Famous Latvian Men

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Mikhail Tal
(Soviet-Latvian Chess Player Who Became the Youngest World Chess Champion at the age of 23)
Mikhail Tal
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Birthdate: November 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: June 28, 1992

Mikhail Tal was a Soviet Latvian chess player. Widely regarded as one of the best attacking players and a creative genius, Tal was renowned for his unpredictability and improvisation. He was also known as the magician from Riga for his daring, combinatorial playing style. Since 2006, the Mikhail Tal Memorial has been annually held in Moscow to honor Tal's memory.

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Kristaps Porzingis
(Latvian Professional Basketball Player)
Kristaps Porzingis
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Birthdate: August 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia

Kristaps Porzingis is a Latvian basketball player who currently plays professional basketball at the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he represents the Dallas Mavericks. Standing at 7’3, Porziņģis is one of the tallest players active in the NBA. Also an important player for his Latvian national team, Kristaps Porzingis won the Latvian Rising Star of the Year award in 2015.

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Martins Licis
(Latvian-American Strongman)
Martins Licis
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Birthdate: September 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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 4 
Mariss Jansons
(Conductor)
Mariss Jansons
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Birthdate: January 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: November 30, 2019
 5 
Elya Baskin
(Actor)
Elya Baskin
2
Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Rodions Kurucs
(Basketball player)
Rodions Kurucs
2
Birthdate: February 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
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Dāvis Bertāns
(Basketball player)
Dāvis Bertāns
5
Birthdate: November 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 8 
Ernests Gulbis
(Latvian Professional Tennis Player)
Ernests Gulbis
3
Birthdate: August 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 9 
Mairis Briedis
(Boxer)
Mairis Briedis
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Birthdate: January 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Artūrs Irbe
(Latvian Professional Ice Hockey Coach and Former Goaltender)
Artūrs Irbe
1
Birthdate: February 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Gidon Kremer
(Violinist)
Gidon Kremer
1
Birthdate: February 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Deniss Vasiļjevs
(Figure skater)
Deniss Vasiļjevs
2
Birthdate: August 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Andris Biedriņš
(Basketball player)
Andris Biedriņš
3
Birthdate: April 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
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Zemgus Girgensons
(Latvian Professional Ice Hockey Centre)
Zemgus Girgensons
2
Birthdate: January 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 15 
Jānis Timma
(Basketball player)
Jānis Timma
2
Birthdate: July 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Krāslava, Latvia
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Māris Verpakovskis
(Latvian Retired Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Māris Verpakovskis
1
Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 17 
Gil Kane
(Artist)
Gil Kane
1
Birthdate: April 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: January 31, 2000
 18 
Ernst Johann von Biron
(Duke)
Ernst Johann von Biron
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Birthdate: November 23, 1690
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kalnciems, Latvia
Died: December 28, 1772
 19 
Anžejs Pasečņiks
(Basketball player)
Anžejs Pasečņiks
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Birthdate: December 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 7'2" (218 cm)
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Elmārs Zemgalis
(Latvian-American Chess Master and Mathematics Professor at Highline College)
Elmārs Zemgalis
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Birthdate: September 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: December 8, 2014
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Jānis Strēlnieks
(Basketball player)
Jānis Strēlnieks
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Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Talsi, Latvia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Dairis Bertāns
(Basketball player)
Dairis Bertāns
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Birthdate: September 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Martins Dukurs
(Latvian Skeleton Racer)
Martins Dukurs
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Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Kārlis Ulmanis
(4th President of Latvia)
Kārlis Ulmanis
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Birthdate: September 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bērze, Latvia
Died: September 20, 1942
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Renārs Kaupers
(Singer)
Renārs Kaupers
1
Birthdate: September 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jelgava, Latvia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Konstantin Gluhov
(Latvian Heavyweight Kickboxer and Mixed Martial Artist)
Konstantin Gluhov
3
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Peter Greste
(Australian Journalist, Academic and Writer)
Peter Greste
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Birthdate: December 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Rolands Šmits
(Basketball player)
Rolands Šmits
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Birthdate: June 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Artūrs Kurucs
(Basketball player)
Artūrs Kurucs
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Birthdate: January 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Justs Sirmais
(Singer)
Justs Sirmais
1
Birthdate: February 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ķekava, Latvia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Jānis Porziņģis
(Basketball player)
Jānis Porziņģis
1
Birthdate: July 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Alexei Shirov
(Latvian and Spanish Chess Player)
Alexei Shirov
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Birthdate: July 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Juris Hartmanis
(Computer scientist)
Juris Hartmanis
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Birthdate: July 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
 34 
Anatoly Solovyov
(Cosmonaut)
Anatoly Solovyov
1
Birthdate: January 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Arkadij Naiditsch
(Azerbaijani Chess Player)
Arkadij Naiditsch
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Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Oleg Znarok
(Latvian Professional Ice Hockey Centre and Coach)
Oleg Znarok
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Birthdate: January 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ust'-Katav, Russia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Ernst Gideon von Laudon
(Military officer)
Ernst Gideon von Laudon
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Birthdate: February 13, 1717
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madona Municipality, Latvia
Died: July 14, 1790
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Arkady Raikin
(Soviet Humorist, Stand-up Comedian and Director)
Arkady Raikin
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Birthdate: October 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: December 17, 1987

Soviet stand-up comedian, actor, and director Arkady Raikin remains one of the most revered Soviet humorists of the 20th century. Starting his career with state theaters and variety shows, he later established his own theater in Leningrad. He also founded the Satyricon Theater in Moscow and was made a Hero of Socialist Labor.

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Māris Štrombergs
(BMX racer)
Māris Štrombergs
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Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Valdis Dombrovskis
(Prime Minister)
Valdis Dombrovskis
3
Birthdate: August 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riga
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Yevgeny Marchenko
(Gymnastics Coach, Acrobatic gymnast)
Yevgeny Marchenko
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Birthdate: February 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Latvia

Once a lanky kid, Yevgeny Marchenko was inspired by an acrobatic gymnastics program at his school and later pursued the sport as a career option. He later not only became a Soviet national champion, but also a 5-time World champion and a 4-time European champion. He also coached Carly Patterson.

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Dainis Krištopāns
(Handball player)
Dainis Krištopāns
1
Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludza, Latvia
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
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Ainars Bagatskis
(Basketball player)
Ainars Bagatskis
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Birthdate: March 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Jānis Krūmiņš
(Basketball player)
Jānis Krūmiņš
1
Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Raiskums Parish, Latvia
Died: November 20, 1994
Height: 7'3" (221 cm)
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Igors Rausis
(Bangladeshi Chess Player and Coach)
Igors Rausis
2
Birthdate: April 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alchevs'k, Ukraine
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Jānis Čakste
(President)
Jānis Čakste
2
Birthdate: September 14, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lielsesava, Latvia
Died: March 14, 1927
 47 
Rainis
(Poet)
Rainis
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Birthdate: September 11, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dunava Parish, Latvia
Died: September 12, 1929
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Ričards Bolotņiks
(Boxer)
Ričards Bolotņiks
1
Birthdate: March 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz
(Writer)
Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz
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Birthdate: January 23, 1751
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cesvaine, Latvia
Died: June 4, 1792
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Krišjānis Barons
(Writer)
Krišjānis Barons
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Birthdate: October 31, 1835
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jaunpils parish, Latvia
Died: March 8, 1923