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The following is a list of
notable , including both original immigrants of Greek Americans Greek descent who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.
Jack Angel - actor, who has worked on many radio programs, animated television series, movies and video games
Jennifer Aniston - father is Greek, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning film/television actress, best known for her role as Rachel Green on the sitcom , daughter of actors Friends John Aniston and Nancy Dow. 
John Aniston - actor, born Yannis Anastassakis, father of actress Jennifer Aniston 
Dimitra Arliss - actress
Marie Avgeropoulos - actress, known for her role on the TV show The 100
Hank Azaria - one of the principal voice actors on the animated television series ; parents are Greek Jews The Simpsons
David Batista (Bautista) - Former WWE professional wrestler (Greek mother and Philippino father) and actor
Ted Beniades - character actor of screen and stage who was best known for appearing in Brian De Palma's Scarface as Siedelbaum
Paula Cale 
Gabrielle Carteris - actress, best known for her role as Andrea Zuckerman on the television series (father was of Greek descent) Beverly Hills, 90210 
Paul Cavonis - TV and movie actor
George Chakiris 
Jessica Chastain - Academy Award nominated actress (distant origin on her father's side)
Michael Chiklis - of 3/4 Greek descent 
John Considine - grandson of vaudeville and film producer Alexander Pantages on his mother's side, and nephew on his father's side to writer Bob Considine. Brother to actor/writer Tim Considine. Notable for his role as a writer for the 1960s American television series Combat! as well as appearances as an actor in series like and Knight Rider . Murder, She Wrote
Tim Considine - actor, writer and photographer, grandson of vaudeville and film producer Alexander Pantages. Noted for his writing work on the American TV series  , along with his brother Combat! John Considine, and his starring role as Jamie Frederick in . My Three Sons
Michael Constantine - actor. Born Constantine Ioannides, son of Greek immigrants.
Nick Dennis - actor, known for playing ethnic types in films such as , Kiss Me Deadly and Sirocco A Streetcar Named Desire
Nancy Dow - actress, mother of actress Jennifer Aniston, is said to have some Greek ancestry 
Olympia Dukakis - Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning actress. 
Tina Fey - mother is of Greek descent 
Michael Flessas - actor, Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) winning film at the Dancer in the Dark Cannes Film Festival. Paternal grandparents both born in Greece.
Zach Galifianakis - father is of Greek descent
Tony Ganios - actor, probably best known for his role as Anthony 'Meat' Tuperello in the 1982 hit comedy Porky's and its sequels
Sasha Grey - pornographic actress; mixed Greek, Irish and Polish ancestry
Angie Harmon - maternal grandparents were of Greek descent 
Lindsay Hartley - mother is of part Greek descent 
Marilu Henner 
Theo James (born Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis) - Actor who played "Tobias (Four) Eaton" in the Divergent movies. His paternal grandfather was Greek
Ant (Anthony Steven Kalloniatis) - comedian Last Comic Standing
Melina Kanakaredes - actress, best known for and Providence CSI: NY 
Kym Karath - actress, best known for her role as Gretl in The Sound of Music
Robert Karvelas - actor who is notable for his role as the Chief's dense assistant, Larrabee, on the 1960s sitcom Get Smart
Andreas Katsulas 
Zoe Kazan - actress, paternal grandfather, Elia Kazan, was Greek
Nick Kiriazis - actor 
Elias Koteas - Canadian/US movie actor
Peter Lupus - bodybuilder and actor, best remembered for the role of Willy Armitage in the original Mission: Impossible television series in the 1960s
Ralph Macchio - His father is of half-Italian and half-Greek descent 
George Maharis 
Jason Mantzoukas - American actor, comedian, and writer. 
Adoni Maropis - Star of among other titles. 24 
Constantine Maroulis 
Demetri Martin 
Maria Menounos 
Elizabeth Perkins - father was of Greek descent 
Ryan Pinkston - TV and movie actor; model, mother is of Greek descent
Chris Sarandon 
George Savalas 
Telly Savalas 
Alexander Scourby - actor and narrator, played 'Old Polo' in Giant, James Dean's last film
Amy Sedaris - father was of Greek descent 
Tony Scarpelos - actor 
Jamie-Lynn Sigler - father is of Greek Jewish and Romanian Jewish descent 
Marina Sirtis - played Counselor  Deanna Troi in . Star Trek: The Next Generation
Ted Sorel - actor whose numerous credits included Guiding Light, Law & Order and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Tracy Spiridakos - actress, born in Canada by Greek-born parents, best known for her role as Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson in the NBC post-apocalyptic science fiction series . Revolution
John Stamos - father was of Greek descent 
Dan Vadis - actor famous for his lead roles in many Italian films made in the 1960s
Mena Suvari - actress, best known for her roles in the films and American Pie , maternal grandmother was of Greek descent American Beauty 
Nia Vardalos - actress. From My Big Fat Greek Wedding; Canadian-born
Gloria Votsis - actress. She is known for her small roles in several TV series such as , Hawaii Five-0 , The Gates , CSI , CSI: NY , and CSI: Miami . Votsis also had a starring role in the film Suburgatory alongside Jesse Eisenberg. She also recurred as Alex Hunter on the USA drama The Education of Charlie Banks . White Collar
Betty White - maternal grandfather was Greek - actress 
Rita Wilson - actress, film producer and singer, mother is of Greek descent 
Shanelle Workman - voice actress for various video games and animated TV shows, mother is of Greek descent
Billy Zane - actor and director, best known for his role as Caledon Hockley in the film . Titanic 
Lisa Zane - actress and singer, sister of actor Billy Zane. 
Ariel Winter - actress
Miscellaneous Crew [ edit ]
Architects [ edit ]
Artists [ edit ]
Business [ edit ]
Sophia Amoruso - founder and owner of Nasty Gal
Kary Antholis - senior vice president for miniseries at HBO
George Argyros - founder of real estate company Amel & Affiliates 
George Ballas - inventor of the weed eater, father of dancer Corky Ballas and grandfather to dancer Mark Ballas
Jason Calacanis - entrepreneur & founder of Weblogs, Inc.
John Calamos - founder of Calamos Investments
Michael Capellas - terminal CEO of MCI and Compaq
Tom Carvel - founder of the Carvel franchise
Christos Cotsakos - co-founder of E-Trade
Zoe Cruz - ex co-president of Morgan Stanley
Nickolas Davatzes - president and CEO of A&E Television Networks
Jim Davis (business) - Chairman of New Balance
John Paul DeJoria - co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products
The Demoulas Brothers - founders of the DeMoulas' Market Basket
Jamie Dimon - (Papademetriou) - CEO of JPMorgan Chase, grandson of Smyrna broker
Peter Diamandis - magazine entrepreneur, founder of the International Space University
Jim Gianopoulos - Fox President
Lazaros Kalemis - founder & CEO of Alpha Card Services
Peter Karmanos, Jr. - founder, president & CEO of Compuware and owner of the NHL team Carolina Hurricanes
Linda P.B. Katehi - Chancellor of the University of California, Davis
George Kerasotes - one of the founders of Kerasotes Theatres, and United Theatre Owners of Illinois in 1947.
Alyssa LaRoche - founder of Aimee Weber Studio Inc.
Ted Leonsis - vice chair of AOL
Kristina Tremonti - founder and President of Paid a Bribe Greece
George Logothetis - founder and CEO of the Libra Group
George Lycurgus - developer of hotels on Waikiki and the Volcano House
C. Dean Metropoulos - investor and businessman
Chris Melissinos - former Sun Microsystems' Chief Evangelist and Chief Gaming Officer
Nikita Mikros - founder and CEO of SMASHWORX and Tiny Mantis Entertainment
George P. Mitchell - original developer of The Woodlands
Peter M. Nicholas - co-founder of Boston Scientific Corporation
Alexander Pantages - vaudeville and early motion picture producer and impresario
Constantine Papadakis - president of Drexel University
Greg Papadopoulos - senior vice president and Chief Technical Officer of Sun Microsystems Inc.
Peter Peterson (Petropoulos) - ex-CEO of Bell & Howell, Lehman Bros, Chair Council on Foreign Relns, chair BlackStone, Nixon Commerce Scy
Ted Phillips - president and CEO of the NFL team the Chicago Bears
Harry Markopoulos - independent financial investigator
John Rigas - founder of Adelphia Communications Corporation
Ted Sarandos - Chief Content Officer for Netflix
Stratton Sclavos - president & CEO of VeriSign
John Sitilides - government affairs and international relations specialist at Trilogy Advisors LLC in Washington, D.C.
Charles Skouras - movie magnate, president of Fox Coast West and National Pictures
George Skouras - movie magnate, president of United Artists
Spyros Skouras - movie magnate, president of 20th Century Fox
Angelo Sotira - co-founder of the online community DeviantArt
Alex Spanos - California realty magnate, chaired Amer Bible Society
William Spell - founder and current president of Spell Capital Partners
Gregg Spiridellis - co-founder of JibJab
Evan Spiridellis - co-founder of JibJab
Leo Stefanos - inventor of the Dove Bar
William Tavoulareas - president of Mobil Oil Corporation
George Tsakopoulos - real estate developer and founder of Tsakopoulos Investments in Sacramento, CA
P. Roy Vagelos - M.D. and former chairman and CEO of Merck "Most Admired USA CEO"
Harry Wilson - former investor and restructuring expert
Ed Zander - CEO of Motorola and former president of Sun Microsystems
Comics-Cartoons [ edit ]
Dancers [ edit ]
Designers [ edit ]
Directors [ edit ]
Alexandra Cassavetes - director, daughter of John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes - movie director
Nick Cassavetes - movie director 
Tom Cherones - director and producer of several TV series. His most well-known directing work is on Seinfeld
George Pan Cosmatos 1, film director, , Tombstone Rambo: First Blood Part II
Milton Katselas - director, Hollywood acting teacher
Elia Kazan - movie director, two-time Academy Award winner for , Gentleman's Agreement and On the Waterfront , A Streetcar Named Desire , Viva Zapata East of Eden
Tony Leondis - film director, writer and voice actor of animation
Gregory Markopoulos - film director, New American Cinema of the 1960s
Paolo Marinou-Blanco - film director and screenwriter
Andrew Moskos - producer/owner of Boom Chicago
Alexander Payne - Academy Award winning movie director
Nikos Psacharopoulos - theater producer, director, and educator
Andy Sidaris - film director of cult B-movie films
Penelope Spheeris - director ( ) Wayne's World
Greg Yaitanes - television and film director
Billy Zane - actor, director 
Military [ edit ]
LTG Peter G. Burbules - retired United States Army Lieutenant General. U.S. Army Ordnance Hall of Fame.
Matthew Bogdanos - colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves
Chris Carr - United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor
Alden Partridge Colvocoresses - USA (Col. Ret.), developer of the first satellite map of the United States
George Colvocoresses - commander of the Saratoga during the American Civil War 
George Partridge Colvocoresses - led a distinguished military career rising to the rank of Admiral
George Dilboy - first Greek-American to receive Medal of Honor
James G. Kalergis - U.S. Army officer who played a significant role in the post-Vietnam era reorganization of the U.S. Army
James Megellas - retired United States Army officer, the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division," having received a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, and been nominated for the Medal of Honor
Charles Moskos - leading military sociologist in the US Military. Author of . Greek Americans: Struggle and Success
William Pagonis, retired three-star U.S. Army General & Chairman of the Board/Director for Railamerica, Inc.
George Sirian - served in the US Navy with distinction for nearly fifty years
James G. Stavridis - retired USN admiral, Supreme Allied Commander Europe July 2, 2009 - May 13, 2013
Peter G. Tsouras - retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army
Musicians [ edit ]
Teddy Andreadis - keyboardist
Gwen Stefani - singer. Her mother is half Greek, born in Kamaroula Aitoloakarnania.
The Andrews Sisters - singers 
Paul Anka - singer and songwriter. Half Greek and half Lebanese.
Paul Avgerinos - composer, performer and producer of new-age music
Anthony Kiedis - Lead singer, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Art Alexakis - singer/songwriter/guitarist, member of Everclear
Johnny Antonopoulos- singer/guitarist
Annette Artani - singer/songwriter 
Marco Beltrami - film composer
John Cacavas - composer, conductor
Maria Callas - considered one of the greatest opera sopranos of all time 
Kelly Clarkson - American Idol (Season 1) winner 
Tommy Clufetos - session drummer
Sylvia Constantinidis - Venezuelan born pianist, conductor, writer, music educator and composer.
Warren Cuccurullo - rock musician and long term member of Duran Duran
Greg Dulli - musician 
The Fiery Furnaces - indie rock band 
Alexander Frey - conductor, pianist, organist and composer
Diamanda Galás - performance artist, vocalist, and composer 
Nick Gravenites - blues, rock and folk singer-songwriter
Donald Johanos - conductor and music director with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra
Tomas Kalnoky - lead singer/guitarist and songwriter of the bands Streetlight Manifesto and Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution
Kalomoira - pop singer 
Alex Kapranos - lead singer and guitarist of the Glasgow-based band Franz Ferdinand. Greek father and English mother.
Steven Karidoyanes - composer, broadcaster and conductor with Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra 
Wayne Kramer - guitarist for Motor City Five  
Tim Lambesis - Lead singer of Metalcore band As I Lay Dying
Tommy Lee - heavy metal drummer 
Paul Lekakis - singer
Jessie Malakouti - singer
Athan Maroulis - singer, producer, musician, older brother of American Idol Season 4 finalist Constantine Maroulis
Constantine Maroulis - singer, stage actor, American Idol (Season 4) finalist 
Jim Matheos - guitarist and the primary songwriter for the progressive metal band Fates Warning
Dimitri Minakakis - original singer and founding member of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan
Dimitris Mitropoulos - world-renowned symphony conductor 
Ted Nichols - composer conductor, arranger, educator, minister of music
Nick Noble (singer) - pop singer, popular in the mid-1950s and best known for his recordings of The Tip of My Finger and Moonlight Swim
Becky O'Donohue - singer and American Idol (Season 5) semi-finalist 
Tony Orlando - singer. Half Greek and half Puerto Rican. 
Johnny Otis - rhythm and blues musician 
Shuggie Otis - rock, blues & funk guitarist and songwriter 
Basil Poledouris - film composer 
Jim Sclavunos - drummer for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 
Derek Sherinian - virtuoso rock and jazz fusion keyboardist
Chris Spheeris - new age multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording artist, collaborated on several albums with Paul Voudouris 
Jimmie Spheeris - singer-songwriter in the 1970s
Chris Trousdale (born 1985) - singer, former member Dream Street 
Tatiana Troyanos - mezzo-soprano 
The Vanity Set - alternative/rebetiko rock band 
Alex Varkatzas - Lead singer of Hard Rock/Metalcore band Atreyu
Jim Verraros (born 1983) - singer, entertainer, one of the top 10 finalists in the first season of American Idol 
Yanni - new-age musician 
Frank Zappa - composer - see The Real Frank Zappa Book
Photographers [ edit ]
Poker Players [ edit ]
Politics [ edit ]
Federal level [ edit ]
Spiro Agnew - former Vice President of the United States, Governor of Maryland, first Greek-American governor in U.S. history
George Argyros - US ambassador to Spain
Shelley Berkley - member of Congress
Gus Bilirakis - congressman, Republican co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
Michael Bilirakis - Congressman from Florida
John Brademas - former member of Congress, former president of New York University, former chair of Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Michael Dukakis - former Governor of Massachusetts, 1988 Democratic presidential candidate
Nick Galifianakis - former Congressman from North Carolina.
George Gekas - former Congressman from Pennsylvania
George T. Kalaris - CIA head of Counter-intelligence Staff and chief of the Soviet-East Europe Division 
Ron Klink - former Representative from Pennsylvania
Tom C. Korologos - U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, Reagan lobbyist
Nicholas Mavroules - former Congressman from Massachusetts
Andrew Manatos - former Assistant Secretary of Commerce under Jimmy Carter
Sylvia Mathews - National Economic Commission staff
John Negroponte - United States Director of National Intelligence, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Peter Peterson - first Greek American Cabinet Officer, head of Blackstone Group
John Podesta - White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton
Jen Psaki - United States Department of State spokesperson under President Barack Obama
John Sarbanes - eldest son of Paul Sarbanes, Congressman, Maryland's 3rd congressional district
Paul Sarbanes - former Senator for Maryland; co-sponsored the Sarbanes–Oxley Act on corporate accounting
Tasia Scolinos - Justice Department Director Of Public Affairs
Olympia Snowe - Republican Senator from Maine
Zack Space - member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Ohio
George Stephanopoulos - political commentator, former White House Communications Director,
George Tenet - former CIA director
Dina Titus - Congresswoman from Nevada
Frances Townsend - assistant to the President and Homeland Security Advisor
Paul Tsongas - former Senator from Massachusetts
Niki Tsongas - Congresswoman from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district
Gus Yatron - former Pennsylvania Congressman and boxer
State level [ edit ]
Local level [ edit ]
Science/Academia [ edit ]
Diogenes Allen - professor of philosophy
Paul Anastas - chemist
Gust Avrakotos - political adviser
Saul Amarel - artificial intelligence pioneer
Paul Alivisatos - nanotechnologist
Chris Argyris - distinguished lifetime contributor to theory and practice of management
Kyriacos A. Athanasiou - biomedical engineer
Constantine A. Balanis - electrical engineer
D. James Bidzos - VeriSign Vice Chairman of the Board (previously CEO of RSA Data Security)
Lambros D. Callimahos - NSA cryptanalyst
George Canellos - renowned oncologist and cancer researcher
Harry J. Cargas - scholar, author, and teacher best known for his writing and research on the Holocaust, Jewish-Catholic relations, and American literature
Leda Cosmides - psychologist 
Nicholas A. Christakis - sociologist and physician
George C. Christie - James B. Duke Emeritus Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina
Alexander Coucoulas - inventor, research engineer, and author (Father Of Thermosonic Bonding)
Constantine W. Curris - educator, former president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Michael Dertouzos - innovator and director of the M.I.T. LCS
Persi Diaconis - mathematician
George A. Economou - optical systems expert
John Ioannidis - physician
Menas Kafatos - quantum physicist
Paris Kanellakis - computer scientist
George Karniadakis - applied mathematician and engineer
Peter Karter - nuclear engineer and one of the pioneers of the modern recycling industry
Panayotis G. Kevrekidis - applied mathematician
Stamatios Krimigis - space physics and instrumentation
Dorothy D. Lee - anthropologist, author and philosopher of cultural anthropology
Peter Liacouras - former president of Temple University
Nicholas Metropolis - physicist
Andreas Gerasimos Michalitsianos - NASA astrophysicist
Tom Maniatis - biologist
Dimitris Nanopoulos - professor of theoretical physics at TAMU
Nicholas Negroponte - scientist, MIT Media Lab founder and director; architect
Alexander Nehamas - professor of philosophy
Kyriacos Costa Nicolaou - chemist
C. L. Max Nikias - engineer and president of the University of Southern California 
Constantine Papadakis - president of Drexel University
Christos Papadimitriou - professor of computer science at University of California, Berkeley
George C. Papanicolaou - mathematician
Costas N. Papanicolas - physicist
George Papanicolaou - created the Pap Smear, and more generally, the field of cytopathology
Athanasios Papoulis - engineer and applied mathematician
Aristides Patrinos - geneticist, biological, electrical and chemical engineer, human genome project
John Allen Paulos - mathematician
Nicholas A. Peppas - Chaired Professor in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Ares J. Rosakis - engineer
Costas Soukoulis - professor of physics at Iowa State University
Maria Spiropulu - Experimental physicist, member of the CMS collaboration that found the Higgs boson particle
Symeon C. Symeonides - current dean of Willamette University College of Law
George Tchobanoglous - civil and environmental engineer, professor at University of California, Davis
Demetri Terzopoulos - computer scientist
Nick T. Thomopoulos - Professor Emeritus of Management Science at Illinois Institute of Technology's (Illinois Tech) Stuart School of Business
Arthur C. Vailas - 12th president of Idaho State University
Marius Vassiliou - computational physicist and aerospace executive
Tom Ypsilantis - physicist
Cosmas Zachos - physicist
Thaleia Zariphopoulou - mathematician
Panayiotis Zavos - geneticist
Harry "the Golden Greek" Agganis 1 - college football star and professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox
Tom Anastos - Head Hockey Coach, Michigan State University
Dee Andros - born Demosthenes Konstandies "Dee" Andrecopoulos American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator
Peter Angelos - MLB owner of the Baltimore Orioles basketball player
Zach Auguste - Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball player
Annastasia Batikis - played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1945
David Batista (Bautista) - Former WWE professional wrestler (Greek mother and Philippino father) and actor
Michael Bramos - Basketballer, member of the Greek national basketball team
Dixie Carter (wrestling) - President of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Clay Bellinger - MLB player of the Baltimore Orioles
Adam Burish - NHL player with the Dallas Stars
Nick Calathes - former Florida Gators basketball player
Pat Calathes - basketballer
Al Campanis - MLB player and executive of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Jimmy Carson - NHL hockey player (original family surname Kyriazopoulos)
Chris Chelios - NHL hockey player
Anton Christoforidis - professional boxer, NBA World Light Heavyweight Champion 1941
Andreas Chronis - professional football player
Zach Collaros - quarterback for the University of Cincinnati football team
Ria Cortesio - professional baseball umpire
John Critzos II - martial arts fighter, champion, and instructor
Tara Dakides - pro snowboarder and champion from California
Angelo Drossos - owner of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team from 1973 to 1988 (NBA Executive of the Year Award in 1978)
Chris Farasopoulos - NFL player, played for the New York Jets
Nick Fotiu - NHL player, played for the New York Rangers
Danielle Fotopoulos - soccer player, US women's national soccer team
George Kottaras - catcher for the Kansas City Royals
Nick Galis - basketball player, played in Europe (where he is known as Nikos Galis) and is regarded as one of Europe's all-time basketball greats
Alex Grammas - MLB manager and infielder for St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs.
Alex Holmes - NFL tight end for the St. Louis Rams, mother is Greek
George John - Soccer player, currently with Major League Soccer club New York City FC 
Maria Kanellis - professional wrestler who has worked with WWE, TNA, and ROH. Former contestant on Celebrity Apprentice
Alex Karalexis- professional fighter with the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Chris Karamesines - racecar driver
Dean Karnazes - ultramarathon champion, writer, businessman
Alex Karras - NFL player with the Detroit Lions, wrestler and actor
Lou Karras - NFL player with the Washington Redskins, older brother of Alex Karras
Ted Karras - NFL player with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, older brother of Alex Karras
Gus Kartes - former Chicago Storm footballer
Eric Karros - former MLB player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and now a baseball broadcaster
George Kastrinakis - former professional basketball player in Greece
Michael Katsidis - (born in Australia) current boxer
Bobby Kingsbury - MLB player for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Frank Klopas - retired soccer player, formerly of AEK, Apollon, Kansas City Wizards, Chicago Fire and the U.S. national team
Chris Kontos - former NHL player known for his prolific scoring in the play-offs
George Kontos - MLB pitcher with the San Francisco Giants
John Korfas - former Greek pro basketball player.
Tom Kostopoulos - NHL hockey player.
Niko Koutouvides - NFL linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kosta Koufos - player for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA and the Greece national team
Alexi Lalas - soccer player for the L.A. Galaxy, U.S. national team
Steve Lappas - former college basketball coach at Villanova and UMass
Themistocles Leftheris - American pair skater, 2007 U.S. National Pairs bronze medalist
Kay Lionikas - played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1948–1950
Billy Loes, MLB Pitcher for the Dodgers and other teams
Jim Londos - champion wrestler during the 1930s
Greg Louganis - Olympic diving champion (Greek by adoption; ethnically Samoan and Swedish)
Christina Loukas - Olympic diver
Nick Markakis - MLB outfielder who currently plays for the Baltimore Orioles 
Tino Martinez - former MLB first baseman for the N.Y. Yankees (Greek mother)
Aaron Miles - MLB player for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, and Colorado Rockies (paternal grandmother)
Mike Moustakas - MLB player for the Kansas City Royals
David Nelson - former professional Greek basketball player
Helen Maroulis - freestyle wrestler
George Metropoulos - Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestler
Gus Niarhos - MLB Yankees, White Sox, Red Sox, Phillies
Tom Packs - professional wrestling promoter - one of the top promoters over the first half of the 20th century
Joe Panos - NFL player with the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills 1994–2000 (birth name Zois Panagiotopoulos)
Petros Papadakis - Host of various sports shows on radio, former college football tailback and team captain at USC 1996–2000.
Milt Pappas - MLB pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds and other teams
Tom Pappas - Track & field decathlete, 2003 world decathlon champion and 2-time Olympian.
Nicholas Paulos - basketball player
June Peppas - All-American Girls Professional Baseball League 1948–1954
George Parros - NHL hockey player
Tony Pashos - NFL lineman with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Lonnie Paxton - NFL New England Patriots long-snapper 2001–2003
Peter Philipakos - Soccer player, formerly of Olympiacos F.C.
Pete Pihos - NFL player with the Philadelphia Eagles (Pro Football Hall of Fame)
Joseph Pilates - inventor of Pilates  
Dawn Marie Psaltis (Dawn Marie) - former WWE wrestler
Kurt Rambis - former NBA player, won 4 championships with the L.A. Lakers (birth name Kyriakos Rambidis)
Chris Roupas - Former Greek American Professional Basketball Player, First Penn State Nittany Lion to play professional basketball in Greece 
John Sitaras - fitness professional, creator of the Sitaras Method and founder of Sitaras Fitness in New York City
Pete Sampras - tennis player, considered one of the best tennis players in history
Peter Skouras - retired soccer player, formerly of Olympiakos Pireaus, PAOK Thessaloniki, San Diego Sockers North American Soccer League, and United States Youth National Teams
Fred Smerlas - NFL player for the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots
Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder 1 - sports commentator
Alex Spanos - NFL owner of the San Diego Chargers
Trish Stratus - WWE wrestler
Matt Stover - NFL player, kicker for Baltimore Ravens
George Theodore - MLB outfielder for the New York Mets
Craig Titus - American bodybuilder
Gus Triandos - MLB player for the Baltimore Orioles and other teams
Lou Tsioropoulos - former NBA player with the Boston Celtics
Garo Yepremian - NFL player (Greek Cypriot origin)
George Zaharias - sports promoter and professional wrestler in the 1930s (birth name Theodore Vetoyanis)
Gust Zarnas - NFL player with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers 1938–1940
Clint Zavaras - MLB pitcher with the Seattle Mariners in 1989
TV/journalists [ edit ]
Ernie Anastos - WNYW- New York co- anchorman
Thalia Assuras - TV reporter, CBS News (born in Canada, moved to U.S.)
Dean Brelis - foreign correspondent for NBC, CBS and Time magazine
Jimmy Cefalo - sportscaster
Alexis Christoforous- CBS News Early Show
Chris Clark was the lead news anchor at WTVF in Nashville, TN. He also gave Oprah Winfrey her first television job
Bob Costas - NBC sportscaster
Spero Dedes - New York Knicks radio and TV sportscaster
Stefan Fatsis - National Public Radio
Mike Galanos - CNN/Sports Illustrated anchor
Paul Glastris - editor in chief of The Washington Monthly
Nick Gregory - WNYW New York meteorologist for over twenty years
Chris Hondros - photojournalist
Soterios Johnson - WNYC- morning anchor
Harry Kalas - sports announcer
Demetria Kalodimos - anchorperson for WSMV-TV Nashville, Tennessee 
Bill Lekas - sports announcer
Ernie Manouse - TV anchor/ producer, PBS
John Manuel - co-editor in chief, Baseball America magazine
Rory Markas - sports announcer
Debbie Matenopoulos - journalist, talk show host
Maria Menounos - correspondent for and Today Access Hollywood
John Metaxas - WCBS New York radio correspondent
Bob Papa - sports anchor and announcer
Greg Papa - sportscaster
Petros Papadakis - former USC Trojans running back, sports talk show host
Ike Pappas - former CBS News correspondent
Nicole Petallides - Fox Business Reporter
Ted Sarandis - sports announcer
Kopi Sotiropulos - meteorologist in Fresno, CA for KMPH-TV
Andrea Stassou - reporter for WCBS-TV in New York
George Stephanopoulos - Host of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos
Andrea Tantaros - Fox News commentator and host Jason Terzis
 - sports anchor and producer for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI.
Writers [ edit ]
Chloe Aridjis - writer (daughter of Greek- Mexican Homero Aridjis and American Betty Ferber de Aridjis)
A. I. Bezzerides - novelist and screenwriter
Demetrios Constantelos - priest and academic scholar
Rae Dalven - author and academic (Romaniote - Greek Jewish)
N. A. Diaman - novelist and artist
Jeffrey Eugenides - novelist and short story writer 
Tina Fey, comedian, former head writer of and creator of Saturday Night Live 30 Rock
Nicholas Gage - reporter for the Wall Street Journal
Dan Georgakas - writer, critic and member of the editorial board for Cineaste
Panio Gianopoulos - writer and editor for Bloomsbury Publishing 
Vanessa Grigoriadis - contributing editor for New York magazine and Rolling Stone magazine
George Gregoriou - William Paterson University professor, writer
Arianna Huffington (born Arianna Stassinopoulos) - columnist, pundit and founder of the popular liberal website The Huffington Post
John Kass - columnist, Chicago Tribune
Zoe Kazan - screenwriter and playwright
Leon Logothetis - British born author who now lives in Los Angeles, TV host, global adventurer, traveler, and inspirational speaker.
Markos Moulitsas - blogger and political columnist, founder of the influential liberal blog Daily Kos
George Pelecanos - crime novelist and television drama writer ( ) The Wire
Harry Mark Petrakis - novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, biographer, educator, and lecturer
Stephanos Papadopoulos - poet, translator
Andrew Sarris - film critic & a leading proponent of the auteur theory of criticism
David Sedaris, essayist and radio contributor
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
Byron Vazakas - poet (nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1947)
Criss Angel - magician
Pete Athans - mountaineer
Yiorgos Caralambo - one of the eight men hired by US Army in 1856 to lead the camel driver experiment in the Southwest.
Philip Tedro, or Hadji Ali - hired by US Army in 1856 to lead the camel driver experiment in the Southwest.
Gracia Dura Bin - early settler, wife of Dr. Andrew Turnbull
Iakovos - former Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, Harvard professor, Selma marcher, President World Council of Churches
Michael Katakis - writer, photographer, and manager of Ernest Hemingway's literary estate
George Lois - advertising executive (ESPN, USA Today, Xerox, MTV, Wolfschmidt, Tommy Hilfiger), "Fizz Fizz What a Relief it Is", "No Dancing in the (a)Isles" "Crazy People" (Big break hired by Rossides for Javits 1960)
Jenni Pulos - on show Flipping Out
Valerie Solanas - attempted assassin of Andy Warhol
Paul Vallas - CEO of the Chicago Public Schools
Nick Venet - record producer
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References [ edit ]
^  "Her father John Aniston was born on the island of Crete in Greece. Her mother Nancy Dow is partly Greek." (1930-present)
^  " Born on the island of Crete in Greece, Yanni Anastassakis, aka John Aniston, and his family moved to the United States when he was a child. His father promptly changed the family name to Aniston."
^ a b c d "Greek News - Hellenic Times 15th Anniversary Gala". Greeknewsonline.com. 2006-05-13 . Retrieved . 2009-06-18
^  "Her father, Ernest J. Carteris, was of Greek descent."
^  "And when I saw the film recently and saw George Chakiris, this beautiful guy, Greek guy."  "Chakiris, the son of Greek immigrants, opposes race based casting."
^   "Chiklis got his acting talent from his mother, Kate... his flamboyance from his father, Charlie, a macho second-generation Greek-American who runs a hair salon in the Boston suburb of Lowell, where Chiklis was born."
^  "Tim's mother, Carmen, was an heiress to the theatre chain founded by her father, Alexander Pantages, who immigrated to the United States from Greece around 1885."
^  "Nancy Dow is Scottish, Irish, Italian and Greek."
^  "Olympia Dukakis, Greek-American stage and film actress... will discuss the impact of her Greek-American heritage on her career, as well as past performances, particularly her lead role in the ancient tragedy "Hecuba.""  "The daughter of Greek immigrants..."
^  "Fey's mother is Greek-American and her father is German-Scottish, but she's wary of claiming an ethnic identity. "I’ve said a few things about being Greek, and now every Greek organization wants to adopt me," Fey told me."  "Because of the Greek-girl thing, I have, like, boobs and butt."
^  "Angie Harmon: "It would be shaping my eyebrows. Being half Greek and half American Indian, I have the unibrow. So once I started working on them, I really did see a change. You create another kind of beauty.""
^  "Her (Real) Heritage: "I'm Greek, Italian and Jewish. In TV Guide they wrote that I was French, Greek and Jewish. I am mostly Greek. I don't know where French came from."
^  "My grandfather always told me, "You know you're American first, but you're a Greek-American, which makes you a better American.""
^  "Andreas Katsulas, whose striking Greek visage..."
^  "Maharis was a Kerouac look-alike, a good looking Greek kid from Queens"
^ Jones, Patty (2012-05-10). "The Dictator wields a comic arsenal | Vancouver, Canada". Straight.com . Retrieved . 2012-05-30
^ Papapostolou, Anastasios. "24" Greek-American Star Adoni Maropis Plans Screenplay in Crete!". Hollywood Greek Reporter . Retrieved . 20 June 2013
^ "Constantine Maroulis - NY, New York - Rock / Pop". MySpace.com. 2005-02-25 . Retrieved . 2009-06-18
^  "The son of a Greek Orthodox priest (note: Orthodox priests can marry prior to ordination) and a nutritionist, Martin grew up with his brother and sister in Toms River, New Jersey. His parents co-owned a Greek diner with his grandparents and uncle. Martin, the prototypical "good Greek boy," served as an altar boy at church and bused tables at the restaurant."
^  "The stunning Maria Menounos had no problem getting her Greek on for our photo shoot, but her heritage hasn’t always been easy for her. "My dad was very strict," she says. "A guy would call the house and he would say, ‘I have a gun, and I will use it!’"... My parents said I had to marry a Greek boy. I dated them, but they weren’t for me. They want slaves. I want someone to be my slave! My mom still puts my dad's socks on him when she wakes him up in the morning."
^  "It never occurred to me that Chris Sarandon is Greek (for those that don't know, Tarpon Springs is an ethnic Greek community located just north of St. Petersburg), until I thought about it - he very much looks Greek, later explaining that his father was from a "Greek village in Turkey"."
^  "Greek-American actor George Savalas"
^   "Born to Greek parents, Savalas served in World War II after he dropped out of Columbia University..." You should not trust yurunalists, Columbia lists him as having graduated in 1950 from their "adult" General Studies school after the army. 
^  "As far as religion goes, we were raised Greek Orthodox..."  "My father's mother, our grandmother, lived with us for a while. She didn't speak any English. She was all Greek and she was freaky. She had long hair, which she wore in braids..." 
^ IMDb profile for Tony Scarpelos
^  "Sigler is half-Cuban and half-Greek (Jewish)"
^  "A raven haired beauty who is equal parts Greek passion and English reserve"
^  "John is also Greek and part Irish."  "John Stamos' original family name is Stamopolous, which was shortened by his grandparents when they came to America from Greece."
^  "Well we’re both [she and Jennifer Aniston] Greek, which is a shoe-in right there."  "Mena, the world traveler: Part Estonian and part Greek, Suvari was named for her godmother, who was born in the Mena House, a hotel at the base of the Pyramids in Egypt."  "Brought up in South Carolina, her Estonian father is a retired psychiatrist and her Greek mother a nurse."
^  Grandfather Nicholas Cachikis was born in Greece.
^  "...Rita Wilson's parents - her father was Bulgarian, while mother Dorothy was Greek - changed their surname to Wilson after moving to the United States." "My mother is Greek and my father is Bulgarian. I am a first-generation American and native Los Angeleno. I was born and raised in Hollywood. I would go to school and be American and then come home and be Greek."  "...her producers include actor Rita Wilson, who is half Greek...".
^ a b "Billy Zane Interview"BloodRayne"Movie: Tim Nasson". Wildaboutmovies.com. 2005-12-27 . Retrieved . 2009-06-18
^  "...Greek-American entertainer Lisa Zane..."
^   "My father is a Greek from Macedonia. I don’t know his roots exactly."
^  "Greek-American production designer Dean Tavoularis"
^ "Word Balloon Comics Podcast". Wordballoon.libsyn.com. 2006-12-17 . Retrieved . 2011-09-18
^ "Social Diary 4/22/05 - When Too Much of Too Much Is Still Not Enough". Newyorksocialdiary.com . Retrieved . 2009-06-18
^  "Greek-born couturier James Galanos"
^  "Greek American, originally from Springfield, Massachusetts"
^  "To show in Milan is 'the top' according to the Greek American who decided to leave the catwalks of New York and head for those here in Milan."
^  " I’m half Greek and half Venezuelan, and I speak fluent Spanish and Greek."
^ "Joey Hart". Penthouse.com . Retrieved . 2011-09-18
^  Archived May 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
^ "American Idol: Interview With Becky O'Donohue". Fansofrealitytv.com. 2006-02-26 . Retrieved . 2011-09-18
^  Archived April 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
^ "The Films of Andy Sidaris". Mondo-digital.com . Retrieved . 2011-09-18
^  "Called upon to help support their Greek-Norwegian family when their father's business was wiped out by the Depression"
^  "Annette Artani, a native Greek-American New Yorker"
^  "renowned Greek opera singer whose personal life enthralled Greece in the 1950s and 1960s"
^  "I'm Greek, so we have pretty big booties in my family."  "I'm Greek and Irish, but I don't know Greek. I just have the booty, that's the only part I got of it, that's the curve of it all."
^  "Mr. Greg Dulli (he's Greek, ya know...)"
^  "We were baptized Greek Orthodox, so we are Greek Orthodox", Matt says. "If you're baptized Greek Orthodox, you're in for good. That's it."
^  "Well, here I am. I'm an Anatolian Greek - a middle eastern Greek - and I'm an American, which is a bloody weird combination."
^  "Kalomira Sarantis is missing the second semester of her first year in college. She is pursuing her lifetime dream – a career as a professional singer – in a very unorthodox way, as a contestant on the Antenna TV program "Fame Story" in Greece."
^  "I'm Greek and my wife and I will cook a Greek dinner for eight for the winner. That is a Greek."
^  "I am French/Greek"
^  "Are you a fan of anal sex? TL, "Being Greek, you'd think I'd be a big anal sex fan. It's kinda nasty. I'm not really feeling it too much, although I've done it several times -- but it's not my favorite."
^  "Constantine comes from a "massive" Greek American family"
^  "Greek conductor and composer"
^  "I’m half Irish and I’m half Greek"
^  "the half-Greek, half-Puerto Rican kid"
^  "Born in Berkeley, California, to a Greek immigrant family"
^  "Greek American bandleader Johnny Otis"
^  "The other element that influenced me early on had to do with my Greek Orthodox raising where I used to sit in church and just be enthralled with the choir. So, there are a lot of Gregorian modal ideas in my music that go back to that."
^  "My own band, the Vanity Set, half of whom (including myself) are second-generation Greek-Americans, adore rebetiko music."
^ "About Chris". Chrisspheeris.com . Retrieved . 2011-09-18 Born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Chris spent his summers in Greece, the land of his heritage...
^ Trousdale -  "Half and half? Yeah I think…my dad is full Greek and my mom's Black Irish."
^  "This website is dedicated to preserving the musical memory of the late, great, Tatiana Troyanos, Greek-American Mezzo-Soprano"
^  "My own band, the Vanity Set, half of whom (including myself) are second-generation Greek-Americans"
^  "Jim Verraros: My father was born in Greece, so I am mostly Greek. My mother is German, Irish, French and English."
^  "his Greek musician's claims to fame"  "He divides his time between L.A. and the Seattle, WA area, and is now an American citizen."
^ "George T. Kalaris, 73, Official Who Changed C.I.A.'s Direction". NYTimes.com. NY Times.
^ Anastasios Papapostolou (2010-03-13). "Chrysostomos "Max" Nikias Named 11th President of USC". USA.GreekReporter.com . Retrieved . 2011-09-18
^ "Τ.Τζον: "Στόχος μου να καθιερωθώ. Sport24.gr. 2009-04-19. ""
^  "Markakis, who is half Greek and half German, led the Greek Olympic team..."
^ Breibart, Joan (2004). Standing Pilates: Strengthen and Tone Your Body Wherever You Are. John Wiley and Sons. p. 147. ISBN 0-471-56655-1. Joseph Pilates came to the United States from Germany in 1926. He was of Greek parentage but he had lived in Germany since his birth in 1881.
^ Biermann, June; Toohey, Barbara (2003). The diabetic's total health and happiness book. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin. p. 165. ISBN 9781585422302. Joseph H. Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez). He was born in Germany, but his family was of Greek origin.
^ It's All Greek "Basketball" To Chris Roupas, Kevin Forsythe, The York Daily Record, May 1, 1983
^ "Death Notice: MICHAEL GEORGE KALODIMOS". Chicago Tribune. 2008-10-30.
^  "Eugenides is himself Greek-American, Detroit-born, suburb-raised--all sources of inspiration for his second novel."
^  "How I was both Spiderman and a tiny unathletic Greek boy..."  "As the son of Greek immigrants, he participated in the familiar first generation event of multiple identities"
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