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Famous People From Romania

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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

    BirthplaceConstanța, Sud-Est, Romania

    Alexandra Ioana Stan (born 10 June 1989) is a Romanian singer and songwriter. Born and raised...  more
  • Emil Cioran

    Emil Cioran

    Dec. at 84 (1911-1995)

    BirthplaceRășinari, Romania

    Emil Cioran (Romanian: [eˈmil t͡ʃoˈran] (listen); 8 April 1911 – 20 June 1995) was a Romanian...  more


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  • Nicolae Ceaușescu

    Nicolae Ceaușescu

    Dec. at 71 (1918-1989)

    BirthplaceScornicești, Romania

    Nicolae Ceaușescu (, Romanian: [nikoˈla.e tʃe̯a.uˈʃesku] (listen); 26 January 1918 – 25...  more

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  • BirthplaceBrașov, Centru, Romania

    Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (Romanian pronunciation: [duˈmitru doˈrin pruˈnarju] (listen); born 27...  more
  • George Enescu

    George Enescu

    Dec. at 74 (1881-1955)

    BirthplaceGeorge Enescu, Botoșani, Romania

    George Enescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe eˈnesku] (listen); 19 August [O.S. 7...  more
  • Jean Negulesco

    Jean Negulesco

    Dec. at 93 (1900-1993)

    BirthplaceCraiova, Sud-Vest, Romania

    Jean Negulesco (born Ioan Negulescu; 29 February 1900 (O.S.) – 18 July 1993) was a...  more
  • Sammy Ofer

    Sammy Ofer

    Dec. at 89 (1922-2011)

    BirthplaceGalați, Sud-Est, Romania

    Sammy Ofer (born Shmuel Herskovich; 22 February 1922 – 3 June 2011) was an Israeli shipping...  more
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  • John Houseman

    John Houseman

    Dec. at 86 (1902-1988)

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Bucharest, Romania

    John Houseman (born Jacques Haussmann; September 22, 1902 – October 31, 1988) was a...  more
  • Eugène Ionesco

    Eugène Ionesco

    Dec. at 85 (1909-1994)

    BirthplaceSlatina, Sud-Vest, Romania

    Eugène Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu, Romanian: [e.uˈd͡ʒen i.oˈnesku] (listen); 26 November 1909...  more
  • Liviu Librescu

    Liviu Librescu

    Dec. at 77 (1930-2007)

    BirthplacePloiești, Romania

    Liviu Librescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈlivju liˈbresku]; Hebrew: ליביו ליברסקו‎; August 18,...  more
  • Nathan H. Juran

    Dec. at 95 (1907-2002)

    BirthplaceGura Humorului, Romania

    Naftuli "Nathan" Hertz Juran ((1907-09-01)September 1, 1907, Gura Humorului –...  more
  • Elvira Popescu

    Elvira Popescu

    Dec. at 99 (1894-1993)

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    Elvira Popescu (Romanian pronunciation: [elˈvira poˈpesku]; in French, Elvire Popesco; 10 May...  more
  • Hermann Oberth

    Hermann Oberth

    Dec. at 95 (1894-1989)

    BirthplaceSibiu, Romania

    Hermann Julius Oberth (German: [ˈhɛrman ˈjuːli̯ʊs ˈoːbɛrt]; 25 June 1894 – 28 December 1989)...  more
  • Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu

    Dec. at 54 (1900-1954)


    Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu (Romanian pronunciation: [luˈkret͡sju pətrəʃˈkanu]; November 4, 1900 –...  more
  • Nae Ionescu

    Nae Ionescu

    Dec. at 50 (1890-1940)
    Nae Ionescu (Romanian: [ˈna.e joˈnesku], born Nicolae C. Ionescu; 16 June [O.S. 4 June] 1890 –...  more
  • Take Ionescu

    Take Ionescu

    Dec. at 64 (1858-1922)

    BirthplacePloiești, Romania

    Take or Tache Ionescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈtake joˈnesku]; born Dumitru Ghiță Ioan and...  more
  • Panait Istrati

    Panait Istrati

    Dec. at 51 (1884-1935)

    BirthplaceBrăila, Sud-Est, Romania

    Panait Istrati (Romanian: [panaˈit isˈtrati]; sometimes rendered as Panaït Istrati; August 10,...  more
  • Sergiu Celibidache

    Sergiu Celibidache

    Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

    BirthplaceRoman, Romania

    Sergiu Celibidache (Romanian: [ˈserdʒju tʃelibiˈdake]; 11 July [O.S. 28 June] 1912, Roman,...  more
  • Bella Spewack

    Dec. at 91 (1899-1990)

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    Samuel (September 16, 1899 - October 14, 1971) and Bella Spewack (March 25, 1899 - April 27,...  more
  • Anca Parghel

    Anca Parghel

    Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)

    BirthplaceCâmpulung Moldovenesc, Romania

    Anca Parghel (September 16, 1957– December 5, 2008) was a Romanian jazz singer, composer,...  more
  • Aharon Appelfeld

    BirthplaceBukovina, Romania

    Aharon Appelfeld (Hebrew: אהרן אפלפלד; born Ervin Appelfeld; February 16, 1932 – January 4,...  more
  • Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen

    Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen

    Dec. at 88 (1906-1994)

    BirthplaceConstanța, Sud-Est, Romania

    Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen (born Nicolae Georgescu, 4 February 1906 – 30 October 1994) was a...  more
  • Joel Teitelbaum

    Joel Teitelbaum

    Dec. at 92 (1887-1979)

    BirthplaceSighetu Marmației, Romania

    Joel Teitelbaum (Hebrew: יואל טייטלבוים‎, Ashkenazi pronunciation: IPA: [jɔjl̩ teɪtɛlbɔjm]; 13...  more
  • Irving Layton

    Dec. at 94 (1912-2006)

    BirthplaceTârgu Neamț, Romania

    Irving Peter Layton, OC (March 12, 1912 – January 4, 2006) was a Romanian-born Canadian poet. ...  more