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Inventors and engineers

  • Victor Grinich - member of the Traitorous Eight that founded Silicon Valley
  • Brian Krzanich (Brian Matthew Krzanich) - CEO of Intel
  • Anthony Francis Lucas - oil explorer, inventor, With Pattillo Higgins he organized the drilling of an oil well near Beaumont, Texas that became known as Spindletop. This led to the widespread exploitation of oil and the start of the petroleum age. - There is even an award named after him
  • Anthony Maglica - inventor, owner & founder of Mag Instrument Inc.[8]
  • Jacob Matijevic Ph.D,[9] - NASA engineer
  • Andrija Puharich - medical and parapsychological researcher, medical inventor
  • Mario Puratić - inventor of the fishing Puretic power block
  • George M. Skurla - aeronautical engineer for the Apollo Program
  • Boris Miksic - Cortec Corporation owner and founder


  • Mirko Ilić, graphic designer and comics artist
  • Ivan Meštrović, sculptor and Professor at Syracuse and Notre Dame
  • Vinko Nikolić, writer, poet and journalist
  • Anton Perich - filmmaker, photographer and video artist
  • Michael Trcic - sculptor and special effects artist
  • Maksimiljan (Makso) Vanka - painter
  • Matthew Yuricich, Academy Award nominated special effects artist
  • Richard Yuricich - three-time Academy Award-nominated special effects artist


  • John Malkovich, actor
  • Ivana Miličević, actress
  • John Miljan, actor
  • Jenna Elfman, actress
  • Gloria Grey, actress
  • Branko Lustig, film producer, Academy Award winner
  • Lou Lumenick, film critic
  • Judah Friedlander, actor and comedian
  • Thomas Horn, child actor


  • Zlatko Baloković, violinist
  • Tony Butala, lead singer of vocal group, The Lettermen
  • Zinka Milanov, operatic spinto soprano
  • Tomo Miličević, musician and lead guitarist of the alternative rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars
  • Guy Mitchell, pop singer
  • Krist Novoselić, bassist of Nirvana
  • Mia Slavenska, prima ballerina
  • Louis Svećenski, violinist and rector of the Boston Academy of Music


  • Predrag Cvitanović, theoretical physicist
  • Milislav Demerec, geneticist
  • Terry Jonathan Hart, former astronaut
  • Jacob Matijevic, NASA engineer
  • Mario Puratić, inventor of Puretic power block
  • Bogdan Raditsa, historian
  • George M. Skurla, aeronautical engineer for the Apollo Program
  • Henry Suzzallo, president of the University of Washington
  • Dinko Tomašić, sociologist



  • Anthony Francis Lucas, oil industry pioneer
  • Mike Grgich, winemaker
  • Franjo Vlasic, founder and namesake of Vlasic Pickles
  • Anthony Maglica, entrepreneur and inventor of Maglite flashlights


  • Bill Belichick, professional football coach
  • Pete Carroll, professional football coach
  • Jason Chorak, college football player
  • David Diehl, professional football player, Croatian on mother's side
  • Elvis Grbac, professional football player
  • Toni Kukoč, professional basketball player
  • Mickey Lolich, professional baseball player
  • Roger Maris, professional baseball player
  • John Mayasich, hockey player
  • Kevin McHale and John Havlicek, NBA hall of fame members, both share Croatian ancestry on their mothers' sides (Starcevic and Turkalj being their mothers' respective maiden names)
  • Stipe Miocic, mixed martial artist in UFC
  • George Mikan, professional basketball player
  • Johnny Pesky, professional baseball player and announcer
  • Gene Rayburn, game show host
  • Lou Saban, football coach
  • Nick Saban, professional football coach
  • Goran Suton, basketball player
  • Rudy Tomjanovich, professional basketball player and coach
  • Danny Vranes (Vranješ), professional basketball player (NBA)[30]
  • Fritzie Zivic, boxer, held the world welterweight championship
  • Gary Michael Gabelich, car speed record holder 1970 "Blue Flame" (1.002 km/h)
  • Krešimir (Krešo) Ćosić,professional basketball player (NBA)


  • Norman Cota, US General
  • Louis Cukela, United States Marine, two-time Medal of Honor recipient
  • Jakša Cvitanić, mathematician
  • John Owen Dominis, Prince Consort of Hawaii
  • Ron Kovic, anti-war activist
  • Jackie Kucinich, journalist
  • Peter Tomich, United States Navy Sailor
  • John J. Tominac, also Medal of Honor recipient