Famous people from Montenegro
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Milos Raonic is a Canadian professional tennis player of Montenegrin Serb origin who resides in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. Born in Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia (now Podgorica, Montenegro), Raonic moved to Canada with his family at the age of three, learning the game at the Bramalea Tennis Club in Brampton. He is Canada's highest ATP ranked male singles player since computer rankings began in 1973, with a current career-high ranking of World No. 10. He qualified for his first Grand Slam event at the 2010 U.S. Open. In 2011 he rose from World No. 102 to No. 37 in a month, after he reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and won his first ATP title at the 2011 SAP Open. Raonic, who prefers to play on hard courts, plays an all-court game. From late 2010 until May 2013, he was coached by former Spanish pro player Galo Blanco in Barcelona. Currently he is coached by Ivan Ljubičić. Statistically, his serve is one of the strongest on the tour. In 2012, he served more aces per match and won a higher percentage of service games than any other player.
Mirko Vučinić is a Montenegrin footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Juventus. Originally from the city of Nikšić, Vučinić found himself playing for the local team there during his early teen years. He quickly caught the attention of Pantaleo Corvino, the sporting director of the Italian football club Lecce and was transferred to Lecce in the summer of 2000. Between 2000 and 2006, Mirko played for Lecce as they moved between Serie A and B. His most impressive season was 2004–05, where the 21-year-old netted 19 goals in 28 games while Lecce was in Serie A. On the international stage, Vučinić played for the Serbia and Montenegro under-21 team. Due to injury, he was unable to represent Serbia and Montenegro at the FIFA World Cup in 2006. Following the split of Serbia and Montenegro in spring of 2006, Vučinić chose to represent Montenegro. He participated in Montenegro's World Cup 2010 qualifying stage, where he contributed two goals. Vučinić also scored two goals for Montenegro in their qualifying stages of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches. Vučinić can slot into any role up in attack, but is often deployed as a left or right winger, centre-forward or as a deep lying striker. He is revered for his creativity, dribbling, his footballing intelligence and the ability to score long range goals from both feet.
Radovan Karadžić is a former Bosnian Serb politician. During the breakup of Yugoslavia, Karadžić, as President of the Republika Srpska, sought the direct unification of that entity with Serbia. He is detained in the United Nations Detention Unit of Scheveningen, accused of war crimes committed against Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats during the Siege of Sarajevo, as well as ordering the Srebrenica massacre. Educated as a psychiatrist, he co-founded the Serbian Democratic Party in Bosnia and Herzegovina and was the first President of Republika Srpska from 1992 to 1996. He was a fugitive from 1996 until July 2008 after having been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The indictment concluded there were reasonable grounds for believing he committed war crimes, including genocide against Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat civilians during the Bosnian War. While a fugitive he worked at a private clinic in Belgrade, specialising in alternative medicine and psychology under the alias Dr. Dragan David Dabić under the company name of “Human Quantum Energy”. His nephew, Dragan Karadžić, has claimed in an interview to the Corriere della Sera that Radovan Karadžić attended football matches of Serie A and that he visited Venice using a different alias.
Nikola Peković is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He is 2.11 m tall and plays at the center position.
Dejan Savićević, is a Montenegrin former football player. Since 2004 he has been the president of the Montenegrin Football Association. Savićević was a part of the Red Star Belgrade team that won the 1990–91 European Cup before joining A.C. Milan in 1992. With Milan, he won three Serie A titles and the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League. He represented Yugoslavia at the 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and, after his retirement form playing, coached the Serbia and Montenegro national team between 2001 and 2003. Following an illustrious professional playing career that lasted 18 seasons, as well as a short and unsuccessful head coaching stint during early 2000s, he has turned to administrative matters – becoming, during summer 2004, the president of the Montenegrin FA.
Alexander I of Yugoslavia
Alexander I, also known as Alexander the Unifier was a prince regent of Kingdom of Serbia and later a King of Yugoslavia from 1921–34.
Nikola "Niko" Mirotić is a Spanish professional basketball player of Montenegrin origin. He is a 2.09 m tall 107 kg power forward. He plays for Real Madrid.
Predrag "Peđa" Mijatović is a Montenegrin football player and former sports director of Real Madrid. He was acclaimed as the best athlete of Yugoslavia in 1997. During his career his position on the pitch was striker but was very often deployed, especially later in his career, as a midfield creator. On the club level, Mijatović played for 6 different clubs: Budućnost Podgorica, FK Partizan, Valencia, Real Madrid, Fiorentina, and Levante. Internationally, Mijatović has been capped 73 times, scoring 28 goals. He played in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. A very technically gifted player known for his outstanding skill and vision, as well as his prolific goalscoring ability, Mijatović is well remembered for scoring impressive 28 goals in the 1995/1996 Primera División season for Valencia, which in turn led him to controversially move to Real Madrid, where he scored a goal for Real Madrid in the 1998 UEFA Champions League Final that brought the biggest European title back to Madrid after 32 years. He also had many memorable moments on the big stage, at both club and international levels.
Saint Sava was a Serbian Prince and Orthodox monk, the first Archbishop of the autocephalous Serbian Church, the founder of Serbian law and literature, and a diplomat. Sava was born Rastko Nemanjić, the youngest son of Serbian Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja, and ruled the appanage of Hum briefly in 1190–1192. He became a monk in his youth, receiving the monastic name Sava, subsequently founding the monasteries of Hilandar on Mount Athos, and Žiča. In 1219 he was recognized as the first Archbishop of Serbs, by the Patriarch of Constantinople, and in the same year he authored the oldest known constitution of Serbia, Zakonopravilo, thus securing full independence; both religious and political. Sava heavily influenced Serbian medieval literature. He is widely considered as one of the most important figures of Serbian history, and is canonized and venerated by the Serbian Orthodox Church, as its founder, on January 27 [O.S. January 14]. His life and has been interpreted in many artistic works from the Middle Ages to modern times. He is the patron saint of Serbian schools and schoolchildren.
Alternative rock Artist
Rambo Amadeus is the stage name of the Belgrade-based Montenegrin singer-songwriter Antonije Pušić, who is a self-titled "musician, poet, and media manipulator" . He is a popular phenomenon on the music scenes of the former Yugoslavia. His songs combine satirical lyrics on the nature of common people and silliness of local politics. He uses a mixture of musical styles including jazz and rock, and self-conscious ironic wit
Stefan Nemanja was the Grand Prince of the Serbian Grand Principality from 1166 to 1196. He was an heir of the Vukanović dynasty and was the founder of the Nemanjić dynasty. He is remembered for his contributions to Serbian culture and history, being the founder of the powerful Serbian state that would evolve into the Serbian Empire, and the national church. He was the father of Stefan Nemanjić, the first King of Serbia, and of Saint Sava, the first archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church. In 1196, he abdicated in favour of his son Stefan, and went to Mount Athos, where he became a monk and took the name of Simeon. Together with his son Sava, Simeon built the Hilandar Monastery from 1198-1199. The monastery later became the cradle of the Serbian Orthodox Church. After his death, Stefan Nemanja was canonized by the Serbian Orthodox Church under the name Saint Simeon the Myrrh-streaming after numerous alleged miracles following his death. He is regarded the most remarkable Serb for his literary contributions and altruistic attributes, according to the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Simon Vukčević is a Montenegrin footballer who plays for Serbian SuperLiga club FK Vojvodina as an attacking midfielder. Vukčević started learning his craft at FK Budućnost Podgorica before moving to the Serbian capital to join the FK Partizan youth system at 16. Vukčević's father Ilija is the former sporting director at FK Zeta.
Petar II Petrović-Njegoš
Petar II Petrović-Njegoš was the Prince-Bishop of Montenegro, the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan of Cetinje and a philosopher and poet, who, through his establishment of Montenegrin secular organs, is considered to have been responsible for the secularization of Montenegro. Njegoš was born in the village of Njeguši, near the town of Cetinje. Growing up amongst illiterate peasants, he left his home at age eleven to be educated in the Cetinje monastery, at that time the only place of learning in Montenegro. Upon the death of his uncle, Petar I, Njegoš became the Prince-Bishop of Montenegro at the young age of seventeen. As a ruler and reformer, one of his greatest achievements was persuading the feuding clan chiefs of Montenegro to introduce fair taxation, as well as a codified set of laws based upon common rights, into their primitive mountain communities. He became a leading proponent of liberating and uniting the Serb people, willing even to concede his princely rights in exchange for a union with Serbia. Although this did not occur during his lifetime, he successfully laid foundations for political and cultural ideas of Yugoslavism and at the same time introduced modern political concepts to Montenegro. He held the position of Prince-Bishop until his death of tuberculosis at the age of 37 in 1851.
Milo Đukanović is a Montenegrin politician who has been the Prime Minister of Montenegro since 2012. Đukanović previously served as Prime Minister from 1991 to 1998, then as President of Montenegro from 1998 to 2002 and as Prime Minister again from 2003 to 2006 and from 2008 to 2010. Đukanović is also the long-term President of the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro, originally the Montenegrin branch of the Yugoslavian Communist Party, which has governed Montenegro ever since the introduction of multi-party politics. When Đukanović first emerged on the political scene, he was a close ally of Slobodan Milošević. In 1996, however, he turned against Milošević, abandoning the traditional joint Serbian and Montenegrin vision in favour of an independent Montenegro. He oversaw the conversion of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia into the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro and Montenegro's increasing separation from Serbia under his leadership, culminating in victory in the May 2006 independence referendum. After serving continuously in office from 1991 to 2006, Đukanović first retired from politics in late 2006, but he returned to the office of Prime Minister in February 2008. He stepped down again in December 2010 before returning for a second time in December 2012.
Stefan Savić is a Montenegrin footballer who plays for Serie A club Fiorentina and the Montenegro national football team. Savić is a centre-back who primarily plays on the right side of the pitch.
Milovan Đilas was a Yugoslav Communist politician, theorist and author. He was a key figure in the Partisan movement during World War II, as in the post-war government. A self-identified Democratic Socialist, Đilas became one of the best-known and prominent dissidents in Yugoslavia and the whole of the Eastern Bloc.
Nicholas I of Montenegro
Nikola I Mirkov Petrović-Njegoš was the only king of Montenegro, reigning as king from 1910 to 1918 and as prince from 1860 to 1910. He was also a poet, notably penning "Onamo, 'namo!", a popular song from Montenegro.
Elena of Montenegro
Elena of Montenegro was the daughter of King Nikola I Petrović-Njegoš of Montenegro and his wife, Milena Vukotić. As wife of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, she was Queen of Italy from 1900 until 1946.
Andrija Delibašić is a Montenegrin professional footballer currently a free agent. He also plays for Montenegro national football team, as a striker.
Žarko Paspalj is a retired Serbian professional basketball player working as a sports administrator. Since 2009 he has been vice-president of the Serbian Olympic Committee. Spanning 16 and a half seasons, from 1982 to 1998, his pro career was spent mostly in Yugoslavia and Greece along with several short stints in the NBA, France, and Italy. For years, he was also an automatic choice for the Yugoslav national team, representing his country in one FIBA World Championship, two Olympics, and four European championships.
Stefan Babović is a Serbian footballer who plays for Voždovac in the Serbian SuperLiga. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder or a winger, and can play on either side of the pitch.
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Aleksandar "Sasha" Pavlović is a Serbian professional basketball player who last played for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association.
Goga Sekulić is a Montenegrin turbo-folk singer. Her debut album was released in 2000.
Pop folk Artist
Damir "Dado" Polumenta is a popular Montenegrin Bosniak singer/songwriter. His uncle, Šako Polumenta, also a singer, has helped Dado's music career.
Borislav Pekić was a Serbian writer. He was born in 1930, to a prominent family in Montenegro, at that time part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. From 1945 until his immigration to London in 1971, he lived in Belgrade. He was also one of the founding members of the Democratic Party in Serbia. He is considered one of the most important Serbian literary figures of the 20th century.
Milica Dabović is a Serbian professional basketball player.
Bogdan "Boša" Tanjević is an ex-Yugoslav, naturalized Italian, Bosnian, and Turkish professional basketball coach, who last coached the Turkish national basketball team, between 2004–10, and Fenerbahçe Ülker, between 2007-10. He is currently the technical coordinator of male national basketball teams of Turkey.
Afërdita Dreshaj is an Albanian public figure best known for being crowned Miss Universe Kosovo 2011 and representing the Republic of Kosovo in Miss Universe 2011. Dreshaj is a well-known singer in Albanian speaking countries, having debuted with her first single "Nëse Je Burrë" in 2009.
Vesna Zmijanac is a Montenegrin Serb folk singer. She released 13 albums, multiple singles and several compilation albums. Her singing career started back in 1979 with the single "Hvala ti za sve", and after that came a few popular singles and her first studio album in 1981. In addition to her singing career appeared in several TV series and movies such as "Sok Od Šljiva", "Kamiondžije 2", and "Kamiondžije Ponovo Voze."
Ekrem Jevrić, nicknamed Gospoda, is a popular Montenegrin singer and musician of Roma ethnicity, based in Yonkers, New York. His YouTube video "Kuća pos'o" earned him instant popularity across former Yugoslavia, mostly because it was "so bad that it's good". The internet phenomenon was noted by BBC and The Independent.
Luka Đorđević is a Montenegrin footballer who plays for FC Twente on loan from the Russian Premier League club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Žarko Laušević is a Serbian actor. Considered to be one of the most talented actors of his generation, Zarko Lausevic became a leading actor early in his career. By the age of 33, he was a major star across the former Yugoslavia on both stage and screen, displaying a wide range of dramatic skills. In July 1993, Lausevic's entered into a quarrel with a group of local youths, together with his brother. This escalated into a fist fight, culminating in Lausevic firing multiple rounds from his handgun, killing two of the youths and seriously wounding one. Sentenced by a Montenegrin court to prison initially, his conviction was overturned by the Yugoslav court on the grounds that the first-instance court had improperly dismissed Lausevic's self-defense argument, and the punishment was drastically reduced. Lausevic served 4 years and 7 months in prison before his release. But Lausevic faced further legal battles. There were appeals by the Montenegrin prosecution, numerous retrials and inconsistent, ad hoc rulings by the Montenegrin court system. In 2001, the prison sentence was reinstated to 13 years by the Montenegrin courts.
Slavko Vraneš is a Montenegrin professional basketball player. At 2.30 m he is one of the tallest players in the world. Vraneš started playing basketball at Serbian club FMP Železnik. Still a junior, he was snapped up by the Turkish club Tofaş for the 2000–01 season. Then he moved to Efes Pilsen. Unable to adjust, he returned to Montenegro in January 2002, where he played for Budućnost Podgorica until the summer of 2003. Vraneš was selected by the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft. He was waived by the Knicks in December 2003. In early January 2004, he signed a ten-day contract with Portland Trail Blazers. Before his contract expired, he played one game in the 2003–04 NBA season. After that, he played briefly for the Red Star Belgrade. From 2004 to 2007, he played with Budućnost Podgorica for the second time in his career. In October 2007, he signed a three-year contract with Partizan Belgrade. In October 2011 he signed with Sanaye Petroshimi BC in the Iranian Super League. During 2013 he played with Metalac Valjevo. In October 2013 he signed with Zob Ahan Isfahan.
Petar I Petrović-Njegoš
Petar I Petrović Njegoš was the ruler of Montenegro, the Cetinje Metropolitan of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Exarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church throne. He was the most popular spiritual and military leader from the Petrović dynasty. During his long rule, Petar strengthened the state by uniting the often quarreling tribes, consolidating his control over Montenegrin lands, introducing the first laws in Montenegro and launching the first program of national liberation and unification of Serbs.
Pavle Đurišić was a Montenegrin Serb professional officer of the Royal Yugoslav Army who became a Chetnik commander and led a significant proportion of the Chetniks of Montenegro during World War II. After distinguishing himself and emerging as one of the main commanders during the popular uprising against the Italians in Montenegro in July 1941, he then collaborated with them in actions against the Yugoslav Partisans. In 1943, troops under his command carried out several massacres against the Muslim population of Bosnia, Herzegovina and the Sandžak and participated in the anti-Partisan Case White offensive alongside Italian troops. He was captured by the Germans in May 1943, escaped and was re-captured. After the capitulation of Italy, Đurišić was released by the Germans and began collaborating with them and the Serbian puppet government. In 1944, he created the Montenegrin Volunteer Corps with assistance from the Germans, Milan Nedić, and Dimitrije Ljotić. In late 1944, he was decorated with the Iron Cross 2nd Class by the German commander in Montenegro. He was killed by elements of the Armed Forces of the Independent State of Croatia near Banja Luka after he was captured in an apparent trap set by them and Sekula Drljević. Some of his troops were killed either in this battle or later attacks by the Partisans as they continued their withdrawal west. Others attempted to withdraw to Austria, were forced to surrender to the Partisans, and were killed in the Kočevski Rog area of southern Slovenia in May–June 1945. Đurišić was a very able Yugoslav Chetnik leader, and his fighting skills were respected by his allies and opponents alike.
Marko Todorović is a professional basketball player.
Danka Kovinić is a professional Montenegrin tennis player and member of the Montenegro Fed Cup team. On 09 September 2013, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 155 whilst her best doubles ranking was 268 on 15 July 2013. Kovinic became the first ever Montenegrin to reach WTA Tour Quarter-final at 2013 Budapest Grand Prix before losing to Chanelle Scheepers .
Danijel Alibabić is a Montenegrin singer and songwriter.
Radola Gajda, born as Rudolf Geidl, was a Czech/Montenegrin military commander and politician.
Ivan Fatić is a Montenegrin football player who last played for FK Vojvodina.
Miodrag "Grof" Božović is a Montenegrin football manager and former player. He manages FC Rostov in the Russian Premier League.
Bojan Dubljević is a Montenegrin professional basketball player, who currently plays for Valencia Basket of the Liga ACB.
Ivica Kralj is a former Serbian football goalkeeper.
Vladimir Dašić is a Montenegrin professional basketball player. He is 6'10" in height and he plays as both a small forward and a power forward. His family originates from Berane.
Milena Vukotić was the only Queen consort of Montenegro as the wife of King Nicholas I of Montenegro.
Sergej Ćetković is a popular Montenegrin singer in former Yugoslavia.
Boban Bajković is a Montenegrin football goalkeeper playing for Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian SuperLiga.
Duško Ivanović is a retired Montenegrin basketball player and current head coach.
Ana Dabović is a Serbian professional basketball player.
Danilo I, Prince of Montenegro
Prince Danilo I Petrović-Njegoš, son of Stanko Petrović-Njegoš and wife Krstinja Vrbica Prince Danilo I, was the prince-bishop and later prince of Montenegro from 1851 to 1860. During his reign, Montenegro became a secular state, a lay principality instead of a bishopric-principality. He became involved in a war with the Ottoman Empire in 1852, the Porte claiming jurisdiction in Montenegro, and the boundaries between the two countries were not defined until 1858. Danilo, with the help of his elder brother, Voivode Mirko, defeated the Ottomans at Ostrog in 1853 and in the Battle of Grahovac in 1858. On January 12, 1855 at Njegoš he married Darinka Kvekić, who was born in a wealthy Serbian merchant family in Trieste on December 31, 1837 and died on February 14, 1892, daughter of Marko Kvekić and wife Jelisaveta Mirković. They had one daughter, Olga, who never married and died young.
Saint Leopold Bogdan Mandić was born on May 12, 1866, and died on July 30, 1942. He was an ethnic Croat born in Castelnuovo di Cattaro, in Bocche di Cattaro, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today in Montenegro, and died in Padua, Italy. Physically malformed and delicate, having a height of only 1.35 m, with a clumsy walk and afflicted by stuttering, he developed tremendous spiritual strength. His feast is celebrated May 12. Although he wanted to be a missionary in Eastern Europe, he spent almost all his adult life in Italy, and lived in Padua from 1906 until his death. He also spent one year in an Italian prison during WWI, since he did not want to renounce his Croatian nationality. He also dreamed unceasingly about reuniting the Catholic and Orthodox churches and going to the Orient. He became known as Apostle of Confession and Apostle of Unity. He made a famous prayer that is the forerunner of today's ecumenism.
Mladen Božović is a Montenegrin football goalkeeper who plays for Tom Tomsk in the Russian Premier League. He is affectionately known as Bonja.
Predrag "Peja" Drobnjak is a former Montenegrin basketball player. At 2.11 m, he played at the power forward and center positions. Throughout his nineteen-year career, Drobnjak had also played in the NBA.
Igor Burzanović is a Montenegrin international football player. He currently plays for Buducnost Podgorica in Montenegrin First League.
Željko Petrović is a retired Montenegrin footballer who previously worked as an assistant manager with FC Anzhi Makhachkala.
Igor Lukšić is a Montenegrin policitian, who became acting Prime Minister of Montenegro upon the resignation of Milo Đukanović, and was elected as Đukanović's permanent replacement on 29 December 2010. He was succedeed by Đukanović on 4 December 2012, and serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the latter's fourth cabinet.
Dženan Radončić is a Montenegrin football player playing for Shimizu S-Pulse in Japan's J.League Division 1. Radončić moved to Korea in 2004 and was a member of Incheon United's founding squad. He played a major part in United's run to the championship playoff final in 2005. He fell out of favour with caretaker manager Park I-Cheon during the 2007 season and spent the second half on the year on loan at J. League Division 1 side Ventforet Kofu, before returning to Incheon for 2008. In November 2008, Radončić announced that he would attempt to gain Korean citizenship. In January 2009, Radončić moved to K-League rivals Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. In November 2010, he won AFC Champions League champions with the club although he wasn't able to play in the final because of accumulated yellow cards. On 6 December 2011, Radončić moved from Seongnam to Suwon Samsung Bluewings, signing a three-year contract. He moved to S-Pulse on loan in August 2013.
Zoran Filipović a player of great success in the 1970s and 1980s for Red Star Belgrade and SL Benfica. He is an active football football coach.
Olympic Water polo Player
Mlađan Janović is a member of the Montenegrin National water polo team.
Milutin "Mima" Karadžić is a Montenegrin and Serbian actor, producer, and occasionally, a singer of Montenegrin origin. Though he had a few notable supporting roles in feature films, the majority of his acting work is tied to television. Milutin Karadzic is a founder of MMPRODUCTION production house from Budva, Montenegro.
Sekula Drljević was a Montenegrin lawyer and politician who collaborated with both the Italians and Germans during the Axis occupation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia during World War II. His political views and ideological aims ranged wildly and changed frequently during his career in politics. Initially a proponent of Serb unification, Drljević later founded the pro-Green Montenegrin Federalist Party that supported Montenegrin sovereignty during the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, only to eventually end up as the figurehead of the Italian-run Montenegrin fascist puppet state created by the Axis forces in 1941. Later during World War II, Drljević served for the fascist Croatian Ustashi in hopes of forming a militia force that would influence matters on the ground in Montenegro where a chaotic battle was raging. After the war, Drljević was accused of war crimes and Nazi collaboration, as well as being responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people. In 1937 he altered some of the lyrics of the popular Montenegrin folk song, "Oj, svijetla majska zoro", stripping it of the references to the Serb identity of Montenegrins. He published his version in 1944 under the name "Vječna naša". Sixty years later, Drljević's version of the song was adopted by the ruling DPS-SDP coalition of Milo Đukanović as the national anthem of modern Montenegro on 12 July 2004 as "Oh, the Bright Dawn of May", although a few of his lyrics where slightly altered due to popular demand.
Veljko Bulajić is a Croatian film director and actor of Montenegrin descent. He has spent the majority of his life working in Croatia and is primarily known for Yugoslav war-themed movies. Bulajic was born in the village of Vilusi near Nikšić. His debut film Train Without a Timetable was a complex drama dealing with the interactions among people who were forcefully leaving their ancestral homes in order to move to new, yet undeveloped farmland. The film won the Audience Award at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1962 his film Kozara brought him international attention and was awarded the Big Golden Arena for Best Film at the Yugoslav National Film Awards. It was also entered into the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Golden Prize. He was a member of the jury at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1969 he wrote and directed the legendary war film Battle of Neretva. "Neretva" is the seventh most expensive non-English movie ever produced. Pablo Picasso created the poster for the film. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Throughout his career, Bulajic has worked with a number of Hollywood stars including Orson Welles, Franco Nero, Christopher Plummer and Yul Brynner.
Arsenije III Čarnojević
Arsenije III Čarnojević was the Archbishop of Peć and Patriarch of Serbs from 1674 to 1691 and Metropolitan of Szentendre from 1691 to his death in 1706.
Milan Purović is a Montenegrin professional footballer who plays for FK Bežanija in the Serbian First League, as a centre forward.
Emir Kujović is a Swedish footballer of Montenegrin & Bosnian descent, who plays as a striker for IFK Norrköping.
Refik Šabanadžović is a retired Montenegrin-born Bosnian footballer.
Petar Grbić is a Montenegrin footballer who plays for Serbian SuperLiga club Partizan Belgrade on loan from Olympiacos.
Dragoslav Jevrić is a Serbian football goalkeeper.
Elsad Zverotić is a Montenegrin football player who plays for Premier League club Fulham and the Montenegro national football team as a defensive midfielder.
Marko Miljanov Popović was a Montenegrin general, clan chief and writer. He entered the service of Danilo I, the first Prince of Montenegro, and led his armed Kuči clan against the Ottoman Empire in the wars of 1861-1862 and 1876-1878, distinguishing himself as an able military leader. He had unified his clan with Montenegro in 1874. There was later a rift between Miljanov and Prince Nikola I. He was also an accomplished writer who gained repute for his descriptions of Montenegrin society.
Olympic Water polo Player
Nikola Janović is a Montenegrin water polo player . He was a member of the Montenegro men's national water polo team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The team reached the semi-finals, where they were defeated by Hungary and met Serbia in the bronze medal match. Since summer 2011, Janović has been playing for VK Jug from Dubrovnik. He is the elder brother of Mlađan Janović. In 2012, he was part of the Montenegrin water polo team that once again reached the semi finals of the Olympic men's water polo competition.
Žarko Obradović is a Serbian politician and was a Minister of Education and Science in the Government of Serbia. He holds a position of Lecturer at the Megatrend University and the Dean at the University’s Faculty of Public Administration. Apart from his native Serbian, Obradović speaks English fluently and has a working knowledge of French. He is married, and a father of two daughters.
Dejan Čukić is a Montenegrin-Danish actor. He appeared in the Wallander TV film series as Lars in The Ghost, based on the novel by Henning Mankell. He also played Cardinal Giulano della Rovere in the TV drama series Borgia.
Branislav "Branko" Brnović is a retired Montenegrin professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.
Colonel General Peko Dapčević was a famous Yugoslav communist who fought as volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, joined the Partisan uprising in Montenegro, and became commander of the Yugoslav 1st and 4th Armies. General Dapčević led the Partisan troops that along with Soviet Red Army under General Vladimir Zhdanov liberated Belgrade on October 20, 1944. In 1953 Dapčević was named Chief of the Yugoslav General Staff, but was demoted as a result of being indirectly involved in the Đilas troubles with the party. Born in Ljubotinj village, Kingdom of Montenegro, his father Jovan was an Orthodox deacon and his brother was Vlado Dapčević. Dapčević died at the age of 86 in his home in Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia.
Ivan "Giga" Vuković is a Montenegrin football player currently playing for Seongnam. He is best known for his abilities as a striker but can also play as a supporting striker.
Radomir Đalović is a Montenegrin footballer who plays for Iranian Football League team Sepahan. In international competition he has represented Montenegro. He is known for his speed, agility, and athletic finesse which allows him to perform impressive bicycle kicks.
Svetozar Marović; born 31 March 1955 is a lawyer and a Montenegrin politician. He was the only president of Serbia and Montenegro. His term officially ended on 3 June 2006 when Montenegro declared its independence. Marović was born in Kotor to a Grbljanian father and Montenegrin mother. Kotor was the closest town with a maternity ward but he considers Budva his hometown. He grew up there, and ever since his career in high politics took off, his extended family is one of the most affluent in Budva. He received his degree from Veljko Vlahović University's Faculty of Law in Titograd.
Sava Kovačević was a Yugoslavian Partisan commander during World War II. Kovačević was born in Nudo village, close to Nikšić, to a family of Montenegrin peasants. In his early age he worked as a blacksmith and adopted communism, becoming a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia in 1925. He gradually rose through the ranks of Party and became one of the Communist leaders in Montenegro. He was often arrested for his activities. After the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia, Kovačević was one of the leading organizers of uprising against Italian occupation of Montenegro. He became commander of Nikšić Partisan Detachment, deputy commander of Main Headquarters of Montenegro and finally a member of Supreme Staff of the Yugoslav People's Liberation Army. In June 1942 he became first commander of 5th Montenegrin Brigade of YPLA. His unit took part in 1942 Bosanska Krajina Campaign - operation against Independent State of Croatia garrisons that brought large sections of Bosnia and Herzegovina under Partisan control. In February and March 1943, during the Battle of Neretva, Kovačević commanded his brigade in attacks on Prozor against Italians and Konjic against joined Italian-Ustasha-German defenders. On June 6, during the Battle of Sutjeska he became commander of 3rd Assault Division of YPLA. His division covered the rear of other Partisan units while they successfully broke through German lines. 3rd Division, also encumbered with the wounded Partisans, was less successful in its attempt of breakthrough. On June 13, Sava Kovačević was killed while personally leading his men during the charge against fortified trenches of German 118th Division at Krekovi, on river Sutjeska.
Professional Team Handball Player
Darko Stanić is a Montenegrin born, naturalized Serbian handball goalkeeper who plays for Macedonian club RK Metalurg Skopje and for the Serbian national team.
Anto Drobnjak is a retired Montenegrin footballer who represented the teams of FR Yugoslavia and successor Serbia and Montenegro. He is an assistant to Branko Brnovic in the Montenegro national football team.
Princess Helen of Serbia
Jelena Karađorđević or Princess Helen of Serbia was the daughter of King Peter I of Yugoslavia and his wife Princess Zorka of Montenegro. She was the elder sister of George, Crown Prince of Serbia and King Alexander I of Yugoslavia. Helen was also a niece of Anastasia of Montenegro, or Stana, wife of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, and of Milica of Montenegro, wife of Grand Duke Peter Nicolaievich of Russia, the women who introduced Grigori Rasputin to Tsarina Alexandra. She was born Princess Jelena Karađorđević, became Princess Jelena of Serbia at the accession of her father and was known as Elena Petrovna, Jelena Petrovna, Hélène Petrovna or Ellen Petrovna after her marriage.
Frédéric Rossif was a French film and television director who specialized primarily on documentaries, frequently using archive footage. Rossif's common themes included wildlife, 20th century history and contemporary artists. He frequently collaborated with notable composers Maurice Jarre and Vangelis.
Professional Team Handball Player
Veselin Vujović is a former Yugoslav handball player who competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics and in the 1988 Summer Olympics. During his career he played for RK Metaloplastika Šabac, Barcelona and Granollers. With RK Metaloplastika he won two handball champions league and one with FC Barcelona Handbol. He was first player to receive title of the IHF World Player of the Year. In 1984 he was a member of the Yugoslav handball team which won the gold medal. He played all six matches and scored 28 goals. Four years later he was part of the Yugoslav team which won the bronze medal. He played all six matches again and scored 29 goals. In 1986 he is named as the best athlete of Yugoslavia. He is the manager of RK Vardar PRO, a handball club in Skopje, Macedonia.
Marko Vešović is a Montenegrin footballer who plays for Serbian SuperLiga club Red Star Belgrade.
Srđan Radonjić is a Montenegrin football striker.
Jovanka Radičević is a Montenegrin team handball player. She plays for the Macedonian club ŽRK Vardar and is also a member of the Montenegro women's national handball team.
Milorad "Peko" Peković is a Montenegrin international football player who plays for Hansa Rostock in the 3. Liga.
Veselin Šljivančanin is a former Montenegrin officer in the Yugoslav People's Army who participated in the Battle of Vukovar and was subsequently convicted on a war crimes indictment by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for his role in the Vukovar massacre. His prison sentence was changed twice, from five to 17 to ten years.
Princess Milica of Montenegro
Princess Milica Petrović-Njegoš, also known as Grand Duchess Militza Nikolaevna of Russia, was a Montenegrin princess. She was the daughter of King Nikola I Petrović-Njegoš of Montenegro and his wife, Milena Vukotić. Milica was the wife of Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia, the younger brother of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, whose wife was Milica's sister, Anastasia.
Mirko Kovač was a Montenegrin, Croatian, and Serbian writer. Kovač was born in the village of Petrovići near Nikšić. His works are novels: Gubilište, Moja sestra Elida, Malvina, Ruganje s dušom, Vrata od utrobe, Uvod u drugi život, Kristalne rešetke, Grad u zrcalu, and collections of short stories: Rane Luke Meštrovića i Nebeski zaručnici; collection of essays: Evropska trulež i drugi eseji, Na odru, Cvjetanje mase, Elita gora od rulje; film scripts Okupacija u 26 slika and others. He published Knjiga pisama with Serbian writer Filip David. He received: Serbian Andic prize 1987, Swedish PEN Tucholsky Award, German Herder Prize, Montenegrin Njegoš Award and Trinaestojulska award, Slovenian Vilenica Award, Croatian Vladimir Nazor Award etc. He lived in Belgrade but moved to Rovinj, Croatia, his wife's hometown, after Milošević came to power.