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

Antanas SmetonaAntanas Smetona
10 August 1874
Former President of Lithuania

Valdas AdamkusValdas Adamkus
03 November 1926
Former President of Lithuania
Cesar CuiCesar Cui
18 January 1835
Composer, Writer and Critic

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

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

Domantas SabonisDomantas Sabonis
03 May 1996
Basketball player

Arvydas SabonisArvydas Sabonis
19 December 1964
Basketball player

Ingrida ŠimonytėIngrida Šimonytė
15 November 1974
Prime Minister

Ruta LeeRuta Lee
30 May 1935
Actress
Kazimierz PułaskiKazimierz Pułaski
06 March 1745
Soldier

Bria VinaiteBria Vinaite
10 June 1993
Actress

Žydrūnas IlgauskasŽydrūnas Ilgauskas
05 June 1975
Basketball player

Pyotr Nikolayevich WrangelPyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
27 August 1878
Military Officer
Jascha HeifetzJascha Heifetz
02 February 1901
Music educator, Violinist

Emmanuel LevinasEmmanuel Levinas
12 January 1906
Philosopher, University teacher, Ethicist, Writer
Deividas SirvydisDeividas Sirvydis
10 June 2000
Basketball player

Ingeborga DapkūnaitėIngeborga Dapkūnaitė
20 January 1963
Actress

Egidijus KavaliauskasEgidijus Kavaliauskas
29 June 1988
Boxer
Viktorija Cmilyte-NielsenViktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen
06 August 1983
Speaker of the Seimas

Augustus III of PolandAugustus III of Poland
17 October 1696
King
Modesta VžesniauskaitėModesta Vžesniauskaitė
17 October 1983
Sport cyclist

Jonas MekasJonas Mekas
24 December 1922
Film director

Bohdan KhmelnytskyBohdan Khmelnytsky
1595 AD
Cossack
VytautasVytautas
1350 AD
Ruler

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MindaugasMindaugas
1203 AD
Grand Duke of Lithuania
GediminasGediminas
1275 AD
Ruler

Józef Antoni PoniatowskiJózef Antoni Poniatowski
1763 AD
General

Marius GrigonisMarius Grigonis
26 April 1994
Basketball player

Severija JanušauskaitėSeverija Janušauskaitė
22 October 1981
Actress
MiaMia
19 July 1983
Singer
Sergej MaslobojevSergej Maslobojev
22 May 1987
Mixed martial artist

Mindaugas KuzminskasMindaugas Kuzminskas
19 October 1989
Basketball player

Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
18 October 1932
Politician, Chess player, Musicologist, Music

Isaac LevitanIsaac Levitan
30 August 1860
Painter
Rimas KurtinaitisRimas Kurtinaitis
15 May 1960
Basketball coach

Mikalojus Konstantinas ČiurlionisMikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
22 September 1875
Painter

Clara RockmoreClara Rockmore
09 March 1911
Musician

Aušrinė ArmonaitėAušrinė Armonaitė
26 May 1989
Politician

Gabriel NarutowiczGabriel Narutowicz
17 March 1865
Polish professor
Linas KleizaLinas Kleiza
03 January 1985
Basketball player

Rodion ShchedrinRodion Shchedrin
16 December 1932
Composer, Pianist, Music educator, Librettist,
AlgirdasAlgirdas
1296 AD
Ruler

Kazimira PrunskienėKazimira Prunskienė
26 February 1943
Prime Minister

Donatas BanionisDonatas Banionis
28 April 1924
Actor
Arnoldas KulbokaArnoldas Kulboka
04 January 1998
Basketball player

Tadas SedekerskisTadas Sedekerskis
17 January 1998
Basketball player
Rokas JokubaitisRokas Jokubaitis
19 November 2000
Basketball player

Mordecai KaplanMordecai Kaplan
11 June 1881
Rabbi

Emilia PlaterEmilia Plater
13 November 1806
Revolutionary

Leopold GodowskyLeopold Godowsky
13 February 1870
Pianist and composer

Rokas GiedraitisRokas Giedraitis
16 August 1992
Basketball player
Evelina DobrovolskaEvelina Dobrovolska
16 August 1988
Politician

George MikellGeorge Mikell
04 April 1929
Actor

Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
19 March 1997
Swimmer

Julija StoliarenkoJulija Stoliarenko
08 April 1993
Mixed martial artist
Mantas KalnietisMantas Kalnietis
06 September 1986
Basketball player

Eimantas StanionisEimantas Stanionis
17 August 1994
Boxer
Edgaras UlanovasEdgaras Ulanovas
07 January 1992
Basketball player

George MaciunasGeorge Maciunas
08 November 1931
Artist, Architect, Painter

Edita VilkevičiūtėEdita Vilkevičiūtė
01 January 1989
Model
James TratasJames Tratas
10 December 1988
Actor

KęstutisKęstutis
1297 AD
Ruler
Asmik GrigorianAsmik Grigorian
12 May 1981
Operatic soprano

Kristijonas DonelaitisKristijonas Donelaitis
01 January 1714
Poet

Artūras MilaknisArtūras Milaknis
16 June 1986
Basketball player
Salomon MaimonSalomon Maimon
1753 AD
Philosopher

Modestas PaulauskasModestas Paulauskas
19 March 1945
Basketball Coach
Dainius AdomaitisDainius Adomaitis
19 January 1974
Basketball coach

Michał Korybut WiśniowieckiMichał Korybut Wiśniowiecki
31 July 1640
Ruler

Jan Karol ChodkiewiczJan Karol Chodkiewicz
1560 AD
Military Commander

Andrius TapinasAndrius Tapinas
06 April 1977
Journalist
Gintarė SkaistėGintarė Skaistė
04 August 1981
Politician
Ramūnas ŠiškauskasRamūnas Šiškauskas
10 September 1978
Basketball player

Donny MontellDonny Montell
22 October 1987
Singer-songwriter

Elazar ShachElazar Shach
01 January 1899
Political leader

Martinas GebenMartinas Geben
20 October 1994
Basketball player
Ieva ZasimauskaitėIeva Zasimauskaitė
02 July 1993
Singer

Juozas BudraitisJuozas Budraitis
06 October 1940
Actor

Jonas AistisJonas Aistis
17 July 1904
Poet

Laurynas BirutisLaurynas Birutis
27 August 1997
Basketball player

Robertas JavtokasRobertas Javtokas
20 March 1980
Basketball player
Cornell BorchersCornell Borchers
16 March 1925
Actress

Agnia DitkovskyteAgnia Ditkovskyte
11 May 1988
Actress
Sophia of HalshanySophia of Halshany
1405 AD
Princess

Agnė BilotaitėAgnė Bilotaitė
29 January 1982
Politician
Jonas KazlauskasJonas Kazlauskas
21 November 1954
Basketball coach
John ShurnaJohn Shurna
30 April 1990
Basketball player