Honorary Consulate of HungarySouthern Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada

Notable Hungarians

There have been many well-known people of Hungarian ancestry throughout history. Here are some of the most famous:

Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt

  • Béla Bartók, considered the greatest Hungarian composer of all time
  • Béla Lugosi, actor who will be forever remembered and identified as Count Dracula
  • David Gestetner, inventor of the Gestetner stencil duplicator or mimeograph machine
  • Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb
  • Ernő Rubik, creator of the Rubik’s cube
  • Eugene Ormandy, renowned conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra who developed the “Philadelphia Sound”
  • Franz Lehár, musician and composer most well known for his opera “The Merry Widow”
  • Franz Liszt, renowned pianist and composer of more than 700 compositions
  • Harry Houdini (born Erich Weisz), world famous magician, illusionist and escape artist
  • Joseph Pulitzer, creator of the Pulitzer Prize
  • Michael Curtiz, Hollywood director, actor and producer
  • Peter Lorre, character actor best known for his roles in “Casablanca” and “Maltese Falcon”
  • Zsa Zsa, Eva and Magda Gabor, Hollywood actresses and socialites who collectively were married 19 times
  • Paul Erdős, brilliant Hungarian mathematician whose parents were also mathematicians

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