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 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

 2 Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: June 7, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: May 4, 1940

Emma Goldman was a writer and anarchist political activist. She played an important role in popularizing the anarchist political philosophy in Europe and North America in the early and mid-20th century. Her lectures and writing spanned a wide variety of subjects, such as atheism, militarism, freedom of speech, homosexuality, capitalism, and free love.

 3 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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 4 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

 5 Arvydas Sabonis

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

 6 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.

 7 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
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 8 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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 9 Aksana

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

 10 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

 11 Bria Vinaite

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

 12 Bohdan Khmelnytsky

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

 13 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

 14 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

 15 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

 16 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

 17 Severija Janušauskaitė

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

 18 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

 19 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

 20 Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė

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

 21 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

 22 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

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.

 23 Vytautas

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

 24 Egidijus Kavaliauskas

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

 25 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

 26 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

 27 Gediminas

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

 28 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

 29 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

 30 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.

 31 Ieva Zasimauskaitė

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

 32 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.

 33 Gabriel Narutowicz

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

 34 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

 35 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

 36 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.

 37 Arnoldas Kulboka

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

 38 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

 39 Dalia Grybauskaitė

Dalia Grybauskaitė
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Lithuania (2009-2019)
Birthdate: March 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

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.

 40 Algirdas

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

 41 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

 42 Leopold Godowsky

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

 43 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

 44 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.

 45 Edita Vilkevičiūtė

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

 46 Emilia Plater

Emilia Plater
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: November 13, 1806
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: December 23, 1831

 47 Rokas Jokubaitis

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

 48 Darius Songaila

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

 49 Mindaugas

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

 50 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