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.
Laurence HarveyLaurence Harvey
01 October 1928
Actor
Dalia GrybauskaitėDalia Grybauskaitė
01 March 1956
President of Lithuania

Valdas AdamkusValdas Adamkus
03 November 1926
Former President of Lithuania

Dom ZeglaitisDom Zeglaitis
29 June 1995
Hip Hop Artist, YouTube Star

Antanas SmetonaAntanas Smetona
10 August 1874
Former President of Lithuania

Rolandas PaksasRolandas Paksas
10 June 1956
Former President of Lithuania
Algirdas BrazauskasAlgirdas Brazauskas
22 September 1932
Yachting and Hunting

Jonas ŽemaitisJonas Žemaitis
15 March 1909
Former President of Lithuania

Jonas KubiliusJonas Kubilius
27 July 1921
Mathematician

Cesar CuiCesar Cui
18 January 1835
Composer, Writer and Critic
Arvydas SabonisArvydas Sabonis
19 December 1964
Basketball player

Jascha HeifetzJascha Heifetz
02 February 1901
Music educator, Violinist
Emmanuel LevinasEmmanuel Levinas
12 January 1906
Philosopher, University teacher, Ethicist, Writer

Bohdan KhmelnytskyBohdan Khmelnytsky
1595 AD
Cossack

Jonas MekasJonas Mekas
24 December 1922
Film director, Poet, Writer
MindaugasMindaugas
1203 AD
Grand Duke of Lithuania

VytautasVytautas
1350 AD
Ruler
Isaac LevitanIsaac Levitan
 

GediminasGediminas
1275 AD
 

Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
18 October 1932
Politician, Chess player, Musicologist, Music
Rodion ShchedrinRodion Shchedrin
16 December 1932
Composer, Pianist, Music educator, Librettist,

Pyotr Nikolayevich WrangelPyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
27 August 1878
Officer
AlgirdasAlgirdas
1296 AD
Ruler

Clara RockmoreClara Rockmore
09 March 1911
Musician

Emilia PlaterEmilia Plater
13 November 1806
Noblewoman

George MaciunasGeorge Maciunas
08 November 1931
Artist, Architect, Painter
Gabriel NarutowiczGabriel Narutowicz
17 March 1865
Polish professor
Virgilijus AleknaVirgilijus Alekna
13 February 1972
Discus thrower, politician

Artūras PaulauskasArtūras Paulauskas
23 August 1953
Politician, Lawyer

Józef Antoni PoniatowskiJózef Antoni Poniatowski
1763 AD
General

Artūras ZuokasArtūras Zuokas
21 February 1968
Politician, Journalist
Arūnas ValinskasArūnas Valinskas
28 November 1966
Television presenter

Arūnas MatelisArūnas Matelis
09 April 1961
film director, film producer

Arūnas BubnysArūnas Bubnys
07 November 1961
Historian

Gediminas of LithuaniaGediminas of Lithuania
1275 AD
Politician

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Mikalojus Konstantinas ČiurlionisMikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
22 September 1875
Painter
Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
19 March 1997
Swimmer