Romanian

Romania may not bag headlines too often or feature in the itinerary of every tourist visiting Europe, but that does not really cloud the enticements and excitements that the country has to offer. Its diverse landscape, jaw-dropping castles, and great food aside, Romania has a wad of other baits too and incredible ones at that, remarkable enough to floor anyone wanting to explore all about it. That is right! From being home to one of the “happiest cemeteries” on Earth to being one of the largest producers of wine and from boasting of having one of the best roads in the world to being one of the richest countries in Europe, Romania is one helluva country worth exploring. But that is not all, dear readers. This less-talked about country has also raised some extraordinary men and women, most of whom have revolutionized the world. Explore all about the lives of some such famous Romanians in their biographies encapsulated below. Trail the trials and triumphs of their lives through the timelines, trivia, and lesser-known facts covered in their profiles and get inspired.

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 1 Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 2 Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Olympic Champion Gymnast
Birthdate: November 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Onești

Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian former gymnast. One of the best-known gymnasts in the world, Comaneci has five Olympic gold medals under her belt. Credited with popularizing gymnastics around the world, Nadia Comaneci was honored by the Laureus World Sports Academy by including her in their Athletes of the 20th Century list in 2000.

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 3 Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 4 Edward G. Robinson

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

 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 Simona Halep

Simona Halep.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Constanța

Simona Halep is a Romanian tennis player. With 22 WTA singles titles and two Grand Slam singles titles under her belt, Simona Halep is one of the most successful Romanian female tennis players of all time. She is also widely considered one of the WTA Tour's best returners of the current generation.

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 8 Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel.
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Listed In: Writers
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.

 9 Ilie Năstase

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

 10 Nicolae Ceaușescu

Nicolae Ceaușescu.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 11 Robert Bobroczky

Robert Bobroczky
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 17, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arad, Romania

 12 Ovid

Ovid.
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Listed In: Writers
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.

 13 Inna

Inna.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mangalia

Inna is a Romanian songwriter and singer who achieved popularity after releasing her debut studio album Hot, which was certified Platinum and Gold. Over the years, she has received several awards, such as MTV Europe Music Awards, Romanian Music Awards, and Balkan Music Awards. Also a human rights activist, Inna supports LGBT and children's rights. 

 14 Constantin Brâncuși

Constantin Brâncuși.
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Listed In: Photographers
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. 

 15 Gheorghe Hagi

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

 16 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

 17 Ion Antonescu

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

 18 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.

 19 Marie of Romania

Marie of Romania
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Consort
Birthdate: October 29, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eastwell Park, Kent, England
Died: July 10, 1938

 20 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. 

 21 Klaus Iohannis

Klaus Iohannis.
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Listed In: Leaders
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. 

 22 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.

 23 Ana Ularu

Ana Ularu.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Ana Ularu is a Romanian actress best known for playing the role of Matilda in the action film Outbound. She began her acting career in the mid-1990s and appeared in a handful of minor roles in TV shows. As her career progressed, she started acting in films as well. She has received a Locarno International Film Festival Award.

 24 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.

 25 Alexandra Maria Lara

Alexandra Maria Lara.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest, Socialist Republic of Romania

One doesn’t come across an actor who manages her own red-carpet look, but Romanian-German actor Alexandra Maria Lara claims she does just that. Married to actor Sam Riley, she has appeared with him in several films, too. She is the star of the upcoming spy thriller The King's Man.

 26 Adrian Mutu

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

 27 Eugene Ionesco

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

 28 Ingrid Bisu

Ingrid Bisu
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 29 Márta Károlyi

Márta Károlyi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Gymnastics coach
Birthdate: August 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania

 30 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

 31 Gordian III

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

 32 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

 33 Mihai Eminescu

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

 34 Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

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

 35 Alexandra Stan

Alexandra Stan
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Constanța, Romania

 36 Aurelia Dobre

Aurelia Dobre.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Olympic Athlete
Birthdate: November 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest

Aurelia Dobre is a Romanian former artistic gymnast who won three gold medals at the 24th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in 1987. In the same World Championships, she won two bronze medals. In 1988, she helped her team win the silver medal at the Summer Olympics. In 2016, she was made an inductee of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

 37 Ion Iliescu

Ion Iliescu.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 38 Costel Pantilimon

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

 39 Dan Petrescu

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

 40 Mircea Lucescu

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

 41 Alec Secareanu

Alec Secareanu
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 42 Nicu Ceausescu

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

 43 Steve Holmes

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

 44 Anamaria Marinca

Anamaria Marinca
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iași

 45 Ion Tiriac

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

 46 Alexandra Dinu

Alexandra Dinu
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 47 Roxen

Roxen
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 48 Cristian Chivu

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

 49 Michael the Brave

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

 50 Viorica Dăncilă

Viorica Dăncilă
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Roșiorii de Vede, Romania