We’ve gathered a list of the most famous Hollywood actors who have greek roots. Some of them everyone knew that they had greek ancestries, whether from their name or their career, but other, you might be surprised.
Perhaps, the most famous one on the list. She got immortalize with her role in “Friends” and perhaps got many adolescents by that time (including me), starring and fantasying about her and subtle sexiness. Our dream almost came true when a viral sex tape video of her, got in the news. No, it wasn’t one of the best porn videos you could ever get, instead, it was an ironic videotape that involves stuffed animals, babies dancing, and a man crying at the sight of the rainbow. All this is actually a clever commercial for the SmartWater brand!
She is the daughter of Greek actor John Aniston and American actress Nancy Dow, Jennifer Aniston rose to fame with her role as Rachel Green in Friends.
Her father was born Giannis Anastasakis in Athens, Greece, and Anglicized his name when his family moved to the United States. Aniston starred in many Hollywood films, including Marley and Me, Along Came Polly , Horrible Bosses and Bruce Almighty .
If you’ve seen the Hangover trilogy , then Zach Galifianakis hardly needs an introduction. This American actor rose to fame with his Comedy Central Presents special in 2001. Now he is the host of a comedy show, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis , where he interviews celebrities, such as Justin Bieber, Natalie Portman, Brad. Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. He has appeared in many films and television shows, including Birdman, The Lego Batman Movie and most recently, A Wrinkle in Time .
Executive producer, screenwriter and star of the comedy series 30 Rock , Elizabeth Stamatina “Tina” Fey is an award-winning television and film actress. Her mother, Zenobia “Jeanne” (née Xenakes) was born in Piraeus, Athens and immigrated to the United States as a child. Her maternal grandmother is from Lakonia, Peloponnese. Fey has won two Golden Globes, an Emmy, four SAG Awards and a People’s Choice Award. She has appeared in many projects, including.
The daughter of Greek immigrants Constantine and Alexandra Dukakis, Olympia Dukakis is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning Greek-American actress from Lowell, Massachusetts. While you may not have seen her in a film recently, she has appeared in many films, including Steel Magnolias, 3 Needles, Jane Austen’s Mafia !, In the Land of Women and Moonstruck , for which she won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Her portrayal of Anna Madrigal in the television miniseries Tales of the City earned her an Emmy Award nomination. In 2013, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Famous for her role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding , adapted from her one-woman play and inspired by her own story, Nia Vardalos is a Canadian-American actress from Winnipeg, Canada. The daughter of Greek-Canadian parents Doreen Christakis and Constantine “Gus” Vardalos, she wears many hats and has produced a few independent films, including I Hate Valentine’s Day and My Life in Ruins , the first American film to receive permission to shoot on Acropolis. She reprised her role as Toula Portokalos in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 , which was less successful than the original.
Born in Medford, Massachusetts, actress and television personality Maria Menounos is the daughter of Greek parents Costas and Litsa Menounos. A correspondent for Extra, Access Hollywood and Today , she had a small role in Fantastic Four and appeared in several television shows, including Sabrina the Teenage Witch and One Tree Hill . He also co-hosted the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Athens, along with singer Sakis Rouvas. Menounos is a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment and has participated in several matches (and even participated in them).
Many know that actor Tom Hanks loves Greece and regularly spends summers there, thanks to his wife. Rita Wilson. Born Margarita Ibrahimoff in Los Angeles, California, Wilson is Greek through her mother, Dorothea Genkos, a Greek native from Sotirë, Albania, near the Greek border. Her father, Hassan Halilov Ibrahimoff, was a Bulgarian Muslim born in Oraio, Greece, near the Bulgarian border. He later converted to Orthodox Christianity and took the name Allan Wilson. Raised in an Orthodox household, Wilson appeared in
Insomniac in Seattle , Jingle All Way, The Story of Us and Runaway Bride . He has also produced several films, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding.