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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.

Ginta Lapiņa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 29
Ginta Lapiņa is a Latvian model.

Inga Drozdova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 43

Anatoly Solovyev is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 71
Anatoly Yakovlevich Solovyev is a retired Russian and Soviet cosmonaut and pilot. Solovyev holds the world record on the number of spacewalks performed, and accumulated time spent spacewalking.

Mark Rothko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 67 (1903-1970)
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

Angelika Kallio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 46
Angelika Kallio is a Finnish model, living and working abroad since the early 1990s.

Juris Hartmanis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 90
Juris Hartmanis is a prominent computer scientist and computational theorist who, with Richard E. Stearns, received the 1993 ACM Turing Award "in recognition of their seminal paper which ...more

Vitas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 38
Vitas is the stage name of Vitaliy Vladasovich Grachov, a Ukrainian singer, singing mainly in Russian language, and songwriter. Known for his high falsetto voice and a vocal range of 5 octaves, ...more

Yeshayahu Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 91 (1903-1994)
Yeshayahu Leibowitz was an Israeli Jewish public intellectual, professor of biochemistry, organic chemistry and neurophysiology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a polymath known for his ...more

Alexei Kudrin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 58
Alexei Leonidovich Kudrin is a Russian political figure who served in the government of Russia as Minister of Finance from 18 May 2000 to 26 September 2011. After graduating with degrees in ...more

Serge Sorokko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Serge Sorokko age 64
Serge Sorokko 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 exchanges in the field of ...more

Eliyahu Rips is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Eliyahu Rips age 70
Eliyahu Rips, also Ilya Rips is a Latvian-born Israeli mathematician known for his research in geometric group theory. He became known to the general public following his coauthoring a paper on ...more

Mariss Jansons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 76
Mariss Ivars Georgs Jansons is a Latvian conductor, the son of conductor Arvīds Jansons and the singer Iraida Jansons.

Bill Rebane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 82
Baron Bill Rebane 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 Invasion. Rebane also ran for ...more

Rosa von Praunheim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 76
Rosa von Praunheim, is a German film director, author, painter and gay rights activist. A prolific director, he has made over seventy feature films. He began his career associated to the New ...more

Laila Pakalnina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 56
Laila Pakalnina is a Latvian film director and screenwriter. She has directed 20 films since 1991. Her film Kurpe was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 81
Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga was the sixth President of Latvia and the first female President of Latvia. She was elected President of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga is a ...more

Oļegs Maļuhins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 49
Oļegs Maļuhins is a former Latvian biathlete. He retired after the 2006 Turin Olympics, but announced comeback in 2008 stating that in his plans is to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics. In ...more

Lipman Bers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 79 (1914-1993)
Lipman "Lipa" Bers was an American mathematician born in Riga who created the theory of pseudoanalytic functions and worked on Riemann surfaces and Kleinian groups. He was also known ...more

Карл Юльевич Давыдов is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 51 (1838-1889)
Karl Yulievich Davydov was a Russian cellist of great renown during his time, and described by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as the "star of cellists". Arensky dedicated his first piano ...more

Edgars Maskalāns is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 36
Edgars Maskalāns is a Latvian bobsledder.

Eižens Laube is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Latvia
Dec. at 87 (1880-1967)
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) 22 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 38
Jānis Miņins 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 Placid, New York, earning the country ...more

Elya Baskin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 68
Ilya Zalmanovich Baskin, known as Elya Baskin, is an American actor.

Madara Līduma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 36
Madara Liduma is a biathlete. 

Daina Taimina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Latvia
age 64
Daina Taimina is a Latvian mathematician, currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Cornell University, known for crocheting objects to illustrate hyperbolic space. She received all her formal ...more