Famous People

This is a list of Lithuanians, both people of Lithuanian descent and people with the birthplace or citizenship of Lithuania.

Architecture and Sculpture

  • Antanas Vivulskis (1877-1919), architect of Three Crosses in Vilnius
  • Gintaras Karosas (1968-), sculptor, founder of Europos Parkas;
  • Juozas Zikaras (1881-1944), sculptor and designer the interwar years' Lithuanian litas
  • Laurynas Gucevicius (1753-1798), architect of Vilnius Cathedral

Artists

  • Adolfas Valeska (1905-1994) painter and graphic artist
  • Algimantas Kezys, Lithuanian-American photographer
  • Boris Schatz (1867-1932), sculptor and founder of the Bezalel Academy.
  • Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (1875-1911), painter and composer
  • Petronele Gerlikiene (1905-1979), self-taught Lithuanian-American artist
  • Sarunas Sauka (b. 1958) painter
  • Stasys Eidrigevicius (1949- ) graphic artist
  • William Zorach (1889-1966), artist

Literature

  • Antanas Baranauskas (1835-1902), priest and poet
  • Antanas Skema (1911-1961), writer in exile
  • Balys Sruoga (1896-1947), writer, poet, playwright
  • Henrikas Radauskas (1910-1970), poet, one of the major figures of Lithuanian literature in exile
  • Icchokas Meras (1934-), Lithuanian-Jewish writer about the Holocaust
  • Juozas Grusas (1901-1986), one of the most productive writers and playwrights under the Soviet rule
  • Jurga Ivanauskaite (1961-2007), modern female writer
  • Jurgis Baltrusaitis (1873-1944), poet and diplomat, the first Symbolist poet
  • Justinas Marcinkevicius (1930-), one of the most important poets during the Soviet rule
  • Kazys Binkis (1893-1942), poet and playwright, leader of Lithuanian Futurism movement
  • Kristijonas Donelaitis (1714-1780), priest and poet
  • Maironis (real name Jonas Maciulis, 1862-1932), priest and poet, best known patriotic poet
  • Martynas Mazvydas (1510-1563), author of the first book in Lithuanian language
  • Oskaras Milasius (1877-1939), French-Lithuanian writer and diplomat
  • Salomeja Neris (real name Salomeja Bacinskaite-Buciene, 1904-1945), the best known female poet during the interwar period
  • Satrijos Ragana (real name Marija Peckauskaite, 1877-1930), female writer
  • Tomas Venclova (1937-), poet, political activist
  • Vincas Kreve-Mickevicius (1882-1954), writer and playwright, author of major interwar plays
  • Vincas Kudirka (1858-1899), writer and poet, author of the national anthem of Lithuania
  • Vydunas (real name Vilhelmas Storosta, 1868-1953), writer and philosopher, leader of Lithuanian cultural movement in the Lithuania Minor at the beginning of the 20th century
  • Zemaite (real name Julija Beniuseviciute-Zymantiene, 1845-1921), one of the best known female writers

Mathematics

  • Aldona Aleskiaviciene(Statulieviciene) - probability theory and stochastic processes
  • Algimantas Jonas Bikelis - probability theory and stochastic processes
  • Antanas Kestutis Bulota - number theory
  • Antanas Laurincikas - number theory
  • Bronius Grigelionis - probability theory and stochastic processes
  • Eugenijus Manstavicius - number theory
  • Feliksas Ivanauskas - numerical analysis
  • Jonas Kubilius - number theory, recipient of Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, University rector
  • Kleopas Grincevicius - differential geometry
  • Raimundas Bentkus - probability theory and stochastic processes
  • Vaclovas Bliznikas - differential geometry
  • Vygantas I. Paulauskas - probability theory and stochastic processes
  • Vytautas Statulevicius - probability theory and stochastic processes

Music

  • Andrius Mamontovas (1967-), rock singer, co-founder of Foje and LT United
  • Balys Dvarionas (1904-1972), composer
  • Gintare, Pop Artist, signed with SONY EMI in 1998
  • Jonas Svedas (1908-1971), composer
  • Marijonas Mikutavicius (1971-), singer, author of Trys Milijonai, the unofficial sports anthem in Lithuania
  • Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (1875-1911), painter and composer
  • Osvaldas Balakauskas (1937-), ambassador and classical composer
  • Violeta Urmanaviciute-Urmana, opera singer (soprano-mezzosoprano) appearing internationally
  • Virgilijus Noreika (1935-) opera singer (tenor)

Politics

  • Aleksandras Stulginskis (1885-1969), President of Lithuania in the interwar period
  • Algirdas Brazauskas (1932-), the former First secretary of Central Committee of Communist Party of Lithuanian SSR, the former president of Lithuania after 1990, and former Prime Minister of Lithuania
  • Antanas Merkys (1888-1955), the last Prime Minister of interwar Lithuania
  • Antanas Smetona (1874-1944), the first President (1919) and authoritarian leader (1926-1941)
  • Antanas Snieckus (1903-1974), First Secretary of the Lithuanian Communist Party (1940-1974)
  • Arturas Zuokas (1968-), controversial mayor of Vilnius city municipality
  • Augustinas Voldemaras (1883-1942), the Prime Minister to Antanas Smetona
  • Gediminas Vagnorius (1957-), the Prime Minister behind vagnorkes, the temporary currency
  • Jonas Basanavicius (1851-1927), "father" of the Act of Independence of 1918
  • Justas Paleckis (1899-1980), journalist and politician, puppet Prime Minister after Soviet occupation
  • Kazimiera Prunskiene (1943-), the first female Prime Minister
  • Kazys Grinius (1866-1950), politician, third President of Lithuania
  • Mykolas Slezevicius (1882-1939), three times Prime Minister, organized Lithuanian Armed Forces
  • Rolandas Paksas (1956-), former President, removed from the office after impeachment
  • Stasys Lozoraitis (1898-1983), diplomat and leader of Lithuanian government in exile (1940-1983)
  • Stasys Lozoraitis (junior) (1924-1994), politician, diplomat, succeeded his father as leader of Lithuanian government in exile (1987-1991)
  • Valdas Adamkus (1926-), current President of Lithuania
  • Vytautas Landsbergis (1932-), politician, professor, leader of Sajudis, the independence movement, former speaker of Seimas, member of European Parliament

Religion

  • Archbishop Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevicius
  • Archbishop Mecislovas Reinys
  • Audrys Cardinal Backis
  • Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz
  • Chaim Ozer Grodzinski
  • Chaim Volozhin
  • Daumantas of Pskov - Lithuanian minor noble, became prince of Pskov and defender against the Teutonic Knights.
  • Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler
  • Louis Vezelis- Lithuanian-American sedevacantist Franciscan bishop
  • Monsignor Simon Morkunas - Lithuanian-American humanitarian
  • Motiejus Valancius - bishop of Samogitia, historian and writer.
  • Saint Athanasius - Born into a Lithuanian noble family, became a monk and martyr.
  • Saint Casimir
  • Saint Charitina - Lithuanian noblewoman turned ascetic and abbess.
  • Vilna Gaon

Science

  • Aaron Klug - physicist and chemist, and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Algirdas Julius Greimas - linguist
  • Birute Galdikas - anthropologist
  • Jonas Jablonskis - Lithuanian practical linguist, founder of Standard Lithuanian
  • Jurgis Baltrusaitis - art-historian, expert of medieval art
  • Jurgis Dobkevicius - aircraft designer
  • Kazimieras Buga - renowned linguist
  • Kazimieras Simonavicius - artillery and rocket scientist
  • Kazys Almenas - physicist, writer and essayist
  • Konstantinas Sirvydas first Lithuanian lexicographer
  • Marija Gimbutiene - archaeologist
  • Simonas Daukantas - historian
  • Vytautas Andrius Graiciunas - management theorist
  • Vytautas Straizys - astronomer

Sports

  • Andrius Gedgaudas - soccer player
  • Arvydas Sabonis - former NBA player with Portland Trail Blazers, used to play for the USSR
  • Austra Skujyte - Olympic medallist at decathlon
  • Daina Gudzineviciute - Olympic gold medallist in shooting
  • Dainius Zubrus - NHL player with the Buffalo Sabres
  • Darius Kasparaitis - NHL player
  • Darius Songaila - current NBA player with the Washington Wizards
  • Diana Ziliute - cyclist
  • Diana Ziliute - cyclist
  • Dick Butkus - NFL Hall of Fame linebacker
  • Eddie Waitkus - baseball player
  • Eugenijus Riabovas - head coach of Hearts FC
  • Joe Jurevicius - American football (NFL) wide receiver
  • Linas Kleiza - current NBA player with the Denver Nuggets
  • Margarita Drobiazko - ice dancer
  • Markas Luckis - chess player
  • Povilas Vaitonis - chess player
  • Povilas Vanagas - figure skater and ice dancer
  • Raimondas Rumsas - cyclist
  • Ramunas Siskauskas - basketball player
  • Sarunas Jasikevicius - basketball player
  • Virgilijus Alekna - European, world and Olympic champion in discus throwing
  • Vitas Gerulaitis - tennis player (member of the Lithuanian diaspora in the US)
  • Vladas Mikenas - chess player
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas - current NBA player with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Zydrunas Savickas - 5-time winner of the "Arnold's Strongest Man" 1st Place

Theatre and Cinema

  • Adolfas Vecerskis (1949-), theatre and film actor, director, General Director of Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
  • Arturas Barysas (1954-2005), "counter-culture" actor, singer, photographer, and filmmaker, known as the father of modern Lithuanian avant-garde.
  • Arunas Matelis (1961-),documentary director
  • Donatas Banionis (1924-), actor
  • Eimuntas Nekrosius (1952-), theatre director
  • George Maciunas (1931-1978), initiator of Fluxus movement
  • Ingeborga Dapkunaite (1963-), internationally successful actress
  • Jonas Mekas (1922-), filmmaker, the godfather of American avant-garde cinema
  • Jonas Vaitkus (1944-), theatre director, director of Utterly Alone
  • Juozas Miltinis (1907-1994), theatre director
  • Oskaras Korsunovas (1969-),theatre director
  • Regimantas Adomaitis (1937-), theatre and film actor
  • Sarunas Bartas (1964-), film director

Related to Lithuania by Birthplace or Citizenship

  • Abraham Cahan
  • Adam Mickiewicz - poet
  • Ann Jillian (1950-), American television actress, born to immigrant parents
  • Annis Stukus - Canadian sports personality
  • Antanas Mockus - Colombian mathematician, philosopher, and politician
  • Antanas Sileika - Canadian author
  • Anthony Kiedis - lead singer, Red Hot Chili Peppers;
  • Bernard Berenson
  • Billy McNeill - Scottish soccer player - Lithuanian mother
  • Bob Dylan - American folk/rock musician.
  • Charles Bronson, actor, born in Lithuanian emigrants family;
  • Czeslaw Milosz - Polish poet and essayist, Nobel prize winner
  • David Lee - physicist, winner of Nobel Prize in 1996 for physics
  • Elijah ben Solomon - the Gaon of Vilna
  • Emma Goldman aka 'Red Emma', Lithuania-born anarchist known for her writings and speeches
  • Emmanuel Levinas - prominent philosopher
  • Hermann Minkowski - mathematician, one of Einstein's teachers
  • Ignas Domeika - geologist and mineralogist
  • Jacques Lipchitz - artist
  • Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) - violinist
  • Jason Sudeikis - US actor and comedian, member of Saturday Night Live cast
  • Joanna Shimkus - actress born in Canada to Lithuanian émigrés
  • John C. Reilly - American actor. Mother is of Lithuanian descent
  • John Candy - Canadian actor (his mother of mixed Lithuanian descent)
  • John Gielgud - British actor
  • John Kiedis - also known as Spider or Blackie Dammett, father of Anthony Kiedis
  • Johnny Unitas - former Baltimore Colts quarterback - parents were Lithuanian
  • Jozef Pilsudski - marshal of Poland
  • Karl Shapiro
  • Kevin Bieksa - Canadian hockey player
  • Laurence Harvey - actor (real name Laruschka Mischa Skikne)
  • Leo Rautins - Canadian basketball player, national team coach, broadcaster
  • Maury Povich - paternal grandparents emigrated from Lithuania
  • Nadine Gordimer - novelist and writer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in literature and 1974 Booker Prize
  • Philip Glass - b.1937 composer (grandchild of Lithuanian Jewish migrants)
  • Richard Durbin - Illinois senator - mother was Lithuanian
  • Robert Briscoe - Lord Mayor of Dublin
  • Robert Z'Dar - American actor
  • Robert Zemeckis - American film director
  • S. J. Perelman
  • Saul Anuzis (1959-), chairman of the Michigan Republican State Committee 2005-present.
  • Sean Penn - American actor. Father was of mixed Russian and Lithuanian descent
  • Stanley Kunitz - American poet - mother was Lithuanian
  • Sydney Brenner - biologist, winner of 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology
  • Uriel Weinreich
  • Vlado Perlemuter - French pianist, born in Kaunas
  • Wayne Levonitis - lead singer/rock musician Sub Masters
  • William Zorach