Find out more about the greatest Romanians, including Sebastian Stan, Elie Wiesel, Ion Iliescu, Klaus Iohannis and Norvina Claudia.

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.
Sebastian StanSebastian Stan

13 August 1982

Vlad the ImpalerVlad the Impaler
(Ruler of Wallachia)

1431 AD

Elie WieselElie Wiesel

30 September 1928

Saint PatrickSaint Patrick

0385 AD

Kwame NkrumahKwame Nkrumah
(First President of Ghana)

21 September 1909

(Singer, Songwriter)

16 October 1986


20 March 0043

Klaus IohannisKlaus Iohannis
(President of Romania)

13 June 1959

Aurelia DobreAurelia Dobre
(Olympic Athlete)

16 November 1972

Ion IliescuIon Iliescu
(Former President of Romania)

03 March 1930

Norvina ClaudiaNorvina Claudia
(Instagram Star, You Tube Personality)

16 November 1987


09 September 1899

Emil ConstantinescuEmil Constantinescu
(Former President of Romania)

19 November 1939

Nadia ComaneciNadia Comaneci
(Olympic Champion Gymnast)

12 November 1961

Jean NegulescoJean Negulesco
(American-Romanian film director)

26 February 1900


08 August 1999

Alice PeneacaAlice Peneaca
(Model, Actress)

31 October 1991

Constantin BrancusiConstantin Brâncuși

19 February 1876

Daniela SilivasDaniela Silivaș

09 May 1972

George E. PaladeGeorge E. Palade
(Cell Biologist)

19 November 1912

Nicolae CeaușescuNicolae Ceaușescu
(Former President of Romania)

26 January 1918

Traian BăsescuTraian Băsescu
(Former President of Romania)

04 November 1951

Simona HalepSimona Halep
(Tennis player)

27 September 1991

Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
(Film actor, Swimmer, Actor, Water polo player, Television actor)

02 June 1904

Edward G. RobinsonEdward G. Robinson

12 December 1893

Gheorghe HagiGheorghe Hagi
(Association football player, Association football manager)

05 February 1965

Mircea EliadeMircea Eliade

13 March 1907

Adrian MutuAdrian Mutu
(Association football player)

08 January 1979

Ion AntonescuIon Antonescu
(Former Prime Minister of Romania)

02 June 1882

Cato the ElderCato the Elder

0234 BC

Alaric IAlaric I

0370 AD

Alexandra StanAlexandra Stan
(Romanian singer-songwriter)

10 June 1989

Emil CioranEmil Cioran
(Philosopher, Writer, Diarist, Aphorist)

08 April 1911

Ferdinand I of RomaniaFerdinand I of Romania

24 August 1865

Carol I of RomaniaCarol I of Romania

20 April 1839

Liviu DragneaLiviu Dragnea
(Engineer, Politician)

28 October 1962

Gordian IIIGordian III

20 January 0225

Mircea LucescuMircea Lucescu
(Association football player, Association football manager)

29 July 1945

Corneliu Zelea CodreanuCorneliu Zelea Codreanu
(Politician, Essayist)

13 September 1899

Dan PetrescuDan Petrescu
(Association football player, Association football manager)

22 December 1967

Costel PantilimonCostel Pantilimon
(Association football player)

01 February 1987

Mihai EminescuMihai Eminescu
(poet, prosaist, essayist, librarian)

20 December 1849

Stephen III of MoldaviaStephen III of Moldavia

1432 AD

Cristian ChivuCristian Chivu
(Association football player)

26 October 1980

Anamaria MarincaAnamaria Marinca

01 April 1978

George EnescuGeorge Enescu
(Romanian composer)

19 August 1881


0257 AD

Lucian ButeLucian Bute

28 February 1980

Gheorghe Gheorghiu-DejGheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
(Politician, Diplomat)

08 November 1901

Gheorghe PopescuGheorghe Popescu
(Association football player)

09 October 1967

Michael the BraveMichael the Brave

1558 AD

Hermann OberthHermann Oberth
(Physicist, Engineer, Essayist, Screenwriter)

25 June 1894

Black AngelikaBlack Angelika
(Pornographic actor)

25 October 1987

Miklós NyiszliMiklós Nyiszli
(Physician, Writer)

17 June 1901

Ancus MarciusAncus Marcius

0678 BC

Sandra RomainSandra Romain
(Pornographic actor, Actor)

26 March 1978

Victor PontaVictor Ponta

20 September 1972

Cosmin ContraCosmin Contra
(Association football player, Association football manager)

15 December 1975

Sergiu CelibidacheSergiu Celibidache
(conductor, composer, university teacher)

28 June 1912

(Military commander)

Ion Mihai PacepaIon Mihai Pacepa

28 October 1928

Miodrag BelodediciMiodrag Belodedici
(Association football player)

20 May 1964

Saul SteinbergSaul Steinberg
(Comics artist, Painter, Illustrator)

15 June 1914

Joel TeitelbaumJoel Teitelbaum
(Philosopher, Rabbi)

13 January 1887

Vera RencziVera Renczi
(serial killer)

1903 AD

Andrei AlexandrescuAndrei Alexandrescu
(computer scientist, engineer)

1969 AD

Cristina NeaguCristina Neagu
(Handball player)

26 August 1988

Nicolae IorgaNicolae Iorga
(politician, linguist, geopolitician, poet)

17 January 1871

Ion Luca CaragialeIon Luca Caragiale
(linguist, poet, writer, journalist, playwright)

01 February 1852

Dorinel MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
(Association football player, Association football manager)

25 June 1968


0082 BC

Edward LuttwakEdward Luttwak
(Economist, Geopolitician, Historian, Writer)

04 November 1942

Hildegard PeplauHildegard Peplau

01 September 1909

George Emil PaladeGeorge Emil Palade
(Physician, Cell biologist, Scientist, Inventor, University teacher)

19 November 1912

Bogdan StancuBogdan Stancu
(Association football player)

28 June 1987