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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Romania
age 29
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
Emil Cioran is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Romania
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 66
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
Dec. 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
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
Dec. 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
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Nae Ionescu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Romania
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 87
Aharon Appelfeld is an Israeli novelist.
Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Romania
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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