Famous Lithuanian Men

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Jascha Heifetz

Jascha Heifetz
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Famous As: Music educator, Violinist
Birthdate: February 2, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: December 10, 1987

 2 Domantas Sabonis

Domantas Sabonis
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

 3 Emmanuel Levinas

Emmanuel Levinas
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher, Ethicist, Writer
Birthdate: January 12, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaunas
Died: December 25, 1995
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 4 Arvydas Sabonis

Arvydas Sabonis
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kaunas

 5 Laurence Harvey

Laurence Harvey
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 6 Jonas Valanciunas

Jonas Valanciunas
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Utena, Lithuania

 7 Tadeusz Kościuszko

Tadeusz Kościuszko
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: February 4, 1746
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mereczowszczyzna
Died: October 15, 1817

Tadeusz Kościuszko was a Polish-Lithuanian statesman, military leader, and military engineer. Thanks to his participation in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's fight against Prussia and Russia and his role in the American Revolutionary War, Tadeusz Kościuszko is widely regarded as a national hero in the United States, Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania.

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 8 Žydrūnas Ilgauskas

Žydrūnas Ilgauskas
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Russian
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 9 Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Bohdan Khmelnytsky
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Famous As: Cossack
Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Subotiv, Ukraine
Died: August 6, 1657

 10 Sarunas Marciulionis

Sarunas Marciulionis
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 11 Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Mindaugas Kuzminskas
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 12 Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: December 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Semeniškiai, Lithuania
Died: January 23, 2019

 13 Augustus III of Poland

Augustus III of Poland
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: October 17, 1696
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: October 5, 1763

 14 Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel

Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: August 27, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zarasai, Lithuania
Died: April 25, 1928

 15 Vytautas

Vytautas
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1350 AD
Birthplace: Senieji Trakai, Lithuania
Died: October 27, 1430

 16 Isaac Levitan

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 30, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kibartay, Lithuania
Died: August 4, 1900

Isaac Levitan was a Russian landscape painter remembered for his work that popularized the mood landscape genre. One of the most important landscape painters of his generation, Levitan was elected to the Russian Academy of Arts in 1897. The following year, Levitan was chosen as the head of the Landscape Studio at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

 17 Egidijus Kavaliauskas

Egidijus Kavaliauskas
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

 18 Linas Kleiza

Linas Kleiza
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 19 Arturas Karnisovas

Arturas Karnisovas
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Klaipėda, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 20 Gediminas

Gediminas
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1275 AD
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: November 30, 1341

 21 Rodion Shchedrin

Rodion Shchedrin
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist, Music educator, Librettist, University teacher, Musician
Birthdate: December 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow

 22 Mantas Kalnietis

Mantas Kalnietis
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 23 Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 22, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varėna
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.

 24 Antanas Smetona

Antanas Smetona
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Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
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.

 25 Deividas Sirvydis

Deividas Sirvydis
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 10, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 26 Gabriel Narutowicz

Gabriel Narutowicz
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Famous As: Polish professor
Birthdate: March 17, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Telšiai
Died: December 16, 1922

 27 Jonas Maciulis

Jonas Maciulis
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 28 Mordecai Kaplan

Mordecai Kaplan
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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: June 11, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Švenčionys, Lithuania
Died: November 8, 1983

Mordecai Kaplan was a rabbi, Jewish educator, and essayist. He is credited with co-founding Reconstructionist Judaism, a modern Jewish movement. He also helped found a synagogue and Jewish organization called the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. Renowned for his contributions to the Jewish community, Mordecai Kaplan was honored with the prestigious National Jewish Book Award in 1971.

 29 Donny Montell

Donny Montell
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 30 Arnoldas Kulboka

Arnoldas Kulboka
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marijampolė, Lithuania

 31 Algirdas

Algirdas
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1296 AD
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: May 24, 1377

 32 Šarūnas Jasikevičius

Šarūnas Jasikevičius
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

 33 Arturas Gudaitis

Arturas Gudaitis
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Klaipėda, Lithuania

 34 Leopold Godowsky

Leopold Godowsky
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Famous As: Pianist and composer
Birthdate: February 13, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soshly, Lithuania
Died: November 21, 1938

 35 George Maciunas

George Maciunas
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Famous As: Artist, Architect
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.

 36 Rokas Jokubaitis

Rokas Jokubaitis
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mažeikiai, Lithuania

 37 Darius Songaila

Darius Songaila
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marijampolė, Lithuania

 38 Mindaugas

Mindaugas
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Famous As: Grand Duke of Lithuania
Birthdate: 1203 AD
Died: 1263 AD

 39 George Mikell

George Mikell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bildeniai, Lithuania
Died: May 12, 2020

 40 Rimas Kurtinaitis

Rimas Kurtinaitis
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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: May 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 41 Paulius Jankunas

Paulius Jankunas
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 42 Rolandas Paksas

Rolandas Paksas
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Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
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. 

 43 Ricardas Berankis

Ricardas Berankis
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 44 James Tratas

James Tratas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 45 Marius Zaromskis

Marius Zaromskis
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Šiauliai, Lithuania

 46 Elazar Shach

Elazar Shach
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 1, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vabalninkas, Lithuania
Died: November 2, 2001

 47 Lukas Lekavicius

Lukas Lekavicius
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Šilalė, Lithuania

 48 Virgilijus Alekna

Virgilijus Alekna
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Terpeikiai, Lithuania

 49 Valdas Adamkus

Valdas Adamkus
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Famous As: President of Lithuania (1998-2003, 2004-2009)
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.

 50 Sergej Maslobojev

Sergej Maslobojev
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Klaipėda, Lithuania