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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

    Anatoly Solovyev

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia

    Anatoly Yakovlevich Solovyev (Russian: Анатолий Яковлевич Соловьёв; alternate spelling...  more
  • Mark Rothko

    Mark Rothko

    Dec. at 67 (1903-1970)

    BirthplaceDaugavpils, Latvia

    Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as...  more
  • Juris Hartmanis

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia

    Juris Hartmanis (born July 5, 1928) is a prominent computer scientist and computational...  more
  • Vitas


    Age: 39

    BirthplaceDaugavpils, Latvia

    Vitaly Vladasovich Grachev (Russian: Виталий Владасович Грачёв; born 19 February 1979), known...  more

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  • Yeshayahu Leibowitz

    Yeshayahu Leibowitz

    Dec. at 91 (1903-1994)

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia

    Yeshayahu Leibowitz (Hebrew: ישעיהו ליבוביץ‎; 29 January 1903 – 18 August 1994) was an Israeli...  more
  • Alexei Kudrin

    BirthplaceDobele, Latvia

    Alexei Leonidovich Kudrin (Russian: Алексе́й Леони́дович Ку́дрин, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksʲej...  more
  • Serge Sorokko

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia

    Serge Sorokko (born 26 April 1954) is an American art dealer, publisher and owner of the Serge...  more
  • Eliyahu Rips

    Age: 71


    Eliyahu Rips, also Ilya Rips (Hebrew: אליהו ריפס‎; Russian: Илья Рипс; Latvian: Iļja Ripss;...  more
  • Mariss Jansons

    BirthplaceLatvia, Riga

    Mariss Ivars Georgs Jansons (born 14 January 1943) is a Latvian conductor, the son of...  more
  • Bill Rebane

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia

    Baron Bill Rebane (born February 8, 1937) is an American film director, producer, and...  more
  • Rosa von Praunheim

    BirthplaceLatvia, Riga

    Rosa von Praunheim (born 25 November 1942) is a German film director, author, painter and the...  more
  • Laila Pakalnina

    BirthplaceLiepāja, Latvia

    Laila Pakalnina (born 4 June 1962) is a Latvian film director and screenwriter. She has...  more
  • Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia

    Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (born 1 December 1937) is a Latvian politician who served as the sixth...  more
  • BirthplaceDaugavpils, Latvia

    Oļegs Maļuhins (рус.Олег Малюхин,born 6 May 1969) is a former Latvian biathlete. Maļuhins was...  more
  • Lipman Bers

    Dec. at 79 (1914-1993)

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia

    Lipman "Lipa" Bers (Latvian: Lipmans Berss; May 22, 1914 – October 29, 1993) was an American...  more
  • Карл Юльевич Давыдов

    BirthplaceKuldīga, Latvia

    Karl Yulievich Davydov (Russian: Карл Юльевич Давыдов; 15 March [O.S. 3 March] 1838 – 26...  more
  • Edgars Maskalāns

    BirthplaceBalvi, Latvia

    Edgars Maskalāns is a Latvian bobsledder....  more
  • Eižens Laube

    Eižens Laube

    Dec. at 87 (1880-1967)

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia

    Eižens Laube was aLatvian architect. He was responsible for some of the reconstruction work of...  more
  • Jānis Miņins

    BirthplaceKuldīga, Latvia

    Jānis Miņins (born 15 August 1980 in Kuldīga) is a Latvian bobsledder who has competed since...  more
  • Elya Baskin

    BirthplaceLatvia, Riga

    Ilya Zalmanovich Baskin (Latvian: Iļja Baskins, Russian: Илья́ (Э́лиа) За́лманович Ба́скин;...  more
  • Madara Līduma

    BirthplaceGulbene, Latvia

    Madara Līduma (born 10 August 1982 in Gulbene, Latvia) is a World Cup level Latvian...  more
  • Daina Taimina

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia

    Daina Taimina (Latvian: Taimiņa; born August 19, 1954) is a Latvian mathematician, currently...  more
  • Yury Tynyanov

    Yury Tynyanov

    Dec. at 49 (1894-1943)

    BirthplaceRēzekne, Latvia

    Yury Nikolaevich Tynyanov (Russian: Ю́рий Никола́евич Тыня́нов, IPA: [ˈjʉrʲɪj nʲɪkɐˈlajɪvʲɪtɕ...  more
  • Agnese Koklaca

    BirthplaceTalsi, Latvia

    Agnese Koklaca is a luger....  more
  • Annie Londonderry

    Annie Londonderry

    Dec. at 77 (1870-1947)


    Annie Cohen Kopchovsky (1870–1947), known as Annie Londonderry, was a Latvian immigrant to the...  more