People who have never been to Belgium will joke that nobody can name even five famous Belgians. Or quip how trite the Belgians are? That besides beer and mussels, there is nothing more to add to Belgium’s portfolio. But the truth is that Belgium, with its remarkable history of art, over 60 UNESCO sites, world-famous carnival celebrations and a wad of peerless men and women, is not half as lackluster and lacking in talent as the world deems. Not the one to blow its own trumpet, Belgium has never ever overplayed its greatness. No wonder most of us did not know that distinguished talents like Hollywood heartthrobs Audrey Hepburn and Jean Claude van Damme, world famous baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, Tin Tin's creator Georges Remi, tennis star Kim Clijsters, bacteriologist Jules Bordet, and noted fashion designer Liz Claiborne are all Belgians. Surprised? Join us as we dig deep into the lives and deeds of many such famous Belgians in the biographies presented below, exploring their timeline, trivia and lesser-known facts on the way.
Eden HazardEden Hazard
07 January 1991
Footballer
Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
30 April 1975
Actor

Jean-Claude Van DammeJean-Claude Van Damme
18 October 1960
Martial Artist & Actor

Leopold II of BelgiumLeopold II of Belgium
09 April 1835
Founder of Congo Free State

Romelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku
13 May 1993
Football Player

Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982
Basketball Player
Kevin De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne
28 June 1991
Footballer

Eddy MerckxEddy Merckx
17 June 1945
Cyclist

GotyeGotye
21 May 1980
Singer

Peter Paul RubensPeter Paul Rubens
28 June 1577
Painter & Printmaker
Charles MartelCharles Martel
0686 AD
Military Leader

Philip I of CastilePhilip I of Castile
22 July 1478
King of Castile
StromaeStromae
12 March 1985
Rapper

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini
22 December 1858
Composer

Georges LemaîtreGeorges Lemaître
17 July 1894
Scientist & Priest
Jacques BrelJacques Brel
08 April 1929
Singer and Actor

Adolphe SaxAdolphe Sax
06 November 1814
Inventor of Saxophone
Lara FabianLara Fabian
09 January 1970
Singer

HergeHergé
22 May 1907
Cartoonist (Creator of Tintin)

Michel QissiMichel Qissi
12 September 1962
Actor, Director
Andreas VesaliusAndreas Vesalius
31 December 1514
Founding Father of the Modern Human Anatomy

Anthony van DyckAnthony van Dyck
22 March 1599
Painter
Plastic BertrandPlastic Bertrand
24 February 1954
Musician

Gerardus Mercator Gerardus Mercator
05 March 1512
Cartographer

Olivia RouyreOlivia Rouyre
29 July 1999
YouTuber

Rose BertramRose Bertram
26 October 1994
Model
Leo BaekelandLeo Baekeland
14 November 1863
Chemist & Inventor
Natacha Van HonackerNatacha Van Honacker
 
Eden Hazard's Wife

Ilya PrigogineIlya Prigogine
25 January 1917
Physical Chemist

Johannes OckeghemJohannes Ockeghem
1410 AD
Music Composer, Choirmaster, Singer

Christian de DuveChristian de Duve
02 October 1917
Biochemist
Rene MagritteRene Magritte
21 November 1898
 

Albert ClaudeAlbert Claude
24 August 1899
Cell Biologist

Henri La FontaineHenri La Fontaine
22 April 1854
Socialist, Senator, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Jules BordetJules Bordet
13 June 1870
Microbiologist and Immunologist

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Belle PerezBelle Perez
29 January 1976
Musician
Adrian WillaertAdrian Willaert
1490 AD
Music Composer, Teacher, Founder of the Venetian

Dominique PireDominique Pire
10 February 1910
Cleric, Educator
Orlando LassusOrlando Lassus
1532 AD
Composer

Cleo WattenströmCleo Wattenström
12 June 1992
Tattoo Artist

Vincent KompanyVincent Kompany
10 April 1986
Footballer
Divock OrigiDivock Origi
18 April 1995
Association football player

Kim ClijstersKim Clijsters
08 June 1983
Tennis player
Matthias SchoenaertsMatthias Schoenaerts
08 December 1977
Actor

Toby AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
02 March 1989
Association football player

Thibaut CourtoisThibaut Courtois
11 May 1992
Footballer

Justine HeninJustine Henin
01 June 1982
Tennis player

Michy BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
02 October 1993
Association football player
Youri TielemansYouri Tielemans
07 May 1997
Association football player

Thomas VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
14 November 1985
Association football player

Radja NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
04 May 1988
Association football player

Jan VertonghenJan Vertonghen
24 April 1987
Association football player
Marouane FellainiMarouane Fellaini
22 November 1987
Association football player

Bradley WigginsBradley Wiggins
28 April 1980
Track cyclist, Sport cyclist
Guy VerhofstadtGuy Verhofstadt
11 April 1953
Politician

Leopold I of BelgiumLeopold I of Belgium
16 December 1790
Politician, Military personnel

Albert II of BelgiumAlbert II of Belgium
06 June 1934
Politician
Marc WilmotsMarc Wilmots
22 February 1969
Association football player, Politician,

Marc DutrouxMarc Dutroux
06 November 1956
Criminal, Electrician, Serial killer
Leopold III of BelgiumLeopold III of Belgium
03 November 1901
King

Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of BrabantPrincess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant
25 October 2001
 

Simon MignoletSimon Mignolet
06 March 1988
Association football player
Adnan JanuzajAdnan Januzaj
05 February 1995
Association football player

Dries MertensDries Mertens
06 May 1987
Association football player
Baudouin of BelgiumBaudouin of Belgium
07 September 1930
 

Albert I of BelgiumAlbert I of Belgium
08 April 1875
Mountaineer, Military personnel

Mary of BurgundyMary of Burgundy
13 February 1457
 

Jean-Philippe SusilovicJean-Philippe Susilovic
1975 AD
Television personality
Dennis PraetDennis Praet
14 May 1994
Association football player
Jan van EyckJan van Eyck
1395 AD
Painter

Axel WitselAxel Witsel
12 January 1989
Association football player

Godfrey of BouillonGodfrey of Bouillon
18 September 1060
Ruler

William III of the NetherlandsWilliam III of the Netherlands
19 February 1817
Politician, Judge
Cécile de FranceCécile de France
17 July 1975
Actor, Film actor

Kevin MirallasKevin Mirallas
05 October 1987
Association football player

Jacky IckxJacky Ickx
01 January 1945
Formula One driver, Rally driver, Motorcycle

Charles MichelCharles Michel
21 December 1975
Politician, Lawyer

Nacer ChadliNacer Chadli
02 August 1989
Association football player
Patrick BauchauPatrick Bauchau
06 December 1938
Actor, Screenwriter

Georges SimenonGeorges Simenon
13 February 1903
Writer, Novelist, Journalist
Dedryck BoyataDedryck Boyata
28 November 1990
Association football player

Carlota of MexicoCarlota of Mexico
07 June 1840
 

Chantal AkermanChantal Akerman
06 June 1950
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer,
Ritchie De LaetRitchie De Laet
28 November 1988
Association football player

Virginie EfiraVirginie Efira
05 May 1977
Actor, Television presenter, Journalist
Léon DegrelleLéon Degrelle
15 June 1906
Politician, Journalist

Herman Van RompuyHerman Van Rompuy
31 October 1947
Politician, Economist

Luca BrecelLuca Brecel
08 March 1995
Snooker player

Elio Di RupoElio Di Rupo
18 July 1951
Chemist, Politician
Princess Stéphanie of BelgiumPrincess Stéphanie of Belgium
21 May 1864
 

Daniel Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
07 February 1978
Association football player
Prince Gabriel of BelgiumPrince Gabriel of Belgium
20 August 2003
 

Cheikhou KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
21 December 1989
Footballer

John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of LancasterJohn of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster
06 March 1340
Nobleman

Abraham OrteliusAbraham Ortelius
14 April 1527
Cartographer
Charlotte of BelgiumCharlotte of Belgium
07 June 1840
Empress