Famous Romanian Men

Romania, the country that has inspired literary best-sellers like Jules Verne’s “The Castle in the Carpathians” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, has also produced a wad of inspirational men. That is right! This ninth largest wine producing country in the world has been home to a fine stream of ingenious men who have influenced the world in mind-boggling ways. Do not believe us? Then read this. Did you know that the world’s smallest ever printed money was invented in Romania? Did you know that the first modern jet engine was invented by a Romanian? Did you know that the Romanian city of Timisoara was the first in Europe to get electric street lights? With achievements of such scale that paved a way for others to follow, it will not be an overestimation to credit the Romanian men for their inventiveness. Without further ado, let us discover the inspiring memoirs of many such famous Romanian men in their biographies below. Their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts will be a treat for anyone willing to learn all about them.

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 1 Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah.
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Famous As: First President of Ghana
Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nkroful
Died: April 27, 1972

Kwame Nkrumah was a Ghanaian revolutionary and politician. He played an important role in the independence of the Gold Coast in 1957, after which he served as the first prime minister of Ghana from 1957 to 1960 and then as the first president of Ghana from 1960 to 1966. He also played an influential role as an advocate of Pan-Africanism.

 2 Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller.
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Famous As: Film actor, Swimmer, Actor, Water polo player, Television actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Freidorf
Died: January 20, 1984
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 3 Edward G. Robinson

Edward G. Robinson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 12, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bucharest

 4 Sebastian Stan

Sebastian Stan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constanța, Romania

Sebastian Stan serves as an inspiration to many youngsters as he overcame his difficult beginnings to become a popular actor in the American film industry. A self-made man, he learned the art of acting at the prestigious Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and went on to star in hit films like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame.

 5 Vlad the Impaler

Vlad the Impaler.
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Famous As: Ruler of Wallachia
Birthdate: 1431 AD
Birthplace: Sighişoara
Died: December 31, 1477

Often considered a national hero of Romania, Vlad the Impaler was an important ruler in Wallachian history. Also known as Vlad Dracula, his reputation for cruelty inspired the name of the famous fictitious vampire Count Dracula. Books describing his cruelty were among the first-known bestsellers in the German-speaking territories.

 6 Saint Patrick

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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: 0385 AD
Birthplace: Britannia
Died: March 17, 0461

Saint Patrick was a Romano-British bishop and Christian missionary in Ireland. Widely regarded as the main patron saint of Ireland, Patrick is often referred to as the Apostle of Ireland. According to early medieval tradition, Patrick is credited with popularizing Christianity in Ireland. His life and work inspired the 2000 TV historical drama film, St. Patrick: The Irish Legend.

 7 Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Transylvania
Died: July 2, 2016

Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Elie Wiesel is best remembered for his book Night, which relates his traumatic experience as a Jewish prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps. After surviving the Holocaust, he became a journalist and a human rights activist, and also helped in establishing the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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 8 Ilie Năstase

Ilie Năstase
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 9 Nicolae Ceaușescu

Nicolae Ceaușescu.
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Famous As: Former President of Romania
Birthdate: January 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Scornicești
Died: December 25, 1989

Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian politician who served as the first president of the country. Ceaușescu's communist government was totalitarian and was responsible for human rights abuses and severe repression. An anti-government protest (the Romanian Revolution) broke out in 1989 and his government was overthrown subsequently. Ceaușescu and his wife were convicted of genocide and executed by firing squad.

 10 Constantin Brâncuși

Constantin Brancusi.
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: February 19, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Peștișani
Died: March 16, 1957

Constantin Brâncuși was a Romanian sculptor, painter, and photographer. A pioneer of modernism, he is considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century. The son of poor parents, he worked hard to fund his training at the Bucharest School of Fine Arts and became a skilled sculptor. He left behind 1200 photographs and 215 sculptures at his death. 

 11 Ovid

Ovid.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 20, 0043
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sulmo, Italy, Roman Republic
Died: 0017 AD

Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso, better known as Ovid, lived during the rule of Augustus. He is held at par with Latin legends Virgil and Horace. Remembered for his mythological masterpiece the Metamorphoses, a 15-book Latin poem, he spent his final years exiled in a city on the Black Sea.

 12 Gheorghe Hagi

Gheorghe Hagi
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: February 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Săcele, Constanţa

 13 Michael of Romania

Michael of Romania
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: October 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: December 5, 2017

 14 Alaric I

Alaric I.
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Famous As: First Kings of the Visigoths
Birthdate: 0370 AD
Birthplace: Peuce Island
Died: 0410 AD

Alaric I reigned as the first king of the Visigoths. Alaric, who operated against the Western Roman regimes, is best remembered for playing a crucial role in the sack of Rome in 410, which was one of the major events leading up to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. After Rome's sack, Alaric fell ill and died in Bruttium.

 15 Ion Antonescu

Ion Antonescu
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Romania
Birthdate: June 2, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Piteşti
Died: June 1, 1946

 16 Carol II of Romania

Carol II of Romania.
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: October 15, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia
Died: April 4, 1953

Carol II of Romania reigned as king of Romania from 1930 to 1940. He played a major role in establishing a royal dictatorship in Romania by abolishing the political parties and removing the 1923 constitution. He replaced the political parties with the National Renaissance Front, a single monopoly party of government. 

 17 Eugene Ionesco

Eugene Ionesco
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: November 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Slatina
Died: March 28, 1994

 18 Bela Karolyi

Bela Karolyi
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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: September 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kolozsvár, Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Kingdom of Hungary (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

 19 Klaus Iohannis

Klaus Iohannis.
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Famous As: President of Romania
Birthdate: June 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sibiu
Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, who is also the National Liberal Party leader and had initially been a physics teacher, calls himself a “firefighter.” Though he has pledged to fight against corruption in Romania, Iohannis believes his country is not yet ready for the legalization of same-sex marriages. 

 20 Adrian Mutu

Adrian Mutu
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Călineşti, Argeş

 21 Mircea Eliade

Mircea Eliade.
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Famous As: Historian of Religion
Birthdate: March 13, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: April 22, 1986

Mircea Eliade was a Romanian fiction writer, historian of religion, professor at the University of Chicago, and philosopher. His stories and novels have been adapted into films, such as The Bengali Night, which was directed by Nicolas Klotz. His works have also influenced writers all over the world.

 22 John Houseman

John Houseman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 22, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: October 31, 1988

 23 Emil Cioran

Emil Cioran.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rasinari, Romania
Died: June 20, 1995
Born to a priest father, Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran grew up to include religious and melancholic themes in his works. His award-winning bestseller A Short History of Decay was followed by books such as The Trouble with Being Born, all of which spoke of illness and suicide.

 24 Gordian III

Gordian III
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: January 20, 0225
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome
Died: February 11, 0244

 25 Carol I of Romania

Carol I of Romania
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: April 20, 1839
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sigmaringen, Germany
Died: October 10, 1914

 26 Costel Pantilimon

Costel Pantilimon
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bacău

 27 Ion Iliescu

Ion Iliescu.
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Famous As: Former President of Romania
Birthdate: March 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oltenița

Former president of Romania Ion Iliescu was in the news when in 2018, he was charged with crimes against humanity for being involved in the revolts following the toppling of the communist rule in 1989. He denied the charges, though over 800 people were killed after he assumed power.

 28 Ferdinand I of Romania

Ferdinand I of Romania
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: August 24, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sigmaringen, Germany
Died: July 20, 1927

 29 Mircea Lucescu

Mircea Lucescu
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bucharest

 30 Mihai Eminescu

Mihai Eminescu
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 15, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Botoșani, Romania
Died: June 15, 1889

 31 Dan Petrescu

Dan Petrescu
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: December 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bucharest

 32 Steve Holmes

Steve Holmes
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Famous As: Adult Film actor
Birthdate: March 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sibiu, Romania

 33 Ion Tiriac

Ion Tiriac
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania

 34 Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
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Famous As: Politician, Essayist
Birthdate: September 13, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huși
Died: November 30, 1938

 35 Cristian Chivu

Cristian Chivu
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reşiţa

 36 Lucian Bute

Lucian Bute
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pechea, Romania

 37 Nicu Ceausescu

Nicu Ceausescu
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: September 26, 1996

 38 Carinus

Carinus
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0257 AD
Birthplace: Dalmatia, Croatia
Died: June 30, 0285

 39 Liviu Dragnea

Liviu Dragnea
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Famous As: Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: October 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gratia

 40 Joseph M. Juran

Joseph M. Juran
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 24, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania
Died: February 28, 2008

 41 George Enescu

George Enescu
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Famous As: Romanian composer
Birthdate: August 19, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: George Enescu, Botoşani
Died: May 4, 1955

 42 Michael the Brave

Michael the Brave
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: January 15, 1558
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Drăgoeşti, Vâlcea
Died: August 9, 1601

 43 Paul Celan

Paul Celan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Died: April 20, 1970

 44 Gyorgy Dozsa

Gyorgy Dozsa
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: 1470 AD
Birthplace: Dalnic, Romania
Died: July 20, 1514

 45 Traian Băsescu

Traian Băsescu.
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Famous As: Former President of Romania
Birthdate: November 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Murfatlar

Former Romanian politician Traian Băsescu was impeached and re-instated by a popular referendum once in 2007 and again in 2012. As the governor of Bucharest, he successfully reduced the number of stray dogs. He also sent Romanian troops to serve as part of George Bush’s war in Iraq.

 46 William Safire

William Safire
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Famous As: American journalist
Birthdate: December 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 27, 2009

 47 Stephen Báthory

Stephen Báthory
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: September 27, 1533
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Șimleu Silvaniei, Romania
Died: December 12, 1586

 48 Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej

Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: November 8, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bârlad
Died: March 19, 1965

 49 Alexandru Ioan Cuza

Alexandru Ioan Cuza
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: March 20, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bârlad, Romania
Died: May 15, 1873

 50 Gheorghe Popescu

Gheorghe Popescu
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calafat