Find out more about the greatest Lithuanians, 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

Antanas SmetonaAntanas Smetona
(Former President of Lithuania)

10 August 1874

Valdas AdamkusValdas Adamkus
(Former President of Lithuania)

03 November 1926

Algirdas BrazauskasAlgirdas Brazauskas
(Yachting and Hunting)

22 September 1932

Rolandas PaksasRolandas Paksas
(Former President of Lithuania)

10 June 1956

Jonas ŽemaitisJonas Žemaitis
(Former President of Lithuania)

15 March 1909

Jonas KubiliusJonas Kubilius
(Mathematician)

27 July 1921

Dalia GrybauskaitėDalia Grybauskaitė
(President of Lithuania)

01 March 1956

Cesar CuiCesar Cui
(Composer, Writer and Critic)

18 January 1835

Arvydas SabonisArvydas Sabonis
(Basketball player)

19 December 1964

Jascha HeifetzJascha Heifetz
(Music educator, Violinist)

02 February 1901

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

12 January 1906

Bohdan KhmelnytskyBohdan Khmelnytsky
(Cossack)

1595 AD

Jonas MekasJonas Mekas
(Film director, Poet, Writer)

24 December 1922

MindaugasMindaugas
(Grand Duke of Lithuania)

1203 AD

VytautasVytautas
(Ruler)

1350 AD

Isaac LevitanIsaac Levitan
GediminasGediminas

1275 AD

Pyotr Nikolayevich WrangelPyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
(Officer)

27 August 1878

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

16 December 1932

AlgirdasAlgirdas
(Ruler)

1296 AD

Emilia PlaterEmilia Plater
(Noblewoman)

13 November 1806

Clara RockmoreClara Rockmore
(Musician)

09 March 1911

George MaciunasGeorge Maciunas
(Artist, Architect, Painter)

08 November 1931

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

18 October 1932

Gabriel NarutowiczGabriel Narutowicz
(Polish professor)

17 March 1865

Virgilijus AleknaVirgilijus Alekna
(Discus thrower, politician)

13 February 1972

Józef Antoni PoniatowskiJózef Antoni Poniatowski
(General)

1763 AD

Artūras ZuokasArtūras Zuokas
(Politician, Journalist)

21 February 1968

Artūras PaulauskasArtūras Paulauskas
(Politician, Lawyer)

23 August 1953

Arūnas ValinskasArūnas Valinskas
(Television presenter)

28 November 1966

Arūnas MatelisArūnas Matelis
(film director, film producer)

09 April 1961

Arūnas BubnysArūnas Bubnys
(Historian)

07 November 1961

Gediminas of LithuaniaGediminas of Lithuania
(Politician)

1275 AD

Mikalojus Konstantinas ČiurlionisMikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
(Painter)

22 September 1875

Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
(Swimmer)

19 March 1997