Find out more about the greatest Lithuanian, including Laurence Harvey, Antanas Smetona, Valdas Adamkus, Algirdas Brazauskas and Rolandas Paksas.

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
(Actor)

01 October 1928

25 November 1973

Joniškis

Libra

Antanas SmetonaAntanas Smetona
(Former President of Lithuania)

10 August 1874

09 January 1944

Taujėnai

Leo

Valdas AdamkusValdas Adamkus
(Former President of Lithuania)

03 November 1926

Scorpio

Rolandas PaksasRolandas Paksas
(Former President of Lithuania)

10 June 1956

Telšiai

Gemini

Algirdas BrazauskasAlgirdas Brazauskas
(Yachting and Hunting)

22 September 1932

26 June 2010

Rokiškis

Virgo

Jonas ŽemaitisJonas Žemaitis
(Former President of Lithuania)

15 March 1909

26 November 1954

Palanga

Pisces

Dalia GrybauskaitėDalia Grybauskaitė
(President of Lithuania)

01 March 1956

Vilnius

Pisces

Jonas KubiliusJonas Kubilius
(Mathematician)

27 July 1921

31 October 2011

Jurbarkas District Municipality

Leo

Cesar CuiCesar Cui
(Composer, Writer and Critic)

18 January 1835

13 March 1918

Vilnius, Vilna Governorate, Russian Empire

Capricorn

Arvydas SabonisArvydas Sabonis
(Basketball player)

19 December 1964

Kaunas

Sagittarius

Jascha HeifetzJascha Heifetz
(Music educator, Violinist)

02 February 1901

10 December 1987

Vilnius

Aquarius

Emmanuel LevinasEmmanuel Levinas
(Philosopher, University teacher, Ethicist, Writer)

12 January 1906

25 December 1995

Kaunas

Capricorn

Bohdan KhmelnytskyBohdan Khmelnytsky
(Cossack)

1595 AD

06 August 1657

Chyhyryn

Jonas MekasJonas Mekas
(Film director, Poet, Writer)

24 December 1922

Biržai

Capricorn

VytautasVytautas
(Ruler)

1350 AD

27 October 1430

Senieji Trakai

Isaac LevitanIsaac Levitan

Kybartai

GediminasGediminas

1275 AD

30 November 1341

Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
(Politician, Chess player, Musicologist, Music educator, University teacher, Pianist)

18 October 1932

Kaunas

Libra

Clara RockmoreClara Rockmore
(Musician)

09 March 1911

10 May 1998

Vilnius

Pisces

Rodion ShchedrinRodion Shchedrin
(Composer, Pianist, Music educator, Librettist, University teacher, Musician)

16 December 1932

Moscow

Sagittarius

AlgirdasAlgirdas
(Ruler)

1296 AD

24 May 1377

Vilnius

George MaciunasGeorge Maciunas
(Artist, Architect, Painter)

08 November 1931

09 May 1978

Kaunas

Scorpio

Gabriel NarutowiczGabriel Narutowicz
(Polish professor)

17 March 1865

16 December 1922

Telšiai

Pisces

Emilia PlaterEmilia Plater
(Noblewoman)

13 November 1806

23 December 1831

Vilnius

Scorpio

Virgilijus AleknaVirgilijus Alekna

1972 AD

Kupiškis

Thorbjörn FälldinThorbjörn Fälldin

1926 AD

Vingåker Municipality

Józef Antoni PoniatowskiJózef Antoni Poniatowski
(General)

1763 AD

Vienna

Artūras ZuokasArtūras Zuokas
(Politician, Journalist)

21 February 1968

Kaunas

Pisces

Artūras PaulauskasArtūras Paulauskas
(Politician, Lawyer)

23 August 1953

Vilnius

Leo

Arūnas ValinskasArūnas Valinskas
(Television presenter)

28 November 1966

Lazdijai

Sagittarius

Arūnas MatelisArūnas Matelis
(film director, film producer)

09 April 1961

Kaunas

Aries

Arūnas BubnysArūnas Bubnys
(Historian)

07 November 1961

Scorpio

Mikalojus Konstantinas ČiurlionisMikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
(Painter)

22 September 1875

10 April 1911

Varėna

Virgo