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.
Charles BronsonCharles Bronson
03 November 1921
Actor
Laurence HarveyLaurence Harvey
01 October 1928
Actor

Tadeusz KościuszkoTadeusz Kościuszko
04 February 1746
Political Leader

Dalia GrybauskaitėDalia Grybauskaitė
01 March 1956
President of Lithuania

Valdas AdamkusValdas Adamkus
03 November 1926
Former President of Lithuania

Antanas SmetonaAntanas Smetona
10 August 1874
Former President of Lithuania
Algirdas BrazauskasAlgirdas Brazauskas
22 September 1932
Yachting and Hunting

Rolandas PaksasRolandas Paksas
10 June 1956
Former President of Lithuania

Jonas ŽemaitisJonas Žemaitis
15 March 1909
Former President of Lithuania
Cesar CuiCesar Cui
18 January 1835
Composer, Writer and Critic

Jonas KubiliusJonas Kubilius
27 July 1921
Mathematician
Dom ZeglaitisDom Zeglaitis
29 June 1995
Hip Hop Artist, YouTube Star

Ruta LeeRuta Lee
30 May 1935
Actress

Arvydas SabonisArvydas Sabonis
19 December 1964
Basketball player

Jascha HeifetzJascha Heifetz
02 February 1901
Music educator, Violinist

Leopold GodowskyLeopold Godowsky
13 February 1870
Pianist and composer
Emmanuel LevinasEmmanuel Levinas
12 January 1906
Philosopher, University teacher, Ethicist, Writer

Augustus III of PolandAugustus III of Poland
17 October 1696
King

Bohdan KhmelnytskyBohdan Khmelnytsky
1595 AD
Cossack

MindaugasMindaugas
1203 AD
Grand Duke of Lithuania
Isaac LevitanIsaac Levitan
30 August 1860
Painter

Jonas MekasJonas Mekas
24 December 1922
Film director
VytautasVytautas
1350 AD
Ruler

GediminasGediminas
1275 AD
Ruler

Clara RockmoreClara Rockmore
09 March 1911
Musician
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
18 October 1932
Politician, Chess player, Musicologist, Music

Mikalojus Konstantinas ČiurlionisMikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
22 September 1875
Painter
AlgirdasAlgirdas
1296 AD
Ruler

Žydrūnas IlgauskasŽydrūnas Ilgauskas
05 June 1975
Basketball player

Mordecai KaplanMordecai Kaplan
11 June 1881
Rabbi
Gabriel NarutowiczGabriel Narutowicz
17 March 1865
Polish professor

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George MaciunasGeorge Maciunas
08 November 1931
Artist, Architect, Painter
Rodion ShchedrinRodion Shchedrin
16 December 1932
Composer, Pianist, Music educator, Librettist,

Pyotr Nikolayevich WrangelPyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
27 August 1878
Military Officer

Emilia PlaterEmilia Plater
13 November 1806
Revolutionary

Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
19 March 1997
Swimmer
Jan Karol ChodkiewiczJan Karol Chodkiewicz
1560 AD
Military Commander
Virgilijus AleknaVirgilijus Alekna
13 February 1972
Discus thrower, politician

Elazar ShachElazar Shach
01 January 1899
Political leader

Michał Korybut WiśniowieckiMichał Korybut Wiśniowiecki
31 July 1640
Ruler

KęstutisKęstutis
1297 AD
Ruler
Kazimierz PułaskiKazimierz Pułaski
06 March 1745
Soldier

Elimelech of LizhenskElimelech of Lizhensk
1717 AD
Rabbi

Salomon MaimonSalomon Maimon
1753 AD
Philosopher

Hugo KołłątajHugo Kołłątaj
01 April 1750
Politician

Louis GinzbergLouis Ginzberg
28 November 1873
Scholar
Cornell BorchersCornell Borchers
16 March 1925
Actress

Jonas BasanavičiusJonas Basanavičius
23 November 1851
Doctor
Artūras PaulauskasArtūras Paulauskas
23 August 1953
Politician, Lawyer

Artūras ZuokasArtūras Zuokas
21 February 1968
Politician, Journalist

MaironisMaironis
02 November 1862
Poet
Arūnas ValinskasArūnas Valinskas
28 November 1966
Television presenter

Vincas KudirkaVincas Kudirka
31 December 1858
Poet
Kristijonas DonelaitisKristijonas Donelaitis
01 January 1714
Poet

Meir VilnerMeir Vilner
23 October 1918
Politician

Vincas Krėvė-MickevičiusVincas Krėvė-Mickevičius
19 October 1882
Author

Kazys GriniusKazys Grinius
17 December 1866
President

Kazys BinkisKazys Binkis
16 November 1893
Poet
Justas PaleckisJustas Paleckis
22 January 1899
Journalist

Antanas MerkysAntanas Merkys
20 January 1887
Politician

Antanas BaranauskasAntanas Baranauskas
17 January 1835
Poet

Józef Antoni PoniatowskiJózef Antoni Poniatowski
1763 AD
General
Abraham MapuAbraham Mapu
1808 AD
Novelist

Judah Leib GordonJudah Leib Gordon
07 December 1830
Poet
Kazimieras BūgaKazimieras Būga
06 November 1879
Linguist

Arūnas MatelisArūnas Matelis
09 April 1961
film director, film producer

Bernardas BrazdžionisBernardas Brazdžionis
02 February 1907
Poet
Senda BerensonSenda Berenson
19 March 1868
Author

Arūnas BubnysArūnas Bubnys
07 November 1961
Historian
Vladimir JochelsonVladimir Jochelson
26 January 1855
Ethnographer

Reuben Leon KahnReuben Leon Kahn
26 July 1887
Immunologist

Simanas DaukantasSimanas Daukantas
28 October 1793
Historian
Jonas AistisJonas Aistis
17 July 1904
Poet