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Famous People From Lithuania

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

List contains people like Deivydas Matulevičius and Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Lithuania?" or "Which celebrities were born in Lithuania?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • Dec. at 64 (1886-1950)

    BirthplaceSeredžius, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania, United States of America

    Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson; May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer, comedian, and actor. At the peak of his career, he was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer". His performing...  more

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  • Dec. at 66 (1914-1980)

    BirthplaceEurope, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Vilnius, Baltic states

    NationalityFrance

    Romain Gary (pronounced [ʁɔ.mɛ̃ ga.ʁi]; 21 May [O.S. 8 May] 1914 – 2 December 1980), born Roman Kacew (also known by the pen name Émile Ajar), was a French novelist, diplomat, film director, and...  more
  • Dec. at 86 (1901-1987)

    BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jascha Heifetz (; February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1901 – December 10, 1987) was a Russian-American violinist. Many consider him to be the greatest violinist of all time. Born in Vilna (Vilnius), he...  more
  • Dec. at 67 (1867-1935)

    BirthplaceZalavas, Lithuania

    NationalityPoland

    Józef Klemens Piłsudski (Polish: [ˈjuzɛf ˈklɛmɛns pʲiwˈsutskʲi] (listen); 5 December 1867 – 12 May 1935) was a Polish statesman who served as the Chief of State (1918–22) and First Marshal of Poland...  more
  • Dec. at 92 (1897-1990)

    BirthplaceLithuania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jay Lovestone (December 15, 1897 – March 7, 1990) was an American activist. He was at various times a member of the Socialist Party of America, a leader of the Communist Party USA, leader of a small...  more
  • BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania

    Violeta Riaubiškytė-Tarasovienė (born 25 August 1974) is a famous Lithuanian singer and show host. She used to be the co-host of a Lithuanian music show "Penktadienio muzikos šou" (Friday Music Show)...  more
  • Dec. at 56 (1951-2008)

    BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania

    Vytautas Kernagis was a Lithuanian singer-songwriter, bard, actor, director, and television announcer. He is considered a pioneer of Lithuanian sung poetry....  more
  • Dec. at 68 (1926-1995)

    BirthplaceObeliai, Lithuania

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Joe Slovo (born Yossel Mashel Slovo; 23 May 1926 – 6 January 1995) was a South African politician, and an opponent of the apartheid system. A Marxist-Leninist, he was a long-time leader and theorist...  more
  • Age: 95

    BirthplaceLithuania

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, South Africa

    Sir Aaron Klug (11 August 1926 – 20 November 2018) was a Lithuanian-born, South African-educated, British biophysicist, and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of...  more
  • Dec. at 65 (1873-1939)

    BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    Horace Goldin (December 17, 1873 – August 21,1939) was a stage magician who was noted for his lightning fast presentation style and who achieved international fame with his versions of the sawing a...  more
  • BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania

    Andrius Kubilius (born 8 December 1956) is a Lithuanian politician and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He served as Prime Minister of Lithuania from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to...  more
  • BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania, United States of America

    Valdas Adamkus ([ˈvɐ̂ˑɫdɐs ɐˈdɐmˑkʊs] (listen); born Voldemaras Adamkavičius; 3 November 1926) is a Lithuanian politician. He was the President of Lithuania from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2004 to...  more
  • BirthplaceKuršėnai, Lithuania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Donald Kagan (; born May 1, 1932) is an American historian and classicist at Yale University specializing in ancient Greece, notable for his four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War. He formerly...  more
  • BirthplaceBiržai, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania

    Jonas Mekas (Lithuanian: [ˈjonɐs ˈmækɐs]; December 24, 1922 – January 23, 2019) was a Lithuanian American filmmaker, poet, and artist who has often been called "the godfather of American avant-garde...  more
  • Dec. at 89 (1906-1995)

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    NationalityFrance

    Emmanuel Levinas (; French: [ɛmanɥɛl ləvinas]; 12 January 1906 – 25 December 1995) was a French philosopher of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry who is known for his work related to Jewish philosophy,...  more
  • Dec. at 80 (1350-1430)

    BirthplaceSenieji Trakai, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania

    Vytautas (c. 1350 – October 27, 1430), also known as Vytautas the Great (Lithuanian: Vytautas Didysis , Polish: Witold Kiejstutowicz or Witold Wielki, Ruthenian: Vitovt, Latin: Alexander Vitoldus,...  more
  • Dec. at 49 (1878-1928)

    BirthplaceZarasai, Lithuania

    NationalityRussia, Russian Empire

    General Baron Pyotr Nikolayevich Vrangel (Russian: Пётр Никола́евич Вра́нгель, IPA: [ˈvranɡʲɪlʲ]; August 27 [O.S. August 15] 1878 – April 25, 1928), better known as Pyotr Nikolayevich (von) Wrangel,...  more
  • BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania, Soviet Union

    Andrius Mamontovas (born 23 August 1967) is a Lithuanian rock musician. He is also a songwriter, actor, performer and record producer. He was one of the co-founders of the Lithuanian rock band Foje...  more
  • Dec. at 91 (1860-1951)

    BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Abraham "Abe" Cahan (July 7, 1860 – August 31, 1951) was a Belarusian-born Jewish American socialist newspaper editor, novelist, and politician. Cahan was one of the founders of The Forward (Yiddish:...  more
  • BirthplaceKupiškis, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania

    Virgilijus Alekna (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[vʲɪrʲˈɡʲɪlʲɪjʊs ɐlʲɛkˈnɐ]; 13 February 1972) is a Lithuanian former discus thrower and politician. He won medals at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics,...  more
  • BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania

    Julian Rachlin (born 8 December 1974) is a Lithuanian-born violinist, violist and conductor....  more
  • BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Andrzej Ehrenfeucht (Polish: [ˈand.ʐɛj ˈɛrɛnfɔjxt], born August 8, 1932) is a Polish American mathematician and computer scientist. He formulated the Ehrenfeucht–Fraïssé game, using the...  more
  • Dec. at 86 (1901-1988)

    BirthplacePrienai, Lithuania

    NationalityRussia

    Bluma Wulfovna Zeigarnik (Russian: Блю́ма Ву́льфовна Зейга́рник, IPA: [ˈblʲumə ˈvulʲfəvnə zʲɪjˈɡarnʲɪk]; 9 November (27 October) 1900 – 24 February 1988) was a Soviet psychologist and psychiatrist, a...  more
  • Dec. at 69 (1930-1999)

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania, United States of America

    Hirsh Zvi Griliches ( GRIL-i-kəs; 12 September 1930 – 4 November 1999) was an economist at Harvard University. The works by Zvi Griliches mostly concerned the economics of technological change,...  more
  • Dec. at 88 (1921-2010)

    BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    NationalityPoland, United States of America

    Moshe "Misha" Lewin, pronounced "Luh-VENE" (7 November 1921 – 14 August 2010), was a scholar of Russian and Soviet history. He was a major figure in the school of Soviet studies which emerged in the...  more