Within the small country of Belgium famous people vary from important historical figures to modern day heroes in the world of film, fiction, music and sport. It can surprise people with the actual number of famed people that were born in the tiny European country of Belgium. But, there are some impressive legends from this small nation who are famous in their own field.
Among the film industry there is the modern day actor Jean-Claude Van Damme who is also famously known as the ‘Mussels from Brussels’. He has made numerous action films and famous across the globe. In addition is the notable film star Audrey Hepburn. The stunning beauty and star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s was born in Brussels born Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston.
In the world of music it was the Belgian musician and inventor Adolphe Sax who invented the musical instrument the Saxophone.
And from Belgium one the most well known harmonica player is Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans who became a NEA Jazz master in 2009.
Jacques Brel is a famous singer on the pop scene and sings songs about Brussels, the Belgian capital and the stars birthplace.
In the world of art one of the most famous oil painters originated from Belgium is Jan Van Eyck, of Limburg, and famed for his techniques he used in the art world. Though, new research has discovered that oil painting was most likely founded in Asia.
Belgium is famous for its art world, and other renowned artists include René Magritte and his famous painting of a pipe, The Treachery of Images. Also, the world famous baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens who was knighted by the King of England, Charles l and Philip IV, King of Spain.
Belgium architecture owes its gratitude to Victor Horta for his dramatic Art Nouveau designs, of which four are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Eddy Merckx is Belgium’s national hero, and as the country’s most loved sport is cycling the fact that he is the five times winner of the Tour de France makes him a unique star.
Kim Clijsters is a Belgian star in the world of Belgian tennis and ranks number 1 in the world in both singles and doubles.
In the world of fictitious characters the cartoonist Georges Remi or also known as Hergé was the famous creator of “The adventures of Tin Tin series”. In his career he compiled 23 finished comic books in the Tin Tin series.
Finally, one of Belgium’s most famous authors is Georges Simenon along with his world famous detective series about Commissaire Maigret, of the Paris police.