List of famous Belgians with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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

Sint-Agatha-Berchem

Libra

Eden HazardEden Hazard
(Footballer)

07 January 1991

La Louvière, Belgium

Capricorn

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

09 April 1835

17 December 1909

Brussels

Aries

Peter Paul RubensPeter Paul Rubens
(Painter & Printmaker)

28 June 1577

30 May 1640

Siegen, Nassau-Dillenburg (now North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

Cancer

Lara FabianLara Fabian
(Singer)

09 January 1970

Etterbeek

Capricorn

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

22 July 1478

25 September 1506

Bruges, Belgium

Cancer

Jacques BrelJacques Brel
(Singer and Actor)

08 April 1929

09 October 1978

Schaerbeek

Aries

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

31 December 1514

15 October 1564

Brussels

Capricorn

Michel QissiMichel Qissi
(Actor, Director)

12 September 1962

Oujda, Morocco

Virgo

Rose BertramRose Bertram
(Model)

26 October 1994

Kortrijk, Belgium

Scorpio

Anthony van DyckAnthony van Dyck
(Painter)

22 March 1599

09 December 1641

Antwerp

Aries

Adolphe SaxAdolphe Sax
(Inventor of Saxophone)

06 November 1814

07 February 1894

Dinant

Scorpio

Eddy MerckxEddy Merckx
(Cyclist)

17 June 1945

Tielt-Winge

Gemini

Gerardus Mercator Gerardus Mercator
(Cartographer)

05 March 1512

02 December 1594

Rupelmonde, County of Flanders (in modern-day Belgium)

Pisces

Plastic BertrandPlastic Bertrand
(Musician)

24 February 1954

Brussels

Pisces

Ilya PrigogineIlya Prigogine
(Physical Chemist)

25 January 1917

28 May 2003

Moscow, Russia

Aquarius

Leo BaekelandLeo Baekeland
(Chemist & Inventor)

14 November 1863

23 February 1944

Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

Scorpio

Johannes OckeghemJohannes Ockeghem
(Music Composer, Choirmaster, Singer)

1410 AD

06 February 1497

Saint-Ghislain

Christian de DuveChristian de Duve
(Biochemist)

02 October 1917

04 May 2013

Thames Ditton, United Kingdom

Libra

Rene MagritteRene Magritte

21 November 1898

15 August 1967

Lessines, Belgium

Scorpio

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

22 April 1854

14 May 1943

Belgium

Taurus

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

1490 AD

07 December 1562

Bruges

Jules BordetJules Bordet
(Microbiologist and Immunologist)

13 June 1870

06 April 1961

Soignies

Gemini

Dominique PireDominique Pire
(Cleric, Educator)

10 February 1910

30 January 1969

Dinant

Aquarius

Albert ClaudeAlbert Claude
(Cell Biologist)

24 August 1899

22 May 1983

Longlier, Neufchâteau, Belgium

Virgo

Belle PerezBelle Perez
(Musician)

29 January 1976

Neerpelt

Aquarius

Georges LemaîtreGeorges Lemaître
(Scientist & Priest)

17 July 1894

20 June 1966

Charleroi, Belgium

Cancer

Orlando LassusOrlando Lassus
(Composer)

1532 AD

14 June 1594

Mons

HergeHergé
(Cartoonist (Creator of Tintin))

22 May 1907

03 March 1983

Etterbeek, Belgium

Gemini

Romelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku
(Association football player)

13 May 1993

Antwerp

Taurus

Kevin De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
(Association football player)

28 June 1991

Ghent

Cancer

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

16 December 1790

10 December 1865

Ehrenburg Palace

Sagittarius

Michy BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
(Association football player)

02 October 1993

Brussels

Libra

Thomas VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
(Association football player)

14 November 1985

Kapellen

Scorpio

Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt
(Guitarist, Composer, Banjoist, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist)

23 January 1910

16 May 1953

Pont-à-Celles

Aquarius

StromaeStromae
(Singer-songwriter, Rapper, Singer)

12 March 1985

Brussels

Pisces

Matthias SchoenaertsMatthias Schoenaerts
(Actor)

08 December 1977

Antwerp

Sagittarius

Divock OrigiDivock Origi
(Association football player)

18 April 1995

Ostend

Aries

Adnan JanuzajAdnan Januzaj
(Association football player)

05 February 1995

Brussels

Aquarius

Marouane FellainiMarouane Fellaini
(Association football player)

22 November 1987

Etterbeek

Scorpio

GotyeGotye
(Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer)

21 May 1980

Bruges

Taurus

Dries MertensDries Mertens
(Association football player)

06 May 1987

Leuven

Taurus

Radja NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
(Association football player)

04 May 1988

Antwerp

Taurus

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

08 April 1875

17 February 1934

Brussels

Aries

Simon MignoletSimon Mignolet
(Association football player)

06 March 1988

Sint-Truiden

Pisces

Kevin MirallasKevin Mirallas
(Association football player)

05 October 1987

Liège

Libra

Kim ClijstersKim Clijsters
(Tennis player)

08 June 1983

Bilzen

Gemini

Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of BrabantPrincess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant

25 October 2001

Anderlecht

Scorpio

Toby AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
(Association football player)

02 March 1989

Antwerp

Pisces

Albert II of BelgiumAlbert II of Belgium
(Politician)

06 June 1934

Laeken

Gemini

Justine HeninJustine Henin
(Tennis player)

01 June 1982

Liège

Gemini

Yannick Ferreira CarrascoYannick Ferreira Carrasco
(Association football player)

04 September 1993

Tepito

Virgo

Jan VertonghenJan Vertonghen
(Association football player)

24 April 1987

Sint-Niklaas

Taurus

Godfrey of BouillonGodfrey of Bouillon
(Ruler)

18 September 1060

18 July 1100

Baisy-Thy, Belgium

Virgo

Marc DutrouxMarc Dutroux
(Criminal, Electrician, Serial killer)

06 November 1956

Ixelles / Elsene

Scorpio

Axel WitselAxel Witsel
(Association football player)

12 January 1989

Liège

Capricorn

Baudouin of BelgiumBaudouin of Belgium

07 September 1930

31 July 1993

Laeken

Virgo

Youri TielemansYouri Tielemans
(Association football player)

07 May 1997

Sint-Pieters-Leeuw

Taurus

Georges SimenonGeorges Simenon
(Writer, Novelist, Journalist)

13 February 1903

04 September 1989

Liège

Aquarius

Steven DefourSteven Defour
(Association football player)

15 April 1988

Mechelen

Aries

Patrick BauchauPatrick Bauchau
(Actor, Screenwriter)

06 December 1938

Brussels

Sagittarius

Luca BrecelLuca Brecel
(Snooker player)

08 March 1995

Dilsen-Stokkem

Pisces

Dedryck BoyataDedryck Boyata
(Association football player)

28 November 1990

Uccle

Sagittarius

Jean-Philippe SusilovicJean-Philippe Susilovic
(Television personality)

1975 AD

Belgium

Guy VerhofstadtGuy Verhofstadt
(Politician)

11 April 1953

Dendermonde

Aries

Elio Di RupoElio Di Rupo
(Chemist, Politician)

18 July 1951

Morlanwelz

Cancer

Carlota of MexicoCarlota of Mexico

07 June 1840

19 January 1927

Laeken

Gemini

Laurent CimanLaurent Ciman
(Association football player)

05 August 1985

Farciennes

Leo

Nacer ChadliNacer Chadli
(Association football player)

02 August 1989

Liège

Leo

Jacky IckxJacky Ickx
(Formula One driver, Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

01 January 1945

Brussels

Capricorn

Ritchie De LaetRitchie De Laet
(Association football player)

28 November 1988

Antwerp

Sagittarius

Herman Van RompuyHerman Van Rompuy
(Politician, Economist)

31 October 1947

Etterbeek

Scorpio

Chantal AkermanChantal Akerman
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, University teacher, Visual artist)

06 June 1950

05 October 2015

Brussels

Gemini

Charles MichelCharles Michel
(Politician, Lawyer)

21 December 1975

Namur

Sagittarius

Prince Gabriel of BelgiumPrince Gabriel of Belgium

20 August 2003

Anderlecht

Leo

HadiseHadise
(Singer, Songwriter, Television presenter, Composer)

22 October 1985

Mol

Libra

Luce IrigarayLuce Irigaray
(Philosopher, Linguist, University teacher, Psychologist, Feminist)

03 May 1930

Bernissart

Taurus

Marc WilmotsMarc Wilmots
(Association football player, Politician, Association football manager)

22 February 1969

Dongelberg

Pisces

PeyoPeyo
(Comics artist, Screenwriter, Cartoonist)

25 June 1928

24 December 1992

Brussels

Cancer

Virginie EfiraVirginie Efira
(Actor, Television presenter, Journalist)

05 May 1977

Schaerbeek

Taurus

Jan Baptist van HelmontJan Baptist van Helmont
(chemist, scientist)

12 January 1579

30 December 1644

Brussels

Capricorn

Salvatore AdamoSalvatore Adamo
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer)

01 November 1943

Comiso

Scorpio

Maurice MaeterlinckMaurice Maeterlinck
(Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Essayist, Playwright, Librettist)

29 August 1862

05 May 1949

Ghent

Virgo

Toots ThielemansToots Thielemans
(Composer, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist, Harmonicist, Film score composer)

29 April 1922

22 August 2016

Marollen

Taurus

Paul BulckePaul Bulcke
(entrepreneur)

08 September 1954

Roeselare

Virgo

Sabine DardenneSabine Dardenne
(Author, Writer)

28 October 1983

Tournai

Scorpio

Prince Emmanuel of BelgiumPrince Emmanuel of Belgium

04 October 2005

Anderlecht

Libra

Kate RyanKate Ryan
(Singer)

22 July 1980

Tessenderlo

Cancer

Daniel Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
(Association football player)

07 February 1978

Chimay

Aquarius

Paul de ManPaul de Man
(Philosopher, University teacher, Literary critic, Journalist)

06 December 1919

21 December 1983

Antwerp

Sagittarius

Lucretia GarfieldLucretia Garfield
(Politician)

19 April 1832

14 March 1918

Hiram

Aries

James EnsorJames Ensor
(Painter, Printmaker)

13 April 1860

19 November 1949

Ostend

Aries

Selah SueSelah Sue
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

03 May 1989

Leuven

Taurus

Jacques RoggeJacques Rogge
(Physician, Surgeon, Rugby union player)

02 May 1942

Ghent

Taurus

Enzo ScifoEnzo Scifo
(Association football player, Association football manager)

19 February 1966

La Louvière

Aquarius

Vadis Odjidja-OfoeVadis Odjidja-Ofoe
(Association football player)

21 February 1989

Ghent

Pisces

Veerle BaetensVeerle Baetens
(Actor, Singer)

24 January 1978

Brasschaat

Aquarius

Dennis PraetDennis Praet
(Association football player)

14 May 1994

Leuven

Taurus

Jelle Van DammeJelle Van Damme
(Association football player)

10 October 1983

Lokeren

Libra

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