Famous Lithuanian Men

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Domantas Sabonis
(Basketball player)
Domantas Sabonis
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Birthdate: May 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
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Arvydas Sabonis
(Basketball Player, center who was a two-time Mr. Europa Player of the Year and 6-time Euroscar Player of the Year)
Arvydas Sabonis
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Birthdate: December 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
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Laurence Harvey
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Birthdate: October 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Joniškis
Died: November 25, 1973
Born in Lithuania, Laurence Harvey spent his childhood in South Africa, before moving to Britain. He dropped his original name, Larry Skikne, while making his film debut with House of Darkness. Known for his portrayal of intriguing and complex characters, he also won hearts with his baritone voice.
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Jonas Valanciunas
(Basketball player)
Jonas Valanciunas
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Birthdate: May 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Utena, Lithuania
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Žydrūnas Ilgauskas
(Basketball player)
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas
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Birthdate: June 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Russian
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Šarūnas Jasikevičius
(Basketball player)
Šarūnas Jasikevičius
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Birthdate: March 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
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Sarunas Marciulionis
(Basketball player)
Sarunas Marciulionis
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Birthdate: June 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
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Jonas Mekas
(Former Film director, Poet who has been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema" on many occasions.)
Jonas Mekas
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Birthdate: December 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Semeniškiai, Lithuania
Died: January 23, 2019
Augustus III of Poland
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Birthdate: October 17, 1696
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: October 5, 1763
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Vytautas
(Grand Duke of Lithuania (1392 - 1430))
Vytautas
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Birthdate: 1350 AD
Birthplace: Senieji Trakai, Lithuania
Died: October 27, 1430
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Mindaugas Kuzminskas
(Basketball player)
Mindaugas Kuzminskas
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Birthdate: October 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Egidijus Kavaliauskas
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Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
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Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
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Birthdate: September 22, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Senoji Varėna, Lithuania
Died: April 10, 1911

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis was a Lithuanian composer, painter, and writer. Widely regarded as a pioneer of abstract art in Europe, Čiurlionis contributed immensely to art nouveau and symbolism. Today, many of his paintings are preserved at the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum in Lithuania. Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis also had a major influence on modern Lithuanian culture.

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Antanas Smetona
(Former President of Lithuania)
Antanas Smetona
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Birthdate: August 10, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Taujėnai
Died: January 9, 1944

The first president of Lithuania, Antanas Smetona was drawn into the revolutionary movements of his country soon after finishing law school. A major political figure of his country during the two World Wars, he came to power for a second time after launching a coup in 1926.

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Gediminas
(Grand Duke of Lithuania (1316 - 1341))
Gediminas
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Birthdate: 1275 AD
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: November 30, 1341

Gediminas was a Lithuanian leader who served as the Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1316 until his death in 1341. Counted among the most important political figures in early Lithuanian history, Gediminas is credited with building the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius. He is also credited with founding a dynasty that eventually ruled other European countries like Hungary, Poland, and Bohemia.

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Algirdas
(Ruler)
Algirdas
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Birthdate: 1296 AD
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: May 24, 1377
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Mantas Kalnietis
(Basketball player)
Mantas Kalnietis
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Birthdate: September 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
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Arturas Karnisovas
(Basketball player)
Arturas Karnisovas
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Birthdate: April 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Klaipėda, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
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Mindaugas
(King of Lithuania (1253 - 1263))
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Birthdate: 1203 AD
Died: 1263 AD

Mindaugas reigned as the King of Lithuania from 1253 to 1263. His reign was marked by numerous state-building accomplishments. Although not much is documented about his life and reign, Mindaugas is generally regarded as the founder of the Lithuanian state. He is also remembered as the only crowned Lithuanian king.

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Jonas Maciulis
(Basketball player)
Jonas Maciulis
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Birthdate: February 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
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Rodion Shchedrin
(Soviet and Russian Composer & Pianist)
Rodion Shchedrin
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Birthdate: December 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Rodion Shchedrin is a Soviet and Russian pianist and composer. One of the most recognized and decorated Soviet-born pianists and composers of his generation, Rodion Shchedrin has won many prestigious awards such as the USSR State Prize, Lenin Prize, and State Prize of the Russian Federation.

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Ricardas Berankis
(Tennis player)
Ricardas Berankis
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Birthdate: June 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
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Linas Kleiza
(Basketball player)
Linas Kleiza
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Birthdate: January 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
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Valdas Adamkus
(President of Lithuania (1998 - 2003, 2004 - 2009))
Valdas Adamkus
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Birthdate: November 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

Former Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus had fought against the Soviet army during World War II. After fleeing to Germany, he studied in Munich and then migrated to the U.S., where he earned a civil engineering degree. Among his many accolades are honorary doctorates from countless foreign universities.

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Arturas Gudaitis
(Basketball player)
Arturas Gudaitis
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Birthdate: June 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Klaipėda, Lithuania
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Arnoldas Kulboka
(Basketball player)
Arnoldas Kulboka
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Birthdate: January 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marijampolė, Lithuania
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Deividas Sirvydis
(Basketball player)
Deividas Sirvydis
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Birthdate: June 10, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
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Paulius Jankunas
(Basketball player)
Paulius Jankunas
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Birthdate: April 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
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Vytautas Landsbergis
(Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania (1990 - 1992))
Vytautas Landsbergis
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Birthdate: October 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kaunas

Vytautas Landsbergis is a Lithuanian politician and writer. He is best known for his service as the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania from 1990 to 1992. Apart from writing books on politics, Vytautas Landsbergis has also written several books on music.

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Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
(Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of South Russia (April 1920 - November 1920))
Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
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Birthdate: August 27, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zarasai, Lithuania
Died: April 25, 1928

Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel was a Russian military officer who served in the Imperial Russian Army. He played an important role during the Russian Civil War, serving as the commanding general of the White Army during the later stages of the war. He lost the war and left Russia, becoming one of the most important exiled White émigrés of South Russia.

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Leopold Godowsky
(Virtuoso Pianist, Composer and Teacher Acclaimed by Famous Musicians as ‘Buddha of the Piano’)
Leopold Godowsky
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Birthdate: February 13, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soshly, Lithuania
Died: November 21, 1938
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George Mikell
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Birthdate: April 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bildeniai, Lithuania
Died: May 12, 2020
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Rokas Jokubaitis
(Basketball player)
Rokas Jokubaitis
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Birthdate: November 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mažeikiai, Lithuania
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Rolandas Paksas
(Former President of Lithuania)
Rolandas Paksas
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Birthdate: June 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Telšiai

Rolandas Paksas is a Lithuanian politician who served as the president of Lithuania from 2003 to 2004. Prior to this, he was the prime minister of Lithuania for two non-consecutive terms. A civil engineer by qualification, he founded a construction company, Restako, prior to joining politics. His political career has been shrouded in controversies. 

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Marius Zaromskis
(Mixed martial artist)
Marius Zaromskis
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Birthdate: July 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Šiauliai, Lithuania
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Darius Songaila
(Basketball player)
Darius Songaila
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Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marijampolė, Lithuania
Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki
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Birthdate: July 31, 1640
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bilyi Kamin', Ukraine
Died: November 10, 1673
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George Maciunas
(Lithuanian-American Artist)
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Birthdate: November 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: May 9, 1978

Born to an architect father in Lithuania, George Maciunas later fled with his family to avoid the Red Army, moving first to Germany and then to the U.S. He was one of the co-founders of the Fluxus movement of artists and architects and also restored many of SoHo’s dilapidated buildings.

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Kęstutis
(Ruler)
Kęstutis
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Birthdate: 1297 AD
Birthplace: Senieji Trakai, Lithuania
Died: August 15, 1382
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Rimas Kurtinaitis
(Basketball coach)
Rimas Kurtinaitis
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Birthdate: May 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
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Renaldas Seibutis
(Basketball player)
Renaldas Seibutis
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Birthdate: July 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palanga, Lithuania
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Sergej Maslobojev
(Mixed martial artist)
Sergej Maslobojev
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Birthdate: May 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Klaipėda, Lithuania
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James Tratas
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Birthdate: December 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
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Virgilijus Alekna
(Lithuanian Retired Discus Thrower Who Won Gold Medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games)
Virgilijus Alekna
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Birthdate: February 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Terpeikiai, Lithuania

Virgilijus Alekna is a Lithuanian retired discus thrower who won gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. A two-time world champion, Alekna also won the 2006 European Championship. Virgilijus Alekna was named Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year on four occasions. In 2017, he was honored with the prestigious European Athletics Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Donny Montell
(Lithuanian Singer and Songwriter Who Represented His Country Twice at the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’)
Donny Montell
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Birthdate: October 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
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Jonas Kazlauskas
(Basketball coach)
Jonas Kazlauskas
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Birthdate: November 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Panevėžys, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
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Robertas Javtokas
(Basketball player)
Robertas Javtokas
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Birthdate: March 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Šiauliai, Lithuania
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Marius Grigonis
(Basketball player)
Marius Grigonis
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Birthdate: April 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
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Donatas Banionis
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Birthdate: April 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: September 4, 2014
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Lukas Lekavicius
(Basketball player)
Lukas Lekavicius
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Birthdate: March 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Šilalė, Lithuania
The tiny Baltic country of Lithuania has more charms than you can actually count on your both hands. Rightly touted as one of Europe’s best kept secrets, this country rarely ever bags any headlines. Regardless of its low-profile existence, Lithuania has managed to wow the world in unthinkable ways. This relatively small country, despite its puny population, has won laurels in diverse domains. Science, arts, sports, politics — no matter which field it is, Lithuanians have conquered it all and how! Considered largely as national heroes by the denizens of the country, these noted men have inspired generation of other men towards greatness. These are the men who have many streets, institutions, and banknotes dedicated after them. Basketball player Arvydas Sabonis, avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas, greatest Lithuanian poet and prosaist Vincas Mykolaitis Putinas, famous Lithuanian artist, musician and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis , two times president of Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus are just some classic examples of Lithuania’s greatness. Explore the biographies of famous Lithuanian men through their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts captured below.