Famous People From Romania

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.
  • BirthplaceConstanța, Sud-Est, Romania

    Alexandra Ioana Stan (born 10 June 1989) is a Romanian singer and songwriter. Born and raised in the city of Constanța, she made her worldwide breakthrough with the 2011 single "Mr. Saxobeat", which  ...more
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    Dec. at 84 (1911-1995)

    BirthplaceRășinari, Romania

    Emil Cioran (Romanian: [eˈmil t͡ʃoˈran] (listen); 8 April 1911 – 20 June 1995) was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. His work has been noted for  ...more
  • Dec. at 71 (1918-1989)

    BirthplaceScornicești, Romania

    Nicolae Ceaușescu (, Romanian: [nikoˈla.e tʃe̯a.uˈʃesku] (listen); 26 January 1918 – 25 December 1989) was a Romanian communist politician and leader. He was the General Secretary of the Romanian  ...more

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  • BirthplaceBrașov, Centru, Romania

    Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (Romanian pronunciation: [duˈmitru doˈrin pruˈnarju] (listen); born 27 September 1952) is a Romanian cosmonaut. He flew in space aboard Soyuz 40 spacecraft and Salyut 6 space  ...more
  • Dec. at 73 (1881-1955)

    BirthplaceGeorge Enescu, Botoșani, Romania

    George Enescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe eˈnesku] (listen); 19 August [O.S. 7 August] 1881 – 4 May 1955), known in France as Georges Enesco, was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist,  ...more
  • Dec. at 93 (1900-1993)

    BirthplaceSud-Vest, Craiova, Romania

    Jean Negulesco (born Ioan Negulescu; 29 February 1900 (O.S.) – 18 July 1993) was a Romanian-American film director and screenwriter.He was called "the first real master of CinemaScope".  ...more
  • Dec. at 89 (1922-2011)

    BirthplaceGalați, Sud-Est, Romania

    Sammy Ofer (born Shmuel Herskovich; 22 February 1922 – 3 June 2011) was an Israeli shipping magnate and philanthropist. He was one of the wealthiest men in Israel.  ...more
  • Dec. at 86 (1902-1988)

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    John Houseman (born Jacques Haussmann; September 22, 1902 – October 31, 1988) was a British-American-Romanian actor and producer who became known for his highly publicized collaboration with director  ...more

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  • Dec. at 84 (1909-1994)

    BirthplaceSlatina, Sud-Vest, Romania

    Eugène Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu, Romanian: [e.uˈd͡ʒen i.oˈnesku] (listen); 26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian-French playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost  ...more
  • Dec. at 76 (1930-2007)

    BirthplacePloiești, Romania

    Liviu Librescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈlivju liˈbresku]; Hebrew: ליביו ליברסקו‎; August 18, 1930 – April 16, 2007) was a Romanian–American scientist and engineer. A prominent academic in addition  ...more
  • Dec. at 95 (1907-2002)

    BirthplaceGura Humorului, Romania

    Naftuli "Nathan" Hertz Juran ((1907-09-01)September 1, 1907, Gura Humorului – (2002-10-23)October 23, 2002, Palos Verdes Estates, California, USA) was an American film art director, and later film  ...more
  • Dec. at 99 (1894-1993)

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    Elvira Popescu (Romanian pronunciation: [elˈvira poˈpesku]; in French, Elvire Popesco; 10 May 1894 – 11 December 1993) was a Romanian-French stage and movie actress and theatre director. During the  ...more
  • Dec. at 95 (1894-1989)

    BirthplaceSibiu, Romania

    Hermann Julius Oberth (German: [ˈhɛrman ˈjuːli̯ʊs ˈoːbɛrt]; 25 June 1894 – 28 December 1989) was an Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer. He is considered one of the founding fathers  ...more
  • Dec. at 53 (1900-1954)


    Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu (Romanian pronunciation: [luˈkret͡sju pətrəʃˈkanu]; November 4, 1900 – April 17, 1954) was a Romanian communist politician and leading member of the Communist Party of Romania  ...more
  • Dec. at 49 (1890-1940)


    Nae Ionescu (Romanian: [ˈna.e joˈnesku], born Nicolae C. Ionescu; 16 June [O.S. 4 June] 1890 – 15 March 1940) was a Romanian philosopher, logician, mathematician, professor, and journalist. Near the  ...more
  • Dec. at 63 (1858-1922)

    BirthplacePloiești, Romania

    Take or Tache Ionescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈtake joˈnesku]; born Dumitru Ghiță Ioan and also known as Demetriu G. Ionnescu; October 25 [O.S. October 13] 1858 – 21 June 1922) was a Romanian  ...more
  • Dec. at 50 (1884-1935)

    BirthplaceBrăila, Sud-Est, Romania

    Panait Istrati (Romanian: [panaˈit isˈtrati]; sometimes rendered as Panaït Istrati; August 10, 1884 – April 16, 1935) was a Romanian working class writer, who wrote in French and Romanian, nicknamed  ...more
  • Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

    BirthplaceRoman, Romania

    Sergiu Celibidache (Romanian: [ˈserdʒju tʃelibiˈdake]; 11 July [O.S. 28 June] 1912, Roman, Romania – 14 August 1996, La Neuville-sur-Essonne, France) was a Romanian conductor, composer, musical  ...more
  • Dec. at 91 (1899-1990)

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    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 their  ...more
  • Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)

    BirthplaceCâmpulung Moldovenesc, Romania

    Anca Parghel (September 16, 1957– December 5, 2008) was a Romanian jazz singer, composer, arranger, pianist, choir conductor and music teacher. As a jazz vocalist, she excelled in scat, vocal  ...more
  • BirthplaceBukovina, Romania

    Aharon Appelfeld (Hebrew: אהרן אפלפלד; born Ervin Appelfeld; February 16, 1932 – January 4, 2018) was an Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor.  ...more
  • Dec. at 88 (1906-1994)

    BirthplaceConstanța, Sud-Est, Romania

    Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen (born Nicolae Georgescu, 4 February 1906 – 30 October 1994) was a Romanian American mathematician, statistician and economist. He is best known today for his 1971 magnum  ...more
  • Dec. at 92 (1887-1979)

    BirthplaceSighetu Marmației, Romania

    Joel Teitelbaum (Hebrew: יואל טייטלבוים‎, Ashkenazi pronunciation: IPA: [jɔjl̩ teɪtɛlbɔjm]; 13 January 1887 – 19 August 1979) was the founder and first Grand Rebbe of the Satmar dynasty. A major  ...more
  • Dec. at 93 (1912-2006)

    BirthplaceTârgu Neamț, Romania

    Irving Peter Layton, OC (March 12, 1912 – January 4, 2006) 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  ...more