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.
Jean-Claude Van DammeJean-Claude Van Damme
(Martial Artist & Actor)

18 October 1960

Eden HazardEden Hazard
(Footballer)

07 January 1991

Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
(Actor)

30 April 1975

Romelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku
(Football Player)

13 May 1993

Tony ParkerTony Parker
(Basketball Player)

17 May 1982

Leopold II of BelgiumLeopold II of Belgium
(Founder of Congo Free State)

09 April 1835

Kevin De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne
(Footballer)

28 June 1991

Charles MartelCharles Martel
(Military Leader)

0686 AD

GotyeGotye
(Singer)

21 May 1980

StromaeStromae
(Rapper)

12 March 1985

Peter Paul RubensPeter Paul Rubens
(Painter & Printmaker)

28 June 1577

Jacques BrelJacques Brel
(Singer and Actor)

08 April 1929

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Lara FabianLara Fabian
(Singer)

09 January 1970

Georges LemaîtreGeorges Lemaître
(Scientist & Priest)

17 July 1894

Philip I of CastilePhilip I of Castile
(King of Castile)

22 July 1478

HergeHergé
(Cartoonist (Creator of Tintin))

22 May 1907

Andreas VesaliusAndreas Vesalius
(Founding Father of the Modern Human Anatomy)

31 December 1514

Rose BertramRose Bertram
(Model)

26 October 1994

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Eddy MerckxEddy Merckx
(Cyclist)

17 June 1945

Michel QissiMichel Qissi
(Actor, Director)

12 September 1962

Anthony van DyckAnthony van Dyck
(Painter)

22 March 1599

Adolphe SaxAdolphe Sax
(Inventor of Saxophone)

06 November 1814

Gerardus Mercator Gerardus Mercator
(Cartographer)

05 March 1512

Olivia RouyreOlivia Rouyre
(YouTuber)

29 July 1999

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Plastic BertrandPlastic Bertrand
(Musician)

24 February 1954

Ilya PrigogineIlya Prigogine
(Physical Chemist)

25 January 1917

Leo BaekelandLeo Baekeland
(Chemist & Inventor)

14 November 1863

Natacha Van HonackerNatacha Van Honacker
(Eden Hazard's Wife)

Johannes OckeghemJohannes Ockeghem
(Music Composer, Choirmaster, Singer)

1410 AD

Christian de DuveChristian de Duve
(Biochemist)

02 October 1917

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Rene MagritteRene Magritte

21 November 1898

Henri La FontaineHenri La Fontaine
(Socialist, Senator, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

22 April 1854

Jules BordetJules Bordet
(Microbiologist and Immunologist)

13 June 1870

Adrian WillaertAdrian Willaert
(Music Composer, Teacher, Founder of the Venetian school)

1490 AD

Albert ClaudeAlbert Claude
(Cell Biologist)

24 August 1899

Dominique PireDominique Pire
(Cleric, Educator)

10 February 1910

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Belle PerezBelle Perez
(Musician)

29 January 1976

Orlando LassusOrlando Lassus
(Composer)

1532 AD

Marouane FellainiMarouane Fellaini
(Association football player)

22 November 1987

Michy BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
(Association football player)

02 October 1993

Thibaut CourtoisThibaut Courtois
(Footballer)

11 May 1992

Matthias SchoenaertsMatthias Schoenaerts
(Actor)

08 December 1977

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Vincent KompanyVincent Kompany
(Footballer)

10 April 1986

Youri TielemansYouri Tielemans
(Association football player)

07 May 1997

Leopold I of BelgiumLeopold I of Belgium
(Politician, Military personnel)

16 December 1790

Divock OrigiDivock Origi
(Association football player)

18 April 1995

Adnan JanuzajAdnan Januzaj
(Association football player)

05 February 1995

Toby AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
(Association football player)

02 March 1989

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Axel WitselAxel Witsel
(Association football player)

12 January 1989

Jan VertonghenJan Vertonghen
(Association football player)

24 April 1987

Marc DutrouxMarc Dutroux
(Criminal, Electrician, Serial killer)

06 November 1956

Guy VerhofstadtGuy Verhofstadt
(Politician)

11 April 1953

Kim ClijstersKim Clijsters
(Tennis player)

08 June 1983

Thomas VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
(Association football player)

14 November 1985

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Radja NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
(Association football player)

04 May 1988

Jean-Philippe SusilovicJean-Philippe Susilovic
(Television personality)

1975 AD

Dries MertensDries Mertens
(Association football player)

06 May 1987

Jan van EyckJan van Eyck
(Painter)

1395 AD

Justine HeninJustine Henin
(Tennis player)

01 June 1982

Albert II of BelgiumAlbert II of Belgium
(Politician)

06 June 1934

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Leopold III of BelgiumLeopold III of Belgium
(King)

03 November 1901

Cécile de FranceCécile de France
(Actor, Film actor)

17 July 1975

Albert I of BelgiumAlbert I of Belgium
(Mountaineer, Military personnel)

08 April 1875

Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of BrabantPrincess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant

25 October 2001

Simon MignoletSimon Mignolet
(Association football player)

06 March 1988

Baudouin of BelgiumBaudouin of Belgium

07 September 1930

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Godfrey of BouillonGodfrey of Bouillon
(Ruler)

18 September 1060

Nacer ChadliNacer Chadli
(Association football player)

02 August 1989

Mary of BurgundyMary of Burgundy

13 February 1457

William III of the NetherlandsWilliam III of the Netherlands
(Politician, Judge)

19 February 1817

Georges SimenonGeorges Simenon
(Writer, Novelist, Journalist)

13 February 1903

Kevin MirallasKevin Mirallas
(Association football player)

05 October 1987

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Ritchie De LaetRitchie De Laet
(Association football player)

28 November 1988

Luca BrecelLuca Brecel
(Snooker player)

08 March 1995

Bradley WigginsBradley Wiggins
(Track cyclist, Sport cyclist)

28 April 1980