List of Famous Hungarians

Hungarians takes great pride in the personal recognition of all of our Nobel Laureates, Olympic Medalists, musicians and artists, and other celebreties whose efforts help to make the world a better place.

Hungarians excelled in all fields of science and art for centuries. Below is a list of prominent and famous Hungarians and Hungarian Americans. This list is not exhaustive.

Antal, Nimrod (Antal Nimród, 1973-): film director, screenwriter, actor

Bako, Elemer (Bakó Elemér, 1915-2000): Hungarian specialist of the Library of Congress

Barabási, Albert-László (1967-): network theory physicist

Bartok, Bela (Bartók Béla, 1881-1945): composer

Bay, Zoltan (Bay Zoltán Lajos, 1900-1992): physicist

Bekesy, Georg von (Békési György, 1899-1972): Nobel Prize-winning biophysicist (1961)

Biro, Laszlo (Bíró László József, 1899-1995): inventor of the modern ball-point pen

Breuer, Marcel (Breuer Marcel Lajos, 1902-1981): modern architect (Bauhaus) and furniture designer

Brody, Adrien (1973-): actor, film producer

Brody, Alexander (Bródy Sándor, 1933-): businessman, writer, marketing expert

Capa, Cornell (Friedmann Kornél, 1918-2008): photographer

Capa, Robert (Friedman Endre, 1913-1954): photographer

Curtis, Jamie Lee (1958-): actress

Curtis, Tony (Schwartz Bernard, 1925-2010): actor

Curtiz, Michael (Kertész Mihály, 1886-1962): film director

Cukor, George (Cukor György, 1899-1983): film director

Csonka, Larry (1946-): American football player, fullback (Miami Dolphins, 1968-1974, 1979; Memphis Southmen, 1975, New York Giants, 1976-1978), Super Bowl VI and VII champion (1972, 1973), Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (1987)

Csupo, Gabor (Csupó Gábor, 1952): animator (Simpsons, Rugrats), director

Dohnanyi, Ernst von (Dohnányi Ernő, 1877-1960): conductor, composer, pianist (Florida State University)

Dohnanyi, Christoph von (1929-): conductor (Cleveland Symphony Orchestra)

Dorati, Antal (Doráti Antal, 1906-1988): conductor, composer (Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra)

Erdos, Paul (Erdős Pál, 1913-1996): mathematician

Eszterhas, Joe (1944-): writer

Falk, Peter (1927-2011): actor

Fejedelem, Clayton Daniel (1993-): American football player, safety (Cincinatti Bengals, 2016-)

Fox, William (Fried Vilmos, 1879-1952): filmproducer

Friedman, Milton (1912-2006): Nobel-prize winnig economist (1976)

Gabor, Dennis (Gábor Dénes, 1900-1979): physicist, inventor of holography

Gabor, Zsazsa (Gábor Sári, 1917-2016): actress

Galamb, Joseph (Galamb József, 1881-1955): engineer of Ford T Model

Gati, Charles (Gáti Károly, 1934-): political scientist, professorial lecturer of European studies (SAIS)

Gedeon, Benjamin (1994-): American football player, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings, 2017-)

Gogolak, Charlie (Gogolák Károly Pál, 1944-): American football player, placekicker (New England Patriots, Washington Redskins) 

Gogolak, Peter (Gogolák Péter, 1942-): American football player, placekicker (Buffalo Bills, 1964-1965; New York Giants, 1966-1974)

Goldmark, Peter Carl (Goldmark Péter Károly, 1906-1977): developer of the LP record (long playing microgroove vinyl phonograph disc)

Grove, Andrew (Gróf András, 1936-2016): businessman, engineer (Intel Corporation)

Groza, Louis Roy (1924-2000): American football player (The Toe), placekicker and offensive tackle (Cleveland Browns, 1946-1959, 1961-1967), Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (1974)

Halas, George (1895-1983): American football player, coach, owner (Papa Bear, Mr. Everything), founder and owner of the Chicago Bearsone of the co-founders of the National Football League (NFL) in 1920, one of the first 17 inductees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963)

Halmos, Paul (Halmos Pál, 1916-2006): mathematician

Hamori, Eugene (Hámori Jenő, 1933-): Olympic gold medalist in fencing (1956), professor emeritus of biochemistry (Tulane University)

Haraszthy, Agoston (Haraszthy Ágoston, 1812-1869): father of Californian wine-making

Hargitay, Mariska (1964-): actress

Hargitay, Mickey (Hargitay Miklós, 1926-2006): body builder

Harsanyi, John (Harsányi János, 1920-2000): Nobel price winning economist (1994)

Hawn, Goldie (1945-): actress

Houdini, Harry (Weisz Erik, 1874-1926): illusionist

Hrabosky, Al (1949-): baseball player (The Mad Hungarian)

Karman, Theodore von (Kármán Tódor, 1881-1963): physicist, aerospace engineer

Kemeny, John (Kemény János, 1926-1992): computer scientist

Kiraly, Karch (1960-): volleyball player

Korda, Alexander (Korda Sándor, 1893-1956): film director

Kosar, Bernei (1963-): American football player, quarterback (Cleveland Browns, 1985-1993; Dallas Cowboys, 1993; Miami Dolphins, 1994-1996), Super Bowl champion (1994)

Kovacs, Ernie (1919-1962): comedian, actor

Kovacs, Laszlo (Kovács László, 1933-2007): cameraman

Krencsey, Marianne (Krencsey Marianne, 1931-2016): actress

Lang, George (Deutsch György, 1933-2011): chef, restaurateur

Lantos, Tom (Lantos Tamás, 1928-2008): congressman (U. S. House of Representatives)

Laszlo, Andrew (László András, 1926-2011): Emmy Award-winning cinematographer (The Man Without a Country, Shogun)

Lax, Peter (Lax Péter, 1926-): mathematician

Lorre, Peter (Löwenstein László, 1904-1964): actor

Lugosi, Bela (Lugosi Béla, 1882-1956): actor

Lukacs, John (Lukács János, 1924-): professor emeritus of history (Chestnut Hill College), author

Lukas, Paul (Lukács Pál, 1891-1971): actor

Marai, Sandor (Márai Sándor, 1900-1989): writer

Marton, Kati (1949-): journalist, writer

Medwick, Joe (1911-1975): baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, 1932-1940; Brooklyn Dodgers, 1940-1943; New York Giants, 1943-1945; Boston Braves, 1945; Brooklyn Dodgers, 1946; St. Louis Cardinals, 1947-1948), Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (1968)

Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo (Moholy-Nagy László, 1895-1946): painter, photographer

Nagy, Matt (1978): American football player, quarterback, head coach (Chicago Bears, 2018-)

Namath, Joe (1943-): American football player, quarterback (New York Jets, 1965-1976, Los Angeles Rams, 1977), Super Bowl III champion (1969), Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (1985)

Németh, John (1975): electric blues and soul harmonicist, singer and songwriter

Neumann, John von (Neumann János, 1903-1957): mathematician

Olah, George (Oláh György, 1927-2017): Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1994)

Onczay, Csaba (1946-): Kossuth Prize-winning cellist

Ormandy, Eugene (Ormándy Jenő, 1899-1985): conductor, violinist (Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra)

Pataki, George (1945-): former Governor of New York

Peterffy, Thomas (Péterffy Tamás, 1944-): entrepreneur. Founder, chairman, and CEO of Interactive Brokers Group, Inc., which played a pioneering role in developing the electronic trading of securities. According to Forbes he is the richest Hungarian and the richest person in Florida

Plachy, Sylvia (1943-): photographer, mother of Adrien Brody

Popper, John (1967-): blues musician and songwriter (Blues Traveler)

Pulitzer, Joseph (Pulitzer József, 1847-1911): journalist, publisher, founder of the Pulitzer Prize

Rakoczy, Gregg Adam (1965): American footbal player, center (Cleveland Browns, 1987-1990, New England Patriots, 1991-1992)

Ramone, Tommy (Erdélyi Tamás, 1952-2014): rock musician, drummer (Ramones)

Rozsa, Miklos (Rózsa Miklós, 1907-1995): composer

Sakal, S Z (Szőke Szakáll, eredetileg Gerő Jenő, 1883-1955): actor

Schneier, Arthur (Schneier Artúr, 1930-): Senior Rabbi of Park East Synagogue, Founder and President of Appeal of Conscience Foundation (ACF)

Seles, Monica (Szeles Mónika, 1973-): tennis player

Shula, Don (1930-): American football player, defensive back (Cleveland Browns, 1951-1952; Baltimore Colts, 1953-1956; Washington Redskins, 1957), defensive coordinator (Detroit Lions, 1960-1962), head coach (Baltimore Colts, 1963-1969; Miami Dolphins, 1970-1995), Super Bowl champion (Miami Dolphins: 1972, 1973), Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (1997), who still holds the NFL record for most career wins as a head coach (347) and for the only perfect season (Miami Dolphins: 1972)

Simmons, Gene (1949-): rock musician (KISS)

Simon, John (1925-): literary, theater, and film critic

Simonyi, Charles (Simonyi Károly, 1948-): computer software executive

Sinor, Denis (Sinór Dénes, 1916-2011): Professor Emeritus of Central Asian Studies (Indiana University)

Solti, Sir George (Stern György, 1912-1997): conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Soros, George (Soros György, 1930-): financial speculator, investor, philantropist

Starker, Janos (Starker János, 1924-): cellist, Distinguished Professor of Music

Szell, George (Széll György, 1897-1970): conductor, composer, pianist (Cleveland Symphony Orchestra)

Szeleczky, Zita (1915-1999): actress

Szilard, Leo (Spitz Leó, 1898-1964): physicist

Szorenyi, Eva (Szörényi Éva, 1917-2009): Kossuth Prize-winning actress

Teller, Edward (Teller Ede, 1908-2003): physicist

Udvar-Házy, Steven F. (Udvar-Házy Ferenc István, 1946-): businessman, CEO of Air Lease Corp., philantropist (see: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center)

Vajna, Andy (Vajna András, 1944-): film producer

Vittadini, Adrienne (1945-): fashion designer

Weismuller, Johnny (Johann Peter Weissmüller, 1904-1994): actor

Weisz, Rachel (1970-): British-Hungarian-American actress, wife of British actor Daniel Craig (1968)

Wiesel, Elie (Wiesel Lázár, 1928-2016): Nobel Peace Prize-winning writer, professor

Wigner, Eugene (Wigner Jenő, 1902-1995): Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist (1963) and mathematician

Zeisel, Eva (Striker Éva, 1906-2011): industrial designer (ceramics)

Zukor, Adolph (Cukor Adolf, 1873-1976): film producer, founder of Paramount Pictures

Zsigmond, Vilmos (1930-2016): cameraman

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