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

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Hafez al-Assad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Syria
Hafez al-Assad Died at 70 (1930-2000) Hafez al-Assad was a Syrian statesman, politician and general who was President of Syria from 1971 to 2000, Prime Minister from 1970 to 1971, Regional Secretary of the Regional Command of the ...more

Adib Shishakli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Syria
Adib Shishakli Died at 55 (1909-1964) Adib Bin Hassan Al-Shishakli was a Syrian military leader and President of Syria.

Ali Ahmad Said is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ali Ahmad Said age 88 Ali Ahmad Said Esber, also known by the pen name Adonis or Adunis, is a Syrian poet, essayist and translator. He has written more than twenty books and volumes of poetry in the Arabic language ...more

Muhammed Faris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Syria
Muhammed Faris age 66 Muhammed Ahmed Faris is a Syrian military aviator. He was the first Syrian and the second Arab in space. Born in Aleppo, Syria, he was a pilot in the Syrian Air Force with the rank of a colonel. ...more

Sami al-Hinnawi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Syria
Sami al-Hinnawi Died at 52 (1898-1950) Colonel Sami Hilmy al-Hinnawi was a Syrian politician and military man. He was born in Aleppo and had served in the Ottoman army before serving in the French-Syrian army during the French ...more

Pope Constantine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Syria
Pope Constantine Pope Constantine was Pope from 25 March 708 to his death in 715. With the exception of Antipope Constantine, he was the only pope to take such a "quintessentially" Eastern name of an ...more

Ibn al-Nafis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ibn al-Nafis Died at 75 (1213-1288) Ala-al-din abu Al-Hassan Ali ibn Abi-Hazm al-Qarshi al-Dimashqi, known as Ibn al-Nafis, was a physician who is mostly famous for being the first to describe the pulmonary circulation of the ...more

Edmund Keeley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Syria
Edmund Keeley age 90 Edmund Leroy "Mike" Keeley is an author, translator, and Charles Barnwell Straut Professor Emeritus of English at Princeton University. He is a prize-winning novelist and a noted ...more

Pope John V is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Syria
Pope John V Died at 1 (685-686) Pope John V was Pope from consecration 23 July 685 to his death in 686. He was the first pope of the Byzantine Papacy allowed to be consecrated by the Byzantine Emperor without prior consent, ...more

Fawwaz T. Ulaby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Syria
Fawwaz T. Ulaby Fawwaz T. Ulaby is Arthur Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and formerly the Founding Provost and Executive Vice ...more

Rafik Schami is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Syria
Rafik Schami age 71 Rafik Schami is a German author, storyteller and critic.

Ighraa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ighraa age 73 Ighraa is an actress.

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Diana al-Hadid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Syria
Diana al-Hadid age 37 Diana Al-Hadid is a contemporary artist who creates sculptures, installations and drawings using various media. She was born, and lived in Aleppo, Syria, in 1981 and lives and works in Brooklyn, ...more

Kinan Azmeh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Syria
Kinan Azmeh age 41 Kinan Azmeh is a Syrian clarinet player.

Michel Aflaq is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Syria
Michel Aflaq Died at 79 (1910-1989) Michel Aflaq was a Syrian philosopher, sociologist and Arab nationalist. His ideas played a significant role in the development of Ba'athism and its political movement; he is considered by ...more

Sulaf Fawakherji is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Syria
Sulaf Fawakherji age 40 Sulaf Fawakherji is a film actor.

Ahmad Saber Hamcho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ahmad Saber Hamcho age 25 Ahmad Saber Hamcho is an Equestrian athlete. He represented Syria in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Izz ad-Din al-Qassam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Syria
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Died at 53 (1882-1935) Izz ad-Din Abd al-Qadar ibn Mustafa ibn Yusuf ibn Muhammad al-Qassam was a Syrian-born Palestinian Muslim preacher who was a leader in the fight against British, French, and Zionist ...more

Ziad Hamzeh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ziad Hamzeh age 59 Ziad H Hamzeh is a Syrian-American college professor and film-maker. Ziad has made Boston, Massachusetts his home after relocating from Los Angeles. He is of Druze origin. Ziad is the producer ...more

Iamblichus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Syria
Iamblichus Died at 80 (245-325) Iamblichus, also known as Iamblichus Chalcidensis, or Iamblichus of Apamea, was a Syrian Neoplatonist philosopher who determined the direction taken by later Neoplatonic philosophy.

Ezra Attiya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ezra Attiya Died at 89 (1881-1970) Ezra Attiya was one of the greatest teachers of Torah in the Sephardic Jewish world during the 20th century. He was rosh yeshiva of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem for 45 years, nurturing ...more

Tayseer Allouni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Syria
Tayseer Allouni age 63 Tayseer Allouni is a journalist from the Al Jazeera news channel. He was born in Deir ez-Zor in Syria in 1955 then in 1983 he moved to Spain, where he studied Economics, and has lived there ever ...more

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Aref Dalila is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Syria
Aref Dalila age 76 Aref Dalila is a Syrian economist and former Dean of the Faculty of Economics in Damascus University. He is currently working as a Senior Economic Researcher at Orient Research Center in the ...more

Posidonius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Syria
Posidonius Died at 84 (134 BC-50 BC) Posidonius "of Apameia" or "of Rhodes", was a Greek Stoic philosopher, politician, astronomer, geographer, historian and teacher native to Apamea, Syria. He was acclaimed as ...more

Ali Diab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ali Diab age 35 Ali Diab is a Syrian professional association football player. He currently plays for Al-Wahda, which competes in the Syrian Premier League the top division in Iraq. He plays as a defender, ...more

Suat Hayri Ürgüplü is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Syria
Suat Hayri Ürgüplü Died at 78 (1903-1981) Ali Suat Hayri Ürgüplü was a Turkish political figure. He served a brief term as prime minister of Turkey in 1965.

Khalid al-Azm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Syria
Khalid al-Azm Died at 62 (1903-1965) Khalid al-Azm was a Syrian national leader and six-time Prime Minister, as well as Acting President. He was a member of one of the most prominent political families in Syria, al-Azm, and the son ...more

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Pope Anicetus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Syria
Pope Anicetus Pope Anicetus was the Bishop of Rome from c. 157 to his death in 168. According to the Annuario Pontificio, the start of his papacy may have been 153. His name is Greek for unconquered. ...more

Khalil Mardam Bey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Syria
Khalil Mardam Bey Died at 64 (1895-1959) Khalil Mardam Bek was a Syrian poet and critique who is most notable for composing the lyrics of the Syrian National Anthem. He was born in Damascus to a well-known family. He is one of the ...more

George Wassouf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Syria
George Wassouf age 56 George Wassouf is a Syrian singer with over 30 albums released. Wassouf's vocal style has been emulated by younger singers such as George El Rassi. Born in Kafroun, Tartous, Syria into a ...more

Omar Amiralay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Syria
Omar Amiralay Died at 67 (1944-2011) Omar Amiralay was a Syrian documentary film director and prominent civil society activist. He is noted for the strong political criticism in his films and played a prominent role in the events ...more

Maamun al-Kuzbari is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Syria
Maamun al-Kuzbari Died at 84 (1914-1998) Maamun al-Kuzbari was a Syrian literary personality, politician and acting head of state from a prominent Damascus family.

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Adnan al-Aroor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Syria
Adnan al-Aroor age 70 Adnan Mohammed al-Aroor is a Sunni cleric from Hama, Syria. al-Aroor appears regularly on TV stations in Saudi Arabia, including the widely watched satellite channel al-Safa, where he is known ...more

Levon Ter-Petrosyan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Syria
Levon Ter-Petrosyan age 73 Levon Ter-Petrosyan is an Armenian politician. He was the first President of Armenia from 1991 to 1998. A senior researcher at the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, he led the ...more

Naser Khader is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Syria
Naser Khader age 54 Naser Khader is Danish-Syrian and a former member of the Parliament of Denmark for the Conservative Party. As a member of Parliament, he has represented both Social Liberal Party and Liberal ...more

Joseph Tawil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Syria
Joseph Tawil Died at 86 (1913-1999) Archbishop Joseph Tawil was the Melkite Greek Catholic eparch for the United States, teacher and theologian. He is remembered for his participation in the Second Vatican Council, expanding the ...more

Eddie Abdo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Syria
Eddie Abdo Died at 59 (1902-1961) Eddie Abdo was an actor.

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Thuraia Sobh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Syria
Thuraia Sobh age 32 Thuraia Sobh is a Syrian weightlifter. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the -75 kg event.

Ali Asad is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ali Asad age 56 Ali Asad is a cinematographer.

Ian Copeland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ian Copeland Died at 57 (1949-2006) Ian Adie Copeland was a pioneering American music promoter and booking agent who helped launch the new wave movement in the United States.

Francis Marrash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Syria
Francis Marrash Died at 37 (1836-1873) Francis bin Fathallah bin Nasrallah Marrash, also known as Francis al-Marrash or Francis Marrash al-Halabi, was a Syrian writer and poet of the Nahda movement—the Arabic renaissance—and a ...more

Ghazi Kanaan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ghazi Kanaan Died at 63 (1942-2005) Ghazi Kanaan, also known as Abu Yo'roub, was Syria's Interior Minister from 2004 to 2005, and long-time head of Syria's security apparatus in Lebanon. His violent death during an investigation ...more

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Mayada El Hennawy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Syria
Mayada El Hennawy age 56 Mayada El Hennawy is a singer.

Moaz al-Khatib is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Syria
Moaz al-Khatib age 58 Ahmad Mouath Al-Khatib Al-Hasani is a former president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. He is also a former imam of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.

Senharib Malki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Syria
Senharib Malki age 34 Sanharib Malki Sabah is a Syrian footballer who plays as a striker for Kasımpaşa in the Turkish Süper Lig and the Syrian national team. For K.S.V. Roeselare, his previous club, he scored ...more

Imad Moustapha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Syria
Imad Moustapha Imad Moustapha is a Syrian diplomat.

Fateh Moudarres is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Syria
Fateh Moudarres Died at 77 (1922-1999) Fateh al-Moudarres was a Syrian painter and one of the leaders of the modern art movement in Syria. Moudarres studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, where he was influenced by ...more

Jamal Suliman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Syria
Jamal Suliman age 59 Jamal Suliman is a prominent Syrian-born producer, director and actor of television, film, and stage. Suliman was born in 1959 in the Syrian capital of Damascus. Suliman studied at the acting ...more

Salah Shahrour is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Syria
Salah Shahrour age 30 Salah Shahrour is a Syrian footballer who plays as a defender for Hutteen, which competes in the Syrian Premier League the top division level in Syria and is currently a member of the Syria ...more

Raed Arafat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Syria
Raed Arafat age 53 Raed Arafat is a Syrian-born Romanian intensive care physician of Palestinian origin. An anesthesiologist, he is the founder of Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication, as ...more