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Famous People From Ukraine

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

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Ukraine?" or "Which celebrities were born in Ukraine?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Age: 39

Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine

Maksim "Maks" Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy (Ukrainian: Максим Олександрович Чмерковський, pronounced [mɑkˈsɪm olɛkˈsɑndroβɪtʃ ˈtʃmɛrkou̯sʲkɪj]; born January 17, 1980) is a ...more

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Golda Meir is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 80 (1898-1978)

Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian SSR

Golda Meir (born Golda Mabovitch; May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978) was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, stateswoman, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. Born in Kiev, she ...more

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Leonid Brezhnev is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 76 (1906-1982)

Birthplace: Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (; Russian: Леонид Ильич Брежнев, IPA: [lʲɪɐˈnʲid ɪˈlʲjidʑ ˈbrʲeʐnʲɪf] (listen); Ukrainian: Леонід Ілліч Брежнєв, 19 December 1906 (O.S. 6 December 1906) – 10 November ...more

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Robert Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 68 (1923-1991)

Birthplace: Solotvyno, Ukraine

Ian Robert Maxwell (10 June 1923 – 5 November 1991), born Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch, was a British media proprietor, and Member of Parliament (MP). Originally from ...more
Vaslav Nijinsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 60 (1890-1950)

Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian SSR

Vaslav (or Vatslav) Nijinsky (; Russian: Ва́цлав Фоми́ч Нижи́нский, tr. Václav Fomíč Nižínskij, IPA: [ˈvatsləf fɐˈmʲitɕ nʲɪˈʐɨnskʲɪj]; Polish: Wacław Niżyński, IPA: ...more
Lee Strasberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 81 (1901-1982)

Birthplace: Budaniv, Ukraine

Lee Strasberg (born Israel Lee Strassberg; November 17, 1901 – February 17, 1982) was a Polish-American actor, director, and theatre practitioner. He co-founded, with directors Harold Clurman ...more

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Vera Brezhneva is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Age: 37

Birthplace: Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine

Vira Viktorivna Halushka (Ukrainian: Віра Вікторівна Галушка; Russian: Вера Викторовна Галушка, Vera Viktorovna Galushka; born 3 February 1982), better known by her stage name Vera Brezhneva ...more
Alla Nazimova is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 66 (1879-1945)

Birthplace: Yalta, Ukraine

Alla Nazimova (Russian: Алла Назимова, born Marem-Ides Leventon; June 3 [O.S. May 22] , 1879 – July 13, 1945) was a Russian-American actress. On Broadway, she was noted for her work in the ...more
Boris Sagal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 58 (1923-1981)

Birthplace: Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk, Eurasia, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast

Boris Sagal (October 18, 1923 – May 22, 1981) was a Ukrainian-American television and film director.
Vladimir Lyakhov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Age: 77

Birthplace: Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine

Vladimir Afanasyevich Lyakhov (Russian: Влади́мир Афана́сьевич Ля́хов; 20 July 1941 – 19 April 2018) was a Ukrainian Soviet cosmonaut. He was selected as cosmonaut on 5 May 1967, and retired on ...more
Vladimir Vasyutin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 50 (1952-2002)

Birthplace: Kharkiv, Soviet Union

Vladimir Vladimirovich Vasyutin (Russian: Влaдимиp Bлaдимиpoвич Васютин; 8 March 1952 – 19 July 2002) was a Soviet cosmonaut. He was selected as a cosmonaut on 1 December 1978 (TsPK-6). He ...more
Sergey Alexandrovich Vol... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Age: 45

Birthplace: Chuhuiv, Ukraine

Sergey Aleksandrovich Volkov (Russian: Сергей Александрович Волков; born April 1, 1973, in Chuhuiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a retired Russian cosmonaut and engineer. He was a member of ...more
Leonid Popov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Age: 73

Birthplace: Oleksandriia, Kirovohrad Oblast, Ukraine

Leonid Ivanovich Popov (Russian: Леони́д Ива́нович Попо́в; born August 31, 1945) is a former Soviet cosmonaut.
Leonid Kizim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 69 (1941-2010)

Birthplace: Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine

Leonid Denisovich Kizim (Russian: Леонид Денисович Кизим; 5 August 1941 – 14 June 2010) was a Soviet cosmonaut. Kizim was born in Krasnyi Lyman, Donetsk Oblast, Soviet Union (now Lyman, ...more
Mike Mazurki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 83 (1907-1990)

Birthplace: Ternopil, Ukraine

Mike Mazurki (25 December 1907 – 9 December 1990) was an American actor and professional wrestler who appeared in more than 100 films. His towering 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) presence and intimidating ...more
Paul Muni is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 72 (1895-1967)

Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine

Paul Muni (born Frederich Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund; September 22, 1895 – August 25, 1967) was an American stage and film actor who grew up in Chicago. Muni was a five-time Academy Award ...more

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Igor Suprunyuck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Age: 31

Birthplace: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

Igor Suprunyuck was a serial killer and known as one of the Dnepropetrovsk maniacs.
George Gamow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 64 (1904-1968)

Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine

George Gamow (March 4, 1904 – August 19, 1968), born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov, was a Soviet-American theoretical physicist and cosmologist. He was an early advocate and developer of ...more
Viktor Sayenko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Age: 31

Birthplace: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

Viktor Sayenko was a serial killer and known as one of the Dnepropetrovsk maniacs.
Tadeusz Sendzimir is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 95 (1894-1989)

Birthplace: Ukraine, Lviv, Eurasia, Lviv Oblast

Tadeusz Sendzimir (originally Sędzimir, July 15, 1894, Lwów – September 1, 1989, Jupiter, Florida) of Ostoja coat of arms was a Polish engineer and inventor of international renown with ...more
Victoria Koblenko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Age: 38

Birthplace: Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Victoria Koblenko (Russian: Виктория Кобленко) (born 19 December 1980, in Vinnitsa, Soviet Union) is a Dutch actress, presenter and columnist.
Max Levchin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Age: 43

Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian SSR

Maksymilian Rafailovych "Max" Levchin (Ukrainian: Максиміліан Рафаїлович Левчин; born July 11, 1975) is a Ukrainian-born American computer scientist. In 1998, soon after graduating ...more
Alexander Liberman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 87 (1912-1999)

Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian SSR

Alexander Semeonovitch Liberman (September 4, 1912 – November 19, 1999) was a Russian-American magazine editor, publisher, painter, photographer, and sculptor. He held senior artistic positions ...more
Eugene Hütz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Age: 46

Birthplace: Boyarka, Ukraine

Eugene Hütz (pronounced [ˈjʊəɡeːnə hyts] Ukrainian: Євген Гудзь Ukrainian pronunciation: [jɛw'ɦɛn ɦudzʲ], Yevhen Hudz′; born Yevheniy Aleksandrovich Nikolayev-Simonov, Russian: Евгений ...more
Hayim Nahman Bialik is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Ukraine
Dec. at 61 (1873-1934)

Birthplace: Volhynia

Hayim Nahman Bialik (Hebrew: חיים נחמן ביאליק; January 9, 1873 – July 4, 1934), also Chaim or Haim, was a Jewish poet who wrote primarily in Hebrew but also in Yiddish. Bialik was one of the ...more