List of Greek Americans

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The following is a list of notable Greek Americans, including both original immigrants of Greek descent who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

Contents

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Architecture[edit]

Business & Leadership[edit]

Automobiles[edit]

Beverages-Alcoholic[edit]

Chemicals & Petroleum[edit]

Computer Hardware[edit]

Consumer Products[edit]

Education[edit]

Entertainment & Media[edit]

Finance & Venture Capital[edit]

Game Design[edit]

Inventor[edit]

Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals[edit]

Retail[edit]

Real Estate[edit]

Social Media[edit]

Sports[edit]

Unfiled[edit]

Epicurean, Fashion, Style[edit]

Cuisine[edit]

Fashion[edit]

Modeling[edit]

Exploration & Pioneering[edit]

Animal Welfare[edit]


FAITH, SPIRITUALITY & CLERGY[edit]

LAW[edit]

MEDIA/JOURNALISM[edit]

Television[edit]

Print[edit]

Non-Fiction[edit]

Sports[edit]

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT[edit]

COMEDY[edit]

DANCE[edit]

Ballet[edit]
Choreography[edit]
Pop[edit]
Tango[edit]


FILM & THEATER[edit]

Actors[edit]
Actresses[edit]
Art Direction, Costume Design, Set Design[edit]
Choreography[edit]
Cinematography[edit]
Directors[edit]
Make-up & Special Effects[edit]
  • Crist Ballas - Emmy Award-winning make-up artist for film and television
  • Karen Goulekas - visual effects artist
  • Jack Pierce - Most influential makeup artist in horror film history. Was the seminal designer of makeup and costumes for all of Universal Studios's iconic movie monsters, including: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, et al.
  • Patrick Tatopoulos - special effects and creature designer[58]
  • Petro Vlahos - Oscar-awarded Hollywood special effects pioneer
Producers[edit]
Props[edit]

MAGIC[edit]

MUSIC[edit]

Composer[edit]
Conductor[edit]


Vocalist[edit]
Musician[edit]
New Age[edit]


Opera[edit]
Pop[edit]


Rock & Roll Band Member[edit]



Record Producers[edit]

VISUAL ARTS[edit]

Comics, Cartoons[edit]
Graffiti[edit]
Illustrators[edit]
Painters[edit]

Performance Artists[edit]

  • Mary Ashley - video artist, performance artist, and painter

Photography[edit]

Sculptors[edit]
Unfiled[edit]

WRITING[edit]

Comedy[edit]
Drama/Theater[edit]
Drama/Screenplays[edit]
Fiction[edit]
Poetry[edit]

MILITARY[edit]

POLITICS[edit]

Federal level[edit]

State level[edit]

Local level[edit]

Opinions - Conservative[edit]


Opinions - Liberal[edit]

SCIENCE/ACADEMIA[edit]

Anthropology[edit]

  • Dorothy D. Lee - anthropologist, author and philosopher of cultural anthropology

Chemistry[edit]

Engineering[edit]

  • George Doundoulakis - was a Greek American physicist and soldier who worked under British Intelligence during World War II and then served with the OSS in Thessaly, Greece. He is known by his twenty-six US Patents in the fields of radar, electronics, and narrowband television. Brother of Helias Doundoulakis.
  • Helias Doundoulakis - a Civil Engineer who was employed at Grumman Aerospace Corporation for over thirty five years and group leader on many USAF and NASA projects. These included the Apollo Space Missions and the Lunar Excursion Module, the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet, and the Space Shuttle. His design of the oxygen tanks on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was instrumental in the return of the Apollo 13 crew, for which Doundoulakis was given a plaque by Captain James Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert. Served in the United States Army and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) — as a spy during the Battle of Crete in WWII. Brother of George Doundoulakis.


Mathematics[edit]

Medicine[edit]


Philosophy[edit]

Physics[edit]


Psychology[edit]

Sociology[edit]



  • Peter Karter - nuclear engineer and one of the pioneers of the modern recycling industry

Sports[edit]

Aquatics[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Bodybuilding & Fitness Training[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Football[edit]

Hockey[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Motor Sports[edit]

Poker[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Surfing[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Track & Field[edit]

  • Dean Karnazes - ultramarathon champion, writer, businessman
  • Tom Pappas - track & field decathlete, 2003 world decathlon champion and 2-time Olympian.

Winter Sports[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

Other[edit]

  • John Christopulos - prolific high school coach. Has won over 1,500 games coaching football, basketball, baseball and tennis. Coached in Tonapah, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Utah and lastly in Sacramento, California. Coached from 1955 to 1999.

OTHER/UNFILED[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ [2] Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine "Greek American, originally from Springfield, Massachusetts"
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  6. ^ [4] "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."
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  13. ^ [8] Archived 2008-04-06 at the Wayback Machine "How I was both Spiderman and a tiny unathletic Greek boy..." [9] "As the son of Greek immigrants, he participated in the familiar first generation event of multiple identities"
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  16. ^ [12] "As far as religion goes, we were raised Greek Orthodox..." [13] "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..." [14] Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ [15] "As far as religion goes, we were raised Greek Orthodox..." [16] "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..." [17] Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
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  20. ^ [19] "And when I saw the film recently and saw George Chakiris, this beautiful guy, Greek guy." [20] "Chakiris, the son of Greek immigrants, opposes race based casting."
  21. ^ [21] [22] Archived 2006-05-14 at the Wayback Machine "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."
  22. ^ [23] "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."
  23. ^ [24] "Andreas Katsulas, whose striking Greek visage..."
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  31. ^ [28] "Greek-American actor George Savalas"
  32. ^ [29][30] Archived 2007-05-29 at the Wayback Machine "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. [31]
  33. ^ [32][33] Archived 2007-05-29 at the Wayback Machine "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. [34]
  34. ^ [35][permanent dead link] "John is also Greek and part Irish." [36] "John Stamos' original family name is Stamopolous, which was shortened by his grandparents when they came to America from Greece."
  35. ^ [37][permanent dead link] "John is also Greek and part Irish." [38] "John Stamos' original family name is Stamopolous, which was shortened by his grandparents when they came to America from Greece."
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  42. ^ [43] "Nancy Dow is Scottish, Irish, Italian and Greek."
  43. ^ [44] "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."" [45] "The daughter of Greek immigrants..."
  44. ^ [46] "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."" [47] "The daughter of Greek immigrants..."
  45. ^ [48] "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." [49] "Because of the Greek-girl thing, I have, like, boobs and butt."
  46. ^ [50] "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." [51] "Because of the Greek-girl thing, I have, like, boobs and butt."
  47. ^ [52] Archived 2006-08-15 at the Wayback Machine "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.""
  48. ^ [53] "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."
  49. ^ [54] Archived 2006-05-10 at the Wayback Machine "My grandfather always told me, "You know you're American first, but you're a Greek-American, which makes you a better American.""
  50. ^ [55] Archived 2006-03-21 at the Wayback Machine "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."
  51. ^ [56] "Sigler is half-Cuban and half-Greek (Jewish)"
  52. ^ [57] Archived 2006-08-04 at the Wayback Machine "A raven haired beauty who is equal parts Greek passion and English reserve"
  53. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-11-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "Well we’re both [she and Jennifer Aniston] Greek, which is a shoe-in right there." [58][permanent dead link] "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." [59] "Brought up in South Carolina, her Estonian father is a retired psychiatrist and her Greek mother a nurse."
  54. ^ [60] Grandfather Nicholas Cachikis was born in Greece.
  55. ^ [61] "...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." [62] "...her producers include actor Rita Wilson, who is half Greek...".
  56. ^ [63] "...Greek-American entertainer Lisa Zane..."
  57. ^ [64] "Greek-American production designer Dean Tavoularis"
  58. ^ [65][66] "My father is a Greek from Macedonia. I don’t know his roots exactly."
  59. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2006-03-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "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."
  60. ^ [67] "Called upon to help support their Greek-Norwegian family when their father's business was wiped out by the Depression"
  61. ^ [68] "renowned Greek opera singer whose personal life enthralled Greece in the 1950s and 1960s"
  62. ^ [69] "I'm Greek, so we have pretty big booties in my family." [70] "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."
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  65. ^ [71] Archived 2006-06-18 at the Wayback Machine "Annette Artani, a native Greek-American New Yorker"
  66. ^ [72][permanent dead link] "Mr. Greg Dulli (he's Greek, ya know...)"
  67. ^ [73] Archived 2006-06-30 at the Wayback Machine "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."
  68. ^ [74] Archived 2006-06-25 at the Wayback Machine "Well, here I am. I'm an Anatolian Greek - a middle eastern Greek - and I'm an American, which is a bloody weird combination."
  69. ^ [75] "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."
  70. ^ [76] "I'm Greek and my wife and I will cook a Greek dinner for eight for the winner. That is a Greek."
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  72. ^ [77] "I am French/Greek"
  73. ^ [78] Archived 2006-07-18 at the Wayback Machine "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."
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  75. ^ [80] "Greek conductor and composer"
  76. ^ [81] "I’m half Irish and I’m half Greek"
  77. ^ [82] Archived 2006-05-12 at the Wayback Machine "the half-Greek, half-Puerto Rican kid"
  78. ^ [83] "Born in Berkeley, California, to a Greek immigrant family"
  79. ^ [84] "Greek American bandleader Johnny Otis"
  80. ^ [85] "My own band, the Vanity Set, half of whom (including myself) are second-generation Greek-Americans, adore rebetiko music."
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  82. ^ Trousdale - "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-16. Retrieved 2006-06-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "Half and half? Yeah I think…my dad is full Greek and my mom's Black Irish."
  83. ^ [86] "This website is dedicated to preserving the musical memory of the late, great, Tatiana Troyanos, Greek-American Mezzo-Soprano"
  84. ^ [87] "My own band, the Vanity Set, half of whom (including myself) are second-generation Greek-Americans"
  85. ^ [88] "Jim Verraros: My father was born in Greece, so I am mostly Greek. My mother is German, Irish, French and English."
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