Millions of Greek-Americans live in the United States and are so well-integrated within the American community that their Greek heritage is not always evident at first glance. Greek-Americans contribute significantly to American society, being remarkably talented individuals. Several have established themselves as successful celebrities in the U.S. although their Greek heritage may not be evident to the public. Here we take a look at ten of Hollywood's stars whom you may not have thought to be Greek-American.
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Did you know that each of these celebrities has Greek blood flowing through their veins?
Jennifer Aniston: Many of us are aware of Jennifer Aniston's Greek roots, as her father is a well-known actor from the soapie 'Days of Our Lives', and she has become a successful Hollywood actress.
Tina Fey: The comedic actress and writer from the hit series '30 Rock' gets her Greek heritage from her mother's side.
Hank Azaria: He is a very talented celebrity who has played Spanish and Italian characters in his roles and has done voice-overs for 'The Simpson's.' He was born to Greek grandparents on both his mother and father's sides of the family, who emigrated from Greece.
Zach Galifianakis: Zach is a Greek-American actor whose grandparents originated from Crete. He has his own comedy show 'Between Two Ferns' which has received plenty of attention from American audiences. He has featured numerous celebrities in his interviews, even Barack Obama.
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Betty White: The last living Golden Girl from the hit sitcom, is a well-loved Greek-American comedian. At 94, Betty's popularity sees her still entertaining audiences in the current sitcom 'Hot in Cleveland.'
Billy Zane: He is the son of Greek-American parents and rose to fame for his role in 'Titanic' as Cal.
Criss Angel: He was born to a Greek father, as Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where he continues his career as a well-known magician.
Alexander Payne: His parents are both Greek-American. Payne is a successful director in Hollywood today and has won several Academy Awards for his work.
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Tommy Lee: He is known to Americans as the drummer from the rock band Motley Crue, whose albums went multi-platinum. Tommy grew up in California, but most Americans may not know that he was born in Athens.
David Sedaris: The Greek side to David comes from his father. He is a New York Times Best-Selling writer, who has written about his life as a Greek-American.