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Famous People From Latvia

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

A list made up of people like Harry Adaskin and Voldemārs Veiss.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Latvia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Latvia?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Anatoly Solovyev is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Anatoly Solovyev Age: 71

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Anatoly Yakovlevich Solovyev (Russian: Анатолий Яковлевич Соловьёв; alternate spelling "Solovyov") is a retired Russian and Soviet cosmonaut and pilot. Solovyev was born on January 16, ...more
Mark Rothko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 67 (1903-1970)

Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia

Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous ...more
Juris Hartmanis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 90

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Juris Hartmanis (born July 5, 1928) is a prominent computer scientist and computational theorist who, with Richard E. Stearns, received the 1993 ACM Turing Award "in recognition of their ...more
Vitas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 34

Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia

Vitaly Vladasovich Grachev (Russian: Виталий Владасович Грачёв; born 19 February 1979), known professionally as Vitas (Russian: Витас, IPA: [ˈvʲitəs]) is a Russian-language singer. He is known ...more

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Yeshayahu Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 91 (1903-1994)

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Yeshayahu Leibowitz (Hebrew: ישעיהו ליבוביץ‎; 29 January 1903 – 18 August 1994) was an Israeli Orthodox Jewish public intellectual and polymath. He was professor of biochemistry, organic ...more
Alexei Kudrin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 58

Birthplace: Dobele, Latvia

Alexei Leonidovich Kudrin (Russian: Алексе́й Леони́дович Ку́дрин, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksʲej lʲɪɐˈnʲidəvʲɪtɕ ˈkudrʲɪn]; born 12 October 1960) is a Russian liberal politician serving as the 4th and current ...more
Serge Sorokko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Serge Sorokko Age: 64

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Serge Sorokko (born 26 April 1954) is an American art dealer, publisher and owner of the Serge Sorokko Gallery in San Francisco. He played a major role in establishing the first cultural ...more
Eliyahu Rips is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Eliyahu Rips Age: 70

Birthplace: Latvia

Eliyahu Rips, also Ilya Rips (Hebrew: אליהו ריפס‎; Russian: Илья Рипс; Latvian: Iļja Ripss; born 12 December 1948) is an Israeli mathematician of Latvian origin known for his research in ...more
Mariss Jansons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 76

Birthplace: Latvia, Riga

Mariss Ivars Georgs Jansons (born 14 January 1943) is a Latvian conductor, the son of conductor Arvīds Jansons and the singer Iraida Jansone.
Bill Rebane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 82

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Baron Bill Rebane (born February 8, 1937) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for low budget horror movies such as Twist Craze and The Giant Spider ...more
Rosa von Praunheim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 76

Birthplace: Latvia, Riga

Rosa von Praunheim (born 25 November 1942) is a German film director, author, painter and the most famous gay rights activist in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In over 50 years, von Praunheim ...more
Laila Pakalnina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 56

Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia

Laila Pakalnina (born 4 June 1962) is a Latvian film director and screenwriter. She has directed more than 20 films since 1991. Her film Kurpe was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at ...more
Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 81

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (born 1 December 1937) is a Latvian politician who served as the sixth President of Latvia and the first female President of Latvia. She was elected President of Latvia in ...more
Oļegs Maļuhins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 49

Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia

Oļegs Maļuhins (рус.Олег Малюхин,born 6 May 1969) is a former Latvian biathlete. Maļuhins was node made part of the Latvian Olympic biathlon team in 2006, and so participated in cross-country ...more
Lipman Bers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 79 (1914-1993)

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Lipman "Lipa" Bers (Latvian: Lipmans Berss; May 22, 1914 – October 29, 1993) was an American mathematician born in Riga who created the theory of pseudoanalytic functions and worked on ...more
Карл Юльевич Давыдов is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 51 (1838-1889)

Birthplace: Kuldīga, Latvia

Karl Yulievich Davydov (Russian: Карл Юльевич Давыдов; 15 March [O.S. 3 March] 1838 – 26 February [O.S. 14 February] 1889) was a Russian cellist of great renown during his time, and described by ...more
Edgars Maskalāns is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 36

Birthplace: Balvi, Latvia

Edgars Maskalāns is a Latvian bobsledder.
Eižens Laube is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 87 (1880-1967)

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Eižens Laube was aLatvian architect. He was responsible for some of the reconstruction work of Riga Castle in the 1930s and designed more than 200 houses in Riga.
Jānis Miņins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 38

Birthplace: Kuldīga, Latvia

Jānis Miņins (born 15 August 1980 in Kuldīga) is a Latvian bobsledder who has competed since 1999. He won a bronze medal in the four-man event at the FIBT World Championships 2009 in Lake ...more
Elya Baskin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 68

Birthplace: Latvia, Riga

Ilya Zalmanovich Baskin (Latvian: Iļja Baskins, Russian: Илья́ (Э́лиа) За́лманович Ба́скин; born 11 August 1950), known as Elya Baskin, is a Soviet-born American actor. He first gained attention ...more
Madara Līduma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 36

Birthplace: Gulbene, Latvia

Madara Līduma (born 10 August 1982 in Gulbene, Latvia) is a World Cup level Latvian biathlete. Her career best achievement is the 10th place at the 2006 Torino Olympics 15 kilometre individual
Daina Taimina is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 64

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Daina Taimina (Latvian: Taimiņa; born August 19, 1954) is a Latvian mathematician, currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Cornell University, known for crocheting objects to illustrate ...more
Yury Tynyanov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 49 (1894-1943)

Birthplace: Rēzekne, Latvia

Yury Nikolaevich Tynyanov (Russian: Ю́рий Никола́евич Тыня́нов, IPA: [ˈjʉrʲɪj nʲɪkɐˈlajɪvʲɪtɕ tɨˈnʲænəf]; October 18, 1894 – December 20, 1943) was a Soviet writer, literary critic, ...more
Agnese Koklaca is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Age: 28

Birthplace: Talsi, Latvia

Agnese Koklaca is a luger.
Annie Londonderry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 77 (1870-1947)

Birthplace: Latvia

Annie Cohen Kopchovsky (1870–1947), known as Annie Londonderry, was a Latvian immigrant to the United States who in 1894–95 became the first woman to bicycle around the world. She was a ...more