The Most Famous

ACTORS from Lithuania

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This page contains a list of the greatest Lithuanian Actors. The pantheon dataset contains 10,030 Actors, 5 of which were born in Lithuania. This makes Lithuania the birth place of the 61st most number of Actors behind Peru and Bulgaria.

Top 5

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Lithuanian Actors of all time. This list of famous Lithuanian Actors is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Laurence Harvey (1928 - 1973)

With an HPI of 66.29, Laurence Harvey is the most famous Lithuanian Actor.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages on wikipedia.

Laurence Harvey (born Zvi Mosheh Skikne; 1 October 1928 – 25 November 1973) 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.Known for his clipped, refined accent and cool, debonair screen persona; his performance in Room at the Top (1959) resulted in an Academy Award nomination. That success was followed by the roles of William Barret Travis in The Alamo and Weston Liggett in Butterfield 8, both films released in the autumn of 1960. He also appeared as the brainwashed Sergeant Raymond Shaw in The Manchurian Candidate (1962). He made his directorial debut with The Ceremony (1963). He continued acting into the 1970s, until his sudden death in 1973 of cancer.

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2. Donatas Banionis (1924 - 2014)

With an HPI of 64.26, Donatas Banionis is the 2nd most famous Lithuanian Actor.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Donatas Banionis (28 April 1924 – 4 September 2014) was a Lithuanian Soviet actor. He has more than 80 credited roles in cinema and is best known for his performance in the lead role of Tarkovsky's Solaris as Kris Kelvin. He was born in Kaunas, Lithuania.Banionis began his career with some films in Lithuanian, but he would later play mainly in Russian language films (although his voice was dubbed by Russian actors). He has also worked outside the USSR like in the title role Francisco Goya of the USSR-GDR coproduction Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment (1971), directed by Konrad Wolf and in the title role as Ludwig van Beethoven in the 1976 DEFA-production Beethoven - Tage aus einem Leben. Aside from films, he was a popular stage actor in Panevėžys, where he acted since the age of 17, and which was frequented by Donatas' fans from all over the former Soviet Union. His first teacher was Juozas Miltinis. He acted in Vilnius, in the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre. Vladimir Putin once stated that Banionis' part in the 1968 Soviet spy film Dead Season was the reason why he joined the KGB.

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3. Jacques Sernas (1925 - 2015)

With an HPI of 61.82, Jacques Sernas is the 3rd most famous Lithuanian Actor.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Jokūbas Bernardas Šernas (30 July 1925 – 3 July 2015), commonly known as Jacques Sernas and sometimes credited as Jack Sernas, was a Lithuanian-born French actor with an international film career.

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4. Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė (1963 - )

With an HPI of 60.44, Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė is the 4th most famous Lithuanian Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė (Russian: Ингеборга Дапкунайте; born 20 January 1963) 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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5. Cornell Borchers (1925 - 2014)

With an HPI of 57.21, Cornell Borchers is the 5th most famous Lithuanian Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Gerlind Cornell Borchers (16 March 1925 – 12 May 2014) was a German actress and singer, active in the late 1940s and 1950s. She is best remembered for her roles opposite Montgomery Clift in The Big Lift (1950) and Errol Flynn and Nat King Cole in Istanbul (1957). She was said to resemble Ingrid Bergman in mid-1950s reviews.

Pantheon has 5 people classified as actors born between 1924 and 1963. Of these 5, 1 (20.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living actors include Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė. The most famous deceased actors include Laurence Harvey, Donatas Banionis, and Jacques Sernas. As of October 2020, 1 new actors have been added to Pantheon including Cornell Borchers.

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