List of Famous people born in Lithuania

Famous People
Names and Surnames

Romain Gary

Roman Kacew
First Name Romain
Last Name Gary
Died on December 2, 1980 (aged 10)

Romain Gary, born Roman Kacew, was a French novelist, diplomat, film director, and World War II aviator of Jewish origin. He is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt under two names.

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Zhanna Badoeva

First Name Zhanna
Born on March 18, 1976 (age 47)

Zhanna Iosifovna Badoeva - is a Ukrainian TV personality and producer. Most known as an author and onscreen moderator of the TV travel program “Oryol i Reshka”.

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Jonas Valančiūnas

First Name Jonas
Last Name Valančiūnas
Born on May 6, 1992 (age 30)
Born in Lithuania
Height 211 cm | 6'11

Jonas Valančiūnas is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. At the 2019 trade deadline he was traded to the Grizzlies.

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Clara Rockmore

Clara Reisenberg
First Name Clara
Last Name Rockmore
Died on May 10, 1998 (aged 28)

Clara Reisenberg Rockmore was a Lithuanian classical violin prodigy and a virtuoso performer of the theremin, an electronic musical instrument. She was the sister of pianist Nadia Reisenberg.

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Laurence Harvey

First Name Laurence
Last Name Harvey
Born on October 1, 1928
Died on November 25, 1973 (aged 45)
Height 184 cm | 6'0

Laurence Harvey was a Lithuanian-born British actor and film director. He was born to Lithuanian Jewish parents and emigrated to South Africa at an early age, before later settling in the United Kingdom after World War II. In a career that spanned a quarter of a century, Harvey appeared in stage, film and television productions primarily in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Savik Shuster

First Name Savik
Born on November 22, 1952 (age 70)

Savik Shuster is a journalist and Ukrainian political TV shows anchor. He presented The Freedom By Savik Shuster and starting in 2005 Svoboda slova on ICTV. From December 2015 he produces and lead political talk shows on his independent, after he has been cancelled from several tycoon-owned TVs. In December 2016 announced cease of activity and on 1 March 2017 the channel stopped broadcasting. According to official statement the reason thereof is business being no longer viable due to several litigations and corresponding financial constraints. All court cases were subsequently closed due to lack of substance. In 2019 Shuster came back to Ukraine as anchor of "Svoboda Slova Savika Shustera" at "Ukraina" TV channel.

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Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė

Ingeborga Edmundovna Dapkūnaitė
First Name Ingeborga
Born on January 20, 1963 (age 60)

Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė is а Lithuanian, Russian and British theatre and cinema actress, who plays mostly in Russian films. She is a winner of the prize "Nika" in 1994 for Best Actress.

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Tobias Geffen

First Name Tobias
Last Name Geffen
Born on August 1, 1870
Died on February 10, 1970 (aged 99)

Tobias Geffen was an American Orthodox rabbi. He served as the leader of Congregation Shearith Israel in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1910 to 1970. Geffen is widely known for his 1935 decision that certified Coca-Cola as kosher.

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Arvydas Sabonis

Arvydas Romas Sabonis is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and businessman. Recognized as one of the best European players of all time, he won the Euroscar six times, and the Mr. Europa Award twice. He played in a variety of leagues, and spent seven seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), in the United States. Playing the center position, Sabonis won a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics, in South Korea, for the Soviet Union, and later earned bronze medals at the 1992 Olympic Games and 1996 Olympic Games, while representing Lithuania. He retired from professional basketball in 2005. Sabonis was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers, in the first round of the 1986 NBA draft, but he did not play his first NBA game until the age of 30, in 1995.

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Lena Valaitis

First Name Lena
Last Name Valaitis
Born on September 7, 1943 (age 79)
Born in Lithuania

Lena Valaitis is a Lithuanian–German schlager singer who had her greatest success during the 1970s and 1980s. She finished second at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Agnija Ditkovskytė

First Name Agnija
Born on May 11, 1988 (age 34)

Agnia (Agne) Olegovna Ditkovskyte, after marriage — Chadova, born 11 May 1988, Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR) is a Russian actress of a Lithuanian origin.

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Wanda Rutkiewicz

First Name Wanda
Born on February 4, 1943
Died on May 13, 1992 (aged 49)
Born in Lithuania

Wanda Rutkiewicz was a Polish mountain climber and computer engineer. She was the first woman to reach the summit of K2 and the third woman to climb Mount Everest.

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Emma Goldman

First Name Emma
Died on May 14, 1940

Emma Goldman was an anarchist political activist and writer. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

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Nelli Uvarova

First Name Nelli
Born on March 14, 1980 (age 43)

Nelli Vladimirovna Uvarova is a Russian theater and film actress.

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Modestas Paulauskas

First Name Modestas
Born on March 19, 1945 (age 78)
Born in Lithuania
Height 194 cm | 6'4

Modestas Paulauskas is a former Soviet and Lithuanian professional basketball coach and basketball player.

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Marius Žaliūkas

First Name Marius
Last Name Žaliūkas
Born on November 10, 1983
Died on October 31, 2020 (aged 36)

Marius Žaliūkas was a Lithuanian professional footballer. He played primarily as a centre back, but also played as a defensive midfielder. Žaliūkas played for Inkaras Kaunas, FBK Kaunas, FK Šilutė, Hearts, Leeds United, Rangers and Žalgiris throughout his career, as well as the Lithuania national side.

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Doris Wally Treitz
Born on May 19, 1942
Died on July 31, 1969 (aged 27)
Born in Lithuania

Doris Nefedov, better known by her stage name Alexandra, was a German singer.

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Asmik Grigorian

First Name Asmik
Born on May 12, 1981 (age 41)

Asmik Grigorian is an Armenian-Lithuanian operatic soprano.

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Isaac Levitan

First Name Isaac
Last Name Levitan
Died on July 22, 1900

Isaac Ilyich Levitan was a classical Russian landscape painter who advanced the genre of the "mood landscape".

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Modesta Vžesniauskaitė

First Name Modesta
Born on October 17, 1983 (age 39)
Height 174 cm | 5'9

Modesta Vžesniauskaitė is a female road racing cyclist from Lithuania, who represented her nation at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed in the women's road race, and completed the run in twenty-seventh place, with a time of 3:33:17.

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