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Aaron, Daniel b. January 27, 1926, Gießen, Germany
d. February 20, 2003, Pennsylvania, United States
Daniel Aaron was a businessman and business journalist who cofounded Comcast, a global telecommunications and cable company.
Abad, Pacitab. October 5, 1946, Batanes, Philippines
d. December 7, 2004, Batanes, Philippines
Pacita Abad was a painter, best remembered for her colorful abstract canvases. She often incorporated other materials into her work such as fabric, beads, bark or glass.
Abani, Chrisb. December 27, 1966, Nigeria, Africa
Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist and playwright who was part of a new generation of Nigerian writers working to convey to an English-speaking audience the experience of those born and raised in Africa.
Abbott, Senda Berensonb. March 19, 1868, Butrimonys, Lithuania
d. February 16, 1954, California, United States
Senda Berenson Abbott was a pioneer in women's basketball. In 1907, she wrote the first Basketball Guide for Women.
Abboud, Josephb. May 5, 1950, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Syria
Joseph Abboud is a menswear fashion designer and author of Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion.
Abdi, Barkhadb. April 10, 1985, Mogadishu, Somalia
Barkhad Abdi is an actor and director. After making his debut in 2013 he has landed several other films including a leading role alongside Eion Bailey in Extortion.
Abdirahman, Abdib. January 1, 1977, Hargeisa, Somalia
Abdi Abdirahman is a four-time Olympic long distance runner. He has competed for the United States in the marathon and 10,000m.
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareemb. April 16, 1947, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Trinidad
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played basketball professionally for 20 years with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships as a player and was an All-Star for 19 of his 20 years in the NBA.
Abdul, Paulab. June 19, 1962, California, United States
Father: From Syria, Mother: From Canada
Paula Abdul is a singer, songwriter, voice actress, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality.
Abedin, Humab. July 28, 1976, Michigan, United States
Father: From India, Mother: From present-day Pakistan
Huma Abedin is a political staffer who was vice chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for President of the United States.
Abel, Sidb. February 22, 1918, Melville, Canada
d. February 8, 2000, Michigan, United States
Sid Abel was a hall of fame hockey player and a three-time Stanley Cup winner on the Detroit Redwings. He is considered one of the 100 greatest hockey players.
Abloh, Virgilb. 1980, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Ghana
Virgil Abloh is the designer behind Milan-based label, Off-White. He is also Kanye West's longtime creative director.
Abraham, F. Murrayb. October 24, 1939, Pennsylvania, Unites States
Father: From Syria, Mother: From Italy
F. Murray Abraham is an actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Amadeus (1984).
Abraham, Kuzhikalail M.b. January 17, 1945, Ranny, India
Kuzhikalail M. Abraham is an expert on lithium-ion and lithium-ion polymer batteries. He invented the ultrahigh energy density Lithium-air battery.
Abramović, Marinab. November 30, 1946, Belgrade, present-day Serbia
Marina Abramović is a performance artist. She is famous for several iconic works including Rhythm 0, in which she placed 72 objects on a table in front of her with a sign saying the audience could use them on her any way they chose. These objects included a rose, a feather, scissors, a gun and a single bullet.
Abreu, Joséb. January 29, 1987, Cienfuegos, Cuba
José Abreu plays first base for the Chicago White Sox and was the recipient of the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year.
Abrikosov, Alexei Alexeyevichb. June 25, 1928, Moscow, present-day Russia
d. March 29, 2017, California, United States
Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov was a physicist known for his work in the field of superconductivity. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in Physics in 2003.
Abu-Jaber, Dianab. November 5, 1960, New York, United States
Father: From Jordan
Diana Abu-Jaber is an author, best known for her debut novel Arabian Jazz.
Abunimah, Alib. December 29, 1971, Washington, D.C., United States
Father: From present-day Israel/Palestine, Mother: From present-day Israel
Ali Abunimah is one of the founders of The Electronic Intifada website, a non-profit, independent online publication which covers the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian perspective.
Abzug, Bellab. July 24, 1920, New York, United States
d. March 31, 1998, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Bella Abzug was an anti-war activist, feminist, and politician who was one of the shining stars of the Women's Rights Movement of the 1960 and 70s. From 1973 to 1977, Abzug served the 20th district of New York as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Achebe, Chinuab. November 16, 1930, Ogidi, Nigeria
Chinua Achebe is a novelist, poet and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart is often considered his best and is the most widely read book in modern African literature.
Achebe, Nwandob. March 7, 1970, Enugu, Nigeria
Nwando Achebe is a historian whose work looks at the use of oral history in the study of women, gender and sexuality in Nigeria.
Achenbaum, Alvinb. December 11, 1925, New York, United States
d. January 26, 2016, New York, United States
Father: From Russia
Alvin Achenbaum was an advertising executive and marketing management consultant of the late 20th century.
Acheson, Deanb. April 11, 1893, Connecticut, United States
d. October 12, 1971, Maryland, United States
Father: From the United Kingdom
Dean Acheson was a statesman and lawyer who, as United States Secretary of State, was influential on American politics during the Cold War. He wrote several books based on his experience in government.
Acho, Emmanuelb. November 10, 1990, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Emmanuel Acho is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.
Acho, Samb. September 6, 1988, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Sam Acho is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Texas. He was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Ackerman, James S.b. November 8, 1919, California, United States
d. December 31, 2016, Massachusetts, United States
Maternal Great-grandfather: From Germany
James S. Ackerman was an architectural historian, a major scholar of Michelangelo's architecture, of Palladio and of Italian Renaissance architectural theory. In 2017, Ackerman was awarded the Henry Hope Reed Award.
Acosta, Oscar Zeta b. April 8, 1935, Texas, United States
d. May 27, 1974, Sinaloa, Mexico
Father: From Mexico
Oscar Zeta Acosta was an activist in the Chicano Movement. He was most well known for his novels Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo (1972) and The Revolt of the Cockroach People (1973).
Acra, Reemb. Date and year unknown, Beirut, Lebanon
Reem Acra is a fashion designer known for her bridal and red carpet gowns. She also has an epoynmous ready-to-wear line.
Adamic, Louisb. March 23, 1899, Blato present-day Slovenia
d. September 4, 1951, New Jersey, United States
Louis Adamic was a novelist and journalist who wrote about the experience of American minorities, especially immigrants, in the early 1900s.
Adams, Amyb. August 20, 1974, Vicenza, Italy
Amy Adams is an actress whose career began in 1994 and gained ground with Junebug and Enchanted in 2006. She earned an academy award by 2009 for her work in Doubt.
Adams, James Truslowb. October 18, 1878, New York, United States
d. May 18, 1949, Connecticut, United States
Father: From Venezuela
James Truslow Adams was a historian and writer. As a freelance author, he helped to popularize contemporary writings about American history. His best known work, The Founding of New England, is a three-volume history of the region.
Adams, Maudb. February 12, 1945, Luleå, Sweden
Maud Adams is an actress, known for her role in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
Addai-Robinson, Cynthiab. January 12, 1985, London, United Kingdom
Cynthia Addai-Robinson is an actress. She is known for her roles as Naevia in the Starz television series Spartacus and DC Comics character Amanda Waller in The CW TV series Arrow.
Adeleke, Kennyb. February 10, 1983, Lagos, Nigeria
Kenny Adeleke is a professional basketball player .
Adesida, Ilesanmib. 1949, Ondo State, Nigeria
Ilesanmi Adesida is a physicist. He is an expert in the processing of semiconductors and other materials at the nanometer-scale level and in ultra-high-speed heterostructure field-effect transistors.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozib. September 15, 1977, Enugu, Nigeria
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, non-fiction writer and short story writer. Her most popular works include Americana, Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus.
Adler, Bernardb. May 8, 1879, Illinois, United States
d. June 11, 1942, Illinois, United States
Father: From Germany
Bernard Adler was a composer and singer who wrote and performed in Chicago and New York City. His most popular song was Just as the Ship Went Down, written after the Titanic sunk.
Adler, Felixb. August 13, 1851, Alzey, Germany
d. April 24, 1933, New York, United States
Felix Adler was a professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, influential lecturer on euthanasia, religious leader and social reformer who founded the Ethical Culture movement. He is known for his lectures on the need for morality through good deeds rather than just religion.
Adu, Freddyb. June 2, 1989, Tema, Ghana
Freddy Adu is a professional soccer player and at the age of 14 was the youngest athlete to sign a major league professional contract in more than 115 years. He is currently a midfielder for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Aduba, Uzob. February 10, 1981, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Uzo Aduba an actress known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange Is the New Black.
Afeyan, Noubarb. July 25, 1962, Beirut, Lebanon
Noubar Afeyan is a entrepreneur, venture capitalist, inventor, technologist, and CEO. He founded Flagship Pioneering to create and fund early-stage start-ups addressing unmet needs in healthcare and sustainability. He is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and lectures extensively internationally.
Agassiz, Jeanb. May 28, 1807, Haut-Vully, Switzerland
d. December 14, 1873, Massachusetts, United States
Jean Agassiz was a biologist and geologist who established the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard.
Agron, Diannab. April 30, 1986, Georgia, United States
Paternal Great-grandfathers: From present-day Ukraine and present-day Latvia
Dianna Agron is an actress, singer, and dancer who entered the spotlight with her role as Quinn Fabray in the popular television show Glee.
Aguiar, Gumab. May 31, 1977, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
d. January 29, 2015, Florida, United States
Guma Aguiar was an energy industrialist and millionaire businessman.
Aguilar, Luis A.b. 1953, Cuba
Luis A. Aguilar is a former Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He was appointed under George Bush in 2008 and continued to serve under President Obama until 2015 when his term expired.
Agwunobi, John O.b. Date and year unknown, Dundee, United Kingdom
Father: From Nigeria
John O. Agwunobi is a pediatrician and a former U.S. government official and business executive.
Ahamed, Liaquatb. November 14, 1952, Kenya
Liaquat Ahamed is an author. His best known book, The Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, details the causes of, and events surrounding, the Great Depression.
Ahuja, Mequittab. 1976, Michigan, United States
Father: From India
Mequitta Ahuja is a painter working in the field of self-portraiture. Her work is colorful and uses myths and legends as inspiration. She describes her self-portraits as feminist.
Aiyewa, Victorb. February 4, 1989, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Victor Aiyewa is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Washington. Aiyewa was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He has also been a member of the Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers, FXFL Blacktips, and BC Lions.
Ajzenberg-Selove, Fayb. February 13, 1926, Berlin, Germany
d. August 8, 2012, Pennsylvania, United States
Fay Ajzenberg-Selove was a nuclear physicist. She was known for her experimental work in nuclear spectroscopy of light elements, and for her annual reviews of the energy levels of light atomic nuclei.
Ake, Claudeb. February 18, 1939, Nigeria
d. November 7, 1996, Nigeria
Claude Ake was a political economist and social scientist. He held various academic positions at institutions around the world, including Yale University (United States), University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria).
Akerlof, Georgeb. June 17, 1940, Connecticut, United States
Father: From Sweden, Maternal Grandparents: From Germany
George Akerlof is an economist who is a University Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and Koshland Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.
Akers, William Josephb. August 2, 1852, United Kingdom
d. Date and place unknown
William Joseph Akers was a businessman and philanthropist in Cleveland, and wrote a report on Cleveland schools in the 19th century.
Akinnagbe, Gbengab. December 12, 1978, Washington, D.C., United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Gbenga Akinnagbe is an actor and writer, best known for his role as Chris Partlow on the HBO series The Wire.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adewaleb. August 22, 1967, London, United Kingom
Parents: From Nigeria
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He moved to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. He is best known for his roles in the movies Congo (1995), The Mummy Returns (2001), and the HBO series Oz (1997).
Akinosun, Morolakeb. May 17, 1994, Lagos, Nigeria
Morolake Akinosun is an Olmpic runner who took gold in 4x100 meters in the 2016 Rio Games.
Akinradewo, Folukeb. October 5, 1987, London, Canada
Foluke Akinradewo is a two-time Olympic volleyball player. She won silver in the 2012 Games and bronze in the 2016 Games.
Akinyah, Samuelb. September 5, 1953, Ghana,
Samuel Akainyah is a painter and art gallery owner. Akainyah was honored by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois when they proclaimed February 15, 1999 as Samuel Akainyah Day in Chicago. That same year, he was elected as the official artist of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Akognon, Joshb. February 10, 1986, California, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Josh Akognon is a professional basketball player for Iberostar Tenerife of the Liga ACB. He played college basketball for Washington State and Cal State Fullerton.
Akyeampong, Emmanuel K.b. February 21, 1962, Kumasi, Ghana
Emmanuel K. Akyeampong is a professor of history and African and African American studies, and the Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies at Harvard University.
Alameddine, Rabihb. January 1, 1959, Amman, Jordan
Rabih Alameddine is a writer. He often weaves his Middle Eastern background into his stories and is best known for Koolaids and The Angel of History.
Alarcón, Danielb. March 5, 1977, Lima, Peru
Daniel Alarcón is an author whose works include Lost City Radio and At Night We Walk in Circles.
Alba, Jessicab. April 28, 1981, California, United States
Paternal Great-grandparents: From Mexico
Jessica Alba is an award-winning actress and entrepreneur who co-founded the Honest Company in 2012. During her career, Alba has won a Teen Choice Award, Saturn Award, and a Golden Globe.
Albers, Annib. June 12, 1899, Berlin, present-day Germany
d. May 9, 1994, Connecticut, United States
Anni Albers was a textile artist and designer, one of the best known of her time. She created designs for her textiles using ink washes and created weavings from both traditional and non-traditional materials.
Albers, Josefb. March 19, 1888, Bottrop, present-day Germany
d. March 25, 1976, Connecticut, United States
Josef Albers was an artist who was skilled in the fields of design, photography, typography and print. He is best remembered for his work as an abstract painter and theorist, and in particular his series Homage to the Square.
Albert, Rékab. March 2, 1972, Romania
Réka Albert is a scientist. She co-created the Barabasi-Albert model and researched into scale-free networks and Boolean modeling of biological systems.
Albies, Ozzieb. January 7, 1997, Willemstad, Curacao
Ozzie Albies plays second base for the Atlanta Braves.
Albright, Madeleineb. May 15, 1937, Prague, Czech Republic
Madeleine Albright was the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State. She served under Bill Clinton from from 1997 to 2001.
Alburt, Levb. August 21, 1945, Orenburg, Russia
Lev Alburt is a chess grandmaster and author. Alburt was a a three-time U.S. champion.
Aleichem, Sholemb. March 2, 1859, Pereyaslav, present-day Ukraine
d. May 13, 1916, New York, United States
Sholem Aleichem was a humorist, author and playwright who was often referred to as the "Jewish Mark Twain." The musical Fiddler on the Roof was based on his Tevye the Dairyman stories.
Aleksander, Grantb. August 7, 1960, Maryland, United States
Father: From Poland
Grant Aleksander is an actor and director best known for the television soap opera Guiding Light.
Alexander, Franzb. January 22, 1891, Budapest, Hungary
d. March 8, 1964, California, United States
Franz Alexander was a psychoanalyst and physician, who is considered one of the founders of psychosomatic medicine and psychoanalytic criminology. He founded the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Alexander, Picob. March 6, 1991, New York, United States
Parents: From Poland
Pico Alexander is a stage, film and television actor. He had a major supporting role in the critically acclaimed film A Most Violent Year.
Alfond, Haroldb. March 6, 1914, Massachusetts, United States
d. November 16, 2007, Maine, United States
Parents: From Russia
Harold Alfond was a successful businessperson who founded the Dexter Shoe Company and the first factory outlet store. By providing affordable casual shoes and boots to the public, Alfond was a retail footwear pioneer.
Ali, Ayaan Hirsib. November 13, 1969, Mogadishu, Somalia
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an activist, feminist, author, scholar, and former Dutch politician. She received international attention as a critic of Islam and advocate for the rights and self-determination of Muslim women, actively opposing forced marriage, honor violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation.
Ali, Omar H.b. February 10, 1971, Place unknown
Father: From India, Mother: From Peru
Omar H. Ali is a historian of the African diaspora in relation to independent political movements and instances of social resistance.
Ali, Tatyanab. January 24, 1979, New York, United States
Father: From Trinidad, Mother: From Panama
Tatyana Ali is an actor and singer who began her career as a child performer on Star Search, Sesame Street, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Her album, Kiss the Sky, was certified gold in 1999.
Alinsky, Saulb. January 30, 1909, Illinois, United States
d. June 12, 1972, California, United States
Parents: From Russia
Saul Alinsky was a community organizer and writer. He is considered to be the impetus behind modern community organizing. Alinsky's 1971 book, Rules For Radicals, became the template effecting constructive social change for the counterculture revolutionaries of the day.
Allen, Woodyb. December 1, 1935, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Russia, Maternal Grandparents: From Austria
Woody Allen's prolific career as a comedian, writer, and filmmaker has now spanned more than six decades. Allen's first screenplay was for What's New Pussycat?. He has written and directed more than 45 feature films, including Annie Hall, Manhattan and more recently, Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine.
Allende, Isabelb. August 2, 1942, Lima, Peru
Isabel Allende is a writer whose works often contain aspects of magical realism. She is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts.
Allex, Jakeb. July 13, 1887, Prizren, present-day Kosovo
d. August 28, 1959, Illinois, United States
Jake Allex was a soldier in the U.S. Army at the outbreak of WWI. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his "extraordinary heroism in action" during the Battle of Chipilly Ridge in France where he led his platoon in a counter-attack to neutralize an enemy machine gun position.
Allred, Gloriab. July 3, 1941, Pennsylvania, United States
Mother: From the United Kingdom
Gloria Allred is the best known women's rights attorney of the 20th century. Allred has represented clients dealing with sexual assault, harassment, wrongful termination, employement discrimination, and other civil rights offenses.
Almond, Gabrielb. January 12, 1911, Illinois, United States
d. December 25, 2002, California, United States
Parents: From Russia and Ukraine
Gabriel Almond was a political scientist best known for his pioneering work on comparative politics, political development, and political culture.
Alonso, Lazb. March 25, 1974, Washington, D.C., United States
Parents: From Cuba
Laz Alonso is a film and television actor. He is known for playing Tsu'tey in James Cameron's science fiction film Avatar and Fenix "Rise" Calderon in the film Fast & Furious.
Alpers, Svetlanab. February 10, 1936, Massachusetts, United States
Father: From Germany
Svetlana Alpers is an art historian, writer and critic whose work focuses on Dutch Golden Age painting.
Alpert, Herbb. March 31, 1935, California, United States
Parents: From Romania and present-day Ukraine
Herb Alpert is a composer, trumpeter and businessperson. His best-selling record, Whipped Cream & Other Delights, has one of the most iconic record covers of the 1960s. Herb Alpert is co-founder of A&M records, but sold his ownership in the 1980s to form the Herb Alpert Foundation to pursue his philanthropic interests.
Alston, Charlesb. November 28, 1907, North Carolina, United States
d. April 27, 1977, New York, United States
Father: From North Carolina, United States
Charles Alston was an African-American painter, sculptor, illustrator, muralist and teacher. He was the first African-American supervisor for the WPA's Federal Art Project.
Altman, Sidneyb. May 7, 1939, Quebec, Canada
Sidney Altman is a molecular biologist who researched proteins and genetic codes.
Altuve, Joséb. May 6, 1990, Maracay, Venezuela
Jose Altuve is a second baseman for the Houston Astros. He is the recipient of the 2017 Lou Gehrig Award.
Alvarez, Juliab. March 27, 1950, New York, United States
Parents: From the Dominican Republic
Julia Alvarez is a novelist, poet and essayist. Many of her works are influenced by her experiences as a Dominican in the United States, and focus heavily on issues of assimilation and identity.
Álvarez, Luis F.b. January 4, 1853, Asturias, Spain
d. May 24, 1937, Place unknown
Luis F. Álvarez was a physician and researcher. He worked with leprosy patients and developed a new way of testing for the disease.
Alvarez, Luis Walterb. June 13, 1911, California, United States
d. September 1, 1988, California, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Spain
Luis Walter Alvarez was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor that made significant contributions to the scientific world. Alvarez and his son, Walter Alvarez, also created the "Alvarez Hypothesis" which suggests an asteroid impact was the impetus for the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Alvarez, Walter C.b. July 22, 1884, California, United States
d. June 18, 1978, California, United States
Father: From Spain
Walter C. Alvarez was a doctor. He wrote a medical column which was widely published and he authored several dozen medical books.
Alves, Camilab. January 28, 1982, Itambacuri, Brazil
Camila Alves is a model and designer. In January 2016, she launched a lifestyle website, Women of Today. Alves was a co-founder of the organic frozen baby food company Yummy Spoonfuls, which launched its product line for babies and toddlers in Target's frozen food section in 2016.
Alzubaidy, Nawrasb. March 17, 1978, Kut, Iraq
Nawras Alzubaidy is an independent filmaker, writer, and actor. He has worked as a language consultant and culture advisor for the U.S. Army.
Amanat, Sanab. 1983, New Jersey, United States
Parents: From Pakistan
Sana Amanat is Director of Content and Character Development at Marvel. Among other accomplishments, she is responsible for re-booting the Ms. Marvel character as a Pakistani-American teenage girl, the first Muslim superheroine.
Amanpour, Christianeb. January 12, 1958, London, United Kingdom
Christiane Amanpour is a world renowned war correspondent and news anchor. She is CNN's chief international correspondent. She is the anchor of the network's award-winning program Amanpour.
Amarista, Alexib. April 6, 1989, Barcelona, Venezuela
Alexi Amarista is baseball utility player for the Colorado Rockies. He is a former Los Angeles Angel and San Diego Padre.
Amateau, Albert Jean b. April 20, 1889, Milas, Turkey
d. February 9, 1996, Santa Rosa, California
Albert Jean Amateau was a social activist. He began a movement to bring more Jews into the workplace and government.
Ambati, Balab. July 29, 1977, Vellore, India
Bala Ambati, according to the Guiness Book of World Records, is the world's youngest doctor. He received his medical degree at the age of seventeen.
Ambrosio, Alessandrab. April 11, 1981, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Alessandra Ambrosio began her modeling career at the age of 14. Today she holds multiple contracts with well known brands including Victoria's Secret and has made acting another facet of her career.
Ameen, Amlb. July 30 1985, London, United Kingdom
Parents: From the Carribean
Aml Ameen is an actor known for his roles as Trevor in Kidulthood, Lewis Hardy in The Bill, Malcolm in Harry's Law, Capheus in the first season of the Netflix series Sense8, and Alby in The Maze Runner.
Amer, Ghadab. 1963, Cairo, Egypt
Ghada Amer is an artist whose work looks at gender and sexuality. She is known for making canvases that focus on line, and combine stitch and painting.
Ameriieb. January 12, 1980, Massachusetts, United States
Mother: From South Korea
Ameriie is a singer, songwriter, author, actress and record producer.
Amfitheatrof, Danieleb. October 29, 1901, Saint Petersburg, Russia
d. June 4, 1983, Venice, Italy
Daniele Amfitheatrof was a busy film composer and conductor who wrote music for well over one hundred films and television shows.
Aminu, Al-Farouqb. September 21, 1990, Georgia, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu is a professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association.
Aminu, Aladeb. September 14, 1987, Georgia, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Alade Aminu is a professional basketball player for Nanterre 92 of the LNB Pro A. He played college basketball with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Georgia Tech.
Amoruso, Sophiab. April 20, 1984, California, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From Greece
Sophia Amoruso is a businesswoman. She is the founder and CEO of the online retailer Nasty Gal and the author of #Girlboss, her autobiography.
Amos, Wallyb. July 1, 1936, Florida, United States
Wally Amos is a television personality and businessman most notable for his Famous Amos cookie brand and his adult literacy show Learn to Read.
Anaya, Rudolfob. October 30, 1937, New Mexico, United States
Rudolfo Anaya is a prolific writer and playwright best known for Bless Me, Ultima and the Sonny Baca series. Anaya has won multiple awards, including the National Humanities medal and American Book Award.
Andersen, Mortenb. August 19, 1960, Copenhagen, Denmark
Morten Andersen is a former kicker in the NFL who holds the record for most games played and the all time leading scorer. He is only the second exclusive placekicker inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Anderson, Benedictb. August 26, 1936, Kunming, China
d. December 13, 2015, Batu, Indonesia
Mother: From the United Kingdom, Father: From Ireland
Benedict Anderson was a political scientist and historian, renowned for his book Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism.
Anderson, Garyb. July 16, 1959, Parys, South Africa
Gary Anderson is a former NFL placekicker who played in the league for 23 seasons. He retired as the all-time leading scorer in NFL history and was the first NFL kicker to have a perfect regular season.
Andretti, Mariob. February 28, 1940, present-day Motovun, Croatia
Mario Andretti is considered as one of the world's greatest race car drivers. He began racing at an early age with his twin-brother Aldo when they joined a youth race car driving program at age 13. He has won the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the Formula One World Championship and the Pikes Peak Hillclimb.
Andrews, Bennyb. November 13, 1930, Georgia, United States
d. November 10, 2006, New York, United States
Benny Andrews was a collage maker, printer and painter who worked in art education programs with underprivileged students. Known as the Dot "Man" he won multiple awards, including the John Hay Whitney Fellowship, New York Council of the Arts Fellowship and the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship.
Anekwe, Chetb. 1966, Nigeria
Chet Anekwe is an actor and filmmaker.
Anfuso, Victorb. March 10, 1905, Italy
d. December 28, 1966, New York, United States
Victor Anfuso was a United States Representative for New York. He served from 1951-1962.
Angel, Heatherb. February 9, 1909, Oxford, United Kingdom
d. December 13, 1986, California, United States
Heather Angel was an actress whose film and television career spanned nearly 50 years. Her numerous films include The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935), Suspicion (1941), and 1960s/70s television series Family Affair.
Angel, John Lawrenceb. March 21, 1915, London, United Kingdom
d. November 3, 1986, Washington, D.C., United States
John Lawrence Angel was the Curator of Physical Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute. His writings have had a large impact on Paleodemography.
Angelou, Mayab. April 4, 1928, Missouri, United States
d. May 28, 2014, North Carolina, United States
Maya Angelou was an actress, dancer, writer and professor whose works were among the first to place African-American women and their lives in the center of narrative rather than in marginalized roles. She is best known for her novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Anisfeld, Borisb. October 2, 1878, Bieltsy, present-day Moldova
d. December 14, 1973, Connecticut, United States
Boris Anisfeld was a respected artist, theatre stage designer, and educator.
Aniston, Jenniferb. February 11, 1969, California, United States
Father: From Greece
Jennifer Aniston is a actress, director, producer, and businesswoman.
Anka, Paulb. July 30, 1941, Ottawa, Canada
Paul Anka is a singer, songwriter and actor. He wrote and performed his first No. 1 hit Diana in 1957. After a number of Top 20 hits, he turned to songwriting, composing for Buddy Holly, Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra, and others.
Ann-Margretb. April 28, 1941, Valsjöbyn, Sweden
Ann-Marget is a famous singer and actress. She has been nominated for numerous awards for her work, including two Acadamy Awards.
Annable, Odetteb. May 10, 1985, California, United States
Father: From Colombia, Mother: From Cuba
Odette Annable is an actress who is best known for her role as Dr. Jessica Adams on the TV medical drama House.
Anozie, Nonsob. May 28, 1979, London, United Kingdom
Nonso Anozie is an actor, known for The Grey (2011), Cinderella (2015) and Atonement (2007).
Ansari, Anoushehb. September 12, 1966, Mashhad, Iran
Anousheh Ansari is a co-founder of the technology company Prodea Systems. Ansari holds the honor of being the first Muslim woman and the first person of Iranian descent to travel into space.
Ansari, Azizb. February 23, 1983, South Carolina, United States
Parents: From India
Aziz Ansari is a comedian, writer and actor, best known for his stand-up touring and his show Master of None.
Ansary, Ninab. 1966, Tehran, Iran
Nina Ansary is a historian and author who writes about women's equality in Iraq. Her work often challenges conventional assumptions on this topic.
Antheil, Georgeb. July 8, 1900, New Jersey, United States
d. February 12, 1959, New York, United States
Parents: From Germany
George Antheil was an avant-garde composer, pianist, and novelist who is best known for his score for the dadaist short film Ballet Mécanique. Antheil was also an inventor who collaborated with actress Hedy Lamarr on what would eventually become modern wireless technology.
Anthony, Michaelb. June 20, 1954, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Poland
Michael Anthony is the former bass guitarist and one of the founding members of the rock band Van Halen. Anthony is currently the bass player in Chickenfoot with former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.
Antin, Maryb. June 13, 1881, Polotsk, present-day Belarus
d. May 15, 1949, New York, United States
Mary Antin was an author, best remembered for The Promised Land, an autobiographical account of her immigration to North America. Her work offers a glimpse into the geographical and personal journey made by millions of Jews between 1891 and 1914.
Antoine, Vinessab. July 21, 1983, Ontario, Canada
Vinessa Antoine is an actress, known for General Hospital (1963), Being Erica (2009) and A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014).
Anuszkiewicz, Richardb. May 23, 1930, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From Poland
Richard Anuszkiewicz is a painter, printmaker and sculptor, known as one of the leading exponents of Op art. He has described his work as experimental, and centered on the effects of color, light and intensity.
Anyadike, Kimberlyb. 1994, California, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Kimberly Anyadike is a pilot. Anyadike took her first flying lessons at the age of 12, attending an after-school aviation program offered by Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum for disadvantaged youths.
Aoki, Devonb. August 10, 1982, New York, United States
Father: From Japan
Devon Aoki is an actress and fashion model. In 1998, at the age of 16, Aoki replaced Naomi Campbell as the face of Versace.
Aoki, Hiroakib. October 9, 1938, Tokyo, Japan
d. July 10, 2008, New York, United States
Hiroaki Aoki was a wrestler and restaurateur who founded popular Japanese cuisine restaurant chain Benihana.
apl.de.apb. November 28, 1974, Angeles City, Philippines
apl.de.ap is the stage name of Allan Pineda Lindo. He is a rapper, record producer and musician, and co-founder of the group The Black Eyed Peas.
Appiah, Kwame Anthonyb. May 8, 1954, London, United Kingdom
Father: From Ghana, Mother: From the United Kingdom
Kwame Anthony Appiah is a cultural theorist whose interests include political and moral theory, and the philosophy of language and mind. Appiah currently holds an appointment at the NYU Department of Philosophy and NYU's School of Law.
Aptheker, Herbertb. July 31, 1915, New York, United States
d. March 17, 2003, California, United States
Parents: From Russia
Herbert Aptheker was a Marxist historian, political activist and scholar of African-American studies. He wrote more than fifty books including, American Negro Slave Revolts and the seven-volume Documentary History of the Negro People.
Apuan, Dennis b. October 30, 1964, Manila, Philippines
Dennis Apuan is a peace activist who has protested against nuclear weapons and the Iraq war.
Aragonés, Sergiob. September 6, 1937, Castellón, Spain
Sergio Aragonés is a cartoonist best know for his wacky, artistic contributions to Mad Magazine.
Araia, Semharb. 1978, New York, United States
Parents: From Eritrea
Semhar Araia is a social activist, professor and international lawyer. She founded Diaspora African Women's Network (DAWN), a non-governmental organization, whose mission is to develop and support talented female immigrants from Africa.
Araujo, Ana Luciab. 1971, Brazil
Ana Lucia Araujo is a social and cultural historian whose research examines slavery and the social and cultural effects of the Atlantic slave trade.
Arbib, Richardb. September 1, 1917, New York, United States
d. February 22, 1995, New York, United States
Father: From Egypt
Richard Arbib was an industrial designer who specialized in automotive design, although also created designs for electric watches.
Archipenko, Alexanderb. May 30, 1887, Kiev, present-day Ukraine
d. February 25, 1964, New York, United States
Alexander Archipenko was a sculptor, painter and graphic artist, best known for his original, Cubist-inspired sculptural style. In his sculpture he explored the connection between interlocking voids and solids, and different planes and surfaces.
Arctowski, Henrykb. July 15, 1871, Warsaw, Poland
d. February 21, 1958, Maryland, United States
Parents: From Poland
Henryk Arctowski was a scientist and explorer and one of the first persons to winter in Antarctica. He became an internationally renowned meteorologist.
Arden, Elizabethb. December 31, 1878, Woodbridge, Canada
d. October 18, 1966, New York, United States
Elizabeth Arden was a businesswoman who was a pioneer in the U.S. cosmetics industry.
Arendt, Hannahb. October 14, 1906, Hanover, present-day Germany
d. December 4, 1975, New York, United States
Hannah Arendt was a political theorist who wrote extensively on the nature of power and the subjects of politics, democracy and totalitarianism. Some of her work traced the historical roots of totalitarianism and revolution.
Ariri, Obedb. April 4, 1956, Owerri, Nigeria
Obed Ariri is a former placekicker of American football in the National Football League for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.
Arkin, Alanb. March 26, 1934, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Russia, Maternal Grandfather From Russia, Maternal Grandmother: From present-day France
Alan Arkin is a lauded actor and director. Arkin is also a singer and a musician (he recorded an album of folks songs in 1955) and a talented writer of science fiction, children's books, and memoirs.
Arkus-Duntov, Zorab. December 25, 1909, Belgium
d. April 21, 1996, Michigan, United States
Zora Arkus-Duntov was an accomplished race car driver and engineer. Arkus-Duntov was an instrumental part of the design of the original Chevrolet Corvette. He is often called the "godfather" of the Corvette.
Armitage, Fayeb. May 29, 1958, Bogotá, Colombia
Faye Armitage is a health activist and campaigner for embryonic stem cell research, patient safety and universal health care.
Arnaz, Desib. March 2, 1917, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
d. December 2, 1986, California, United States
Desi Arnez is an actor, best remembered for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the TV sitcom I Love Lucy. Arnez was also an active musician. His group the Desi Arnaz Orchestra was often featured on the show as the Ricky Ricardo Orchestra. Arnez helped popularize Latin music in the United States.
Arndt, Felixb. May 20, 1889, New York, United States
d. October 16, 1918, New York, United States
Father: From Switzerland, Mother: From Spain
Felix Arndt was a composer and early proponent of the novelty piano style.
Arnett, Willb. May 4, 1970, Toronto, Canada
Will Arnett is a popular actor, comedian, and voice actor. Arnett is probably best known for his role as Gob Bluth II in the Fox/Netflix series Arrested Development.
Arnheim, Rudolfb. July 15, 1904, Berlin, Germany
d. June 9, 2007, Michigan, United States
Rudolf Arnheim was a professor of psychology at the the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and a visiting professor at the University of Michigan.
Aronow, Donaldb. March 3, 1927, New York, United States
d. February 3, 1987, Florida, United States
Parents: From Russia
Donald Aronow was a world famous and, often times controversial, champion boat racer and designer and builder of speedboats. Aronow designed the famous Magnum Marine, Cigarette, and Formula speedboats.
Aronson, Borisb. October 15, 1898, Kiev, present-day Ukraine
d. November 16, 1980, New York, United States
Brosi Aronson was a set designer for Broadway and Yiddish experimantal theatre. His work was innovative and often considered ahead of its time.
Aronson, Marcb. October 19, 1950, New York, United States
Father: From present-day Ukraine, Maternal Grandfather: From present-day Czech Republic
Marc Aronson is a writer, editor and historian who has written non-fiction books about history for children and young adults.
Aronson, Rudolphb. April 8, 1856, New York, United States
d. February 4, 1919, New York, United States
Parents: From Germany
Rudolph Aronson was a known operetta producer and builder of the Casino Theatre, the first playhouse specifically designed for Broadway musicals.
Arpaio, Joeb. June 14, 1932, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From Italy
Joe Arpaio is the former Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. He is known for his tough stance on illegal immigration.
Arquette, Davidb. September 8, 1971, Virginia, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From present-day Ukraine
David Arquette is an actor. He is the youngest from a family of noted film figures including Rosanna, Patricia and Alexis. He is best known for his role as the dim-witted law officer in the hit horror movie Scream.
Arquette, Rosannab. August 10, 1959, New York, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From Ukraine
Rosanna Arquette is an award-winning actress from a family of noted film figures including David, Patricia and Alexis. She received a BAFTA (British Academy Film Award) for her supporting performance in the 1985 film, Desperately Seeking Susan.
Arredondo, Carlosb. August 25, 1960, San José, Costa Rica
Carlos Arredondo is a peace activist. He became an anti-war activist after his 20-year-old eldest son Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo died in action during Iraq War in 2004.
Arrow, Kennethb. August 23, 1921, New York, United States
d. February 21, 2017, California, United States
Parents: From Romania
Kenneth Arrow was an American economist, mathematician, writer, and political theorist. He was the joint winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with John Hicks in 1972.
Arthur, Chester A.b. October 5, 1829, Vermont, United States
d. November 18, 1886, New York, United States
Father: From the United Kingdom
Chester A. Arthur was the 21st President of the United States. During his 1881-1885 presidential term, Arthur approved the Congress-approved Chinese Exclusion Act which seriously limited the amount of new immigrants allowed into the country.
Artschwager, Richardb. December 26, 1923, Washington D.C., United States
d. February 9, 2013, New York, United States
Father: From present-day Germany/Poland/Russia/Lithuania, Mother: From Ukraine
Richard Artschwager was a painter and sculptor, associated with neo-Dada, Minimalist and Pop Art movements, and remembered as someone who constantly pushed the boundaries of sculpture. He studied cabinet-making early on and this is evident in his sculptural works.
Arvielo, Pattyb. Date and year unknown, California, United States
Mother: From Mexico
Patty Arvielo is an entrepreneur in the housing and morgage industry. She is president of New American Funding, a home loans company.
Asawa, Ruthb. January 24, 1926, California, United States
d. August 5, 2013, California, United States
Parents: From Japan
Ruth Asawa was a sculptor, best known for her basket-like wire sculptures that often hang from the ceiling. The forms she used were originally rooted in nature, although became more geometric and abstract through time.
Asch, Solomonb. 1907, Warsaw, Poland
d. February 20, 1996, Pennsylvania, United States
Solomon Asch was a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsyvania specializing in social psychology.
Ascher, Emilb. April 12, 1859, Hamburg, Germany
d. October 22, 1922, New York United States
Emil Ascher was a composer, organist, pianist and conductor. He organized a 75 woman orchestra in New York and founded a publishing firm.
Ashley, Mauriceb. March 6, 1966, St. Andrew, Jamaica
Maurice Ashley is a chess grandmaster, author, commentator, app designer, puzzle inventor, and motivational speaker. He became the first African-American Grand Chessmaster and, in 2016, the first African-American inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame.
Asimov, Isaacb. January 2, 1920, Petrovichi, Russia
d. April 6, 1992, New York, United States
Isaac Asimov was a writer of science fiction and popular science. He was considered one of the biggest science fiction authors of his time and is best known for the Foundation series and the Galactic Empire novels.
Askin, Leonb. September 18, 1907, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. June 3, 2005, Vienna, Austria
Leon Askin was an actor who is best known for his role as General Albert Burkhalter in the popular television series Hogan's Heroes (1965-1971).
Askowith, Dorab. August 30, 1884, present-day Kaunas, present-day Lithuania
d. October 23, 1958, New York, United States
Dora Askowith was an author, activist and historian. Her work is concerned with examining and disseminating knowledge of Jewish History.
Aslan, Rezab. May 3, 1972, Tehran, Iran
Reza Aslan is an author. He writes non-fiction books about religion and his books include No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
Asner, Edb. November 15, 1929, Missouri, United States
Parents: From Russia
Ed Asner is a film, voice, and television actor who rose to fame via his role as Lou Grant, the cantankerous but lovable news producer, on the critically-acclaimed, long-running TV sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show which ran from 1970 to 1977.
Asomugha, Nnamdib. July 6, 1981, Louisiana, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Nnamdi Asomugha is an actor, producer and former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
Astaire, Fredb. May 10, 1899, Nebraska, United States
d. June 22, 1987, California, United States
Father: From Austria, Maternal Grandparents: From present-day Germany
Fred Astaire, the consummate dancer, actor, singer, and choreographer, enjoyed an incredibly distinguished career in film and television. Astaire will probably be best remembered for the series of films he made with dancing partner Ginger Rogers.
Atanasoff, Johnb. October 4, 1903, New York, United States
d. June 15, 1995, Maryland, United States
Father: From Bulgaria
John Atanasoff was a physicist, inventor, and computer pioneer credited with creating the first electric digital computer. He teamed up with Clifford Berry to create the Atanasoff-Berry Comuter in 1939.
Atkinson, Rickb. November 16, 1952, Munich, present-day Germany
Rick Atkinson is a military historian, journalist and author who has written accounts of several American wars.
Atlas, Charlesb. October 30, 1892, Acri, Italy
d. December 24, 1972, New York, United States
Charles Atlas was a bodybuilder and physical culturist who, with Frederick Tilney and Charles P. Roman, created and marketed a highly popular mail-order bodybuilding course.
Auden, W. H.b. February 21, 1907, York, United Kingdom
d. September 27, 1973, Vienna, Austria
W. H. Auden was a poet, playwright, and critic who exerted a major influence on the poetry of the 20th century.
Audubon, John Jamesb. April 26, 1785, Les Cayes, present-day Haiti
d. January 27, 1851, New York, United States
John James Audubon was a ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats.
Auer, Mischab. November 17, 1905, Saint Petersburg, Russia
d. March 5, 1967, Rome, Italy
Mischa Auer was a busy character actor whose career spanned 40 years. Auer appeared in many now classic films, including My Man Godfrey (1936), Destry Rides Again (1939), and Mr. Arkadin (1955).
Auerbach, Redb. September 20, 1917, New York, United States
d. October 28, 2006, Washington, D.C., United States
Father: From present-day Belarus
Red Auerbach was a successful basketball coach known for coaching the Washington Capitols, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Boston Celtics. From 1959 to 1966, Auerbach led the Celtics to win eight consecutive NBA championships - a record that has yet to be equaled or beat.
Avedon, Richardb. May 15, 1923, New York, United States
d. October 1, 2004, Texas, United States
Father: From Russia
Richard Avedon was a fashion and portrait photographer. He worked for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, demanding that his models convey emotion and movement, a departure from the norm of motionless fashion photography.
Avnet, Charlesb. 1888, Russia
d. 1979, Place unknown
Charles Avnet was a businessman who founded electronics parts distributor Avnet.
Awad, Mubarak b. 1943, Jerusalem, Palestine
Mubarak Awad is a psychologist and an advocate of nonviolent resistance. He was the founder of Youth Advocate Program International.
Axelrod, Juliusb. May 30, 1912, New York, United States
d. December 29, 2004, Maryland, United States
Parents: From Poland
Julius Axelrod was a biochemist. He won a share of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1970 along with Bernard Katz and Ulf von Euler.
Aykroyd, Danb. July 1, 1952, Ottawa, Canada
Dan Aykroyd is an actor, comedian, musician, and producer. He was part of the original ensemble for Saturday Night Live from 1975-1979. A sketch with John Belushi turned into the Blues Brothers Act, which evolved into two movies and a touring band.
Ayodele, Remib. April 22, 1983, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Remi Ayodele is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. He played college football at Oklahoma.
Azevedo, Tonyb. November 21, 1981, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tony Azevedo is captain of the USA Water Polo National Team and a four-time Olympian and silver medalist.
Azria, Maxb. January 1, 1949, Sfax, Tunisia
Max Azria is the original designer behind the womenswear brand, BCBGMAXAZRIA.
Azrouël, Yigalb. Date and year unknown, Israel
Yigal Azrouël is an Israeli-born ready-to-wear designer who owns an epoymous womenswear brand.

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Babashoff, Shirleyb. January 31, 1957, California, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Russia
Shirley Babashoff is multiple award-winning and record-holding Olympic swimmer and coach.
Baccarin, Morenab. June 2, 1979, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Morena Baccarin is an actress known for her role as Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland (for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013). She plays the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox television series Gotham.
Bachmann, Micheleb. April 6, 1956, Iowa, United States
Michele Bachmann is a Republican politician. She is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who represented Minnesota's 6th congressional district, a post she held from 2007 to 2015.
Bacho, Peterb. 1950, Washington, United States
Parents: From the Philippines
Peter Bacho is a writer, best known as the author of Cebu. This books explores themes of neocolonialism and Filipino-American identity.
Bachofen, Max Albinb. 1903, Zurich, Switzerland
d. 1987, Texas, United States
Max Albin Bachofen was an artist. He studied at the Cleveland School of Art with Paul Bough Travis and then traveled to Mexico where he did painting. With the Civilian Conservation Corps, he worked in Texas and Alaska, and with the Public Works Project, painted in Ohio.
Baclanova, Olgab. August 19, 1893, Moscow, Russia
d. September 6, 1974, Vevey, Switzerland
Olga Baclanova was an actress of the stage and screen who is well known to cult movie fans for her role as Cleopatra in Tod Browning's controversial, cult film Freaks (1932).
Baer, Ralphb. March 8, 1922, Pirmasens, Germany
d. December 6, 2014, New Hampshire, United States
Ralph Baer was an inventor, game developer, and engineer, and was known as "the Father of Video Games." He is credited with designing the first video game console.
Báez, Albert V.b. November 15, 1912, Puebla, Mexico
d. March 20, 2007, California, United States
Albert V. Báez was a physicist who was instrumental in developing the technologies used in X-ray microscopes and X-ray telescopes. Folk music mavens might know him as the father of two successful singer-songwriters: Joan Baez and Mimi Fariña.
Baez, Joanb. January 9, 1941, New York, United States
Father: From Mexico, Mother: From the United Kingdom
Joan Baez is an accomplished folk singer, philanthropist, and civil rights advocate. Baez performed at Woodstock in 1969. Amnesty International has an award (The Joan Baez award) named after Baez, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Baez in 2017.
Bagdasarian, Ross, Jr.b. October 25, 1949, California, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Armenia
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. was a filmmaker and musician, best known for his work on the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise.
Bagdasarian, Ross, Sr.b. January 27, 1919, California, United States
d. January 16, 1972, California, United States
Parents: From Armenia
Ross Bagdasarian Sr. is known to the multitudes of Alvin and the Chipmunks' fans as David Seville - the human part of the cartoon rodent gang. Beside creating Alvin and the Chipmunks, Bagdasarian composed numerous popular songs, including Come On-a My House, Witch Doctor, and Armen's Theme.
Bailyn, Bernardb. September 9, 1922, Connecticut, United States
Father: From Russia
Bernard Bailyn is a historian, author, and academic specializing in U.S. Colonial and Revolutionary-era History. He has been a professor at Harvard University since 1953. Bailyn has won the Pulitzer Prize for History twice.
Bailyn, Lotteb. July 17, 1930, Vienna, Austria
Maternal Grandmother: From present-day Czech Republic
Lotte Bailyn was a professor of organizational psychology and management at the Sloan School of Management at Harvard University.
Baio, Scottb. September 22, 1960, New York, United States
Parents: From Italy
Scott Baio is an actor and television director, known for his roles in Happy Days and Charles in Charge.
Baird, John Wallaceb. May 21, 1869, Motherwell, Canada
d. February 2, 1919, Maryland, United States
John Baird was a professor at Clark University, and investigated three-dimensional space perception.
Baker Motley, Constanceb. September 14, 1921, Connecticut, United States
d. September 28, 2005, New York, United States
Parents: From Saint Kitts and Nevis
Constance Baker Motley was a lawyer and politician who became the first African-American woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court of the United States and the first African-American woman to be named to the federal judiciary.
Baker, Ellab. December 13, 1903, Virginia, United States
d. December 13 1986, New York, United States
Ella Baker became one of the most important figures of the Civil Rights movement through her work with the NAACP, SCLC and SNCC. She was an organizer and fundraiser for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and for numerous SNCC and NAACP fights for human rights for decades.
Baker, Simonb. July 30, 1969, Launceston, Australia
Simon Baker is an actor who is known for his lead roles in the CBS television series The Mentalist (as Patrick Jane) and The Guardian (as Nicholas Fallin).
Baklanoff, Georgesb. January 4, 1881, Riga, Latvia
d. December 6, 1938, Basel, Switzerland
Georgy Baklanoff was a gifted, internationally-renowned operatic baritone.
Balanchine, Georgeb. January 22, 1904, Saint Petersburg, Russia
d. April 30, 1983, New York, United States
George Balanchine, was the "Father of American ballet." He also co-founded the New York City Ballet and choreographed 400 works.
Balderas, Karlosb. August 4, 1996, California, United States
Parents: From Mexico
Karlos Balderas is a lightweight boxer who competed at the 2016 Rio Games.
Baldessari, Johnb. June 17, 1931, California, United States
Father: From Italy, Mother: From Denmark
John Baldessari is a conceptual artist. His best known work uses found images and photographs, and often incorporates text.
Bale, Christianb. January 30, 1974, Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
Father: From South Africa, Mother: From the United Kingdom
Christian Bale is an actor. He stared in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun. His film credits also include American Psycho, The Machinist, The Fighter, American Hustle, andThe Big Short. He is recognized for his role in Christopher Nolan's Batman film trilogy.
Balmaseda, Lizb. January 17, 1959, Puerto Padre, Cuba
Liz Balmaseda is a two time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. Balmaseda's column in the Palm Beach Post covers food and dining throughout Florida, mostly West Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast.
Bamba, Bambadjanb. January 30, 1982 Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Bambadjan Bamba is an actor. Bambadjan is also the owner of IvoStar Pictures, an independent production company based in Los Angeles, that focuses on producing African content.
Bánáthy, Béla H.b. December 1, 1919, Gyula, Hungary
d. September 4, 2003, California, United States
Béla H. Bánáthy was founder of White Stag Leadership Development Program, established the International Systems Institute in 1982, and was a cofounder of the General Evolutionary Research Group in 1984.
Bancroft, Anneb. September 17, 1931, New York, United States
d. June 6, 2005, New York, United States
Grandparents: From Italy
Anne Bancroft was a talented actress best known for her role as Mrs. Robinson in the ground-breaking film The Graduate (1967). Earlier in her career, Bancroft won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Miracle Worker (1962).
Banjo, Chrisb. February 26, 1990, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Chris Banjo is an American football safety for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He played college football at SMU. Banjo was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2013.
Banner, Johnb. January 28, 1910, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. January 28, 1973, Vienna, Austria
John Banner was an actor best known for "knowing nothing" in his role role as Master Sergeant Schultz in the television series Hogan's Heroes (1965-1971).
Bannon, Steveb. November 27, 1953, Virginia, United States
Steve Bannon is a media executive, political figure and former investment banker. He is the former CEO of Breitbart Media and served as White House Chief Strategist for Donald Trump.
Banyaga, Augustinb. March 31, 1947, Kigali, Rwanda
Augustin Banyaga is a mathematician whose research fields include symplectic topology and contact geometry. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University.
Barabási, Albert-Lászlób. March 30, 1967 Cârța, Harghita Romania
Albert-László Barabási is a researcher of network theory, concept of scale-free networks, and the proposed Barabasi-Albert model.
Baranski, Christineb. May 2, 1952, New York, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Poland
Christine Baranski is an award-winning stage and film actress. She has won Tonys for Broadway productions of The Real Thing and Rumors. Baranski also won an Emmy for her supporting role on the television sitcom Cybill.
Barat, Kaharb. 1950, Xinjiang, China
Kahar Barat is a historian, known for his work about Buddhism and Islam in Xinjiang province in China.
Barber, Garyb. 1957, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gary Barber is an American film producer. Since 2010, Barber is chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He is also a co-founder of Spyglass Entertainment.
Barletta, Loub. January 28, 1956, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From Italy
Lou Barletta is a politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district since 2011.
Barnes, Harry Elmerb. June 15, 1889, New York, United States
d. August 25, 1968, California, United States
Harry Elmer Barnes was a historian who wrote summarized books on historical topics in order to try and make these subjects accessible, and the information usable.
Baron, Hansb. June 22, 1900, Berlin, Germany
d. November 26, 1988, Illinois, United States
Hans Baron was a historian of literature and politics, best known for his book The Crisis of the Early Italian Renaissance.
Baron, Salo Wittmayerb. May 26, 1895, Tarnów, present-day Poland
d. November 25, 1989, New York, United States
Salo Wittmayer Baron was a scholar of Jewish History who wrote, along with his wife Jeannette Baron, A Social and Religious History of the Jews.
Barry, Johnb. November 3, 1933, York, United Kingdom
d. January 30, 2011, New York, United States
John Barry was a prolific, Acadamy Award-winning film score composer. Barry scored well over 100 films and is probably best remembered for his scores for 11 James Bond films.
Barth, Utab. January 29, 1958, Berlin, Germany
Uta Barth is a photographer. Her work examines the difference between how the human eye and the camera see differently, and celebrates the incidental.
Barton Joeb. September 15, 1949, Texas, United States
Joe Barton is a Republican politician, representing Texas's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1985, and is a member of the Tea Party Caucus.
Barton, H. Arnoldb. November 30, 1929, California, United States
d. September 28, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
Paternal Grandparents: From Sweden
H. Arnold Barton was a historian of Scandinavian history, and Swedish history in particular. He also wrote about Swedes and other Scandinavians in the United States and Canada.
Barton, Mischab. January 24, 1986, London, United Kingdom
Mischa Barton is a stage, film and television actress. Barton is best known for role as Marisa in the television series The O.C.
Bartsch, Paulb. August 14, 1871, Silesia, Germany
d. April 24, 1960, Virginia, United States
Paul Bartsch was a malacologist and carcinologist who fashioned important toxonomic research.
Baryshnikov, Mikhailb. January 27, 1948, Riga, Latvia
Parents: From Russia
Mikhail Baryshnikov is often regarded as one of the greatest and well-known ballet dancers of his generation. Baryshnikov also has had a successful acting career; he was nominated for an Acadamy Award for his role in the film Turning Point (1977).
Barzun, Jacquesb. November 30, 1907, Créteil, France
d. October 25, 2012, Texas, United States
Jacques Barzun was a cultural historian with a wide range of interests. Barzun pondered French and German literature, crime fiction, Darwin, baseball, Marx, and more, but he is probably best known for his voluminous and influential writings dealing with the state of American education.
Bashiri, Irajb. July 31, 1940, Behbahan, Iran
Iraj Bashiri is a historian working in the field of Central Asian and Iranian studies.
Basiab. September 30, 1954, Jaworzno, Poland
Basia is a singer-songwriter and record producer. She is noted for possessing a wide vocal range, approximately three octaves that span from contralto to soprano tessituras, as well as her singular jazz-influenced stylings and multi-layered harmonies.
Baskin, Burtb. December 17, 1913, Illinois, United States
d. December 24, 1967, California, United States
Father: From Russia
Burt Baskin was a businessman who co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain in 1946 with business partner and brother-in-law Irv Robbins.
Basquiat, Jean-Michelb. December 22, 1960, New York, United States
d. August 12, 1988, New York, United States
Father: From Haiti
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an artist who came to prominence through his graffiti and later developed a unique style which incorporated poetry, painting and drawing. Much of his work criticizes power structures in society and looks at dichotomies such as rich versus poor.
Bass, Bennyb. December 4, 1903, Kiev, present-day Ukraine
d. June 25, 1975, Pennsylvania, United States
Benny Bass was a well-known boxer who revelled in a nearly twenty year career in professional boxing from 1921 to 1940.
Bass, Elaineb. 1927, New York, United States
Parents: From Hungary
Elaine Bass is an accomplished title sequence designer who has worked closely with Martin Scorsese.
Bass, Mercedesb. April 10, 1944, Tehran, Iran
Mercedes Bass is a philanthropist and socialite active in New York City, Aspen, Colorado and Fort Worth, Texas. She has supported the Metropolitan Opera and she is a trustee of the Aspen Institute and the American Academy in Rome.
Bass, Saulb. May 8, 1920, New York, United States
d. April 25, 1996, California, United States
Father: From Lithuania, Mother: From Russia
Saul Bass was a graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, best known for his design of motion-picture title sequences, film posters, and corporate logos.
Bassett, Scoutb. August 18, 1988, Nanjing, China
Scout Bassett is a paralympic track and field runner. She took 5th in the 100m and 10th in the long jump in the 2016 Rio Games.
Batatu, Hannab. 1926, Jerusalem, present-day Israel
d. 2000, Connecticut, United States
Hanna Batatu was a historian, specializing in the history of Iraq and the modern Arab East. His research on Iraq is considered the leading study on modern Iraqi history.
Bateson, Gregoryb. May 9, 1904, Grantchester, United Kingdom
d. July 4, 1980, California, United States
Gregory Bateson was an anthropologist whose work intersected with many other fields and who helped extend systems theory and cybernetics to the social and behavioral sciences.
Battisti, Frank J.b. October 4, 1922, Ohio, United States
d. October 19, 1994, Ohio, United States
Parents: From Italy
Frank J. Battisti was a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Ohio. He presided over many controversial cases including the acquittal of eight Ohio national guardsmen involved in the Kent State University shootings, as well as Reed vs. Rhodes.
Bauer, Haroldb. April 28, 1873, Surrey, United Kingdom
d. March 12, 1951, Florida, United States
Harold Bauer was a distinguished pianist, teaching at the Manhattan School of Music. His American debut was with the Boston Symphon Orchestra performing Brahms Concerto in D minor in 1900.
Bauer, Stevenb. December 2, 1956, Havana, Cuba
Steven Bauer is an actor and producer, known for Scarface (1983), Primal Fear (1996) and Ray Donovan (2013).
Bautista, Daveb. January 18, 1969, Washington, D.C., United States
Paternal Grandparents: From the Philippines
Dave Bautista is an actor, semi-retired professional wrestler, former mixed martial artist, and bodybuilder. He is one of the WWE's most-decorated stars who was able to segue his athletic career into acting roles on big box office action flicks.
Bay, Michaelb. February 17, 1965, California, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Russia
Michael Bay is a director and producer who has made a name for himself in Hollywood thanks to his series of blockbuster films, including Armageddon (1998) and the Transformers franchise. Bay started his career in film as a music video director.
Bay, Zoltánb. July 24, 1900, Gyulavari, Hungary
d. October 4, 1992, Washington, D.C., United States
Zoltán Bay was a physicist, professor, and engineer who developed technologies, including tungsten lamps and microwave devices.
Beah, Ishmaelb. November 23, 1980, Mogbwemo, Sierra Leone
Ishmael Beah is an author who rose to fame for his memoir, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, about his time as a child soldier during the civil war in Sierra Leone.
Beame, Abrahamb. March 20, 1906, London, United Kingdom
d. February 10, 2001, New York, United States
Abraham Beame was the 104th mayor of New York City, from 1974 to 1977. He was the city's first Jewish mayor. Beame struggled to lead the city through its worst financial crisis. Beame, long after his term, was praised for helming a government free of corruption.
Beard, Frankb. 1842, Ohio, United States
d. 1905, Place unknown
Frank Beard was a political cartoonist and caricaturist who worked for publications such as Harper's Weekly. Many of his works took an explicitly political stance and showed a bias for Prohibition and against immigration.
Bearden, Romareb. September 21, 1911, North Carolina, United States
d. March 12, 1988, New York, United States
Romare Bearden is widely considered one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century. After his death, Bearden's legacy lives on through the Romare Bearden Foundation for aspiring artists.
Beauvais, Garcelleb. November 26, 1966, Saint-Marc, Haiti
Garcelle Beauvais is a well-known actress and talk show host.
Becall, Laurenb. September 16, 1924, New York, United States
d. August 12, 2014, New York, United States
Mother: From Romania, Paternal Grandparents: From present-day Belarus
Lauren Bacall was an actress well known for her long career in films. In 1944, she began her acting career playing opposite Humphrey Bogart in a series of now classic crime films. Bacall married Bogart in 1945 and their romance both on and off screen became the stuff of legend.
Beck, Glennb. February 10, 1964, Washington, United States
Glenn Beck is a talk show host, political commentator, and producer. He is the CEO, founder, and owner of Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his television and radio network TheBlaze.
Beck, Maryb. February 29, 1908, Pennsylvania, United States
d. January 30, 2005, Michigan, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Mary Beck was a Detroit Democratic Party politician, female activist and journalist from Pennsylvania, most notable for being Detroit's first female city council woman.
Beck, Royb. July 12, 1948, Missouri, United States
Roy Beck is an American journalist and public policy analyst who founded and has served as President of NumbersUSA.
Becker, Garyb. December 2, 1930, Pennsylvania, United States
d. May 3, 2014, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Father: From Canada
Gary Becker was an economist and empiricist. Becker was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992 and received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.
Beckert, Svenb. 1965, Frankfurt, Germany
Sven Beckert is a historian whose focus is the history of the United States in the 19th century, with a particular reference to capitalism and global trade.
Bejczy, Antal K.b. January 16, 1930, Sinatelep, Hungary
d. June 25, 2015, California, United States
Antal K. Bejczy was a scientist who pioneered the development of "smart hands" with "smart sensors" in robotics. He holds forty-three NASA innovation awards, seven US patents and published more than one hundred and sixty technical papers and eleven book chapters.
Belafonte, Harryb. March 1, 1927, New York, United States
Parents: From Jamaica
Harry Belafonte is a multi-talented performer whose decades-long career has impacted music, television, film, and activism. He popularized Calypso music in the United States, became the first African-American television producer, and has fought for civil rights in the United States and around the world.
Belarsky, Sidorb. February 12, 1898, Kryzhopol, Ukraine
d. June 7, 1975, New York, United States
Sidor Belarsky was a popular for his singing career with the Los Angeles Sympothy. His career in Jewish music helped keep many Yiddish songs alive and carried them on to new generations.
Belasco, Leonb. October 11, 1902, Odessa, present-day Ukraine
d. June 1, 1988, California, United States
Leon Belasco was an film and television actor and musician who enjoyed a career in film that lasted nearly 50 years. Belasco appeared in nearly 150 films and television shows.
Belbin, Tanithb. July 11, 1984, Kingston, Canada
Tanith Belbin is a two-time Olympic figure skater, taking silver in pairs at the 2006 Winter Games. She is currently a program host for NBC Sports.
Belfer, Arthurb. 1906, Poland
d. May 2, 1993, New York, United States
Arthur Belfer was a businessman and philanthropist who founded the Belco Petroleum Corporation.
Belkin, Julesb. April 30, 1931, Ohio, United States
Parents: From Russia
Jules Belkin is a concert promoter. Along with his brother, Mike, he started Belkin Productions in 1965. Belkin Productions promted many concerts throughout the years, including the successful World Series of Rock Concerts at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.
Belkin, Mikeb. September 19, 1935, Ohio, United States
Parents: From Russia
Mike Belkin is a concert promoter and manager of Rock and Roll Artists. He and his brother, Jules started Belkin Productions in 1965. They promoted a multitude of concerts over the years, including the World Series of Rock and managed artists, including the James Gang, Michael Stanley, and the Sir Douglas Quintet.
Bell, Alexander Grahamb. March 3, 1847, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
d. August 2, 1922, Nova Scotia, Canada
Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor and engineer. He patented the telephone and cofounded AT&T, a telecommunications company.
Bell, Kristenb. July 18, 1980, Michigan, United States
Paternal Great-grandmother: From Germany, Maternal Great-grandparents: From Poland
Kristen Anne Bell is a stage,television and film actress. She made her Broadway debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Bell is best known for playing title role in the teen television drama Veronica Mars.
Bellak, Laszlob. February 12, 1911, Budapest, Hungary
d. September 20, 2006, Miami, United States
Laszlo Bellak was a world-class table tennis player. He took the U.S. Men's Singles title in 1938, the U.S. Men's Doubles in 1937, 1939, and 1943, and the U.S. Mixed Doubles in 1941, and was inducted into the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 1980.
Bellak, Leopoldb. June 22, 1916, Vienna, Austria
d. March 24, 2000, New York, United States
Leopold Bellak was a clinical professor of psychology at New York University with work on dementia, schizophrenia, and ADD.
Belldegrun, Arie S.b. 1949, Israel
Parents: From Israel
Arie S. Belldegrun is a urologic oncologist, businessman, investor and philanthropist.
Bello, Mariab. April 18, 1967, Pennsylvania, United States
Paternal Great-grandparents: From Italy
Maria Bello is an award-winning television and film actress. She won critical acclaim for her supporting role in the series ER.
Bellow, Saulb. June 10, 1915, Quebec, Canada
d. April 5, 2005, Massachusetts, United States
Father: From present-day Lithuania, Mother: From present-day Latvia
Saul Bellow was a writer. His best remembered works include The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, Mr. Sammler's Planet, Seize the Day, Humboldt's Gift and Ravelstein.
Bemelmans, Ludwigb. April 27, 1898, Meran, present-day Italy
d. October 1, 1962, New York, United States
Ludwig Bemelmans was a painter, writer, and illustrator who is best known for his series of the Madeline children's books.
Ben-Atar, Doronb. May 25, 1957, Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel
Doron Ben-Atar is a historian, playwright and expert on intellectual property. His research shows how historic misappropriation of intellectual property can be linked to the economy of the United States.
Ben-Jochannan, Yosefb. December 31, 1918, Gondar, Ethiopia
d. March 19, 2015, New York, United States
Yosef Ben-Jochannan was a controversial Afrocentric scholar, writer and historian.
Benacerraf, Barujb. October 29, 1920, Caracas, Venezuela
d. August 2, 2011, Massachusetts, United States
Baruj Benacerraf was an immunologist, who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the major histocompatibility complex genes.
Benben, Brianb. June 18, 1956, Virginia, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Austria
Brian Benben is a television and film and actor. He had appeared on Broadway and had recurring parts in several series and mini-series before his breakout starring role in the sitcom Dream On.
Benesch, Ruth Baadeb. February 25, 1925, Paris, France
d. March 25, 2000, New York, United States
Ruth Baade Benesch was a biochemist who researched hemoglobin chemistry.
Benjamin, Bennyb. July 25, 1925, Alabama, United States
d. April 20, 1969, Michigan, United States
Benny Benjamin was a jazz musician, most notable as the drummer for the Motown Studios band the Funk Brothers. He played on many influential singles and records.
Benmosche, Bobb. May 29, 1944, New York, United States
d. February 27, 2015, New York, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Lithuania
Bob Benmosche was the president and chief executive officer of American International Group.
Benny, Jackb. February 14, 1894, Illinois, United States
d. December 26, 1974, California, United States
Father: From Poland, Mother: from Lithuania
Jack Benny was a radio, film, and television actor and comedian. Benny's unique brand of comedic timing, which he began honing on the stages of vaudeville, was a big influence on what would eventually become the sitcom genre.
Bentley, Helen Delichb. November 28, 1923, Nevada, United States
d. August 6, 2016, Maryland, United States
Parents: From Serbia
Helen Delich Bentley (a former journalist) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland, serving from 1985 to 1995.
Berenson, Bernardb. June 26, 1865, Butrimonys, Lithuania
d. October 6, 1959, Florence, Italy
Bernard Berenson was an art historian who specialized in the Renaissance and was a major figure in the attribution of Old Masters. His most well known publication is The Italian Painters of the Renaissance.
Bergdorf, Hermanb. Date and year unknown, France
d. Date and year unknown, Paris, France
Herman Bergdorf was a tailor and the founder of Bergdorf Goodman, a department store chain.
Bergeron, Tomb. May 6, 1955, Massachusetts, United States
Paternal Great-grandparents: From Canada
Tom Bergeron is a television personality, comedian, and game show host.
Bergson, Mariab. 1914, Vienna, Austria
d. March 19, 2009, United States
Maria Bergson was an interior designer who specialized in cooperate offices.
Berkman, Alexanderb. November 21, 1870, Vilnius, present-day Lithuania
d. June 28, 1936, Nice, France
Alexander Berkman was a political activist. He was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century.
Berkowitz, Bruceb. 1958, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Russia
Bruce Berkowitz is an equity fund manager and registered investment adviser.
Berlin, Irvingb. May 11, 1888, Tolochin, Russia
d. September 22, 1989, New York, United States
Irving Berlin was a composer and songwriter who is considered one of the most successful songwriters in history. Berlin composed over 1500 songs and dozens of scores for musicals. His songs have been covered by a countless number of artists.
Berliner, Emile b. May 20, 1851, Hanover, present-day Germany
d. August 3, 1929, Washington D.C., United States
Emile Berliner was an inventor, businessman, and philanthropist. His work significantly improved the telephone and the gramophone, and he founded the United States Gramophone Company.
Bernanke, Benb. December 13, 1953, Georgia, United States
Paternal Granfather: From Ukraine
Ben Bernanke is an economist at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, from 2006 to 2014.
Bernard, Carlosb. October 12, 1962, Illinois, United States
Mother: From Spain
Carlos Bernard is an actor and writer. He is noted for his supporting role in television action drama 24.
Bernhard, Lucianb. March 15, 1883, Stuttgart, Germany
d. May 29, 1972, New York, United States
Lucian Bernhard was a graphic designer remembered for being the creative force behind a crisp, higly linear, German design style called Sackplakt.
Bernstein, Elmerb. April 4, 1922, New York, United States
d. August 18, 2004, California, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Elmer Bernstein was a well-known composer and conductor of numerous soundtracks for film and television. Bernstein was nominated for several Acadamy Awards throughout his career and he won the Oscar for best score in 1967 for Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Bernstein, Irvingb. November 15, 1916, New York, United States
d. September 25, 2001, California, United States
Parents: From Lithuania
Irving Bernstein was a historian of the labor movement and a political scientist. He wrote several books about the labor movement including A History of the American Worker and The Lean Years: A History of the American Worker, 1920-1933.
Bernstein, Leonardb. August 25, 1918, Massaschusetts, United States
d. October 14, 1990, New York, United States
Parents: From present-day Ukraine
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first American-born conductors to receive worldwide fame. He composed the score for the Broadway musical West Side Story.
Berra, Yogib. May 12, 1925, Missouri, United States
d. September 22, 2015, New Jersey, United States
Parents: From Italy
Yogi Berra was a baseball player who played catcher for the New York Yankees from 1946 to 1963. He helped the Yankees win several pennants and holds the record for winning the most championships in baseball history.
Bertoia, Harryb. March 10, 1915, San Lorenzo, Italy
d. November 6, 1978, Pennsylvania, United States
Harry Bertoia was an artist, sound art sculptor, and modern furniture designer.
Berty, Thomas Elodb. January 1, 1931, Kispest, Hungary
Thomas Elod Berty worked at Union Carbide as a chemical engineer for pilot plant design and operation. Later, he worked at Fluor Engineering and Construction as a process engineer and principal process development engineer.
Bethe, Hansb. July 2, 1906, Strasbourg, Germany
d. March 6, 2005, New York, United States
Hans Bethe was a nuclear physicist who helped shape quantum physics. He won a Nobel Prize in Astrophysics.
Bettmann, Ottob. October 15, 1903, Leipzig, Germany
d. May 1, 1998, Florida, United States
Otto Bettmann was known as "The Picture Man" and wish the rise of Photojournalism he created the "Bettmann Archive." He is considered to have "virtually invented the image resource business."
Bewkes, Jeff b. May 25, 1952, New Jersey, United States
Maternal Grandmother: From Germany
Jeff Bewkes is a media executive and the CEO of Time Warner, a cable company.
Bhagwati, Jagdishb. July 26, 1934, India
Jagdish Bhagwati is a professor of economics at Columbia University and a Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Bhajan, Yogib. August 26, 1929, Kot Harkarn, present-day Pakistan
d. October 6, 2004, New Mexico, United States
Yogi Bhajan is known for introducing Kundalini Yoga and Sikhism to the United States. He created the still active 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) Foundation in 1969.
Bhatia, Sabeerb. December 30, 1968, Chandigarh, India
Sabeer Bhatia is an entrepreneur and the cofounder of Hotmail.com, an email service that has since been acquired by Microsoft.
Bhatt, Ajayb. September 6, 1957, Vadodara, India
Ajay Bhatt is a computer architect who has been key in developing many widely used computer technologies, such as the USB.
Bibb, Leonb. October 5, 1944, Alabama, United States
Leon Bibb was the first African-American prime time news anchor in the state of Ohio and served as news anchor at WEWS TV in Cleveland, Ohio from 1995-2017. He continues to host the Sunday morning Kaleidoscope program focusing on urban issues in Cleveland.
Bieber, Margareteb. July 31, 1879, present-day Drzonowo, present-day Poland
d. February 25, 1978, Connecticut, United States
Margarete Bieber was an art historian, classical archaeologist and professor. She studied the theatre, sculpture and clothing of ancient Rome and Greece.
Biehle, August F., Jr.b. January 13, 1885, Ohio, United States
d. February 7, 1979, Ohio, United States
Parents: From Germany
August F Biehle Jr. was an artist who contributed paintings of both urban and rural Ohio to the American Scene movement of the 1920s and 1930s. Biehle was a member of the Kokoon Arts Club in Cleveland, Ohio, which was founded in 1911 by a group of young Cleveland artists.
Bielenberg, Johnb. 1957, Regensburg, Germany
John Bielenberg is an AIGA award winning graphic designer.
Bierstadt, Albertb. January 7, 1830, Solingen, present-day Germany
d. February 18, 1902, New York, United States
Albert Bierstadt was a painter, best known for his depictions of the American West. Bierstadt joined several trips during the Westward Expansion to seek inspiration for his large landscape paintings.
Bigler, Johnb. January 8, 1805, Pennsylvania, United States
d. November 29, 1871, California, United States
John Bigler was a lawyer, politician and diplomat. He serves as the third Governor of California and the second Speaker of the California State Assembly. One of Bigler's best known policies involved the prevention of Chinese immigrants from entering California.
Bihari, Joeb. May 30, 1925, Tennessee, United States
d. November 28, 2013, California, United States
Father: From Hungary, Mother: From present-day Slovakia
Joe Bihari, along with his brother Saul, founded Modern Records, an important independent record label that produced early recordings of B.B. King, Etta James, and other blues and rhythm and blues artists.
Bikel, Theodoreb. 1924, Vienna, Austria
d. July 21, 2015, California, United States
Theodore Bikel is one of the most versatile and respected actors and performers of his generation. He won acclaim both on Broadway and in Hollywood for his mastery of languages, dialects and accents.
Bilbray, Brianb. January 28, 1951, California, United States
Brian Bilbray is a politician who served as a U.S. Representative for California's 50th congressional district, serving from 2006 to 2012, and previously for the 49th district from 1995 to 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party and is on the national board of advisors for the Federation of American Immigration Reform.
Bilirakis, Gusb. February 8, 1963, Florida, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Greece
Gus Bilirakis is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 12th congressional district, serving since January 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Billikopf, Jacob b. June 1, 1882, Vilnius, present-day Lithuania
d. December 31, 1950, Pennsylvania, United States
Jacob Billikopf was a nationally known figure in social work, Jewish philanthropy and labor arbitration. In 1937 and 1938, he dedicated himself full-time to bringing European Jewish refugees into the United States.
Biosse, Vladineb. June 19, 1982, Praia, Cabo Verde
Vladine Biosse is a super middleweight boxer.
Birch, Elizabethb. September 2, 1956, Ohio, United States
Father: From Canada
Elizabeth Birch is an activist for gay rights. Birch was executive director of the HRC (Human Rights Campaign).
Biro, Bela L.b. August 26, 1937, Endrod, Hungary
d. October 24, 2014, Hungary
Bela L. Biro launched his doctoral study of Climatology and Geomorphology. He was an occasional contributor to Hungarian-American newspapers, magazines, and journals. His legacy of language, literature, geography, culture, folklore, and ethnic studies continued over his lifespan.
Bishop, Robb. July 13, 1951, Utah, United States
Rob Bishop is the U.S. Representative for Utah's 1st congressional district and Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Bjorlin, Nadiab. August 2, 1980, Rhode Island, United States
Father: From Sweden, Mother: From Iran
Nadia Bjorlin is an actress and model.
Black, Benb. December 11, 1889, Dudley, United Kingdom
d. December 26, 1950, California, United States
Ben Black was the musical director of the Paramount Theatres in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.
Black, Dianeb. January 16, 1951, Maryland, United States
Diane Black is a politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district, elected in 2010.
Black, Edwinb. February 27, 1950, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Poland
Edwin Black is a columnist and investigative journalist whose writing discusses the historical interplay between economics and politics in the Middle East, the financial underpinnings of Nazi Germany and the connections between corporations and states.
Blackbourn, Davidb. 1949, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
David Blackbourn is a historian who focuses on modern German and European History.
Blackburn, Elizabethb. November 26, 1948, Tasmania, Australia
Elizabeth Blackburn is a Nobel laureate who is currently the President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She is a pioneer in the study of telomeres and won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Blackson, Michaelb. November 28, 1972, Ghana
Michael Blackson is an actor and comedian who featured in P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy on HBO and starred in a commercial for the Chappelle Show on Comedy Central.
Blackwell, Emilyb. October 8, 1826, Bristol, United Kingdom
d. September 7, 1910, Maine, United States
Emily Blackwell was a physician. She was important in fighting for women to be accepted in the medical field.
Blades, Rubénb. July 16, 1948, Panama City, Panama
Rubén Blades is a singer, songwriter, actor, musician, activist, and politician, performing musically most often in the afro-cuban, salsa, and latin jazz genres.
Blanda, Georgeb. September 17, 1927, Pennsylvania, United States
d. September 27, 2010, California, United States
Father: From present-day Czech Republic
George Blanda was a football quarterback and placekicker who played professionally in the American Football League and National Football League. Blanda played 26 seasons of professional football, the most in the sport's history, and had scored more points than anyone in history at the time of his retirement.
Blatty, William Peterb. January 7, 1928, New York, United States
d. January 12, 2017, Maryland, United States
Parents: From Lebanon
William Peter Blatty was a writer and filmmaker who is best known for the novel and screenplay of the wildly successful film, The Exorcist. His film Ninth Configuration (1980) (based on his novel of the same name) enjoys a strong cult following to this day.
Blavatnik, Lenb. June 14, 1957, Odessa, Ukraine
Len Blavatnik is successful billionaire who made his fortune via countless different industries and fields, including oil, the music industry, and fashion.
Bledel, Alexisb. September 16, 1981, Texas, United States
Father: From Argentina
Alexis Bledel is an accomplished actress and model best known her role as Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. In 2017, Bledel won a Primetime Emmy Award for her work on the Hulu original series Handmaid's Tale based on the Margaret Atwood novel by the same title.
Bleeth, Yasmineb. June 14, 1968, New York, United States
Mother: From Algeria, Paternal Great-great-grandparents: From Germany
Yasmine Bleeth is a former actress. Her television roles include Caroline Holden in the long-running series Baywatch, and LeeAnn Demerest on the soap opera One Life to Live.
Bloch, Ernestb. July 24, 1880, Geneva, Switzerland
d. July 15, 1959, Portland, Oregon
Ernest Bloch was a master composer. He studied violin and composition at a young age and completed several orchestral, concert, chamber, and instrument pieces.
Bloch, Felixb. October 23, 1905, Zurich, Switzerland
d. September 10, 1983, Zurich, Switzerland
Felix Bloch was a physicist who researched nuclear physics and won a Nobel Peace Prize in the same field.
Bloch, Konradb. January 21, 1912, Nysa, Poland
d. October 15, 2000, Massachusetts, United States
Konrad Bloch was a biochemist. Bloch received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1964 for discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of the cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism.
Bloembergen, Nicolaasb. March 11, 1920, Dordrecht, Netherlands
d. September 5, 2017, Arizona, United States
Nicolaas Bloembergen was a physicist and Nobel laureate, recognized for his work in developing driving principles behind nonlinear optics for laser spectroscopy. He was a professor at Harvard University and later at the University of Arizona. Bloembergen shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics with Arthur Schawlow.
Bloom, Hymanb. August 18, 1913, present-day Bauska Municipality, present-day Latvia
d. August 26, 2009, New Hampshire, United States
Hyman Bloom was an expressionistic painter. His Judaic background had a heavy influence on his art, which concentrated on religious subjects such as Jewish rituals and synagogue interiors.
Bloomberg, Michael b. February 14, 1942, Massachusetts, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Russia, Maternal Grandfather: From Belarus
Michael Bloomberg is a businessman, politician and author. He is the former Mayor of New York City and the CEO, owner and founder of Bloomberg L.P., a financial services and media company.
Bloomingdale, Joseph B.b. December 22, 1842, New York, United States
d. November 21, 1904, New York, United States
Father: From Germany
Joseph B. Bloomingdale was a businessman who, with his brother, cofounded the New York department store Bloomingdale's in 1872.
Bloomingdale, Lymanb. February 11, 1841, New York, United States
d. October 13, 1905, New Jersey, United States
Father: From Germany
Lyman Bloomingdale was a businessman who, with his brother, cofounded the New York department store Bloomingdale's in 1872.
Blucas, Marcb. January 11, 1972, Pennsylvania, United States
Paternal Great-grandparents: From Poland
Marc Blucas is an actor who debuted in the Whoopie Goldberg comedy Eddie. Blucas has since appeared in a number of films and television series, including Necessary Roughness.
Blumberg, Baruch Samuelb. July 28, 1925, New York, United States
d. April 5, 2011, California, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Russia
Baruch Samuel Blumberg was a physician, geneticist, and co-recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for his work on the hepatitis B virus while an investigator at the NIH.
Blumenthal, Josephb. October 4, 1897, New York, United States
d. July 11, 1990, Connecticut, United States
Father: From Germany
Joseph Blumenthal was a typface designer and printer. He is remembered as the typographer of Robert Frosts' poetry.
Blumenthal, Michaelb. January 3, 1926, Oranianburg, Germany
Michael Blumenthal served as the 64th United States Secretary of the Treasury. He Served from January 23, 1977 to August 4, 1979 under President Jimmy Carter.
Blumenthal, W. Michaelb. January 3, 1926, Oranienburg, Germany
W. Michael Blumenthal is a business leader, economist and political adviser who served as United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1979.
Blyleven, Bertb. April 6, 1951, Zeist, Netherlands
Bert Blyleven is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1970 to 1992, and was best known for his curveball. Blyleven was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. He is currently the color commentator for the Minnesota Twins on Fox Sports North.
Boas, Franzb. July 9, 1858, Minden, Germany
d. December 21, 1942, New York, United States
Franz Boas was an anthropologist at Columbia University and a founder of the American Anthropological Society.
Bock, Laszlob. 1972, Romania
Laszlo Bock is a businessman and former executive at Google Inc., working in People Operations. He is publically recognized for his hiring practices.
Boesky, Ivanb. March 6, 1936, Michigan, United States
Parents: From Russia
Ivan Boesky is a former American stock trader who is notable for his prominent role in an insider trading scandal that occurred in the United States during the mid-1980s.
Bogaerts, Xanderb. October 1, 1992, Oranjestad, Aruba
Xander Bogaerts is a shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. He was a 2016 AL All-Star and was named the AL Silver Slugger for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016.
Bogdanovich, Peterb. July 30, 1939, New York, United States
Father: From present-day Syria, Mother: From Austria
Peter Bogdanovich is a film historian and movie director best known for hits such as Target, The Last Picture Show, What's Up Doc?, Paper Moon and Mask.
Boggs, Grace Leeb. June 27, 1915, Rhode Island, United States
d. October 5, 2015, Michigan, United States
Parents: From China
Grace Lee Boggs was an author, social activist, philosopher and writer. She wrote on the history of revolution and political activism.
Boghosian, Varujanb. June 26, 1926, Connecticut, United States
Father: From Armenia
Varujan Boghosian is an artist, known for his sculptures and assemblages made from found materials. Boghosian uses a variety of sources for inspiration including literature, art, history and music. He uses symbols in his work and often references cross-cultural myths and poetry.
Boiardi, Ettoreb. October 22, 1897, Piacenza, Italy
d. June 21, 1985, Ohio, United States
Ettore Boiardi was an accomplished chef, having worked at the Plaza Hotel in NYC and the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. He opened a restaurant in Cleveland in 1926 and his sauce became so popular that he began mass producing it in 1927 to be sold throughout the United States.
Bok, Edward Williamb. October 9, 1863, Den Helder, the Netherlands
d. January 9, 1930, Florida, United States
Edward William Bok was an editor and author. He won a Pulitzer Prize for The Americanization of Edward Bok: The Autobiography of a Dutch Boy Fifty Years After.
Bol, Manuteb. October 16, 1962, Turalei, present-day South Sudan
d. June 19, 2010, Virginia, United States
Manute Bol was a professional basketball player who played between 1985-1995. His specialty was shot-blocking and he was tied with Gheorghe Murasan as tallest player in NBA History. He also was very politically and philanthropically active, during and after his basketball career.
Boleslawski, Richardb. February 4, 1889, Dębowa Góra, Poland
d. January 17, 1937, California, United States
Richard Boleslawski was an actor, director, and teacher who studied under the famous teacher Konstantin Stanislavski. In the United States, The "Stanislavski technique" would later evolve into what is known today as method acting.
Bolm, Adolphb. September 25, 1884, Saint Petersburg, Russia
d. April 16, 1951, California, United States
Adolph Bolm was a respected ballet dancer, teacher, and choreographer. In 1932, Bolm founded the San Francisco Opera Ballet, which is considered the oldest ballet company in America.
Bolotowsky, Ilyab. July 1, 1907, St. Petersburg, Russia
d. November 22, 1981, New York, United States
Ilya Bolotowsky was a painter who explored non-representational painting, preferring to engage instead with the ideas of form and color. He was heavily influenced by Piet Mondrian and adopted some of his principles of order within visual art.
Bolton, Michaelb. February 26, 1953, Connecticut, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Russia, Maternal Grandfather: From Russia, Maternal Grandmother: From the United Kingdom
Michael Bolton is a singer and songwriter. His achievements include selling more than 75 million records, recording eight top 10 albums and two number one singles on the Billboard charts, as well as winning multiple American Music Awards and Grammy Awards.
Bomar, Mary Ameliab. Date and year unknown, Leicester, United Kingdom
Mary Amelia Bomar was the 17th Director of the United States National Park Service. She served from October 17, 2006 to January 20, 2009.
Bon Jovi, Jonb. March 2, 1962, New Jersey, United States
Paternal Great-grandparents: From Italy and Slovakia, Maternal Great-grandparents: From Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Switzerland
Jon Bon Jovi is a singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist and actor. He is best known as the frontman of the the rock group Bon Jovi.
Bond, Langhorneb. March 11, 1937, Shanghai, China
Langhorne Bond was a U.S. Federal Aviation Administrator. He served from May 4, 1977 to January 20, 1981.
Bond, Lilianb. January 18, 1908, London, United Kingdom
d. January 25, 1991, California, United States
Lilian Bond was an actress whose career spanned the 1940s to the late 1950s.
Bono, Sonnyb. February 16, 1935, Michigan, United States
d. January 5, 1998, Nevada, United States
Father: From Italy
Sonny Bono was a songwriter, singer, and, at the time of his death, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 1960s and 1970s, Bono rose to fame as part of the husband and wife pop music duo Sonny & Cher.
Boorstin, Daniel J.b. October 1, 1914, Georgia, United States
d. February 28, 2004, Washington D.C., United States
Grandparents: From Russia
Daniel J. Boorstin was a social historian who wrote on many subjects including American and World history. His major work was The Americans, published in three volumes: The Colonial Experience, The National Experience and The Democratic Experience.
Boot, Maxb. September 12, 1969, Moscow, Russia
Max Boot is an author, lecturer, and military historian whose publications include War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today and The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power.
Bor, Hillaryb. November 22, 1989, Eldoret, Kenya
Hillary Bor is a track and field athlete. He is part of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and ran the 3,000 meter steeplechase in the 2016 Rio Games for team U.S.A.
Bordoni, Irèneb. January 16, 1885, Corsica, France
d. March 19, 1953, New York, United States
Irène Bordoni was a Broadway performer, film actress, and singer. Bordoni made her Hollywood debut in Warner Brothers Show of Shows (1928).
Borges, Mariab. October 28, 1992, Luanda, Angola
Maria Borges is a fashion model. She was named Forbes Africa Magazine's top model of 2013.
Boritt, Gaborb. 1940, Budapest, Hungary
Gabor Boritt is a historian and scholar on the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln.
Borjas, George J.b. October 15, 1950, Havana, Cuba
George J. Borjas is an economist and has been described as "America's leading immigration economist".
Borlaug, Normanb. March 25, 1914, Iowa, United States
d. September 12, 2009, Texas, United States
Maternal Grandparents: From Norway
Norman Borlaug was a biologist, geneticist, and botanist who engineered pest-resistant wheat. For his work, Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Born, Samb. September 10, 1891, present-day Russia
d. March 23, 1959, Place unknown
Sam Born was an inventor and candy-maker whose company Just Born is known today as the manufacturer of such candy favorites as Mike and Ike, Peeps, and Hot Tamales.
Borstein, Alexb. February 15, 1971, Illinois, United States
Mother: From Hungary
Alex Borstein is an actress and voice actress who is best know for her role as Lois Griffin on the animated TV series Family Guy.
Bosch, Johnny Yongb. January 6, 1976, Missouri, United States
Mother: From South Korea
Johnny Yong Bosch is an actor, voice actor, martial artist and musician. His first major role was the portrayal of Adam Park, the second Black Power Ranger and later, the Green Zeo Ranger and first Green Turbo Ranger in the Power Rangers franchise.
Boschwitz, Rudyb. November 7, 1930, Berlin, Germany
Rudy Boschwitz was a United States Senator for New York. He served from 1978-1990.
Bose, Amarb. November 2, 1929, Pennsylvania, United States
d. July 12, 2013, Massachusetts, United States
Father: From India
Amar Bose was an electrical engineer and sound engineer. He was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder and chairman of the Bose Corporation.
Botero, Fernandob. April 19, 1932, Medellín, Colombia
Fernando Botero is an artist and sculptor. His best known work is his figurative painting which portrays people as voluptuous and out of proportion with large rounded faces and bodies.
Boulud, Danielb. March 25, 1955, Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu, France
Daniel Boulud is an internationally recognized chef/restaurateur, with thirteen restaurants throughout the United States and the world. He and his restaurants are recipients of numerous James Beard Foundation awards.
Bourgeois, Louiseb. December 25, 1911, Paris, France
d. May 31, 2010, New York, United States
Louise Bourgeois was an artist, best remembered for her large scale sculptures and installations. She explored many themes within her practice including domesticity and the family, sexuality, the body, death and the subconscious.
Bourland, Elizabethb. August 13, 1963, San Jose, Costa Rica
Elizabeth Bourland is a former Olympic shooter who competed in women's air rifle.
Bove, Carolb. 1971, Geneva, Switzerland
Carol Bove is an artist, best known for her sculptures and installations. She explores materiality and modes of display, using materials including concrete, steel and found objects.
Bowes, Walter H.b. 1882, Bradford, United Kingdom
d. 1957, Washington D.C., United States
Walter H. Bowes was an industrialist and sportsman. He cofounded Pitney Bowes, a company that supports shipping and mailing.
Boyle, Gertb. March 6, 1924, Augsburg, Germany
Gert Boyle is a businesswoman who became the president of Columbia sportswear when her father died. She turned the company into a leading global seller of outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment with annual sales of more than $1 billion.
Bradley, Tomb. December 29, 1917, Texas, United States
d. September 29, 1988, California, United States
Parents: From Texas, United States
Tom Bradley was the first and only, African-American Mayor of Los Angeles whose term lasted from 1973-1993. Bradley is also the accidental namesake for the "Bradley Effect" used in predictive election results.
Braga, Sôniab. June 8, 1950, Paraná, Brazil
Sônia Braga is an actress. She is known in the English-speaking world for her Golden Globe Award nominated performances in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) and Moon over Parador (1988).
Braham, Edmundb. October 8, 1860, London, United Kingdom
d. November 21, 1921, Minnesota, United States
Edmund Braham was a concert performer and composer of multiple successful ballards.
Braham, Randolph L.b. December 20, 1922, Bucharest, Romania
Randolph L. Braham is a historian and political scientist, specializing in comparative politics and the Holocaust.
Brandeis, Louis D.b. November 13, 1856, Kentucky, United States
d. October 5, 1941, Washington, D.C, United States
Parents: From present-day Czech Republic
Louis D. Brandeis was a lawyer who was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1916. He became one of the most influential figures ever to serve on the high court. His opinions were, according to legal scholars, some of the "greatest defenses" of freedom of speech and the right to privacy ever written by a member of the Supreme Court.
Brandt, Lesley-Annb. December 2, 1981 Cape Town, South Africa
Lesley-Ann Brandt is an actress. Since January 2016, she has played the role of Maze in the television series Lucifer.
Breakspeare, Cindyb. October 24, 1954, Toronto, Canada
Father: Jamaican
Cindy Breakspeare is a jazz musician, model and won Miss World in 1976.
Bren, Donaldb. May 11, 1932, California, United States
Maternal Great-grandfather: From Ireland
Donald Bren is a businessman who is the chairman and sole owner of the Irvine Company, a US real estate investment company.
Brennan, William Joseph, Jr.b. April 25, 1906, New Jersey, United States
d. July 24, 1997, Washington, D.C., United States
Parents: From Ireland
William Joseph Brennan Jr. was an American judge who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1956 to 1990.
Breuer, Marcelb. May 21, 1902, Pécs, present-day Hungary
d. July 1, 1981, New York, United States
Marcel Breuer was an architect and furniture designer, remembered primarily for his architectural achievements; however, his Wassily chair remains a wildly recognized piece of furniture to date.
Brewer, Janb. September 26, 1944, California, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From Norway
Jan Brewer was the 22nd Governor of Arizona and the fourth female Governor in the state. In 2010, Brewer signed the controversial SB1070 bill which made being an alien in Arizona a misdemeanor.
Brewster, Jordanab. April 26, 1980, Panama City, Panama
Father: From the United Kingdom, Mother: From Brazil
Jordana Brewster is an actress and model. She is known for starring in the The Fast and the Furious series.
Brill, Abrahamb. October 12, 1874, Kanczuga, present-day Ukraine
d. March 2, 1948, New York, United States
Abraham Brill was a psychiatrist. He founded the New York Psychoanalytic Society, and translated many of Freud's books into English.
Brill, Yvonneb. December 30, 1924, Manitoba, Canada
d. March 27, 2013, New Jersey, United States
Yvonne Brill was a propulsion engineer who researched and patened satellite propulsion systems.
Brimelow, Peterb. October 13, 1947, Warrington, United Kingdom
Peter Brimelow is a writer. He largely writes about politics in the United States from his self-confessed 'paleoconservative' perspective.
Brin, Sergeyb. August 21, 1973, Moscow, Russia
Sergey Brin is a computer scientist and internet entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and Director of Special Projects at Google Inc.
Broad, Elib. June 6, 1933, New York, United States
Parents: From Lithuania
Eli Broad is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the only person to build two Fortune 500 companies in different industries.
Brock, Johnb. May 6, 1948, Mississippi, United States
John Brock was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. and is on the national board of advisors for the Federation of American Immigration Reform.
Brodeur, Martinb. May 6, 1972, Montreal, Canada
Martin Brodeur is a retired hockey player and is the current assistant manager for the St. Louis Blues. He is considered one of the best goaltenders and was the youngest goalie to win 300, then 400, and 500 NHL games.
Brodovitch, Alexeyb. May 1, 1898, Agolitschy, present-day Belarus
d. April 15, 1971, Le Thor, France
Alexey Brodovitch was a photographer, designer and instructor who is most famous for his art direction of fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar from 1934 to 1958. Brodovitch designed his own typeface in 1949. "Al-Bro."
Brodsky, Josephb. May 24, 1940, Saint Petersburg, present-day Russia
d. January 28, 1996, New York, United States
Joseph Brodsky was born Iosif Alexandrovich and was celebrated as the greatest Russian poet of his generation. Brodsky received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987 and served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1991 to 1992. Brodsky worked to make poetry a more central part of American culture.
Brody, Adrienb. April 14, 1973, New York, United States
Mother: From Hungary
Adrien Brody is an actor who, at 29 years old, became the youngest person to win an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Pianist (2002).
Bronfman, Edgar, Jr.b. May 16, 1955, New York, United States
Father: From Canada
Edgar Bronfman Jr. is a businessman who currently serves as a Managing Partner at Accretive LLC, a private equity firm focused on creating and investing in technology companies.
Bronner, Emanuelb. February 1, 1908, Heilbronn, Germany
d. March 7, 1997, California, United States
Emanuel Bronner was known as the maker of Dr. Bronner's Castile soap. Bronner used product labels to promote his moral and religious ideas, including a belief in the goodness and unity of humanity.
Bronson, Charlesb. November 3, 1921,Pennsylvania, United States
d. August 30, 2003, California, United States
Father and Maternal Grandparents: From Lithuania
Charles Bronson was an American actor. He starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Rider on the Rain, The Mechanic, and the Death Wish series. He was often cast in the role of a police officer, gunfighter, or vigilante in revenge-oriented plot lines.
Brook-Krasny, Alecb. March 2, 1958, Moscow, Russia
Alec Brook-Krasny is the first Russian-speaking candidate to become a member of New York State Assembly. Brook-Krasny served from 2006 to 2015.
Brooke, Heather b. 1970, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From the United Kingdom
Heather Brooke is a journalist and freedom of information campaigner.
Brooks, Gwendolynb. June 7, 1917, Kansas, United States
d. December 3, 2000, Illinois, United States
Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950. She went on to become the Poet Laureate of Illinois and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
Brosnan, Pierceb. May 16, 1953, Drogheda, Ireland
Pierce Brosnan, whose most famous appearances were as Remington Steel and secret agent James Bond, has been acting for almost 40 years, with seven new projects in the works for 2017-2018.
Brother Theodoreb. November 11, 1906, Düsseldorf, present-day Germany
d. April 5, 2001, New York, United States
Brother Theodore was a writer, existential comedian, surreal monologuist, metaphysician, voice actor and film actor who became known thanks to his many appearances on Late Night with David Letterman.
Brown, Claudeb. February 23, 1937, New York, United States
d. February 2, 2002, New York, United States
Parents: From South Carolina, United States
Claude Brown was an author. He wrote of the novel Manchild in the Promised Land which chronicles the realities of his life growing up in Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s, exposing the challenges for African-Americans who migrated to the so-called 'Promised Land' of New York.
Brown, Cora Maeb. April 19, 1914, Alabama, United States
d. December 17, 1972, Michigan, United States
Cora Mae Brown was the first African-American woman elected to a state senate when she was elected to the Michigan State Senate in 1952, representing Detroit.
Brown, Georg Stanfordb. June 24, 1943, Havana, Cuba
Georg Stanford Brown played Tom Harvey in the television miniseries Roots and in Roots: The Next Generations.
Brown, Lee P.b. October 4, 1937, Oklahoma, United States
Lee P. Brown is a criminologist and politivian considered the "Father of Community Policing". He was the first African-American Chief of Police in Houston, the first African-American Commissioner of Police in New York City and the first African-American Mayor of Texas.
Browne, Jackson b. October 9, 1948, Heidelberg, Germany
Jackson Browne is a singer-songwriter and musician who protested against nuclear powerplants.
Brownjohn, Robertb. August 8, 1925, New Jersey, United States
d. August 1, 1970, London, United Kingdom
Parents: From the United Kingdom
Robert Brownjohn was the graphic designer responsible for the title sequences of James Bond films, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger.
Bruguera, Taniab. July 18, 1968, Havana, Cuba
Tania Bruguera is a politically engaged installation and performance artist. Her work is about control and power. It looks at art, social movements and social change, and how these can operate together.
Bruna, Cindyb. September 24, 1994, Saint-Raphaël, France
Cindy Bruna is a model. She is the first model of color to ever walk exclusively for Calvin Klein.
Brunswick, John Mosesb. October 6, 1819, Bremgarten, Switzerland
d. July 25, 1886, Place unknown
John Moses Brunswick was the founder of the J.M. Brunswick Manufacturing Company, one of the enterprises that merged to form today's Brunswick Corporation.
Brunswik, Egonb. March 18, 1903, Budapest, Hungary
d. July 7, 1955, California, United States
Egon Brunswick was a professor at Berkeley, and specialized in probabilistic functionalism.
Brynner, Yulb. July 11, 1920, Vladivostok, Russia
d. October 10, 1985, New York, United States
Yul Brynner was an actor who is probably best remembered for his role as King Mongkut of Siam in the musical The King and I. Brynner won two Tony Awards and an Academy Award for his commanding portrayal.
Brzezinski, Mikab. May 2, 1967, New York, United States
Mika Brzezinski is a news presenter and author who currently co-hosts MSNBC's weekday morning broadcast show Morning Joe. She was formerly a CBS News correspondent, and was their principal "Ground Zero" reporter during the morning of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Brzezinski, Zbigniewb. March 28, 1928, Warsaw, Poland
d. May 26, 2017, Virginia, United States
Parents: From Poland
Zbigniew Brzezinski was a diplomat and political scientist who served as a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1968 and was President Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor from 1977 to 1981.
Buck, Leslieb. September 20, 1921, Khust, present-day Ukraine
d. April 26, 2010, New York, United States
Leslie Buck was the designer of the famous Anthora coffee cup, which he created for the Sherri Cup Company.
Buckley, William F., Jr.b. November 24, 1925, New York, United States
d. February 27, 2008, Connecticut, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Canada
William F. Buckley Jr. was an author, political commentator, television personality, and politician. He was a political conservative. He was the host of the show Firing Line from 1966-1999. It was the longest-running public affairs show with a single host.
Buehman, Henryb. May 15, 1851, Bremen, Germany
d. December 19, 1912, Arizona, United States
Henry Buehman was a photographer and politician. He operated a financially successful photography business and became the mayor of Tucson from 1895 till 1899.
Bühler, Charlotteb. December 20, 1893, Berlin, Germany
d. February 3, 1974, Stuttgart, Germany
Charlotte Bühler was a professor at the University of Southern California, specializing in child psychology. She also helped to found the Association for Humanistic Psychology.
Bühler, Karlb. May 27, 1879, Meckesheim, Germany
d. October 24, 1963, California, United States
Karl Bühler was a psychologist at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital and the University of Southern California with work on gestalt phenomena, child psychology, and information theory and communications.
Buisa, Akousab. December 30, 1966, Ghana
Akosua Busia is an actress, film director, author and songwriter. She is best known for her role as Nettie Harris in the 1985 film The Color Purple alongside Whoopi Goldberg.
Bukowski, Charlesb. August 16, 1920, Andernach, present-day Germany
d. March 9, 1994, California, United States
Charles Bukowski was a poet, novelist and short story writer. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships and the drudgery of work.
Bulawayo, NoVioletb. December 10, 1981, Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe
NoViolet Bulawayo is the pen name of Elizabeth Zandile Tshele. She is an author, best known for the novel We Need New Names.
Bulosan, Carlosb. November 24, 1913, Binalonon, Philippines
d. September 11, 1956, Washington, United States
Carlos Bulosan was a novelist and poet. His most popular work today is America is in the Heart.
Buncher, Jackb. October 3, 1911, Pennsylvania, United States
d. December 4, 2001, Florida, United States
Parents: From Russia
Jack Buncher was a real estate developer and industrialist.
Bündchen, Giseleb. July 20, 1980, Horizontina, Brazil
Gisele Bündchen is a model and actress. She is one of the highest paid models in the industry.
Burbidge, Margaretb. August 12, 1919, Davenport, United Kingdom
Margaret Burbidge is an astrophysicist and has contributed to over 370 articles on astronomical research. From 1979-1988, she was the first director of the Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences at the University of California San Diego, where she has worked since 1962.
Burckhardt, Samb. July 7, 1957, Sursee, Switzerland
Sam Burckhardt is a blues and jazz saxophone player. IHe was a member of the Sunnyland Slim Blues Band from 1982 until Sunnyland Slim's death in 1995. Burckhardt was also a founding member of the Mighty Blue Kings, a very popular jump blues band during the mid to late 1990s.
Bure, Pavelb. March 31, 1971, Moscow, Russia
Pavel Bure is a former professional hockey player. He played 12 seasons in the NHL.
Burgess, Michael C.b. December 23, 1950, Minnesota, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Canada
Michael C. Burgess is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Texas's 26th congressional district.
Burliuk, Davidb. July 21, 1882, Semyrotivka, present-day Ukraine
d. January 16, 1967, New York, United States
David Burliuk was a futurist and neo-primitivist artist, book illustrator, publicist, and author. He is often dubbed the "father of futurism."
Burnett, Charlesb. April 13, 1944, Mississippi, United States
Charles Burnett is a film writer-director who studied at UCLA's prestigious film school. His thesis project, Killer of Sheep, was one of the first films to be added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry and he has received grants from numerous arts foundations for his work.
Burnquist, Bobb. October 10, 1976, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bob Burnquist is a professional skateboarder. He holds over fifteen victories in national and international contests, is credited with advancing the sport to levels never thought, and is an entrepeneur within the industry.
Burns, Arthur F.b. August 27, 1904, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
d. June 26, 1987, Maryland, United States
Arthur F. Burns was an economic adviser to the Eisenhower administration (1953) and Chairman to the Federal Reserve (1970).
Burns, Georgeb. January 20, 1896, New York, United States
d. March 9, 1996, Los Angeles, United States
Father: From Austria, Mother: From Poland
George Burns was a comedian, actor, singer, and writer. His career spanned vaudeville, radio, movies, and television and at age 80, he received an Academy Award.
Burns, Ursula b. September 20, 1958, New York, United States
Parents: From Panama
Ursula Burns is a business executive and previously served as both chairman and CEO of the Xerox Corporation.
Burtin, Willb. January 17, 1908, Cologne, Germany
d. January 18, 1972, New York, United States
Will Burtin was a graphic designer, known for interrelating design and scientific concepts within his exhibits.
Burton, Sala Galanteb. April 1, 1925, Bialytok, Poland
d. February 7, 1987, Washington, D.C., United States
Sala Galante Burton was a United States Representative for New York. She served from 1983-1987.
Busch, Adolphusb. July 10, 1839, Wiesbaden, Germany
d. October 10, 1913, Lindschied, Germany
Adolphus Busch was a beer brewer. He co-founded the Anheuser-Busch company with his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser.
Butler, Pierceb. March 17, 1866, Minnesota, United States
d. November 16, 1939, Washington D.C., United States
Parents: From Ireland
Pierce Butler was a jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1923 until his death in 1939. He is notable for being the first Justice from Minnesota, and for being a Democrat appointed by a Republican president, Warren G. Harding.
Butlet, Jeanb. March 14, 1971, New York, United States
Mother: From Ireland
Jean Butler is a dancer, choreographer, and actress. Butler is best known as a stepdancer who was the original female lead in the successful, theatrical production Riverdance.
Butz, Albertb. 1849, Switzerland
d. 1905, United States
Albert Butz was a businessman and inventor. He cofounded Honeywell International, and invented the thermo-electric regulator, which preceded modern thermostat technology.

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Caan, Jamesb. March 26, 1940, New York, United States
Parents: From Germany
James Caan is an actor and director who is best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
Cabello, Camilab. March 3, 1997, Cojímar, Cuba
Camila Cabello is a singer and was a member of the pop vocal group Fifth Harmony. She announced her solo career in 2016.
Cabot, Susanb. July 9, 1927, Massachusetts, United States
d. December 10, 1986, California, United States
Parents: From Russia
Susan Cabot was a singer, stage and film actress. Cabot is known to many a cult movie aficionado for her final film, The Wasp Woman (1959).
Cabrera, Asdrúbalb. November 13,1985, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
Asdrúbal Cabrera is a professional baseball player. He plays shortstop for the New York Mets and is a two-time AL All-Star.
Cabrera, Melkyb. August 11, 1984, Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic
Melky Cabrera is professiona MLB outfielder. He has played for the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, and Kansas City Royals.
Cabrera, Miguelb. April 18, 1983, Maracay, Venezuela
Miguel Cabrera plays first base for the Detroit Tigers. He is a seven-time AL All-Star and was named the 2012 and 2013 AL MVP.
Cabrini, St. Frances Xavierb. July 15, 1850, Lombardy, Italy
d. December 22, 1917, Illinois, United States
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was a religious sister who founded Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an organization that helped Italian immigrants. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 7, 1946, making her the first United States citizen to be canonized. She is the patron saint of immigrants.
Cadmus, Paulb. December 17, 1904, New York, United States
d. December 12, 1999, Connecticut, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From Spain, Maternal Grandmother: From Cuba
Paul Cadmus was an artist who created satirical paintings commenting on social and political events, as well as depictions of all-male domestic life. Later he became better known as a representational artist for his figurative works, and also for his treatment of homosexuality.
Caesar, Sidb. September 8, 1922, New York, United States
d. February 12, 2014, California, United States
Father: From present-day Poland, Mother: From Russia
Sid Caesar was a pioneering comedian, actor, and writer. Caesar's 1950s live television comedy show, Your Show of Shows and the later Caesar's Hour, were hugely influential on many of the sketch comedy shows that followed.
Cafarelli, Carmelab. 1889, Ohio, United States
d. September 1, 1979, Ohio, United States
Father: From Italy
Carmela Cafarelli was the first harpist for the Cleveland Orchestra and studied opera singing in Italy. Upon her return, she became the driving force behind opera in Cleveland, presenting an annual opera in Masonic Auditorium for three decades.
Cahan, Abrahamb. July 7, 1860, Podberezhie, present-day Belarus
d. August 31, 1951, New York, United States
Abraham Cahan was a newspaper editor and novelist. He was the author of Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto and The Rise of David Levinsky.
Cain, Deanb. July 31, 1966, Michigan, United States
Paternal Great-grandparents: From Japan
Dean Cain is an actor, best know for his role as Clark Kent in the popular 1990s TV series, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Caldicott, Helenb. August 7, 1938 , Melbourne, Australia
Helen Caldicott is a physician and anti-nuclear activist.
Calleia, Josephb. August 4, 1897, Malta
d. October 31, 1975, Malta
Joseph Calleia was an character actor and singer on the stage and in films, radio, and television. Just a few of many of Calleia's noted performances are in the films The Jungle Book (1942), Gilda (1946), and Touch of Evil (1958).
Cameron, Donaldina b. July 26, 1869, New Zealand
d. January 4, 1968, California, United States
Donaldina Cameron was a missionary who rescued more than 3,000 Chinese immigrant girls and women from servitude in San Francisco.
Cammermeyer, Margarethe b. March 24, 1942, Oslo, Norway
Margarethe Cammermeyer was a chief nurse of the Washington National Guard who, discharged from duty on the grounds that she was homosexual, dedicated herself to changing the military's prejudiced policy against homosexuality and fought publicly for gay rights.
Candy, Johnb. October 31, 1950, Newmarket, Canada
d. March 4, 1994, Durango, Mexico
John Candy was a comedian and actor. He was in many movies, including Uncle Buck, Blues Brothers, and Spaceballs.
Cannavale, Bobbyb. May 3, 1970, New Jersey, United States
Mother: From Cuba
Bobby Cannavale is an actor known for his leading role as Bobby Caffey in the first two seasons of the crime drama series Third Watch. Cannavale also had a recurring role on the NBC comedy series Will & Grace as Will Truman's long-term boyfriend Officer Vincent "Vince" D'Angelo.
Cantor, B. Geraldb. December 17, 1916, New York, United States
d. July 17, 1996, California, United States
Parents: From Belarus
B. Gerald Cantor was the founder and chairman of securities firm Cantor Fitzgerald and an important philanthropist supporting visual arts institutions in the United States.
Cao, Josephb. March 13, 1967, Saigon, Vietnam
Joseph Cao was a United States Representative for New York. He served from 2009-2010.
Capa, Robertb. Ocotber 22, 1913, Budapest, Hungary
d. May 25, 1954, Thai Binh, Vietnam
Robert Capa was one of the great war photographers who photographed the tumultuous 1930s and the wars that followed. After World War II he helped found Magnum Photos, an international photographic agency.
Capra, Frankb. May 18, 1897, Bisacquino, Italy
d. September 3, 1991, California, United States
Frank Capra was one of America's most influential directors in the 1930s and 1940s. His films include It Happened One Night, You Can't Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It's a Wonderful Life.
Cara, Ireneb. March 18, 1959, New York, United States
Mother: From Cuba
Irene Cara is a singer, songwriter, and actress. Cara sang and co-wrote the international hit song Flashdance... What a Feeling (from the movie Flashdance), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984.
Carabelli, Josephb. April 9, 1850, Porto Ceresio, Italy
d. April 19, 1911, Ohio, United States
Joseph Carabelli was a stonemason, businessman, and prominent leader of Cleveland's Italian-American community. His business centered around Lake View Cemetery and contributed to the rise of Italian immigration in the area.
Carbonell, Nestorb. December 1, 1967, New York, United States
Parents: From Cuba
Nestor Carbonell is an actor, director and screenwriter. He came to prominence for his role as Luis Rivera in the sitcom Suddenly Susan.
Carell, Steveb. August 16, 1962, Massachusetts, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Italy
Steve Carell is a television and film comedic actor. He is probably best known for his work in the sitcom The Office and in films such as The 40 Year Old Virgin and an Oscar-nominated role in Foxcatcher.
Carey, Peterb. May 7, 1943, Victoria, Australia
Peter Carey is a writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction books. He is best known for the works Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang.
Carley, Gracieb. Date and year unknown, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Carley Gracie is a martial artist, a prominent member of the Gracie family, and a jiu-jitsu grandmaster. He is known as the father of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the United States.
Carnegie, Andrew b. November 25, 1835, Fife, United Kingdom
d. August 11, 1919, Massachusetts, United States
Andrew Carnegie was an industrialist, business magnate and philanthropist. He was an influential leader in the rise of the American steel industry.
Caron, Leslieb. July 1, 1931, Paris, France
Leslie Caron is a dancer and actress who has worked extensively in film and television. Over the course of her illustrious career, Caron has danced with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Carone, Nicolasb. June 4, 1917, New York, United States
d. July 15, 2010, New York, United States
Parents: From Italy
Nicolas Carone was an Abstract Expressionist artist. Some of his most admired works are the large black and white paintings that he made later in life which combined aspects of the figurative tradition with the instinctive processes of Abstract Expressionism.
Carrasco, Carlosb. March 21, 1987, Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Carlos Carrasco is a professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Carrera, Barbarab. December 31, 1945, Bluefields, Nicaragua
Barbara Carrera is a film and television actress and former model. She is known for her roles as SPECTRE assassin Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again, as Natalia Rambova in Condorman, and as Angelica Nero on the soap opera Dallas.
Carrey, Jimb. January 17, 1962, Newmarket, Canada
Jim Carrey is a comedian and actor best known for comedic and dramatic film roles in movies, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Truman Show.
Carroll, Diahannb. July 17, 1935, New York, United States
Father: From South Carolina, United States, Mother: From North Carolina, United States
Diahann Caroll is a singer and stage and screen actress that made her debut in some of the first productions featuring black casts. Caroll has won both a Tony and a Golden Globe in 1962 and 1969 respectively.
Carroll, Leo G.b. October 25, 1886, Weedon Bec, United Kingdom
d. October 16, 1972, California, United States
Leo G. Carroll was an actor who appeared in several of Alfred Hitchcock's films. Carroll is also familiar to many by his work on the TV series Topper in the 1950s and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in the 1960s.
Carter, Forrestb. September 24, 1925, Alabama, United States
d. June 7, 1979, Texas, United States
Forrest Carter was the pen name of Asa Earl Carter, a speech writer and novelist. He is best known for the works The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales and The Education of Little Tree.
Carter, Lyndab. July 24, 1951, Arizona, United States
Mother: From Mexico, Parernal Grandmother: From the United Kingdom
Lynda Carter was the first actress to put a face to the iconic super-heroine, Wonder Woman. Carter has also excelled at music, modeling, and beauty pageants during her illustrious career.
Carter, Matthewb. October 1, 1937, London, United Kingdom
Matthew Carter is a renown type designer, known for creating popular fonts such as Georgia, Tahoma, and Verdana.
Carto, Willisb. July 17, 1926, Indiana, United States
d. October 26, 2015, Virginia, United States
Willis Carto was a writer primarily known for his far right views and historical revisionism.
Carus, Marianneb. June 16, 1928, Dieringhausen, Germany
Marianne Carus was publisher and editor-in-chief of Cricket Books, a trade book line that published quality chapter books and middle-grade novels for children ages six to twelve. From 1990 to 1994, she was vice president of the Executive Board of the International Board on Books for Young People
Caserio, Marjorieb. February 26, 1929, London, United Kingdom
Marjorie Caserio is a leading physical organic chemist. In 1975, she was awarded the Garvan Medal by the American Chemical Society.
Cassini, Olegb: April 11, 1913, Paris, France
d. March 17, 2006, New York, United States
Oleg Cassini was a fashion designer. He became particularly well known as a designer for Jacqueline Kennedy whilst she was First Lady of the United States. The "Jackie Look" was to become highly influential and much admired.
Castaing, Françoisb. 1945, Marseille, France
François Castaing is an automotive executive. During his tenure at Chrysler, Francois Castaing redesigned the Jeep Grand Cherokee and conceived the Dodge Viper. In 2010, the designer was inducted into the automotive hall of fame.
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mariob. April 3, 1895, Florence, Italy
d. March 16, 1968, California, United States
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was a leading pianist, film music composer, and teacher. Many of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's students went on to begin fruitful careers as film composers and conductors, including Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, and John Williams.
Castillo, José Luisb. April 19, 1968, Den Haag, Netherlands
Father: From Colombia, Mother: From the Netherlands
José Luis Castillo is the founder of the Colombian American Foundation in Miami and the Pan American Coalition. Castillo is active in the community fighting for the rights and liberties of his fellow Colombian-Americans.
Castro, Starlinb. March 24, 1990, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
Starlin Castro is a starting second baseman for the New York Yankees. He played for the 2017 American League All Star Team.
Cates, Phoebeb. July 16, 1963, New York, United States
Mother: From China
Phoebe Cates is a film actress, model, and entrepreneur. She is known for her roles in the films Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins.
Cattelan, Mauriziob. September 21, 1960, Padua, Italy
Maurizio Cattelan is an artist, known for his satirical sculptures which combine humor and the macabre. He is interested in the absurd and working outside of the usual social norms. Figures such as Hitler and the Pope have featured in his sculptures.
Catz, Safrab. December 1, 1961, Holon, Israel
Safra Catz is the Director and CEO of Oracle Corporation. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company's chief financial officer.
Cauffiel, Jessicab. March 30, 1976, Michigan, United States
Paternal Grandmother: From Poland
Jessica Cauffiel is a television and film actress best known for her supporting role in the comedy film Legally Blonde and her recurring role on The Drew Carey Show. Cauffiel has also produced and written several film works.
Cavaglieri, Giorgiob. August 11, 1911, Venice, Italy
d. May 15, 2007, New York, United States
Giorgio Cavaglieri was an architect who was a leading figure in historic preservation of architecture. He is most widely known for his work on preserving the Jefferson Market Library.
Cave Brown, Anthonyb. March 21, 1929, Bath, United Kingdom
d. July 14, 2006, Virginia, United States
Anthony Cave Brown was a journalist, writer and historian who wrote about espionage and World War II.
Cedeño, Mattb. November 14, 1974, Washington, United States
Father: From Cuba
Matt Cedeño is a television actor and former male fashion model, best known for his roles as Brandon Walker on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (1999-2005), and as Alejandro Rubio in the Lifetime primetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013-2014).
Celebrezze, Anthony J., Sr.b. September 4, 1910, Anzi, Italy
d. October 29, 1998, Ohio, United States
Anthony J. Celebrezze Sr. was the 49th Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio from 1954 to 1961. Celebrezze also served as a cabinet member in both the Kennedy and Johnson adminstrations from 1962 to 1965. He was the first Italian-American to serve in a Presidential Cabinet.
Celmins, Vijab. October 25, 1938, Riga, Latvia
Vija Celmins is a visual artist best known for photo-realistic paintings and drawings of the ocean, spider webs, stars, fields, and rocks.
Celorio, Víctorb. July 27, 1957, Mexico City, Mexico
Víctor Celorio is an author, entrepreneur, and inventor. Celorio's most celebrated invention is the digital printing technology called InstaBook. The invention allows for a quick electronic delivery of a book in its digital form. The invention revolutionized the self-publishing market.
Cena, Johnb. April 23, 1977, Massachusetts, United States
Father: From Italy
John Cena is an American professional wrestler, rapper, actor, and reality television show host. He is currently signed to WWE.
Cespedes, Yoenisb. October 18, 1985, Granma, Cuba
Yoenis Cespedes is an outfielder for the New York Mets. He is a two time AL-Star and won the Home Run Derby in 2013 and 2014.
Cessa, Luisb. April 25, 1992 , Cordoba, Mexico
Luis Cessa is a right handed pitcher for the New York Yankees. He made his Major League Baseball debut in April of 2016.
Cha, Derek b. 1965, Seoul, South Korea
Derek Cha is a businessman and the owner and founder of sweetFrog, a frozen yogurt chain.
Cha, Theresa Hak Kyungb. March 4, 1951, Busan, South Korea
d. November 5, 1982, New York, United States
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha was a novelist. She is best known for Dictee, a novel which combines aesthetic innovation, theoretical sophistication and social commentary.
Chaliapin, Borisb. September 22, 1904, Moscow, Russia
d. October 5, 1979, New York, United States
Boris Chaliapin was an artist and sculptor. From 1942 to 1970, Chaliapin was also a busy cover illustrator for Time Magazine; he created over four hundred covers for the magazine.
Chamillionaireb. November 28, 1979, Washington, D.C., United States
Father: From Nigeria
Chamillionaire is a musician, rapper, entrepreneur, and investor.
Chamoun, Fadyb. 1953, Lebanon
Fady Chamoun is a restaurateur. He opened his first Aladdin's Restaurant in Lakewood, Ohio in 1994. There are now approximately 30 locations of this popular restaurant in four states.
Chan, Juneb. June 6, 1956, New York, United States
Mother: From China
June Chan is an activist who raises awareness for LGBT issues relating to the Asian-American community.
Chandler, Raymondb. July 23, 1888, Illinois, United States
d. March 26, 1959, California, United States
Mother: From Ireland
Raymond Chandler was a novelist and screenwriter. He largely wrote crime and detective fiction and is best known for the book The Big Sleep.
Chandra, Vikramb. July 23, 1961, New Delhi, India
Vikram Chandra is a novelist and short story writer whose books are about historical and contemporary life in India.
Chang-Díaz, Franklinb. April 5, 1950, San José, Costa Rica
Franklin Chang-Díaz is a mechanical engineer, physicist and former NASA astronaut. Chang-Díaz was one of twelve naturalized citizens to receive the inaugural Medal of Liberty presented by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
Chang, Gordon H.b. June 19, 1948, Hong Kong, China
Gordon H. Chang is a historian who specializes in American history. His research interests include race, ethnicity, and trans-Pacific relations.
Chang, Jujub. September 17, 1965, Seoul, South Korea
Juju Chang serves as co-anchor of ABC's Nightline. She also appears regularly on that network's Good Morning America and 20/20. Chang has won three Emmy Awards and two Gracie Awards.
Channing, Carolb. January 31, 1921, Washington, United States
Paternal Great-Grandparents: From Germany
Carol Channing is an actress, singer, dancer and comedian. Notable for starring in Broadway and film musicals.
Chaplin, Charlieb. April 16, 1889, London, United, Kingdom
d. December 25, 1977, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland
Charlie Chaplin was an innovative actor, acrobat, director, and composer. Chaplin is best known for his iconic character known simply as The Tramp.
Chaplin, Sydneyb. March 30, 1926, California, United States
d. March 3, 2009, California, United States
Father: From the United Kingdom
Sydney Chaplin was an award-winning stage, film and televsion actor whose career spanned the 1950s to the 1970s. Chaplin's biggest successes were in musical theatre; he won a Tony Award in 1957 for his performance in Bells Are Ringing.
Chappell, Paul K. b. 1980, Place unknown
Mother: From Korea
Paul K. Chappell is the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and author. He lectures across the country and internationally.
Charob. January 15, 1951, Molina de Segura, Spain
Charo is an accomplished flamenco guitarist, singer, dancer, and actress. Charo might be best known to many for her ubiquitous appearence on 1970s TV series and game shows. Charo is still an active, vibrant performer today.
Chasman, Renateb. January 10, 1932, Berlin, Germany
d. October 17, 1977, New York, United States
Renate Chasman was a physicist who worked in the development of particle accelerators.
Chauncey, Herbert S.b. April 16, 1887, Georgia, United States
d. June 22, 1930, Ohio, United States
Herbert S. Chauncey was the first African-American member of the Cleveland (Ohio) City Planning Commission. He owned and operated several businesses and societies serving the African-American community and convened the Cleveland Businessmen's Association in 1925.
Chavez, Cesarb. March 31, 1927, Arizona, United States
d. April 23, 1993, Arizona, United States
Mother and Paternal Grandfather: From Mexico
Cesar Chavez was a labor leader and civil rights activist. He co-founded the United Farm Workers Association in 1962 and fought for the rights of migrant farm workers throughout the southwest United States. Chavez is so important to the Mexican American community that his birthday is a holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas.
Chaviano, Daínab. February 19, 1957, Havana, Cuba
Daína Chaviano is a writer of fantasy and science fiction works, considered to be among the top writers of this genre in the Spanish language.
Chawla, Kalpanab. July 1, 1961, Haryana, present-day India
d. February 1, 2003, Texas, United States
Kalpana Chawla was an astronaut and was the first woman of Indian origin in space. Tragically, she died in the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster in 2003.
Chee, Alexanderb. 1967, Rhode Island, United States
Father: From Korea
Alexander Chee is a fiction writer, poet and journalist, best known for Edinburgh and Queen of the Night.
Cheever, Johnb. May 27, 1912, Massachusetts, United States
d. June 18, 1982, New York, United States
Mother: From the United Kingdom
John Cheever was a novelist and short story writer. His books examine the duality of human nature and nostalgia for a vanishing way of life.
Chekhov, Mikhailb. August 29, 1891, Saint Petersburg, Russia
d. September 30, 1955, California, United States
Mikhail Chekhov was an actor, director, author, and teacher who learned acting techniques under the famous Konstantin Stanislavski. Many of Chekhov's former students went on to become famous actors, including Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, and Clint Eastwood.
Chelimo, Paulb. October 27, 1990, Iten, Kenya
Paul Chelimo is a 5,000 meter runner. He won silver in the 2016 Rio Games.
Chelios, Chrisb. January 25, 1962, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Greece
Chris Chelios is a retired hockey player who had one of the longest careers in the National Hockey League. He also founded restaurants in the midwest.
Chen, Joanb. April 29, 1961, Shanghai, China
Joan Chen is an actor, writer, and director whose roles in The Last Emperor and Twin Peaks earned her both critical acclaim and a cult following among fans.
Chen, Steveb. August 18, 1978, Taipei, Taiwan
Steve Chen is an internet entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and former Chief Technology Officer of YouTube, a video-sharing platform.
Cherb. May 20, 1946, California, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Armenia
Cher is a singer and actress. In the 60s and 70s, she rose to fame as part of the husband and wife pop music duo Sonny & Cher. Cher has won countless awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film Moonstruck (1987).
Cherng, Andrew b. 1948, Shanghai, China
Andrew Cherng is a restaurateur who, along with his wife, cofounded Panda Express, a Chinese-inspired fast food chain.
Cherng, Peggy b. 1946, present-day Myanmar
Peggy Cherng is a restaurateur who, along with her husband, cofounded Panda Express, a Chinese-inspired fast food chain.
Cherny, Andreib. August 4, 1975, California, United States
Parents: From present-day Czech Republic/ Slovakia
Andrei Cherny is an author, historian and business consultant. His best known historical book is The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour.
Chertoff, Michaelb. November 28, 1953, New Jersey, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From present-day Belarus
Michael Chertoff is an attorney who served as United States Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush.
Chess, Leonardb. March 12, 1917, Motal, present-day Belarus
d. October 16, 1969, Illinois, United States
Leonard Chess was a record company executive and the co-founder of Chess Records. He was influential in the development of electric blues, Chicago blues, and rock and roll.
Chess, Philb. March 27, 1921, Motal, present-day Belarus
d. October 18, 2016, Arizona, United States
Phil Chess was a record producer, and co-founder, with his brother Leonard, of Chess Records, an important independent record label that specialized in blues, jazz, and soul music.
Chetrit, Josephb. December 10, 1957, Morocco
Joseph Chetrit is a real estate investor and developer and founder of the Chetrit Group.
Chetry, Kiranb. August 26, 1974, Patan, Nepal
Kiran Chetry is a former television broadcast journalist who was a cable news anchor for CNN's American Morning. Also from 2001 to 2007 she reported - and then anchored - cable news at Fox News.
Chiang, Fay b. January 27, 1952, New York City, NY
d. October 20, 2017, New York City, United States
Parents: From China
Fay Chiang was the executive director of the Basement Workshop. She was known for her work with young people at risk, and for volunteering with groups focused on arts, economic justice, community safety, community organizing and families of people who had been killed by the police.
Chin, Marilynb. 1955, Hong Kong, China
Marilyn Chin is a poet and activist. Her poetry focuses on social issues, especially those related to Asian American feminism and bi-cultural identity.
Ching, Cyrus S.b. May 21, 1876, Prince Edward Island, Canada
d. December 27, 1967, Washington, D.C., United States
Cyrus S. Ching was an industrialist, federal civil servant, and noted labor union mediator. He was the first director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the Wage Stabilization Board.
Chisholm, Henryb. April 22, 1822, Lochgelly, United Kingdom
d. May 9, 1881, Ohio, United States
Henry Chisholm was a businessman and steel industry executive. He was known as both a technical genius and a well-loved leader by his employees.
Chisholm, Shirleyb. November 30, 1924, New York, United States
d. January 1, 2005, Florida, United States
Father: From Guyana, Mother: From Barbados
Shirley Chisholm was a politician, educator, and author. She was first black woman elected to the Congress, the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
Chmerkovskiy, Maksimb. January 17, 1980, Ukraine
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a Latin ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor. He is widely known as one of the professional dancers on the American television series Dancing with the Stars.
Chmerkovskiy, Valentinb. March 24, 1986, Odessa, Ukraine
Valentin Chmerkovskiy is a professional dancer, best known for his appearances on the U.S. version of Dancing with the Stars, which he won twice.
Cho, Johnb. June 16, 1972, Seoul, South Korea
John Cho is an actor whose breakout film role was as the star of the 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Since then, he has played the iconic role of Sulu in J.J. Abrams's film versions of Star Trek and has appeared in various television series.
Cho, Simonb. October 7, 1991, Seoul, South Korea
Simon Cho is an Olympic short track speed skater. He won bronze in the 5,000 meter realy in 2010.
Choate, Patb. April 27, 1941, Texas, United States
Pat Choate has been Director of Public Policy of Green Planet Group, Inc. since November 2009. He is on the national board of advisors for the Federation of American Immigration Reform.
Choi, Danb. February 22, 1981, California, United States
Parents: From South Korea
Dan Choi is an activist for gay rights. He publicly challenged America's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
Choi, Royb. February 24, 1970, Seoul, South Korea
Roy Choi is the creator of the gourmet Korean taco truck, Kogi, and is considered to be one of the founders of the food truck movement.
Chomsky, Noamb. December 7, 1928, Pennsylvania, United States
Father: From present-day Ukraine, Mother: From present-day Belarus
Noam Chomsky is a historian, philosopher, activist, and scholar of the 21st century. He is most noted for his groundbreaking work in modern linguistics and his critiques of political systems.
Chotzinoff, Samuelb. July 4, 1899, Vitebsk, present-day Belarus
d. February 9, 1964, New York, United States
Samuel Chotzinoff was a pianist, music consultant, TV producer and writer who, in 1936, became the director of NBC's musical department. Chotzinoff later became a television producer.
Chow, Liangb. January 1, 1968, Beijing, China
Liang Chow is the owner of a world-class gymnastics training facility and has trained numerous Olympic gymnasts, including gold medalists, Shawn Johnson and Ganny Douglass.
Chow, Tinab. April 18, 1950, Ohio, United States
d. January 24, 1992, California, United States
Mother: From Japan
Tina Chow was a model and jewelry designer who was considered an influential fashion icon of the 1970s and 1980s.
Choy, Catherine Cenizab. April 9, 1969, New York, United States
Parents: From the Philippines
Catherine Ceniza Choy is a historian whose major research interests include the presence of the United States in Asian countries, Asian migrations to the United States, and the impact of trans-Pacific migration on American and Asian societies.
Choy, Herbertb. January 6, 1916, Hawaii, United States
d. March 10, 2004, Hawaii, United States
Parents: From South Korea
Herbert Choy was the first Asian-American judge to serve in the Federal judiciary and was appointed by Richard Nixon. Choy was very active in the Korean-American community throughout his life.
Christians, Madyb. January 19, 1896, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. October 28, 1951, Connecticut, United States
Mady Christians was a stage and film actress known for her roles in the films The Woman They Talk About (1931) and Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948).
Chrysler, Walterb. April 2, 1875, Kansas, United States
d. August 18, 1940, New York, United States
Father: From Canada
Walter Chrysler was a automotive industry executive and founder of Chrysler Corporation.
Chrysler, Walter, Jr.b. May 27, 1909, Iowa, United States
d. September 17, 1988, Virginia, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Canada
Walter Chrysler Jr. was an art collector, museum benefactor, and collector. He is the son of Walter Chrysler, the founder of the Chrysler Corporation.
Chua, Amyb. October 26, 1962, Illinois, United States
Parents: From the Philippines
Amy Chua is an author and attorney whose parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, continues to be an inspiration (and sometimes a source of controversy) to scores of readers.
Chudd, Lewb. July 11, 1911, Toronto, Canada
d. June 15, 1998, California, United States
Parents: From Russia
Lew Chudd was the founder and owner of Imperial Records, one of the leading American independent record labels of the 20th century. Imperial was started in 1947 and recorded artists, including Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson.
Chun, Johnb. August 3, 1928, present-day North Korea
d. July 6, 2013, Minnesota, United States
John Chun was a car designer. Working closely with Carroll Shelby, Chun designed the Shelby GT350, GT500 and Shelby Cobra. He is also responsible for Shelby's logo that is still used today.
Chung, Peterb. April 19, 1961, Seoul, South Korea
Peter Chung is an animator. He is best known for his unique style of animation and as the creator and director of Æon Flux.
Cikovsky, Nicolaib. 1984, Pinsk, Poland
d. 1984, Washington D.C., United States
Nicolai Cikovsky was a landscape painter whose work can be found throughout the United States. His son, Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr. was the curator for the National Gallery of Art in the 1980s.
Cimperman, Joeb. 1970, Ohio, United States
Mother: From Slovenia
Joseph Cimperman served as a Cleveland city councilman for nearly two decades. He is well known for championing the rights of immigrants and those in the LGBTQ community. He is currently the CEO of Global Cleveland.
Cisneros, Sandrab. December 20, 1954, Illinois, United States
Father: From Mexico
Sandra Cisneros is an author, poet and short story writer whose works include The House on Mango Street and Women Hollering Creek and Other Stories.
Claiborne, Lizb. March 31, 1929, Brussels, Belgium
d. June 26, 2007, New York, United States
Liz Claiborne is a fashion designer who founded of one of the world's most successful women's apparel manufacturing companies. She is a pioneer in designing reasonably priced, quality clothing for modern working women. Her stylish, moderately priced sportswear freed working women from plain, dark suits.
Clark, Kennethb. July 24, 1914, Panama Canal Zone, Panama
d. May 1, 2005, New York, United States
Father: From West Indies, Mother: From Jamaica
Kenneth Clark was an educator, psychologist, and human rights activist.
Clark, Mamie Phippsb. April 18, 1917, Arkansas, United States
d. August 11, 1983, New York, United States
Father: From present-day British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean
Mamie Phipps Clark was a social psychologist who founded the Northside Center for Children in New York City. She focused on developmental psychology in the service of children.
Clark, Sonyab. 1967, Washington D.C., United States
Father: From Trinidad, Mother: From Jamaica
Sonya Clark is an artist whose best known works reference, or directly use hair and braiding. In her practice she explores history, politics, race and class with particular reference to the United States.
Claude, Albertb. August 24, 1899, Neufchâteau, Belgium
d. May 22, 1983, Brussels, Belgium
Albert Claude was a medical doctor and cell biologist. He made the groundbreaking discovery of the process of cell fractionation at the Rockerfeller Institute. The process consists of grinding up cells to break the membrane and release the cell's contents.
Claure, Marcelob. December 9, 1970, Guatemala
Parents: From Bolivia
Marcelo Claure is an entrepreneur, the cofounder of Brightstar Corporation, a mobile distributor, and CEO of Sprint, a global telecommunications company.
Clay, Edward Williamsb. April 17, 1799, Pennsylvania, United States
d. December 31, 1857, New York, United States
Edward Williams Clay was a painter, illustrator and printmaker. He was the creator of a series of cartoons called Life in Philadelphia, which contained racist and classist content.
Cleary, Jonb. August 11, 1962, Kent, United Kingdom
Jon Cleary is a New Orleans-based piano player. He performs regulary in New Orleans,and at festivals throughout the world with his group, The Absolute Monster Gentlemen.
Clement, Kennethb. February 20, 1920, Virginia, United States
d. November 29, 1974, Ohio, United States
Kenneth W. Clement was a physician and civic leader who graduated valedictorian from Cleveland Central High School and held degrees from Oberlin College and Howard University. He served in advisory roles for Carl Stokes, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Clement, Kerronb. October 31, 1985, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Kerron Clement runs the 400 meter hurdles and 400 meter sprint. He is a gold medal Olympian who holds the world record in the 400 meter sprint.
Cleveland, Groverb. March 18, 1837, New Jersey, United States
d. June 24, 1908, New Jersey, United States
Maternal Great-grandfather: From the Channel Islands
Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States.
Clive, E. E.b. August 28, 1879, Blaenavon, United Kingdom
d. June 6, 1940, California, United States
E. E. Clive was an actor and director. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s he was a familiar face to cinema-goers. Clive is known for The Invisible Man (1933) and the Bulldog Drummand series of films.
Clooney, Amalb. February 3, 1978, Beirut, Lebanon
Amal Clooney is a barrister and practices international and human rights law. Following years of international education she became liscenced to practice law in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
Coburn, Jamesb. August 31, 1928, Nebraska, United States
d. November 18, 2002, California, United States
Mother: From Sweden
James Coburn was a film and television actor. His rugged mug was featured in more than 70 films, largely action roles, and made 100 television appearances.
Coe, Barbarab. December 6, 1933, South Dakota, United States
d. August 31, 2013, California, United States
Barbara Coe was a campaigner and advocate for immigration reform. In 1994, Coe (along with the organization she founded, the California Coalition for Immigration Reform) put forward California's controversial Proposition 187, which barred any illegal immigrants from accessing public services.
Coffman, Mikeb. March 19, 1955, Missouri, United States
Mike Coffman is a politician, businessman, and retired member of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. He has served as the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 6th congressional district since 2009.
Cohen, Sashab. October 26, 1984, California, United States
Mother: From Ukraine
Sasha Cohen is a 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World Championship medalist, the 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and the 2006 U.S. Champion.
Coker, Adeb. May 19, 1954, Lagos, Nigeria
Parents: From Nigeria
Ade Coker is a retired soccer player who played as a striker.
Colbert, Claudetteb. September 13, 1903, Saint-Mandé, France
d. July 30, 1996, Speightstown, Barbados
Claudette Colbert is an actress of the theater and motion pictures, she won the oscar for Best Actress for It Happened One Night and was nominated on two other occasions.
Cole, J.b. January 28, 1985, Frankfurt, Germany
J. Cole is a hip hop recording artist and record producer.
Cole, Tejub. June 27, 1975, Michigan, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Teju Cole is a writer. He has published four books: Every Day is for the Thief, Open City, Known and Strange Things and Blind Spot.
Coles, Robertb. October 12, 1929, Massachusetts, United States
Father: From the United Kingdom
Robert Coles is a child psychiatrist, former research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, and professor emeritus at Harvard University. He won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for Children of Crisis.
Collins, Jackieb. October 4, 1937, London, United Kingdom
d. September 19, 2015, California, United States
Jackie Collins was a best-selling writer whose books often explored the steamy, sleazy, and scandalous lives of the rich and famous in Los Angeles.
Collins, Philb. January 30, 1951, London, United Kingdom
Phil Collins is an award winning musician who was a member of the group Genesis. Today, he is an actor, singer, song-writer, and producer.
Colman, Ronaldb. February 9, 1891, Richmond, United Kingdom
d. May 19, 1958, California, United States
Ronald Colman was an actor who was known for playing urbane characters. In 1947, Colman received an Acadamy Award for Best Actor for his role as the unhinged Shakespearean actor Anthony John in the film A Double Life.
Colmer, Royb. 1935, London, United Kingdom
Roy Colmer is an artist, known for his conceptual photography, colorful paintings and films. His work often sat between, or played with the boundaries between media.
Colón, Jesúsb. January 20, 1901, Cayey, Puerto Rico
d. 1974, New York, United States
Jesús Colón was a writer known as the father of the Nuyorican Movement. His book A Puerto Rican in New York and other sketches was among the first works of Hispanic literature to depict the immigrant experience.
Coltrane, Johnb. September 23, 1926, North Carolina, United States
d. July 17, 1967, New York, United States
Father: From North Carolina, United States, Mother: From North Carolina, United States
John Coltrane was a groundbreaking and influential jazz saxophonist, "Trane" was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1965, posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1997) and a special Pulitzer Prize (2007).
Comaneci, Nadiab. November 12, 1961, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Romania
Nadia Comaneci is a former gymnast who became the first woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event at the 1976 Olympic Games, at age 14. She had seven perfect scores and three gold medals, and went on to win two more gold medals in the 1980 Olympics.
Comerford, Cristetab. October 27, 1962, Manila, Philippines
Cristeta Comerford since has been the White House Executive Chef since 2005. Comerford is the first woman and first person of Asian descent to hold this position.
Conde, Cesarb. December 8, 1973, Florida, United States
Father: From Peru, Mother: From Cuba
Cesar Conde is a media executive currently serving as the chairman of NBC Universal International, Telemundo.
Conn, Shelleyb. September 21, 1976, London, United Kingdom
Shelley Conn is an actress known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006) and How Do You Know (2010).
Connelly, Jenniferb. December 12, 1970, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Ireland and Norway, Maternal Grandparents: From Poland and Russia
Jennifer Connelly is a film actress who started out as a child model. Spotted by a casting director, Connelly received in a supporting role in Sergio Leone's gangster film Once Upon a Time in America. Her other notable film parts include Jim Henson's Labyrinth and an Oscar-winning performance in A Beautiful Mind.
Connick, Harry, Jr.b. September 11, 1967, Louisiana, United States
Maternal Grandparents: From Austria and Belarus
Harry Connick Jr. is a singer, big band leader, talk show host and actor.
Conrad, Robertb. March 1, 1935, Illinois, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Poland
Robert Conrad is a film and television actor, singer, and stuntman best known for his role in the 1960s TV series The Wild Wild West.
Conreid, Hansb. April 15, 1917, Maryland, United States
d. January 5, 1982, California, United States
Father: From Austria
Hans Conried was a familiar actor and voice actor. He appeared in over 100 films, but he might be best remembered for his numerous appearances (both as actor and voice actor) on television througout the 1950s to the early 1980s.
Contreras, Willsonb. May 13, 1992, Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
Willson Contreras is a catcher for the Chicago Cubs and was a member of the 2016 World Series team.
Conway, Danb. Date and year unknown, United States
Parents: From Ireland
Dan Conway is the co-founder, with his brother, of the Great Lakes Brewing Company
Conway, Jill Kerb. October 9, 1934, New South Wales, Australia
Jill Ker Conway is an author, well known for her autobiographies, in particular her first memoir, The Road from Coorain.
Cooke, Jerryb. October 18, 1921, Odessa, Ukraine
d. October 27, 2005, New York, United States
Jerry Cooke was a renowned photojournalist from the 1940s-1990s.
Cooke, Samb. January 22, 1931, Mississippi, United States
d. December 11, 1964, California, United States
Sam Cooke was a singer, songwriter and musical entrepreneur. He is often referred to as the King of Soul, whose contributions to music paved the way for the popularity of the genre in popular music.
Cooperman, Leon G.b. April 25, 1943, New York, United States
Parents: From Poland
Leon G. Cooperman is an investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist.
Copland, Aaronb. November 14, 1900, New York, United States
d. December 2, 1990, New York, United States
Father: From Russia, Mother: From Lithuania
Aaron Copland was a composer and conductor. Copland fashioned music in a variety of genres: ballets, classical orchestral works, operas, film scores, and more. His work Fanfare for the Common Man has been used in countless films, television programs, and commercials.
Copperfield, Davidb. September 16, 1956, New Jersey, United States
Mother: From Israel, Paternal Grandparents: From present-day Ukraine
David Copperfield is a widely known illusionist. One of his most famous illusions was performed on television in 1983. Copperfield, in front of a live audience, made the Statue of Liberty disappear.
Corado, Ruby b. June 9, 1970, San Salvador, El Salvador
Ruby Corado is an activist who founded Casa Ruby, the only bilingual, multicultural LGBT organization in Washington, D.C.
Corey, Jeffb. August 10, 1914, New York, United States
d. August 16, 2002, California, United States
Father: From Austria, Mother: From Russia
Jeff Corey was a prolific character actor, teacher, and director. Cory appeared in over 200 film and television shows.
Cori, Carlb. December 5, 1896, Prague, present-day Czech Republic
d. October 20, 1984, Massachusetts, United States
Carl Cori was a biochemist and pharmacologist. Together with his wife Gerty Cori, he won the 1947 Nobel Prize for their discovery of how glycogen is broken down and resynthesized in the body, for use as a store and source of energy.
Cori, Gertyb. August 15, 1896, Prague, present-day Czech Republic
d. October 26, 1957, Missouri, United States
Gerty Cori was a biochemist who became the third woman, and first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in science, and was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. She and her husband won the Nobel Prize for their discovery of how glycogen is broken down and then resynthesized and stored.
Corsi, Edwardb. December 29, 1896, Italy
d. December 13, 1965, Place unknown
Edward Corsi was a writer and government official who worked mainly in the areas of immigration, labor relations, and social welfare.
Cortez, Ricardob. September 19, 1900, New York, United States
d. April 28, 1977, New York, United States
Parents: From Austria
Ricardo Cortez was an actor and director who began his career as a successor to hearthrob Rudolph Valentino, but eventually had a more varied career playing womanizers, detectives, newspaper reporters and murderers.
Coscarelli, Donb. February 17, 1954, Tripoli, Lybia
Don Coscarelli is a filmmaker who is best known for horror and science fiction films such as Phantasm, The Beastmaster, and Bubba Ho-Tep.
Costello, Loub. March 6, 1906, New Jersey, United States
d. March 3, 1959, California, United States
Father: From Italy
Lou Costello was an actor and comedian who is well known for being one half of the legendary radio, television, and film comedy duo, Abbott and Costello.
Cotton, Tomb. May 13, 1977, Arkansas, United States
Tom Cotton is a politician serving as the junior U.S. Senator from Arkansas. He is a member of the Republican Party and a supporter of President Donald Trump.
Coulter, Annb. December 8, 1961, New York, United States
Ann Coulter is a conservative social and political commentator, writer and columnist. She has written many popular books about American politics.
Courtney Marr, Davidb. January 19, 1945, London, United Kingdom
d. November, 17, 1980, Massachusetts, United States
David Courtney Marr was a research scientist at MIT. He made fundamental contributions to developing computational models of visual perception.
Cowen, Joshua Lionelb. August 5, 1877, New York, United States
d. September 8, 1965, Florida, United States
Parents: From Poland
Joshua Lionel Cowen was an inventor and the co-founder of Lionel Corporation, a manufacturer of model railroads and toy trains.
Cox, Oliver C.b. August 25, 1901, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
d. September 4, 1974, Michigan, United States
Oliver C. Cox was a Marxist philosopher and sociologist who wrote about the history of capitalism, fascism and race.
Cramer Sachs, Charlotteb. September 27, 1907, Berlin, Germany
d. March 11, 2004, New York, United States
Charlotte Cramer Sachs founded and operated the Cramer Products Company, which is believed to be the first company to manufacture prepared baking mixes.
Crenshaw, Anderb. September 1, 1944, Florida, United States
Ander Crenshaw is a banker, attorney, and politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 4th congressional district from 2001 to 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Crisp, Donaldb. July 27, 1882, London, United Kingdom
d. May 25, 1974, California, United States
Donald Crisp was an actor, writer, director, and producer who enyoyed an over fifty year career in film. Crisp, who began his career in the silents, is known for his roles in The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), and The Man from Laramie (1955).
Crone, Patriciab. March 28, 1945, Lejre, Denmark
d. July 11, 2015, New Jersey, United States
Patricia Crone was an author, scholar, orientalist, and historian, specializing in early Islamic history. Her contributions have challenged some of the traditionally held notions on the origins of Islam.
Crosser, Robertb. June 7, 1884, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
d. June 3, 1957, Maryland, United States
Robert Crosser was a United States Representative for Ohio from 1913-1955 and is the longest-serving Congress member from Ohio.
Crowder, Lateefb. November 23, 1977, Salvador, Brazil
Lateef Crowder is an actor, stuntman, and martial artist known for his work on The Hunger Games (2012), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
Crown, Henryb. June 13, 1896, Illinois, United States
d. August 14, 1990, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Lithuania
Henry Crown was an American industrialist and philanthropist.
Cruz, Celiab. October 21, 1925, Havana, Cuba
d. July 16, 2003, New Jersey, United States
Celia Cruz was a singer who was considered one of the most popular and influential salsa singers of all time. Cruz released over seventy albums in a variety of different Latin music styles. Twenty-three of her records reached Gold record status by selling over five-hundred thousand copies each.
Cruz, Penélopeb. April 28, 1974, Madrid, Spain
Penélope Cruz is a critically-acclaimed actress. Besides her heralded work in Hollywood, Cruz is also well know for roles in Spanish cinema. She won her first Academy Award (best actress in a supporting role) for the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).
Cruz, Tedb. December 22, 1970, Calgary, Canada
Father: From Cuba
Ted Cruz is a politician and attorney. He has served as a junior United States Senator for Texas since 2013.
Crystal, Billyb. March 14, 1948, New York, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From Russia, Maternal Grandmother: From Austria
Billy Crystal is an actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and director. Crystal has been a part of numerous memorable television shows, including Soap, Saturday Night Live and the Acadamy Awards, but he is likely best remembered for his roles in When Harry Met Sally... (1989) and City Slickers (1991).
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihalyb. September 29, 1934, Fiume, present-day Croatia
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a psychologist who founded the Quality of Life Research Center in Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in Claremont, California and continues to work at CGU. Csikszentimihalyi wrote the best-selling book The Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience in 1990.
Csipke, Csabab. September 19, 1937, Bolyok, Hungary
d. October 22, 2003, California, United States
Csaba Csipke was a biochemist. He joined Hyland Laboratories in 1961 in the Tissue Culture lab which became the world's largest tissue culture commercial laboratory. Csaba Csipke helped develop a number of new reagents in the laboratory.
Csukonyi, Zoltanb. November 20, 1927, Budapest, Hungary
d. February 7, 2012, Connecticut, United States
Zoltan Csukonyi worked as engineer at Bechtel Power Company which allowed him to travel internationally and work on nuclear power plants.
Cuarón, Alfonsob. November 28, 1961, Mexico City, Mexico
Alfonso Cuarón is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor best known for the two critically-acclaimed films Children of Men (2006) and Gravity (2013).
Cudell, Frank E.b. May 11, 1844, Herzogenarth, Germany
d. October 25, 1916, Ohio, United States
Frank Cudell was an architect in Cleveland that worked on plans for many public buildings in the city, including the Perry-Payne Building, Bradley Building, and the Franklin Circle Christian Church.
Cudjoe, Selwynb. December 1, 1943, Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago
Selwyn Cudjoe is an academic, scholar, historian and essayist. His particular expertise is Caribbean literature and Caribbean intellectual history.
Cugat, Xavierb. January 1, 1900, Girona, Spain
d. October 27, 1990, Barcelona, Spain
Xavier Cugat was a musician and bandleader who is know for popularizing latin music (especially the rumba) throughout the United States.
Culberson, Johnb. August 24, 1956, Texas, United States
Great-grandmother: From Sweden
John Culberson is a lawyer and the U.S. Representative for Texas's 7th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party and the Tea Party caucus.
Cummings, Nathanb. October 14, 1896, St John, Canada
d. 1985, Florida, United States
Nathan Cummings was the founder of Consolidated Foods, which became well known for one of its brands, Sara Lee. Consolidated Foods purchased the Sara Lee Corporation in 1956. The brand of foods proved to be so popular that, in 1985, Consolidated Foods changed its name to Sara Lee Corporation.
Cupido, Lucab. November 9, 1995, Genoa, Italy
Luca Cupido is an attacker for the U.S. Men's Olympic Water Polo team. He competed in the 2016 Rio Games.
Curry, Annb. November 19, 1956, Guam, United States Territory
Mother: From Japan
Ann Curry is a television personality, news journalist and photojournalist. Curry has been a reporter for more than thirty years, focused on human suffering in war zones and natural disasters.
Curry, Timb. April 19, 1946, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Tim Curry is a celebrated actor, singer, and voice over artist. Curry is best known for his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in cult favorite musical The Rocky Horror Show (1975).
Curti, Merleb. September 15, 1897, Nebraska, United States
d. March 9, 1996, Wisconsin, United States
Father: From Switzerland
Merle Curti was a historian, and a leader in developing the fields of social history and intellectual history. His work has a particular emphasis on America.
Curtis, Jamie Leeb. November 22, 1958, California, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Hungary
Jamie Lee Curtis is a well-known actress and children's book author. She is the daughter of Hollywood movie stars Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis.
Curtis, Tonyb. June 3, 1925, New York, United States
d. September 29, 2010, Nevada, United States
Father: From Hungary, Mother: From Slovakia
Tony Curtis was an actor whose career spanned well over half a century. Curtis is fondly remembered for playing three parallel roles (one of them as a woman) in the classic comedy, Some Like It Hot (1959).
Cusick, Henry Ianb. April 17, 1967, Trujillo, Peru
Father: From the United Kingdom, Mother: From Peru
Henry Ian Cusick is an actor known for Lost (2004), The 100 (2014) and Hitman (2007).
Czyżewska, Elżbietab. May 14, 1938, Warsaw, Poland
d. June 17, 2010, New York, United States
Elżbieta Czyżewska was a Polish actress active in both Poland and the United States.

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D'Arcangelo, Allanb. June 16, 1930, New York, United States
d. December 17, 1998, New York, United States
Parents: From Italy
Allan D'Arcangelo is an artist and printmaker, known for his pictures of highways, road signs and roadblocks. His work is predominately associated with Pop Art.
D'Souza, Francisco b. August 23, 1968, Nairobi, Kenya
Father: From India
Francisco D'Souza is a businessman and the cofounder of Cognizant, a technology consulting company.
Dabashi, Hamidb. June 15, 1951, Ahvaz, Iran
Hamid Dabashi is an author and scholar of Iranian studies and comparative literature. He has written several books including Iran: A People Interrupted, a volume on Iranian history.
Dabiri, Johnb. 1980, Ohio, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
John Dabiri is a biophysicist, professor of aeronautics and bioengineering, currently at the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at Stanford University.
Daché, Lillyb. October 10, 1898, Beigles, France
d. December 31, 1989, Louvecienne, France
Lilly Daché was a milliner who established a flourishing hat business in the United States with made-to-order creations.
Dae Kim, Danielb. August 4, 1968, Busan, South Korea
Daniel Dae Kim is known for his roles as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, and Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0. Kim is currently producing the TV series The Good Doctor.
Dahm, Wernerb. February 16, 1917, Cologne, present-day Germany
d. January 17, 2008, Alabama, United States
Werner Dahm was an early spaceflight scientist. He became the Marshall Space Flight Center Chief Aerodynamicist.
Dahm, Werner J. A.b. 1957, Alabama, United States
Parents: From Germany
Werner J. A. Dahm is a Professor of the Security and Defense Systems Initiative at Arizona State University.
Dale, Dickb. May 4, 1937, Massachusetts, United States
Father: From Lebanon
Dick Dale is a surf rock guitarist, known as "The King of the Surf Guitar". He pioneered the surf music style, drawing on Middle-Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation.
Dalhausser, Philb. January 26, 1980, Baden, Switzerland
Phil Dalhausser is a three-time Olympic beach volleyball player. He took gold in the 2008 Beijing Games.
Dalí, Salvadorb. May 11, 1904, Figueres, Spain
d. January 23, 1989, Figueres, Spain
Salvador Dalí was an artist and one of the most famous Surrealists. Although he worked in a veriety of media, he is best remembered for his paintings, in particular his most famous work The Persistence of Memory, which depicts melting clocks.
Dall, Andrewb. March 30, 1850, Markinch, United Kingdom
d. February 4, 1923, Ohio, United States
Andrew Dall was a prominent building contractor in Cleveland during its Gilded Age years of growth. His firm had a part in building some of the famous mansions of Euclid Avenue and the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Cleveland's Public Square.
Danaher, Kevin b. March 7, 1950, New Jersey, United States
Father: From Ireland
Kevin Danaher ia an anti-globalization activist. He has been critical and vocal about the invasion of Iraq.
Dandridge, Danskeb. November 19, 1854, Copenhagen, Denmark
d. June 3, 1914, West Virginia, United States
Danske Dandridge was the pseudonym of Caroline Dandridge. She was a poet, garden writer and historian whose books include American Prisoners of the Revolution.
Dane, Karlb. October 12, 1886, Copenhagen, Denmark
d. April 14, 1934, California, United States
Karl Dane was an actor who was known for his comedy films during the silent era. When films transitioned to sound, his rough Danish accent made it more difficult to find work and as a result he took his own life.
Dangerfield, Georgeb. October 28, 1904, Berkshire, United Kingdom
d. December 27, 1986, California, United States
George Dangerfield was a journalist and historian, known for The Strange Death of Liberal England and The Era of Good Feelings.
Danko, Rickb. December 29, 1942, Ontario, Canada
d. December 10, 1999, New York, United States
Rick Danko was the bass player and singer with The Band. He also had a solo career and formed collaborations with other musicians, such as Paul Butterfield. Years of substance abuse contributed to his death at the age of 55.
Dannenberg, Konradb. August 5, 1912, Weißenfels, present-day Germany
d. February 16, 2009, Alabama, United States
Konrad Dannenberg was a rocket pioneer. He began working in the U.S. Army developing and testing missile systems. By the 1960s he was working with NASA as the Deputy Director of the Saturn program.
Danticat, Edwidgeb. January 19, 1969, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Edwidge Danticat is a novelist and short story writer. The prominent themes in her work include national identity, mother-daughter relationships and diasporic politics.
Dantine, Helmutb. October 7, 1918, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. May 2, 1982, California, United States
Helmut Dantine was an actor and director known for his work in the fillms Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974). Dantine was a strong anti-Nazi activist, but, ironically, he was known for playing Nazis in films.
Dash, Darb. Date and year unknown, Virginia, United States
Mother: From Cuba
Dar Dash is an actor whose notable films include The Counselor (2013) and Florence Foster Jenkins (2016).
Dassin, Julesb. December 18, 1911, Connecticut, United States
d. March 31, 2008, Athens, Greece
Parents: From Russia
Jules Dassin was a critically-acclaimed director whose career in the United States was sadly cut short due to the Hollywood blacklist of the McCarthy era.
Davey, Johnb. June 6, 1846, Somerset, United Kingdom
d. November 8, 1923, Ohio United States
John Davey was a skilled orator, author, publisher and inventor. He is considered the father of the science of tree surgery, and wrote the book The Tree Doctor to teach others how to care for their trees.
Davi, Robertb. June 26, 1951, New York, United States
Father: From Italy
Robert Davi is a film and TV actor, critically acclaimed Sinatra-esque singer, political commentator, and talk show host. Davi is well known for playing heavies, drug lords, murderers, and law enforcers.
Davidob. November 21, 1992, Georgia, United States
Father: From Nigeria
Davido is a singer, songwriter and record producer. He has his own music label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW).
Davidson, Job. March 30, 1883, New York, United States
d. January 2, 1952, Tours, France
Parents: From Russia
Jo Davidson was an acclaimed sculptor who was known for his vibrant, intense, and rugged bronze or clay busts, many of which are on display in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Davis, Jacob W.b. 1831, Riga, present-day Latvia
d. 1908, Place unknown
Jacob W. Davis was a tailor who partnered with Levi Strauss to patent his riveted pants invention. Davis' rivited pants and his now signature double row stitching on the back pockets became what would be known as the Levi 501 brand of jeans.
Davis, James Johnb. October 27, 1873, Tredegar, United Kingdom
d. November 22, 1947, Maryland, United States
James John Davis was the second United States Secretary of Labor. He served from March 5, 1921 to November 30, 1930 under presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover.
Davis, Milesb. May 26, 1926, Illinois, United States
d. September 28, 1991, California, United States
Father: From Arkansas, United States
Miles Davis is widely considered one the most influential people in jazz. As a musician, composer and bandleader, Davis won numerous Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Davuluri, Ninab. April 20, 1989, New York, United States
Parents: From India
Nina Davuluri was the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition.
Dawson, Richardb. November 20, 1932, Hampshire, United Kingdom
d. June 2, 2012, California, United States
Richard Dawson was an actor, comedian, and game show host and panelist. Dawson was well known for playing Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes.
Dawson, William F.b. April 26, 1886, Georgia, United States
d. November 9, 1970, Illinois, United States
William L. Dawson was an African-American politician who represented Chicago for over 27 years in the House of Representatives and was the first African-American to chair a committee in the United States Congress.
de Kooning, Willemb. April 24, 1904, Rotterdam, Netherlands
d. March 19, 1997, New York, United States
Willem de Kooning was an Abstract Expressionist artist who experimented with abstraction and figuration through different phases in his career.
De La Luz Galindo, Mariab. February 17, 1919, Illinois, United States
d. May 20, 2016, Ohio, United States
Parents: From Mexico
Maria De La Luz Galindo was a restaurateur. She opened the first of several Luchitas restaurants in 1981 at the age of 62. Luchita's flagship restaurant is still open on Cleveland's west side.
de la Parra, Fitob. February 8, 1946, Mexico City, Mexico
Fito de la Parra is a rock and blues drummer. He has been recording with and touring with Canned Heat since 1967.
de la Renta, Oscarb. July 22, 1932, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
d. October 20, 2014, Connecticut, United States
Oscar de la Renta was one of the most successful and respected designers in the industry. He designed clothing for First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and modern starlets, such as Ann Hathaway and Liv Tyler.
de la Vega, Ralphb. 1951, Cuba
Ralph de la Vega is a businessman who previously served as vice chairman of AT&T. He is also the author of a book which offers career and life advice to young professionals.
De Laurentiis, Giadab. August 22, 1970, Rome, Italy
Giada De Laurentiis is a chef, best-selling author, and TV personaility. She is best known for her cooking shows Giada at Home and Everyday Italian.
de Lempicka, Tamarab. May 16, 1898, Warsaw, Poland
d. March 18, 1980, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Parents: From Poland
Tamara de Lempicka was a Polish painter active in the 1920s and 1930s, who spent her working life in France and the United States.
de Ravin, Emilieb. December 27, 1981, Mount Eliza, Australia
Parents: From Australia
Emilie de Ravin played Claire Littleton on the ABC drama Lost. In 2012, she guest-starred as Belle French on the ABC drama Once Upon a Time.
de Rothschild, David Renéb. December 15, 1942, New York, United States
Father: From France
David René de Rothschild is a banker. Since May 2013, de Rothschild has been the chairman of the Governing Board of the World Jewish Congress.
De Sousa, Melissab. September 25, 1967, New York, United States
Parents: From Panama
Melissa De Sousa is as actress, known for Miss Congeniality (2000), Valley of the Dolls (1994) and The Best Man Holiday (2013).
DeBakey, Michaelb. September 7, 1908, Louisiana, United States
d. July 11, 2008, Texas, United States
Parents: From Lebanon
Michael Ellis DeBakey was a cardiac surgeon, scientist, and medical educator. He worked on the treatment of heart patients, and played a role in the development of the mobile army surgical hospital.
Debus, Kurt H.b. November 29, 1908, Frankfurt, Germany
d. October 10, 1983, Florida, United States
Kurt H. Debus was a rocket scientist. He became the first director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in 1962, and directed the design, development and construction of NASA's Saturn launch facilities at the north end of Cape Canaveral and adjacent Merritt Island.
DeHann, Christelb. October 20, 1942, Nördlingen, Germany
Christel DeHaan is a businesswoman and philanthropist, who co-founded the timeshare company Resort Condominiums International.
Del Bianco, Luigib. May 8, 1892, La Havre, France
d. January 20, 1969, New York, United States
Parents: From Italy
Luigi Del Bianco was chief stone carver on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Luigi's job was to carve the "refinement of expression" or detail in the faces.
del Toro, Guillermob. October 9, 1964, Guadalajara, Mexico
Guillermo del Toro is an esteemed filmmaker, screenwriter, and novelist who specializes in films of the fantastic, featuring artful, fairy-tale-like monsters, gothic ghosts, and comic-book heroes.
Delerue, Georgesb. March 12, 1925, Roubaix, France
d. March 20, 1992, California, United States
Georges Delerue was a pianist and film composer who is best known for the films Silkwood (1983) and Platoon (1986). Delerue also wrote music for ballets and operas.
Delfino, Majandrab. February 20, 1981, Caracas, Venezuela
Mother: From Cuba
Majandra Delfino is an actress and singer best known for her role as Maria DeLuca on Roswell.
DeLillo, Donb. November 20, 1936, New York, United States
Parents: From Italy
Don DeLillo is a novelist, playwright and essayist. Prolific and wide-ranging, he has published ten major novels that rework a variety of narrative genres and cover diverse subjects.
Dell'Orefice, Carmenb. June 3, 1931, New York, United States
Father: From Italy, Mother: From Hungary
Carmen Dell'Orefice is a model and actress. She is known within the fashion industry for being the world's oldest working model.
Delvecchio, Alexb. December 4, 1931, Ontario, Canada
Alex Delvecchio is former HOF hockey player who spent his entire career playing and working for the Detroit Redwings. He is considered one of the one -hundred greatest hockey players.
Demens, Peterb. May 13, 1850, Tver Oblast, Russia
d. January 21, 1919, California, United States
Peter Demens was an aristocrat and railroad magnate who is remembered today as one of the founders of the city St. Petersburg in Florida.
DeMint, Jimb. September 2, 1951, South Carolina, United States
Jim DeMint is a writer and politician who was a U.S. Senator from South Carolina from 2005 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party and a leading figure in the Tea Party movement.
Deng, Wendi b. December 8, 1968, Jinan, China
Wendi Deng is a film producer, media director and investor. She was involved in strategy for companies which licensed and ran Myspace.
DePree, D. J.b. July 31, 1891, Michigan, United States
d. December 10, 1990, Michigan, United States
Grandparents: From the Netherlands
De Pree was a furniture designer responsible for turning the Herman Miller brand to one of America's foremost furniture companies.
DePrince, Michaelab. January 6, 1995, Sierra Leone
Michaela DePrince is a ballet dancer. She attended the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre.
Deren, Mayab. April 29, 1917, Kiev, present-day Ukraine
d. October 13, 1961, New York, United States
Maya Deren was a filmmaker and one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s.
Derounian, Steven Boghosb. April 6, 1918, Sofia, Bulgaria
d. April 17, 2007, Texas, United States
Steven Boghos Derounian was a United States Representative for New York. He served from 1953-1965.
Desai, Anitab. June 24, 1937, Mussoorie, present-day India
Mother: From Germany
Anita Desai is a novelist and short story writer who focuses her work upon the personal struggles of her often Indian characters, particularly their family relationships.
Desai, Kiranb. September 3, 1971, New Delhi, India
Maternal Grandmother: From Germany
Kiran Desai is an author, best known for The Inheritance of Loss and Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard.
DeSylva, Buddyb. January 27, 1895, New York, United States
d. July 11, 1950, California, United States
Father: From Portugal
Buddy DeSylva wrote a lavish number of songs for the stage and screen, including Look for the Silver Lining and California, Here I Come. DeSylva was also a movie producer and record executive. He co-founded Capitol Records in 1942.
Deutsch, Adolphb. October 20, 1897, London, United Kingdom
d. January 1, 1980, California, United States
Adolph Deutsch was a film composer and conductor who is familiar to movie-goers for his scores for Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Apartment (1960). Deutsch won three Oscars.
Deutsch, Heleneb. October 9, 1884, Przemysl, present-day Poland
d. March 29, 1982, Massachusetts, United States
Helene Deutsch was a psychoanalyst and colleague of Sigmund Freud. She practiced psychiatry at Massachusetts General and wrote extensively.
Deutsch, Karlb. July 21, 1912, Prague, present-day Czech Republic
d. November 1, 1992, Massachusetts, United States
Karl Deutsch was a social and political scientist from Prague. His work focused on the study of war and peace, nationalism, co-operation, and communication. He is one of the best known social scientists of the 20th century.
Deutschmann, Miltonb. Date and year unknown, London, United Kingdom
d. Date and place unknown
Milton Deutschmann and his brother, Theodore, in 1921, opened, Radio Shack, a Boston-based retail and mail-order business which provided equipment for ham radio hobbyists. For a time, the company, as part of the Tandy Corporation, was the largest electronics chain in the world.
Deutschmann, Theodoreb. Date and year unknown, London, United Kingdom
d. Date and place unknown
Theodore Deutschmann and his brother, Milton, in 1921, opened, Radio Shack, a Boston-based retail and mail-order business which provided equipment for ham radio hobbyists. For a time, the company, as part of the Tandy Corporation, was the largest electronics chain in the world.
Devers, Rafaelb. October 24, 1996, Sanchez, Dominican Republic
Rafael Devers is a third baseman for the Boston Red Sox and was named the 2016 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year during his minor league career.
Dew, Thomas Roderickb. December 5, 1802, Virginia, United States
d. August 6, 1846, Paris, France
Thomas Roderick Dew was a writer. He wrote largely about politics and is known in particular for his works supporting slavery and opposing protective tariffs.
DeWitt-Morette, Cécileb. December 12, 1922, Paris, France
d. May 8, 2017, Place unknown
Cécile DeWitt-Morette was a mathematician and physicist. She was a pioneer in showing the interplay between physics and mathematics. She founded a summer school at Les Houches in the French Alps.
Dexter, Bradb. April 9, 1917, Nevada, United States
d. December 12, 2002, California, United States
Parents: From present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brad Dexter was an actor who starred as Harry Luck in the blockbuster film Magnificant Seven. While filming in Hawaii he is credited with saving Frank Sinatra from drowning.
Dham, Vinodb. 1950, Pune, India
Vinod Dham is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and engineer who built the Pentium processer during his time at Intel.
Dhillon, Kartar b. April 30, 1915, California, United States
d. June 15, 2008, California, United States
Parents: From India
Kartar Dhillon was an activist who supported unions, the Black Panther Party, farm workers, political prisoners, and the Korean reunification movement.
Di Donato, Pietrob. April 3, 1911, New Jersey, United States
d. January 19, 1992, New York, United States
Parents: From Italy
Pietro di Donato was a writer, best known for Christ in Concrete, which portrays a family of Italian immigrants.
Diamond, Jaredb. September 10, 1937, Massachusetts, United States
Father: From present-day Moldova
Jared Diamond is an ecologist, geographer, biologist, anthropologist and author best known for his popular science books The Third Chimpanzee; Guns, Germs, and Steel; Collapse; and The World Until Yesterday.
Diamond, Neilb. January 24, 1941, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Poland, Maternal Grandparents: From Russia
Neil Diamond is a successful singer, songwriter, and actor. Diamond's song America, from the Jazz Singer soundtrack, was written for his grandparents.
Diaz Meyer, Cherylb. February 25, 1968, Quezon City, Philippines
Cheryl Diaz Meyer is one of the few female photographers to cover the beginnings of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For her photographs of the war in Iraq, she won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. She also won acclaim for her documentation of the adversity facing women around the world.
Díaz-Balart, Joséb. November 7, 1960, Florida, United States
Parents: From Cuba
José Díaz-Balart is a journalist and television anchorman. He was named field anchor of CBS News This Morning in April 1997.
Diaz-Balart, Lincolnb. August 13, 1954, Havana, Cuba
Lincoln Diaz-Balart was a United States Representative for Florida. He served from 1993-2011.
Diaz, Cameronb. August 30, 1972, California, United States
Paternal Great Grandparents: From Cuba
Cameron Diaz is an actress, producer, and model. She starred in the films There's Something About Mary and In Her Shoes.
Díaz, Junotb. December 31, 1968, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Junot Díaz is a writer whose work focuses on the immigrant experience. He is best known for the short story collections Drown and This is How You Lost Her, and the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Diaz, Paulob. January 17, 1976, Guatemala
Paulo Diaz is a highly influential professional skateboarder. He is credited as an innovator of streetstyle skateboarding and recognized for contributions of his own art and music to the skating culture.
DiCaprio, Georgeb. October 2, 1943, New York, United States
Mother: From Germany, Paternal Grandparents: From Italy
George DiCaprio is a writer, editor, publisher, distributor, and former performance artist, known for his work in the realm of underground comix.
DiCaprio, Leonardob. November 11, 1974, California, United States
Mother: From Germany
Leonardo DiCaprio is a well-known actor who is familiar to many for his roles in the films This Boy's Life (1993), Titanic (1997), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and for his Acadamy Award-winning performance in the film, The Revenant (2015).
Dietrich, Marleneb. December 27, 1901, Berlin, Germany
d. May 6, 1992, Paris, France
Marlene Dietrich was an iconic actress and singer. Dietrich and the director who discovered her, Josef von Sternberg, brought their cutting-edge talent and image to Hollywood in the early 30s and the rest is classic Hollywood film history.
Dimon, Jamieb. March 13, 1956, New York, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Greece
Jamie Dimon is a business executive who served as President and CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Company, CEO of Bank One and co-CEO of Citigroup.
Dinh, Viet D.b. February 22, 1968, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Viet D. Dinh is a repected legal scholar. Dinh was United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy under President George W. Bush.
Dinkins, Davidb. July 10, 1927, New Jersey, United States
Father: From Virginia, United States
David Dinkins was first elected to office in 1965 as a New York State Assemblyman, rising to New York City clerk, borough president and eventually Mayor of New York City in 1989.
Diogu, Ikeb. September 11, 1983, New York, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Ike Diogu is a professional basketball player.
Dirac, Paulb. August 8, 1902, Bristol, United Kingdom
d. October 20, 1984, Florida, United States
Paul Dirac was a leading theoretical physicist who helped develop quantum physics.
Disney, Waltb. December 5, 1901, Illinois, United States
d. December 15, 1966, California, United States
Father: From Canada, Paternal Grandparents: From Ireland
Walt Disney was an animator, film producer and entrepreneur. He gained his success as the creator of Mickey Mouse, but he is now remembered as one of the main figures in the American animation industry.
Ditka, Mikeb. October 18, 1939, Pennsylvania, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Poland and Ukraine
Mike Ditka is a former professional football player and coach. As a player, Ditka was voted All Pro five times. As a coach, he was voted Coach of the Year twice and led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl in 1986. Ditka was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
Ditko, Steveb. November 2, 1927, Pennsylvania, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Slovakia
Steve Ditko is a renowned American comic book artist and writer best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.
Divac, Vladeb. February 3, 1968, Prijepolje, Serbia
Vlade Divac is a retired NBA player and currently general manager of Sacramento Kings.
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjeeb. July 29, 1956, Calcutta, India
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a poet, novelist and short story writer whose work includes portrayals of immigrant Indian women.
DJ Kool Hercb. April 16, 1955, Kingston, Jamaica
DJ Kool Herc is a DJ who is credited with helping originate hip hop music in the early 1970s in The Bronx, New York City.
Djerassi, Carlb. October 29, 1923, Vienna, Austria
d. January 30, 2015, California, United States
Carl Djerassi was chemist, playwright, and writer. Djerassi is best known as "the Father of the Pill" for his development of oral contraceptives.
Djobadze, Wachtangb. March 8, 1917, Georgia, United States
d. February 10, 2007, California, United States
Wachtang Djobadze was an art historian who is known for his work describing the ruins of medieval Georgian churches and monasteries in Turkey.
Dlagnev, Tervelb. November 19, 1985, Sofia, Bulgaria
Tervel Dlagnev is a two-time Olympic freestyle wrestler and serves as the headcoach of the Ohio RTC.
Dmytryk, Edwardb. September 4, 1908, British Columbia, Canada
d. July 1, 1999, California, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Edward Dmytryk was a film director, known for his 1940s film noirs. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Director for Crossfire.
Dobriansky, Levb. November 9, 1918, New York, United States
d. January 30, 2008, Viriginia, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Lev Dobriansky was an ambassador to the Bahamas, a professor of economics at Georgetown University and an anti- communist activist. He was active in Central and Eastern European ethnic communities in the United States, especially the Ukrainian American community.
Dobriansky, Paulab. September 14, 1955, Virigina, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Ukraine
Paula Dobriansky is a foreign policy expert who has served in key roles as a diplomat and policy maker in the administrations of five U.S. presidents, both Democrat and Republican.
Dobson, Johnb. September 14, 1915, Beijing, China.
d. January 15, 2014, California, United States
John Dobsonn was an amateur astronomer who, thanks to his invention of the portable, affordable Dobsonian telescope, is known for inspiring generations of amateur astonomers. Dobson worked tirelessly to promote amateur astronomy through lectures and telescope making workshops.
Doby, Larryb. December 31, 1923, South Carolina, United States
d. June 18, 2003, New Jersey, United States
Larry Doby was a baseball player who began his career playing 2nd base for the Negro Leagues Newark Eagles. Doby became the second player to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he was joined the Cleveland Indian in July 1947.
Dobzhansky, Theodosiusb. January 24, 1900, Ukraine
d. December 18, 1975, California, United States
Theodosius Dobzhansky was a prominent geneticist and evolutionary biologist, and a central figure in the field of evolutionary biology for his work in shaping the modern synthesis.
Doi, Isamib. May 12, 1903, Hawaii, United States
d. November 29, 1965, Hawaii, United States
Parents: From Japan
Isami Doi was a printmaker and painter. His work was highly influential and can be seen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Dokoudovsky, Vladimirb. May 31, 1920, Monte Carlo, Monaco
d. December 1998, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Vladimir Dokoudovsky was a principal dancer with the Ballets Russes troupes of the 1930s and 1940s and an influential teacher in New York.
Dole, Emilyb. September 28, 1957, California, United States
Parents: From Samoa
Emily Dole was an athlete, actress and professional wrestler who is better known as "Mt. Fiji" from the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling TV show. She qualified for two Olympic trials before finding stardom as a wrestler. Dole never lost a match while wrestling with GLOW and was never knocked off her feet.
Dollar, Robertb. 1844, Falkirk, United Kingdom
d. May 16, 1932, California, United States
Robert Dollar learned the lumber business in his youth and applied the knowledge to create a successful lumber business. He started the Dollar Steamship Company, developing trade between the United States and China. A generous benefactor, he donated land for an orphanage and a park in California..
Domińczyk, Dagmarab. July 17, 1976, Kielce, Poland
Dagmara Domińczyk is an actress and author. She has appeared in the films including Rock Star, The Count of Monte Cristo, Kinsey, Trust the Man, Lonely Hearts, Running with Scissors, Higher Ground, and The Letter.
Domińczyk, Marikab. July 7, 1980, Kielce, Poland
Marika Domińczyk is a Polish American actress appearing as Dr. Eliza Minnick on Grey's Anatomy.
Doráti, Antalb. April 9, 1906, Budapest, Hungary
d. November 13, 1988, Gerzensee, Switzerland
Antal Doráti's was a conductor and composer. His total number of recordings reached nearly six hundred. Many of them won international prizes including thirty-two "Grand Prix." His most important recording project was the complete recording of the one-hundred and seven Haydn symphonies and eight of the composer's operas.
Dorfman, Arielb. May 6, 1942, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ariel Dorfman is a novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist, lecturer, critic, and dramatist. A lot of his work deals with the horrors of tyranny and the experience of exile.
Douglas, Aaronb. May 26, 1899, Kansas, United States
d. February 2, 1979, Tennessee, United States
Aaron Douglas was a painter, designer and teacher of the arts. He was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance and addressed social issues around race and segregation by using African imagery.
Douglas, Donaldb. August 24, 1905, Kinleyside, United Kingdom
d. December 31, 1945, California, United States
Donald Douglas was a character actor known for playing villians. He appeared in over one hundred films in his sixteen year career.
Douglas, Kirkb. December 9, 1916, New York, United States
Parents: From present-day Belarus
Kirk Douglas is a legendary actor, author, director, and producer. In 1996, to honor Douglas' 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community, Douglas was awarded an honorary Oscar.
Douglas, Melvynb. April 5, 1901, Georgia, United States
d. August 4, 1981, New York, United States
Father: From Latvia
Melvyn Douglas was an Acadamy Award-winning actor. He came to prominence in the 1930s as a suave leading man.
Douglas, Michaelb. September 25, 1944, New Jersey, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From present-day Belarus
Micheal Douglas is an actor and producer. In 1988, he won the Best Actor Acadamy Award for his performance in the film Wall Street.
Dragnich, Alexb. February 22, 1912, Washington, United States
d. August 9, 2009, Maryland, United States
Parents: From Serbia
Alex Dragnich was chairman of Political Science Department of Vanderbilt University. Dragnich arose from humble beginnings to become a well-known writer of history and political science books.
Drakeb. October 24, 1986, Toronto, Canada
Drake gained recognition as an actor on tv series Degrassi. He is is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.
Draper, Halb. September 19, 1914, New York, United States
d. January 26, 1990, California, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Hal Draper was a socialist activist and author who played a significant role in the Berkeley, California Free Speech Movement.
Draper, John Williamb. May 5, 1811, St Helens, United Kingdom
d. January 4, 1882, New York, United States
John William Draper was a scientist, philosopher, physician, chemist, historian and photographer. He was the first person to photograph the moon, introducing astronomical photography. He is also the author of History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science.
Dreiser, Theodoreb. August 27, 1871, Indiana, United States
d. December 28, 1945, California, United States
Father: From Germany
Theodore Dreiser was a novelist and journalist. His works include honest portrayals of American life and the vagaries of human nature. They commonly show people succeeding, despite their lack of a strong moral code.
Drexel, Anthony Joseph, Sr.b. September 13, 1826, Pennsylvania, United States
d. June 30, 1893, Karlovy Vary, present-day Czech Republic
Father: From Austria
Anthony Joseph Drexel Sr. was a banker who founded Drexel, Morgan & Co., presently known as J.P. Morgan & Co., and Drexel University.
Droga, Davidb. July 27, 1968, Perisher Valley, Australia
David Droga is an advertising executive and the founder and chairman of Droga5, an advertising agency headquartered in New York City.
Dropo, Walterb. January 30, 1923, Connecticut, United States
d. December 17, 2010, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From Serbia
Walter Dropo was a college baseball standout who spent 13 years playing in the Major Leagues.
Du Bois, W. E. B.b. February 23, 1868, Massachusetts, United States
d. August 27, 1963, Accra, Ghana
Father: From Haiti
W. E. B. Du Bois was an author, writer, historian, activist and editor at the vanguard of the civil rights movement. He wrote novels, non-fiction books and autobiographies and is best known for the The Souls of Black Folk and Black Reconstruction, a book which challenged views about black involvement in the Reconstruction Era.
du Plessix Gray, Francineb. September 25, 1930, Warsaw, Poland
Francine du Plessix Gray is an esteemed biographer, writer and literary critic. In 2006, she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her autobiography, Them: A Memoir of Parents.
Dubin, Alb. June 10, 1891, Zürich, Switzerland
d. February 11, 1945, New York, United States
Al Dubin was a popular lyricist. He wrote many hits for Broadway productions and won an Academy Award in 1936 for Best Original Song for Lullaby on Broadway.
Dubin, Glennb. April 13, 1957, New York, United States
Father: From Russia, Mother: From Austria
Glenn Dubin is the Principal of Dubin & Co. LP, a private investment company managing a diversified portfolio of operating businesses and other investments across a broad range of industries and asset classes.
Dubinsky, Davidb. February 22, 1892, Brest, Belarus
d. September 17, 1982, New York, United States
David Dubinsky was a labor leader. He was the head of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union from 1932 to 1966.
Duchamp, Marcelb. July 28, 1887, Blainville-Crevon, France
d. October 2, 1968, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Marcel Duchamp was a painter and sculptor who is widely considered as one of the leading pioneers of Conceptual art. His 'readymades' were everyday objects which were elevated to the state of high art through his careful selection.
Duchovny, Davidb. August 7, 1960, New York, United States
Mother: From the United Kingdom, Paternal Grandfather: From present-day Ukraine, Paternal Grandmother: From Poland
David Duchovny is an actor, writer, producer, director, novelist, and singer-songwriter. He is best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on the television series The X-Files and Hank Moody on the television series Californication, both of which have earned him Golden Globe awards.
Duckworth, Tammyb. March 12, 1968, Bangkok, Thailand
Tammy Duckworth is an Iraqi War veteran who is currently serving as a United States Senator for Illinois. She is the first female double amputee from the Iraqi War and the first disabled person to serve in Congress.
Dudycz, Walterb. March 11, 1950, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Walter Dudycz was a former senior senator from Illinois.
Dunayevskaya, Rayab. May 1, 1910, Vinnytsia Oblast, present-day Ukraine
d. June 9, 1987, Illinois, United States
Raya Dunayevskaya was a Marxist theorist and contemporary historian. She wrote several books including Marxism and Freedom: From 1776 Until Today and Philosophy and Revolution: from Hegel to Sartre and from Marx to Mao.
Duncan, Jeffb. January 7, 1966, South Carolina, United States
Jeff Duncan is a politician who has been the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district since 2011.
Dunst, Kirstenb. April 30, 1982, New Jersey, United States
Father: From Germany
Kirsten Dunst is popular, award-winning movie actress. She made her film debut in Woody Allen's short film Oedipus Wrecks.
Durant, Arielb. May 10, 1898, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine
d. October 25, 1981, California, United States
Ariel Durant was a researcher and writer and the co-author of The Story of Civilization with her husband Will Durant.
Durant, Willb. November 5, 1885, Massachusetts, United States
d. November 7, 1981, California, United States
Parents: From Canada
Will Durant was a writer and a historian, noted for producing, in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant, an eleven volume collection called The Story of Civilization.
Durst, Douglasb. December 19, 1944, New York, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From present-day Poland
Douglas Durst is a real estate investor and developer.
Dutton, Phillipb. September 13, 1963, Nyngan, Australia
Phillip Dutton is six-time Olympic equestrian and three-time medalist.
Dwan, Allanb. April 3, 1885, Toronto, Canada
d. December 28, 1981, California, United States
Allan Dwan was a screenwriter, director, and producer who enjoyed a fifty year career in the film industry. Dwan helmed films starring some of the biggest names in the field, including Shirley Temple, John Wayne, Bela Lugosi, and Anne Bancroft.
Dylan, Bobb. May 24, 1941, Minnesota, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From present-day Ukraine
Bob Dylan is one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century whose career began in the early 1960s with songs that chronicled social and political issues.
Dymally, Mervynb. May 12, 1926, Cedros, present-day Trinidad and Tobago
d. October 7, 2012, California, United States
Mervyn Dymally was a United States Representative for California. He served from 1967-1975 and 1981-1993.
Dynlacht, Brian Davidb. September 3, 1965, New York, United States
Father: From Poland
Brian David Dynlacht is a biochemist and professor in the Department of Pathology of New York University School of Medicine.
Dzama, Marcelb. 1974, Winnipeg, Canada
Marcel Dzama is an artist best known for his illustrations which mix numerous influences including Surrealism and Dada. His illustrations often characterize humans, animals and hybrids in humorous yet sinister scenes.
Dzundza, Georgeb. July 19, 1945, Rosenheim, Germany
George Dzundza is a television and film actor. He had his own 1981 sitcom series Open All Night, about the owner of a "Store 364" convenience store in Inglewood, California.

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Easton, Sheenab. April 27, 1959, Bellshill, United Kingdom
Sheena Easton is a singer and actress. She has sold over 20 million records worldwide, received two Grammys, and was the first - and still is the only - artist to have top five records on five major Billboard charts. In addition to her recording success, Sheena is a top concert attraction around the world.
Eaton, Charles Aubreyb. March 29, 1868, Pugwash, Canada
d. January 23 1953, Washington, D.C., United States
Charles Aubrey Eaton was a clergyman and United States Representative for New Jersey. He served from 1925-1953 and helped to create the United Nations.
Eaton, Cyrus S.b. December 27, 1883, Pugwash, Canada
d. May 9, 1979, Ohio, United States
Cyrus S. Eaton was an industrialist and philanthropist, founder of the Republic Steel Corporation.
Ebert, Rogerb. May 1, 1911, Illinois, United States
d. June 1, 1987, Illinois, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Germany
Roger Ebert was a film critic and historian, journalist, screenwriter, and author. A film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times until his death, Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Ebrahim, Zak b. March 24, 1983, Pennsylvania, United States
Father: From Egypt
Zak Ebrahim is a peace campaigner and author of The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice which won an American Library Association award in 2015.
Edelman, Danielb. July 3, 1920, Place unknown
d. January 15, 2013, Illinois, United States
Father: From Russia
Daniel Edelman was an American public relations executive who founded the world's largest public relations firm, Edelman.
Edelsohn, Beckyb. 1892, Odessa, Ukraine
d. 1973, United States
Becky Edelsohn was an anarchist and hunger striker who helped to lead anti-Rockefeller demonstrations in Tarrytown, New York.
Edison, Thomasb. February 11, 1847, Ohio, United States
d. October 18, 1931, New Jersey, United States
Father: From Canada
Thomas Edison was an inventor and businessman. After creating his most well-known invention, the light bulb, he set up the Edison Illuminating Company as a utility to compete with the existing gas lighting utilities.
Edu, Mauriceb. April 18, 1986, California, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Maurice Edu ia a soccer player. A highly touted prospect, Edu was the first overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
Efron, Zacb. October 18, 1987, California, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Poland
Zac Efron is a film and television actor who gained fame in the Disney Channel movie, High School Musical. He's starred in a number of films, including Hairspray.
Eggar, Samanthab. March 5, 1939, United Kingdom
Samantha Eggar is an actress known for roles in films such as The Collector and The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, plays such as The Lonely Road and The Seagull, and television series like Anna and the King and All My Children.
Eglevsky, Andréb. December 21, 1917, Moscow, Russia
d. December 4, 1977, New York, United States
André Eglevsky was a teacher and accomplished ballet dancer who is often recalled as one of the greatest ballet dancers of his time.
Egolf, Tristan b. December 19, 1971, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
d. May 7, 2005, United States
Tristan Egolf was an author and political activist. He was part of the "Smoketown Six."
Ehricke, Krafftb. March 24, 1917, Berlin, Germany
d. December 11, 1984, California, United States
Krafft Arnold Ehricke was a rocket-propulsion engineer and advocate for space colonization. He wrote a two-volume work entitled Space Flight that is perhaps the most complete and surely the most useful introduction to this complex subject ever written at the time.
Eichengreen, Barryb. July 1, 1952, United States
Mother: From Germany
Barry Eichengreen is an economist who holds the title of George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1987.
Eidlitz, Leopoldb. March 10, 1823, Prague, present-day Czech Republic
d. 1908, New York, United States
Leopold Eidlitz was a prominent New York architect best known for his work on the New York State Capitol in Albany, NY, as well as P.T. Barnum's house "Iranistan" in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Einstein, Albertb. March 14, 1879, Ulm, Germany
d. April 18, 1955, New Jersey, United States
Albert Einstein was a physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.
Eisenberg, Jesseb. October 5, 1983, New York, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Poland, Russia and Ukraine
Jesse Eisenberg is a stage and film actor and playwright perhaps best known for his Academy Award nominated performance in The Social Network.
Eisenstadt, Benjaminb. December 7, 1906, New York, United States
d. April 8, 1996, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Benjamin Eisenstadt was the designer of the modern sugar packet and developer of Sweet'N Low. He was the founder of the Cumberland Packing Corporation and a notable philanthropist.
Eisenstaedt, Alfredb. December 6, 1898, present-day Tczew, Poland
d. August 23, 1995, Massachusetts, United States
Alfred Eisenstaedt was a photographer and photojournalist. He began his career in pre-World War II Germany and after moving to the U.S., achieved prominence as a staff photographer for Life Magazine, which featured more than 90 of his pictures on its covers with over 2,500 photo stories published.
Ejigu, Kitawb. February 25, 1948, Bonga, Kaffa, Ethiopia
d. January 13, 2006, Texas, United States
Kitaw Ejigu was a scientist who worked for NASA as Chief of Spacecraft and Satellite Systems engineer. He was also a political leader.
Ejogo, Carmenb. October 22, 1973, London, United Kingdom
Carmen Ejogo is an actress. She appeared as civil rights activist Coretta Scott King in Selma.
El-Baz, Faroukb. January 2, 1938, Mansoura, Egypt
Farouk El-Baz is a scientist who worked with NASA to assist in the planning of scientific exploration of the Moon, including the selection of landing sites for the Apollo missions and the training of astronauts in lunar observations and photography.
Elghanayan, Henryb. August 2, 1940, Iran
Henry Elghanayan is a real estate developer who co-founded and is the current chairman the Rockrose Development Corporation.
Elias, Rosalindb. March 13, 1929, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From Lebanon
Rosalind Elias was a mezzo-soprano. Her first appearance at the New York Metropolitan Opera on February 23, 1954, began a string of 54 roles and 687 appreances.
Elion, Gertrude B.b. January 23, 1918, New York, United States
d. February 21, 1999, North Carolina, United States
Father: From Lithuania, Mother: From Poland
Gertrude B. Elion was a biochemist and pharmacologist who helped to develop cancer-fighting drugs.
Eliot, T. S.b. September 26, 1888, Missouri, United States
d. January 4, 1965, London, United Kingdom
T. S. Eliot was an essayist, playwright, poet and literary critic. His most famous work is The Waste Land, although much of his work was incredibly influential, both within his lifetime and since.
Ellington, Dukeb. April 29, 1899, Washington D.C., United States
d. May 24, 1975, New York, United States
Father: From North Carolina, United States, Mother: From Washington, D.C., United States
Duke Ellington was an influential piano player, composer and band leader whose works continue to purist into the 21st century. Ellington has a tremendous jazz legacy including 14 Grammy Awards and numerous other honors.
Elliott, Sumner Lockeb. October 17, 1917, Sydney, Australia
d. June 24, 1991, New York, United States
Sumner Locke Elliott was a novelist and playwright, known for the book Careful, He Might Hear You.
Ellison, Ralphb. March 1, 1913, Oklahoma, United States
d. April 16, 1994, New York, United States
Ralph Ellison was a novelist, critic and scholar. During the Great Depression he began working as a researcher and editor for the New York Federal Writers Program, he joined the Merchant Marines during WWII and after the war published his National Book Award-winning novel The Invisible Man (1953).
Elo, Arpadb. August 25, 1903, Egyhazadkeso, Hungary
d. November 5, 1992, Wisconsin, United States
Arpad Elo created the Elo Rating System for two-player games such as chess. Mr Elo was a chess master, who won the Wisconsin Chess Championship eight times.
Emmerich, Rolandb. November 10, 1955, Stuttgart, Germany
Roland Emmerich is a movie director who works primarily in the science fiction genre. Emmerich is known for the films Independence Day (1996) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004).
Emond, Lindab. May 22, 1959, New Jersey, United States
Paternal Great-grandfather: From Canada.
Linda Emond is a television, film and stage actress renowned for her Tony Award nominated Broadway roles in Life x 3 and Cabaret.
Encarnación, Edwinb. January 7, 1983, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Edwin Encarnación is a first baseman and designated hitter for the Cleveland Indians.
Englander, Israelb. 1948, New York, United States
Parents: From Poland
Israel Englander is an investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. In 1989, he founded his hedge fund, Millennium Management, with Ronald Shear.
Enoch, Kurtb. November 22, 1895, Hamburg, Germany
d. February 15, 1982, Puerto Rico
Kurt Enoch was a publisher who co-founded Albatross Books in Germany, and Penguin Books Inc. and New American Library in the United States, bringing high-quality paperback fiction and non-fiction to the mass market in those countries.
Enrique, Luisb. September 28, 1962, Nicaragua
Luis Enrique was one of the leading pioneers that led to the salsa romantica movement in the 1980s.
Epshteyn, Borisb. August 14, 1982, Moscow, present-day Russia
Boris Epshteyn is a Republican political strategist, investment banker, and attorney.
Epstein, Fritz T.b. 1898, Sarreguemines, present-day France
d. December 6, 1979, Lüneburg, Germany
Fritz T. Epstein was a scholar and historian with a particular interest in Eastern European history, and the history of Russia and the Soviet Union.
Equi, Marie b. April 7, 1872, Massachusetts, United States
d. July 13, 1952, Oregon, United States
Father: From Italy, Mother: From Ireland
Marie Equi was a medical doctor who was devoted to providing care to working-class and poor patients. She regularly provided birth control information and abortions at a time when both were illegal. She became a political activist and advocated civic and economic reforms, including women's right to vote and an eight-hour workday.
Erdely, Andrew J.b. March 16, 1914, Budapest, Hungary
d. May 10, 2005, California, United States
Andrew J. Erdely worked at North American Aviation, then, at McDonald Douglas until retirement. He was Congressional Candidate in 1978 and published biographical book "Struggle for Human Rights."
Erdős, Paulb. March 26, 1913, Budapest, present-day Hungary
d. September 20, 1996, Warsaw, Poland
Paul Erdős was considered one of the most prolific mathematicians of the 20th century. Erdős published approximately 1,500 papers during his lifetime, a figure that to this day remains unique.
Erhart, Charles F. b. 1821, Ludwigsburg, Germany
d. 1891, Place unknown
Charles F. Erhart was a chemist who, with his cousin, founded the pharmaceutical company today known as Pfizer.
Erickson, Charlotteb. October 22, 1923, Illinois, United States
d. July 9, 2008, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Father: From Sweden
Charlotte Erickson was a historian whose work concentrated on migration. She wrote several books including Invisible Immigrants: Adaptation of English and Scottish Immigrants in 19th-century America and Leaving England: Essays on British Emigration in the Nineteenth Century.
Erikson, Erikb. June 15, 1902, Frankfurt, Germany
d. May 12, 1994, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: from Denmark
Erik Erikson was a professor at Harvard and focused on ego psychology and development over the whole life cycle.
Erlanger, Josephb. January 5, 1874, California, United States
d. December 5, 1965, Missouri, United States
Parents: From Germany
Joseph Erlanger was a physiologist who is best known for his contributions to the field of neuroscience.
Ertegun, Ahmetb. July 31, 1923, Istanbul, Turkey
d. December 14, 2006, New York, United States
Ahmet Ertegun was a businessman, song-writer and philanthropist. He was the co-founder and president of Atlantic Records. Ertegun wrote several successful R & B songs, including Chains of Love and Sweet Sixteen. He also served as chairperson for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Ertegun, Nesuhib. November 26, 1917, Istanbul, Turkey
d. April 15, 1989, New York, United States
Nesuhi Ertegun was a record producer and executive at Atlantic Records. He produced rhythm and blues artists such as Ray Charles and the Drifters, but specialized in producing many of the jazz artists, including John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman
Escalante, Jaimeb. December 31, 1930, La Paz, Bolivia
d. March 30, 2010, California, United States
Jaime Escalante was an educator whose ability to turn out high-achieving calculus students from a poor Hispanic neighborhood in East Los Angeles inspired the 1988 film Stand and Deliver.
Escobar, Eduardob. January 5, 1989, Villa de Cura, Venezuela
Eduardo Escobar is in infielder for the Minnesosta Twins. He was the 2016 recipient of the Twins Carl R. Pohlad Award.
Escobar, Marisolb. May 22, 1930, Paris, France
d. April 30, 2016, New York, United States
Parents: From Venezuela
Marisol Escobar was a sculptor, best known for her assemblage sculptures which feature the use of commonplace materials such as photographs, wire, and old clothing.
Escobar, Yunelb. November 2, 1982, Havana, Cuba
Yunel Escobar has played in the MLB since 2007. His former teams include the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals, and, most recently, the Los Angeles Angels.
Esmond, Carlb. June 14, 1902, present day Vienna, Austria
d. December 4, 2004, California, United States
Carl Esmond was a busy film and television character actor who enjoyed an over fifty year career in film.
Esparza, Raúlb. October 24, 1970, Delaware, United States
Mother: From Cuba
Raúl Esparza is a stage and television actor, singer, and voice artist, best known for his role as Rafael Barba in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Esposito, Giancarlob. April 26, 1958, Copenhagen, Denmark
Father: From Italy
Giancarlo Esposito is an actor who is well known for his roles in Spike Lee films, such as Do the Right Thing, School Daze, and Mo' Better Blues. Other notable films include Fresh, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, The Usual Suspects and King of New York.
Esposito, Philb. February 20, 1942, Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
Phil Esposito is a retired HOF hockey player who played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers and is considered to be one of the best to ever play the game. He co-founded the Tampa Bay Lightening.
Esposito, Tonyb. April 23, 1943, Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
Tony Esposito is a retired hockey player who played for the Chicago Blackhawks and was a pioneer of the butterfly style of goaltending.
Esslinger, Hartmutb. June 5, 1944, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Esslinger is a prominent industrial designer who founded Frog Design, Inc.
Estefan, Emiliob. March 4, 1953, Santiaga de Cuba, Cuba
Emilio Estefan is a musician and producer and has won nineteen Grammy Awards. He first came to prominance as a member of the Miami Sound Machine.
Estefan, Gloriab. September 1, 1957, Havana, Cuba
Gloria Estefan is a songwriter, singer, and actress. She has won seven Grammy Awards and is the recepient of the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that can be given to an American naturalized citizen.
Estevez, Emiliob. May 12, 1962, New York, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Spain, Paternal Grandmother: From Ireland
Emilio Estevez is an actor who is known for his roles in The Outsiders (1983), Repo Man (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985) and The Mighty Ducks film series.
Estrada, Diegob. December 19, 1989, Michoacán, Mexico
Diego Estrada is a 10,000 meter Olympic runner. After some confusion about his eligibility after becoming a U.S. citizen, he was excluded from the U.S. Olympic trials even though it was later known that Estrada was misinformed on his eligibility possibilities.
Eszterhas, Joeb. November 23, 1944, Csákánydoroszló, Hungary
Joe Eszterhas is a writer known for his screenplays and autobiographical novels. Collectivelly, his work for the films Flashdance, Blue Thunder, Basic Instinct and others have grossed over a billion dollars.
Eugenides, Jeffreyb. March 8, 1960, Michigan, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Greece
Jeffrey Eugenides is a novelist and short story writer. He has written numerous short stories and essays, as well as three novels: The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, and The Marriage Plot.
Evigan, Brianab. October 23, 1986, California, United States
Maternal Great-Grandparents: From Italy
Briana Evigan is an actress and dancer who is well-known for her performances in the Step Up film series as well as many horror films and thrillers.
Ezeli, Festusb. October 21, 1989, Benin City, Nigeria
Festus Ezeli is a professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He played college basketball for Vanderbilt before being selected with the 30th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.
Ezerioha, Bisib. January 6, 1972, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Bisi Ezerioha is a professional race car driver, engine builder, engineer, and industrialist.

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Fabuluje, Tayob. July 17, 1991, Lagos, Nigeria
Tayo Fabuluje is an American football tackle for the Baltimore Brigade of the Arena Football League. He played college football for TCU. Fabuluje was drafted by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Factor, Max, Sr.b. September 15, 1872 , Zduńska Wola, present-day Poland
d. August 30, 1938, California, United States
Max Factor Sr. was a businessman, entrepreneur and inventor. Founder of the cosmetics giant Max Factor & Company, he largely developed the modern cosmetics industry.
Falk, Peterb. September 16, 1927, New York, United States
d. June 23, 2011, California, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Russia, Maternal Grandfather: From Hungary, Maternal Grandmother: From Poland
Peter Falk was an actor who is probably most famous for his portrayal of television's dishevelled detective Columbo, but he appeared in over 100 television shows and films, including A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and The In-Laws (1979).
Faludi, Susanb. April 18, 1959, New York, United States
Father: From Hungary
Susan Faludi is a feminist journalist and author. She won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1991, for a report on the leveraged buyout of Safeway Stores, Inc., a report that the Pulitzer Prize committee commended for depicting the "human costs of high finance".
Far, Sui Sinb. March 15, 1865, Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Mother: From China
Sui Sin Far is the pen name of Edith Maude Eaton. She was an author who wrote about Chinese people in North America and the Chinese American experience.
Farenthold, Blakeb. December 12, 1961, Texas, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Belgium
Blake Farenthold is a politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 27th congressional district since 2011.
Farid, Tariqb. 1969, Pakistan
Tariq Farid is an entrepreneur and the founder of Edible Arrangements, a fruit basket arrangement franchise.
Farkas, Tibor, Jr.b. July 11, 1940, Nagykanizsa, Hungary
Tibor Farkas Jr. is a single point of contact between NASA and Boeing. He holds three patents for space application, is a founding member of the US West Coast Hungarian Scientist Club, and a recipient of the prestigious Astronaut Snoopy Award.
Farrow, Johnb. February 10, 1904, Sydney, Australia
d. January 28, 1963, California, United States
John Farrow was an acclaimed screenwriter and director. Farrow married Maureen O'Sullivan in 1936 and they had seven children; two of their children became well-known actresses: Mia and Tisa Farrow.
Farrow, Miab. February 9, 1945, California, United States
Father: From Australia, Mother: From Ireland
Mia Farrow is an actress best know for her role in the film Rosemary's Baby (1968). In 1965 she won a Golden Globe for New Star Of The Year.
Farrow, Tisab. July 22, 1951, California, United States
Father: From Australia, Mother: From Ireland
Tisa Farrow is an actress but has not appeared in a film since 1980. She starred in an impressive selection of now, highly-regarded cult films, including Fingers (1978) and Zombie (1979).
Fat Tonyb. March 24, 1988, Texas, United States
Father: From Nigeria
Fat Tony is a rapper. He has won the Houston Press Music Awards' Best Underground Hip Hop award several times and was listed in URB's 'Next 1000', a list of emerging new artists anticipated to become well known.
Fears, Tomb. December 2, 1922, Guadalajara, Mexico
d. January 4, 2000, California, United States
Tom Fears starred as a split end for the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL and has been inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Feder, Donb. Date and year unknown, New York, United States
Don Feder is a media consultant and freelance writer. He is also World Congress of Families Communications Director. Feder operates Don Feder Associates, a communications firm for non-profits with a message. He is on the national board of advisors for the Federation of American Immigration Reform.
Federman, Irwinb. 1936, Place unknown
Father: From Russia
Irwin Federman is a businessman, philanthropist and General Partner of U.S. Venture Partners.
Fedorov, Anthonyb. May 4, 1985, Yalta, present-day Ukraine
Anthony Fedorov is a singer and actor who is former lead singer for the Chicago band 7th Heaven. He rose to fame as the fourth place finalist on the fourth season of American Idol.
Fehr, Odedb. November 23, 1970, Tel Aviv, Israel
Oded Fehr is an actor, known for The Mummy (1999), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) and The Mummy Returns (2001).
Feis, Herbertb. June 7, 1893, New York, United States
d. March 2, 1972, Florida, United States
Parents: From France
Herbert Feis was a historian and economist. He authored several books, most notably Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference, based on the Potsdam Conference and the causes of the Cold War.
Feldberg, Maxb. 1897, Russia
d. 1988, Massachusetts, United States
Max Feldberg was a businessman and the cofounder of Zayre Corporation, which during the majority of the 20th century oversaw thousands of chain retail stores and outlets, including TJ Maxx.
Feldman, Mortonb. January 12, 1926, New York, United States
d. September 3, 1987, New York, United States
Father: From Ukraine, Mother: From Belarus
Morton Feldman was an experimental composer who was a trailblazer in the composition method known as indeterminacy. Feldman's often long, minimal compositions are marked by the use of dissonance, repetition, atonalities, vast space between notes, and an otherworldy quietness.
Felt, Irving Mitchellb. January 25, 1910, New York, United States
d. September 22, 1994, Place unknown
Paternal Grandfather: From Belarus
Irving Mitchell Felt was a businessman who led the drive in the 1960s to build a new Madison Square Garden.
Feng, Yijunb. February 12, 1997, Nanjing, China
Yijun Feng is the 2016 mixed doubles table tennis champion and a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.
Fenton, Leslieb. March 12, 1902, Liverpool, United Kingdom
d. March 25, 1978, California, United States
Leslie Fenton was an actor and film director who appeared in over 60 films.
Feraru, Leonb. 1887, Brăila, Romania
d. circa 1961, New York, United States
Leon Feraru was a poet and literary historian. He was particularly interested in proletarian literature and work produced during the Symbolist movement in Romania.
Ferber, Ednab. August 15, 1885, Michigan, United States
d. April 16, 1968, New York, United States
Father: From Hungary
Edna Ferber was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were especially popular and included So Big, Show Boat, Cimarron and Giant.
Ferdowsi, Arash b. October 7, 1985, Kansas, United States
Parents: From Iran
Arash Ferdowsi is an entrepreneur and cofounder of Dropbox, an online file hosting platform, which he created at MIT in 2007.
Ferguson, Craigb. May 17, 1962, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Craig Ferguson is a television host, comedian, and actor. He is the host of Celebrity Name Game, and the former host of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Fermi, Enricob. September 29, 1901, Rome, Italy
d. November 28, 1954, Illinois, United States
Enrico Fermi was a physicist and built the prototype of a nuclear reactor. He also worked on the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb.
Ferrer, Melb. August 25, 1917, New Jersey, United States
d. June 2, 2008, California, United States
Father: From Cuba
Mel Ferrer was an actor, director, and producer. Towards the end of his career, he appeared in many European films and American television series.
Ferro, Pablob. January 15, 1935, Antilla, Cuba
Pablo Ferro is a graphic designer. He has created many recognizable film title sequences, including the handwritten work at the opening of Dr. Strangelove.
Fey, Charlesb. 1862, Vohringen, present-day Germany
d. November 4, 1944, California, United States
Charles Fey was a mechanic. He is best known for creating the first slot machines which changed the gaming industry.
Feyne, Buddyb. June 9, 1912, New York, United States
d. December 10, 1998, California, United States
Parents: From Russia
Buddy Feyne was a composer and lyricist whose career spanned half a century. Feyne co-wrote hit songs with Milton Berle and his compositions have been performed by countless artists, including Sarah Vaughan, Joe Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Autry, and Nat King Cole.
Fierro de Bright, Josefinab. 1914, Baja California, Mexico
d. February 2, 1998, United States
Josefina Fierro de Bright was an activist for Hispanic/Latino rights. Her major contribution was her part in the creation of the acitivist group known as El Congreso de Pueblo de Habla Española.
Fillion, Nathanb. March 27, 1971, Edmonton, Canada
Nathan Fillion is best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle, as well as his earlier portrayal of the lead role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the television series Firefly and its feature film continuation, Serenity.
Fils-Aimé, Reggieb. March 25, 1961, New York, United States
Parents: From Haiti
Reggie Fils-Aimé is a businessman and the current president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America.
Fincher, Stephenb. February 7, 1973, Tennessee, United States
Stephen Fincher is a politician who was the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 8th congressional district from 2011 to 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Finger, Billb. February 8, 1914, Colorado, United States
d. January 18, 1974, New York, United States
Father: From Austria
Bill Finger is a comic book writer and creator, most notable for co-creating Batman.
Finland, Maxwellb. March 15, 1902, Zhashkiv, Ukraine
d. October 25, 1987, Massachusetts, United States
Maxwell Finland was a George Richard Minot professor emeritus of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He spent more than 50 years at Harvard and at Boston City Hospital as head of its department of medicine, and had taught many of the nation's leaders in his field.
Firkušný, Rudolfb. February 11, 1912, Napajedla, present-day Czech Republic
d. July 19, 1994, New York, United States
Rudolf Firkušný was a classical pianist. He also taught at the Juilliard School in New York, and in Aspen, Colorado as well as in the Berkshire Music Centre in Tanglewood. He received a number of honours and was made a member of the Order of Tomas Masaryk.
Fischbacher, Siegfriedb. June 13, 1939, Rosenheim, Germany
Siegfried Fischbacher formed one half of the magician due Siegfried & Roy. The pair put together a magic act and made it to Las Vegas, where the performed for more than 30 years.
Fischer, Bobbyb. March 9, 1943, Illinois, United States
d. January 17, 2008, Reykjavík, Iceland
Father: From Germany, Mother: From Switzerland
Bobby Fischer was a chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time.
Fischer, Edmond H.b. April 6, 1920, Shanghai, present-day China
Edmond H. Fischer is a biochemist. He and his collaborator Edwin G. Krebs were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1992 for describing how reversible phosphorylation works as a switch to activate proteins and regulate various cellular processes.
Fischer, Ursb. May 2, 1973, Zürich, Switzerland
Urs Fischer is an artist, known for his subversive sculptures and large-scale installations. He uses traditional subject matter such as portraits, landscapes, nudes and still lifes, but reimagines these in a form that can be both witty and dark.
Fisher, Francesb. May 11, 1952, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Frances Fisher is an actress who has portrayed strong women on film and TV since the early 1980s. In film, she is best known for her roles in Unforgiven, Titanic, True Crime, House of Sand and Fog, Laws of Attraction, The Kingdom, In the Valley of Elah, Jolene, The Lincoln Lawyer and The Host.
Fisher, Max M.b. July 15, 1908, Pennsylvania, United States
d. March 3, 2005, Michigan, United States
Parents: From Russia
Max M. Fisher was a businessman, activist and philantrophist. Fisher was a benefactor and alumnus of the Fisher College of Bussiness at The Ohio State University.
Fitzgerald, Ellab. April 25, 1917, Virginia, United States
d. June 15, 1996, California, United States
Mother: From North Carolina, United States
Ella Fitzgerald was a renowned singer known as the "Queen of Jazz" for her impeccable tone and improvisational vocal abilities. Fitzgerald was a trailblazer for her time and her genre, receiving 13 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as dozens of other honors.
Fitzgerald, F. Scottb. September 24, 1896, Minnesota, United States
d. December 21, 1940, California, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From Ireland
F. Scott Fitzgerald was a novelist and short story writer whose works illustrate the jazz age. He is best known for the book The Great Gatsby.
Flagg, Joshb. August 20, 1985, California, United States
Maternal Great-grandfather: From Russia
Josh Flagg is an American real estate agent, author and television personality as an original cast member on the show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles on the Bravo television network.
Flanagan, Edward J.b. July 13, 1886, Leabeg, Ireland
d. May 15, 1948, Berlin, Germany
Edward J. Flanagan was a priest who is remembered today for founding the orphanage known as Boys Town in Boys Town, Nebraska.
Fleab. October 16, 1962, Victoria, Australia
Flea is the stage name of Michael Peter Balzary who is one of the founders and the bass player in the band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Fles, Bartholdb. February 7, 1902, Amsterdam, Netherlands
d. December 19, 1989, Laren, Netherlands
Barthold Fles was a literary agent, author, translator, editor and publisher. Among his many clients were Elias Canetti, Raymond Loewy, Heinrich Mann, Joseph Roth, Felix Salten, Ignazio Silone, Bruno Walter and Arnold Zweig.
Flexner, James Thomasb. January 13, 1908, New York, United States
d. February 13, 2003, New York, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From present-day Czech Republic, Paternal Grandmother: From Germany
James Thomas Flexner was a historian and biographer best known for the four-volume biography of George Washington that earned him a National Book Award in Biography, and a special Pulitzer Prize.
Flexner, Simonb. March 25, 1863, Kentucky, United States
d. May 2, 1946, New York, United States
Father: From present-day Czech Republic, Mother: From Germany
Simon Flexner was the first director of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, and a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation. He was also a friend and adviser to John D. Rockefeller Jr.
Flizikowski, Johnb. April 19, 1868, Starogard Gdański, Poland
d. July 15, 1934, Illinois, United States
John Flizikowski was a notable Chicago architect of residential, church and commercial buildings during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He initially worked as a draftsman in Chicago for eight months before going into business as an architect in 1894.
Flügge-Lotz, Irmgardb. July 16, 1903, Hameln, Germany
d. May 22, 1974, California, United States
Irmgard Flügge-Lotz was a mathematician, aerospace engineer, and researched automatic control theory.
Fokine, Michelb. April 23, 1880, Saint Petersburg, Russia
d. August 22, 1942, New York, United States
Michel Fokine was a trail-blazing dancer and choreographer. Fokine greatly influenced the repertoire of modern ballet choreography.
Foley, Sueb. March 29, 1968, Ottawa, Canada
Sue Foley is a blues singer and guitarist. Her first release was Young Girl Blues.
Foner, Ericb. February 7, 1943, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Russia
Eric Foner is a historian who writes extensively on American history. His contributions focus on the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, the history of freedom and the early history of the Republican Party.
Foner, Jack D.b. December 14, 1910, New York, United States
d. December 10, 1999, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Jack D. Foner was an American historian best known for his work on the civil rights and labor movements. He established one of the first university-level programs in black studies in the United States.
Foner, Naomib. March 15, 1946, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Poland, Maternal Grandparents: From Latvia
Naomi Foner is screenwriter and producer who is known for her work on the 1970s children's television show The Electric Company. Foner wrote the screenplay for the film Running on Empty (1988), and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Foote, Shelbyb. November 17, 1916, Mississippi, United States
d. June 27, 2005, Tennessee, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From Austria
Shelby Foote was a writer and historian who wrote The Civil War: A Narrative, a three-volume anthology of the American Civil War.
Foray, Juneb. September 18, 1917, Massachusetts, United States
d. July 26, 2017, California, United States
Father: From Russia
June Foray voiced countless cartoon characters, but she is best remembered for lending her bottomless vocal talents to the characters of Rocky, the flying squirrel, and Natasha
Ford Coppola, Francisb. April 7, 1939, Michigan, United States
Grandfather: from Italy
Francis Ford Coppola is a respected filmmaker and screenwriter. Coppola is best known for The Godfather film series.
Ford, Harrisonb. July 13, 1942, Illinois, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Ireland, Paternal Grandmother: From Germany, Maternal Grandparents: From present-day Belarus
Harrison Ford is a world famous actor who is probably best known for his star making performance as Han Solo in the Star Wars series of films.
Ford, Henryb. July 30, 1863, Michigan, United States
d. April 7, 1947, Michigan, United States
Henry Ford was an industrialist, business magnate and the founder of Ford Motor Company. He is associated with the development of the assembly line technique for mass production.
Ford, Melyssab. November 7, 1976, Toronto, Canada
Father: From Barbados, Mother: From Russia
Melyssa Ford is a hip hop model and actress. She appeared on the Bravo Network television series Blood, Sweat & Heels, documenting her social life against the background of her struggles of becoming a realtor in New York.
Forman, Milosb. February 18, 1932, Čáslav, Czech Republic
Milos Forman is an Acadamy Award-winning director and producer. Forman won the Academy Award for Best Director twice: once in 1976 for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and again in 1985 for Amadeus.
Fowler, Mark S.b. October 6, 1941, Toronto, Canada
Mark S. Fowler was a chairman of the United States Federal Communications Comission. He served from May 18, 1981 to April 17, 1987.
Fox, Michael J.b. June 9, 1961, Edmonton, Canada
Michael J. Fox is a writer, activist and an award-winning TV, film, and, voice-over actor. In 1991, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Fox became a strong advocate for research devoted to finding a cure for the disease.
Frampton, Peterb. April 22, 1950, Beckenham, United Kingdom
Peter Frampton is a singer-songwiter whose 1976 album, Frampton Comes Alive, sold over 10 million copies.
Frances, Dovib. November 20, 1978, Tel Aviv, Israel
Dovi Frances is an international financier, an entrepreneur, and managing partner of SGVC.
Franck, Jamesb. August 26, 1882, Hamburg, Germany
d. May 21, 1964, Gottingen, Germany
James Franck was a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project and contributed to quantum theory.
Franco, Jamesb. April 19, 1978, California, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Portugal and Sweden, Maternal Grandparents: From Russia
James Franco is a TV and film actor who is known for the TV series Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000) and the Spider Man franchise. Franco is also a busy filmmaker with over 30 short and feature length films to his credit.
Franco, Juliob. August 23, 1958, Hato Mayor del Rey, Dominican Republic
Julio Franco is a former professional baseball player. He had a lengthy, solid career, and was a three time All-Star. He holds the distinction of being the oldest regular playing non-pitcher in Major League history at the age of 48.
Frank, Joachimb. September 12, 1940, Siegen, Germany
Joachim Frank won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 along with Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson for their groundbreaking work on imaging biomolecules (Cryo-Electron Microscopy). Frank is a professor at Columbia University.
Frank, Konstantinb. July 4, 1899, Ukraine
d. 1985, New York, United States
Konstantin Frank was a viticulturist and winemaker who ignited the "Vinifera Revolution," a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States.
Frank, Robertb. November 9, 1924, Zurich, Switzerland
Robert Frank is photographer and documentary filmmaker who is known for his film Pull My Daisy (1959) which featured Beat writers Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso and the infamous documentary of the Rolling Stones on tour Cocksucker Blues (1972).
Frankel, Johnb. 1961, London, United Kingdom
John Frankel is a venture capitalist, author and speaker. He is the founding partner at ff Venture Capital, a seed stage investment firm.
Frankenthaler, Helenb. December 12, 1928, New York, United States
d. December 27, 2011, Connecticut, United States
Mother: From Germany
Helen Frankenthaler was an Abstract Expressionist painter who worked in many styles throughout her career. She often used the 'soak stain' method to produce work which meant painting onto unprimed canvas with oil paints heavily diluted with turpentine.
Frankfurter, Felixb. November 15, 1882, Vienna, Austria
d. February 22, 1965, Washington, D.C., United States
Felix Frankfurter was a lawyer, professor, and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was known for his advocay regarding judicial restraint in the judgments of the Court.
Frankl, Paul T.b. October 14, 1886, Vienna, Austria
d. March 21, 1958, California, United States
Paul T. Frankl was a furniture designer working in the Art Deco style. He designed pieces that mimicked skyscrapers in their forms.
Franklin, Aretha b. March 25, 1942, Tennessee, United States
Parents: From Mississippi, United States
Aretha Franklin is a singer whose career has spanned decades and defied genres. Her voice is among the most important in pop music. Franklin has recorded over 20 number one R&B hits and sang My Country tis of Thee at the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Freed, Alanb. December 15, 1921, Pennsylvania, United States
d. January 20, 1965, California, United States
Father: From Russia
Alan Freed was a disc jockey. He is known for promoting the mix of blues, country, and rhythm and blues music on the radio under the name of rock and roll.
Freeman, Morganb. June 1, 1937, Tennessee, United States
Morgan Freeman is an actor whose voice is one of the most recognizable and respected in the entertainment world. He got his start in acting on Broadway and has gone on to a celebrated career, receiving multiple Tony and Oscar Nominations and winning a Golden Globe lifetime achievement award.
Frenkel-Brunswik, Elseb. August 18, 1908, Lemberg, Austria
d. March 31, 1958, California, United States
Else Frenkel-Brunswik was a professor at Berkeley, and focused on the study of prejudice, ehtnocentrism, and authoritarianism.
Frenkel, Jacob A.b. February 8, 1943, Tel Aviv, Israel
Jacob A. Frenkel is an economist and the Chairman of JPMorgan Chase International.
Freund, Karlb. January 16, 1890, Dvůr Králové nad Labem, present-day Czech Republic
d. May 3, 1969, California, United States
Karl Freund was an innovative cinematographer (he shot the legendary German expressionist film, Metropolis (1927)) and film director. Later in his career, Freund moved his technically innovative camera work to television where he was the cinematographer 150 episodes of the I Love Lucy show.
Frid, Tageb. May 30, 1915, Denmark
d. May 6, 2004, Rhode Island, United States
Tage Frid was a furniture designer who worked in the Danish style. He placed a high importance on construction and function, deeming style less important.
Friedkin, Williamb. August 29, 1935, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
William Friedkin an Acadamy Award-winning filmmaker who is best known for his films The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973).
Friedman, David D.b. February 12, 1945, Place unknown
Paternal Grandparents: From present-day Ukraine
David D. Friedman is an economist, physicist, legal scholar, and libertarian theorist.
Friml, Rudolfb. December 7, 1879, Prague, present-day Czech Republic
d. November 12, 1972, California, United States
Rudolf Friml was a composer of operettas, musicals, songs and piano pieces, as well as a pianist. His best-known works are Rose-Marie and The Vagabond King, each of which enjoyed success on Broadway and in London and were adapted for film.
Frisby, Edgarb. May 22, 1837, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
d. 1927, Washington, D.C. United States
Edgar Frisby was an astronomer for the United States Naval Observatory and professor of mathematics at Northwestern University.
Fuchs, Danielb. June 25, 1909, New York, United States
d. July 26, 1993, California, United States
Father: From Russia, Mother: From Poland
Daniel Fuchs was a screenwriter, fiction writer and essayist, best known for Summer in Williamsburg.
Fuchs, Henryb. January 20, 1948, Tokaj, Hungary
Henry Fuchs is a computer graphics researcher at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since the 1970s he has been involved in software design.
Fujikawa, Gyob. November 3, 1908, California, United States
d. November 26, 1998, New York, United States
Parents: From Japan
Gyo Fujikawa was a children's book author and illustrator. She is also remembered for her stamp designs that incorporated the Japanese Cherry Trees along the National Mall.
Fujita, Junb. December 13, 1888, Hiroshima, Japan
d. July 12, 1963, Illinois, United States
Jun Fujita was a photojournalist, photographer, silent film actor, and a published poet in the United States. He was the first Japanese-American photojournalist.
Fukuyama, Francisb. October 27, 1952, Illinois, United States
Mother and Paternal Grandfather: From Japan
Francis Fukuyama is a political scientist, political economist and author, best known for his book the The End of History and the Last Man. He has also written about the history of the Soviet Union and Iraq since the 60s.
Fuldheim, Dorothyb. June 26, 1893, New Jersey, United States
d. November 3, 1989, Ohio, United States
Father: From Germany
Dorothy Fuldheim was the nation's first anchorwoman as a member of a news team. At 54, she was an anchorwoman on News Channel 5 in Cleveland, starting her television career after retiring from elementary school teaching. She enyoyed a thirty seven year career in broadcasting.
Funk, Casimirb. February 23, 1884, Warsaw, Poland
d. November 19, 1967, New York, United States
Casimir Funk was a biochemist, generally credited with being among the first to formulate the concept of vitamins, which he called "vital amines" or "vitamines."
Furnish, Timothy R.b. 1960, Place unknown
Timothy R. Furnish is a historian of the Islamic world and its religion, culture and politics.
Furse, Elizabethb. October 13, 1936, Nairobi, Kenya
Elizabeth Furse is a small business owner and former faculty member of Portland State University. She was a United States Representative for Oregon from 1993-1999.
Futey, Bohdan A.b. June 28, 1939, Buchach, Ukraine
Bohdan A. Futey is a retired attorney and judge who served with the United States Court of Federal Claims from 1987 to 2002.

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Gabor, Evab. February 11, 1919, Budapest, Hungary
d. July 4, 1995, California, United States
Eva Gabor was an actress best known for her role in the television series Green Acres.
Gabor, Zsa Zsab. February 6, 1917, Budapest, present-day Hungary
d. December 18, 2016, California, United States
Zsa Zsa Gabor was an actress whose career spanned nearly 50 years. Gabor might be remembered for her colorful social life (nine marriages, luxurious self-indulgences, slapping a police officer, etc.) more than her long career in film and television.
Gado, Samkonb. November 13, 1982, Taraba State, Nigeria
Samkon Gado is an otolaryngologist and former American football running back. He played college football at Liberty. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2005.
Gadot, Galb. April 30, 1985, Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel
Gal Gadot is primarily known for her role as Wonder Woman in the 2017 film. She will reprise the role in the new film The Justice League.
Gaines, Joannab. April 19, 1978, Kansas, United States
Mother: From Korea
Joanna Gaines is a co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper.
Galamb, Józsefb. February 3, 1881, Makó, Hungary
d. December 5, 1955, Michigan, United States
Jozsef Galamb was a mechanical engineer who designed the Ford Model T.
Galdikas, Birutéb. May 10, 1946, Wiesbaden, Germany
Biruté Galdikas is an anthropologist, primatologist, conservationist, ethologist, and author. She is currently a Professor at Simon Fraser University. Well known in the field of primatology, Galdikas is recognized as a leading authority on orangutans.
Gale, Kellyb. 14 May, 1995, Gothenburg, Sweden
Father: From Australia, Mother: From India
Kelly Gale is a model. Gale's first big fashion show was Chanel in 2012.
Gallatin, Albertb. January 29, 1761, Geneva, Switzerland
d. August 12, 1849, New York, United States
Albert Gallatin was a Swiss-American Politician and Ethnologist who served in various federal elected and appointed positions over four decades.
Gamble, Jamesb. April 3, 1803, County Fermanagh, present-day United Kingdom
d. April 29, 1891, Ohio, United States
James Gamble was a soap maker and industrialist. He was cofounder of Procter & Gamble, a consumer goods corporation.
Gamow, Georgeb. March 4, 1904, Odessa, present-day Ukraine
d. August 20, 1968, Colorado, United States
George Gamow was a nuclear physicist and cosmologist who was one of the foremost advocates of the big-bang theory. In addition, his work on deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) made a basic contribution to the modern genetics theory.
Gandhi, Ravinb. 1973, Illinois, United States
Parents: From India
Ravin Gandhi is a businessman. He was an executive with Coatings and Chemicals Corporation before founding Glenborn Partners, a private equity firm, and GMM Nonstick Coatings.
Garbo, Gretab. September 18, 1905, Stockholm, Sweden
d. April 15, 1990, New York, United States
Greta Garbo was a legendary actress who, despite her early retirement from film in the 40s, remains an icon of classic Hollywood to this day. Garbo was know for her mystique (she shunned the public and prefered the company of close friends) and her powerful screen presence.
García, Andyb. April 12, 1956, Havana, Cuba
Andy García is an actor and director who became known in the late 1980s and 1990s, having appeared in successful Hollywood films, including The Godfather Part III, The Untouchables, Internal Affairs and When a Man Loves a Woman.
García, Avisaílb. June 12, 1991, Anzoategui, Venezuela
Avisaíl García is a professional baseball player. He plays right field for the Chicago White Sox. He previously played for the Detroit Tigers and was a member of the 2017 AL All-Star Team.
García, Cristinab. July 4, 1958, Havana, Cuba
Cristina García is a journalist and novelist whose work represents the experiences and issues of a generation of Cuban-born children who immigrated with their families to the United States.
Garcia, Jorgeb. April 28, 1973, Nebraska, United States
Father: From Chile, Mother: From Cuba
Jorge Garcia played Hector Lopez on the television show Becker and Hugo "Hurley" Reyes in the television series Lost. He stars as Jerry Ortega on Hawaii Five-0.
García, Leuryb. March 18, 1991, Santiago, Dominican Republic
Leury García is a utility player for the Chicago White Sox. He previously played for the Texas Rangers.
Garcia, Mikeb. November 17, 1923, California, United States
d. January 3, 1986, Ohio, United States
Father: From Mexico
Mike Garcia was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball and played for the Cleveland Indians in the 1940s.
Gardner, Howardb. July 11, 1943, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From Germany
Howard Gardner is a developmental psychologist. He is currently the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Garfield, Johnb. March 4, 1913, New York, United States
d. May 21, 1952, New York, United States
Parents: From present-day Ukraine
John Garfield was an actor who died at the age of 39. Despite his early death, John Garfield's powerful, commanding performances in the films Four Daughters (1938), Humoresque (1946), Body and Soul (1947), Force of Evil (1948) and more left an indelible mark on the history of film.
Garvey, Marcusb. August 17, 1887, Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica
d. June 10, 1940, London, United Kingdom
Marcus Garvey was a civil rights activist who championed Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism, which created a global movement called Garveyism. Garvey was hugely influential to the Rastafarian movement; he is referred to in many songs by seminal bands, including Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, and Culture.
Gates, Billb. October 28, 1955, Washington, United States
Paternal Great Grandparents: From the United Kingdom and Germany
Bill Gates is a co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation and is an business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist.
Gathegi, Edib. March 10, 1979, Nairobi, Kenya
Edi Gathegi is an actor and producer, known for X-Men: First Class (2011), Gone Baby Gone (2007) and Criminal Activities (2015).
Gechtoff, Soniab. September 25, 1926, Pennsylvania, United States
Father: From Ukraine
Sonia Gechtoff is an Abstract Expressionist who makes paintings, prints and drawings. She makes bold and bright paintings on large canvases and many of her works are abstract self portraits.
Geffen, Davidb. February 21, 1943, New York, United States
Father: From Lithuania, Mother: From Moldova
David Geffen is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist.
Gehry, Frankb. February 28, 1929, Toronto, Canada
Mother: From Poland, Paternal Grandparents: From Russia
Frank Gehry wild, experimental, seemingly-impossible-to-design buildings have become famous attractions. One such building is the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management building housed in the Peter B. Lewis Building, which was completed in 2002.
Geiringer, Hildab. September 28, 1893, Vienna, Austria
d. March 22, 1973, California, United States
Hilda Geiringer was a mathematician and a pioneer in applied mathematics.
Gejdenson, Samb. May 20, 1948, Eschwege, Germany
Father: From Belarus, Mother: From Lithuania
Sam Gejdenson was a United States Representative for Connecticut. He served from 1981-2001.
Gell-Mann, Murrayb. September 15, 1929, New York, United States
Father: From present-day Ukraine
Murray Gell-Mann is a theoretical physicist who received the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles.
Genovese, Eugene D.b. May 19, 1930, New York, United States
d. September 26, 2012, Georgia, United States
Grandparents: From Italy
Eugene D. Genovese was a historian of the American South and slavery in America, bringing a Marxist perspective into the study of relations between plantation owners and slaves.
Gentry, Herbertb. July 17, 1919, Pennsylvania, United States
d. September 8, 2003, Stockholm, Sweden
Mother: From Jamaica
Herbert Gentry was an Abstract Expressionist painter. His bold and colorful paintings depict human and animal faces through a tangle of lines
Geoffrion, Bernieb. February 16, 1931, Quebec, Canada
d. March 11, 2006, Georgia, United States
Bernie Geoffrion is a retired hockey player who was an innovator of the slapshot. He is currently listed as one of the 100 greatest hockey players.
Gernreich, Rudib. August 8, 1922, Vienna, Austria
d. April 21, 1985, California, United States
Rudi Gernreich was a mid-century avant-garde designer who is best known for the monokini.
Gershwin, Georgeb. September 26, 1898, New York, United States
d. July 11, 1937, California, United States
Parents: From
George Gershwin was a composer and pianist. Gershwin was adept at creating in a variety of musical forms: classical, jazz, blues, and popular music.
Gershwin, Irab. December 6, 1896, New York, United States
d. August 17, 1983, California, Unites States
Parents: From Russia
Ira Gershwin was a lyricist whose musical collaborations with his brother, George, are now considered American jazz and pop standards. In 1932, Gershwin (along with George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind) was awarded the first ever Pulitzer Prize for songwriting for the musical comedy, Of Thee I Sing.
Getty, Estelleb. July 25, 1923, New York, United States
d. July 22, 2008, California, United States
Parents: From Poland
Estelle Getty, best known as Sophia on Golden Girls is an Emmy award-winning actress that appeared in dozens of films and television series. Her credits include Mask, Mannequin, and Golden Palace.
Ghaffari, Mattb. November 11, 1961, Tehran, Iran
Matt Ghaffari is a two time Olympic wrestler and won the silver medal in 1996. He is the most decorated Greco-Roman wrestler in U.S. history.
Ghauri, Yasmeenb. March 23, 1971, Montreal, Canada
Father: From Pakistan, Mother: From Germany
Yasmeen Ghauri was an internationally known former model. One of her early appearances was in the music video for the Elton John song Sacrifice.
Ghosh, Amitavb. July 11, 1956, Calcutta, India
Amitav Ghosh is a leading postcolonial writer and the author of many books including The Shadow Lines, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide and Sea of Poppies.
Giannini, A. P. b. May 6, 1870, California, United States
d. June 3, 1949, California, United States
Parents: From Italy
A. P. Giannini was a banker who helped found the Bank of America. He is credited as having invented many modern banking practices.
Gibran, Khalilb. January 6, 1883, Bsharri, present-day Lebanon
d. 10 April 1931, New York, United States
Kahlil Gibran was a poet and writer. He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose.
Gibson, Altheab. August 25, 1927, South Carolina, United States
d. September 28, 2003, New Jersey, United States
Althea Gibson broke the color barrier in tennis after winning the Grand Slam in 1956. She went on to hold numerous titles in tennis and professional golf and was named Associated Press Female Athlete of the year in 1957 and 1958 respectively.
Gibson, Melb. January 3, 1956, New York, United States
Mother: From Ireland
Mel Gibson is an actor and filmmaker best known as an action hero, for roles such as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series, and Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series.
Gillespie, Dizzyb. October 21, 1917, South Carolina, United States
d. January 6, 1993, New Jersey, United States
Dizzy Gillespie was an iconic jazz musician known for his bent trumpet, harmonic pairings and impeccable improvisation. Gillespie influenced numerous musicians in his time including Miles Davis and Chuck Mangione.
Gilrod, Louisb. September 10, 1879, Ruizna, Ukraine
d. March 12, 1930, New York, United States
Louis Gilrod was a famous composer of Yiddish theater music. He contributed to Yiddish vaudville theater, collaborating with Czar Nicholas and Charlie Chaplin in the skit Tsar nikolay un tsharli tshaplin.
Gilsig, Jessalynb. November 30, 1971, Quebec, Canada
Jessalyn Gilsig is an actress known for her roles in television series Boston Public, Nip/Tuck, Glee and the History Channel series Vikings.
Gingrich, Newtb. June 17, 1943, Pennsylvania, United States
Newt Gingrich is a politician and author who trained as a historian. He has written several books about American politics.
Giovanni, Nikkib. June 7, 1943, Tennessee, United States
Nikki Giovanni is an African-American poet, writer and activist. Internationally recognized, she has won numerous awards including the Langston Hughes Medal.
Giovannitti, Arturo b. January 7, 1884, Molise, Italy
d. 1959, New York, United States
Arturo Giovannitti was a socialist political activist, and poet. He is best remembered as one of the principal organizers of the 1912 Lawrence textile strike.
Gittings, Barbara b. July 31, 1932, Vienna, Austria
d. February 18, 2007, Pennsylvania, United States
Barbara Gittings was an activist for LGBT equality. She organized the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB).
Glaser, Miltonb. June 26, 1929, New York, United States
Parents: From Hungary
Milton Glaser is a graphic designers. He has been the creative force behind the I heart New York logo, the branding for Brooklyn Brewery and the artwork for the 1984 Winter Olympics. He remains the only graphic designer to have been awarded the National Medal of the Arts.
Gliniak, Bartekb. 1973, Przemyśl, Poland
Bartek Gliniak is film music composer who has scored over thirty films, documentaries and television programs.
Gluck, Almab. May 11, 1884, Iași, Romania
d. October 27, 1938, New York City
Alma Gluck was one of the most famous sopranos of all time. Known for Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny and being a pop star in 1916. She was also a co-founder of the American Woman's Association.
Goboczy, Zoltan K.b. May 1, 1897, Fraukinchen, Austria
d. May 18, 1982, California, United States
Zoltan K. Goboczy worked at Cleveland Dow Chemical, wrote articles for the local Hungarian journals, was a radio announcer for Bocskay Hungarian Radio, and was speaker at meetings of Hungarian Fighters Association, 56er Freedom Fighter Association.
Godunov, Alexanderb. November 28, 1949, Sakhalin, Russia
d. May 18, 1995, California, United States
Alexander Godunov was a dancer and actor whose high-profile defection to the United States in 1979 created an international drama, which later became the basis for a Russian film called Flight 222 (1986).
Goff, Ivanb. April 17, 1910, Perth, Australia
d. September 23, 1999, California, United States
Ivan Goff was a screenwriter and producer who penned more than a few classic films, but he is probably best known as the co-creator of the TV series Charlie's Angels.
Gohmert, Louiseb. August 18, 1953, Texas, United States
Louie Gohmert is a Republican Party U.S. Representative from Texas' 1st congressional district who is part of the Tea Party movement.
Gold, Ernestb. July 13, 1921, Vienna, Austria
d. March 17, 1999, California, United States
Ernest Gold was a film composer and conductor who scored nearly 100 hundred films and television shows. Gold won an Oscar for his stirring soundtrack composed for the film Exodus (1960).
Goldblum, Jeffb. October 22, 1952, Pennsylvania, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From present-day Ukraine
Jeff Goldblum is a versatile stage, film, and television actor. Goldblum is probably best known for his roles in the films The Big Chill (1983) and the first two Jurassic Park films (1993 and 1997). Goldblum is also an accomplished pianist.
Goldenweiser, Alexanderb. January 29, 1880, Kiev, Russia
d. July 6, 1940, Oregon, United States
Alexander Goldenweiser was an anthropologist who studied under Frank Boas. A prolific author of books, articles and reviews on anthropology he also served as a lecturer for several colleges and universities.
Goldman, Arnold J.b. Date and place unknown
Parents: From Israel
Arnold J. Goldman is the Founder of BrightSource Energy, Inc., which he founded in 2004 and has been its Chairman Emeritus since September 2010.
Goldman, Marcusb. December 9, 1821, Trappstadt, Germany
d. July 20, 1904, New Jersey, United States
Marcus Goldman was an investment banker, financier and businessman, best known as the founder of Goldman Sachs, a global financial services company.
Goldmark, Peter Carlb. December 2, 1906, Budapest, Hungary
d. December 7, 1977, New York, United States
Peter Carl Goldmark was an engineer who developed the first-sequential color technology for color television while at CBS and developed the LP record.
Goldrich, Jonab. September 11, 1927, Lviv, present-day Ukraine
d. June 26, 2016, California, United States
Jona Goldrich was a real estate developer and philanthropist.
Goldstein, Kurtb. November 6, 1978, Kattowitz, Germany
d. September 19, 1965, New York, United States
Kurt Goldstein was a professor at Brandeis, and focused on holistic-orgaismic theory, and brain injuries.
Goldwyn, Samuelb. August 17, 1879, Warsaw, Poland
d. January 31, 1974, California, United States
Samuel Goldwyn was a film producer. He was most well known for being the founding contributor and executive of several motion picture studios in Hollywood.
Golijov, Osvaldob. December 5, 1960, La Plata, Argentina
Osvaldo Golijov is a composer whose collection of chamber music released by EMI in 2002, Yiddishbbuk, was nominated for a Grammy award. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Vilcek Prize among other awards, and continues to release new works, merging a wide range of musical traditions.
Gomes, Yanb. July 19, 1987, São Paulo, Brazil
Yan Gomes is a professional baseball catcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball.
Gomez, José H.b. December 26, 1951, Monterrey, Mexico
José H. Gomez is a prelate of the Catholic Church in the United States. He has been the Archbishop of Los Angeles since March 1, 2011.
Gomez, Selenab. July 22, 1992, Texas, United States
Father: From Mexico
Selena Gomez is a prolific, award-winning actress who started out as a Disney star. Gomez was numerous music awards, including a MTV Music Video Award.
Gompers, Samuelb. January 27, 1850, London, United Kingdom
d. December 13, 1924, Texas, United States
Samuel Gompers was a union leader and one of the most influential labor organizers during the late 19th century. He founded the American Federation of Labor and served as its president for many years.
Gong, Louie b. August 8, 1974, British Columbia, Canada
Louie Gong is an activist who focusses on social and political issues affecting Native and mixed race people.
Gonzales, Albertob. August 4, 1955 Texas, United States
Grandparents: From Mexico
Alberto Gonzales is a lawyer who served as the 80th United States Attorney General. He was appointed in February 2005 by President George W. Bush, becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic American in executive government to date.
Gonzales, Panchob. May 9, 1928, California, United States
d. July 3, 1995, Nevada, United States
Parents: From Mexico
Pancho Gonzales was a tennis player who has been described as one of the best tennis players ever seen. He was ranked number 1 in the world for eight years.
González Iñárritu, Alejandrob. August 15, 1963, Mexico City, Mexico
Alejandro González Iñárritu is a director, producer, and screenwriter. He won the Acadamy Award for Best Director for The Revenant in 2015, becoming the first Mexican director (and the third director in the history of the award) to win back-to-back Oscars.
Gonzalez-Torres, Felixb. November 26, 1957, Guáimaro, Cuba
d. January 9, 1996, Florida, United States
Felix Gonzalez-Torres was a conceptual artist. He is known for his minimal work, his engagement with political causes and his interest in the overlap of public and private life.
González, Carlosb. October 17, 1985, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Carlos González is a professional baseball player. He was a right fielder for the Colorado Rockies and the Oakland Athletics. He is a three-time NL All-Star
Gonzalez, Marwinb. March 14, 1989, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
Marwin Gonzalez is a shortstop and utility player for the Houston Astros. He has appeared at every position except for pitcher and catcher for the Astros.
González, Rigobertob. July 18, 1970, California, United States
Parents: From Mexico
Rigoberto González is a writer and critic. He is an editor and author of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and bilingual children's books. He self-identifies in his writing as a gay Chicano.
Goode, Wilsonb. August 19, 1938, North Carolina, United States
Wilson Goode is a community activist and politician. He was the first African-American to lead the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission and served as the first African-American mayor of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1984-1992).
Goodman, Bennettb. April 4, 1957, United States
Bennett Goodman is a co-founder of GSO Capital Partners and Senior Managing Director of Blackstone. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Blackstone and sits on the firm's Management Committee.
Goodman, Bennyb. May 30, 1909, Illinois, United States
d. June 13, 1986, New York, United States
Father: From present-day Poland, Mother: From present-day Lithuania
Benny Goodman was the first celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of Swing". He was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously.
Goodman, Paulette b. Date and year unknown, Paris, France
Paulette Goodman was the president of Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) from 1988 to 1992. She led the campaign to get PFLAG ads displayed on DC Metro buses.
Goodwin, Doris Kearnsb. January 4, 1943, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Ireland
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a historian, biographer and political commentator. She has authored biographies of several American Presidents.
Gordy, Berryb. November 28, 1929, Michigan, United States
Parents: From Georgia, United States
Berry Gordy was a record producer and songwriter. He began producing records 1957 and formed the Motown Record Company in 1960. Gordy built an iconic stable of recording artists at Motown, including Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Commodores, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5.
Gores, Samb. 1954, Nazareth, Israel
Sam Gores is the Chairman of Paradigm Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, California and has been ranked among the top agents in Hollywood.
Gorka, Sebastianb. October 22, 1970, London, United Kingdom
Parents: From Hungary
Sebastian Gorka is a military and intelligence analyst, who was a deputy assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017. He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization, having worked in government and the private and NGO sectors in Europe and the United States.
Gorky, Arshileb. April 15, 1904, Khorkom, present-day Turkey
d. July 21, 1948, Connecticut, United States
Arshile Gorky was a painter whose work is recognized as having had an important influence on Abstract Expressionism. He was influenced by various movements at different times in his practice including Impressionism early in his career and Surrealism later.
Gorman, James P.b. July 14, 1958, Melbourne, Australia
James P. Gorman is a financier. He is the CEO and Chairman of Morgan Stanley, a finance and investment services firm.
Gorski, Hedwigb. July 18, 1949, New Jersey, United States
Parents: From present-day Ukraine
Hedwig Gorski is a performance poet known for "performance poetry." Gorski's avante-garde performance poetry paved the way for what now is known as slam poetry.
Gorski, Martinb. October 30, 1886, Poland
d. December 4, 1949, Illinois, United States
Martin Gorski was a United States Representative for Illinois. He served from 1943-1949.
Gottlieb, Alexb. December 21, 1906, present-day Zhytomyr, Ukraine
d. October 9, 1988, California, United States
Alex Gottlieb was a screenwriter, playwright, movie and television producer who is known today for producing the second Abbott and Costello feature film Buck Privates (1941). Gottlieb produced nine more films featuring the legendary duo.
Goudsmit, Samuelb. July 11, 1902, The Hague, Netherlands
d. December 4, 1978, Nevada, United States
Samuel Goudsmit was a physicist famous for jointly proposing the concept of electron spin with George Eugene Uhlenbeck in 1925.
Gould, Elliottb. August 29, 1938, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: Romania, Maternal Grandparents: From Russia
Elliott Gould is a venerated stage and screen actor. For his performance in the comedy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Gould received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Gouré, Leonb. November 1, 1922, Moscow, Russia
d. March 16, 2007, Virginia, United States
Leon Gouré was an analyst for the RAND Corporation in the 1950s, being a key figure in their research in how to win the war in Vietnam.
Grace, Charles Manuelb. January 25, 1881, Brava, Cape Verde
d. January 12, 1960, California, United States
Charles Manuel Grace, known as Sweet Daddy Grace by his followers, was a bishop and the founder of the United House of Prayer for All People, an evangelical Christian group.
Graetz, Friedrichb. circa 1940, Austria
d. circa 1913, Place unknown
Friedrich Graetz was a political cartoonist. His work depicted current events of the time and sometimes included anti-immigration sentiments and caricatures aimed against people from certain countries or races.
Graham, Billb. January 8, 1931, Berlin, Germany
d. October 25, 1991, California, United States
Bill Graham was an influential concert promoter. In the 1960s and 1970s, he helped foster an exciting musical scene in San Francisco through rock concerts at the famous Fillmore and Winterland Ballroom venues.
Graham, Katb.September 5, 1989, Geneva, Switzerland
Father: From Liberia, Mother: From Russia
Kat Graham is a singer and actress who is known to many for her role as Bonnie Bennett in the popularTV series, The Vampire Diaries.
Graney, Jackb. June 10, 1886, St. Thomas, Canada
d. April 20, 1978, Missouri, United States
Jack Graney was a left fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Cleveland Indians.
Grant, Caryb. January 18, 1904, Bristol, United Kingdom
d. November 29, 1986, Iowa, United States
Cary Grant was an actor who had a long career playing everything from bumbling nebbishes in screwball comedies to dashing, romantic leads. Grant's career began in the early days of Vaudeville and lasted until his death in the late 60s.
Grant, Deborahb. 1968, Toronto, Canada
Deborah Grant is an artist who combines personal narratives with historical accounts and fables in her paintings and collages. Her work is largely figurative, though this is regularly expressed through silhouettes and simplified forms.
Grant, Madisonb. November 19, 1865, New York, United States
d. May 30, 1937, New York, United States
Madison Grant was a lawyer, writer, and zoologist. He is credited with saving many different species of animals and founding many different environmental and philanthropic organizations.
Grant, Robert J.b. 1862, Nova Scotia, Canada
d. November 24, 1950, Place unknown
Robert J. Grant served as the director of the U.S. Mint. He served from November 1923 to May 1933.
Grau, Dieterb. April 24, 1913, Berlin, Germany
d. December 17, 2014, Alabama, United States
Dieter Grau was an aerospace engineer and member of the "von Braun rocket group", at Peenemünde (1939-1945) working on the V-2 rockets in World War II. He immigrated to the US under Operation Paperclip after World War II.
Gray, Gildab. October 24, 1901, Krakow, Poland
d. December 22, 1959, California, United States
Gilda Gray was an actress and dancer known as the creator of "the Shimmy" which became fashionable in 1920s films and theater productions.
Gray, Hanna Holbornb. October 25, 1930, Heidelberg, Germany
Hanna Holborn Gray is a historian of Renaissance and Reformation political thought. She has had a distinguished academic career serving as the president of both Yale and the University of Chicago.
Greenberg, Arnoldb. September 2, 1932, New York, United States
d. October 26, 2012, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Arnold Greenberg was a businessman who co-founded Snapple, a brand of tea and juice drinks, in the 1970s with Leonard Marsh, his former high school classmate, and Hyman Golden, who was Marsh's brother-in-law.
Greenspan, Alanb. March 6, 1926, New York, United States
Maternal Grandparents: From Russia
Alan Greenspan is an economist who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006.
Greenwood, Ernestb. November 25, 1884, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
d. June 15, 1955, New York, United States
Ernest Greenwood was a United States Representative for New York. He served from 1951-1953.
Gregorius, Didib. February 18, 1990, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Didi Gregorius is professional baseball player. He is a shortstop for the New York Yankees. He previously played for the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Greiner, Helenb. December 6, 1967, London, United Kingdom
Father: From Hungary
Helen Greiner is an engineer and businesswoman. She is cofounder of iRobot and the current CEO of CyPhy Works, a drone designing company.
Gretzky, Wayneb. January 26, 1961, Brantford, Canada
Wayne Gretzky is a former professional ice hockey player and former head coach often called "The Great One" because he is considered by many a hockey aficionado to be the greatest player to ever skate upon the ice. Gretzky is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Groening, Mattb. February 15, 1954, Oregon, United States
Father: From Canada, Maternal Grandparents: From Norway
Matt Groening is a cartoonist, animator, writer and producer, best known as the creator of the animations The Simpsons and Futurama and the comic strip Life in Hell.
Grojsman, Sophiab. March 8, 1945, Ljubcha, Belarus
Sophia Grojsman is the creator of many of the world's most successful fragrances, such as Calvin Klein's Eternity and Yves Saint Laurent's Paris. Her honors include the American Society of Perfumers Living Legend Award and the Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement award by The Fragrance Foundation.
Gromek, Steveb. January 15, 1920, Michigan, United States
d. March 12, 2002, Michigan, United States
Parents: From Poland
Steve Gromek was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for 17 seasons in the American League with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.
Gropius, Walterb. May 18, 1883, Berlin, Germany
d. July 5, 1969, Massachusetts, United States
Walter Gropius was a key architect of the Bauhaus movement. He began teaching at Harvard in 1937.
Gross-Bettelheim, Jolanb. 1900, Hungary
d. 1972, Budapest, Hungary
Jolan Gross-Bettelheim lived and worked in the United States in the 1930s-1950s. She worked in the graphics art division of the Works Progress Administration before returning to Hungary in the late 1950s.
Gross, Chaimb. March 17, 1904, Kolomyia, Austria
d. May 5, 1991, Manhattan, New York, United States
Chaim Gross was a sculptor who joined the Public Works of Art Project in 1933 and contributed art to the Federal Trade Commission building, among other locations. In 1974 his work was included in a Smithsonian exhibit in the American Museum of Art.
Grosz, Georgeb. July 26, 1893, Berlin, Germany
d. July 6, 1959, present-day Berlin, present-day Germany
George Grosz was an artist, best known for his paintings of Berlin life and his caricature-like portraits. He was a social critic in the visual arts field, commenting on issues surrounding capitalism and post-war society in the early 1900s.
Grotjahn, Markb. 1968, California, United States
Father: From Germany
Mark Grotjahn is an abstract painter who uses geometric shapes, lines and bold colors. He is interested in perspective and vanishing points and how these can be used in abstract works.
Grove, Andrewb. September 2, 1936, Budapest, Hungary
d. March 21, 2016, California, United States
Andrew Grove is a businessman, engineer, author and a pioneer in the semiconductor industry. He was one of the founders and the CEO of Intel Corporation, helping transform the company into the world's largest manufacturer of semiconductors.
Grove, Andy b. September 2, 1936, Budapest, Hungary
d. March 21, 2016, California, United States
Andy Grove was a businessman and engineer. He was the cofounder and CEO of Intel and a pioneering figure in the semiconductor industry.
Grüning, Ilkab. September 4, 1876, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. November 11, 1964, California, United States
Ilka Grüning was a film actress who did not begin her acting career until her early 40s. Grüning appeared in over 100 films and television shows.
Grynberg, Jackb. 1932, Brest, Belarus
Jack Grynberg is a businessman. He is a Denver-based oil and gas developer who has amassed a multimillion-dollar fortune in the oil and natural gas sector.
Guericke, Konstantinb. September 19, 1967, Hamburg, Germany
Konstantin Guericke is an entrepreneur and cofounder of LinkedIn, a social media website marketed for professional networking.
Guerra, Vidab. March 19, 1974, Havana, Cuba
Parents: From Cuba
Vida Guerra is an actress, glamour and hip hop model known for her appearences on Chappelle's Show.
Guggenheim, Meyer b. February 1, 1828, Aargau, Switzerland
d. March 15, 1905, Florida, United States
Meyer Guggenheim was an industrialist and businessman, mainly involved in the mining industry.
Guglielmi, O. Louisb. April 9, 1906, Cairo, Egypt
d. September 3, 1956, New York, United States
Parents: From Italy
O. Louis Guglielmi was a painter and one of the principal practitioners of Social Surrealism. Many of his works highlighted issues of social injustice, although in later years he turned away from societal matters, focusing on more formal concerns.
Guilaroff, Sydneyb. November 2, 1907, London, United Kingdom
d. May 28, 1997, California, United States
Sydney Guilaroff was known for styling the hair of many a Hollywood star in films such as The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Butterfield 8 (1960), and The Graduate (1967). Guilaroff created the signature hairstyles of Louise Brooks and Claudette Colbert and he was the first hair stylist to be listed in the credits of a film.
Guiliano, Mireilleb. April 14, 1946, Moyeuvre-Grande, France
Mireille Guiliano is a best-selling author and a long time spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot. She is also the former President and CEO of Clicquot, Inc.
Gulari, Borab. October 22, 1975, Istanbul, Turkey
Bora Gulari is an Olympic sailor competing in the Narca 17. He took eighth in the 2016 Rio Games.
Gupta, Sanjayb. October 23, 1969, Michigan, United States
Parents: From India
Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy Award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN.
Gurriel, Yulib. June 9, 1984, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
Yuli Gurriel is a first baseman for the Houston Astros. He won AL Rookie of the Month in July of 2017.
Gurung, Prabalb. March 31, 1979, Singapore
Parents: From Nepal
Prabal Gurung has designed dresses for many celebrities including Kate Middleton, Oprah Winfrey, Michele Obama and other
Guston, Philipb. June 27, 1913, Quebec, Canada
d. June 7, 1980, New York, United States
Parents: From present-day Ukraine
Philip Guston was a painter and printmaker, known for his figurative and abstract works. Guston's work abandoned pure abstraction in favor of more representational, cartoon-like impressions of situations, symbols and objects.
Gutierrez, Carlosb. November, 4, 1953, Havana, Cuba
Carlos Gutierrez was the thirty-fifth United States Secretary of Commerce. He was in office from February 7, 2005 to January 20, 2009 under President George W. Bush.
Gyasi, Yaab. 1989, Mampong, Ghana
Yaa Gyasi is a writer, best known for her debut novel Homegoing.
Gyllenhaal, Maggieb. November 16, 1977, New York, United States
Paternal Great-grandmother: From Canada, Maternal Great-grandparents: From present-day Latvia and Poland
Maggie Gyllenhaal is an actress who is well known for her roles in Secretary (2002) and The Dark Knight (2008).

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Haacke, Gottfriedb. November 27, 1930, Lausick, Germany
Gottfried Haacke holds many patents expecially related to ultraviolet light.
Haagen-Smit, Arie Janb. December 22, 1900, Utrect, Netherlands
d. March 17, 1977, California, United States
Arie Jan Haagen-Smit was a chemist. He is known as the "father of air pollution control " for linking smog to automobile emissions.
Haas, Albert B.b. October 27, 1911, Zalalövő, Hungary
d. August 12, 1997, New York, United States
Albert B. Haas was a renowned doctor specialising in pulmonary diseases. He was imprisoned in Dachau during WWII, where he saved many lives.
Haber, Edgarb. February 1, 1932, Berlin, Germany
d. October 13, 1997, Massachusetts, United States
Edgar Haber was a research physician specializing in cardiology, immunology, and molecular biology.
Habermann, A. Nicob. June 26, 1932, Groningen, Netherlands
d. August 8, 1993, Pennsylvania, United States
A. Nico Habermann was a computer scientist. His research included programming languages, operating systems, and development of large software systems.
Haddad, Emile b. 1958, Beirut, Lebanon
Emile Haddad is a businessman and the CEO of FivePoint, a real estate management company based in California.
Haddad, Wassim Michaelb. July 14, 1961, Athens, Greece
Father: From Lebanon, Mother: From Greece
Wassim Michael Haddad is an applied mathematician, scientist, and engineer who has written over 550 journal and conference articles. Haddad has researched linear and nonlinear dynamical systems and control.
Hadid, Zahab. October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq
d. March 31, 2016, Florida, United States
Zaha Hadid was an architect whose soaring structures left a mark on skylines and imaginations.
Haeff, Andrew V.b. January 12, 1905, Moscow, Russia
d. November 16, 1990, California, United States
Andrew V. Haeff was an electrical engineer. He developed the microwave amplifier and the theory which lead to the computer monitor.
Haeussermann, Walterb. March 2, 1914, Künzelsau, Germany
d. December 8, 2010, Alabama, United States
Walter Haeussermann was an aerospace engineer and member of the "von Braun rocket group". He worked at NASA where he led electrical, computer systems, guidance, and navigation systems for the Saturn V.
Hagedorn, Jessicab. 1949, Manila, Philippines
Jessica Hagedorn is a writer, playwright and poet. She is widely respected as a postcolonial author whose works grapple with issues of power and identity in Filipino society and among Filipino American immigrants.
Hajiro, Barney F.b. September 16, 1916, Hawaii, United States
d. January 21, 2011, Hawaii, United States
Parents: From Japan
Barney F. Hajiro was a veteran of World War II who single-handedly wiped out two German machine gun nests and killed two snipers. He is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest U. S. military award for valor.
Halaby, Najeebb. November 19, 1915, Texas, United States
d. July 2, 2003, Virginia, United States
Father: From Syria
Najeeb Halaby was a businessman, government official, celebrated aviator, and the father of Queen Noor of Jordan.
Halas, Georgeb. February 2, 1895, Illinois, United States
d. October 31, 1983, Illinois, United States
Parents: From present-day Czech Republic
George Halas was a player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional American football. He was the iconic longtime leader of the NFL's Chicago Bears. Halas revolutionized American football strategy in the late 1930s when he revived the T formation.
Haley, Nikkib. January 20, 1972, South Carolina, United Sates
Parents: From India
Nikki Haley was elected as the first Indian-American to hold office in South Carolina in the State House, she was elected Governor of South Carolina in 2010 and was considered a vice-presidential condiaidate in 2012.
Hall, Montyb. August 25, 1921, Manitoba, Canada
d. September 30, 2017, California, United States
Monty Hall was a game show host, producer, and philanthropist. Hall was widely known as the long-running host of Let's Make a Deal and for the puzzle named after him, the Monty Hall Problem.
Halmos, Paulb. March 3, 1916, Budapest, Hungary
d. October 2, 2016, California, United States
Paul Halmos was a mathematician who made fundamental advances in the areas of mathematical logic, probability theory, statistics, operator theory, ergodic theory, and functional analysis.
Halsman, Philippeb. May 2, 1906, Riga, Latvia
d. June 25, 1979, New York, United States
Philippe Halsman was a portrait photographer who is known for his collaboration with Salvador Dali and his surrealist photographs.
Hambro, Leonidb. June 26, 1920, Illinois, United States
d. October 23, 2006, New York, United States
Parents: From present-day Lithuania
Leonid Hambro was a composer and pianist who played straight man to comic pianist Victor Borge's musical hi-jinx throughout the 1960s.
Hamlisch, Marvinb. June 2, 1944, New York, United States
d. August 6, 2012, California, United States
Parents: From Austria
Marvin Hamlisch was a composer and conductor. Hamlisch was one of only twelve people who won all four of the most prestigious performing arts awards: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony Award. He also was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for his score for the musical A Chorus Line.
Hammer, Armandb. May 21, 1898, New York, United States
d. December 10, 1990, California, United States
Father: from present-day Ukraine
Armand Hammer was an entrepreneur who made his fortune in part because of his good relationship with high-ranking officials in the Soviet Union. He was also an avid art collector. In 1990, he created the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center in Los Angeles to house his copious collection.
Hammer, Victorb. September 9, 1882, Vienna, Austria
d. October 7, 1967, Kentucky, United States
Victor Hammer designed fonts including American Uncial and Hammer Unzicale.
Hampton, Lionelb. April 20, 1908, Kentucky, United States
d. August 31, 2002, New York, United States
Lionel Hampton was a jazz vibraphonist, percussionist and actor. He is most widely known for working with artists such as Charles Mingus, Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
Handler, Chelseab. February 25, 1975, New Jersey, United States
Mother: From Germany
Chelsea Handler is an American comedian, actress, writer, television host, and producer. She hosted the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately from 2007 to 2014.
Handler, Ruthb. November 4, 1916, Colorado, United States
d. April 27, 2002, California, United States
Parents: From Poland
Ruth Handler was a businesswoman and inventor who created the Barbie doll and cofounded the toy company Mattel.
Handlin, Oscarb. September 29, 1915, New York, United States
d. September 20, 2011, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From Russia
Oscar Handlin was a historian who helped promote social and ethnic history, virtually inventing the field of immigration history in the 1950s. He is best remembered for the book The Uprooted.
Hanna-Attisha, Monab. 1976, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Parents: From Iraq
Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician and public health advocate who exposed the Flint Water Crisis. Her research found evidence that the children of Flint, Michigan were exposed to large amounts of lead
Hansberry, Lorraineb. May 19, 1930, Illinois, United States
d. January 12, 1965, New York, United States
Father: From Mississippi, United States, Mother: From Tennessee, United States
Lorraine Hansberry was a playwright, among the most important of the 20th century, and became the first African-American woman to produce a play on Broadway with A Raisin in the Sun. The play ran over 500 times and garnered Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.
Hansen, Gunnarb. March 4, 1947, Reykjavík, Iceland
d. November 7, 2015, Maine, United States
Gunnar Hansen was an actor best know for playing horror film icon, Leatherface, in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).
Hansen, Marcus Leeb. December 8, 1892, Wisconsin, United States
d. May 11, 1938, California, United States
Father: From Denmark, Mother: From Norway
Marcus Lee Hansen was a historian who focused on the history of immigration to America. His most renowned work is The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860.
Haraszthy, Agostonb. August 30, 1812, Pest, Hungary
d. July 6, 1869, Corinto, Nicaragua
Agoston Haraszthy was a nobleman, adventurer, traveler, writer, town-builder, and pioneer winemaker in Wisconsin and California. He is often called the "Father of Modern Winemaking in California." He is also remembered as the founder of the oldest incorporated village in the state of Wisconsin.
Haraszty, Eszterb. 1920, Hungary
d. November 30, 1994, California, United States
Eszter Haraszty was the head of Knoll textiles. Her works can be found in major musumes including MoMA.
Harbor, Jeanb. September 19, 1965, Lagos, Nigeria
Jean Harbor is a former soccer forward. He earned fifteen caps with the US national team.
Harding, Vincentb. July 25, 1931, New York, United States
d. May 19, 2014, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From Barbados
Vincent Harding was a historian, author and activist whose work focused on American religion, race and social transformation. He is best known for his writing on Dr. Martin Luther King.
Hargitay, Mariskab. January 23, 1964, California, United States
Father: from Hungary
Mariska Hargitay is an Emmy Award-winning film and TV actress best known for her role as Olivia Benson on the TV series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Hargitay, Mickeyb. January 6, 1926, Budapest, Hungary
d. September 14, 2006, California, United States
Mickey Hargitay was probably best known as the husband of Jayne Mansfield and the father of Mariska Hargitay, but he was also a bodybuilder (he was Mr. Universe in 1955) and actor. Hargitay appeared in a handful of now cult films, including four with Jayne Mansfield.
Hargittay, Bela Gyulab. May 27, 1944, Budapest, Hungary
d. February 4, 2013, California, United States
Bela Gyula Hargittay was a scientist and mechanical enigineer. He worked on numerous projects that helped to elevate the U.S. military technology. He was the mechanical engineering team leader on several programs within the Hughes and Raytheon companies. He worked on missile systems still in use today.
Harnad, Stevanb. June 2, 1945, Budapest, Hungary
Stevan Harnad is a cognitive scientist known for open access.
Harris Jones, Mary b. Date and year unknown, County Cork, Ireland
d. November 30, 1930, Maryland, United States
Mary Harris Jones was a labor activist, schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent organized labor representative and community organizer.
Harris, Kamalab. October 20, 1964, California, United States
Father: From Jamaica, Mother: From India
Kamala Harris is an attorney and politician. As a member of the Democratic Party, she currently serves as the junior senator from California. She previously served as the 32nd Attorney General of California.
Harrison, Harryb. March 12, 1925, Connecticut, United States
d. August 15, 2012, Brighton, United Kingdom
Mother: From Russia, Paternal Grandmother: From Ireland
Harry Harrison was a science fiction writer who best known for his Stainless Steel Rat series of novels. Harrison began his career as an artist and illustrator. He often worked with legendary cartoonist Wally Wood.
Harrison, Hubertb. April 27, 1883, St. Croix, present-day U.S. Virgin Islands
d. December 17, 1927, New York, United States
Hubert Harrison was a critic, philosopher, political activist and writer. He lectured and wrote about history, social progressivism and class consciousness.
Harsanyi, Johnb. May 29, 1920, Budapest, Hungary
d. August 9, 2000, California, United States
John Harsanyi was an economist. He was known for his contributions to game theory, Bayesian games and won the Nobel Prize in 1994.
Hart, Oliverb. October 9, 1948, London, United Kingdom
Oliver Hart is an American economist at Harvard University. He and Bengt Holmström were awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for their groundbreaking work on contracts design that discourages corruption and abuse.
Hartman, Philb. September 24, 1948, Brantford, Canada
d. May 28, 1998, California, United States
Phil Hartman was an actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter and graphic artist. He is best known for his comedic roles on the late-night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. He also helped Paul Reubens create the character Pee-wee Herman and co-wrote the screenplay for the film Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
Hartzler, Vickyb. October 13, 1960, Missouri, United States
Vicky Hartzler is a politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district.
Haryanto, Halimb. September 23, 1976, Bandung, Indonesia
Halim Haryanto is an Olympic men's doubles and mixed doubles badminton player. He took gold in men's doubles in the 2001 World Championship.
Haskins, Jamesb. September 19, 1941, Alabama, United States
d. July 6, 2005, New York, United States
James Haskins was a non-fiction writer. His work catered to adults and children, focusing on subjects such as the history and culture of Africa and people such as Rosa Parks and Malcolm X. He has won numerous awards.
Hatch, Anniab. June 14, 1978, Guantánamo, Cuba
Annia Hatch is a world-class Olympic gymnast. She took silver in team and vault in the 2004 Summer Games.
Hauptman, Andrewb. 1969, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Hungary
Andrew Hauptman is a businessman, co-founder of the investment firm Andell Inc., and owner of the Major League Soccer team, the Chicago Fire.
Havlicek, Johnb. April 8, 1940, Ohio, United States
Father: From present-day Czech Republic, Mother: From present-day Croatia
John Havlicek is a retired professional basketball player who competed for sixteen seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons.
Hawthorne, Lowellb. May 1, 1960, Border, Jamaica
Lowell Hawthorne is the President and CEO of the Golden Caribbean Bakery & Grill.
Hawthorne, Nathanielb. July 4, 1804, Massachusetts, United States
d. May 19, 1864, New Hampshire, United States
Nathaniel Hawthorne was a novelist and short story writer. Many of his works feature moral messages and the sins of humanity. His fiction works are considered to be part of the Romantic movement.
Hay, Harry b. April 7, 1912, Sussex, United Kingdom
d. October 24, 2002, California, United States
Harry Hay was a gay rights activist and Native American civil rights campaigner.
Hayakawa, S. I.b. July 18, 1906, Vancouver, Canada
d. February 27, 1992, California, United States
S. I. Hayakawa was a United States Senator for California. He served from 1977-1983.
Hayden, Palmerb. January 15, 1890, Virginia, United States
d. February 18, 1973, United States
Palmer Hayden, born Peyton Cole Hedgeman, was an African-American painter who worked with oils and watercolors to depict African-American life, landscapes and African influences on American culture. He was closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance.
Haydn, Richardb. March 10, 1905, London, United Kingdom
b. April 25, 1985, California, United States
Richard Haydn was an actor and voice actor. Best known for work in the film The Sound of Music (1965), Haydn was also a comic novelist. His only novel, The Journal of Edwin Carp (1954), was re-published in 2016.
Hayek, Salmab. September 2, 1966, Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
Salma Hayek is a critically-acclaimed actress and producer. Hayek is also well known for her charitable work, which includes fighting discrimation against immigrants and violence against women.
Haymes, Dickb. September 13, 1918, Buenos Aires, Argentina
d. March 28, 1980, California, United States
Dick Haymes was an actor and singer. He was one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s.
Hays, Kaufmanb. March 9, 1835, Storndorf, Germany
d. April 12, 1918, Ohio, United States
Kaufman Hays was a prominent merchant and banker in 19th and early 20th century in Cleveland. He helped establish and run local banks, grew the Cleveland Worsted Mills to national prominence, served in Cleveland City Council, and established the Hebrew Benevolent Society of Cleveland.
Hayslip, Le Lyb. December 19, 1949, Da Nang, Vietnam
Le Ly Hayslip is a writer. She has written two memoirs which relate to events from her childhood and adolescence in Vietnam, and her later life in the United States.
Hayward, Louisb. March 19, 1909, Johannesburg, South Africa
d. February 21, 1985, California, United States
Louis Hayward was a motion picture and television star who served three years in the Marine Corps during World War II, winning the Bronze Star for filming the battle of Tarawa under fire.
Hayworth, Ritab. October 17, 1918, New York, United States
d. May 14, 1987, New York, United States
Father: From Spain
Rita Hayworth, known as the glamorous "love goddess," was an actress who appeared in 61 films in her long career. Hayworth was one of the most popular pin-ups in World War II.
Head, Edithb. October 28, 1897, California, United States
d. October 21, 1981, California, United States
Father: From Germany, Maternal Grandfather: From Austria, Maternal Grandmother: From present-day Germany
Edith Head was a renowned costume designer for classic Hollywood films, famous for her work in Hitchcock films. She won eight Academy awards, the most for any costume designer.
Healey, Dorothy Ray b. September 22, 1914, Colorado, United States
d. August 6, 2006, Maryland, United States
Parents: From Hungary
Dorothy Ray Healey was an activist in the Communist Party USA, from the late 1920s to the 1970s. In the 1930s, she was one of the first union leaders to advocate for the rights of Chicanos and blacks as factory and field workers.
Healy, Williamb. January 20, 1869, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
d. March 15, 1963, Florida, United States
William Healy was a child psychiatrist and criminologist who founded the Chicago Juvenile Psycopathic Institute, and was a pioneer in juvenile delinquency studies.
Heath, Jeffb. April 1, 1915, Fort William, Ontario
d. December 9, 1975, Washington, United States
Jeff Heath was a left fielder in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Cleveland Indians.
Hecht, Benb. February 28, 1894, New York, United States
d. April 18, 1964, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Ben Hecht was screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist, talk show host and novelist. He is probably best remembered for his critically acclaimed Broadway plays and screenplays, including The Front Page (1928), Scarface (1932), The Scoundrel (1935), and Angels Over Broadway (1940).
Hecht, Seligb. February 8, 1892, Glogau, Germany
d. September 18, 1947, New York, United States
Selig Hecht was an important contributor to modern vision theory.
Heida, Antonb. November 30, 1878, Prague, Czech Republic
d. Date and place unknown
Anton Heida was a gymnast who won six medals in the 1904 Olympics for Team USA, five of which were gold.
Heidbreder, Ednab. May 1, 1890, Illinois, United States
d. February 19, 1985, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: from Germany
Edna Heidreder was a psychologist and one of the developers of the Minnesota Mechanical Abilities Tests. She also made major contributions in the areas of systematic psychology and concept formation.
Heider, Fritzb. February 19, 1896, Vienna, Austria
d. January 2, 1988, Kansas, United States
Fritz Heider was a professor at the University of Kansas, specializing in interpersonal relations.
Heinz, Henry J. b. October 11, 1844, Pennsylvania, United States
d. May 14, 1919, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From Germany
Henry J. Heinz was an entrepreneur who founded the food manufacturing company currently known as Heinz, which notably produces many best selling products including ketchup.
Heller, Josephb. May 1, 1923, New York, United States
d. December 12, 1999, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Joseph Heller was a novelist, short story writer and playwright. He is best known for his novel Catch-22 which is a satire on war and bureaucracy.
Hemon, Aleksandarb. September 9, 1964, present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aleksandar Hemon is a fiction writer and essayist, best known for his novels including Nowhere Man and The Lazarus Project.
Henderson, D. A.b. September 7, 1928, Ohio, United States
d. August 19, 2016, Maryland, United States
Parents: From Canada
D. A. Henderson was a medical doctor, educator, and epidemiologist. He is heralded for guiding efforts (1967 to 1977) to eradicate small pox globally. Henderson is also known for spearheading national programs for public health preparedness and responsiveness following biological attacks and disasters.
Henderson, Fletcherb. December 18, 1897, Georgia, United States
d. December 29, 1952, New York, United States
Fletcher Henderson was an African-American musician, bandleader and composer who helped bridge the gap between the Dixieland and swing eras. He is considered one of the most influential arrangers in jazz music.
Hendricks, Tedb. November 1, 1947, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Ted Hendricks is a former NFL linebacker who starred for the Baltimore Colts and Oakland Raiders during a 15 year career. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Henle, Maryb. July 14, 1913, Ohio, United States
d. November 17, 2007, Pennsylvania, United States
Father: From Germany
Mary Henle was a professor at the New School for Social Research, where she worked on Gestalt psychology.
Henning, Dougb. May 3, 1947, Canada
d. February 7, 2000, California, United States
Doug Henning was a magician, illusionist, escape artist and politician. He was credited with updating an old-fashioned vaudevillian entertainment, mesmerizing audiences on Broadway. Henning's television shows won him an Emmy and seven Emmy nominations.
Hentoff, Nat b. June 10, 1925, Massachusetts, United States
d. January 7, 2017, New York, United States
Parents: From Belarus
Nat Hentoff was a historian who held socially conservative positions such as opposition to abortion and voluntary euthanasia. He was a free speech, anti-death penalty and anti-abortion advocate.
Hepburn, Audreyb. May 4, 1929, Ixelles, Belgium
d. January 20, 1993, Tolochenaz, Switzerland
Audrey Hepburn is a fondly remembered actress and fashion icon. Beyond her grace and abundant talent, Hepburn was known for her philanthropic work with disenfranchised children throughout the globe.
Hernández, Joséb. August 7, 1962, California, United States
Parents: From Mexico
José Hernández was part of the team that developed the first full-field digital mammography imaging system. He would go on to serve onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on one of its missions to complete construction of the International Space Station.
Herrera, Carmenb. May 31, 1915, Havana, Cuba
Carmen Herrera is an abstract minimalist painter whose work includes geometric forms and often, bright colors. Her work is simple in form, exact and demonstrates a striking sense of color.
Herrera, Carolinab. January 8, 1939, Caracas, Venezuela
Carolina Herrera is a fashion designer known for her dresses that have been worn my many U.S. First Ladies.
Herrera, Juan Felipeb. December 27, 1948, California, United States
Parents: From Mexico
Juan Felipe Herrera was named the first Chicano poet laureate in 2015. Herrera has published numerous multilingual works of poetry and children's literature.
Herrera, Palomab. December 21, 1975, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Paloma Herrera was a soloist and principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.
Herrmann, Bernardb. June 29, 1911, New York, United States
d. December 24, 1975, California, United States
Father: From Ukraine
Bernard Herrmann was an influential film score composer and conductor. Herrmann composed seven scores for Alfred Hitchcock, including the instantly recognizable, terrifying violins of Psycho (1960).
Hersholt, Jeanb. July 12, 1886, Coppenhagen, Denmark
d. June 2, 1956, California, United States
Jean Hersholt was an actor and radio star. He has 140 films to his credit that include silent films and talkies. He is known for his roles in early Hollywood films like Greed (1924) and The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932).
Herter, Christianb. 1839, Stuttgart, Germany
d. 1883, United States
Christian Herter was a co-founder of Hertler Brothers, one of the first furniture companies in the United States. The firm received many prestigious commissions including the White House and homes for American business moguls including Jay Gould and William Henry Vanderbilt.
Herter, Gustaveb. 1830, Stuttgart, Germany
d. 1898, United States
Gustave Herter was a co-founder of Hertler Brothers, one of the first furniture companies in the United States. The firm received many prestigious commissions including the White House and homes for American business moguls including Jay Gould and William Henry Vanderbilt.
Hess, Leonb. March 13, 1914, New Jersey, United States
d. May 7, 1999, New York, United States
Father: From Lithuania
Leon Hess was a businessman who created what is now known as the Hess Corporation, an oil company, for which he acted as CEO until his death. He also owned the New York Jets.
Hess, Ottob. October 10, 1878, Bern, Switzerland
d. February 25, 1926, Arizona, United States
Otto Hess was a pitcher for the Cleveland Bronchos/Cleveland and Boston Braves.
Hesse, Evab. January 11, 1936, Hamburg, Germany
d. May 29, 1970, New York, United States
Eva Hesse was an artist, best remembered for her sculptures that explore disquieting, hanging modular forms. She was heavily influenced by Abstract Expressionism but later became associated with Post-Minimalism.
Hijuelos, Oscarb. August 24, 1951, New York, United States
d. October 12, 2013, New York, United States
Parents: From Cuba
Oscar Hijuelos was a novelist and the most well-known of an increasing group of American Hispanic writers to reach a broad American audience. He wrote The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
Hilberg, Raulb. June 2, 1926, Vienna, Austria
d. August 4, 2007, Vermont, United States
Raul Hilberg was a political scientist and historian. He was a scholar of the Holocaust, best remembered for The Destruction of the European Jews, a study of the Nazi's Final Solution.
Hill, Joeb. October 7, 1879, Gävle, Sweden
d. November 19, 1915, Utah, United States
Joe Hill was a legendary labor activist, writer, political cartoonist, and songwriter (dubbed "troubadour of discontent") who is still today eulogized and revered by forward thinking musicians and artists, including Billy Bragg, Wayne Horvitz, and Mickey Hart.
Hillaire, Marcelb. April 23, 1908, Cologne, Germany
d. January 1, 1988, California, United States
Marcel Hillaire was a character actor known for his memorable roles in film and television, including the films Sabrina (1954) and Take the Money and Run (1969).
Hillman, Sidneyb. March 23, 1887, Žagarė, Lithuania
d. July 10, 1946, New York, United States
Sidney Hillman was labor organizer who, in the early 1900s, formed the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Hillman's idea of "constructive cooperation" (working with workers and firms to maintain profits for the firm and raising standards for workers) set the precedent for modern-day trade unionism.
Hilton, Peterb. April 7, 1923, London, United Kingdom
d. November 6, 2010, New York, United States
Peter Hilton was a codebreaker whose work aided the Allied victory in WW2.
Hines, Gerald D.b. 1925, Indiana, United States
Parents: From Canada
Gerald D. Hines is the founder and chairman of Hines, a privately held real estate firm.
Hinojosa, Mariab. July 2, 1961, Mexico City, Mexico
Maria Hinojosa was the first Latina correspondent on NPR in the mid-1980s. She launched The Futuro Media Group to give a "critical voice to the voiceless." She is the anchor and executive producer of the long-running and Peabody Award-winning weekly NPR show Latino USA.
Hirabayashi, Gordon b. April 23, 1918, Washington, United States
d. January 2, 2012, Alberta, Canada
Parents: From Japan
Gordon Hirabayashi was a sociologist, best known for his principled resistance to the Japanese American internment during World War II.
Hirono, Mazieb. November 3, 1947, Koori, Japan
Mazie Hirono is a United States Senator for Hawaii. She is the first Asian-American woman to serve in the senate.
Hitchcock, Alfredb. August 13, 1899, London, United Kingdom
d. April 29, 1980, California, United States
Alfred Hitchcock was a filmmaker and producer who is often called the "Master of Suspense" because of his utter skill and command of the suspense film genre. The word "Hitchcockian" refers to a film steeped in tension and psychological thrills.
Hitti, Philip Khurib. June 22, 1886, Shemlon, Lebanon
d. December 24, 1978, New Jersey, United States
Philip Khuri Hitti was a professor and scholar at Princeton and Harvard University, and authority on Arab and Middle Eastern history, Islam, and Semitic languages.
Hlavatý, Václavb. January 27, 1894, Louny, present-day Czech Republic
d. January 11, 1969, Indiana, United States
Václav Hlavatý was a noted mathematician, who wrote on the theory of relativity. He solved some very difficult equations relating to Einstein's unified field theory.
Ho, Davidb. November 3, 1952, Taichung, Taiwan
David Ho is a medical doctor and HIV/AIDS researcher who has made many innovative state of the art scientific contributions to the understanding and technological treatment of HIV infection.
Hodur, Franciszekb. April 2, 1866, Zarki, Poland
d. February 16, 1953, Pennsylvania, United States
Franciszek Hodur was the founder and long-lasting bishop of the first Polish National Catholic Church.
Hoekstra, Peteb. October 30, 1953, Groningen, the Netherlands
Peter Hoekstra is currently the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands. He served as United States Representative for Michigan from 1993-2011.
Hoelzer, Margaretb. March 30, 1983, Alabama, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Germany
Margaret Hoelzer is the granddaughter of german scientist Helmut Holzer. She has competed in the 2004 and 2008 olympic.
Hoffman, Dustinb. August 8, 1937, California, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Ukraine, Maternal Grandfather: From Poland, Maternal Grandmother: From Romania
Dustin Hoffman is an acclaimed actor, producer, and director. Hoffman has been nominated for an Acadamy Award for Best Actor five times and has won it twice for his performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Rain Man (1988).
Hofmann, Hansb. March 21, 1880, Weißenburg, Germany
d. February 17, 1966, New York, United States
Hans Hofmann was an Abstract Expressionist painter whose work is characterized by its concern with color, structure and spatial illusion. He argued for the importance of a link to the world of objects, even in entirely abstract work.
Hofmann, Josefb. January 20, 1876, Kraków, Poland
d. February 16, 1957, California, United States
Josef Hofmann was a pianist, composer, music teacher, and inventor. As a composer, Hofmann published over one hundred works, many of those under the pseudonym Michel Dvorsky, including two piano concertos and ballet music.
Hofstadter, Richardb. August 6, 1916, New York, United States
d. October 24, 1970, New York, United States
Father: From Poland
Richard Hofstadter was a historian who wrote about the political, social, and intellectual trends in American history. Although he originally approached history from the left, he later became a 'consensus historian', rejecting the idea there were fundamental divisions in American society.
Hogan, Hulkb. August 11, 1953, Georgia, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Italy
Hulk Hogan is a former professional wrestler, actor and television personality. He is one of the most famous wrestlers in the world and has starred in films, including Mr Nanny.
Holder, Ericb. January 21, 1951, New York, United States
Father: From Barbados
Eric Holder was Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2015. He served as both the first African-American Deputy Attorney General and the first African-American Attorney General.
Holder, Geoffrey Lamontb. August 1, 1930, Port of Spain, present-day Trinidad and Tobago
d. October 5, 2014, New York, United States
Geoffrey Lamont Holder was an actor, voice actor, dancer, choreographer, singer, director and painter. He is known for his role as the villain Baron Samedi in the 1973 Bond movie Live and Let Die and for his 7 Up commercials of the 1970s and 1980s.
Holly, John Oliver, Jr.b. December 3, 1903, Alabama, United States
d. December 20, 1974, Ohio, United States
John Oliver Holly Jr. was Director of the Future Outlook League and organized business boycotts and fights with unions to break segregation. He was appointed to head the (Cleveland) Fair Rent Committee, founded the state-wide Federation of County Democrats, and sat on the executive board of the Cleveland (Ohio) NAACP.
Holt, Lesterb. March 8, 1959, California, United States
Maternal Grandparents: From Jamaica
Lester Holt is a journalist who anchors the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News.
Holtzclaw, Robert Fultonb. April 10, 1903, Mississippi, United States
d. November 11, 1992, California, United States
Robert Fulton Holtzclaw was an educator for much of his life, teaching in Utica, MS and Cleveland, OH from 1925 to 1973. Upon retirement, he began writing and publishing books about African-American education and religious life.
Hölzer, Helmutb. February 27, 1912, Bad Liebenstein, Germany
d. October 12, 1996, Alabama, United States
Helmut Hölzer was a rocket enginee who was part of a team that designed an electronic simulator for the V-2 rocket control system. He also invented the first fully electronic analog computer.
Hooper, Mary-Louise b. June 12, 1907, Massachusetts, United States
d. August 14, 1987, Oregon, United States
Mother: From Canada
Mary-Louise Hooper was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement and anti-apartheid movement.
Hoover, Herbertb. August 10, 1874, Iowa, United States
d. October 20, 1964, New York, United States
Mother: From Canada
Herbert Hoover was the 31st President of the United States between 1929 and 1933 who was best known for his inability to get the country out of the Great Depression. After his presidency and in his later years, he was recoginized as a great elder statesman.
Hope, Bobb. May 29, 1903, Eltham, United Kingdom
d. July 27, 2003, California, United States
Bob Hope was a comedian and actor whose beginnings extend to the early days of vaudeville. Hope is probably best know for the series of "road" films he did with Bing Crosby in the 40s and 50s, but Hope remained a ubiquitous entertainer long into the 1990s.
Hopkins, Anthonyb. December 31, 1937, Margam, United Kingdom
Anthony Hopkins is an actor, well known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. Since 2016, he has starred in the critically acclaimed HBO television series Westworld. Along with his Academy Award, Hopkins has won three BAFTA Awards, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Horn, Royb. October 3, 1944, Nordenham, Germany
Roy Horn formed one half of the magician duo Siegfried & Roy with his partner Siegfried Fischbacher. From 1990, until Roy's career-ending tiger injury in 2003, the duo were regarded as the most-visited show in Las Vegas.
Horn, Zoiab. March 14, 1918, Odessa, Ukraine
d. July 12, 2014, California, United States
Zoia Horn was the first United States librarian to be jailed for refusing to share information as a matter of conscience and worked at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in the early 1970s.
Horney, Karenb. September 16, 1885, Hamburg, Germany
d. December 4, 1952, New York, United States
Karen Horney was a pioneer in feminine psychology, and developed theories of defence mechanisms, self-actualization, and self-awareness in therepeutic relationships.
Horowitz, Benb. June 3, 1966, London, United Kingdom
Ben Horowitz is a businessman, investor, blogger, and author. He is a high technology entrepreneur and co-founder and general partner along with Marc Andreessen of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Horowitz, Vladimirb. October 1, 1903 Kiev, Ukraine
d. November 5, 1989, New York, United States
Vladimir Horowitz was a composer and classical pianist. He was acclaimed for his virtuoso technique, his tone color, and the excitement engendered by his playing.
Horváth, Csabab. January 25, 1930, Szolnok, Hungary
Csaba Horváth was a chemical engineer. He is noted for building the first high-performance liquid chromatograph.
Horvath, Helenb. January 21, 1872, Hungary
d. July 15, 1943, United States
Helen Horvath was a famous social activist who dedicated her life to helping new immigrants make the transition to life in America. In 1901, Horvath opened a school for new Hungarian Americans to help them learn English and American culture.
Horvitz, H. Robertb. May 8, 1947, Illinois, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From present-day Ukraine, Maternal Grandmother: From present-day Poland
H. Robert Horvitz is a biologist best known for his research on the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with Sydney Brenner and John E. Sulston.
Hosseini, Khaledb. March 4, 1965, Kabul, Afghanistan
Khaled Hosseini is a novelist. His books include The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed.
Houdini, Harryb. March 24, 1874, Budapest, Hungary
d. October 31, 1926, Michigan, United States
Harry Houdini was a world famous illusionist, escape artist, and stunt performer.
Hounsou, Djimonb. April 24, 1964, Cotonou, Benin
Djimon Hounsou is in actor who came to international attention in 1997 when he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Cinque in Spielberg's Amistad. Since then, Hounsou has appeared in other major films and was nominated twice for an Oscar for his roles in In America and Blood Diamond.
Hovnanian, Kevorkb. 1923, Kirkuk, present-day Iraq
d. September 24, 2009, New York, United States
Kevork Hovnanian was a businessman and home builder who founded a New Jersey based real estate firm called Hovnanian Enterprises Inc.
Howard, Curlyb. October 22, 1903, New York, United States
d. January 18, 1952, California, United States
Father: From Lithuania
Curly Howard was a comedian and vaudevillian actor. He was best known as a member of the American farce comedy team, the Three Stooges.
Howe, Gordieb. March 31, 1928, Floral, Canada
d. June 10, 2016, Ohio, United States
Gordie Howe was a Hall of Fame hockey player and is considered to be one of the most complete players to ever play the game. The term for a goal, assist, and fight within a hockey game was named after him - the Gordie Howe Hat trick.
Howe, James Wongb. August 28, 1899, Guangdong, China
d. July 12, 1976, California, United States
James Wong Howe was a cinematographer that pioneered techniques still being used in films today. He worked on over 130 films. Of those films, 10 were nominated for an Oscar of which he won two.
Howlett, Virginiab. 1951, Edmonton, Canada
Virginia Howlett designed the Windows 95 user interface and the Verdana typeface.
Hrdlička, Alešb. March 29, 1869, Humpolec, Czechoslovakia
d. September 5, 1943, Washington, D.C., United States
Alena Vrzáňová was an Anthropologist interested in the origin of the human beings and a critic of hominid evolution.
Hsieh, Tehchingb. December 31, 1950, Pingtung, Taiwan
Tehching Hsieh is a performance artist who undertakes durational work. His notable works include punching a time clock every hour for a year, living in a wooden cage for a year and spending one year outside, not entering any building or structures.
Hsieh, Tony b. December 12, 1973, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Taiwan
Tony Hsieh is a venture capitalist and the current CEO of Zappos.com, an online shoe retailer.
Huang, Alice S.b. March 22, 1939, Nanchang, China
Alice S. Huang researches how viruses function. She is senior Faculty Associate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology. She was previously Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and subsequently Dean for Science at New York University.
Huang, Eddieb. March 1, 1982, Washington, D.C., United States
Parents: From Taiwan
Eddie Huang is a chef, author, and television host most widely known for his restaurant BaoHaus, his book Fresh Off the Boat, and his television show Huang's World.
Huber, Liezelb. August 21, 1976, Durban, South Africa
Liezel Huber is a doubles and mixed doubles tennis player and three-time Olympian.
Hudson, Garthb. August 2, 1937, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Garth Hudson was a member of The Band. He is a multi-instrumentalist, known for adding a distinct sound to The Band's music through his organ and accordion work. He is still performing today at 80 years of age.
Hudson, Julienb. January 9, 1811, Louisiana, United States
d. 1844, Louisiana, United States
Father: From the United Kingdom
Julien Hudson was a painter and art teacher. He is known as the first professional African-American portraitist in the South of the United States and the first African-American by whom a self-portrait has been found.
Huelskamp, Timb. November 11, 1968, Kansas, United States
Tim Huelskamp is the president of The Heartland Institute. A former American politician, he was a member of the Republican Party who was the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 1st congressional district from 2011 to 2017.
Huerta, Doloresb. April 10, 1930, New Mexico, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Mexico
Dolores Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Union and helped lead the Delano Grape Strike in 1965. Huerta's rallying cry of "Si se puede" was later was the inspiration for Barack Obama's "Yes we can!" campaign slogan.
Huffington, Arianna b. July 15, 1950, Athens, Greece
Arianna Huffington is a writer, radio host, and the cofounder of the news website the Huffington Post.
Hughes, Langstonb. February 1, 1902, Missouri, United States
d. May 22, 1967, New York, United States
Father: From Indiana, United States, Mother: From Kansas, United States
Langston Hughes spearheaded the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and popularized the concept of 'jazz poetry' throughout his career. Hughes wrote numerous books of poetry, plays and novels and was the recipient of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
Hughes, Madisonb. October 26, 1992, London, United Kingdom
Madison Hughes is an Olympic rugby player and captain of the United States national rugby sevens team. He plays half scrum.
Hunczak, Tarasb. March 13, 1932, Ukraine
Taras Hunczak is a historian and professor emeritus at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.
Huntington, Johnb. March 8, 1832, Preston, United Kingdom
d. January 10, 1893, London, United Kingdom
John Huntington was an industrialist and philanthropist who derived much of his wealth through his involvement with the Standard Oil Company. He helped plan civic improvements in Cleveland and his gifts to the Cleveland Museum of Art helped create and maintain its status as a world class institution.
Huntington, Samuel P.b. April 18, 1927, New York, United States
d. December 24, 2008, Massachusetts, United States
Samuel P. Huntington was a political scientist, adviser, and academic. He spent more than half a century at Harvard University, where he was director of Harvard's Centre for International Affairs.
Hurok, Solb. April 9, 1888, Kharkiv, Ukraine
d. March 5, 1974, New York, United States
Sol Hurok was a 20th-century impresario. He brought distinguished foreign virtuosos and ensembles to American audiences, and did much to inspire interest in classical music and, particularly, in ballet.
Hurston, Zora Nealeb. January 7, 1891, Alabama, United States
d. January 28, 1960, Florida, United States
Father: From Alabama, United States
Zora Neale Hurston was an influential novelist and folklorist best known for her novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Hurston was posthumously honored with educational institutions and awards being named in her honor.
Husa, Karelb. August 7, 1921, Prague, present-day Czech Republic
d. December 14, 2016, North Carolina, United States
Karel Husa was a classical composer and conductor, winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Music and winner of the 1993 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
Hussey, Oliviab. April 17, 1951, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Olivia Hussey is an actress known for her roles in the films Romeo and Juliet (1968) and Black Christmas (1974).
Huston, Anjelicab. July 8, 1951, California, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Canada, Maternal Great Grandparents: From Italy
Anjelica Huston is an Acadamy Award-winning actress. Huston won an Acadamy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Maerose Prizzi in the film Prizzi's Honor (1985). John Huston, her father, directed the film.
Huston, Johnb. August 5, 1906, Missouri, United States
d. August 28, 1987, Rhode Island, United States
Father: From Canada
John Huston was a well-know Academy Award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor.
Huston, Walterb. April 5, 1883, Toronto, Canada
d. April 7, 1950, California, United States
Walter Huston was a highly regarded actor. Huston won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Howard in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). The film was directed by his son John Huston.
Hustvedt, Sirib. February 19, 1955, Minnesota, United States
Mother: From Norway
Siri Hustvedt is a novelist, essayist and poet. Her work poses questions about identity and perception.
Huxley, Aldousb. July 26, 1894, Surrey, United Kingdom
d. November 22, 1963, California, United States
Aldous Huxley was a writer, novelist and philosopher. His works include Brave New World and The Doors of Perception.

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Ibekwe, Ekeneb. July 19, 1985, California, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Ekene Ibekwe is a professional basketball player for Châlons-Reims of the LNB Pro A. He played college basketball for the University of Maryland at College Park.
Ichioka, Yujib. June 23, 1936, California, United States
d. September 1, 2002, California, United States
Parents: From Japan
Yuji Ichioka was a historian and civil rights activist. He coined the term 'Asian American' and was regarded for his research in the field of Asian American studies and Japanese American history.
Idonije, Israelb. November 17, 1980, Lagos, Nigeria
Israel Idonije is a retired defensive end NFL player, and actor. Idonije was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns out of the University of Manitoba.
Ifill, Gwenb. September 29, 1955, New York, United States
d. November 14, 2016, Washington, D.C., United States
Parents: From Panama
Gwen Ifill was a journalist and broadcaster best known for her work on PBS NewsHour and Washington Week, where she became the first African American woman to host a nationally broadcast public affairs program.
Iglesias, Enriqueb. May 8, 1975, Madrid, Spain
Enrique Iglesias is a singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He began his career in the English language market in the late 1990s and is widely regarded as the King of Latin Pop.
Iglesias, Joséb. January 5, 1990, Havana, Cuba
José Iglesias is a shortstop for the Detroit Tigers and was a reserve for the American League 2015 All-Star Game.
Ignatiev, Noelb. 1940, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From Russia
Noel Ignatiev is an author and historian, best known for his work on race and social class.
Iguodala, Andreb. January 28, 1984, Illinois, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Russia
Andre Iguodala is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. The swingman was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice.
Igwe, Amaechib. May 20, 1988, California, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Amaechi Igwe is a retired professional soccer player who played as a defender.
Ihedigbo, Jamesb. December 3, 1983, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
James Ihedigbo is an American football safety who is currently a free agent.
Ilacoinb. July 15, 1973, New York, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Ilacoin is an American rapper and producer.
Ilgauskas, Zydrunasb. June 5, 1974, Kaunas, Lithuania
Zydrunas Ilgauskas was a first round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He starred in the NBA for 13 seasons.
Imanb. July 25, 1955, Mogadishu, Somalia
Iman is an internationally known professional model and innovator in the fields of cosmetics, home decor, and fashion.
Impellitteri, Vincent R.b. February 4, 1900, Isnello, Italy
d. January 29, 1987, Connecticut, United States
Vincent R. Impellitteri rose from humble beginnings to become the Mayor of New York from 1950 to 1953.
Ina, Kyokob. October 11, 1972, Tokyo, Japan
Kyoko Ina is an Olympic pairs figure skater. She skated with Jason Dungjen.
Inada, Lawson Fusaob. May 26, 1938, California, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Japan
Lawson Fusao Inada is a poet, writer and educator who was the fifth poet laureate of the state of Oregon.
Inciarte, Enderb. October 29, 1990, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Ender Inciarte is an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. He was a 2017 NL All-Star and is a two-time winner of the Rawlings NL Gold Glove.
Indenbirken, Irmelinb. February 15, 1945, Oer-Erkenschwick, Germany
Irmelin Indenbirken is a movie producer and actress. She is the mother of actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ingraham, Laurab. June 19, 1963, Connecticut, United States
Maternal Grandparents: From Poland
Laura Ingraham is a TV and radio talk show host, author, and conservative political commentator. She hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, The Laura Ingraham Show, is the editor-in-chief of LifeZette and a long time Fox News Channel contributor.
Inouye, Daniel K.b. September 7, 1924, Hawaii, United States
d. December 17, 2012, Maryland, United States
Father and Maternal Grandparents: From Japan
Daniel Ken Inouye was a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1963 to 2012. He was the highest-ranking Japanese American politician in U.S. history.
Ipson, Jay M. b. June 5, 1935, Kaunas, Lithuania
Jay M. Ipson is a holocaust survivor and co-founder of the Virginia Holocaust Museum.
Irabu, Hidekib. May 5, 1969, Hirara, Japan
d. July 27, 2011, California, United States
Hideki Irabu was a professional baseball player. He was a pitcher who played for professionally for the New York Yankees, Montreal Expos, and Texas Rangers.
Iraheta, Allisonb April 27, 1992, California, United States
Parents: From El Salvador
Allison Iraheta is a singer. She was the fourth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol.
Irving, Kyrieb. March 23, 1992, Melbourne, Australia
Kyrie Irving is a point guard for the Boston Celtics. He was on the 2016 Olympic USA men's basketball team and was a former Cleveland Cavalier.
Ishigaki, Ayakob. September 21, 1903, Tokyo, Japan
d. 1996, Place unknown
Ayako Ishigaki was a journalist. She used the pen name Haru Matsui to publish Restless Wave, one of the first English-language books written by an Asian-American woman.
Iweala, Uzodinmab. November 5, 1982, Washington D.C., United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Uzodinma Iweala is a writer. His most popular book is Beasts of No Nation, a novel developed from his thesis which tells the story of a child soldier in an unnamed African country.
Iwuh, Brianb. March 8, 1984, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Brian Iwuh is a former American football linebacker who played for six seasons in the National Football League.
Iwuji, Jesseb. August 12, 1987, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Jesse Iwuji is a professional stock car racing driver and officer in the United States Navy Reserve.
Iwuoma, Chidib. February 19, 1978, California, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Chidi Iwuoma is a former American football cornerback who is currently a scout for BLESTO.
Izsák, Imreb. February 21, 1929, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary
d. April 21, 1965, Paris, France
Imre Izsák was a mathematician, physicist, astronomer, and celestial mechanician. He found that the shape of the equator was not a precise circle, but deviated from one by about 400 meters. This result was better than any previous approximation. When he officially announced his computations he was made chief scientist at NASA.

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Jaar, Alfredob. February 5, 1956, Santiago, Chile
Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect and filmmaker. His best known works are installations tackling social and political topics, in particular The Rwanda Project, a work that took six years to make and focuses on the genocide in Rwanda.
Jaber, Philb. circa 1967, Palestine
Phil Jaber is an entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Philz Coffee, a California-based chain of coffee shops.
Jackson, Frank G.b. October 4, 1946, Ohio, United States
Maternal Grandparents From Italy
Frank Jackson is the 56th mayor of Cleveland and was elected for a fourth term November 2017.
Jackson, Mahaliab. October 26, 1911, Louisiana, United States
d. January 27, 1972, Illinois, United States
Mahalia Jackson was known as "The Queen of Gospel". She recorded 30+ albums, including 12 gold (million-selling) singles. She lent her voice to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, including a performance at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 March on Washington.
Jackson, Michaelb. August 29, 1958, Indiana, United States
d. June 25, 2009, California, United States
Father: From Arkansas, United States, Mother: From Alabama, United States
Michael Jackson, known as "The King of Pop", was a singer who began performing with his brothers at age 5 in the Jackson 5. he went solo at age 13. His 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album in history, generating seven top-10 hits, spending 37 weeks at number 1.
Jacobi, Lotteb. August 17, 1896, Toruń, present-day Poland
d. May 6, 1990, New Hampshire, United States
Lotte Jacobi is best known for her photographic portraits, which act as a "chronicle of an era." The list of her subjects includes W. H. Auden, Marc Chagall, W. E. B. Du Bois, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, Käthe Kollwitz, Thomas Mann, Eleanor Roosevelt and J.D. Salinger, to name but a few.
Jacobs, Jospehb. August 29, 1854, Sydney, Australia
d. January 30, 1916, New York, United States
Joseph Jacobs was a folklorist, translator, literary critic, social scientist, historian and writer of English literature who became a notable collector and publisher of English folklore.
Jaffe, Normanb. April 3, 1932, Illinois, United States
d. August 19, 1993, New York, United States
Parents: From Poland and Latvia
Norman Jaffe was an architect widely noted for his contemporary residential architecture, and his "strikingly sculptural beach houses" on Eastern Long Island, in southeastern New York.
Jaffe, Samb. March 10, 1891, New York, United States
d. March 24, 1984, California, United States
Father: From Russia, Mother: From Ukraine
Sam Jaffe was a busy character actor of the stage and screen. In 1951, Jaffe was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Erwin Riedenschneider the brains behind the heist in the classic film noir The Asphalt Jungle (1950).
Jaffee, Alb. March 13, 1921, Georgia, United States
Parents: From Lithuania
Al Jaffee is a cartoonist for the humor magazine, Mad. As of 2017, according to the Guinness World Record, Jaffee is the oldest working cartoonist. Jaffee's famous Fold-In sight gag has been a part of Mad Magazine for twenty-five years.
Jaffee, Irvingb. September 15, 1906, New York, United States
d. March 20, 1981, California, United States
Parents: From Russia
Irving Jaffee was an olympic speed skater who won two gold medals at the 1932 Winter Olympics. Jaffee, because of his life-long commitment and contribution to speed skating, was inducted into the United States Skating Hall of Fame and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Jagger, Biancab. 2 May 1945, Managua, Nicaragua
Bianca Jagger is a social and human rights advocate and a former actress. She currently serves as a Council of Europe goodwill ambassador, founder and chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation and as a member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA.
Jahoda, Marieb. January 26, 1907, Vienna, Austria
d. April 28, 2001, Sussex, United Kingdom
Marie Jahoda was a social psychologist who research ed poverty, unemployment and discimination.
Jako, Dr. Gezab. August 9, 1930, Budapest, Hungary
d. November 1, 2015, Massachusetts, United States
Dr. Geza Jako was Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at Boston University. He was the inventor of soft tissue microsurgery, laser surgery, modern techniques of minimally invasive surgery, and a White House Advisor for Cancer to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Jalal, Ayeshab. Date and year unknown, Lahore, Pakistan
Ayesha Jalal is a historian, specializing in the history of Pakistan, Muslim identity and South Asian history.
James, Aurorab. Date and year unknown, Toronto, Canada
Aurora James is the fashion designer behind Brother Vellies, a sustainable shoe brand that utilizes traditional African shoemaking.
James, C. L. R.b. January 4, 1901, Tunapuna, present-day Trinidad and Tobago
d. May 31, 1989, London, United Kingdom
C. L. R. James was a playwright, novelist, cultural historian and political activist who was a leading proponent of the Pan-African movement.
James, Charlesb. July 18, 1906, Surrey, United Kingdom
d. September 23, 1978, New York, United States
Charles James was a famous couturier in the United States in the mid-20th century. He was the subject of a recent Costume Institute exhibition in 2014.
James, Lennieb. October 11, 1965, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Lennie James is an actor, screenwriter, and playwright. He has appeared in many films, including Les Misérables (1998), Snatch (2000), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). He is also known for his portrayal of Morgan Jones in the popular AMC series The Walking Dead.
Jarre, Mauriceb. September 13, 1924, Lyon, France
d. March 28, 2009, California, United States
Maurice Jarre was a conductor and composer who is known for his film scores. Jarre was nominated for nine Acadamy Awards and won three.
Jastrow, Josephb. January 30, 1863, Warsaw, Poland
d. January 8, 1944, Massachusetts, United States
Joseph Jastrow was a psychologist, noted for inventions in experimental psychology, design of experiments, and psychophysics.
Jayapal, Pramilab. September 21, 1965, Chennai, India
Pramila Jayapal is a politician and activist from the State of Washington who currently serves as the U.S. Representative from Washington's 7th congressional district.
Jean-Raymond, Kerbyb. Date and year unknown, New York, United States
Father: From Haiti
Kerby Jean-Raymond is the designer behind clothing brand, Pyer Moss, and uses his clothes to protest police brutality and economic inequality.
Jean, Wyclefb. October 17, 1969, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti
Wyclef Jean is best known for being member of the hip hop music group Fugees.
Jebreal, Rulab. April 24, 1973, Haifa, Israel
Rula Jebreal is a foreign policy analyst, journalist, novelist and screenwriter. She was a commentator for MSNBC.
Jemison, Maeb. October 17, 1956, Alabama, United States
Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to travel in space as a Mission Specialist on STS-47 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour from September 12-20, 1992.
Jen, Gishb. August 12, 1955, New York, United States
Parents: From China
Gish Jen is a writer of short stories, novels and non-fiction books. She is best known for Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land.
Jencks, Christopherb. October 22, 1936, Maryland, United States
Christopher Jencks is a social scientist. He is currently the Malcom Wiener Professor of Social Policy in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Jenkins, Lynnb. June 10, 1963, Kansas, United States
Lynn Jenkins is a politician and member of the Republican Party who serves as the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 2nd congressional district.
Jennings, Peterb. July 29, 1938, Toronto, Canada
d. August 7, 2005, New York, United States
Peter Jennings was a journalist who served as the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight for 22 years from 1983 until his death from lung cancer in 2005.
Jericho, Chrisb. November 9, 1970, New York, United States
Father: From Canada
Chris Jericho is a professional wrestler, musician, media personality, actor, author, podcaster, and businessman signed to WWE on the SmackDown brand.
Jeritza, Mariab. October 6, 1887, Brno, present-day Czech Republic
d. July 10, 1982, New Jersey, United States
Maria Jeritza was a soprano opera singer. She had long associated with the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. Her rapid rise to fame, beauty and personality earned her the nickname "The Moravian Thunderbolt."
Jewell, Sallyb. February 21, 1956, London, United Kingdom
Sally Jewell was the 51st United States Secretary of the Interior. She searved from April 12, 2013 to January 20, 2017 under president Barack Obama.
Ji, Yun-Feib. 1963, Beijing, China
Yun-Fei Ji is a painter who uses the traditional materials of Chinese painting to depict contemporary events, and Chinese historical and political themes.
Jicha, Joseph W.b. August 30, 1901, Place unknown
d. August 30, 1960, Ohio, United States
Joseph W. Jicha was commisioned by the The Cleveland Community Fund in 1928 to design a poster for its campaign. In 1929, Jicha won the international Frank Logan Medal at the Chicago Art Institute for painting.
Jidennab. May 4, 1985, Wisconsin, United States
Father: From Nigeria
Jidenna is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Jin, Hab. February 21, 1956, Jinzhou, China
Ha Jin is the pen name of Xuefei Jin. He is a novelist, short story writer and poet, and many of his works are set in China. He is best known for the books Waiting and War Trash.
Joachim Sabath, Adolphb. April 4, 1866, Záboří, present-day Czech Republic
d. November 6, 1952, Maryland, United States
Adolph Joachim Sabath was a politician who served as a United States Representative for Illinois. He served from 1907-1952.
Jobim, Antônio Carlosb. January 25, 1927, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
d. December 8, 1994, New York, United States
Antônio Carlos Jobim was an influential pianist, songwriter, arranger, and singer. Jobim is credited with making the bossa nova style of music an international sensation.
Jobrani, Mazb. February 26, 1972, Tehran, Iran
Maz Jobrani is a comedian and actor. His comedic styles are observational comedy and satire.
Jobs, Steveb. February 24, 1955, California, United States
d. October 5, 2011, California, United States
Biological Father: From Syria, Adoptive Maternal Grandparents: From Armenia
Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur, businessman, inventor, and industrial designer who revolutionized the role of technology in everyday life. He was cofounder of Apple Inc.
Jochelson, Vladimirb. June 14, 1855, Vilnius, Lithuania
d. November 1, 1937, New York, United States
Vladimir Jochelson was an ethnographer and researched the indigenous peoples of the Russian North.
Jock, Charlesb. November 23, 1989, Ethiopia
Charles Jock is an Olympic track and field runner. He competes in the 800-meter.
Joel, Billyb. May 9, 1949, New York, United States
Father: From Germany
Billy Joel is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and pianist. Joel has sold over one hundred and fifty million records worldwide.
Jogia, Avanb. February 9, 1992, Vancouver, Canada
Avan Jogia is an actor. He got his first break in the teen TV series Victorious and went on to star in Twisted.
Johann, Zitab. July 14, 1904, Timișoara, present-day Romania
d. September 20, 1993, New York, United States
Zita Johann had a short, but memorable career in film. She is best known for her role as the alluring Princess Ankh-es-en-amon in The Mummy (1932).
Johansson, Scarlettb. November 22, 1984, New York, United States
Father: From Denmark, Maternal Grandparents: From Belarus
Scarlett Johansson is an actress and singer. In 2003, she was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.
Johnson, Andrewb. December 29, 1808, North Carolina, United States
d. July 31, 1875, Tennessee, United States
Paternal Great-grandmother: From Germany, Maternal Great-grandfather: From the United Kingdom
Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States.
Johnson, Barbara Piaseckab. February 25, 1937, Staniewicze, present-day Belarus
d. April 1, 2013, Sobotka, Poland
Barbara Piasecka Johnson was a humanitarian, philanthropist, art connoisseur and collector. She married in to the Johnson & Johnson Band-Aid and baby powder family fortune.
Johnson, Dwayneb. May 2, 1972, California, United States
Father: From Canada
Dwayne Johnson also known by his ring name The Rock, is an actor, producer and professional wrestler.
Johnson, James Weldonb. June 17, 1871, Florida, United States
d. June 26, 1938, Maine, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From present-day Haiti
James Weldon Johnson was a writer, known during the Harlem Renaissance for his novels, poems and anthologies of collected poems and spirituals which celebrated the power of black expressive culture.
Johnson, John H.b. January 19, 1918, Arkansas, United States
d. August 8, 2005, Illinois, United States
John H. Johnson was a businessman and publisher who founded Johnson Publishing Company and was the first African-American to appear on the Forbes 400 list. He is credited with founding Ebony magazine.
Johnson, Sargent Claudeb. October 7, 1888, Massachusetts, United States
d. October 10, 1967, California, United States
Father: From Sweden
Sargent Claude Johnson was a painter, ceramicist, printmaker, graphic artist and sculptor working in the Abstract Figurative style. He was initially concerned with simplicity, however later became more interested in stylization of form.
Johnson, Williamb. March 18, 1901, South Carolina, United States
d. April 13, 1970, New York, United States
William Johnson was an African-American painter whose style was most closely associated with the folk movement. He was an instructor for the WPA Federal Art Project and has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Jolson, Alb. May 26, 1886, present day Seredzius, Lithuania
d. October 23, 1950, California, United States
Al Jolson was a singer, comedian and actor. He starred in multiple musicals and, at the peak of his career, he was known as "The World's Greatest Entertainer."
Jones, Bill T.b. February 15, 1952, Florida, United States
Bill T. Jones is the Co-Founder/Choreographer of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and Artistic Director of New York Live Arts. The company has performed in over 200 cities in 40 countries and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.
Jones, Claudia b. February 21, 1915, Port of Spain, Trinidad
d. 24 December, 1964, London, United Kingdom
Claudia Jones was a journalist, activist and black nationalist through Communism.
Jones, Graceb. May 19, 1948, Spanish Town, Jamaica
Grace Jones is a singer and actress who is best known for her 1985 album Slave to the Rhythm.
Jones, James Earlb. January 17, 1931, Mississippi, United States
Father: From Mississippi, United States
James Earl Jones was an actor best known for his deep, resonant voice. His iconic voice became that of Darth Vader in the Star Wars filmography and King Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King. During his 60+ year career, he has acted in and voiced dozens of movies, television shows and animated features.
Jones, Motherb. 1837, Cork, Ireland
d. November 30, 1930, Maryland, United States
Mother Jones was a school teacher and dressmaker who was very involved in the struggle for workers' rights. She organized countless, massive strikes and helped found the Industrial Workers of the World labor union.
Jones, Norahb. March 30, 1979, New York, United States
Father: From India
Norah Jones is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the daughter of Ravi Shankar and producer Sue Jones. Jones' debut recording, Come Away with Me garnered five Grammy Awards. Jones has sold over 50 million records worldwide.
Jordan, Claudiab. April 12, 1973, Rhode Island, United States
Mother: From Italy
Claudia Jordan is an actress, model, reality television and radio personality. She is known for appearing as a model on the U.S. version of Deal or No Deal and The Price Is Right, and for competing on seasons two and six of Celebrity Apprentice.
Joseph, Moritzb. September 9, 1834, Gauersheim, Germany
d. June 7, 1917, Ohio, United States
Moritz Joseph was responsible for building the Joseph and Feiss Company into one of the largest clothing manufacturers in the United States.
Joseph, Rajivb. June 16, 1974, Ohio, United States
Father: From India
Rajiv Joseph is a playwright and writer for television. Joseph's play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama.
Josephson, Barney b. 1902, New Jersey, United States
d. 1988, New York, United States
Parents: From Latvia
Barney Josephson was a nightclub proprietor who founded and managed Café Society in Greenwich Village, New York's first integrated nightclub.
Joshi, S. T.b. June 22, 1958, Pune, India
S. T. Joshi is one of the leading figures in the critical study of H.P. Lovecraft and many other weird and fantastic fiction writers. Joshi is also an extensive bibliographer, having compiled the works of Ray Bradbury, Lovecraft and many others.
Joss, Addieb. April 12, 1880, Wisconsin, United States
d. April 14, 1911, Ohio, United States
Father: From Switzerland
Addie Joss was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched for the Cleveland Bronchos, later known as the Naps, between 1902 and 1910.
Jovanovich, Williamb. February 6, 1920, Colorado, United States
d. December 4, 2001, California, United States
Father: From present-day Montenegro, Mother: From Poland
William Jovanovich was a publisher, author and businessman, credited with many innovations in the publishing industry. He was director of the publishing firm Harcourt, Brace and World, most recently known as Harcourt.
Jovovich, Millab. December 17, 1975, Kiev, Ukraine
Milla Jovovich is a model, fashion designer, singer, and actress.
Joyner, Marjorieb. October 24, 1896, Virginia, United States
d. December 27, 1994, Illinois, United States
Marjorie Joyner was an African-American businesswoman and inventor of the Permanent Hair-Wave Machine, which could apply curls and waves to hair as well as straightening it.
Judd, Charles Hubbardb. February 23, 1873, Bareilly, India
d. July 18, 1946, California, United States
Charles Judd was a professor at Yale University, and he specialized in psychology of education.
Judd, Crisb. August 15, 1969, Texas, United States
Father: From Portugal, Mother: From the Philippines
Cris Judd is an actor and choreographer. He was briefly married to Jennifer Lopez.
Julian, Rupertb. January 25, 1879, Whangaroa, New Zealand
d. December 27, 1943, California, United States
Rupert Julian was a film director and actor who is best known for directing the now classic silent film The Phantom of the Opera (1925) with Lon Chaney.
Jung, Andrea b. 1958, Toronto, Canada
Parents: From China
Andrea Jung is an executive who was the CEO of Avon Products, Inc. for over a decade, and is currently the CEO of Grameen America, a microfinance company.
Juste, Viter b. December 15, 1924, La Gonâve, Haiti
d. November 19, 2012, Florida, United States
Viter Juste was a community activist and the founder of Haitian-American Community Association of Dade, which was one of the first social service organizations founded specifically to cater to the needs of the Haitian community in Miami.
Juszkiewicz, Henryb. March 3, 1953, San Nicolas de los Arroyos, Argentina
Parents: From Poland
Henry Juszkiewicz is chairman and CEO of Gibson Brands, Inc. (formerly, Gibson Guitar Corp.).

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Ka'ahumanu, Lani b. October 5, 1943, Edmonton, Canada
Lani Ka'ahumanu is a writer and feminist who co-founded BiPOL, the first feminist bisexual political action group to "educate, advocate, agitate" in the USA. She was instrumental in organizing what would become BiNet USA, the first national bisexual rights organization.
Kaczmarek, Jan A. P.b. April 29, 1953, Konin, Poland
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek is an Academy Award-winning composer who has scored over 60 movies and documentaries in his career.
Kaczorowski, Ninab. June 6, 1975, New Jersey, United States
Parents: From Poland
Nina Kaczorowski is an American actress, stunt woman, model and dancer.
Kadi, Nicholasb. September 22, 1952, Istanbul, Turkey
Nicholas Kadi is an actor who has appeared in numerous television sitcoms and series, such as JAG, Sleeper Cell, Alias, 24, ER, The Young and the Restless and The Wayans Bros.
Kaesviharn, Kevinb. August 29, 1976, California, United States
Father: From Thailand
Kevin Kaesviharn is a former American football safety. He played as a member of the San Francisco Demons, Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers.
Kagan, Donaldb. May 1, 1932, Kuršėnai, Lithuania
Donald Kagan is a historian and classicist, specializing in ancient Greece. His most notable work is a history of the Peloponnesian War.
Kahn, Albertb. March 21, 1869, Rhaunen, Germany
d. December 8, 1942, Michigan, United States
Albert Kahn was an industrial architect who is sometimes called the "architect of Detroit". In 1943, the Franklin Institute awarded him the Frank P. Brown Medal posthumously.
Kahn, Gusb. November 6, 1886, Koblenz, Germany
d. October 8, 1941, California, United States
Gus Kahn wrote songs for vaudeville and films. Some hits include I'll See You in My Dreams, It Had to Be You, and Dream a Little Dream of Me.
Kahn, Irvingb. December 19, 1905, New York, United States
d. February 24, 2015, New York, United States
Parents: From Poland
Irving Kahn was an investor and philanthropist. He was the oldest living active investor.
Kahn, Philippeb. March 16, 1952, Paris, France
Philippe Kahn is a mathematician, technology innovator, entrepreneur and founder of four technology companies: Fullpower Technologies, LightSurf Technologies, Starfish Software and Borland.
Kahneman, Danielb. March 5, 1934, Tel Aviv, Israel
Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision making, as well as behavioral economics, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
Kahraman, Hayvb. 1981, Baghdad, Iraq
Hayv Kahraman is an artist, best known for her paintings. Her works explore the experiences of being a refugee, in particular a female refugee, as well as political issues in Iraq.
Kaihatsu, Timb. December 23, 1945, Minnesota, United States
d. April 7, 2014, California, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Japan
Tim Kaihatsu was a blues guitarist. He recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in blues, including Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, and Charlie Musselwhite.
Kaiser, Georgeb. July 29, 1942, Oklahoma, United States
Parents: From Germany
George Kaiser is a businessman. He is the chairman of BOK Financial Corporation in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Kakutani, Michikob. January 9, 1955, Connecticut, United States
Father: From Japan, Maternal Grandparents: From Japan
Michiko Kakutani is an American literary critic and former chief book critic for The New York Times. Kakutani won the 1998 Putlitzer Prize for Criticism.
Kalbasi, Sheema b. 20 November, 1972, Tehran, Iran
Sheema Kalbasi is an activist for social justice, women's rights, minorities' rights, children's rights, human rights and refugees' rights.
Kalish, Maxb. March 1, 1891, Valozin, Lithuania
d. March 18, 1945, New York, United States
Max Kalish was a sculptor who studied his art at the Cleveland Institute of Art and in New York and Paris. He assisted with reconstructive surgery on soldiers during World War I and became renowned for his lifelike depictions of industrial workers.
Kalman, Tiborb. July 6, 1949, Budapest, Hungary
d. May 2, 1999, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tibor Kalman was a graphic designer who would go on to become the editor-and-cheif of Colors magazine
Kamiński, Januszb. June 27, 1959, Ziebice, Poland
Janusz Kamiński is a cinematographer and film director. He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, and has worked as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993.
Kandel, Eric R.b. November 7, 1929, Vienna, Austria
Eric R. Kandel is a neuroscientist and a University Professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.
Kane, Bobb. October 24, 1915, New York, United States
d. November 3, 1998, California, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Russia
Bob Kane is known for co-creating the comic superhero Batman in May 1939, along with the writer Bill Finger who went uncredited in his role of co-creator until 2015.
Kane, Carolb. June 18, 1952, Ohio, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandfathers: From Russia, Maternal Grandmother: From Austria
Carol Kane is an Emmy Award-winning TV, movie, and stage actress and comedian. She became known in the 1970s in films such as Hester Street and Annie Hall.
Kano, Alisab. November 7, 1994, Tokyo, Japan
Alisa Kano is an Olympic rhythmic gymnast. She represented the United States at the 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships. As a member of the American group rhythmic gymnastics team, she won a gold and two silver medals at the 2015 Pan American Games and competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Kapany, Narinder Singhb. October 31, 1926, Moga, India
Narinder Singh Kapany is a physicist who is often called "The Father of Fiber Optics." He is credited with over 120 patents.
Kaper, Bronisławb. February 5, 1902, Warsaw, Poland
d. April 26, 1983, California, United States
Bronisław Kaper was a busy film music composer, conductor, and songwriter. Kaper wrote songs for the Marx Brothers, scored over 100 films, and his themes for the films Green Dolphin Street (1947) and Invitation (1952) have become jazz standards.
Kaplan, Kidb. October 15, 1901, Kiev, Ukraine
d. October 26, 1970, Connecticut, United States
Kid Kaplan was a professional featherweight boxer. Kaplan was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.
Karanja, K. K.b. November 23, 1973, New York, United States
Parents: From Kenya
K. K. Karanja, in the 1980s, was an upcoming the star of the American chess scene. He went on to great academic and athletic success.
Karasz, Ilonkab. July 13, 1896, Budapest, Hungary
d. May 26, 1981, New York, United States
Ilonka Karasz was designer and illustrator most remembered for her New Yorker magazine covers
Karem, Abrahamb. June 27, 1937, Baghdad, Iraq
Abraham Karem is an aerospace engineer who is a pioneer in Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology.
Karen Ob. November 22, 1978, Busan, South Korea
Karen O is a singer and musician. She is the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and produces soundtracks for major motion pictures.
Karinska, Barbarab. October 3, 1886 present-day Kharkiv, Ukraine
d. October 19, 1983, New York, United States
Barbara Karinska was a costumer of the New York City Ballet. She was the first costumer ever to win the Capezio Dance Award, for costumes "of visual beauty for the spectator and complete delight for the dancer." She won the 1948 Oscar for the costumes of Joan of Arc.
Karnow, Stanleyb. February 4, 1925, New York, United States
d. January 27, 2013, Maryland, United States
Mother: From Hungary
Stanley Karnow was a journalist and historian whose writing and reporting focused on South East Asia, the Vietnam War and the Philippines during periods of change and conflict.
Károlyi, Mártab. August 29, 1942, Odorheiu Secuiesc, present-day Romania
Márta Károlyi is the national team coordinator for U.S.A Gymnastics and has trained countless U.S. champions, including Mary Lout Retton and Romanian Nadia Comaneci.
Kasem, Caseyb. April 27, 1932, Michigan, United States
d. June 15, 2014, Washington, United States
Parents: From Lebanon
Casey Kasem was a radio personality whose popular syndicated music countdown shows, American Top 40 and Casey's Top 40, ran from 1970 to his retirement in 2009. Also, Kasem was an actor and voice over artist. He is best known for voicing the character, Shaggy, in the Scooby Doo cartoon series.
Kashama, Hakeemb. February 22, 1978, Zaire, present-day Democratic Republic of Congo
Hakeem Kashama is a former football defensive end who most notably played for the Cleveland Browns.
Kashiwagi, Arisub. Date and year unknown, Japan
Arisu Kashiwagi is an Emmy nominated title designer who has worked on the title seqences for Stranger Things, The Pacific and Boardwalk Empire.
Kashper, Eugeneb. 1969, Leningrad, present-day Russia
Eugene Kashper is a beer entrepreneur and current chairman of Pabst Brewing Company.
Kasich, Johnb. May 13, 1952, Pennsylvania, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From present-day Czech Republic, Maternal Grandparents: From Croatia
John Kasich is a politician and former news host. He served as the 66th Governor of Ohio.
Kasznar, Kurtb. August 13, 1913, Vienna, Austria
d. August 6, 1979, California, United States
Kurt Kasznar was an actor who made his mark on the Broadway stage and later films and television. During his time serving in the U.S. Army, Kasznar trained as a cinematographer; he was one of the first to capture the ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on film.
Katic, Stanab. April 26, 1978, Ontario, Canada
Parents: From Serbia
Stana Katic is an actress who is best known for her role in ABC's Castle television crime drama.
Katz, Alexb. July 24, 1927, New York, United States
Father: From Russia, Mother: From present-day Poland
Alex Katz is a figurative artist, recognized for his simplified portraits and landscapes made up of flat planes of color and clean lines.
Kaufman, Belb. May 10, 1911, Berlin, Germany
d. July 25, 2014, New York, United States
Bel Kaufman was a writer and educator who is known for her 1964 top-selling novel Up the Down Staircase. The novel was adapted for film in 1967 and later, in 1977, a successful play.
Kawara, Onb. December 24, 1932, Aichi, Japan
d. June 27, 2014, New York, United States
On Kawara was a conceptual artist, whose practice focused on the broad themes of continuity and time. His best known works are from his Today series. These are paintings of just the date, with each date corresponding to the date he made that specific work.
Kazan, Eliab. September 7, 1909, Istanbul, Turkey
Parents: From Greece
Elia Kazan was a director, producer, writer and actor. Kazan is described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history".
Kazin, Alfredb. June 5, 1915, New York, United States
d. June 5, 1998, New York, United States
Father: From present-day Belarus, Mother: From present-day Poland
Alfred Kazin was a writer and literary critic who wrote three highly-praised autobiographical works: A Walker in the City, Starting Out in the Thirties and New York Jew.
Kearney, Denisb. 1847, County Cork, present-day Ireland
d. 1907, California, United States
Denis Kearney was a labor organizer and an outspoken nativist who was called a "demagogue of extraordinary power." Kearney was one of the most outspoken voices in the California labor movement against Chinese immigrants because he believed they flooded the market with cheap labor.
Keeler, Rubyb. August 25, 1909, Dartmouth, Canada
d. February 28, 1993, California, United States
Ruby Keeler was an actress and dancer who lit up the silver screen in almost a dozen musicals, including Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) and Footlight Parade (1933). Keele was a favorite of legendary choreographer/director Busby Berkeley.
Keene, Laurab. July 20, 1826, Winchester, United Kingdom
d. November 4, 1873, New Jersey, United States
Laura Keene was a stage actress and theatre manager. In her twenty-year career, she became know as the first powerful female manager in New York. She is most famous for being the lead actress in the play Our American Cousin, attended by President Abraham Lincoln on the evening of his assassination.
Keflezighi, Mebb. May 5, 1975, Asmara, Eritrea
Meb Keflezighi is a four-time Olympian, silver medalist, and Boston marathon winner. He is considered to be one of the greatest runners of our time.
Keitel, Harveyb. May 13, 1939, New York, United States
Father: From Poland, Mother: From Romania
Harvey Keitel is an actor, producer and Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee. He started his career in the mid-1960s when he collaborated with young director, Martin Scorsese.
Kekessy, Georgeb. August 7, 1935, Tiszafured, Hungary
George Kekessy was the director and founder of the Karpatok Hungarian Dance Group which recently celebrated 50 years of its existance. Kekessy opens his home to celebrities and foreign visitors, and the Hungarian Scouts camp on his property.
Kelada, Asaadb. November 20, 1942, Cairo, Egypt
Asaad Kelada is a director of popular American television shows including Family Ties and Who's the Boss?
Kellen, Konradb. 1913, Berlin, Germany
d. April 8, 2007, California, United States
Konrad Kellen was a political scientist, intelligence analyst and author. Kellen was an analyst for the RAND Corporation during the Vietnam war, ultimately urging the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and later became an expert in anti-terrorism strategies.
Keller, Evelyn Foxb. March 20, 1936, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Evelyn Fox Keller is a physicist and author whose work focuses on the history and philosophy of modern biology, and on gender and science.
Keller, George Frederickb. 1846, present-day Germany/Poland/Russia/Lithuania
d. Date and place unknown
George Frederick Keller was a lithographer and political cartoonist. His work often tapped into the fear and prejudice of people at the time and especially focused on anti-Chinese feeling.
Keller, Nora Okjab. December 22, 1965, Seoul, South Korea
Nora Okja Keller is an author best known for Comfort Woman and Fox Girl, both of which focus on the Korean women used by Japanese troops as sex slaves during World War II.
Kelly, John F.b. May 11, 1950, Massachusetts, United States
John F. Kelly is a government official and retired general serving as the current White House Chief of Staff for President Donald Trump, previously serving as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security in the same administration.
Kelsen, Hansb. October 11, 1881, Prague, present-day Czech Republic
d. April 19, 1973, California, United States
Hans Kelsen was a jurist, legal philosopher and political philosopher. Kelsen was a young colleague of Sigmund Freud and wrote on the subject of social psychology and sociology.
Kemeny, Johnb. May 31, 1926, Budapest, Hungary
d. December 26, 1992, New Hampshire, United States
John Kemeny was a mathematician, computer scientist, and educator best known for co-developing the BASIC programming language in 1964 with Thomas E. Kurtz.
Kennan, George F.b. February 16, 1904, Wisconsin, United States
d. March 17, 2005, New Jersey, United States
George F. Kennan was a diplomat and historian. He lectured widely and wrote scholarly histories of the relations between the USSR and the United States.
Kennedy, John F.b. May 29, 1917, Massachusetts, United States
d. November 22, 1963, Texas, United States
Maternal and Paternal Great Grandparents: From Ireland
John F. Kennedy was an American statesman who served as the thirty-fifth President of the United States. Kennedy's time in office was marked by high tensions with Communist states in the Cold War.
Kennedy, Robertb. November 20, 1925, Massachusetts, United States
d. June 6, 1968, California, United States
Paternal and Maternal Great-grandparents: From Ireland
Robert Kennedy was an American politician and lawyer who served as a junior senator from New York and was the 64th U.S. Attorney General.
Kent, Muhtar b. October 31, 1952, New York, United States
Father: From present-day Turkey
Muhtar Kent is a business executive and the chairman and former CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.
Kenworthy, Gusb. October 1, 1991, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Gus Kenworthy is an Omlypiac freestyle skier. He took silver in slopstyle at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Kerkorian, Kirkb. June 6, 1917, California, United States
d. June 15, 2015, California, United States
Parents: From Armenia
Kirk Kerkorian was a businessman, investor and philanthropoist. He is known as one of the most important figures in the shaping of Las Vegas. He built three of the world's largest hotels in Las Vegas: the International Hotel, the MGM Grand Hotel, and the MGM Grand.
Kerouac, Jackb. March 12, 1922, Massachusetts, United States
d. October 21, 1969, Florida, United States
Parents: From Canada
Jack Kerouac was a novelist and poet. He was the author of On the Road, the novel that is considered to be the quintessential statement of the 1950s literary movement known as the Beat Generation.
Kerry, Teresa Heinzb. October 5, 1938 , Maputo, Mozambique
Teresa Heinz Kerry is a businessperson and philanthropist. She is the wife of former U.S. Secretary of State, long-time Senator and 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry.
Kertész, Andréb. July 2, 1894, Budapest, present-day Hungary
d. September 28, 1985, New York, United States
André Kertész was a photographer who often worked with small hand-held cameras, catching specific moments and happenings. He is known as a pioneer of the photo essay and admired for his compositions and then-unusual camera angles.
Khakpour, Porochistab. January 17, 1978, Tehran, Iran
Porochista Khakpour is an essayist and writer. She is the author of the novels Sons and Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion.
Khalil, Christelb. November 30, 1987, California, United States
Father: From Pakistan
Christel Khalil is an actress, best known for her portrayal as Lily Winters Ashby on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. At the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards she won award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. To date, she is the only minority actress in Daytime Emmy history to do so.
Khan, Daisy b. 1958, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Daisy Khan is a muslim campaigner and reformer who is the Executive Director of the Women's Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality (WISE), activist for religion freedom.
Khan, Himayunb. September 9, 1976, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
d. June 8, 2004, Baqubah, Iraq
Parents: From Pakistan
Humayun Khan was a captain in the United States Army and was deployed to Iraq during the Iraq War. He was killed in a suicide attack and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Khan, Naeemb. May 21, 1958, Mumbai, India
Naeem Khan is a womenswear designer, known for his red carpet gowns.
Khannouchi, Khalidb. December 22, 1971, Meknes, Morocco
Khalid Khannouchi is an accomplished marathon runner. He is one of only five men to break the marathon world record more than once, and one of only four to break their own marathon world record.
Khorana, Har Gobindb. January 9, 1922, Raipur, present-day Pakistan
d. November 9, 2011, Massachussetts, United States
Har Gobind Khorana was a biochemist who shared the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for research that showed how the order of nucleotides in nucleic acids control the cell's synthesis of proteins.
Khosla, Vinodb. January 28, 1955, Delhi, India
Vinod Khosla is an engineer and businessman. He cofounded Sun Microsystems, and is involved in a number of venture capitalist and microfinance endeavors.
Khurana, Rakeshb. November 22, 1967, Punjab, India
Rakesh Khurana is the Dean of Harvard College and the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership and Development in organizational behavior at Harvard Business School as well as a professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Kidder, Margotb. October 17, 1948, Yellowknife, Canada
Margot Kidder is an actress and activist. She rose to fame in 1978 for her role as Lois Lane in the Superman film series, opposite Christopher Reeve.
Kidwell, Margaretb. August 17, 1933, Askham, United Kingdom
Margaret Kidwell is an evolutionary biologist, famous for her research on the fruit fly. Kidwell was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1992 and the following year, she was elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Kilbane, Johnnyb. April 9, 1889, Ohio, United States
d. May, 1957, Ohio, United States
Father: From Ireland
Johnny Kilbane was a featherweight boxer in the early part of the 20th century. He held the World Featherweight title from 1912 to 1923, which was the longest record to that point.
Killilea, Marie b. June 28, 1913, United States
d. October 23, 1991, New York, United States
Father: From the United Kingdom, Mother: From Canada
Marie Killilea was an author, activist, and lobbyist for the rights of people with cerebral palsy.
Kim, Byronb. 1961, California, United States
Parents: From present-day North Korea/South Korea
Byron Kim is an artist who creates minimal paintings, through which he explores identity. He is best known for creating works made up of hundreds of small monochrome panels, each of which represents the skin color of a friend or relative.
Kim, Chloeb. April 23, 2000, Long Beach, United States
Parents: From South Korea
Chloe Kim is an elite competitive snowboarder. She has won two X Game titles and is the first woman to score a perfect one-hundred point run.
Kim, Jay C.b. March 27, 1939, Seoul, South Korea
Jay C. Kim is a former United States Representative for California. He served from 1993-1999.
Kim, Jeong H.b. August 13, 1960, Seoul, South Korea
Jeong H. Kim is a businessman, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded a successful telecommunications company called Yurie Systems, and has since pursued a number of business and philanthropy endeavors.
Kim, Ronyoung b. March 28, 1926, California, United States
d. February 1987, Place unknown
Parents: From present-day North Korea/South Korea
Kim Ronyoung is the pen name of Gloria Hahn. She wrote Clay Walls, a novel about a Korean family that leaves Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1910s to live in the United States.
Kim, Yunjinb. November 7, 1973, Seoul, South Korea
Yunjin Kim is an actress, known for Lost (2004), Mistresses (2013) and Swiri (1999).
Kincaid, Jamaicab. May 25, 1949, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
Jamaica Kincaid is a novelist, essayist and gardening writer. Kincaid explores social issues within the realm of the domestic and the personal, and is known for novels such as Annie John and Lucy.
King, Edwardb. June 14, 1989, Kempton Park, South Africa
Edward King is lightweight four rower and competed in the 2016 Rio Games.
King, Steveb. May 28, 1949, Iowa, United States
Steve King is a politician serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa's 4th congressional district.
Kingston, Maxine Hongb. October 27, 1940, California, United States
Parents: From China
Maxine Hong Kingston is an author of novels and non-fiction works which explore the experience of Chinese Americans.
Kinski, Nastassjab. January 24, 1961, Berlin, Germany
Nastassja Kinski is an actress known for her roles in the films Tess (1979), Cat People (1982), and Paris, Texas (1984).
Kipchirchir, Shadrackb. February 22, 1989, Eldoret, Kenya
Shadrack Kipchirchir is an Olympic 10,000 meter runner and competes via the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.
Kirby, Jackb. August 28, 1917, New York, United States
d. February 6, 1994, California, United States
Parents: From Austria
Jack Kirby was a comic book artist, writer, and editor. His creations included Captain America, Thor, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, Silver Surfer, Doctor Doom, and the X-Men.
Kirzner, Israel Meirb. February 13, 1930, London, United Kingdom
Israel Kirzner is an economist. He is emeritus professor of economics at New York University and a leading authority on Ludwig von Mises's thinking and methodology in economics.
Kissinger, Henry A.b. May 27, 1923, Fürth, Germany
Henry Kissinger was a political scientist, diplomat and geopolitical consultant who served as the 56th Secretary of State. He was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation's highest civilian award) in 1977, and the Medal of Liberty in 1986.
Kistiakowsky, Georgeb. November 18, 1900, Ukraine
d. December 7, 1982, Massachusetts, United States
George Kistiakowsky was a physical chemistry professor at Harvard who participated in the Manhattan Project and later served as President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Science Advisor.
Kitaj, R. B.b. October 29, 1932, Ohio, United States
d. October 21, 2007, California, United States
Father: From Hungary
R. B. Kitaj was an artist who had a significant influence on pop art with his figurative paintings featuring areas of bright colour, economic use of line and overlapping planes.
Klawe, Mariab. 1951, Toronto, Canada
Maria Klawe is a computer scientist and current president of Harvey Mudd College.
Klein, Allenb. December 18, 1931, New Jersey, United States
d. July 4, 2009, New York, United States
Father: From Hungary
Allen Klein was a businessman, music publisher, writers' representative, filmmaker and record label executive, most noted for his tough persona and aggressive negotiation tactics, many of which established higher industry standards for compensating recording artists.
Klein, Calvinb. November 19, 1942, New York, United States
Father: From Hungary
Calvin Klein created the world famous fashion house and brand Calvin Klein Inc. and was placed on the International Best Dressed List in 1983.
Klein, Gerda Weissmannb. May 8, 1924, Bielsko, Poland
Gerda Weissmann Klein was a writer and human rights activist. She wrote the the highly praised memoir All But My Life, published in 1957. Klein also founded the civic engagement organization Citizenship Counts and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Klemperer, Wernerb. March 22, 1920, Cologne, Germany
d. December 6, 2000, New York, United States
Werner Klemperer was an acclaimed dramatic actor, but he is best known for playing the inept Colonel Wilhelm Klink in the television series Hogan's Heroes (1965-1971).
Kligman, Albertb. March 17, 1916, Pennsylvania, United States
d. February 9, 2010, Pennsylvania, United States
Albert Kligman was a dermatologist who co-invented Retin-A, the popular acne medication, with James Fulton in 1969.
Kline, Franzb. May 23, 1910, Pennsylvania, United States
d. May 13, 1962, New York, United States
Father: From Germany, Mother: From the United Kingdom
Franz Kline was a painter, best known for his black and white nonrepresentational works. He was associated with Abstract Expressionism but, although his work explored the same innovations as this group, his work is often seen as distinct.
Klineberg, Ottob. November 2, 1899, Quebec City, Canada
d. March 6, 1992, Maryland, United States
Otto Klineberg was a psychologist who helped to found the World Federation for Mental Health. He specialized in social psychology and especially cross-cultural differences.
Kluge, Johnb. September 21, 1914, Chemnitz, Germany
d. September 8, 2010, Virginia, United States
John Kluge was an entrepreneur who was, for a time, the richest man in the United States. Kluge is best known as a media mogul for his ownership of the Metromedia TV empire.
Klugman, Jackb. April 27, 1922, Pennsylvania, United States
d. December 24, 2012, California, United States
Parents: From Russia
Jack Klugman was a multiple Emmy Award winning television, stage, and film actor. Klugman is best know for his roles as Oscar Madison on the 1970s TV series The Odd Couple (1970) and as Dr. R. Quincy, Medical Examiner on the 1970s-80s TV series Quincy M.E.
Klum, Heidib. June 1, 1973, Bergisch, Germany
Heidi Klum is an international model. She is also a well-known as an actress, tv producer, and businesswoman.
Klüver, Heinrichb. May 25, 1897, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
d. February 8, 1979, Illinois, United States
Heinrich Klüver was a professor at the University of Chicago, where he focused on neuropsychology.
Knight, Tedb. December 7, 1923, Conneticut, United States
d. August 26, 1986, California, United States
Parents: From Poland
Ted Knight was an actor and voice artist known for his roale as Ted Baxter in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He appeared in the film as Judge Elihu Smails in Caddyshack.
Kobach, Krisb. March 26, 1966, Wisconsin, United States
Paternal Great-grandparents: From Germany, Maternal Great-grandparents: From Norway
Kris Kobach is a politician and the Secretary of State of Kansas. He is one of the leading proponents of the anti-immigration movement in the United States.
Kochiyama, Yurib. May 19, 1921, California, United States
d. June 1, 2014, California, United States
Parents: From Japan
Yuri Kochiyama advocated for many causes, including black separatism, the anti-war movement, Maoist revolution, and reparations for Japanese-American internees.
Kodje, Borisb. March 8, 1973, Vienna, Austria
Boris Kodjoe is an actor and former fashion model. He is curently best known for films and television, notably, reality TV shows, as himself.
Koelle, Heinz-Hermannb. July 22, 1925, Danzig, Germany
d. February 20, 2011, Berlin, Germany
Heinz-Hermann Koelle was an aeronautical engineer. He was a member of the von Braun team at Huntsville Alabama, eventually heading the influential Advanced Projects Office. He was a key decision maker in source selection of propulsion for the Saturn vehicles.
Koenig, Walterb. September 14, 1936, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Russia
Walter Koenig is an actor who is famous for his role as Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek TV series.
Koeppel, Alfred J.b. September 14, 1932, Place unknown
d. January 19, 2001, New York, United States
Parental Grandfather: From Germany
Alfred J. Koeppel was an executive in one of the oldest real estate families in New York, and a board chairman at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut.
Koffka, Kurtb. March 18, 1886, Berlin, Germany
d. November 22, 1941, Massachusetts, United States
Kurt Koffka was a professor at Smith College, and one of the founders of Gestalt psychology.
Kogan, Belleb. June 26, 1902, Ilyashevka, present-day Ukraine
d. 2000, Israel
Belle Kogan was a profilic industrial designers. She was the first woman in her field to own her own design firm.
Koh, Amandab. Date and year unknown, Singapore
Amanda Koh is a designer of title sequences for both film and television. Her work includes the title sequence for the Entourage and Wonder Woman.
Kohl, Herb b. February 7, 1935, Wisconsin, United States
Father: From Poland, Mother: From Russia
Herb Kohl is a businessman and politician. He is a former US Senator, the owner of the basketball team the Milwaukee Bucks and former President of Kohl's, his father's department store chain.
Kohl, Maxwellb. May 12, 1901, Poland
d. December 14, 1981, Wisconsin, United States
Maxwell Kohl founded the successful department store Kohls.
Köhler, Wolfgangb. January 22, 1887, Tallinn, present-day Estonia
d. June 11, 1967, New Hampshire, United States
Wolfgang Köhler was one of the founders of Gestalt psychology.
Kolko, Gabrielb. August 17, 1932, New Jersey, United States
d. May 19, 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Father: From Poland
Gabriel Kolko was a historian and author. His research interests included American capitalism and political history, the Progressive Era, and US foreign policy in the 20th century.
Koller, Karlb. December 3, 1857, Schüttenhofen, present-day Czech Republic
d. March 21, 1944, New York, United States
Karl Koller was an ophthalmologist who began his medical career as a surgeon at the Vienna General Hospital and was a colleague of Sigmund Freud. Koller is best known for using cocaine as a local anaesthetic for eye surgeries.
Koltanowski, Georgeb. September 17, 1903, Antwerp, Belgium
d. February 5, 2000, California, United States
George Koltanowski was a leading chess writer and advocate. He played two games as a member of the U.S. team in the 10th Chess Olympiad (Helsinki, 1952); he drew with Soviet Grandmaster Alexander Kotov, one of the strongest players in the world and drew with Hungarian International Master, Tibor Florian.
Koner, Paulineb. June 26, 1912, New York, United States
d. February 8, 2001, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Pauline Koner was a contemporary dancer and choreographer. Koner was known for incorporating Spanish and Asian dance forms into her own work.
Konnyu, Ernest L.b. May 17, 1937, Tamási, Hungary
Ernest L. Konnyu is a former United States Representative for California. He served from 1980-1989.
Koopmans, Tjallingb. August 28, 1910, 's-Graveland, Netherlands
d. February 26, 1985, Connecticut, United States
Tjalling Koopmans was a mathematician and economist. He was the joint winner with Leonid Kantorovich of the 1975 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on the theory of the optimum allocation of resources.
Korda, Zoltanb. June 3, 1895, Túrkeve, present-day Hungary
d. October 13, 1961, California, United States
Zoltan Korda was a director, producer and writer. Korda's partnership with his brother yielded a bevy of now classic films, including Jungle Book (1942).
Korematsu, Fred b. January 30, 1919, California, United States
d. March 30, 2005, California, United States
Parents: From Japan
Fred Korematsu was a civil rights activist who objected to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Korff, Baruchb. July 4, 1914, Novograd-Volynsk, Ukraine
d. July 26, 1995, Rhode Island, United States
Baruch Korff was a community activist active in the anti-Nazi movement prior to and during World War II.
Korir, Leonardb. December 10, 1986, Iten, Kenya
Leonard Korir is a two-time NCAA champion. He is part of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and competed in the 2016 Rio Games.
Korjus, Milizab. August 18, 1909, Warsaw, Poland
d. August 26, 1980, California, United States
Miliza Korjus was an actress and opera singer. In 1938, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in her first film The Great Waltz.
Kornberg, Arthurb. March 3, 1918, New York, United States
d. October 26, 2007, California, United States
Parents: From Poland
Arthur Kornberg was a biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1959 for his discovery of "the mechanisms in the biological synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid" together with Dr. Severo Ochoa of New York University.
Korngold, Erich Wolfgangb. May 29, 1897, Brno, present-day Czech Republic
d. November 29, 1957, California, United States
Erich Wolfgang Korngold was a composer, best known as one of the originators of the genre of grand film music. He was also noted for his operas, especially for The Dead City, which earned him an international reputation.
Koroleva, Mariyab. April 10, 1990, Yaroslavl, Russia
Mariya Koroleva is a synchronized swimmer who competed in the 2012 summer Olympic games. She swam for Stanford University.
Koshetz, Ninab. December 30, 1891, Kiev, present-day Ukraine
d. May 14, 1965, California, United States
Nina Koshetz was a renowned opera singer and actress. Koshetz's film appearences include The Chase (1946) and It's a Small World (1950).
Kosiński, Jerzyb. June 14, 1933, Łódź, Poland
d. May 3, 1991, New York, United States
Jerzy Kosiński was a novelist, best known for his controversial early novel The Painted Bird and his later equally successful books Steps and Being There.
Kosleck, Martinb. March 24, 1904, Barkocin, present-day Poland
d. January 15, 1994, California, United States
Martin Kosleck was a character actor who made a career of playing a variety of fiends and evil-doers in film and television. Kosleck was also an Impressionist-style portrait-painter.
Kosloff, Theodoreb. January 22, 1882, Moscow, Russia
d. November 22, 1956, California, United States
Theodore Kosloff was a dancer, choreographer, and stage and film actor. Kosloff was a favorite of director Cecil B. De Mille, but due to his heavy Russian accent his career as an film actor suffered with the advent of sound, but he continued on as a ballet dancer for most of his life.
Koster, Henryb. May 1, 1905, Berlin, Germany
d. September 21, 1988, California, United States
Henry Koster was a filmmaker and painter whose career spanned the 1930s to the 1960s. Today, Koster might be best known for his James Stewart-starring comedy Harvey (1950).
Kosterlitz, Michaelb. June 22, 1943, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Michael Kosterlitz is a professor of physics at Brown University, was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in physics along with David Thouless and Duncan Haldane for work on condensed matter physics.
Kosuth, Josephb. January 31, 1945, Ohio, United States
Father: From Hungary
Joseph Kosuth is an artist associated with the Conceptual art movement. His works use text and language in the context of installations, and often question our use of language in relation to meaning.
Kotb, Hodab. August 9, 1964, Norman, Oklahoma
Parents: From Egypt
Hoda Kotb is a television news anchor and TV host known as the co-host of NBC's Today Show's fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.
Kotero, Apolloniab. August 2, 1959, California, United States
Parents: From Mexico
Apollonia Kotero is an actress, singer, model, and talent manager. Kotero is known to many for her role in Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain.
Kotto, Yaphetb. November 15, 1939, New York, United States
Father: From Cameroon
Yaphet Kotto is a character actor. He known for his memorable roles in the films Live and Let Die (1973), Alien (1979), Blue Collar (1978), and the TV series, Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-2000).
Koum, Janb. February 24, 1976, Kiev, Ukraine
Jan Koum is an internet inventor and computer programmer. He is the CEO and founder of WhatsApp, an online messenger application used worldwide.
Kournikova, Annab. June 7, 1981, Moscow, Russia
Anna Kournikova is known for her talents as a tennis player at age five and into adulthood. She also briefly pursued acting in movies and reality television.
Koussevitzky, Sergeb. July 26, 1874, Vyshny Volochyok, Russia
d. June 4, 1951, Massachusetts, United States
Serge Koussevitzky was a conductor and composer who is known for his prominent role in establishing the renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. He served as the Orchestra's director from 1924 to 1949.
Kovach, Norab. June 13, 1931, Hungary
d. January 18, 2009, Florida, United States
Nora Kovach was the first Eastern bloc ballerina to defect to the West, causing a sensation on both sides of the Iron Curtain in 1953, only weeks after Stalin's death.
Kovacs, Ernieb. January 23, 1919, New Jersey, United States
d. January 13, 1962, California, United States
Father: From Hungary
Ernie Kovacs was a writer, comedian, and actor. In the early 1950s, Kovacs' TV show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, influenced generations to follow with its innovative, surreal, and experimental comedy skits.
Kovács, Lászlób. May 14, 1933, Cece, Hungary
d. July 22, 2007, California, United States
László Kovács was a cinematographer who worked as the director of photography for the influential film Easy Rider in 1969. He earned 2nd place Cinematographer Golden Laurel at the 1970 Laurel Awards. Kovács had a long, respected career behind the camera.
Kovalskys, Guidob. circa 1969, Argentina
Mother: From Italy, Paternal Grandparents: From Lithuania and Poland
Guido Kovalskys is an entrepreneur who has founded a number of companies throughout Europe and North and South America. His most recent endeavor is Nearpod, an education technology startup.
Kovner, Saulb. January 14, 1904, Russia
d. March 13, 1981, California, United States
Saul Kovner was a painter and printmaker with the Federal Art Project, part of the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). He trained at the National Academy of Design, and his pieces can be found throughout the United States.
Kozlov, Vladimirb. April 27, 1979, Kiev, Ukraine
Vladimir Kozlov is an actor and former professional wrestler. He spent the bulk of his career in the WWE.
Kraft, James L.b. December 11, 1874, Ontario, Canada
d. February 16, 1953, Illinois, United States
James L. Kraft was the founder of Kraft Foods. He developed a process of cheese pasteurization that meant cheese would keep for longer so it could be shipped longer distances.
Krasinski, Johnb. October 20, 1979, Massachusetts, United States
Paternal Great-Grandfathers: From Poland, Maternal Great-Grandmother: From Ireland
John Krasinski is an actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his role as Jim Halpert on the sitcom The Office.
Krasner, Leeb. October 27, 1908, New York, United States
d. June 19, 1984, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Lee Krasner was known as an Abstract Expressionist painter, although her style evolved many times throughout her career. Her first mature works were influenced by Cubism, however she later moved towards creating 'all-over' canvases using grid techniques inspired by Piet Mondrian.
Krassovska, Nathalieb. June 1, 1918, Petrograd, Russia
d. February 8, 2005, Texas, United States
Nathalie Krassovska was a ballerina known for such roles as Giselle during her 15 years with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She founded the Ballet Jeunesse of Dallas to teach and choreograph ballet for youngsters.
Kravis, Henry b. January 6, 1944, Oklahoma, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From Russia
Henry Kravis is a businessman and the cofounder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a private equity and investment banking firm.
Kravitz, Lennyb. May 26, 1964, New York, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From present-day Lithuania, Maternal Grandfather: From the Bahamas
Lenny Kravitz won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category as well as setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male.
Krebs, John Hansb. December 17, 1926, Berlin, Germany
d. November 10, 2014, California, United States
John Hans Krebs was a United States Representative for California. He served from 1975-1979.
Krech, Davidb. March 27, 1909, Svenchanka, Belarus
d. July 14, 1977, California, United States
David Krech was a professor at Berkeley, where he researched animal learning.
Krenov, Jamesb. October 31, 1920, Uelen, Russia
d. September 9, 2009, California, United States
James Krenov was a world-renowned furniture designer who started the woodworking program at College of the Redwoods.
Krige, Aliceb. June 28, 1954, Upington, South Africa
Alice Krige is an actress and producer. In 1980, Alice made her feature film debut as Sybil Gordon in the Academy Award winning Best Picture, Chariots of Fire (1981).
Krikorian, Markb. Date and year unknown, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Armenia
Mark Krikorian has been the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies since 1995. He is credited with popularizing the concept of illegal immigrant self-deportation.
Krim, Mathildeb. July 9, 1926, Como, Italy
d. January 15, 2018, New York, United States
Mathilde Krim was a medical researcher and the founding chairwoman of amfAR, American Foundation for AIDS Research. She is also known for researching interferon as related to cancer.
Kris, Ernstb. April 26, 1900, Vienna, Austria
d. February 27, 1957, New York, United States
Ernst Kris was a psychoanalyst who initiated the Child Study Center at Yale, and specialized in ego psychology.
Kristof, Nicholasb. April 27, 1959, Illinois, United States
Father: From present-day Romania
Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times.
Kroc, Rayb. October 5, 1902, Illinois, United States
d. January 14, 1984, California, United States
Parents: From present-day Czech Republic
Ray Kroc was a salesman and entrepreneur who revolutionized the food industry by developing McDonalds, a fast food chain, into a global franchise.
Kroger, Bernardb. January 24, 1860, Ohio, United States
d. July, 21, 1938, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From present-day Germany
Bernard Kroger was a door-to-door salesman and invested his life savings of $372 in the great Western Tea Compnay, in Cincinnati, in 1883. His window displays were an innovation for the time and contributed to the store's success, today know as The Kroger Company.
Krueger, Ottob. September 7, 1890, Volinia, Russia
d. June 6, 1963, California, United States
Otto Krueger was a United States Representative for North Dakota. He served from 1953-1959.
Krug, Laszlo A.b. January 1, 1931, Herend, Hungary
Laszlo A. Krug was an engineer who worked at General Electric, New Jersey where he had several innovative patents. In 1981, his Beechcraft single engine V-35 Bonanza with Krug and Zsigmond Nemeth, flew from Newfoundland to Ferihegy Airport in Budapest, in 17 hours.
Kübler-Ross, Elisabethb. July 8, 1926, Zurich, Switzerland
d. August 24, 2004, Arizona, United States
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a psychiatrist who investigated the process of dying. She wrote the famous book On Death and Dying.
Kubrick, Stanleyb. July 26, 1928, New York, United States
d. March 7, 1999, Harpenden, United Kingdom
Maternal Grandfather: From Austria, Maternal Grandmother: From Russia
Stanley Kubrick was a film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and photographer. He is frequently cited as one of the greatest and most influential directors in cinematic history.
Kudla, Denisb. August 17, 1992, Kiev, Ukraine
Denis Kudla is an Olympic singles tennis player. He competed in the 2016 Rio Games.
Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf, Dorisb. February 15, 1922, Bremen, Germany
d. March 25, 2010, Virginia, United States
Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf was a metallurgist. Her research was primarily in metallurgy and materials science (with her expertise in tribology), known for her design of electrical metalfiber brushes used as sliding electrical contacts.
Kuhn, Waltb. October 27, 1877, New York, United States
d. July 13, 1949, New York, United States
Father: From Germany, Mother: From Germany or Spain
Walt Kuhn was a painter, known for his modernist paintings of showgirls and circus performers. He was also an organizer of the famous Armory Show of 1913, which was America's first large-scale introduction to avant-garde European art.
Kundtz, Theodorb. July 1, 1852, Metzenseifen, Hungary
d. September 14, 1937, Ohio, United States
Theodor Kundtz was a businessman. He owned a cabinetmaking business in Cleveland and at the peak of his business, more than 90% of his 2500 employees were Hungarian immigrants.
Kunis, Milab. August 14, 1983, Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Mila Kunis is a familiar TV and film actress. Kunis is also a voice-over artist, lending her talents to the animated TV shows Family Guy and Robot Chicken.
Kuniyoshi, Yasuob. September 1, 1889, Okayama, Japan
d. May 14, 1953, New York, United States
Yasuo Kuniyoshi was a Modernist painter, photographer and printmaker. His early works were humorous and included unusual proportioning, scale and space. Later on his work became moodier and he focused on still lifes and portraits of women.
Kurşunoğlu, Behramb. March 14, 1922, Caykara, Turkey
d. October 25, 2003, Miami, United States
Behram Kurşunoğlu was a physicist who founded and directed the Center for Theoretical Studies at the University of Miami. He is best known for his work in unified field theory.
Kurti, Nicholasb. May 14, 1908, Budapest, Hungary
d. November 24, 1998, Oxford, United Kingdom
Nicholas Kurti was a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project. Kurti was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Kurtzman, Harveyb. October 3, 1924, New York, United States
d. February 21, 1993, New York, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Harvey Kurtzman was an American cartoonist and editor.
Kusama, Yayoib. March 22, 1929, Matsumoto, Japan
Yayoi Kusama is an artist who works in a variety of media and is best known for her use of bright colors and patterns, in particular polka dots. She often creates immersive environments within her work.
Kushner, Charlesb. May 16, 1954, New Jersey, United States
Parents: From Belarus
Charles Kushner is a real estate developer. He founded Kushner Companies in 1985.
Kushner, Jaredb. January 10, 1981, New Jersey, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From present-day Belarus
Jared Kushner is a senior White House advisor to the Trump administration. He was formally the CEO of Kushner Companies and the publisher of the New York Observer.
Kushner, Joshuab. June 12, 1985, New Jersey, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From present-day Belarus
Joshua Kushner is a businessman and investor. He is the founder of Thrive Capital, a venture capitalist firm, and cofounder of Oscar Health, a health insurance agency.
Kuzmak, Lubomyrb. August 2, 1929, Baligród, present-day Poland
d. October 12, 2006, New Jersey, United States
Lubomyr Kuzmak was a pioneer within the bariatric surgical community inventing the adjustable silicone band.
Kuznets, Simonb. April 30, 1901, Pinsk, Belarus
d. July 8, 1985, Massachusetts, United States
Simon Kuznets was an economist and educator who is known for his work regarding national income and its components. In 1971, Kuznets was awarded The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
Kwan, Michelleb. July 7, 1980, California, United States
Parents: From China
Michelle Kwan is a retired figure skater. She has won five World Championships, one Silver Olympic Medal, one Bronze Olympic Medal, and 12 consecutive U.S. Medals with eight U.S. Champioships.
Kwok, Jeanb. circa 1968, Hong Kong, China
Jean Kwok is an author, best known for the two novels Mambo in Chinatown and Girl in Translation.
Kwolek, Stephanieb. July 31, 1923, Pennsylvania, United States
d. June 18, 2014, Delaware, United States
Parents: From Poland
Stephanie Kwolek was a chemist, whose career at the DuPont company spanned over forty years.

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La Farge, Johnb. March 31, 1835, New York, United States
d. November 14, 1910, Rhode Island, United States
Parents: From France
John La Farge was a painter, muralist, stained glass window maker, decorator and writer. Some of La Farge's most enduring contributions to American art and public life can be seen in his building murals and stained glass windows, most of which he executed between 1880 and 1890.
La Guardia, Fiorello H.b. December 11, 1882, New York, United States
d. September 20, 1947, New York, United States
Parents: From Italy
Fiorello H. La Guardia worked as a language interpreter on Ellis Island and later in his career held the office of Mayor of New York for three terms.
La Riva, Gloria b. August 13, 1954, New Mexico, United States
Mother: From Mexico
Gloria La Riva is a political activist and anti-war activist.
Laber, Jeri b. 1931, New York, United States
Father: From Belarus
Jeri Laber is one of the founders of Human Rights Watch.
Lachaise, Gastonb. March 19, 1882, Paris, France
d. October 18, 1935, New York, United States
Gaston Lachaise was a sculptor. He is most noted for his depictions of mature, full-figured women and was admired for his technical ability. Standing Woman is one of his best known works.
Lachey, Vanessab. November 9, 1980, Angeles City, Philippines
Vanessa Lachey is a television personality, beauty queen, fashion model, television host and actress.
Lagares, Juanb. March 17, 1989, Constanza, Dominican Republic
Juan Lagares is a shortstop for the New Yorks Mets. Since his 2013 debut, he was named the 2013 Wilson Team Defensive Player of the Year and received the 2014 NL Rawlings Gold Glove.
Lagasse, Emerilb. October 15, 1959, Massachusetts, United States
Father: From Canada, Mother: From Portugal
Emeril Lagasse is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author.
Lagat, Bernardb. December 12, 1974, Kapsabet, Kenya
Bernard Lagat is is a five-time Olympian and a thirteen-time medalist in World Championships and Olympics. He is the second fastest 1500m runner of all time.
Lahiri, Jhumpab. July 11, 1967, London, United Kingdom
Parents: From India
Jhumpa Lahiri is an author. Her notable works include her novel, The Namesake, and Interpreter of Maladies, a short story collection.
Lai, Him Markb. November 11, 1925, California, United States
d. May 21, 2009, California, United States
Parents: From China
Him Mark Lai was an activist and historian concerned with Chinese American representation. He was a master archivist who collected and preserved historical sources in both Chinese and English.
Lajoie, Napb. September 5, 1884, Rhode Island, United States
d. February 7, 1959, Florida, United States
Father: From Canada
Nap Lajoie was a professional baseball second baseman and player-manager. He played for Cleveland from 1902-1914.
Lak, Tiborb. 1945, Budapest, Hungary
Tibor Lak worked in the aerospace industry for 45 years, on the Apollo Lunar program and the Space Shuttle.
Lakshmi, Padmab. September 1, 1970, Chennai, India
Padma Lakshmi is an Emmy Award-winning actress, writer, model, and ambassador for the ACLU. Lakshmi is a judge and executive producer of the TV cooking show Top Chef. In 2016, she received NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Lalami, Lailab. February 24, 1968, Rabat, Morocco
Laila Lalami is a novelist and essayist. She is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son and The Moor's Account.
Lamarr, Hedyb. November 9, 1914, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. January 19, 2000, Florida, United States
Hedy Lamarr was an actress whose career spanned from the 1930s to the late 1950s. She was also a self-taught inventor. During World War II, Lamarr co-created an invention that made it difficult for German subs to interfere with Allied radio transmissions. Her invention is used today in Wi-Fi, GPS, and cellphone technologies.
Lamb, Michaelb. 1953, Lusaka, Zambia
Michael Lamb is a professor of social and developmental psychology. He studies child abuse, domestic violence, child care, and the reliability of children as witnesses. Lamb was the head of the social and emotional development section of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for seventeen years.
Lamb, Ursulab. January 15, 1914, Essen, Germany
d. August 8, 1996, Arizona, United States
Ursula Lamb was historian of Latin America. Her interdisciplinary writing explored globalization, the age of exploration and the history of science.
Lambert, Gavinb. July 23, 1924, East Grinstead, United Kingdom
d. July 17, 2005, California, United States
Gavin Lambert was a novelist, director, biographer, and screenwriter who is known for his 1963 novel Inside Daisy Clover (Lambert wrote the screenplay for the subsequent film) and his later novel The Goodbye People (1971). Lambert's work is known for its focus on the highs and lows of life in Hollywood.
Lamborn, Dougb. May 24, 1954, Kansas, United States
Douglas L. Lamborn is the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 5th congressional district, in office since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. His district is based in Colorado Springs.
Lamm, Richardb. August 3, 1955, Wisconsin, United States
Richard Lamm is a politician, writer, certified public accountant, college professor, and lawyer. He served three terms as 38th Governor of Colorado as a Democrat (1975-1987) and ran for the Reform Party's nomination for President of the United States in 1996. He is on the national board of advisors for the Federation of American Immigration Reform.
Lamont, Mollyb. May 22, 1910, Boksburg, South Africa
d. July 7, 2001, California, United States
Molly Lamont was a busy actress whose career spanned the 1930s to the early 1950s, including the now classic screwball comedy The Awful Truth (1937).
Lanczos, Corneliosb. February 2, 1893, Szekesfehervar, Hungary
d. June 25, 1974, Budapest, Hungary
Cornelius Lanczos served as an assistant to Albert Einstein during 1928 to 1929. Lanczos was known for theoretical physics. Lanczos' resampling is widely used in video up-sampling for digital zoom applications.
Landsteiner, Karlb. June 14, 1868, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. June 26, 1943, New York, United States
Karl Landsteiner was a biologist, physician, and immunologist whose scientific work led to the discovery of various blood groups and won him the Noble Prize in 1930.
Lane, Franklin Knightb. July 15, 1864, Prince Edward Island, present-day Canada
d. May 18, 1921, Minnesota, United States
Franklin Knight Lane was the 26th United States Secretary of the Interior. He served from March 6, 1913 to March 1, 1920 under president Woodrow Wilson.
Lane, Krisb. April 7, 1967, Kootenays, Canada
Kris Lane is a historian and author whose work focuses on colonial Latin American history. He has written and edited research on piracy, slavery, gold mining, headhunting, and witchcraft in colonial Ecuador and Colombia.
Lang, Fritzb. December 5, 1890, Vienna, Austria
d. August 2, 1976, California, United States
Fritz Lang was a film director who had a successful career in Hollywood. He made a succession of still highly regarded crime films.
Lange, Dorotheab. May 26, 1895, New Jersey, United States
d. October 11, 1965, California, United States
Paternal Grandparents and Maternal Grandmother: From Germany
Dorothea Lange was a photographer. She created insightful photographs that have been influencial on the development of modern documentary photography. Lange's concern for people, her appreciation of the ordinary, and the striking empathy she showed for her subjects make her unique among photographers of her day.
Langley, Noelb. December 25, 1911, Durban, South Africa
d. November 4, 1980, California, United States
Noel Langley was a screenwriter, director, and producer who is probably best known for adapting L. Frank Baum's novel, The Wizard of Oz, to the big screen.
Lannuier, Charles-Honoréb. June 27, 1779, Chantilly, France
d. 1819, New York, United States
Charles-Honoré Lannuier was a cabinetmaker and furniture designer who pioneered the Late Federal style in the early nineteenth century.
Lansbury, Angelab. October 16, 1925, London, United Kingdom
Angela Lansbury is an actress. She acted in her first film role in Gaslight in 1944. She is most famous for her roles in Mame (1966) on Broadway and on television's Murder She Wrote (1984-1996). She was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth in 2014 for her services to drama, charitable work, and philanthropy.
Lansky, Meyerb. July 4, 1902, Grodno, Belarus
d. January 15, 1983, Florida, United States
Meyer Lansky, throughout the 1930s to the late 1950s, was the accounting genius behind organized crime in the United States.
Lantos, Tomb. Febuary 1, 1928, Budapest, Hungary
d. Febuary 11, 2008, Maryland, United States
Tom Lantos was a United States Representative for California. He served from 1993-2008.
Lantz, Walterb. April 27, 1899, New York, United States
d. March 22, 1994, California, United States
Parents: From Italy
Walter Lantz was a cartoonist, animator and producer. He is best remembered as the creator of Woody Woodpecker and the founder of Walter Lantz Productions.
Larrazolo, Octavianob. December 7, 1859, Valle de Allende, Mexico
d. April 7, 1930, New Mexico, United States
Octaviano Larrazolo was the fourth Governor of New Mexico and the first Mexican American to become a United States Senator. Larrazolo advocated for latino/a civil rights and pushed for egualitarian legislation in New Mexico.
Larsen, Nellab. April 13, 1891, Illinois, United States
d. March 30, 1964, New York, United States
Nella Larsen was a novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. She has earned a reputation as an important Afro-American novelist on the basis of two books, Quicksand and Passing.
Lash, Joseph P. b. December 2, 1909, New York, United States
d. August 22, 1987, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From Poland
Joseph P. Lash was a political activist and author. He wrote a biography of Eleonor and Franklin Roosevelt.
Lasker, Albertb. May 1, 1880, Freiberg, Germany
d. May 30, 1952, New York, United States
Albert Lasker was a businessman who played a major role in shaping modern advertising.
Lassaw, Ibramb. May 4, 1913, Alexandria, Egypt
d. December 30, 2003, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Ibram Lassaw was a sculptor, known for his abstract, often cage-like, open-space creations made of bronze, silver, copper and steel. Welding was an important technique to him and he learnt that by liquefying his sculptures, he could create works that were highly textured.
Laszlo, Alexanderb. November 22, 1895, Budapest, present-day Hungary
d. November 17, 1970, California, United States
Alexander Laszlo was a busy pianist, film music composer, producer, and conductor. Laszlo composed music for many now cult b-movies, including Scared Stiff (1945), Night of the Blood Beast (1958), and Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959).
Laszlo, Ernob. July 11, 1897, present-day Hungary
d. March 1973, Switzerland
Erno Laszlo founded the Erno Laszlo Institute which specialized in beauty treatments and cosmetics.
Laszlo, Paulb. February 6, 1900, Debrecen, Hungary
d. March 27, 1993, California, United States
Paul Laszlo designed many of the casinos and showrooms in the Howard Hughes-owed hotels in Las Vegas. Laszlo achieved further fame with his elegant bomb shelter designed for John D. Hertz in conjunction with the United State Air Force. He also conceived "Atomville", a futuristic underground city.
Lateef, Yusefb. October 9, 1920, Tennessee, United States
d. December 23, 2013, Massachusetts, United States
Yusef Lateef was a multi-instrumental jazz musician and composer whose primary instruments were tenor saxophone and flute. Known for innovative blending of jazz and music from around the world, his New York Times obituary stated that he "played world music before world music had a name."
Lauder, Estée b. July 1, 1908, New York, United States
d. April 24, 2004, New York, United States
Father: From present-day Slovakia, Mother: From Hungary
Estée Lauder was a businesswoman and the founder of Estée Lauder, a cosmetics company.
Laufer, Bertholdb. October 11, 1874, Cologne, Germany
d. September 13, 1934, Illinois, United States
Berthold Laufer was an anthropologist and an expert on East Asian languages. He worked at the Field Museum in Chicago and served as the President of the History of Science Society.
Laughton, Charlesb. July 1, 1899, Scarborough, United Kingdom
d. December 15, 1962, California, United States
Charles Laughton was an accomplished character actor, screenwriter, and director.
Laurel, Stanb. June 16, 1890, Ulverston, United Kingdom
d. February 23, 1965, California, United States
Stan Laurel was an actor, writer and filmmaker who was one part of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. Laurel (along with his comedy partner Oliver Hardy) appeared in over 100 films and short features.
Lauren, Ralphb. October 14, 1939, New York, United States
Father: From Belarus
Ralph Lauren is a fashion designer and the Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of his namesake global retail brand, Ralph Lauren Corporation.
Lawal, Ganib. November 7, 1988, Georgia, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Gani Lawal is a professional basketball player for Petrochimi Bandar Imam
Lawless, Lucyb. March 29, 1968, Auckland, New Zealand
Lucy Lawless is an actress who is best known for her role as Xena in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and its spin-off Xena: Warrior Princess.
Lawrence, Jacobb. September 7, 1917, New Jersey, United States
d. June 9, 2000, Washington, United States
Father: From South Carolina, United States, Mother: From Virginia, United States
Jacob Lawrence referred to his painting styles as "dynamic cubism" reflecting the colors and shapes of life in Harlem. He gained national recognition at age 25 with his 60-panel Migration Series depicting the migration of African-Americans from the rural south to the urban north.
Lax, Martinb. 1925, Caraseu, Romania
d. May 13, 2012, Ohio, United States
Martin Lax was a Cleveland-based hotel and property devepoler and restaurateur. He developed legendary properties, such as Marty's Turfside.
Lax, Peterb. May 1, 1926, Budapest, Hungary
Peter Lax is known for pure and applied mathematics. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1986, the Wolf Prize in 1987, the Abel Prize in 2005, the Lomonosov Gold Medal in 2013, and in 2012 became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
Lazarsfeld, Paul Felixb. February 13, 1901, Vienna, Austria
d. August 30, 1976, New Jersey, United States
Paul Felix Lazarsfeld was a sociologist, who was known, not only for his research, but also for his contributions to the techniques and organization of social research.
Lazowski, Yurekb. October 29, 1914, Warsaw, Poland
d. July 6, 1980, California, United States
Yurek Lazowski was lead dancer and stage director of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and has worked in ballets for Nijinska, Fokine, Massine, Ballanchine, Robbins, DeMille and more. He has taught at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, Juilliard, American Ballet Theater, and Ballet Repertory.
Le Borg, Reginaldb. December 11, 1902, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. March 25, 1989, California, United States
Reginald Le Borg was a film director who helmed a bevy of respected cult films, including a handful of the Inner Sanctum Mystery films of the 1940s, a few Bowery Boys films, and Bela Lugosi's last film The Black Sleep (1956).
Le Gallienne, Evab. January 11, 1899, London, United Kingdom
d. June 3, 1991, Connecticut, United States
Eva Le Gallienne was a a stage and film actress, producer, director, writer, translator, lecturer, and educator. From 1926 to 1936, Le Gallienne, as director of the Civic Repertory Theatre Company, introduced audiences in the United States to Chekhov, Ibsen, and Molière.
Leab, Daniel J.b. August 29, 1936, Berlin, Germany
d. November 15, 2016, Connecticut, United States
Daniel J. Leab was a historian of the 20th century, particularly the American labor unions, history in film and the cultural conflicts of the Cold War.
Leal, Sharonb. October 17, 1972, Arizona, United States
Mother: From the Philippines
Sharon Leal is an actress and singer. She is known for her roles in movies such as Dreamgirls, This Christmas, Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too? and for her roles on the television shows Legacy, Guiding Light, and Boston Public.
Leary, Denisb. August 18, 1957, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From Ireland
Denis Leary is an actor, writer, producer, singer and comedian. He was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season in 2011.
Lebrun, Ricob. December 10, 1900, Naples, Italy
d. May 9, 1964, California, United States
Rico Lebrun was a painter, muralist, and sculptor. He established himself as an expressionist painter and became known for his oil and wash drawings. Many of his murals and paintings address issues that deal with the human condition.
Lederer, Emilb. July 22, 1882, Pilsen, present-day Czech Republic
d. May 29, 1939, New York, United States
Emil Lederer was an economist and sociologist. He helped establish the "University in Exile" at the New School in New York City.
Lee, Aileenb. 1970, New York, United States
Parents: From China
Aileen Lee is an investor and the founder of the venture capitalist firm Cowboy Ventures.
Lee, Brandonb. Februrary 1, 1965, California, United States
d. March 31, 1993, North Carolina, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From China
Brandon Lee was an actor and martial artist. He was the son of martial artist and film actor Bruce Lee and was poised to become a breakout star himself. His most notable movie is The Crow.
Lee, Bruceb. November 27, 1940, California, United States
d. July 20, 1970, Hong Kong, China
Father: From China
Bruce Lee was a martial artist and actor. He popularized martial arts in the United States and created his own style called Jeet Kun Do.
Lee, Chang-Raeb. June 29, 1965, Seoul, South Korea
Chang-Rae Lee is a novelist. His books include Native Speaker, A Gesture Life and The Surrendered.
Lee, Chuen-Gunb. October 26, 1980, Seoul, South Korea
Chuen-Gun Lee is a former Olympic ice dancer, who competed with partner Kate Slattery.
Lee, Evab. August 7, 1986, Hong Kong, China
Eva Lee is a world-renowned badminton player. She competed in the 2008 Beijing Games.
Lee, Jimb. August 11, 1964, Seoul, South Korea
Jim Lee is a comic book artist, writer, editor, and publisher that has worked for Marvel, DC. With several other artists, he formed a publishing company, Image Comics, to publish their creator-owned titles.
Lee, Michelle K.b. 1965, California, United States
Father: From China
Michelle K. Lee served as the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from January 2014 to June 2017. Before joining the USPTO, she served as Deputy General Counsel and Head of Patents and Patent Strategy for Google from 2003-2012.
Lee, Ming Chob. October 3, 1930, Shanghai, China
Ming Cho Lee is a prominent theater set designer as well as a professor at Yale School of Drama.
Lee, Spikeb. March 20, 1957, Georgia, United States
Spike Lee, born Shelton Jackson Lee, is a filmmaker, writer, producer and actor. His film company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced his iconic and sometimes controversial films which examine issues such as race, racism and poverty, including Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X and Chi-Raq.
Lee, Stanb. December 28, 1922, New York, United States
Parents: From Romania
Stan Lee is a comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters.
Lee, Tommyb. October 3, 1962, Athens, Greece
Tommy Lee is a musician and founding member of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has persued solo musical projects.
Lee, Tsung-Daob. November 24, 1926, Shanghai, China
Tsung-Dao Lee, among his other achievements, attracted praise for his work studying elementary particles, solving several long-standing scientific problems. He became the youngest full professor in Columbia University's history at age 29, and was the second-youngest scientist to win the Nobel Prize, at age 31.
Lee, Wen Hob. December 21, 1939, Taiwan, China
Wen Ho Lee is a former nuclear engineer who created simulations of nuclear explosions for the purposes of scientific inquiry, as well as for improving the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
Lefèvre, Fabienb. June 18, 1982, Pau, France
Fabien Lefèvre is an Olympic conoeist competing in canoe slalom.
Lefkowitz, Robertb. April 15, 1943, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Poland, Maternal Grandparents: From Russia
Robert Lefkowitz is a physician and biochemist. He is best known for his groundbreaking discoveries, for which he was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Leguizamo, Johnb. July 22, 1964, Bogotá, Colombia
John Leguizamo is an actor, voice artist, stand-up comedian, film producer, playwright and screenwriter. He came to prominance with a co-starring role in the action/comedy Super Mario Bros. (1993) as Luigi.
Lemieux, Mariob. October 5, 1965, Quebec, Canada
Mario Lemieux is a retired ice hockey player and current owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is the only person to have his name on the Stanley cup as a player and owner.
Lemlich, Clarab. March 28, 1886, Gorodok, Ukraine
d. July 12, 1982, California, United States
Clara Lemlich was the leader of the Uprising of 20,000, and the massive strike of shirtwaist workers in New York's garment industry in 1909.
Lendl, Ivanb. March 7, 1960, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Ivan Lendl is a former professional tennis player who is considered one of the greatest tennis players of the 1980s.
Leni, Paulb. July 8, 1885, Stuttgart, Germany
d. September 2, 1929, California, United States
Paul Leni was a film director who became a primary architect of Expressionist cinema. Leni had success in Hollywood with the films such as The Cat and the Canary (1927) and The Man Who Laughs (1928).
Lenneberg, Eric Heinzb. September 19, 1921, Düsseldorf, Germany
d. June 2, 1975, New York, United States
Eric Heinz Lenneberg was a professor at Cornell University who studied the biological foundations of language.
Lennon, Johnb. October 9, 1940, Liverpool, United Kingdom
d. December 8, 1980, New York, United States
John Lennon was former band member of best-selling music group The Beatles. Lennon, before his tragic death, went on to have a successful solo and musical partnership with his wife Yoko Ono.
Lennon, Seanb October 9, 1975, New York, United States
Father: From the United Kingdom, Mother: From Japan
Sean Lennon is a musican, singer, and actor. He is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Lenski, Loisb. October 14, 1893, Ohio, United States
d. September 11, 1974, Florida, United States
Father: From present-day Germany
Lois Lenski was a Newbery Medal-winning author and illustrator of picture books and children's literature.
Leon, Sandyb. March 13, 1989, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Sandy Leon plays catcher for the Boston Red Sox. He previously played for the Washington Nationals.
Leontief, Wassilyb. August 5, 1905, Munich, Germany
d. February 5, 1999, New York, United States
Wassily Leontief was an economist who won the Nobel Committee's Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1973 for his work on input-output analysis.
Leontovich, Eugenieb. March 21, 1900, Moscow, Russia
d. April 3, 1993, New York, United States
Eugenie Leontovich was a playwright, teacher, and stage and film actress. Appearing in only a few films and television shows throughout her career, Leontovich's legend was made upon the Broadway stage, most notably in 1932 in Ben Hecht's Twentieth Century.
Lepert, Marionb. September 18, 1995, La Tronche, France
Marion Lepert is an Olmypic RS:X sailor. She competed in the 2016 Rio Games.
Leuba, James H.b. April 9, 1868, Neuchatel, Switzerland
d. December 8, 1946, Florida, United States
James H. Leuba was a psychologist best known for his contributions to the psychology of religion.
Leutze, Emanuelb. May 24, 1816, present-day Baden-Württemberg, Germany
d. July 18, 1868, Washington D.C., United States
Emanuel Leutze was a painter associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. He painted large, historical canvases based on United States history, including Washington Crossing the Delaware, an iconic American work.
Levchin, Max Rafael b. July 11, 1975, Kiev, Ukraine
Max Rafael Levchin is a computer scientist and cofounder of PayPal, an online payment platform. He was also involved in the creation of Yelp, an online crowdsourced review system.
Leventhal, Alanb. 1953, Place unknown
Paternal Grandfather: From Russia, Paternal Grandmother: From Lithuania
Alan Leventhal is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Capital Partners.
Levertov, Deniseb. October, 24 1923, Essex, United Kingdom
d. December 20, 1997, Washington, United States
Denise Levertov was a poet who wrote and published twenty-four books of poetry, and also criticism and translations. She also edited several anthologies. She received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Frost Medal, the Lenore Marshall Prize and the Lannan Award.
Levitt, Alfredb. August 15, 1894, Starodub, present-day Ukraine
d. May 25, 2000, New York, United States
Alfred Levitt was a painter and photographer. Levitt was a realist painter who helped introduce cubism to the United States.
Levy, Morrisb. August 27, 1927, New York, United States
d. May 21, 1990, New York, United States
Father: From Russia, Mother: From Belarus
Morris Levy was an influential figure in American music. He ran the legendary Birdland Jazz Club and later founded Roulette Records. He was allegedly involved with the Mob, and was convicted of extortion in 1990. He passed away shortly before he was scheduled to report to prison.
Levy, Williamb. August 29, 1980, Cojimar, Cuba
William Levy is actor and model. He appeared on the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars.
Lewin, Kurtb. September 9, 1890, Mogilno, present-day Germany
d. February 12, 1947, Massachusetts, United States
Kurt Lewin was a psychologist who applied Gestalt concepts of fields and field forces to behavior in general.
Lewis, Bernardb. May 31, 1916, London, United Kingdom
Bernard Lewis is a historian specializing in oriental studies. He is also known as a public intellectual and political commentator.
Lewis, Eddieb. May 30, 1937, Pennsylvania, United States
d. November 30, 2006, Pennsylvania, United States
Father: From Hungary
Eddie Lewis was a businessman and philanthropist. Among his business accomplishments, Lewis is credited for developing the first two-story enclosed shopping mall in the United States,
Lewis, Jerryb. March 16, 1926, New Jersey, United States
d. August 20, 2017, Nevada, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Russia
Jerry Lewis was an actor, comedian, writer, and filmmaker. Lewis is well known for his solo films (many of which he directed, wrote, and starred in) and the comedy partnership that made him famous in the 1950s: (Dean) Martin and Lewis.
Lewis, Salim L.b. October 5, 1908, Massachusetts, United States
d. April 28, 1978, New York, United States
Fathern: From Russia or Poland, Maternal Grandparents: From Germany
Salim L. Lewis was the Managing Partner of Bear, Stearns & Company, running the company from 1949 until shortly before his death in 1978.
LeWitt, Solb. September 9, 1928, Connecticut, United States
d. April 8, 2007, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Sol LeWitt was a minimalist and conceptual artist, best known for his wall drawings and 'structures'. His works often contain rules for their construction and are made by others to his instructions.
Leyva, Danellb. October 30, 1991, Cárdenas, Cuba
Danell Leyva is a two-time Olympic gymanst and three-time Olympic medalist, earning two silver medals at the 2016 Rio Games.
Lhuillier, Moniqueb. September 15, 1971, Cebu City, Philippines
Monique Lhuillier is the designer behind her eponymous womenswear and bridal fashion label.
Liberaceb. May 16, 1919, Wisconsin, United States
d. February 4, 1987, California, United States
Father: From Italy
Liberace was a flamboyant pianist who twice had his own TV show and frequently performed in Las Vegas.
Libeskind, Danielb. May 12, 1946, Łódź, Poland
Daniel Libeskind is an architect, artist, professor and set designer. Libeskind founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its principal design architect. He designed the new One World Trade Center.
Licko, Zuzanab. 1961, Bratislava, Slovakia
Zuzana Licko was a typeface designer who created several fonts and, with her husband Rudy Vanderlans, published the typeface magazine Emigre.
Lieberson, Goddardb. April 5, 1911, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
d. May 29, 1977, New York, United States
Goddard Lieberson was the president of Columbia Records from 1956 to 1971, and again from 1973 to 1975.
Liebowitz, Jackb. October 10, 1900, Proskurov, present-day Ukraine
d. December 11, 2000, New York, United States
Jack Liebowitz was an accountant and publisher, known primarily as the co-owner with Harry Donenfeld of National Allied Publications.
Lieu, Tedb. March 29, 1969, Taipei, Taiwan
Ted Lieu is a United States Representative for California. Prior to running for office, he was a colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves.
Lifeson, Alexb. August 27, 1953, British Columbia, Canada
Parents: From Serbia
Alex Lifeson is a musician. He was born Alexandar Zivojinovich and uses the stage name Alex Lifeson which literally translates the meaning of his Serbian surname. He is a founding member of progressive rock group Rush.
Lightner, Candyb. May 30, 1946, California
Mother: From Lebanon
Candy Lightner founded one of the country's largest activist organizations, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, after her daughter died in a drunk driving accident. Lightner also served as president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee from October 1994 to March 1995.
Lil' Ob. November 22, 1977, Lagos, Nigeria
Lil' O is a rapper who was an original member of DJ Screw's Screwed Up Click.
Lim, Phillipb. September 16, 1973, Thailand
Phillip Lim is the fashion designer behind the label 3.1 Phillip Lim. In 2007, he was the recipient of the CFDA award for emerging talent, and he won another CFDA award for menswear five years later.
Lima, Adrianab. June 12, 1981, Salvador, Brazil
Adriana Lima is a model most commonly known for her work with Victoria's Secret. Her career began in her teenage years and she is now one of the highest payed models, according to Forbes.
Limón, Joséb. January 12, 1908, Culiacan, Mexico
d. December 2, 2972, New Jersey, United States
José Limón was a dancer and choreographer who developed what is now known as "Limón technique". In the 1940s, he founded the José Limón Dance Company, and in 1968, he created the José Limón Foundation to carry on his work.
Lin, Mayab. October 5, 1959, Ohio, United States
Parents: From China
Maya Lin is a respected artist and designer. In 1981, when she was an undergraduate at Yale, Lin's design was chosen for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Lin, Taob. July 2, 1983, Virginia, United States
Parents: From Taiwan
Tao Lin is a writer and poet. His novels include Eeeee Eee Eeee and Richard Yates.
Lindbergh, Charlesb. February 4, 1902, Michigan, United States
d. August 26, 1974, Hawaii, United States
Father: From Sweden
Charles Lindbergh was an aviator, military officer, author, inventor, explorer, and environmental activist.
Lindenthal, Gustavb. May 21, 1850, Brno, Czech Republic
d. July 31, 1935, New Jersey, United States
Gustav Lindenthal was a civil engineer known for designing Hell Gate Bridge across New York City's East River.
Lindo, Delroyb. November 18, 1952, London, United Kingdom
Delroy Lindo is an actor and theater director. Lindo has been nominated for Tony and Screen Actors Guild awards and has won a Satellite Award.
Lindroth, Helenb. December 3, 1874, Sweden
d. October 5, 1956, Massachusetts, United States
Helen Lindroth was a screen and stage actress. Lindroth has ninety-six screen credits beginning with a role in the Battle of Pottsburg Bridge in 1912.
Lindsay, Gilbert W. b. November 29, 1900, Mississippi, United States
d. December 28, 1990, California, United States
Gilbert W. Lindsay began working in Los Angeles as a janitor and over the course of three decades worked his way up to become LA's first African-American City Councilman. Lindsay served on Council for 25 years and was instrumental in shaping downtown Los Angeles' emergence as a cultural and commercial center.
Linkletter, Artb. July 17, 1912, Moose Jaw, Canada
d. May 26, 2010, California, United States
Art Linkletter was a radio and television personality. He is famously known for partnering with John Guedal to create the radio production, "House Party" and "People Are Funny."
Lion, Alfredb. April 21, 1908, Berlin, Germany
d. February 2, 1987, California, United States
Alfred Lion was co-founder of the Blue Note Record Label in 1939. Blue Note recorded many of the most important jazz artists of the 20th century.
Lipchitz, Jacquesb. August 22, 1891, Druskininkai, present-day Lithuania
d. May 16, 1973, Capri, Italy
Jacques Lipchitz was a Cubist sculptor. His early work was figurative but he soon started working more abstractly, focusing on building up sculptures through often geometric planes and forms.
Lipinski, Tarab. June 10, 1982, Pennsylvania, United States
Paternal and Maternal Great-grandparents: From Poland
Tara Lipinski was a top amateur figure skater. She won the gold medal in the women's singles competition in the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Lipmann, Fritzb. June 12, 1899, Königsberg, Germany
d. July 24, 1986, New York, United States
Fritz Lipmann was a biochemist and a co-discoverer in 1945 of coenzyme A.
Lipstadt, Deborahb. March 18, 1947, New York, United States
Father: From Germany, Mother: From Canada
Deborah Lipstadt is a historian notable for her scholarship on the Holocaust, which includes disproving the theories of Holocaust deniers.
Litherland, Jayb. August 24, 1995, Osaka, Japan
Jay Litherland is an Olympic swimmer competing in the 400 meter medley. He came in fifth in the 2016 Rio Games.
Lithgow, Johnb. October 19, 1945, New York, United States
Father: From Dominican Republic
John Lithgow is an actor who was born into a family of theatre performers. Lithgow attended Harvard, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before starting his professional theatre career. He began film acting in 1982.
Litvak, Anatoleb. May 21, 1902, Kiev, present-day Ukraine
d. December 15, 1974, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Anatole Litvak was a filmmaker who wrote, directed, and produced films in various countries and languages. Litvak was notable for directing little-known foreign actors to early fame, often winning them Academy Awards.
Litwack, Leon F.b. December 2, 1929, California, United States
Parents: From Russia
Leon F. Litwack is a historian whose scholarship examines the Reconstruction Era of the United States and slavery, and both their consequences. His most renowned book is Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery.
Liukin, Nastiab. October 30, 1989, Moscow, Russia
Nastia Liukin is a former artistic gymnast and a five-time Olympic medalist. In the 2008 Games, she won gold in the women's all-around, silver medals in the women's team, women's balance beam, and women's uneven bars, and bronze in women's floor exercise.
Lloyd, Rachel b. 1975, Stalbridge, United Kingdom
Rachel Lloyd is an anti-trafficking advocate, author and the founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. She is an activist on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.
Loeb, Carl Morris b. September 28, 1875, Frankfurt, Germany
d. January 4, 1955, New York, United States
Carl Morris Loeb was a businessman who was the President of the American Metal Company and founder of his own investment firm Loeb, Rhoades & Co.
Loew, Marcusb. May 7, 1870, New York, United States
d. September 5, 1927, New York, United States
Father: From Austria, Mother: From Germany
Marcus Loew started his business empire with the purchase of a penny arcade. Over time he and his partners opened Loew's Theaters, a chain of vaudeville and movies theaters. He later founded MGM Studios by purchasing two movie studios and later adding Louis B. Matyer's holdings and name to the company.
Loewy, Raymondb. November 5, 1893, Paris, France
d. July 14, 1986, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Father: From Austria
Raymond Loewy worked as both a graphic and industrial designer. His portfolio includes the U.S. Cost Guard and Air Force One liveries.
Logevall, Fredrikb. 1963, Stockholm, Sweden
Fredrik Logevall is a historian who specializes in foreign affairs, United States foreign policy and the Vietnam Wars.
Lomong, Lopezb. January 5, 1985, Kimotong, Sudan
Lopez Lomong is an Olympic 1,500 and 5,000 meter runner and was the flag bearer for the United States during the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.
London, Jackb. January 12, 1896, California, United States
d. November 22, 1916, California, United States
Jack London was a novelist and journalist. Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang.
Longet, Claudineb. January 29, 1942, Paris, France
Claudine Longet is a singer, actress, dancer and recording artist who was popular during the 1960s and 1970s.
Loomis, Bernardb. July 4, 1923, New York, United States
d. June 2, 2003, Florida, United States
Father: From Russia
Bernard Loomis was a toy developer and marketer. He is credited with making Mattel and then Kenner the largest toy manufacturers in the world. He secured the license for Stars Wars with demand so great that he was able to sell 500,000 empty boxes at Christmas time with the promise of filling them at a later date.
Lopez, Mariob. October 10, 1973, California, United States
Parents: From Mexico
Mario Lopez is a well-known actor and television host best known for his work on Saved by the Bell and Dancing With the Stars. Lopez has also written three non-fiction books and made his Broadway debut in 2008.
Loranth, Alice N.b. 1933, Hungary
d. August 18, 1998, Ohio, United States
Alice N. Loranth was a librarian. She worked at the Cleveland Museum of Art Library for 10 years before taking a position and Cleveland Public Library. In her memory, the Alice N. Loranth Special Collection of Medieval Romance Literature was established at the Cleveland Public Library.
Lorde, Audreb. February 18, 1934, New York, United States
d. November 17, 1992, Saint Croix, United States Virgin Islands
Father: From Barbados, Mother: From Grenada
Audre Lorde was a writer whose work explored the experience of being a black woman in America. Her work confronted some of the most important issues in American society including racism, homophobia and relations between the sexes.
Lorig, Khatunab. January 1, 1974, Tbilisi, Georgia
Khatuna Lorig is an accomplished Olympic archer and was chosen to be the flag bearer in the closing ceremonies for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Lorre, Peterb. June 26, 1904, Ružomberok, present-day Slovakia
d. March 23, 1964, California, United States
Peter Lorre was an actor who was famous for playing devious villians, detectives, and madmen in films from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Losch, Tillyb. November 15, 1903, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. December 24, 1975, New York, United States
Tilly Losch was an actress and artist whose film career spanned the 1930s and 1940s. In the 1920s and 1930s, Losch was an internationally known exotic dancer.
Louis, Joeb. May 13, 1914, Alabama, United States
d. April 12, 1981, Nevada, United States
Joe Louis was the world heavyweight boxing champion from June 22, 1937, to March 1, 1949, the longest reign of any fighter in any weight class. Louis' most memorable fight may have been against Max Schmeling of Germany.
Love, Miab. December 6, 1975, New York, United States
Parents: From Haiti
Mia Love is the United States Representative from Utah's 4th congressional district. She is the first black female Republican Party member in the U.S. Congress.
Lovecraft, H. P.b. August 20, 1890, Rhode Island, United States
d. March 15, 1937, Rhode Island, United States
H. P. Lovecraft was a writer who achieved posthumous fame for his influential works of horror fiction. He is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th century authors in his genre.
Lovell, Jimb. March 25, 1928, Ohio, United States
Maternal Grandparents: From Czech Republic
Jim Lovell is an astronaut, and one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, and the only one to have flown there twice without making a landing. Lovell was also the first person to fly in space four times.
Lovell, Whitfieldb. October 2, 1959, New York, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Barbados
Whitfield Lovell is an artist known for his drawings of anonymous African-Americans. The drawings are done from vintage photographs of people from between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Movement.
Lovsky, Celiab. February 21, 1897, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. October 12, 1979, California, United States
Celia Lovsky was a character actress who enjoyed nearly a fifty year career in film and television. She was married to Peter Lorre from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s.
Low, Abrahamb. February 28, 1891, Baranów Sandomierski, Poland
d. November 17, 1954, Minnesota, United States
Abraham Low was a neuropsychiatrist noted for his work establishing self-help programs for the mentally ill, and criticism of Freudian psychoanalysis.
Lowie, Robertb. June 12, 1883, Vienna, Austria
d. September 21, 1957, California, United States
Robert Lowie was an anthropologist whose area of expertise was North American Indians and who was instrumental in the development of modern anthropology.
Lozano, Florenciab. December 16, 1969, New Jersey, United States
Mother: From Argentina
Florencia Lozano is an actress. She has starred as Téa Delgado on the daytime series One Life to Live.
Lozowick, Louisb. December 10, 1892, Ludvinovka, present-day Ukraine
d. September 9, 1973, New Jersey, United States
Louis Lozowick was a famous painter in the art deco and precisionist styles. He was an executive board member of the Marxist magazine New Masses.
Lubetzky, Danielb. 1968, Mexico City, Mexico
Daniel Lubetzky is an entrepreneur, author and activist, and founder and CEO of snack company Kind LLC.
Lubinsky, Hermanb. August 30, 1896, Connecticut, United States
d. March 16, 1974, New Jersey, United States
Parents: From Russia
Herman Lubinsky was the owner of Savoy Records, one of the leading independent labels of the 1940's and 1950's. Savoy specialized in blues, gospel, and R&B, and recorded artists such as Johnny Otis, Big Maybelle, and Little Jimmie Scott
Lubitsch, Ernstb. January 29, 1892, Berlin, Germany
d. November 30, 1947, California, United States
Ernst Lubitsch was an actor, filmmaker and producer whose career in film began in Germany in the early 20th century. The "Lubitsch Touch" was marked with playful sexual innuendos and a lampooning of social conventions of the day.
Ludwig, Edwardb. October 7, 1899, Balta, present-day Ukraine
d. August 20, 1982, California, United States
Edward Ludwig was a film and television director who is acclaimed for his prowess at directing action films, including Swiss Family Robinson (1940) and Big Jim McLain (1952).
Luetkemeyer, Blaineb. May 7, 1952, Missouri, United States
Blaine Luetkemeyer is a politician currently serving as the incumbent U.S. Representative for Missouri's 3rd congressional district, a seat he has held since 2009.
Lugosi, Belab. October 20, 1882, Lugoj, Romania
d. August 16, 1956 California, United States
Bela Lugosi is an actor best known for his portrayal of Dracula in the 1931 film. Lugosi had a long career in film playing various monsters, villians, and mad scientists. His last film was The Black Sleep (1956).
Lukacs, Johnb. January 31, 1924, Budapest, Hungary
John Lukacs is a historian who has written more than thirty books, including Five Days in London, May 1940 and A New Republic.
Lund, Zoëb. February 9, 1962, New York, United States
d. April 16, 1999, Paris, France
Father: From Romania, Mother: From Sweden
Zoë Lund was an accomplished actress, screenwriter and political activist. She wrote the screenplay for the cult film Bad Lieutenant and appeared in the films Ms. 45 and Special Effects.
Lupino, Idab. February 4, 1918, London, United Kingdom
d. August 3, 1995, California, United States
Ida Lupino was a renowned actress whose career spanned the 1930s to the 1970s. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Lupino was also a trailblazing screenwriter, producer, and director of film and television shows.
Lurie, Rananb. May 26, 1932, Port Said, Egypt
Ranan Lurie is among the world's most renowned political cartoonists. He has worked for magazines including Life, Newsweek, and Time, and his cartoons have been syndicated in more than a thousand publications globally.
Lushington, Augustus Nathanielb. August 1, 1869, Trinidad, British West Indies
d. 1939, Place unknown
Augustus Nathaniel Lushington was the first African-American to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He practiced in the highly segregated town of Lynchburg, Virginia and earned a well respected reputation for his work.
Ly, Andrewb. 1949, Vietnam
Andrew Ly is a co-founder and CEO of Sugar Bowl Bakery. He was the recipient of AIISF's Immigrant Heritage Award in 2011.
Lynch, Beckyb. January 30, 1987, Dublin, Ireland
Becky Lynch is a professional wrestler, known for her work on WWE Smackdown!, WWE Raw and WWE NXT competing in the female wrestling division.
Lyubomirsky, Sonjab. 1967, Russia
Sonja Lyubomirsky is professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Her 2008 book, The How of Happiness has been translated into 19 languages.

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M.I.Ab. July 18, 1975, Hounslow, United Kingdom
Parents: From Sri Lanka
M.I.A. is a rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and activist. She has been nominated for an Academy Award, three Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize.
Ma, Yo-Yob. October 7, 1955, Paris, France
Yo-Yo Ma is a world-renowned cellist. Yo-Yo Ma has won numerous prestigious awards, including 18 Grammys.
Maazel, Lorinb. March 30, 1930, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
d. July 13, 2014, Virginia, United States
Lorin Maazel was violinist and conductor who made his debut as conductor at the age of eight. Maazel was director of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1972 to 1982.
Machado, Chinab. December 25, 1929, Shanghai, China
d. December 18, 2016, New York, United States
Father: From Portugal
China Machado was a pioneering model, TV producer, and fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar. Machado broke the fashion world's color and age barrier. In the late 1950s, she was one of the first women of color to appear on the cover of a magazine (Harper's Bazaar) and she was still modeling at the age of eighty-one.
Machado, Dixonb. February 22, 1992, San Cristobal-Tachira, Venezuela
Dixon Machado is a professional baseball player. He is a righthanded shortstop for the Detroit Tigers.
Machan, Tiborb. March 18, 1935, Budapest, Hungary
d. March 24, 2016, California, United States
Tibor Machan was the author of more than 100 scholarly papers and 40 books, one of which is Why is everyone else wrong?
Machrowicz, Thaddeus M.b. August 21, 1899, Gostyn, Poland
d. February 17, 1970, Michigan, United States
Thaddeus M. Machrowicz was a United States Representative for Michigan. He served from 1951-1961.
Mack, John J.b. November 17, 1944, North Carolina, United States
Father: From Lebanon
John J. Mack is a businessman. He is senior advisor and former CEO of Morgan Stanley, a finance and investment services firm.
Mackie, John C.b. June 1, 1920, Toronto, Canada
d. March 5, 2008, Virginia, United States
John C. Mackie was a United States Representative for Michigan. He served from 1965-1967.
MacLeish, Archibaldb. May 7, 1892, Illinois, United States
d. April 20, 1982, Massachusetts, United States
Father: From the United Kingdom
Archibald MacLeish was a poet and writer. For five years MacLeish was Librarian of Congress, a post he accepted at the urging of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Maddon, Joeb. February 8, 1954, Pennsylvania, United States
Father: From Italy, Mother: From Poland
Joe Maddon is a major league baseball manager who coached the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series win in 108 years. A former minor league catcher, Maddon also managed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Magdon-Ismail, Iqramb. July 22, 1983, Zimbabwe
Iqram Magdon-Ismail is an entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and former president of Venmo, an online money transfer platform.
Maggie Qb. May 22, 1979, Hawaii, United States
Mother: From Vietnam
Maggie Q is an actress who is famous for her role in the TV series Nikita.
Mah, Adeline Yenb. November 30, 1937, Tianjin, China
Adeline Yen Mah is an author, most notable for her autobiography Falling Leaves: A True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter.
Mahal, Jinderb. July 19, 1986, Alberta, Canada
Parents: From India
Jinder Mahal is a professional wrestler signed to WWE. He was a WWE Champion in his first reign.
Mahal, Tajb. May 17, 1942, New York, United States
Paternal Grandmother: From St. Kitts
Taj Mahal is an internationally recognized musican. His first album came out in 1968. He is a renowned multi-instrumentalist, who blends many genres of music, including blues, world music, Hawaiian music, and rhythm and blues.
Mahan, Alfred Thayerb. September 27, 1840, New York, United States
d. December 1, 1914, Washington D.C., United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Ireland
Alfred Thayer Mahan was a naval historian, military strategist and the author of The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783 and The Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire, 1793-1812.
Maier, Vivianb. February 1, 1926, New York, United States
d. April 21, 1999, Illinois, United States
Father: From France, Mother: From Austria
Vivian Maier was a street photographer. During her lifetime, Maier's photographs were unknown and unpublished; many of her negatives were never printed. Her work was found at an estate sale in 2008, and her work has since then exploded in popularity.
Makarova, Nataliab. November 21, 1940, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Natalia Makarova is a ballarina who is regarded as one of the finest classical dancers in the world. In 2012, she was honored by the Kennedy Center for her lifetime contributions to American art and culture.
Makob. December 10, 1933, Kobe, Japan
d. July 21, 2006, California, United States
Mako was an actor and voice actor who enjoyed a career in films that lasted nearly fifty years.
Malamud, Bernardb. April 26, 1914, New York, United States
d. March 18, 1986, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Bernard Malamud was a novelist and short story writer. His most famous novel was The Fixer.
Malcolm Xb. May 19, 1925, Nebraska, United States
d. February 21, 1965, New York, United States
Mother: From Grenada
Malcolm X was an activist who worked to further the cause of civil rights for African Americans. He was introduced to the Nation of Islam while in prison and became the public face of the organization that he would eventually break ties with.
Malden, Karlb. March 22, 1912, Illinois, United States
d. July 1, 2009, California, United States
Father: From Serbia, Mother: From Czech Republic
Karl Malden was a character actor. Early in his career, he had major supporting roles in now classic films, such as A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront. In his later years, he starred in television series such as Streets of San Francisco, Skag and the mini-series Fatal Vision.
Malek, Ramib. May 12, 1981, California, United States
Parents: From Egypt
Rami Malek is an award-winning actor best known for his role as Elliot Alderson in USA Network's Mr. Robot.
Malick, Wendieb. December 13, 1950, New York, United States
Pateral Grandfather: From Egypt
Wendie Malick is an actress, voice actress, comedienne and former fashion model.
Malinowski, Bronisławb. April 7, 1884, Kraków, Poland
d. May 16, 1942, Connecticut, United States
Bronislaw Malinowski was an anthropologist famous for his fieldwork in the Trobriand Islands, and for challenging the universality of some of Freud's psychology.
Maloof, Adrienneb. September 4, 1961, New Mexico, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Lebanon
Adrienne Maloof is a businesswoman, television personality, shoe designer and co-owner of the various business holdings of Maloof Companies.
Maloof, George J., Jr.b. September 2, 1964, New Mexico, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Lebanon
George J. Maloof Jr. is an entrepreneur and businessman. He part owns the Palms Casino Resort with his siblings and used to own Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Monarchs.
Maloof, Samb. January 24, 1916, California, United States
d. May 28, 2009, California, United States
Parents: From Lebanon
Sam Maloof was a furniture designer and woodworker whose innovative work earned him a MacArthur "Genius Grant."
Mandefro, Mehret Ayalewb. July 5, 1976, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mehret Ayalew Mandefro is a physician and HIV prevention researcher. She founded the nonprofit TruthAIDS which is focused on health literacy efforts among vulnerable populations. Her ethnographic work about HIV-positive women's lives in the South Bronx and Ethiopia is the subject of the documentary All of Us.
Mandvi, Aasifb. March 5, 1966, Mumbai, India
Aasif Mandvi is well known for his recurring role on The Daily Show, but also has over eighty television and film credits to his name since 1988. He wrote and starred in a one-man play called Sakina's Restaurant which became something of an Off-Broadway sensation, winning Mandvi an Obie Award in 1999.
Mangaoang, Ernesto b. 1902, Philippines
d. 1968, Place unknown
Ernesto Mangaoang was a labor activist and longtime leader of immigrant Filipino laborers.
Mankiw, N. Gregoryb. February 3, 1958, New Jersey, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Ukraine
N. Gregory Mankiw is a macroeconomist and the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Mankiw is best known in academia for his work on New Keynesian economics.
Mann, Thomasb. June 6, 1875, Lubeck, present-day Germany
d. August 12, 1955, Zurich, Switzerland
Thomas Mann was a novelist, short story writer and essayist. His work is characterized by its insight into the psychology of the artist and intellectual.
Manners, Davidb. April 30, 1901, Halifax, Canada
d. December 23, 1998, California, United States
David Manners was an actor who is known today for co-starring (usually as the romantic lead) in a host of classic Universal horror films, notably Dracula (1931), The Mummy (1932), and The Black Cat (1934).
Manoogian, Alexb. June 28, 1901, present-day İzmir, present-day Turkey
d. July 10, 1996, Michigan, United States
Alex Manoogian was an engineer, businessman and entrepreneur who founded Masco Screw Products Company, a manufacturer of the now ubiquitous screw ball faucet joint.
Manuel, Richardb. April 3, 1943, Ontario, Canada
d. March 4, 1986, Florida, United States
Richard Manuel was a composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who was also a member of The Band.
Manzano, Leob. September 12, 1984, Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico
Leo Manzano took the silver medal in the 1,500 meter final at the 2012 London Olympic Games and was the first American to win a medal of any kind in the event since 1968.
Manzarek, Rayb. February 12, 1939, Illinois, United States
d. May 20, 2013, Rosenheim, Germany
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Poland
Ray Manzarek was a musician, singer, producer, film director, and author. He was the architect of musical group The Doors' intoxicating sound. His keyboard playing fused rock, jazz, blues, classical and an array of other styles into something utterly new.
Maravich, Peteb. June 22, 1947, Pennsylvania, United States
d. Janurary 5, 1988, California, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Serbia
Pete Maravich was a basketball player who played for the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans/Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics. Always a prolific scorer, Maravich holds nearly every NCAA scoring record and is regarded as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
Maravich, Pressb. August 29, 1915, Pennsylvania, United States
d. April 15, 1987, Louisiana, United States
Parents: From present-day Serbia
Press Maravich was a college and professional basketball player and college coach. He is credited with developing the free-flowing game played today. He was the head coach of North Carolina State, Clemson, Louisiana State and Appilcian State.
Marca-Relli, Conradb. June 5, 1913, Massachusetts, United States
d. August 29, 2000, Parma, Italy
Parents: From Italy
Conrad Marca-Relli was a pioneering artist of the collage style, known for his works with cut-out shapes of painted canvas and expressive patterns and outlines.
Marchant, Kennyb. February 23, 1951, Texas, United States
Kenny Marchant is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 24th congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Marcil, Vanessab. October 15, 1968, California, United States
Father: From Mexico
Vanessa Marcil is an actress. She is best known for her television roles as Brenda Barrett on General Hospital, Gina Kincaid on Beverly Hills, 90210, and Sam Marquez on Las Vegas.
Marcus, Bernie b. May 12, 1929, New Jersey, United States
Parents: From Russia
Bernie Marcus is a businessman and the cofounder and CEO of Home Depot, a home improvement retail chain.
Marin, Cheechb. July 14, 1946, California, United States
Paternal Grandparents and Maternal Grandfather: From Mexico
Cheech Marin is best known for being one half of the dynamic "Cheech & Chong" duo from a series of character films in the 1980s. Marin has also released two award-winning, bilingual children's albums, and is beloved for his voice depiction of Ramone in Disney's Cars franchise.
Marinaro, Hectorb. December 6, 1964, Toronto, Ontario
Father: From Argentina
Hector Marinaro is a former professional indoor soccer player for the Cleveland Force. He is considered the greatest indoor soccer player of all time and the leagues' MVP award is named after him.
Markin, Morrisb. July 15, 1893, Smolensk, Russia
d. July 8, 1970, Michigan, United States
Morris Markin founded the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company (which would later become the Checker Motors Corporation).
Marley, Bobb. February 6, 1945, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
d. May 11, 1981, Florida, United States
Bob Marley was a singer-songwriter who became an international musical and cultural icon, blending mostly reggae, ska and rocksteady in his compositions.
Marrack, Philippab. June 28, 1945, Ewell, United Kingdom
Philippa Marrack is a biologist who is best known for her research of the body's immune system and T cells.
Marshall, Pauleb. April 9, 1929, New York, United States
Parents: From Barbados
Paule Marshall is an author whose novels emphasized the need for black Americans to reclaim their heritage. She is best known for the novel Brown Girl Brownstones.
Martin, Boydb. August 20, 1979, Sydney, Australia
Boyd Martin is a two-time Olympic individual and team equestrian. He competed in the Rio and London Games for Team USA.
Martin, Deanb. June 7, 1917, Ohio, United States
d. December 25, 1995, California, United States
Father: From Italy
Dean Martin was a singer renowned for his calm charisma and his polished personality. Rising to fame in the 50s as part of the comedy team, Martin and (Jerry) Lewis, Dean Martin enjoyed a long career as a singer and actor in everything from serious dramas to light romantic comedies.
Martin, Rossb. March 22, 1920, Horodok, Ukraine
d. July 3, 1981, California, United States
Ross Martin was a radio, voice, stage, film and television actor. Martin was known for portraying Artemus Gordon on the CBS' Western series The Wild Wild West, which aired from 1965 to 1969.
Martinek, Josephb. March 23, 1889, Podebrady, Czech Republic
d. March 21, 1980, Arizona, United States
Joseph Martinek was a newspaper editor, labor activist, and poet in Cleveland. He devoted much of his life to working for an independent Czechoslovakia and promoting democracy in Europe, publishing poetry and writing scripts for Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.
Martínez Celaya, Enriqueb. June 9, 1964, Nueva Paz, Cuba
Enrique Martínez Celaya is an artist and author. His work examines the experiences of individuals in relation to their circumstances, time and nature, and his work is influenced by philosophy and literature.
Martínez, Elizabethb. December 12, 1925, Washington D.C., United States
Father: From Mexico
Elizabeth Martínez is Chicana feminist and a long-time community organizer, activist, author, and educator. She is active in the Civil Rights Movement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
Martinez, Melb. October 23, 1946, Sagua La Grande, Cuba
Mel Martinez was a United States Representative for Florida. He served from 2005-2009.
Martinez, Olivierb. January 12, 1966, Paris, France
Olivier Martinez is an actor. He has also appeared in Hollywood-produced features, including the drama Before Night Falls (2000), Unfaithful (2002) and playing the role of a French drug lord in the action-crime-thriller S.W.A.T. (2003).
Martínez, Victorb. February 23, 1978, Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
Víctor Martínez is a designated hitter and first baseman for the Detroit Tigers. He is a seven-time AL All-Star and two-time AL Silver Slugger award recipient and has played in the MLB for over 15 years.
Marx, Chicob. March 22, 1887, New York, United States
d. October 11, 1961, California, United States
Father: From France, Mother: From Germany
Chico Marx was a vaudevillian performer, comedian, stage and film actor, and pianist. He is remembered for his role as the wise-cracking pianist in the comedy team The Marx Brothers. In 1942, Chico Marx formed the fleeting Chico Marx Orchestra.
Marx, Grouchob. October 2, 1890, New York, United States
d. August 19, 1977, California, United States
Father: From France, Mother: From Germany
Groucho Marx was a vaudevillian performer, comedian, stage and film actor, writer, and game show host. Groucho Marx, he of the cigar, grease paint moustache, and rolling eyes, will forever be remembered as member of the legendary, iconoclastic comedy team The Marx Brothers.
Marx, Gummob. October 23, 1893, New York, United States
d. April 21, 1977, California, United States
Father: From France, Mother: From Germany
Gummo Marx was a businessman, vaudevillian performer, and actor. He was a member of the comedy team, The Marx Brothers. Later in life, after a stint in the army and a successful career in business, Marx became an agent representing his brother Groucho and other big names in the entertainment industry.
Marx, Harpob. November 23, 1888, New York, United States
d. September 28, 1964, California, United States
Father: From France, Mother: From Germany
Harpo Marx was a vaudevillian performer, comedian, mime, stage and film actor, and self-taught harpist. As a member of the comedy team The Marx Brothers, Harpo Marx, who never spoke a word in the Marx Brothers films, is remembered for his pantomimed comedic performances.
Marx, Zeppob. February 25, 1901, New York, United States
d. November 30, 1979, California, United States
Father: From France, Mother: From Germany
Zeppo Marx was an engineer, businessperson, vaudevillian performer, and actor who is remembered for his role as the straight man in the comedy team The Marx Brothers. Only appearing in the team's first five films, Marx left to pursue a successful career in engineering.
Maslow, Abrahamb. April 1, 1908, New York, United States
d. June 8, 1970, California, United States
Parents: From present-day Ukraine
Abraham Maslow, a professor at Brandeis, was one of the founders of humanistic psychology and the hierarchy of needs.
Maslow, Will b. September 27, 1907, Kiev, Ukraine
d. February 23, 2007, New York, United States
Will Maslow was the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress who fought discrimination against African-Americans as well as Jews.
Mason, Noah Morganb. July, 19, 1882, Glamorganshire, United Kingdom
d. March 29, 1965, Illinois, United States
Noah Morgan Mason was a United States Representative for Illinois. He served from 1937-1963.
Massey. Raymondb. August 30, 1896, Toronto, Canada
d. July 29, 1983, California, United States
Raymond Massey was a stage, screen, and television actor who was known for his resounding voice.
Masters, Oksanab. June 19, 1989, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine
Oksana Masters is a paralympic rower and skier and a three-time paralympic medalist.
Masterson, Batb. November 26, 1853, Quebec, Canada
d. October 21, 1921, New York, United States
Bat Masterson was a U.S. Army scout, lawman, professional gambler, and journalist. Theodore Roosevelt appointed Masterson Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York in 1905.
Matassa, Cosimob. April 13, 1926, Louisiana, United States
d. September 11, 2014, Louisiana, United States
Parents: From Italy
Cosimo Matassa was a recording engineer and record producer. His studios produced the vast majority of recordings that came out of New Orleans from the late 1940s through the 1960s. He recorded many artists including Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Dr. John.
Mathabane, Markb. October 18, 1960, Alexandra, South Africa
Mark Mathabane is a South African author, lecturer, and a former collegiate tennis player and college professor. His most famous book is Taffir Boy.
Mattei, Janet Akyüzb. January 2, 1943, Bodrum, Turkey
d. March 22, 2004, Massachusetts, United States
Janet Akyüz Mattei was an astronomer who was the director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) from 1973-2004.
Matter, Herbertb. April 25, 1907, Engelberg, Switzerland
d. May 8, 1984, New York, United States
Herbert Matter was a photographer and graphic designer known for his pioneering use of photomontage in commercial art. The designer's innovative and experimental work helped shape the vocabulary of 20th-century graphic design
Matthau, Walterb. October 1, 1920, New York, United States
d. July 1, 2000, California, United States
Father: From Ukraine, Mother: From Lithuania
Walter Matthau was an actor and comedian, best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple.
Matthews, Daveb. January 9, 1967, Johannesburg, South Africa
Dave Matthews is a singer-songwriter, musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band.
Matzen, Herman N.b. July 15, 1861, Denmark
d. April 22, 1938, Ohio, United States
Herman N. Matzen was a sculptor. His most widely known works include the Haserot Angel, the Tom L. Johnson Monument in Cleveland Public Square, and the War and Peace Group at the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
May, Davidb. June 10, 1848, Kaiserlautern, Germany
d. July 22, 1927, Michigan, United States
David May was a businessman who founded the May Company, which was one of the largest department store chains in the United States.
May, Joeb. November 7, 1880, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. April 29, 1954, California, United States
Joe May was a filmmaker who was one of the innovators of early German cinema. May's career in Hollywood was spent mainly helming low budget films.
Mayer, Arno J.b. June 19, 1926, Luxembourg
Arno J. Mayer is a historian who specializes in modern Europe, diplomatic history, and the Holocaust
Mayer, Goeppert Maríab. June 28, 1906, Katowice, present-day Poland
d. February 20, 1972, California, United States
Maria Goeppert Mayer was a theoretical physicist, and Nobel laureate in Physics for proposing the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus. She was the second woman to win a Nobel Prize in physics, after Marie Curie.
Mayo, Clarab. September 13, 1931, Linz, Austria
d. November 21, 1981, Place unknown
Clara Mayo, a professor at Boston University, was a social psychologist exploring prejudice and stereotyping.
Mayowa, Bensonb. August 3, 1991, California, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Benson Mayowa is an American football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Idaho.
Mayr, Ernstb. July 5, 1904, Kempten, Germany
d. February 3, 2005, Massachusetts, United States
Ernst Mayr was one of the worlds leading biologists of the 21st century. He garnered many medals for biology and passed away at the age of 100.
Mazurki, Mikeb. December 25, 1907, Kupchyntsi, Ukraine
d. December 9, 1990, California, United States
Mike Mazurki, a professional wrestler who later turned to acting, has over 100 film credits to his name. Because of his height and tough face he usually played the roles of thugs, strong men, and gangsters.
McCammon, Helen Maryb. August 16, 1933, Manitoba, Canada
Helen Mary McCammon is an advocate for advancement of women in geological sciences.
McCann, Columb. February 28, 1965, Dublin, Ireland
Colum McCann is a writer of literary fiction and has written novels and books of short stories including TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin and Thirteen Ways of Looking.
McCarthy, Jennyb. November 1, 1972, Illinois, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From Ireland, Maternal Grandmother: From the United Kingdom
Jenny McCarthy is an actress, model, television host, author, screenwriter, and anti-vaccine activist.
McClatchy, Jamesb. 1824, Ireland
James McClatchy was a journalist and newspaper editor. He was an editor of the Sacramento Bee which grew into The McClatchy Company.
McClatchy, Valentine S.b. August 29, 1857, California, United States
d. May 15, 1938, California, United States
Father: From Ireland
Valentine S. McClatchy was a newspaper publisher and journalist. He was part of what is now known as The McClatchy Company, a newspaper conglomerate that exists to this day.
McClintock, Tomb. July 10, 1956, New York, United States
Tom McClintock is a politician who is the U.S. Representative for California's 4th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
McConnell, David H.b. July 18, 1858, New York, United States
d. January 20, 1937, New York, United States
Parents: From Ireland
David H. McConnell was the Founder and President of the California Perfume Company, which later became Avon Products.
McConnell, Mitchb. Febuary 20, 1942, Alabama, United States
Mitch McConnell is a politician and has been the senior United States Senator from Kentucky since 1985. He is a member of the Republican Party and has been the Majority Leader of the Senate since 2015.
McCormack, Ericb. April 18, 1963, Toronto, Canada
Eric McCormack is an actor best known for his role as Will Truman in the sitcom Will & Grace and most recently as Grant MacLaren in the Netflix series Travelers.
McCourt, Frankb. August 19, 1930, New York, United States
d. July 19, 2009, New York, United States
Father: From the United Kingdom, Mother: From Ireland
Frank McCourt was a writer, most famous for his book Angela's Ashes, a tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood.
McCunn, Ruthanne Lumb. February 21, 1946, California, United States
Mother: From China
Ruthanne Lum McCunn is a novelist and historical biographer. Her books are based on Chinese and Chinese American stories
McDonald, Audrab. July 3, 1970, West Berlin, Germany
Audra McDonald is a tony award winning singer and actress. She has a long list of solo recordings and featured songs from operas and other productions.
McDonald, Mauriceb. November 26, 1902, New Hampshire, United States
d. December 11, 1971, California, United States
Parents: From Ireland
Maurice McDonald was one of the founders of the original McDonald's restaurant, along with his brother Richard. They opened their first McDonald's restaurant in 1940, a hot dog stand that catered to families looking for a cheap meal.
McDonald, Richardb. February 16, 1909, New Hampshire, United States
d. July 14, 1998, New Hampshire, United States
Parents: From Ireland
Richard McDonald and his brother Maurice were founders of the original McDonald's restaurant. They opened their first McDonald's restaurant in 1940, a hot dog stand that catered to families looking for a cheap meal.
McDougall, Williamb. June 22, 1871, Oldham, United Kingdom
d. November 28, 1938, North Carolina, United States
William McDougall was an early 20th century psychologist. He was a professor at Duke University, participated in many areas of psychology and adapted information from other fields into psychology.
McDowall, Roddyb. September 17, 1928, Herne Hill, United Kingdom
d. October 3, 1998, California, United States
Roddy McDowall was a well-known actor who began his film career at the age of ten. McDowall had a 60 year career in film.
McFarlane, Toddb. March 16, 1961, Calgary, Canada
Todd McFarlane is a comic book creator and entrepreneur, best known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man and the horror-fantasy series Spawn.
McGhee, Normanb. November 20, 1897, Georgia, United States
d. July 20, 1979, Ohio, United States
Norman McGhee was the first African-American licensed stock-dealer in the Midwest and founded the country's first black-owned brokerage firm. He was the first editor of the Cleveland Call & Post and a trustee for Wilberforce University and St. James AME Church in Cleveland.
McGovern, Georgeb. July 19, 1922, South Dakota, United States
d. October 21, 2012, South Dakota, United States
Mother: From Canada, Paternal Grandfather: From Ireland
George McGovern was a historian and politician known for his liberal views.
McGuire, George Alexanderb. March 28, 1866, Swetes, Antigua
d. November 10, 1934, New York, United States
George Alexander McGuire was a bishop and founder of the African Orthodox Church, as well as chaplain-general of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).
McHarg, Ianb. November 20, 1920, West Dunbartonshire, United Kingdom
d. March 5, 2001, Pennsylvania, United States
Ian McHarg was a landscape architect who focused on regional ecological planning in his designs.
McKay, Claudeb. September 15, 1889, Sunnyvale, Jamaica
d. May 22, 1948, Illinois, United States
Claude McKay was a writer and poet, and a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, a prominent literary movement of the 1920s. He is best remembered for Home to Harlem.
McKenna, Josephb. August 10, 1843, Pennsylvania, United States
d. November 21, 1926, Washington, D.C., United States
Father: From Ireland
Joseph McKenna was an American politician who served in all three branches of the U.S. federal government, as a member of Congress, as U.S. Attorney General and as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
McKinley, Davidb. March 28, 1947, West Virginia, United States
David McKinley is a businessman and politician who has been the U.S. Representative for West Virginia's 1st congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.
McLaglen, Andrew V.b. July 28, 1920, London, United Kingdom
d. August 30, 2014, Washington, United States
Andrew V. McLaglen was a filmmaker who worked in both film and television. Mclaglen had a talent for working within the western genre; he is one of the few directors who worked with both John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.
McLaughlin, Andrew C.b. February 14, 1861, Illinois, United States
d. September 24, 1947, Place unknown
Parents: From the United Kingdom
Andrew C. McLaughlin was a historian and authority on constitutional history who wrote A Constitutional History of the United States.
McNeill, John T.b. July 28, 1885, Prince Edwards Island, Canada
d. February 2, 1975, Ilinois, United States
John T. McNeill was a theologist and a scholar of religious history, with a particular focus on the history of the Christianity.
McNeill, William H.b. October 31, 1917, Vancouver, Canada
d. July 8, 2016, Connecticut, United States
William H. McNeill was a historian and author who wrote on Western civilization. His most successful book is The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community.
Mda, Zakesb. October 6, 1948, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Zakes Mda is a novelist, poet and playwright. Many of his works confront issues facing modern Africans including bigotry, regular violence, poverty and the disassociation that characterized (and characterizes) the lives of black South Africans.
Mead, Hassanb. June 28, 1991, Borama, Somalia
Hassan Mead is an Olympic 5,000 meter runner. He took 11th in the 2016 Rio Games.
Mehmet, Ozb. June 11, 1960, Ohio, United States
Parents: From Turkey
Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon, Columbia University professor, author, and television personality.
Mehrabian, Robertb. July 31, 1941, Tehran, Iran
Robert Mehrabian is a materials scientist, former President of Carnegie Mellon University, and the Chair, President, and CEO of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated.
Mehretu, Julieb. 1970, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Julie Mehretu is an artist who creates large-scale paintings that are built up in layers. Her style is gestural and she is inspired by urban landscapes and geography.
Mehrotra, Sanjayb. June 27, 1958, Kanpur, India
Sanjay Mehrotra is a businessman and the cofounder of SanDisk, a flash memory product manufacturer. He is currently president and CEO of Micron Technology Inc.
Mehta, Vedb. March 21, 1934, Lahore, present-day Pakistan
Ved Mehta is a writer. His work is often set in India, making this country his backdrop whether his account is political or personal. His work explores the conflict between East and West in Indian culture.
Mellon, Andrew W. b. March 24, 1855, Pennsylvania, United States
d. August 26, 1937, New York, United States
Father: From present-day the United Kingdom
Andrew W. Mellon was a banker, businessman and politician. He was the United States Secretary of the Treasury for twelve years and made a personal fortune investing in American industry.
Mellon, Thomasb. February 3, 1813, County Tyrone, present-day United Kingdom
d. February 3, 1908, Pennsylvania, United States
Thomas Mellon was an entrepreneur, lawyer and judge. He invested in real estate, founded a law firm and founded a bank, originally known as T. Mellon & Sons' Bank.
Mendelsohn, Erichb. March 21, 1887, in Olsztyn, present-day Poland
d. September 15, 1953, California, United States
Parents: From Germany
Erich Mendelsohn was an architect. From 1941 until his death, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mendelson, Avnerb. Date and year unknown, Israel
Avner Mendelson has been with the Leumi Group since 2007 and was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Leumi - US in September 2013.
Mendes, Evab. March 5, 1974, Miami, Florida
Parents: From Cuba
Eva Mendes is an actress. She is known for appearing in the films Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Hitch.
Méndez, Rebecab. 1962, Mexico City, Mexico
Rebeca Méndez is an AIGA award winning graphic desinger. Her clients include the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Getty Museum.
Mendieta, Anab. November 18, 1948, Havana, Cuba
d. September 8, 1985, New York, United States
Ana Mendieta was a multidisciplinary artist, best known for her performance, photography and video art. Her work was largely autobiographical and focused on the body, identity and her experience of being a woman.
Mendik, Bernard Hymanb. May 29, 1929, Glasgow, United Kingdom
d. May 28, 2001, New York, United States
Bernard Hyman Mendik was a real estate developer, founder of the Mendik Company, and chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York.
Mengers, Sueb. September 2, 1932, Hamburg, Germany
d. October 15, 2011, California, United States
Sue Mengers was a popular Hollywood talent who helped shape Hollywood's vibrant revival in the 1970s.
Mengestu, Dinawb. June 30, 1978, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dinaw Mengestu is a novelist and journalist whose books include The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and How to Read the Air.
Mengiste, Maazab. 1971, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Maaza Mengiste is a writer, best known for her novel Beneath the Lion's Gaze.
Mensah, Peterb. August 27, 1959, Accra, Ghana
Peter Mensah is an actor best known for his roles in Tears of the Sun, Hidalgo, 300, and Dead Space, and more recently on the Starz original series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: Vengeance.
Merage, Paulb. 1934, Tehran, Iran
Paul Merage co-founded Chef America in 1977, a start up frozen food company that became one of the largest and most profitable privately held food companies in the United States, best known for Hot Pockets. Chef America was sold to Nestle in 2002 for $2.6 billion.
Meredith, Burgessb. November 16, 1907, Ohio, United States
d. September 9, 1997, California, United States
Father: From Canada
Burgess Meredith was an award-winning actor, producer, and writer. With a career spanning over six decades, Burgess is best remembered for his role as the Penguin in the 60s TV show Batman and his Oscar-nominated performance in the film, Rocky (1976).
Meriwether, Nanab. May 24, 1985, Johannesburg, South Africa
Nana Meriwether is a two-time NCAA All-American UCLA volleyball player and Miss USA 2012. She represented Maryland at Miss USA 2012 and finished as first runner-up.
Merkin, J. Ezrab. April 19, 1953, New York, United States
Parents: From Germany
J. Ezra Merkin is an investor, hedge fund manager and philanthropist.
Merrick, Myrab. 1825, Hinkley, United Kingdom
d. November 11, 1899, Ohio, United States
Myra Merrick was the first female physician in Ohio, receiving her M.D. in 1852. She developed a thriving practice among Cleveland's elite, opened Cleveland Homeopathic Hospital College for Women in 1867, and co-founded Women's & Children's Free Medical & Surgical Dispensary in 1878.
Metaxas, Ericb. January 1, 1963, New York, United States
Father: From Greece, Mother: From Germany
Eric Metaxas is an author and speaker who has written biographies of historical figures including William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Metzl, Ervineb. May 28, 1899, Illinois, United States
d. November 22, 1963, New York, United States
Parents: From present-day Czech Republic
Ervine Metzl was a graphic designer remembered for his posters and stamp designs
Meyer, Adolfb. September 13, 1866, Niederweningen, Switzerland
d. March 17, 1950, Maryland, United States
Adolf Meyer, a psychiatrist and professor at Johns Hopkins University, was the "dean of American psychiatry," and his Phipps Clinic became the leading training center for English-speaking psychiatrists in the world.
Meyer, Frederickb. November 6, 1872, Hamelin, Germany
d. January 6, 1961, California, United States
Frederick Meyer was a furniture designer and proponenent of the Arts and Crafts movement. He founded the the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts.
Meyer, Max Freidrichb. June 15, 1873, Danzig, present-day Poland
d. March 14, 1967, Florida, United States
Max Freidrich Meyer, a professor at the University of Miami, was a behaviorist who focused on hearing and musical acoustics.
Michelson, Albert A.b. December 19, 1852, Strzelno, Poland
d. May 9, 1931, California, United States
Albert A. Michelson was a physicist known for his work on measuring the speed of light and especially for the Michelson-Morley experiment. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in Physics, 1907.
Mielziner, Job. March 19, 1901, Paris, France
d. March 15, 1976, New York, United States
Jo Mielziner was a Tony award winning set designer during the Golden Age of Broadway.
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwigb. March 27, 1886, Aachen, present-day Germany
d. August 17, 1969, Illinois, United States
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a Bauhaus designer, who worked both an architect and furniture designer. His Barcelona chair has become an icon of midcentury design.
Mikita, Stanb. May 20, 1940, Sokolce, Slovakia
Stan Mikita is a retired hall of fame hockey player who played for the Chicago Blackhawks. He is the only player to win the Hart, Art Ross and Lady Byng trophies in the same season.
Miko, Izabellab. January 21, 1981, Łódź, Poland
Izabella Miko is an actress, dancer, producer, and environmental activist. Miko is known for her breakout role in Coyote Ugly (2000).
Mikula, Patrycjab. May 28, 1983, Rzeszów, Poland
Patrycja Mikula is a model and Playboy Cybergirl.
Milan, Cesarb. August 27, 1969, Culiacán, Mexico
Cesar Milan is an animal behaviorist specializing in dog behavior and training. He has made a career in television and publishing about dog behavior.
Milev, Emilb. May 2, 1968, Sofia, Bulgaria
Emil Milev is a six-time Olympic pistol shooter. He has been a part of Team USA for two Olympics and took silver in the 2016 Rio Games.
Milian, Christinab. September 26, 1981, New Jersey, United States
Parents: From Cuba
Christina Milian is a singer, songwriter and actress.
Miller, Stephenb. August 23, 1985, California, United States
Stephen Miller is a far-right political activist who serves as a senior advisor for policy for President Donald Trump. He was previously the communications director for then-Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
Miller, Wentworthb. June 2, 1972, Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
Wentworth Miller is an actor, model, and screenwriter. Miller is best known for his role in the TV series Prison Break.
Milstein, Adamb. 1952, Heifa, Israel
Adam Milstein is a real estate investor and philanthropist, and a managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties. In 2000, Milstein and his wife Gila founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.
Milstein, Danielb. November 8, 1975, Kiev, Ukraine
Daniel Milstein is the founder and CEO of the Gold Star Family of Companies, operating in over forty offices worldwide, specializing in financial services, sports management, publishing and film production.
Min, Ancheeb. January 14, 1957, Shanghai, China
Anchee Min is an author of memoirs and historical novels. Her most popular book is Red Azalea.
Minaj, Nickib. December 8, 1982, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Nicki Minaj is a rapper and singer songwriter. She first found gained public recognition around 2008 and her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents.
Ming-Nab. November, 1963, Macau, China
Ming-Na is the fist Asian-American actress to play a role on a daytime soap. She is best known for her role in the medical drama ER.
Ming, Jennyb. 1955, Guangzhou, present-day China
Jenny Ming is a businesswoman who served as president of the clothing chain Old Navy, overseeing all aspects of the company and its 900 retail locations. Under her leadership, Old Navy became the fastest growing apparel retail startup in U.S. history.
Miñoso, Minnieb. November 29, 1925, Perico, Cuba
d. March 1, 2015, Illinois, United States
Minnie Miñoso was a Major League Baseball player. He played for the Cleveland Indians in 1948.
Minsky, Hymanb. September 23, 1919, Illinois, United States
d. October 24, 1996, New York, United States
Father: From Russia
Hyman Minskyy was an economist, a professor of economics at Washington University in St. Louis, and a distinguished scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.
Mintz-Plasse, Christopherb. June 20, 1989, California, United States
Paternal Great-Grandparents: From Poland
Christopher Mintz-Plasse is an actor best known for his performances in Superbad (2007) and Kick Ass (2010).
Minuchin, Salvadorb. October 13, 1921, San Salvador, Argentina
d. October 30, 2017, Florida, United States
Salvador Minuchin was a psychotherapist who developed Structural Family Therapy. His pioneering work with teenagers shifted the focus from their individual symptoms to their family relationships.
Miranda, Carmenb. February 9, 1909, Lisbon, Portugal
d. August 5, 1955 California, United States
Carmen Miranda was a Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Mitchell, Arthur W. b. December 22, 1883, Alabama, United States
d. May 9, 1968, Virginia, United States
Arthur Mitchell was a politician who was the first African-American to be elected to Congress as a Democrat. He introduced a number of new bills including banning lynching.
Mitchell, Jonib. November 7, 1943, Fort Macleod, Canada
Joni Mitchell was a successeful singer and songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s. She has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards.
Moceanu, Dominiqueb. September 30, 1981, California, United States
Parents From Romania
Dominique Moceanu is an author and retired gymnast. She was a member of the gold-medal-winning United States women's gymnastics team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Modigliani, Francob. June 18, 1918, Rome, Italy
d. September 25, 2003, Massachusetts, United States
Franco Modigliani was an economist, a professor at UIUC, Carnegie Mellon University and MIT, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1985.
Modotti, Tinab. August 17, 1896, Udine, Italy
d. January 5, 1942, Mexico City, Mexico
Tina Modotti was an actress, known for The Tiger's Coat (1920), Riding with Death (1921) and I Can Explain (1922). She became a famous photographer and took part in struggles for defense of the rights of poor Mexican peones.
Moghbeli, Jasminb. June 24, 1983, Bad Nauheim, Germany
Jasmin Moghbeli is a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps and is the first astronaut candidate with Middle Eastern heritage since 1959.
Moholy-Nagy, Lászlób. July 20, 1895, Bácsborsód, present-day Hungary
d. November 24, 1946, Illinois, United States
László Moholy-Nagy was a painter and photographer. He was highly influenced by constructivism and a strong believer in the integration of technology and industry into the arts.
Moinian, Josephb. February 25, 1954, Tehran, Iran
Joseph Moinian is the Founder and CEO of the Moinian Group.
Molina, Mariob. March 19, 1943, Mexico City, Mexico
Mario Molina is a chemist who is recognized for his important role in the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer above the arctic.
Monaghan, Dominicb. December 8, 1976, Berlin, Germany
Parents: From the United Kingdom
Dominic Monaghan played Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck in Lord of the Rings. He also played the role of Charlie Pace on the television show Lost, and Chris Bradley in superhero film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Moncada, Yoanb. May 27, 1995, Abreus, Cuba
Yoan Moncada is an MLB infielder. He currently plays second base for the Chicago White Sox.
Monk, Theloniousb. October 10, 1917, North Carolina, United States
d. February 17, 1982, New Jersey, United States
Thelonious Monk was an African-American musician. He is the second most recorded jazz musician and was known for his unique and unorthodox improvisational style.
Montalbán, Ricardob. November 25, 1920, Mexico City, Mexico
d. January 14, 2009, California, United States
Ricardo Montalbán was an actor who had a seven decade long film career. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the villian, Khan Noonien Singh, in the 1967 Star Trek TV series and the feature length film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
Montana, Frenchb. November 9, 1984, Rabat, Morocco
French Montana is a hip hop artist and songwriter. He is also the founder of Coke Boys Records, and its predecessor Cocaine City Records.
Montez, Mariab. June 6, 1912, Barahona, Dominican Republic
d. September 7, 1951, Suresnes, France
Maria Montez, known for playing powerful women in films set in exotic locales, appeared in only 27 films before her untimely death at the age of 39. In her hometown of Barahona in the Dominican Republic, there is an international airport that sports her name and her films are still popular even today.
Moore, Jerry J.b. 1927, Texas, United States
d. November 23, 2008, United States
Parents: From Poland
Jerry J. Moore was a real estate developer and by 1989, he was the largest shopping-center developer in the United States.
Moore, Juanitab. October 19, 1914, Mississippi, United States
d. January 1, 2014, California, United States
Juanita Moore was the fifth African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award. She is most widely known for her role in Imitation of Life.
Moore, Owenb. December 12, 1886, Meath, Ireland
d. June 9, 1939, California, United States
Owen Moore was an actor who appeared in more than 250 movies and was married to major starlet Mary Pickford.
Morales-Rhodes, Natalieb. June 6, 1972, Taipei, Taiwan
Mother: From Brazil
Natalie Morales-Rhodes is a journalist. She is Billy Bush's replacement as host of Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live, while continuing as a correspondent for Dateline.
Morales, Natalieb. June 10, 1985, Florida, United States
Mother: From Cuba
Natalie Morales is an actress who is well known for her work in television on The Middlemen (2008) and Parks and Recreation (2009-2015).
Moranis, Rickb. April 18, 1953, Toronto, Canada
Rick Moranis is a comedian, actor, and writer. He wrote for and starred in SCTV, and has been in a number of movies, including Ghostbusters, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Morawetz, Cathleenb. May 5, 1923, Toronto, Canada
d. August 8, 2017, New York, United States
Cathleen Morawetz researched applied mathematics. She was professor emerita at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at the New York University, where she had also served as director from 1984 to 1988. She was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1998.
Moreno, Antoniob. September 26, 1887, Madrid, Spain
d. February 15, 1967, California, United States
Antonio Moreno was an actor who had a forty year long career span. He played the male love interest opposite to many silent film era leading ladies as a "latin lover" type.
Moreno, Arturob. August 14, 1946, Arizona, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Mexico
Arturo Moreno is a businessman who became the first Mexican-American to own a major sports team in the United States when he purchased the Anaheim Angels baseball team from the Walt Disney Company.
Moreno, Jacob Levyb. May 6, 1889, Bucharest, Romania
d. May 15, 1974, New York, United States
Jacob Levy Moreno was a psychiatrist, psychosociologist, and educator. He was the founder of the Beacon Hill Sanitorium, and introduced the therapeutic technique known as the psychodrama. He also developed sociometry.
Morimoto, Masaharub. May 26, 1955, Hiroshima, Japan
Masaharu Morimoto is one of the stars of TV's Iron Chef America. He opened his own restaurant, Morimoto, in Philadelphia in 2002.
Morissette, Alanisb. June 1, 1974, Ottawa, Canada
Alanis Morissette is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, and actress. Morissette is best known for her internationally successful 1995 release Jagged Little Pill. Morissette has sold more than sixty million albums worldwide.
Moritsugu, Kenneth P.b. March 5, 1945, Hawaii, United States
Paternal and Maternal Grandparents: From Japan
Kenneth P. Moritsugu is a physician and public health administrator. Mortisugu was a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, who served as acting United States Surgeon General 2006-2007.
Morphy, Paulb. June 22, 1837, Louisiana, United States
d. July 10, 1884, Louisiana, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Ireland
Paul Morphy was one of the greatest American chess players of the 19th century.
Morris, Effie Leeb. April 20, 1921, Virginia, United States
d. November 9, 2009, California, United States
Effie Lee Morris began her career as a librarian at the Cleveland Public Library in 1946 and established the first African-American History Week for children at CPL. She went on to work in Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco, earning accolades along the way for her work in service to children.
Morris, Nigel b. circa 1956, Billericay, United Kingdom
Nigel Morris is an investor and a cofounder of Capital One Financial services.
Morrison, Temuerab. December 26, 1960, North Island, New Zealand
Temuera Morrison is an actor who portrayed the bounty hunter Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones and Commander Cody in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. He provided the voice of the clone troopers in both films.
Morrison, Tonib. February 18, 1931, Ohio, United States
Father: From Georgia, United States, Mother: From Alabama, United States
Toni Morrison is the first Black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and authored the novels The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon. She is also a professor at multiple universities including Howard University (Washington, D.C.) and Princeton University (New Jersey).
Mosler, Henryb. June 6, 1841, Opawica, present-day Poland
d. April 21, 1920, New York, United States
Henry Mosler was a painter, wood engraver, sketch artist and illustrator. He documented American life of the time, producing portraits, images of colonial life and illustrations of the Civil War.
Mosley, Walterb. January 12, 1952, California, United States
Father: From Louisiana, United States
Walter Mosley is a prolific novelist best known for his crime fiction. He has received numerous honors, including several NAACP Image Awards and the Anisfield-Wolf Award.
Mostel, Zerob. February 28, 1915, New York, United States
d. September 8, 1977, Pennsylvania, United States
Mother: From Poland
Zero Mostel was an actor and comedian of stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of comic characters such as Tevye on stage in Fiddler on the Roof, Pseudolus on stage and on screen in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Max Bialystock in the original film version of The Producers.
Mowbray, Alanb. August 18, 1896, London, United Kingdom
d. March 25, 1969, California, United States
Alan Mowbray was a famous character actor who was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, serving on its board of directors and financially keeping it afloat in its infancy.
Mudede, Charlesb. February 8, 1969, Kwekwe, present-day Zimbabwe
Charles Mudede is a writer, filmmaker, and leftwing cultural critic. Mudede is currently Associate Editor for the Seattle-based weekly The Stranger, as well as lecturer in English Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University.
Mugo, Micere Githaeb. 1942, Baricho, Kenya
Micere Githae Mugo is a literary critic and professor of literature in the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University.
Muir, Johnb. April 21, 1838, Dunbar, United Kingdom
d. December 24, 1914, California, United States
John Muir was a naturalist and author. He became known for his articles that praised the natural world, speaking in poetic, spiritual terms about his affection for ecology and humanity's connection to the earth.
Mukherjee, Bharatib. July 27, 1940, Calcutta, India
d. January 28, 2017, New York, United States
Bharati Mukherjee was a writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. Her works include The Middleman and Other Stories and Jasmine.
Mukherjee, Siddharthab. July 21, 1970, New Delhi, India
Siddhartha Mukherjee is a physician, oncologist, and author. He won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
Mulvaney, Mickb. July 21, 1967, Virginia, United States
Grandparents: From Ireland
Mick Mulvaney is a politician in the Republican Party and Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Munn, Oliviab. July 3, 1980, Oklahoma, United States
Mother: From Vietnam
Olivia Munn is an model, actress, writer, and television personality.
Murdoch, Rupertb. March 11, 1931, Melbourne, Australia
Rupert Murdoch is a media executive, most noted for creating News Corporation, which later split into 21st Century Fox and News Corp.
Mureșan, Gheorgheb. February 14, 1971, Tritenii de Jos, Romania
Gheorghe Mureșan is a former professional basketball player whose career spanned between 1993-2000, primarily with the Washington Bullets. Along with Manute Bol, at 7'7" he is the tallest player in NBA history.
Murphy, Stephanieb. September 16, 1978, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Stephanie Murphy is the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to the United States Congress. A member of the Democratic Party, she is a member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 7th congressional district.
Murray, Albertb. May 12, 1916, Alabama, United States
d. August 18, 2013, New York, United States
Albert Murray was a writer who wrote for Life Magazine and published the widely regarded novel The Omni-American.
Murray, Arthurb. April 4, 1895, present-day Ukraine/Poland
d. March 3, 1991, Hawaii, United States
Parents: from Austria
Arthur Murray was a ballroom dancing instructor who had a popular service of mail ordered dance instruction pamphlets. He also franchised 350 dance studios in his name.
Murray, James Edwardb. May 3, 1876, Ontario, Canada
d. March 23, 1961, Montana, United States
James Edward Murray was a United States Representative for Montana. He served from 1934-1961.
Murray, Philipb. May 25, 1886, Blantyre, United Kingdom
d. November 9, 1952, California, United States
Philip Murray was a union leader who was the first president of the United Steel Workers of America, serving from 1942 to 1952. Murray was also the longest-serving president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, serving from 1940 until his death in 1952.
Musial, Stanb. November 21, 1920, Pennsylvania, United States
d. January 19, 2013, Missouri, United States
Father: From Poland
Stan Musial was a Hall of Fame major league baseball player. Considered one of baseball's greatest hitters, Musial won the National League batting title seven times in his 22 year career. Musial served in the United States Navy during World War II and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Musk, Elon b. June 28, 1971, Pretoria, South Africa
Mother: From Canada
Elon Musk is a businessman, investor and engineer. He is the CEO and cofounder of SpaceX, was previously a chairman of Tesla Inc. and cofounded two internet companies which later merged into the online payment platform PayPal.
Musulin, George S.b. April 9, 1914, New York, United States
d. February 23, 1987, Maryland, United States
Parents: From Serbia
George S. Musulin was an Office of Strategic Services officer who organized the dramatic rescue of hundreds of downed Allied airmen from Nazi occupied Yugoslavia during World War II. Working with Serbian resistance fighters, he planned "Operation Halyard" which evacuated Allied crews shot down by German forces.
Mutombo, Dikembeb. June 25, 1966, Léopoldville, Congo
Dikembe Mutombo had a successful career playing professional basketball. Mutombo devotes much of his time to humanitarian projects in Congo. A few days after retiring in 2009 from the Houston Rockets, Mutombo became the first person to receive the NBA's humanitarian award twice.
Mutu, Wangechib. June 22, 1972, Nairobi, Kenya
Wangechi Mutu is an artist who explores subjects including race, colonialism, politics, ecology and gender. Much of her work depicts women and looks at the how they are desired and despised.
Mylong, Johnb. September 27, 1892, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. September 8, 1975, California, United States
John Mylong was a busy film and television actor who is known for his role as The Professor in the classic cult film Robot Monster (1953).

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Nabokov, Vladimirb. April 22, 1899, St. Petersburg, Russia
d. July 2, 1977, Montreaux, Switzerland
Vladimir Nabokov was a novelist whose trilingual upbringing had a profound impact on his work. He wrote poetry, fiction and drama as well as completing translations and essays. He is best remembered for the book Lolita.
Nadella, Satya b. August 19, 1967, Hyderabad, India
Satya Nadella is a business executive and the current CEO of Microsoft. He previously led the company's cloud computing initiative.
Nader, Ralphb. February 27, 1934, Connecticut, United States
Parents: From Lebanon
Ralph Nader is a political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism, and government reform causes.
Naderi, Firouzb. March 25, 1946, Shiraz, Iran
Firouz Naderi is a scientist who spent more than 30 years in technical and executive positions at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has earned, among other awards, the Space Technology Hall of Fame Medal and NASA's highest award - The Distinguished Service Medal.
Nafisi, Azarb. December 1, 1948, Tehran, Iran
Azar Nafisi is a writer. Her most popular book is Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books.
Nagbe, Darlingtonb. July 19, 1990, Monrovia, Liberia
Darlington Nagbe is a professional soccer player. He currently plays for Atlanta United in Major League Soccer and the United States men's national soccer team as a midfielder. Nagbe spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Portland Timbers.
Nagurski, Bronkob. November 3, 1908, Rainey River, Canada
d. January 7, 1990, Minnesota, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Bronko Nagurski was a professional American football player who was noted for his size and strength and has been inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Nagy, Agotab. January 9, 1934, Mezokovacshaza, Hungary
Agota Nagy is a project engineer. She has worked on large projects such as building complex' for Ford, Dearborn, Michigan and others. She was listed in "Who is Who in Executives and Professionals" in 2004.
Nagy, Laszlo Antalb. October 16, 1932, Jobahaza, Hungary
Laszlo Antal Nagy was a retail and industrial manager while also serving in the U.S. Army National Guard.
Nagyvary, Josephb. April 18, 1934, Szeged, Hungary
Joseph Nagyvary is a professor who has wrote 60 refereed publications in scientific journals. Nagyvary was awarded the 2005 Gold Medal of the Japanese Physics Society for discoveries of Stradivari violins.
Nahumck, Nadia Chilkovskyb. January 8, 1908, Kiev, present-day Ukraine
d. April 23, 2006, Pennsylvania, United States
Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck was a pioneer in modern dance, teaching and labanotation. Nahumck authored numerous dance notation handbooks for professionals and amatuers, including a book publised in the late 1950s that contained dances from the popular TV show American Bandstand.
Naish, J. Carrolb. January 21, 1896, New York, United States
d. January 24, 1973, California, United States
Parents: From Ireland
J. Carrol Naish was a busy film and television actor. Naish was know for playing gangsters, mad scientists, and other nefarious characters.
Najjar, Johnb. November 11, 1918, Nebraska, United States
d. January 6, 2011, Florida, United States
Father: From Egypt
John Najjar was an automobile designer who conceived the Ford Mustang prototype and co-designed the Lincon Futura that would become the Batmobile in the 1966 Batman television series.
Nakashima, Georgeb. May 24, 1905, Washington, United States
d. June 15, 1990, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From Japan
George Nakashima was a master woodworker whose furniture, assembled from untrimmed slabs, is highly sought after. He was also a trained architect.
Nalder, Reggieb. September 4, 1907, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. November 19, 1991, California, United States
Reggie Nalder was a character actor. Nalder's film appearances include Mark of the Devil (1970), Dracula Sucks (1978), and Salem's Lot (1979).
Namvar, Ezrib. 1951, Iran
Ezri Namvar is a businessman and philanthropist. He was the founder and chairman of Namco Capital Group, an asset management firm.
Nanjiani, Kumailb. February 21, 1978, Karachi, Pakistan
Kumail Nanjiani is a popular actor, writer, producer, and director best known for his comedic performances. Nanjiani is best known for his character Dinesh on Silicon Valley as well as The Big Sick, a movie he wrote and starred in.
Napier, Alanb. January 7, 1903, Birmingham, United Kingdom
d. August 8, 1988, California, United States
Alan Napier, a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art educated Shakespearean actor, appeared in hundreds of films and television shows. He is probably best know for his role as Alfred the butler in 1960s Batman TV show.
Napoli, Vincentb. April 8, 1907, Ohio, United States
d. October 28, 1981, California, United States
Parents: From Italy
Vincent Napoli, during the 1930s, worked as a muralist for the WPA Federal Art Project, an enlightened government program that provided relief income for artists during the Great Depression
Narváez, Omarb. February 10, 1992, Maracay, Venezuela
Omar Narváez was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2013 and currently plays catcher.
Nash, Grahamb. February 2, 1942, Blackpool, United Kingdom
Graham Nash was a musician who was a founding member of Crosby, Stills and Nash, one of the most popular folk-rock bands of all time.
Nash, Jackb. April 10, 1929, Berlin, Germany
d. July 30, 2008, New York, United States
Jack Nash was a businessman and investor. He served as president of Oppenheimer & Company and founded The New York Sun newspaper.
Nast, Thomasb. September 27, 1840, Landau, present-day Germany
d. December 7, 1902, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Thomas Nast was a caricaturist and editorial cartoonist. He was associated with Harper's Weekly for over two decades and his work was widely influential.
Nathans, Danielb. October 30, 1928, Delaware, United States
d. November 16, 1999, Maryland, United States
Parents: From Russia
Daniel Nathans was a microbiologist. He shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of restriction enzymes.
Natzler, Greteb. June 19, 1906, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. June 10, 1999, Florida, United States
Grete Natzler was an actress and opera singer whose career spanned the 1920s to the 1930s. Natzler's best known film is the Laurel & Hardy comedy Swiss Miss (1938).
Navarro, Anab. December 28, 1971, Chinandega, Nicaragua
Ana Navarro is a Republican strategist and political commentator for a variety of different major news outlets, including CNN, CNN en Español, and ABC News.
Navarro, Fatsb. September 24, 1923, Florida, United States
d. July 7, 1950, New York, United States
Fats Navarro was a talented jazz trumpeter who helped pioneer the bebop style of Jazz improvisation. Navarro played with other well-known musicians such as Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.
Navratilova, Martinab. October 18, 1956, Prague, Czech Republic
Martina Navratilova is the seventh female tennis player in the history of the sport to achieve a Career Grand Slam. She has won 59 Grand Slam titles, including a record 9 Wimbledon singles championships, 167 singles and 177 doubles championships.
Nazarian, Izak Parvizb. February 24, 1929, Tehran, Iran
d. August 23, 2017, California, United States
Izak Parviz Nazarian was a billionaire, businessman, investor, real-estate developer, and philanthropist.
Ndibe, Okeyb. May 15, 1960, Yola, Nigeria
Okey Ndibe is a novelist and essayist, best known for the books Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain.
Ne'eman, Ari b. December 10, 1987, New Jersey, United States
Father: From Israel
Ari Ne'eman is an autism rights activist who co-founded the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in 2006.
Nechita, Alexandrab. August 27, 1985, Vaslui, Romania
Alexandra Nechita is an accomplished cubist painter and philanthropist. She has been dubbed the "Petite Picasso."
Neeson, Liamb. June 7, 1952, Ballymena, United Kingdom
Liam Neeson is an actor who has worked in both theater and film, including the Arthurian film, Excalibur.
Negri, Polab. January 3, 1897, Lipno, Poland
d. August 1, 1987, Texas, United States
Father: From Slovakia
Pola Negri was an actress who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles.
Neiman, Carrie Marcusb. May 3, 1883, Kentucky, United States
d. March 6, 1953, Texas, United States
Parents: From Germany
Carrie Marcus Neiman was a businesswoman and cofounder of the luxury department store Neiman Marcus.
Nelsen, Craigb. Date and place unknown
Craig Nelsen is a longtime anti-immigrant activist with a history of promoting white nationalist ideals.
Nelson, Nels Christianb. April 9, 1875, Fredericia, Denmark
d. March 5, 1964, New York, United States
Nels Christian Nelson was an archeologist who pioneered the technique of stratigraphic excavation and served as the President of American Anthroplogical Association, Society for American Archeaology, and the American Ethnological Society.
Nelson, Steve b. January 1, 1903, Subocka, Croatia
d. December 11, 1993, Massachusetts, United States
Steve Nelson was a political activist who organized the unemployed in Chicago and coal miners in Southern Illinois.
Nemerov, Alexanderb. 1963, Vermont, United States
Paternal Great-grandparents: From present-day Ukraine
Alexander Nemerov is an art historian who writes about American art from the 18th century to the 1970s, and sometimes analyses fiction or poetry alongside visual art.
Nemoianu, Virgilb. March 12, 1940, Bucharest, Romania
Virgil Nemoianu is an essayist, literary critic, and philosopher of culture who has written extensively on historical literary movements.
Nenêb. September 13, 1982, São Carlos, Brazil
Nenê is a professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets. He previously played for the Denver Nuggets and the Washington Wizards.
Nesbert, Vincentb. 1898, Poland
d. 1976, Pennsylvania, United States
Vincent Nesbert was an artist who joined the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in August, 1928. He later served as dean of the Art Institute for many years.
Neshat, Shirinb. March 26, 1957, Qazvin, Iran
Shirin Neshat is an artist who uses film, video and photography. Her works discuss political subjects such as gender in relation to society, but often do this with slightly ambiguous narratives so multiple readings of the work are formed.
Ness, Eliotb. April 19, 1903, Chicago, United States
d. May 16, 1957, Coudersport, United States
Parents: From Norway
Eliot Ness was an agent of the U.S. Treasury Department, who formed a group of agents known as the Untouchables. Their mission was to track down Al Capone and other ciminals during the Prohibition era. He later became the Cleveland Safety Director and ran unsuccesfully for Mayor of Cleveland.
Neszlényi, Judithb. April 23, 1934, Budapest, Hungary
Judith Neszlenyi is a musician who had many piano concerts in the United States. In 1986, at President Reagan's invitation, Neszlenyi played in the White House (this concert was organized to commemorate the 1956 revolution).
Neubauer, Josephb. October 19, 1941, present-day Israel
Parents: From Germany
Joseph Neubauer is the former CEO of Aramark, a position he served in for 30 years. He also served on the Tufts University Board of Trustees.
Neugarten, Bernice L.b. February 11, 1916, Nebraska, United States
d. July 22, 2001, Illinois, United States
Father: From Lithuania
Bernice L. Neugarten was the first Ph.D. in human development; she focused on the psychology and sociology of aging, and on social policy.
Neugebauer, Randyb. December 24, 1949, Missouri, United States
Randy Neugebauer is a politician who was the U.S. Representative for Texas's 19th congressional district, having served from a special election in 2003 to 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Nevelson, Louiseb. September 23, 1899, present-day Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi, present-day Ukraine
d. April 17, 1988, New York, United States
Louise Nevelson was a sculptor, known for making monochrome wall works and outdoor sculptures. Her works were abstract and largely made of wood, although she did experiment with other materials such as aluminum and Plexiglas.
Nevill-Manning, Craigb. January 1, 1969, New Zealand
Craig Nevill-Manning is a computer scientist who founded Google's first remote engineering center in Manhattan, where he is Engineering Director. He also invented Froogle (now Google Shopping), a product search engine, and played a key role in developing Google Maps.
Nevo, Avivb. 1961, Bucharest, Romania
Aviv Nevo is a venture capitalist. He is a major shareholder in Time Warner and other companies, having built his fortune up from an initial $10 million inheritance.
Newhouse, Edwardb. November 10, 1911, Hungary
d. November 11, 2002, New York, United States
Edward Newhouse was a writer who was known for his series of novels that explored the lives of working class people. Newhouse wrote numerous short stories and he was a staff writer for The New Yorker for many years.
Newkirk, Ingridb. June 11, 1949, Surrey, United Kingdom
Ingrid Newkirk is an animal rights activist and president and cofounder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Newman, Paulb. January 26, 1925, Ohio, United States
d. September 26, Connecticut, United States
Mother: From present-day Slovakia
Paul Newman is an Oscar-winning actor starring in over 60 films. He was an avid race car driver and founder of the Newman's Own food brand, the profit of which goes to charities.
Newton, Huey P.b. February 17, 1942, Louisiana, United States
d. August 22, 1989, California, United States
Huey P. Newton was a radical activist and revolutionary who helped co-found the Black Panther movement. Newton became the face of the Black Power movement during his time in prison and eventually earned a Ph.D. in Social Philosophy.
Ng, Celesteb. 1980, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From China
Celeste Ng is a writer and novelist, best known for Everything I Never Told You: A Novel and Girls at Play.
Ng, Fae Myenneb. December 2, 1956, California, United States
Parents: From China
Fae Myenne Ng is the author of two critically acclaimed novels about Chinese American immigrants in the United States, and has been praised for her portrayal of the effects of historical injustices on the present-day lives of Asian Americans.
Ngai, Mae M.b. Date and year unknown, United States
Parents: From China
Mae M. Ngai is a historian who specializes in ethnicity, race, citizenship and nationalism in America during the 20th century.
Ngor, Haing S.b. March 22, 1940, Samrong Yong, Cambodia
d. February 25, 1996, California, United States
Haing S. Ngor was a physician, actor, and refugee best remembered for his Academy Award winning role in The Killing Fields.
Nguyen, Jacqueline H.b. 1965, Da Lat, Vietnam
Jacqueline H. Nguyen is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is the first Asian-American female to serve as a federal appellate judge. She was also the first-ever Vietnamese-American woman appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Nguyen, Viet Thanhb. March 13, 1971, Buôn Mê Thuột, Vietnam
Viet Thanh Nguyen is a novelist, best known for his work The Sympathizer. In his writing he challenges themes and images from popular culture.
Nicholas, Peterb. 1941, United States
Parents: From Greece
Peter Nicholas is a businessman and the founder of Boston Scientific, a manufacturer of medical equipment
Nichols, Mikeb. November 6, 1931, Berlin, Germany
d. November 19, 2014, New York, United States
Mike Nichols was a film and theatre director, producer, actor and comedian. As a comedian he was part of the comedy duo Nichols and May. Nichols' films include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Graduate (1967), Silkwood (1983), and The Birdcage (1996). Nichols' won the Best Director Oscar for The Graduate.
Nicolay, John Georgeb. February 26, 1832, Essingen, Germany
d. September 26, 1901, Washington D.C., United States
John George Nicolay served as a private secretary to US Abraham Lincoln and later co-authored a biography of the 16th President.
Nielsen, Leslieb. February 11, 1926, Regina, Canada
d. November 28, 2010, Florida, United States
Leslie Nielsen was an actor, comedian, and producer. He appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters.
Nilsson, Anna Q.b. March 30, 1988, Ystad, Sweden
d. February 11, 1974, California, United States
Anna Q. Nilsson was a model and actress. She made her film debut in Molly Pitcher (1911) becoming an overnight sensation and silent film superstar.
Nimroy, Leonardb. March 26, 1931, Massachusettes, United States
d. February 27, 2015, California, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Leonard Nimoy was best known for being Spock in the Star Trek franchise. He was also an actor, film director, photographer, author, singer and songwriter.
Nin, Anaïsb. February 21, 1903, Paris, France
d. January 14, 1977, California, United States
Parents: From Cuba
Anaïs Nin was an essayist and memoirist, best known for her journals and her erotic writings.
Nix, Robert N. C., Sr.b. August 9, 1898, South Carolina, United States
d. June 22, 1987, Pennsylvania, United States
Robert N.C. Nix Sr. was a politician and the first African-American to represent Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives.
Nizer, Louisb. February 6, 1902, London, United Kingdom
d. November 10, 1994, New York, United States
Louis Nizer was a famous lawyer who represented many high profile celebrities and was an expert on contract, libel, copyright, divorce, plagiarism, and antitrust law. He authored the bestselling memoir My Life in Court.
Njokuani, Anthonyb. March 1, 1980, Enugu, Nigeria
Parents: From Nigeria
Anthony Njokuani is a professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of Legacy FC. A professional competitor since 2001, Njokuani has also formerly competed for the UFC and the WEC.
Njokuani, Chidib. December 31, 1988, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Chidi Njokuani is a Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight division in kickboxing and the Welterweight division in MMA.
Noah Joakimb. February 25, 1985, New York, United States
Father: From Cameroon, Mother: From Sweden
Joakim Noah is a professional basketball player for the New York Knicks.
Noether, Emmyb. March 23, 1882, Erlangan, Germany
d. April 14, 1935, Pennsylvania, United States
Emmy Noether was a mathematician known for her contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics.
Noguchi, Isamub. November 17, 1904, California, United States
d. December 30, 1988, New York, United States
Father: From Japan
Isamu Noguchi was an artist and landscape architect. Although he is best known for his sculpture and public works, he also designed stage sets, furniture and household objects.
Nogulich, Nataliab. October 1, 1950, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Serbia
Natalia Nogulich is a television and film actress with a long filmography. She is also a novelist. Nogulich's first novel (part one of a planned trilogy) One Woman's War was published in 2012.
Nomellini, Leob. June 19, 1924, Tuscany, Italy
d. October 17, 2000, California, United States
Leo Nomellini was a star two way player for the San Francisco 49er's and their first ever draft selection. Picking up the game while in the marines, Leo was given a scholarship after WWII to the University of Minnesota and went on to a Hall of Fame career.
Nooyi, Indrab. October 28, 1955, Chennai, India
Indra Nooyi is a business executive and the Chairwoman and CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and drink company in the world.
Nordstrom, John W.b. February 15, 1871, Sweden
d. October 11, 1963, Washington, United States
John W. Nordstrom was a businessman who, following his work in a number of industrial labor jobs, founded a shoe store that would later become the department chain Nordstrom.
Noriega, Carlos I.b. October 8, 1959, Lima, Peru
Carlos I. Noriega served as an astronaut for NASA. He was involved in spaceflights to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station and to assemble the International Space Station.
Nouri, Michaelb. December 9, 1945, Washington, D.C., United States.
Father: From Iraq
Michael Nouri is an actor, known for Flashdance (1983), The Proposal (2009) and The Terminal (2004).
Novotnáb. September 23, 1907, Prague, present-day Czech Republic
d. February 9, 1994, New York, United States
Jarmila Novotná was a celebrated soprano and actress and, from 1940-1956, a star of the Metropolitan Opera.
Nugent, Richb. May 26, 1951, Illinois, United States
Rich Nugent is a retired law enforcement officer and former United States Congressman. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is a former Sheriff of Hernando County, Florida.
Nugent, Tedb. December 13, 1948, Michigan, United States
Maternal Grandparents: From Sweden
Ted Nugent is a musician whose career has spanned over 50 years. He first became famous as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before embarking on a solo career.
Nyquist, Harryb. February 7, 1889, Värmland, Sweden
d. April 4, 1976, Texas, United States
Harry Nyquist was an electronic engineer whose inventions contributed both theoretically and practically to the field of telecommunication. He is credited with over 138 patents in his field.

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O'Brien, Soledadb. September 19, 1966, New York, United States
Father: From Australia, Mother: From Cuba
Soledad O'Brien is a broadcast journalist and executive producer. Currently, O'Brien is the anchor for Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, a nationally syndicated weekly political show owned by Hearst Television. She is chairwoman and founder of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production company.
O'Connell, Jerryb. February 17, 1974, New York, United States
Paternal Great-grandparents: From Poland
Jerry O'Connell is an actor, known for his roles as Quinn Mallory in the TV series Sliders, Andrew Clements in My Secret Identity, and Vern Tessio in the film Stand by Me.
O'Connor, Flanneryb. March 25, 1925, Georgia, United States
d. August 3, 1964, Georgia, United States
Flannery O'Connor was a writer and essayist. She often wrote in the Southern Gothic style and frequently examined questions of morality and ethics in her work.
O'Dwyer, Williamb. July 11, 1890, Bohola, Ireland
d. November 24, 1964, New York, United States
William O'Dwyer was a politician who served as mayor of New York City from 1946-1950. He was the city's 100th mayor. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 1950-1952.
O'Grady, Lorraineb. 1934, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From Jamaica
Lorraine O'Grady is a conceptual artist, performance artist and critic. Her practice explores themes such as the cultural construction of identity and black female subjectivity.
O'Hara, Catherineb. March 4, 1954, Toronto, Canada
Catherine O'Hara is an actress and comedian. She was a writer and actor on SCTV, known for such characters as Lola Heatherton and Dusty Towne. She went on to a career in movies including Home Alone, Mighty Wind, and Waiting for Guffman.
O'Hara, Maureenb. August 17, 1920, Ranelagh, Ireland
d. October 24, 2015, Idaho, United States
Maureen O'Hara was an actress whose career spanned over 60 years. O'Hara received an Honorary Academy Award in 2014.
O'Reilly, Charles F.b. February 13, 1913, Missouri, United States
d. April 20, 2005, Missouri, United States
Father: From Ireland
Charles F. O'Reilly began O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. which opened for business on December 2, 1957.
O'Sullivan, Maureenb. May 17, 1911, Boyle, Ireland
d. June 23, 1998, Arizona, United States
Maureen O'Sullivan is best remembered for her role as Jane in a series of Tarzan films made in the 1930s and 1940s. O'Sullivan's last role was the made for television film Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is (1994).
Oakar, Mary Roseb. March 5, 1940, Ohio, United States
Father: From Lebanon
Mary Rose Oakar is a Democratic politician and former member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio, the first Democratic woman elected to the United States Congress from that state. She is currently a member of the Ohio State Board of Education.
Obama, Barackb. August 4, 1961, Hawaii, United States
Father: From Kenya
Barack Obama is a politician who served as the forty-fourth President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He is the first African American to have served as president. He previously served in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004.
Obanana, Paula Lynnb. March 19, 1985, Dumaguete, Philippines
Paula Lynn Obanana is a doubles badminton player who competed in the 2016 Rio Games.
Obasohan, Derrickb. April 18, 1981, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Derrick Obasohan is a professional basketball player for Provence Basket of the LNB Pro B.
Oberg, Kalervob. January 15, 1901, Nanaimo, British Columbia
d. July 11, 1973, Oregon, United States
Kalervo Oberg was a world-renowned anthropologist whose theory on the four stages of culture shock is still referenced today.
Oberon, Merleb. February 19, 1911, Mumbai, India
d. November 23, 1979, California, United States
Merle Oberon was an actress best known for her most performance in Wuthering Heights (1939).
Obinwa, Abuchib. January 15, 1997, Ohio, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Abuchi Obinwa is a professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder.
Obioma, Chigozieb. 1986, Akure, Nigeria
Chigozie Obioma is a writer, best known for his first novel, The Fishermen.
Ocampo, Adrianab. January 5, 1955, Barranquilla, Columbia
Adriana Ocampo is a planetary geologist and the Science Program Manager at NASA Headquarters. She is known for her work researching the Chicxulub impact crater.
Ochs, Adolphb. March 12, 1858, Ohio, United States
d. April 8, 1935, Tennessee, United States
Parents: From Germany
Adolph Ochs was a newspaper publisher and former owner of The New York Times and The Chattanooga Times.
Oduye, Adeperob. January 11, 1978, New York, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Adepero Oduye is an actress, director, and writer. Her breakout role was in the critically acclaimed and award-winning independent film Pariah, for which she received several awards and a nomination for Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Ogbogu, Ericb. July 18, 1975, New York, United States
Father: From Nigeria
Eric Ogbogu is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the New York Jets, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Dallas Cowboys.
Ogbonnaya, Chrisb. May 20, 1986, Texas, United States
Father: From Nigeria
Chris Ogbonnaya is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Texas. Ogbonnaya also played for the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, and New York Giants.
Ogbu, Johnb. May 9, 1939, Nigeria
d. August 20, 2003, California, United States
John Ogbu was an anthropologist and professor known for his theories on observed phenomena involving race and intelligence, especially how race and ethnic differences played out in educational and economic achievement.
Ogbuehi, Cedricb. April 25, 1992, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Cedric Ogbuehi is an American football offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League.
Oguchi, Chamberlainb. April 28, 1986, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Chamberlain Oguchi is a professional basketball player who last played for Boulazac Basket Dordogne of the LNB Pro B.
Ogunleye, Adewaleb. August 9, 1977, New York, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Adewale Ogunleye is a former American football defensive end who played eleven seasons in the National Football League. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2000 and also played for the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.
Ogwumike, Chineyb. March 21, 1992, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Chiney Ogwumike is a professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association.
Ohebshalom, Fredb. May 23, 1952, Tehran, Iran
Fred Ohebshalom is a real estate developer and founder of Empire Management.
Okada, Johnb. September 23, 1923, Washington, United States
d. February 20, 1971, Washington, United States
Parents: From Japan
John Okada was a writer. His only published work, No-No Boy, is about the aftermath of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.
Okafor, Alexb. February 8, 1991, Texas, United States
Father: From Nigeria
Alex Okafor is an American football defensive end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Okafor, Emekab. September 28, 1982, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Emeka Okafor is a professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
Okafor, Jahlilb. December 15, 1995, Arkansas, United States
Father: From Nigeria
Jahlil Okafor is a professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.
Okeniyi, Dayob. June 14, 1988, Lagos, Nigeria
Dayo Okeniyi is an actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games and Danny Dyson in Terminator Genisys.
Okorafor, Nnedib. April 8, 1974, Ohio, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Nnedi Okorafor is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction. Her exposure to Nigerian myths and culture, as well as her love of nature and the natural world, has had a considerable influence on her writing.
Okoye, Amobib. June 10, 1987, Anambra State, Nigeria
Amobi Okoye is an American football payler who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Texans tenth overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville.
Okoye, Christianb. August 16, 1961, Enugu, Nigeria
Christian Okoye is a former American football fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1987 to 1992. He was known for his powerful running style and ability to break tackles.
Okparanta, Chinelob. Date and year unknown, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Chinelo Okparanta is a writer of novels and short stories, best known for Under the Udala Trees.
Olah, George A.b. May 22, 1927, Budapest, Hungary
d. March 8, 2017, California, United States
George A. Olah was a chemist known for carbocation via superacids for which he was awarded Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1994.
Olah, Louisb. July 4, 1928, New Jersey, United States
d. March 8, 2008, New York, United States
Parents: From Hungary
Louis Olah was a jockey who became a giant in the thoroughbred industry.
Olah, Louisb. Date and year unknown, Hungary
Louis Olah is owner of the Balaton Restaurant, considered by many to be Cleveland's preeminent Hungarian restaurant. The Balaton opened in 1966 in the, at the time, predominantly Hungarian Buckeye Road neighborhood. The Balaton continues operation today in Shaker Square.
Olajuwon, Abib. July 6, 1988, Texas, United States
Father: From Nigeria
Abi Olajuwon is a basketball coach and former player. Olajuwon is the daughter of former NBA center Hakeem Olajuwon.
Olajuwon, Hakeemb. January 21, 1963, Lagos, Nigeria
Hakeem Olajuwon is a former basketball player. He was drafted as the first pick in the first round by the Houston Rockets in the 1984 NBA draft. His professional playing career spanned from 1984 to 2002.
Oland, Warnerb. October 3, 1879, Nyby, Sweden
d. August 6, 1938, Stockholm, Sweden
Warner Oland was an actor who is best known for his portrayal of famed sleuth Charlie Chan in 16 films the 1930s.
Oldenburg, Claesb. January 28, 1929, Stockholm, Sweden
Claes Oldenburg is an artist associated with the Pop Art movement. He is best known for his later works of soft sculpture for which he created large-scale representations of cheeseburgers and other everyday subjects.
Olitski, Julesb. March 27, 1922, Snovsk, present-day Ukraine
d. February 4, 2007, New York, United States
Jules Olitski was a painter, printmaker and sculptor. He experimented with various techniques for painting including pouring dye onto canvas and applying paint using brushes, sponges, mops and rollers. Later he sprayed paint onto his canvases to create dematerialized fields of color.
Oliver, Johnb. April 23, 1977, Birmingham, United Kingdom
John Oliver is writer, actor, and television host. Oliver began working for the Daily Show with John Stuart in 2006, and began hosting his own show Last Week Tonight in 2014. He became an American citizen in 2011.
Olmos, Edward Jamesb. February 24, 1947, California, United States
Father: From Mexico
Edward James Olmos is an actor and director. Olmos rose to fame thanks to his role as Lieutenant Martin Castillo and the long-running 1980s TV series Miami Vice.
Olufeko, Ade A.b. January 23, 1980, Minnesota, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Ade A. Olufeko is a technologist, designer and enterprenuer. His research and curatorial work focuses on the narratives of creatives who bring awareness to regional and global issues.
Omalu, Bennetb. 1968, Idemili South, Nigeria
Bennet Omalu is a physician, forensic pathologist, and neuropathologist who was the first to discover and publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players while working at the Allegheny County Coroner's Office in Pittsburgh.
Omidyar, Pierreb. June 21, 1967, Paris, France
Parents: From Iran
Pierre Omidyar is an entrepreneur and the cofounder of eBay, an online e-commerce platform.
Ono, Yokob. February 18, 1933, Tokyo, Japan
Yoko Ono is an artist who works in a variety of media, though she is most associated with her performance and conceptual work. One of her best known works is Cut Piece, in which she invited people to cut off pieces of her clothing with scissors.
Ontiveros, Lupeb. September 17, 1942, Texas, United States
d. July 26, 2012, California, United States
Parents: From Mexico
Lupe Ontiveros was an actress best known for portraying Yolanda Saldívar in the film Selena. She acted in numerous films and television shows.
Opara, Eddieb. 1972, Wandsworth, United Kingdom
Eddie Opara is a contemporary graphic designer. His multifaceted work encompasses refreshing design, modern technology and strategy. He is primarily focused on the projects involving the design of interactive installations, software, publication and packaging, brand identity and user interface.
Oppenheimer, Henry b. August 21, 1865, Walldürn, present-day Germany
d. July 6, 1958, Maryland, United States
Henry Oppenheimer was a businessman who maintained a wholesale clothing company in Baltimore during the 19th century, and later became president of the department store Hutzler's.
Orakpo, Brianb. July 31, 1986, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Brian Orakpo is an American football outside linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.
Oriola, Bukolab. 1976, Nigeria
Bukola Oriola is a journalist. She wrote and self-published a book Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim about her experiences with human trafficking.
Orji, Yvonneb. December 2, 1983, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Yvonne Orji is an actress who is best known for her role in the television series Insecure.
Orne, Martin Theodoreb. October 16, 1927, Vienna, Austria
d. February 11, 2000, Pennsylvania, United States
Martin Orne is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and has made contributions in psychology, psychiatry, and to the criminal justice system.
Ornstein, Leob. 2 December 1983, Kremenchuk, present-day Ukraine
d. February 24, 2002, Wisconsin, United States
Leo Ornstein was a leading avant-garde composer and pianist. Ornstein was well over 100 years old when he passed away which makes him the only known concert musician to have lived in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
Orry-Kellyb. December 31, 1897, Kiama, Australia
d. February 27, 1964, California, United States
Orry-Kelly is a costume designer. He is best known for creating the costumes for the film Casablanca.
Orshansky, Mollieb. January 9, 1915, New York, United States
d. December 18, 2006, New York, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Mollie Orshansky was an economist and statistician who developed the Orshansky Poverty Thresholds. These are used in the United States as a measure of the income that a household must not exceed to be counted as poor.
Orwig, William W.b. September 25, 1810, Pennsylvania, United States
d. May 29, 1889, Place unknown
Paternal Great-grandfather: From Germany
William W. Orwig was a bishop who wrote a history of the Evangelical Association.
Oseary, Guyb. October 3, 1972, Jerusalem, Israel
Guy Oseary is a talent manager, investor, writer and businessman who began his career in entertainment aged 17.
Osemele, Kelechib. June 24, 1989, Texas, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Kelechi Osemele is an American football guard for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League.
Oshinowo, Babatundeb. January 14, 1983, Illinois, United States
Parents: From Nigeria
Babatunde Oshinowo is a former American football defensive tackle.
Oshoniyi, Bob. November 3, 1971, Massachusetts, United States
Father: From Nigeria
Bo Oshoniyi is a retired soccer goalkeeper who spent eight seasons in Major League Soccer.
Oshry, Ephraimb. August, 1914, Kupiškis, Lithuania
d. September 28, 2003, New York, United States
Ephraim Oshry was a rabbi, posek and author. He is known for his eye-witness historical account of the Holocaust: The Annihilation of Lithuanian Jewry.
Oskar, Leeb. March 24, 1958, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lee Oskar is a harmonica player, who lent his distinctive playing to the band, War. He co-formed War with Eric Burdon in 1969. He has also developed his own line of "Lee Oskar" harmonicas.
Otero, Mariab. August 26, 1950, La Paz, Bolivia
Maria Otero was the first holder of the office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, from January 15, 2012 through February 4, 2013.
Otis, Johnnyb. December 28, 1921, California, United States
d. January 17, 2012, California, United States
Parents: From Greece
Johnny Otis was a record producer, musician, artist, author, disc jockey, and talent scout. Although of Greek heritage, his life and career was immersed in African American culture. He recorded the classic "Hand Jive" and discovered and launched the careers of many artists including Etta James and Little Esther Phillips.
Otis, Shuggieb. November 30, 1953, California, United States
Paternal Grandparents: From Greece
Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis, and is a multi-instrumentalist, known primarily as a guitarist. He released three albums between 1969 and 1974. His third album, Inspiration Information gained a cult following in the 1990s and led to a resurgence in Otis' career.
Ouspenskaya, Mariab. July 29, 1876, Tula, Russia
d. December 3, 1949, California, United States
Maria Ouspenskaya was an actress and acting teacher. She portrayed Maleva in The Wolf Man (1941) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).
Owens, Jesseb. September 13, 1913, Alabama, United States
d. March 30, 1980, Arizona, United States
Jesse Owens was an athlete who made sporting history in the lead-up to the 1936 Olympics by breaking five world records and tying one in the space of 45 minutes. At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he won four gold medals, broke or tied nine Olympic records and set three world records.
Owens, Michael Josephb. January 1, 1859, West Virginia, United States
Parents: From Ireland
Michael Joseph Owens was an inventor of machines to automate the production of glass bottles.
Oxman, Nerib. 1976, Haifa, Israel
Neri Oxman is a designer, architect, and Sony Corporation's career development professor. She is an associate professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab, and founded the Mediated Matter design research group. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art.
Oyekan, Soni O.b. June 1, 1946, Aba, Nigeria
Soni O. Oyekan is a chemical engineer who has contributed significantly to chemical engineering and oil refining with his inventions. He has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to the industry.
Oz, Frankb. May 25, 1944, Hereford, United Kingdom
Father: From Czech Republic, Mother: From Belgium
Frank Oz was a well-known puppeteer who performed with Jim Henson's Muppets. His characters have included Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam Eagle on The Muppet Show, and Grover, Cookie Monster, and Bert on Sesame Street.

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Pabst, Danielb. June 11, 1826, Hesse, Germany
d. July 15, 1910, Pennsylvania, United States
Daniel Pabst was known for his exquisite, Victorian-style cabinetry that attracted many significant commissions including the dining room of Theodore Roosevelt Sr.'s New York City townhouse.
Pabst, Frederickb. March 28, 1836, Kyffhäuserkreis, present-day Germany
d. January 1, 1904, Wisconsin, United States
Frederick Pabst was a brewer and businessman who transformed his father in-law's small brewery into Pabst Brewing Company, a major national beer distributer.
Pacino, Alb. April 25, 1940, New York, United States
Father and Maternal Grandparents: From Italy
Al Pacino is a highly regarded actor of the stage and screen. Pacino has also directed, produced and written for the screen.
Pacula, Joannab. December 30, 1957, Tomaszów Lubelski, Poland
Parents: From Poland
Joanna Pacula is an actress, known for Escape from Sobibor (1987), Tombstone (1993) and Virus (1999).
Padalecki, Jaredb. July 19, 1982, Texas, United States
Paternal Great-grandfather: From Poland
Jared Padalecki is an actor who rose to fame thanks to his role as Sam Winchester on the TV series Supernatural.
Paderewski, Ignacy Janb. November 18, 1860, Kurylivka, Ukraine
d. June 29, 1941, New York, United States
Ignacy Jan Paderewski was a gifted pianist, composer, and politician. Paderewski retired from political offices in 1922, but continued to be a sensational, touring concert pianist throughout the rest of his life.
Paglia, Camilleb. April 2, 1947, New York, United States
Parents: From Italy
Camille Paglia is an academic and social critic. She is a critic of American feminism and of post-structuralism as well as a commentator on multiple aspects of American culture such as its visual art, music, and film history.
Paige, Mitchellb. August 31, 1918, Pennsylvania, United States
d. November 15, 2003, California, United States
Parents: From Serbia
Mitchell Paige was a U.S. Marine who was awarded a Medal of Honor in WWII for holding back waves of Japanese attacks on Guadalcanal. He fought off repeated Japanese assaults on his position and managed to organized scattered survivors from various commands to lead a counter-attack.
Paik, Nam Juneb. July 20, 1932, Seoul, present-day South Korea
d. January 29, 2006, Florida, United States
Nam June Paik was a multimedia artist, credited as being the founder of video art. His work was technologically innovative and he had a great interest in performance and electronic music.
Palance, Jackb. February 18, 1919, Pennsylvania, United States
d. November 10, 2006, California, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Jack Palance was an Acadamy Award-winning actor and TV host who is best known for playing villians.
Palazzo, Stevenb. February 21, 1970, Mississippi, United States
Steven Palazzo is a politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 4th congressional district since 2011.
Paley, Graceb. December 11, 1922, New York, United States
d. August 22, 2007, Vermont, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
Grace Paley was a writer, anti-nuclear, anti-war, anti-racist feminist activist.
Paley, William S.b. September 28, 1901, Illinois, United States
d. October 26, 1990, New York, United States
Parents: From Ukraine
William S. Paley was a broadcasting executive who transformed CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) into a global media network.
Palin, Sarahb. February 11, 1964, Idaho, United States
Sarah Palin is a politician, commentator, and author who served as the 9th Governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009.
Palmer, Mariab. September 5, 1917, Vienna, present-day Austria
d. September 6, 1981, California, United States
Maria Palmer was a multitalented actress whose exotic, mysterious countenance allowed her to play many roles as a woman of intrigue.
Paltrow, Gwenb. September 28, 1972, California, United States
Paternal Grandfather: From Poland, Maternal Great-great-grandmother: From Barbados
Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress, singer, and food writer. Paltrow won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film Shakespeare in Love (1998).
Panichgul, Thakoonb. 1974, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
Thakoon Panichgul is a fashion designer. He first became popular in 2004 and his designs have been worn by Michelle Obama.
Panofsky, Erwinb. March 30, 1892, Hanover, Germany
d. March 14, 1968, New Jersey, United States
Erwin Panofsky was an art historian. Panofsky's work represents a high point in the modern academic study of iconography.
Papashvily, Georgeb. August 23, 1898, Kobiaantkari, Georgia
d. March 29, 1978, California, United States
George Papashvily was a successful author and sculptor who wrote a series of comedic books about his life with his wife.
Papp, Joeb. June 22, 1921, New York, United States
d. October 31, 1991, New York, United States
Father: From Poland, Mother: From Lithuania
Joe Papp was a theatrical producer and director. He established The Public Theater in what had been the Astor Library Building in lower Manhattan. There, Papp created a year-round producing home to focus on new plays and musicals.
Parisse, Annieb. July 31, 1975, Alaska, United States
Paternal Great-Grandparents: From Italy and Slovakia, Maternal Great-Grandparents: From Italy and Syria
Annie Parisse is an actress who has worked extensively in television and film. Parisse is known to many for her role as Alexandra Borgia on the TV series Law & Order.
Paschke, Edb. June 22, 1939, Illinois, United States
d. November 25, 2004, Illinois, United States
Parents: from Poland
Ed Paschke was a painter who had an interest in animation and cartoons.
Pascual, Pedrob. March 15, 1996, Cordoba, Mexico
Pedro Pascual is an Olympic RS:X windsurfer. He competed in the 2016 Rio Games.
Paskowitz, Dorian b. March 3, 1921, Texas, United States
d. November 10, 2014, California, United States
Parents: From Russia
Dorian Paskowitz created the Surfing For Peace project which then inspired a global community of surfers and supporters who aim to use the shared-surfing experience to bridge cultural and political barriers.
Patel, Dr. Kiran b. March 10, 1949, Zambia
Parents: From India
Dr. Kiran Patel is a cardiologist who was the owner of WellCare, a health maintenance platform, from 1992-2002.
Patel, Pallavib. Date and year unknown, India
Pallavi Patel is a pediatrician who, along with her husband, invested in WellCare, a health maintenance platform. She is also president of the Foundation for Global Understanding, a non-profit organization that funds programs in health, education, arts and culture.
Patricof, Alanb. 1934, New York, United States
Parents: From Russia
Alan Patricof is an investor and one of the early pioneers of the venture capital and private equity industries. Patricof founded Apax Partners, which is today one of the largest private equity firms globally.
Paul, Alexandra b. July 29, 1963, New York, United States
Mother: From the United Kingdom
Alexandra Paul was an actress and animal rights, environmental, peace and gay rights activist. She walked for five and a half weeks on the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament in 1986.
Paul, Ronb. August 20, 1935, Pensylvania, United States
Ron Paul is an author, physician, and former politician. He was the U.S. Representative for Texas' 14th and 22nd congressional districts.
Paulson, Johnb. December 14, 1955, New York, United States
Father: From Ecuador
John Paulson is an investor, hedge fund manager and philanthropist. He leads Paulson & Co., a New York-based investment management firm he founded in 1994.
Pavlics, Ferencb. February 3, 1928, Balozsameggyes, Hungary
Ferenc Pavlics is a mechanical engineer. He worked at NASA JPL and Boeing Aerospace Corporations where he started the development of the Lunar Roving Vehicle. Later, he participated in development of hybrid and fuel cell driven vehicles and the electric bus network in Santa Barbara, California.
Payán, Ilka Tanya b. January 7, 1943, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
d. April 6, 1996, New York, United States
Ilka Tanya Payán was an actress and HIV/AIDS activist. Payán worked in the legal department for the Gay Men's Health Crisis, a non-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based HIV/AIDS organization that has led the fight in educating the public on HIV/AIDS prevention.
Paz, Libradab. Date and year unknown, Oaxaca, Mexico
Librada Paz is an activist for the rights of farmworkers. She served on the council of the Rural Migrant Ministry, a nonsectarian group working to improve the lives of migrant workers.
Pazsitsky, Christinab. June 18, 1976, Windsor, Canada
Parents: From Hungary
Christina Pazsitzky is a stand-up comedian, writer, TV personality and host of two podcasts. Her new one hour stand-up special, Christina P: Mother Inferior, premiered October 2017 on Netflix. Her hugely successful podcast Your Mom's House is a top-rated comedy podcast on iTunes.
Pearce, Steveb. August 24, 1947, Texas, United States
Steve Pearce is a businessman and politician who has been the U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Pécsi, Eszterb. March 8, 1898, Kecskemet, Hungary
d. May 4, 1975, New York, United States
Eszter Pécsi was an engineer. She was named the "Years Best Structural Engineer" for developing a special technique for the foundation of the towers by the Hudson.
Pedersen, Charles J.b. October 3, 1904, Busan, South Korea
d. October 26, 1989, New Jersey, United States
Charles J. Pedersen was an organic chemist. He is best known for describing methods of synthesizing crown ethers. He is one of only two people from Korea to win a Nobel Prize (in Chemistry, 1987) and one of the few people to win a Nobel Prize in the sciences without having a Ph.D.
Peeples, Niab. December 10, 1961, California, United States
Maternal Grandparents: From the Philippines
Nia Peeples is an R&B singer, dancer, and actress. Peeples is well known for her work in television, including roles on the popular TV series Pretty Little Liars and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Pegues, Juliana b. 1969, Taiwan
Juliana Pegues is a social activist and co-founder of the Women's Prison Book Project.
Pei, I. M.b. April 17, 1926, Guangzhou, China
I. M. Pei is an architect whose designs are famous for their geometric patterns and their characteristic use of glass. Among Pei's many building designs are the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library in Boston and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Pekar, Harveyb. October 8, 1939, Ohio, United States
d. July 12, 2010, Ohio, United States
Parents: From Poland
Harvey Pekar was a jazz critic and writer of the autobiographical comic book series, American Splendor. Set in Pekar's hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, American Splendor earned Pekar the title of Cleveland's (unofficial) poet laureate.
Peléb. October 23, 1940, Três Corações, Brazil
Pelé is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. He is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time.
Peller, Miklos B.b. August 30, 1940, Eger, Hungary
Miklos B. Peller was a structural engineer. His portfolio of structural engineering includes hundreds of buildings such as Blossom Music Center and Metro-General Hospital.
Pelli, Césarb. October 12, 1926, Tucuman, Argentina
César Pelli is an architect who has designed some of the world's tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks.
Pence, Mikeb. June 7, 1959, Indiana, United States
Maternal Grandfather: From Ireland
Mike Pence is a politician and lawyer who serves as the 48th and current Vice President of the United States. He was also governor of Indiana from 2013-2017.
Penghlis, Thaaob. December 15, 1945, Sydney, Australia
Parents: From Greece
Thaao Penghlis is an actor best known for his work on General Hospital and Days of Our Lives.
Penn, Kalb. April 23, 1977, New Jersey, United States
Parents: From India
Kal Penn is an actor who began his career in several indie films. His breakthrough film role was Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). He appeared in the television series House and developed an interest in politics.
Penny, Joeb. June 24, 1956, London, United Kingdom
Joe Penny is a film and television actor who is familiar to many for his roles the 1980s television series Jake and the Fatman and Riptide.
Pépin, Jacquesb. December 18, 1935, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Jacques Pépin is a chef, author, and television personality who has starred in numerous television programs. His book, La Technique, is used as a textbook to teach the fundamentals of French cooking. He has won numerous James Beard Foundation Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Peralta, Davidb. August 14, 1987, Valencia, Venezuela
David Peralta is a professional baseball player. He plays outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He made his MLB debut in June of 2014.
Perez, Betob. March 15, 1970, Cali, Columbia
Beto Perez is a dancer and choreographer who founded Zumba Fitness LLC, a company that licenses its dance-based exercise program and related products.
Pérez, Jorgeb. October 17, 1949, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Parents: From Cuba
Jorge Pérez is a billionaire real estate developer, art collector, philanthropist and author. He is best known as the chairman and CEO of The Related Group.
Perez, Rosieb. September 6, 1964, New York, United States
Parents: From Puerto Rico
Rosie Perez is a actress, choreographer, talk show host, and activist. Perez is best known for her role in Spike Lee's breakout film, Do the Right Thing, but has since transitioned to performing on Broadway.
Perlman, Itzhakb. August 31, 1945, Tel Aviv, Israel
Itzhak Perlman is a world famous violinist, composer, and teacher. In 2015, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Perlmutter, Isaacb. December 1, 1942, present-day Israel
Isaac Perlmutter is a businessperson and financier. He is the chairman and former CEO of Marvel Entertainment.
Perry, Matthewb. August 19, 1969, Massachusetts, United States
Mother: From Canada
Matthew Perry is an actor best known to many for his role as Chandler Bing in the popular sitcom Friends.
Peter, George b. October 21, 1922, New York, United States
d. August 10, 2008, New York, United States
Father: From Armenia
George Peter was an activist who led the effort to broaden Cornell employees' participation in campus governance, fighting for staff representation in university decision-making and official recognition of employee achievements.
Peterffy, Thomasb. 1944, Budapest, Hungary
Thomas Peterffy is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Interactive Brokers Group, Incorporated. He played an important role in the development of electronic trading of securities.
Peters, Steffenb. September 18, 1964, Wesel, Germany
Steffen Peters is a four-time Olympic dressage competitor. He won bronze is the 2016 Rio Games.
Peterson, Peter Georgeb. June 5, 1926, Nebraska, United States
Parents: From Greece
Peter George Peterson is a businessman, banker and author. He is the cofounder of the Blackstone Group, a financial services firm, and served as the US Secretary of Commerce during the Nixon administration.
Pettiford, Oscarb. September 30, 1922, Oklahoma, United States
d. September 8, 1960, Copenhagen, Denmark
Oscar Pettiford was an American jazz bassist, cellist and composer who was one of the earliest bebop players. He stands as one of the most recorded bass players in jazz.
Pfizer, Charles b. March 22, 1824, Ludwigsburg, Germany
d. October 19, 1906, Rhode Island, United States
Charles Pfizer was a chemist who, with his cousin, founded the pharmaceutical company today known as Pfizer.
Philipp, Adolfb. January 29, 1864, Hamburg, Germany
d. July 30, 1936, New York, United States
Adolf Philipp, who also wrote under the names Jean Briquet and Paul Herve, was a composer, playwright, singer, and actor on Broadway, in opera and film.
Phillips, Ulrich Bonnellb. November 4, 1877, Georgia, United States
d. January 21, 1934, Connecticut, United States
Ulrich Bonnell Phillips was a historian who wrote about the economic history of the South of America and slavery.
Pichai, Sundarb. July 12, 1972, Madurai, India
Sundar Pichai is a business executive and the CEO of Google Inc. Whilst at Google Inc. he has overseen the development of several client software products including Google Chrome and Chrome OS.
Pickering, Billb. December 24, 1910, Wellington, New Zealand
d. March 15, 2004, California, United States
Bill Pickering was a rocket scientist who headed Pasadena, California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 22 years.
Piglia, Ricardob. November 24, 1941, Adrogué, Argentina
d. January 6, 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ricardo Piglia is a literary critic and novelist. He mixes genres, literary influences, and historical and political issues into, and within, his work.
Pincus, Gregory Goodwinb. April 9, 1903, New Jersey, United States
d. August 22, 1967, Massachusetts, United States
Parents: From Poland
Gregory Goodwin Pincus was a biologist and researcher who co-invented the combined oral contraceptive pill.
Pineles, Cipeb. June 23, 1908, Vienna, Austria
d. January 3, 1991, New York, United States
Cipe Pineles was a graphic designer and art director who made her career in New York at such magazines as Seventeen, Charm and Mademoiselle.
Pintner, Rudolfb. November 16, 1884, Lytham, United Kingdom
d. November 7, 1942, New York, United States
Rudolf Pintner, a professor at Columbia University, specialized in mental measurement, and developed several tests.
Pipes, Richardb. July 11, 1923, Cieszyn, Poland
Richard Pipes is an academic who is an authority on Soviet Union-era history. In the early 1980s, Pipes, as a member of the National Security Council, worked with Ronald Reagan to help shape his forceful policies toward Soviet Union-era Russia.
Pirozhkova, Elenab. October 13, 1986, Novokuznetsk, Russia
Elena Pirozhkova is the top-ranked American female grappler in the 63-kilogram weight class and a two-time Olympian.
Pistone, Joeb. September 17, 1939, Pennsylvania, United States
Maternal Grandparents: From Italy
Joe Pistone is a retired FBI agent, recognized for innovative undercover work by the name of Donnie Brasco.
Pitbullb. January 15, 1981, Florida, United States
Parents: From Cuba
Pitbull is the stage name of Armando Christian Pérez. He is a rapper, singer, actor and record producer.
Place, Mary Kayb. September 23, 1947, Oklahoma, United States
Maternal Great-grandparents: From Poland and Sweden
Mary Kay Place is an actress, singer, director, and screenwriter. She is known for portraying Loretta Haggers on the television series Mary Hartman, a role that won her the 1977 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Plamer, Edwardb. 12 January, 1829, Suffolk, United Kingdom
d. April 10, 1911, Washington D.C., United States
Edward Palmer was a botanist who wrote the report Food Products of the North American Indian which was a pioneering work of ethnobotany.
Plange, Mimib. Date and year unknown, Accra, Ghana
Mimi Plange is a fashion designer who incorporates non-traditional African motifs and symbols into her designs. She has dressed Rihanna, Serena Williams, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Plater-Zyberk, Elizabethb. December 20, 1950, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From Poland
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is an architect and urban planner of the New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture style.
Plummer, Christopherb. December 13, 1929, Toronto, Canada
Christopher Plummer is an actor. He is known for portraying Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965).
Poe, Edgar Allanb. January 19, 1809, Massachusetts, United States
d. October 7, 1849, Maryland, United States
Mother: From the United Kingdom
Edgar Allan Poe was a novelist, critic, short story writer, and poet, known for his tales of mystery and the macabre.
Poe, Tedb. September 10, 1948, Texas, United States
Ted Poe is a politician who has represented Texas's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005.
Poitier, Sidneyb. February 20, 1927, Florida, United States
Parents: From Bahamas
Sidney Poitier was an actor who made his Hollywood debut in the film No Way Out and became the first African American actor to receive a Best Actor award at the Academy Awards. He has starred in roles that challenge racial stereotypes and interrogate race relations in America throughout his career.
Polanco, Jorgeb. July 5, 1993, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Jorge Polanco plays shortstop and third base for the Minnesota Twins.
Polyak, Stephenb. December 13, 1889, Đurđevac, Croatia
d. March 9, 1955, Illinois, United States
Stephen Polyak, a professor at the University of Chicago, was an authority on the anatomy of vertebrate visual systems.
Pommer, Erichb. July 20, 1889, Hildesheim, present-day Germany
d. May 8, 1966, California, United States
Erich Pommer was a film producer whose acclaimed career took off with his work in German Expressionist film during the 1920s. In Hollywood, he produced the films Dance, Girl, Dance and They Knew What They Wanted.
Popadiuk, Romanb. May 30, 1950, Austria
Roman Popadiuk served as the first United States Ambassador to Ukraine under George H.W. Bush, from 1992 to 1993.
Popović, Anab. May 13, 1976, Belgrade, Serbia
Ana Popovic is a blues musician who is currently based in Los Angeles. She has released, as of 2017, seven solo albums.
Popovich, Greggb. January 28, 1949, Illinois, United States
Father: From Serbia, Mother: From Croatia
Gregg Popovich is the head coach of the professional basketball team the San Antonio Spurs. Popovich has been named NBA coach of the year three times: in 2003, 2012 and 2014.
Porizkiva, Paulinab. April 9, 1965, Prostejov, Czech Republic
Paulina Porizkova is a model, actress and writer.
Porteus, Stanley Davidb. April 24, 1883, Box Hill, Australia
d. October 21, 1972, Hawaii, United States
Stanley David Porteus was a psychologist and author. He was also the director of the University of Hawaii's Psychological and Psychopathic Clinic and researched the effect of the environment on mental and cultural evolution.
Portman, Natalieb. June 9, 1981, Jerusalem, Israel
Natalie Portman is a well-known actress. Her first film role was in Léon: The Professional and she was later cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. She had roles in V for Vendetta, Goya's Ghosts, The Other Boleyn Girl, Thor, and Black Swan.
Posey, Tylerb. October 18, 1991, California, United States
Maternal Grandparents: From Mexico
Tyler Posey is an actor and musician, best known for his role as Scott McCall on the MTV television series Teen Wolf (2011-2017).
Potok, Chaimb. February 17, 1929, New York, United States
d. July 23, 2002, Pennsylvania, United States
Parents: From Poland
Chaim Potok was an author, most famous for his first book The Chosen.
Pound, Ezrab. October 30, 1885, Idaho, United States
d. November 1, 1972, Venice, Italy
Ezra Pound was a poet, essayist and critic, and a major figure in the early modernist movement.
Powell, Colinb. April 5, 1937, New York, United States

Parents: From Jamaica
Colin Powell began his military career as a member of the ROTC in college. In the decades that followed, he would serve two tours of duty in Vietnam, advise multiple Presidents on matters of national security, be named Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and serve as Secretary of State from 2001 to 2004.
Powell, Dinab. 1973, Cairo, Egypt
Dina Powell is the current U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy to President Donald Trump. Before her present appointment, Powell was a managing director and partner at Goldman Sachs. Powell also served under President George W. Bush as Assistant Secretary of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Power, Samanthab. September 21, 1970, Dublin, Ireland
Samantha Power is a journalist, diplomat, and human-rights crusader who won a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. She was the youngest ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and was awarded the Kissinger Prize in 2016.
Powers, Stefanieb. November 2, 1942, California, United States
Mother: From Poland
Stefanie Powers is an actress best known for her role as Jennifer Hart in the 1980s television series Hart to Hart.
Pran, Dithb. September 27, 1942, Siem Reap, Cambodia
d. March 30, 2008, New Jersey, United States
Dith Pran was a journalist and refugee whose survival story was used to make the award winning film The Killing Fields.
Prendes, Robinb. December 13, 1988, Matanzas, Cuba
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