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
(First President of Ghana)
Kwame Nkrumah
25
Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nkroful
Died: April 27, 1972
 2 
Gheorghe Hagi
(Legendary Romanian Footballer and Owner of Liga I Club 'Farul Constanța')
Gheorghe Hagi
9
Birthdate: February 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sacele, Romania
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 3 
Bela Bartok
(One of the Most Important Composers of the 20th Century)
Bela Bartok
13
Birthdate: March 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sânnicolau Mare, Romania
Died: September 26, 1945
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 4 
Sebastian Stan
(Best Known for His Role as 'Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier' in the Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Sebastian Stan
67
Birthdate: August 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constanța, Romania
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 5 
Vlad the Impaler
(Wallachian Ruler Regarded as One of the Most Important Rulers in Wallachian History and a Romanian National Hero)
Vlad the Impaler
5
Birthdate: 1431 AD
Birthplace: Sighișoara, Romania
Died: November 30, 1476
 6 
Ilie Năstase
(Former World Number One Romanian Tennis Legend)
Ilie Năstase
5
Birthdate: July 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 7 
Michael I of Romania
(The Last King of Romania (1927 - 1930))
Michael I of Romania
6
Birthdate: October 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: December 5, 2017
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 8 
Gheorghe Mureșan
(One of the Two Tallest Basketball Players Who Have Played in the History of ‘NBA’)
Gheorghe Mureșan
4
Birthdate: February 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tritenii de Jos, Romania
Height: 7'3" (221 cm)
 9 
Ovid
(Poet)
Ovid
7
Birthdate: March 20, 0043
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sulmo, Italy, Roman Republic
Died: 0017 AD
 10 
Constantin Brâncuși
(One of the Most Influential Sculptors of the 20th-Century)
Constantin Brâncuși
4
Birthdate: February 19, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hobita, Romania
Died: March 16, 1957
 11 
John Houseman
(Romanian-Born American Actor, Director, and Producer)
John Houseman
6
Birthdate: September 22, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: October 31, 1988
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 12 
Klaus Iohannis
(President of Romania)
Klaus Iohannis
14
Birthdate: June 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sibiu
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 13 
Alaric I
(King of the Visigoths from 395 to 410)
Alaric I
1
Birthdate: 0370 AD
Birthplace: Peuce Island
Died: 0410 AD
 14 
Emil Cioran
(One of the Finest Philosophers and Critical Writers from Romania)
Emil Cioran
8
Birthdate: April 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rasinari, Romania
Died: July 20, 1995
 15 
David Popovici
(Romanian Competitive Swimmer)
David Popovici
0
Birthdate: September 15, 2004
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 16 
Carol I of Romania
(King of Romania (1881 – 1914))
Carol I of Romania
6
Birthdate: April 20, 1839
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sigmaringen, Germany
Died: October 10, 1914
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 17 
Mihai Eminescu
(The National Poet of Romania and a Major Figure of Romanticism)
Mihai Eminescu
5
Birthdate: January 15, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Botoșani, Romania
Died: June 15, 1889
 18 
Saint Patrick
(Bishop and Patron Saint of Ireland)
Saint Patrick
21
Birthdate: 0385 AD
Birthplace: Roman Britain
Died: March 17, 0461
 19 
Mircea Eliade
(Historian of Religion and Author)
Mircea Eliade
6
Birthdate: March 13, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: April 22, 1986
 20 
Robert Bobroczky
(Romanian Basketball Player Known for His Striking 7'7" Frame)
Robert Bobroczky
10
Birthdate: July 17, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arad, Romania
Height: 7'8" (234 cm)
 21 
Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
(Romanian Politician & Founder and Leader of the Legionary Movement (Iron Guard))
Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
2
Birthdate: September 13, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huși
Died: November 30, 1938
 22 
Michael the Brave
(Romanian National Hero Known for Uniting All of Romania for the First Time)
Michael the Brave
4
Birthdate: January 15, 1558
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Drăgoeşti, Vâlcea
Died: August 9, 1601
 23 
Carol II of Romania
(King of Romania from 1930 to 1940)
Carol II of Romania
3
Birthdate: October 15, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: April 4, 1953
 24 
Ferdinand I of Romania
(King of Romania (1914 - 1927))
Ferdinand I of Romania
2
Birthdate: August 24, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sigmaringen, Germany
Died: July 20, 1927
 25 
Dan Petrescu
(Former Romanian Football Player and Manager)
Dan Petrescu
2
Birthdate: December 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 26 
Alexandru Ioan Cuza
(One of the Founders of the Modern Romanian State)
Alexandru Ioan Cuza
1
Birthdate: March 20, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bârlad, Romania
Died: May 15, 1873
 27 
George Enescu
(Romanian composer)
George Enescu
4
Birthdate: August 19, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: George Enescu, Botoşani
Died: May 4, 1955
 28 
Mircea Lucescu
(One of the Most Decorated Managers and Successful Football Players of All Time)
Mircea Lucescu
2
Birthdate: July 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 29 
Paul Celan
(One of the Most Important and Influential German-Language Poets of the Post-Second World War Era)
Paul Celan
0
Birthdate: November 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Died: April 20, 1970
 30 
Ion Țiriac
(Former Romanian Tennis Player)
Ion Țiriac
3
Birthdate: May 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 31 
Lucian Bute
(Romanian-Canadian Former Professional Boxer and IBF Super-Middleweight Title Champion from 2007 to 2012)
Lucian Bute
2
Birthdate: February 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pechea, Romania
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 32 
Gordian III
(Youngest Roman Emperor (238 - 244))
Gordian III
1
Birthdate: January 20, 0225
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome
Died: February 11, 0244
 33 
Gheorghe Popescu
(Romanian Former Football Defender)
Gheorghe Popescu
1
Birthdate: October 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calafat, Romania
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 34 
Christian Hammer
(Romanian-German Professional Boxer)
Christian Hammer
0
Birthdate: September 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Galați, Romania
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 35 
Alec Secareanu
(Actor)
Alec Secareanu
1
Birthdate: December 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
 36 
Gyorgy Dozsa
(Soldier)
Gyorgy Dozsa
0
Birthdate: 1470 AD
Birthplace: Dalnic, Romania
Died: July 20, 1514
 37 
Hermann Oberth
(Physicist)
Hermann Oberth
0
Birthdate: June 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sibiu, Romania
Died: December 28, 1989
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 38 
Sergiu Celibidache
(Greatest conductor of the 20th century)
Sergiu Celibidache
2
Birthdate: June 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Roman, Romania
Died: August 14, 1996
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 39 
Răzvan Lucescu
(Romanian Retired Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Răzvan Lucescu
0
Birthdate: February 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 40 
Carinus
(Roman Emperor (283 - 285))
Carinus
0
Birthdate: 0257 AD
Birthplace: Dalmatia, Croatia
Died: June 30, 0285
 41 
Ernie Grunfeld
(Basketball Player)
Ernie Grunfeld
1
Birthdate: April 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Satu Mare, Romania
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 42 
Prince Nicholas of Romania
(Prince)
Prince Nicholas of Romania
3
Birthdate: August 5, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: June 9, 1978
 43 
Saul Steinberg
(Comics artist, Painter, Illustrator)
Saul Steinberg
1
Birthdate: June 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Râmnicu Sărat, Romania
Died: May 12, 1999
 44 
Milan I of Serbia
(King of Serbia (1882 - 1889))
Milan I of Serbia
0
Birthdate: August 22, 1854
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mărășești, Romania
Died: February 11, 1901
 45 
Traian Băsescu
(Former President of Romania)
Traian Băsescu
4
Birthdate: November 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Murfatlar
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 46 
Joseph M. Juran
(Engineer)
Joseph M. Juran
0
Birthdate: December 24, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania
Died: February 28, 2008
 47 
Ion Creanga
(Romanian Author Who Was a Prominent Member of the Junimea Literary Society)
Ion Creanga
0
Birthdate: March 1, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Târgu Neamț, Moldavia
Died: December 31, 1889
 48 
Benjamin Adegbuyi
(Romanian Boxer and Kickboxer)
Benjamin Adegbuyi
0
Birthdate: January 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 49 
Stephen III of Moldavia
(Prince of Moldavia (1457 – 1504))
Stephen III of Moldavia
0
Birthdate: 1432 AD
Birthplace: Oneşti
Died: July 2, 1504
 50 
Nicolae Ceaușescu
(Former President of Romania)
Nicolae Ceaușescu
39
Birthdate: January 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Scornicești
Died: December 25, 1989