Lithuanian

Bold, eccentric and pulsating with energy, Lithuania is indeed one among Europe’s well-kept secrets. The country, which barely ever bags any headlines save for its basketball exploits, holds a bag of surprises. Foremost is its beguiling physical beauty closely followed by its treasure-trove of talented men and women. By the way, did you know that Lithuanians are one of the most educated in the world? That’s right! While the country have always downplayed its greatness, some of its greatest born have broken through the shackles of anonymity to glimmer in the world sky. From writers to war heroes and from leaders to artists, the exceptional talent of the land pierced through the shadows of obscurity and how. These are the men and women who have streets and institutions named after them, who often show up on banknotes and stamps, and enjoy exalted status. Read on to explore all about the famous Lithuanians in these biographies below. Their timeline, trivia, and facts will wow you like nothing else.

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 1 Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 30, 2003

American actor, Charles Bronson, had a tough-guy on screen persona and is best known for numerous action and vigilante movies. The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen and Hard Times are some of his notable films. Death Wish was his most popular film and it led to four sequels starring him. He worked from the 1950s to 1990s.

 2 Domantas Sabonis

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

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

 4 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.

 5 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

 6 Jascha Heifetz

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

 7 Tadeusz Kościuszko

Tadeusz Kościuszko.
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Listed In: Leaders
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 Ruta Lee

Ruta Lee
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
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 9 Kazimierz Pułaski

Kazimierz Pułaski
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: March 6, 1745
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: October 11, 1779

Kazimierz Pułaski was a Polish nobleman, military commander, and soldier. Dubbed the father of the American cavalry, Pulaski is credited with creating the Pulaski Cavalry Legion and reorganizing the American cavalry. He played an important role in the American Revolutionary War and is remembered for fighting for the independence of Poland and the United States.

 10 Jonas Valanciunas

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

 11 Bria Vinaite

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alytus, Lithuania

 12 Dalia Grybauskaitė

Dalia Grybauskaitė.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Lithuania
Birthdate: March 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vilnius

Dalia Grybauskaitė became the first female president of Lithuania and the first to be re-elected. Popularly known as Lithuania’s Iron Lady and often compared to Margaret Thatcher, she has also been the UN Commissioner of the Year. A black belt in karate, she has mastery over four languages.

 13 Clara Rockmore

Clara Rockmore
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 9, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: May 10, 1998

 14 Aksana

Aksana
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: April 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alytus, Lithuania

 15 Bohdan Khmelnytsky

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

 16 Šarūnas Jasikevičius

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

 17 Sarunas Marciulionis

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

 18 Mindaugas Kuzminskas

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

 19 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

 20 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

 21 Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė

Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 22 Julija Stoliarenko

Julija Stoliarenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: April 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

 23 Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel

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

 24 Severija Janušauskaitė

Severija Janušauskaitė
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Šiauliai, Lithuania

 25 Mindaugas

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Grand Duke of Lithuania
Birthdate: 1203 AD
Died: 1263 AD

 26 Vytautas

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

 27 Linas Kleiza

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

 28 Józef Antoni Poniatowski

Józef Antoni Poniatowski
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: General
Birthdate: 1763 AD
Birthplace: Vienna

 29 Isaac Levitan

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

 30 Egidijus Kavaliauskas

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

 31 Arturas Karnisovas

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

 32 Ingrida Šimonytė

Ingrida Šimonytė
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 33 Gediminas

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

 34 Cesar Cui

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer, Writer and Critic
Birthdate: January 18, 1835
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vilnius, Vilna Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: March 13, 1918

Cesar Cui was a Russian composer best remembered for his association with a group called The Five, which worked to create a national style of classical music. Also a well-known music critic of his time, Cui worked hard to promote the music of other Russian composers, especially the works of his co-members from The Five.

 35 Valdas Adamkus

Valdas Adamkus.
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
Birthdate: November 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio

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.

 36 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

 37 Deividas Sirvydis

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

 38 Antanas Smetona

Antanas Smetona.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 39 Mantas Kalnietis

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

 40 Modesta Vžesniauskaitė

Modesta Vžesniauskaitė
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: October 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Panevėžys, Lithuania

 41 Jonas Maciulis

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

 42 Donny Montell

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

 43 Ieva Zasimauskaitė

Ieva Zasimauskaitė
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

 44 Vytautas Landsbergis

Vytautas Landsbergis
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Chess player, Musicologist, Music educator, University teacher, Pianist
Birthdate: October 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kaunas

 45 Rodion Shchedrin

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

 46 Arturas Gudaitis

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

 47 Edita Vilkevičiūtė

Edita Vilkevičiūtė
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

 48 Žydrūnas Ilgauskas

Žydrūnas Ilgauskas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Russian

 49 Algirdas

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

 50 Mordecai Kaplan

Mordecai Kaplan
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Listed In: Leaders
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.