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

Examples include Mihai Eminescu and Sergiu Luca.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Romania?" or "Which celebrities were born in Romania?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Alexandra Stan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Romania
Alexandra Stan age 27 - Alexandra Stan is a Romanian singer, songwriter, model and occasional dancer. She released her debut single, "Lollipop", in late 2009, which peaked at number-eighteen in the Romanian ...more

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Emil Cioran is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Romania
Emil Cioran Died at 84 (1911-1995) - Emil Michel Cioran was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. Cioran was born in Rășinari, Sibiu County, which was part of Austria-Hungary at the ...more

Nicolae Ceaușescu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Romania
Nicolae Ceaușescu Died at 71 (1918-1989) - Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian Communist politician. He was General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, and as such was the country's second and last Communist leader. ...more

Dumitru Prunariu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Romania
Dumitru Prunariu age 64 - Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu is a retired Romanian cosmonaut who flew aboard Soyuz 40.

George Enescu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Romania
George Enescu Died at 74 (1881-1955) - George Enescu was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor, and teacher, regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and Romania's most important musician.

Jean Negulesco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Romania
Jean Negulesco Died at 93 (1900-1993) - Jean Negulesco was a Romanian-American film director and screenwriter.

Sammy Ofer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Romania
Sammy Ofer Died at 89 (1922-2011) - Sammy Ofer was an Israeli shipping magnate and philanthropist. He was one of the wealthiest men in Israel.

Vladimir Dracula is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Romania

John Houseman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Romania
John Houseman Died at 86 (1902-1988) - John Houseman was a Romanian-born British–American actor and film producer who became known for his highly publicized collaboration with director Orson Welles from their days in the Federal ...more

Eugène Ionesco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Romania
Eugène Ionesco Died at 85 (1909-1994) - Eugène Ionesco was a Romanian playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the French Avant-garde theatre. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, ...more

Liviu Librescu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Romania
Liviu Librescu Died at 77 (1930-2007) - Liviu Librescu was a Romanian-born Israeli scientist and engineer. He was a professor whose major research fields were aeroelasticity and aerodynamics. A prominent academic in addition to being ...more

Nathan H. Juran is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Romania
Nathan H. Juran Died at 95 (1907-2002) - Naftuli "Nathan" Hertz Juran was an American film art director and film director who along with Richard Day and Thomas Little is most noted for winning the Academy Award for Best Art ...more

Elvira Popescu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Romania
Elvira Popescu Died at 99 (1894-1993) - Elvira Popescu was a Romanian-French stage and movie actress and theatre director.

Hermann Oberth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Romania
Hermann Oberth Died at 95 (1894-1989) - Hermann Julius Oberth was an Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer. He is considered one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics.

Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Romania
Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu Died at 54 (1900-1954) - Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu was a Romanian communist politician and leading member of the Communist Party of Romania, also noted for his activities as a lawyer, sociologist and economist. For a while, ...more

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Nae Ionescu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Romania
Nae Ionescu Died at 50 (1890-1940) - Nae Ionescu was a Romanian philosopher, logician, mathematician, professor, and journalist. Near the end of his career, he became known for his antisemitism and devotion to far right politics, ...more

Take Ionescu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Romania
Take Ionescu Died at 64 (1858-1922) - Take or Tache Ionescu was a Romanian centrist politician, journalist, lawyer and diplomat, who also enjoyed reputation as a short story author. Starting his political career as a radical member ...more

Panait Istrati is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Romania
Panait Istrati Died at 51 (1884-1935) - Panait Istrati was a Romanian writer of French and Romanian expression, nicknamed The Maxim Gorky of the Balkans. Istrati was first noted for the depiction of one homosexual character in his

Sergiu Celibidache is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Romania
Sergiu Celibidache Died at 84 (1912-1996) - Sergiu Celibidache was a Romanian conductor, composer, and teacher. Educated in his native Romania, and later in Paris and Berlin, Celibidache's career in music spanned over five decades, ...more

Bella Spewack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Romania
Bella Spewack Died at 91 (1899-1990) - Samuel (September 16, 1899 - October 14, 1971) and Bella Spewack (March 25, 1899 - April 27, 1990) were a Tony Award-winning husband-and-wife writing team. Samuel, who also directed many of ...more

Anca Parghel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Romania
Anca Parghel Died at 51 (1957-2008) - Anca Parghel was a Romanian jazz artist, a singer who excelled in scat, improvisation and vocal percussion. She claimed to be a polyglot, speaking seven different languages, including English, ...more

Aharon Appelfeld is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Romania
Aharon Appelfeld age 85 - Aharon Appelfeld is an Israeli novelist.

Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Romania
Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Died at 88 (1906-1994) - Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, born Nicolae Georgescu was a Romanian American mathematician, statistician and economist, best known for his 1971 magnum opus The Entropy Law and the Economic Process, ...more

Bernard Natan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Romania
Bernard Natan Died at 56 (1886-1942) - Bernard Natan was a Franco-Romanian film director and actor of the 1920s and 1930s. He was once said by historians to be one of the earliest pornographic film directors and porn stars, although ...more

Joel Teitelbaum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Romania
Joel Teitelbaum Died at 92 (1887-1979) - Joel Teitelbaum was the founder and first Grand Rebbe of the Satmar dynasty. A major figure in the postwar renaissance of Hasidism, he espoused a strictly conservative and isolationist line, ...more

Irving Layton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Romania
Irving Layton Died at 94 (1912-2006) - Irving Peter Layton, OC was a Romanian-born Canadian poet. He was known for his "tell it like it is" style which won him a wide following, but also made him enemies. As T. Jacobs notes ...more

Liviu Rebreanu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Romania
Liviu Rebreanu Died at 59 (1885-1944) - Liviu Rebreanu was a Romanian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and journalist.

Simion Stoilow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Romania
Simion Stoilow Died at 88 (1873-1961) - Simion Stoilow or Stoilov was a Romanian mathematician, creator of the Romanian school of complex analysis, and author of over 100 publications.

Ligia Filotti is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Romania
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Nichita Stănescu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Romania
Nichita Stănescu Died at 50 (1933-1983) - Nichita Stănescu was a Romanian poet and essayist.

Marin Karmitz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Romania
Marin Karmitz age 77 - Marin Karmitz is a French businessman whose career has spanned the French film industry, including director, producer, film distributor, and operator of a chain of cinemas. Karmitz attended film ...more

Franz Halberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Romania
Franz Halberg Died at 94 (1919-2013) - Franz Halberg was a scientist and one of the founders of modern chronobiology. He first began his experiments in the 1940s and later founded the Chronobiology Laboratories at the University of ...more

Sașa Pană is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Romania
Sașa Pană Died at 79 (1902-1981) - Sașa Pană was a Romanian avant-garde poet, novelist, and short story writer.

Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Romania
Dinu Lipatti Died at 33 (1917-1950) - Dinu Lipatti was a Romanian classical pianist and composer whose career was cut short by his death from Hodgkin's disease at age 33. He was elected posthumously to the Romanian Academy.

David Wechsler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Romania
David Wechsler Died at 85 (1896-1981) - David "Wex" Wechsler was a leading American psychologist. He developed well-known intelligence scales, such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale

Gheorghe I. Brătianu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Romania
Gheorghe I. Brătianu Died at 55 (1898-1953) - Gheorghe I. Brătianu was a Romanian politician and historian. A member of the Brătianu family and initially affiliated with the National Liberal Party, he broke away from the movement to create ...more

Amza Pellea is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Romania
Amza Pellea Died at 52 (1931-1983) - Amza Pellea was a Romanian actor noted for playing Romanian national heroes on film. He was born in Băilești, Oltenia, and attended the Carol I High School. He later played at the Craiova ...more

Grigore Gafencu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Romania
Grigore Gafencu Died at 65 (1892-1957) - Grigore Gafencu was a Romanian politician, diplomat and journalist.

Andre Spitzer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Romania
Andre Spitzer Died at 27 (1945-1972) - Andre Spitzer, was a fencing master and coach of Israel's 1972 Summer Olympics team. He was one of 11 athletes and coaches taken hostage and subsequently killed by Palestinians in the Munich

Moshe Teitelbaum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Romania
Moshe Teitelbaum Died at 92 (1914-2006) - Moshe Teitelbaum was a Hasidic rebbe and the world leader of the Satmar Hasidim.

Lizzie Adler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Romania
Lizzie Adler Died at 24 (1887-1911)

Charles Bruck is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Romania
Charles Bruck Died at 84 (1911-1995) - Charles Bruck was a Hungarian-French conductor. Bruck was born in Temesvár, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire, since 1920 Timişoara, since 1920 in Romania. He left Romania in ...more

Vintilă Horia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Romania
Vintilă Horia Died at 77 (1915-1992) - Vintilă Horia was an award-winning Romanian writer and anti-communist dissident. In 1960, he was awarded the Prix Goncourt for God Was Born in Exile, becoming one of the first non-French writers ...more

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Paul Constantin Pepene is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Romania
Paul Constantin Pepene age 28 - Paul Constantin Pepene is a Romanian cross-country skier. Pepene won the 30 km pursuit at the U-23 World Championships in January 2010, and competed in the 2009 World Ski Championships and at ...more

Ágnes Simon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Romania
Ágnes Simon age 41 - Ágnes Simon is a cross-country skier.

Maleen Pacha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Romania
Maleen Pacha Died at 77 (1923-2000) - Maleen Pacha was a costume designer, production designer, set decorator and film art director.

Corneliu Coposu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Romania
Corneliu Coposu Died at 81 (1914-1995) - Corneliu Coposu was a conservative Romanian politician.

Shulem Moshkovitz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Romania
Shulem Moshkovitz Rabbi Shulem Moshkovitz, known as the Shotzer Rebbe, was born in Suceava, Romania. He was a descendant of the famed chasidic Rebbe Yechiel Mikhl of Zlotshov. He emigrated to London, England, ...more

Ilarie Voronca is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Romania
Ilarie Voronca Died at 43 (1903-1946) - Ilarie Voronca was a Romanian-French avant-garde poet and essayist. Voronca was of Jewish ethnicity. In his early years, he was connected with Eugen Lovinescu's Sburătorul group, making his ...more

Ion N. Petrovici is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Romania
Ion N. Petrovici age 87 - Ion N. Petrovici is a German neurologist, professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Cologne. After studying at the Bucharest Faculty of Medicine, he received an MD degree from ...more