List of Famous people born in Latvia

Catherine I of Russia

Марта Скавронская
First Name Catherine
Last Name Russia
Born on April 5, 1684
Died on May 6, 1727 (aged 43)
Born in Latvia, Jēkabpils

Catherine I was the second wife and Empress consort of Peter the Great, and Empress regnant of Russia from 1725 until her death in 1727.

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Sergei Eisenstein

Сергей Михайлович Эйзенштейн
First Name Sergei
Last Name Eisenstein
Died on February 11, 1948
Born in Latvia

Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein was a Soviet film director and film theorist, a pioneer in the theory and practice of montage. He is noted in particular for his silent films Strike (1925), Battleship Potemkin (1925) and October (1928), as well as the historical epics Alexander Nevsky (1938) and Ivan the Terrible. In its 2012 decennial poll, the magazine Sight & Sound named his Battleship Potemkin the 11th greatest film of all time.

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Agata Muceniece

First Name Agata
Last Name Muceniece
Born on March 1, 1989 (age 34)
Born in Latvia

Agata Muceniece is a Latvian-born Russian actress and model, and television presenter.

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Kristaps Porziņģis

First Name Kristaps
Born on August 2, 1995 (age 28)
Born in Latvia
Height 221 cm | 7'3

Kristaps Porziņģis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is one of the tallest active players in the NBA, standing at 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) tall, and plays both the power forward and center positions.

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Jeļena Ostapenko

First Name Jeļena
Born on June 8, 1997 (age 26)
Born in Latvia
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Jeļena Ostapenko, also known as Aļona Ostapenko, is a professional tennis player from Latvia. She has career-high WTA rankings of No. 5 in singles, achieved on 19 March 2018, and No. 17 in doubles, reached on 2 March 2020.

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Mikhail Zadornov

Михаил Николаевич Задорнов
First Name Mikhail
Last Name Zadornov
Born on July 21, 1948
Died on November 10, 2017 (aged 69)
Born in Latvia

Mikhail Nikolayevich Zadornov was a Soviet and Russian stand-up comedian and writer. Zadornov was born into an artistic family, his father Nikolai Zadornov being a notable writer from Riga. Zadornov’s mother, Elena Matusevich (1909-1992), came from an old noble family, which can trace its roots to the Polish king Stephen Bathory.

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Matīss Kivlenieks

First Name Matīss
Born on August 26, 1996
Died on July 4, 2021 (aged 24)
Born in Latvia
Height 187 cm | 6'2

Matīss Edmunds Kivlenieks was a Latvian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for Prizma Riga of the Latvian Hockey Higher League (LHL), the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL), and the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 2012 and 2021.

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Arkady Raikin

First Name Arkady
Died on December 17, 1987 (aged 17)
Born in Latvia

Arkady Isaakovich Raikin was a Soviet stand-up comedian, theater and film actor, and stage director. He led the school of Soviet and Russian humorists for about half a century.

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Misha Cirkunov

First Name Misha
Born on February 27, 1987 (age 36)
Born in Latvia
Height 191 cm | 6'3

Mikhail "Misha" Cirkunov is a Latvian-Canadian professional mixed martial artist of Russian heritage, who competes in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He lives in and fights out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As of September 29, 2020, he is #10 in the UFC Light Heavyweight rankings.

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Born on February 19, 1979 (age 44)
Born in Latvia

Vitaly Vladasovich Grachev, known professionally as Vitas, is a Ukrainian singer and actor. He is known for his unique falsetto which he displays when performing his "turkey call" in "The 7th Element" and his trademark falsetto choruses. His eclectic musical style incorporates elements of techno, dance, classical, jazz, and folk music. His song "Opera #2" and the music video for "The 7th Element" became popular on various social networks, accounting for much of his worldwide recognition.

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