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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 79
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 35
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 72
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 63
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 46
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
Died 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 52
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 48
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 31
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 39
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 38
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 37
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 32
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 27
Katarina Cizmic is a luger.

Dragan Travica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Croatia
Dragan Travica age 32
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