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This is a list of
notable , including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants. A significant percentage of Hungarian immigrants to the United States were Hungarian Americans Hungarian Jews. For that reason, this article can also be considered a list of Hungarian American Jews.
Many Hungarians went to the
United States during the Second World War and after the Soviet invasion in 1956 during Operation Safe Haven.
Entertainment [ edit ]
Filmmakers [ edit ]
Nimród Antal - (1973 -) film director [13 ]
László Benedek - film director
Gabor Csupo - animator of Rugrats and early Simpsons
George Cukor - film director [14 ]
Michael Curtiz (né Kertesz) - director of (Academy Award) Casablanca
Frank Darabont - producer/director [15 ]
Jules Engel - animator, filmmaker and teacher
Frank Darabont - director [16 ]
Joe Eszterhas - screenwriter ( [17 ] Basic Instinct, Flashdance )
William Fox (producer) - founder of 20th Century Fox
Alexander Korda - director
László Kovács (cinematographer) - cinematographer ( Easy Rider )
Andrew Laszlo - cinematographer
László Marton - theatre director [18 ]
Peter Medak - director
Ferenc Molnár - dramatist and novelist
George Pal - director, producer, cinematographer
Gabriel Pascal - movie producer
Sam Raimi - film director, producer and brother of Ted Raimi
Andrew G. Vajna - movie producer, co-founder of Carolco Pictures. ( Rambo, Terminator, Basic Instinct, Total Recall, Evita )
Vilmos Zsigmond - cinematographer, Academy Award winner ( Close Encounters of the Third Kind )
Adolph Zukor - founder of Paramount Pictures
William S. Darling - designer, 3 Oscar awards
Joe Pasternak - producer of Universal Studios
King Wallis Vidor American film producer, screen writer and film director. Grandfather Charles Vidor refugee of 1848 Hungarian Revolution.
Jules White - producer
André de Toth - film director
Steven Spielberg - Jewish Hungarian ancestors
Sportspeople [ edit ]
Julius Boros – professional golfer; 2-time U.S. Open winner and oldest person ever to win a major tournament ( PGA Championship, 1968)
Ralph Branca – his mother is of Hungarian Jewish descent [19 ]
Larry Csonka – football player [20 ]
Ladislas Farago – journalist [21 ]
Nick Fazekas – basketball player [22 ]
Susan Francia – Olympic and World champion rower
Charlie Gogolak – football player
Pete Gogolak – football player, who invented " soccer style" kicking
Lou Groza – football player
George Halas – American football player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional football, and longtime leader of the NFL's Chicago Bears
Mickey Hargitay – bodybuilder, father of Mariska Hargitay (above) [23 ]
Les Horvath – 1944 Heisman Trophy winner
Tim Howard – soccer player [24 ]
Al Hrabosky – baseball player [25 ]
Béla Károlyi - born in Kolozsvár, Hungary(now Cluj-Napoca, Romania); coached Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comăneci, and currently trains gymnasts in the USA at the National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas
Karch Kiraly – volleyball player [26 ]
Bernie Kosar – football player [27 ]
Doug Kotar - pro football player
Jack Lengyel – football coach
Ted Ligety – Olympic and World champion alpine ski racer
Joe Medwick – baseball player- inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968
Zoltan Mesko – football punter
Charles Nagy – baseball player
Matt Nagy - pro football QB
Joe Namath – football player [28 ]
Bertalan de Nemethy - show jumping coach for the United States Equestrian Team (1955–1980)
Tom Orosz - pro football player
Jack Rudnay - pro football player
Monica Seles – tennis player [29 ]
Don Shula – football coach [30 ]
Dave Shula - football WR/PR, football coach.
Mike Shula - football QB, football coach.
Rebecca Soni – Olympic and World champion breastroke swimmer.
Joe Theismann – former NFL / CFL football player turned broadcaster.
Scott Zolak - former pro football QB, announcer.
Scientists [ edit ]
Béla H. Bánáthy - linguist, systems scientist, and professor
Alan A. Brown - economist and Holocaust survivor
Peter Carl Goldmark - engineer ( LP record, Color television)
Andy Grove - scientist and businessman and CEO of Intel Corporation
Paul Halmos - mathematician
Stevan Harnad - scientist
John George Kemeny - scientist ( BASIC programming language)
Nicholas Kurti - physicist
Cornelius Lanczos - physicist
Peter Lax - mathematician
Erno Laszlo - dermatologist and cosmetic businessman
George Andrew Olah - chemist, Nobel Prize (1994)
Ivan Raimi - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Julius Rebek - chemist
Charles Simonyi - computer developer ( Microsoft Office, Hungarian notation)
Thomas Szasz - psychiatrist and academic
Gábor Szegő - mathematician
Paul Erdős - mathematician
Victor Szebehely - scientist, a key figure in the development and success of [31 ] NASA's Apollo program
Albert Szent-Györgyi - biologist and polymath, discovered Vitamin C, Nobel Prize (1937)
Leó Szilárd - physicist, Hypothesized the [32 ] Nuclear chain reaction, patented the idea of Nuclear reactor, invented the Electron microscope
Edward Teller - father of the hydrogen bomb [33 ]
Georg von Békésy - biophysicist
Theodore von Kármán - scientist, "Father of supersonic flight"
John von Neumann - computer scientist, A key figure of developing the [34 ] digital computer, Game theory
Eugene Wigner - quantum physicist, Nobel Prize (1963)
Andor Szentivanyi - The Beta Adrenergic Theory of Asthma
László Bíró - inventor of Ballpoint pen
József Galamb - mechanical engineer, designer of Ford Model T
Milton Friedman - economist, Nobel Prize (1976)
John Harsanyi - economist, game theory in economics, Nobel Prize (1994)
Hans Selye - physician, theory of psychological stress
Writers/Editors/Journalists [ edit ]
Csaba Csere - technical director and editor of magazine Car and Driver
Elie Wiesel - author, 1986 Peace Prize Nobelist
Kati Marton - author [35 ] [36 ]
Matthew Quinn Martin - author/screenwriter whose birth name is Matthew Szoke.
Nicholas Nagy-Talavera - dissident, historian, writer and professor
Joseph Pulitzer - publisher, [37 ] Pulitzer Prize was named after him
John Simon, author and literary, theater, and film critic [38 ]
Chris Jansing (born Christine Kapostasy) - correspondent for NBC News, contributing reporter for the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and contributing anchor on MSNBC
Peter Hargitai - writer, poet, translator
Musicians/Composers [ edit ]
Bob Babbitt - Motown bassist and member of the Funk Brothers born to Hungarian parents [39 ]
Jon Brant - Cheap Trick bassist. (Mother was Hungarian.)
Peter Cetera - singer/bassist/composer/producer, formerly of the band Chicago Cetera has stated this in interviews and on his Web site; however he's not revealed his mother's birth/maiden name.</ref>
Keith Jarrett - jazz and classical pianist and composer [40 ]
Eugene Ormandy - conductor [41 ]
Jon Deak - bassist New York Philharmonic
John Popper - singer/harmonicist of Blues Traveler
Suzi Quatro - American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress: Hungarian mother
Tommy Ramone - member of the Ramones [42 ]
Miklós Rózsa - film score composer [43 ]
Hunt Sales - rock drummer for Todd Rundgren, Iggy Pop and Tin Machine. Son of Soupy Sales
Tony Sales - rock bassist for Todd Rundgren, Iggy Pop and Tin Machine. Son of Soupy Sales
Paul Simon - singer/songwriter, Jewish Hungarian parents
Gene Simmons - Singer, bassist rock band KISS: Jewish Hungarian mother. Still speaking Hungarian.
Mike Shinoda - member of Linkin Park (mother is of Hungarian descent)
Gábor Szabó - jazz guitarist
Gábor Szakácsi - Rock musician, member of Sledgeback
Zoltan Teglas - Ignite, Pennywise
Laszlo Gardony - jazz pianist composer, Sunnyside recording artist, Berklee College of Music professor of Piano
Kesha - pop musician. Her grandmother is Hungarian.
Flea - bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers
John Németh - Soul and Blues Singer/Songwriter and Harmonicist Father is from Hungary
Politicians [ edit ]
Calvin Klein - fashion designer
Steven Brust - writer
Louis C.K. - comedian whose birth name is Louis Szekely
Magda Gabor - entertainer
John D. Hertz - businessman, founder of The Hertz Corporation
Chris Jansing - newscaster
Alex Koroknay-Palicz - executive director of National Youth Rights Association [46 ]
Ernie Kovacs - entertainer
Michael Kovats - founder of the U.S. Cavalry
Eugene Lang - philanthropist [47 ]
Paul László - architect, interior designer
Estée Lauder (person) - co-founder of Estée Lauder Companies, cosmetics
George Pal - animator
Laszlo Rabel - United States Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient
Helena Rubinstein - co-founder of make-up label Helena Rubinstein
Soupy Sales - comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host (Hungarian parents)
George Soros - speculator, investor, philanthropist, political activist
Thomas Szasz - psychiatry professor
Steven F. Udvar-Házy - Business Mogel Aviation Industry, Philanthropist
Ferenc A. Váli - lawyer, author, political analyst
Roland Wank - architect
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^  "Born Donald James Yarmy. Brother, Dick Yarmy, was also an actor. Cousin was Robert Karvelas, who played 'Larrabee' on "Get Smart."
^   "Prior to Vilma Banky’s birth, her father, a highly esteemed bureau chief for the Franz Josef Austro-Hungarian Empire, had moved the family to the small town of Nagydorog, a suburb of Budapest, in Hungary. Vilma Konsics Bánky was born there on January 9, 1902..."
^ , her mother is a Hungarian immigrant.  "She is half Hungarian on her mother's side"  "Drews Mother - Jaid Barrymore (nee Ildiko Jaid Mako) [was] Born on 8 May 1946 in Brannenburg, West Germany in a camp for displaced persons. Jaids parents (Drew's grandparents) were Hungarian."
^  "I’m a Hungarian Jew. My grandmother, God rest her soul, was a Hungarian Jew. I am my grandmother now."
^   "Born Bernard Schwartz in 1925 to Jewish-Hungarian parents, Curtis grew up in New York’s matinee movie-palaces..."
^  "Bill Dana who created the funny talking Hispanic character was actually a Hungarian Jew born 1924 in Quincy, Massachusetts."
^ "The whole family had come to America from Hungary when my mother was four. My mother's father--my grandfather--was almost never referred to in that house. Rumor has it he's still in Hungary--and still drinking." Rodney Dangerfield: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs by Rodney Dangerfield
^   "Eva Gabor was born in Budapest, Hungary on February 11, 1926..."
^  "Zsa Zsa Gabor born, Budapest Hungary. Though some sources say 1918, 1919, or 1920. 1936 Elected Miss Hungary."
^  "Played Larrabee on "Get Smart."
^  "Hungarian-born motion picture actor..."
^  "Younger brother of Don Adams. Ex-brother-in-law of Judy Luciano and Dorothy Bracken. Uncle of Cecily Adams and Stacey Adams. Father of Claudia Yarmy. Cousin of Robert Karvelas."
^ Antal -  "A Hungarian-American's splashy debut..."
^   "George Dewey Cukor was born in New York City on July 14, 1899, to a Hungarian Jewish immigrant couple..."
^  "Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in France in 1959, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian uprising."
^   "A Justice Department investigation reveals that Eszterhas' father, a Hungarian who immigrated to the United States, wrote anti-Semitic propaganda in his home country during World War II."
^ László Marton
^ Prager, Joshua (August 14, 2011). "For Branca, an Asterisk of a Different Kind". The New York Times . Retrieved 2011-08-15.
^   "Known for his best-selling military histories, Ladislas Farago also wrote a witty tribute to his homeland, Strictly from Hungary."
^ Sneddon, Steve (2005-02-08). "NBA a realistic goal for Fazekas". * Kirk Ferentz – American football coach (current: University of Iowa) Reno Gazette-Journal . Retrieved 2007-06-29. "Nick’s grandfather, Albert Fazekas, who lives in the Denver area, has that fire in his heart. He was a freedom fighter in the Hungarian Revolution in 1956."
^   "Born in Budapest, Hungary in January 1926 to parents who were in show business in Europe, Miklos "Mickey" Hargitay came to the US in the early 1950s."
^   "Howard's Hungarian-born mother was the prime mover in getting an early diagnosis."
^  "The southpaw's nickname, The Mad Hungarian, came from his nationality, Fu Manchu mustache and long hair, and angry stomping to the back of the mound to psych himself up."
^   "He is of Hungarian descent; his father László fled Hungary in the wake of the failed 1956 Hungarian Revolution and emigrated to the United States."
^ The Hungary Page - More Famous Hungarians
^   "The son of a Hungarian immigrant, Namath left the steel country of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania..."
^ NEWS FROM VOJVODINA, SERBIA from the American Hungarian Federation - Founded 1906
^   "He was born on January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio, the fourth of Hungarian immigrants Dan and Mary Shula's seven children."
^   "Victor Szebehely was one of a truly remarkable group of immigrants who came to the United States from Hungary as a result of the upheavals caused by the Second World War in Europe."
^ Winkler, Allan. Life Under a Cloud, Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999, p.11
^ Winkler, Allan. Life Under a Cloud, Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999, p.68
^ "Von Neumann was a child prodigy, born into a banking family is Budapest, Hungary".
^  "Author and journalist Kati Marton was born in Hungary and has spent two decades writing and reporting from the United States, Europe and the Far East."
^   "Joseph Pulitzer was born in Makó, Hungary, as the eldest son of Hungarian Jews."
^ Stefanova-Peteva, K. (1993) , 26. Who Calls the Shots on the New York Stages?
^  "A Hungarian-American conductor, Eugene Ormandy was born on November 18, 1899, in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from the Budapest Royal Academy, where he studied violin with Jenö Hubay, an eminent Hungarian violinist."
^   "Tommy Ramone was born Thomas Erdelyi In Budapest, Hungary but grew up in Queens one of the boroughs of New York City."
^ The Miklós Rózsa Society Website
^ visa application cheap flight hungary at hungaryemb.org
^   "His Hungarian father and Irish-Italian mother did not provide the lineage considered desirable in those days."
^ One and Four » Blog Archive » A Nation of Immigrants - My Great-Grandmother
^ Modern American Patriot: Eugene Lang