriter and producer.

Ivano Balić is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 38 Ivano Balić is a Croatian handballer, world and Olympic champion. Balić is widely considered by experts and fans to be one of the best handball players of all time. He was voted 5 times in a row ...more

Miroslav Krleža is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 88 (1893-1981) Miroslav Krleža was a leading Croatian writer and a prominent figure in cultural life of both Yugoslav states, the Kingdom and the Socialist Republic. A one time Vice President and General ...more

Slaven Krajačić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 35 Slaven Krajačić is a Croatian sportsperson. He started his career as a sprinter specializing in the 100 metres, and competed at the 2000 Olympic Games. Since 2003, he has competed as a ...more

Jelena Kostanić Tošić is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 36 Jelena Kostanić Tošić is a retired professional female tennis player from Croatia. On July 26, 2004 she reached her career-high singles ranking of World No. 32. On October 4, 2004 she reached ...more

Franciscus Patricius is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 68 (1529-1597) Franciscus Patricius was a philosopher and scientist from the Republic of Venice. He was known as a defender of Platonism and an opponent of Aristotelianism. In Croatia he is referred to as ...more

Natko Zrnčić-Dim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 29 Natko Zrnčić-Dim is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Croatia. He won a bronze medal in super combined at the World Championships in 2009 at Val-d'Isère, France, and is a member of SK ...more

Katarina Cizmic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Katarina Cizmic age 26 Katarina Cizmic is a luger.

Dragan Travica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dragan Travica age 31 Dragan Travica is an Italian volleyball player of Serbian origins, a member of Italy men's national volleyball team and Russian club Belogorie Belgorod, bronze medalist of the Olympic Games ...more

Duje Miljak is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Croatia
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Nina Broznić‎ is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 27 Nina Broznić is a Croatian cross country skier who has competed since 2007. She finished 52nd in the individual sprint event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Broznić has two victories ...more

Andrej Buric is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 29 Andrej Buric is a cross-country skier.

Ana Jelušić is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 31 Ana Jelušić is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Croatia. Born in Rijeka, at the time SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia, Jelušić specialized in slalom and competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics at ...more

Slavica Ecclestone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 59 Slavica Ecclestone is a Serbo-Croatian former model and ex-wife of Formula One racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone.

Joža Horvat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Joža Horvat Dec. at 97 (1915-2012) Joža Horvat was a Croatian writer. He was the author of many novels, short stories, dramas, screenplays, essays and radio dramas, translated into at least nine languages, including Russian, ...more

Mario Ivezic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 64 Mario Ivezic is a film set decorator, film art director and production designer.

Vanča Kljaković is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Vanča Kljaković Dec. at 80 (1930-2010) Vanča Kljaković is a film and television director, screenwriter, and actor.

Vladko Maček is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Vladko Maček Dec. at 85 (1879-1964) Vladimir "Vladko" Maček was a Croatian politician active within the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in the first half of the 20th century. He led the Croatian Peasant Party following the 1929 ...more

Vanja Drach is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 77 (1932-2009) Vanja Drach was a Croatian theatre and film actor. His film and television credits include H-8, Lud zbunjen normalan, Gospa, Charuga, Kapelski kresovi, Nikola Tesla, Svjedoci. Between 1957 up to ...more

Dubravka Ugrešić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 69 Dubravka Ugrešić is a Croatian writer. A graduate of University of Zagreb, she has been living in the Netherlands since the 1990s.

Mate Mezulić is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 36 Mate Mezulić is an Olympic Bobsleigher from Croatia.

Antonio Smareglia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Antonio Smareglia Dec. at 75 (1854-1929) Antonio Smareglia was an Italian opera composer.

Archduke Leo Karl of Austria is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 46 (1893-1939) Leo Karl Maria Cyril-Methodius Habsburg-Lorraine, Archduke of Austria was the fifth child and the second son of Archduke Charles Stephen of Austria and Archduchess Maria Theresia, Princess of ...more

Igor Marić is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 35 Igor Marić is an Olympic Bobsleigher from Croatia.

Martin Marić is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Martin Marić age 33 Martin Marić is a Croatian track and field athlete who competes in the discus throw. He has a personal best of 65.38 m, achieved in April 2011 in Gainesville, Florida. He also has 72.31 m in the ...more

Vicenco Blagaić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Vicenco Blagaić age 41

Ksenija Zečević is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Ksenija Zečević Dec. at 50 (1956-2006) Ksenija Zečević was a popular Serbian pianist and composer. She worked on film and theatre music. She worked in Belgrade. She was of Montenegrin and Istrian ancestry.

Marina Erakovic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 30 Marina Erakovic is a professional tennis player from New Zealand. Her career high Women's Tennis Association rankings are World No. 39 for singles, achieved on 7 May 2012, and World No. 25 in ...more

Francis, Duke of Teck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Francis, Duke of Teck Dec. at 63 (1837-1900) Francis, Duke of Teck, until 1863 known as Count Francis von Hohenstein, was a member of the German nobility, and later of the British Royal Family. He was the father of Queen Mary, the wife of ...more

Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Croatia
age 49 Toni Kukoč is a retired Croatian professional basketball player. Kukoč was renowned for his versatility and passing ability; although his natural position was small forward, he played all five ...more

Mate Parlov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dec. at 60 (1948-2008) Mate Parlov was a Yugoslavian and Croatian boxer, and an Olympic gold medalist who was European and World Champion as amateur and as professional. Parlov is universally regarded as the greatest ...more

Maja Galasso is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Maja Galasso Dec. at 81 (1927-2008) Maja Galasso was a costume designer.

Antun Vujić is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Antun Vujić age 72 Antun Vujić is a Croatian politician, philosopher, political analyst and lexicographer, currently member of Croatian Parliament and formerly Minister of Culture in the Croatian Government.

Romano Scavolini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Romano Scavolini age 77 Romano Scavolini is an Italian film director, brother of Sauro Scavolini.