Actors You Thought Were Italian But They're Notby jonesie12345 | created - 30 Aug 2015 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
MANY PEOPLE THINK THE FOLLOWING CELEBRITIES ARE ITALIAN BECAUSE OF THEIR LOOKS, LAST NAMES, OR THE MOVIE/TV ROLES THEY HAVE PLAYED. HOWEVER, THEY ARE NOT ITALIAN.
In Alphabetical Order
Actor | Apocalypse Now
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...
Ancestry was German, Dutch, English, and Irish; original family surname was Brandau
Italian Roles: The Godfather (Don Vito Corleone), Julius Caesar (Mark Antony), The Freshman (Carmine Sabatini)
2. Criss Angel
Actor | CSI: NY
Criss Angel was born on December 19, 1967 and raised in East Meadow, New York. He grew up loving music, playing the drums and always having an interest in magic. Two of his biggest magic influences are Harry Houdini and Richiardi Jr.. His father was also a big influence on him, especially after a ...
Is Greek; birth name Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos (primarily a magician, but has also done a bit of acting)
3. Tomas Arana
Actor | Gladiator
Tomas Arana was born in Auburn, California. He grew up in San Francisco and studied classical theatre at its prestigious American Conservatory Theatre, afterwards relocating to New York and acting in off-Broadway productions. He then hitchhiked throughout Europe and ended up living in Naples, Italy...
Father was Spanish (Basque) and Latvian; mother was German and Swedish; birth name Thomas Clifford Arana; lived in Italy and speaks fluent Italian
Italian roles: MMA Love Never Dies (Rocco); Ustica: The Missing Paper (Fragala); Colpo di Fulmine (Lorenzo Fieschi); Tutti pazzi per Amore (Riccardo Balestri); Pompeii (Massimo); Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders (Angelo Buono); Crossing Jordan (Father Casnelli); Thinking About Africa (Stefano); Blue Blood (Ugo Mancini)
4. Hank Azaria
Actor | The Simpsons
Hank Azaria was born on April 25, 1964 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Henry Albert Azaria. He is an actor, known for The Simpsons (1989), Free Agents (2011) and The Birdcage (1996). He was previously married to Helen Hunt.
Is Turkish Sephardic Jewish and Greek
Italian roles: Lovelace (Gerard Damiano), Godzilla (Victor Palotti), Heat (Alan Marciano), America's Sweethearts (Hector Gorgonzolas)
5. Eric Bana
Actor | Munich
Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family ...
Father is Croatian; mother is German; was born and raised in Australia; birth name was Eric Banadinovic
Italian roles: Something in the Air (Joe Sabatini), Romulus, My Father (Romulus Gaita)
6. Jim Belushi
Actor | Red Heat
James Adam Belushi was born June 15, 1954, in Chicago, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. The third of four children - his brother was comedian John Belushi - he ...
Italian roles: The Defenders (Nick Morelli), Made Men (Bill Manucci), The Florentine (Billy Belasco), Angel's Dance (Stevie Rosellini), Gang Related (Frank Divinci), Gold in the Streets (Mario), Race the Sun (Frank Machi), Parallel Lives Nick Dimas), Only the Lonely (Salvatore Buonarte), Real Men (Nick Pirandello), Homer and Eddie (Homer Lanza), Show Me a Hero (Angelo Martinelli), Dimenticare Palermo (Carmine Bonavia), Beggars and Choosers (Freddie Falco)
Actress | Supergirl
Tony Award-winner and five-time Tony Award nominee LAURA BENANTI is a highly celebrated stage and screen actress, with dozens of credits to her name. A native of Kinnelon, New Jersey, she won Paper Mill Playhouse's Rising Star Award for her portrayal of Dolly Levi in her high school production of ...
Is Serbian, German, English, and Irish; birth name Laura Ilene Vidnovic; took the surname of her Italian stepfather, Salvatore Benanti
Italian roles: Law and Order:SVU (Maria Grazie); The Big C (Gia Sherman)
Actor | Daredevil
Paul Ben-Victor has built a career on the small and big screen appearing in over 60 films and TV series. A director's favorite, Paul has worked with some of the biggest names in film including Tony Scott, Steven Zallian, and Clint Eastwood. Paul Can be seen next opposite Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro ...
Is Jewish with Austrian ancestry
Italian roles: The Village (Angelo Napolitano), The Amityvile Murders (Ron Defeo), Friends and Romans (Dennis Socio), Matador (Gene Balasco), FDR: American Badass! (Mussolini), By the Gun (Vincent Tortano), Mob City (Jack Dragna), Grudge Match (Lou Camare), Once upon a Time in Queens (Vinnie Nero), Drowning Mona (Carlucci), A Civil Action (Bobby Pasquerella), House Guest (Pauly Gasperini), Red Scorpion 2 (Vince D'Angelo), Web of Deception (Det. Francinetti), Tombstone (Florentino), True Romance (Luca), Monster (Anthony Petrocelli), 8-Ball (Vincent DiFranco), Close to Home (Paul Bosco)
9. Jon Bernthal
Actor | The Wolf of Wall Street
Jon Bernthal was born and raised in Washington D.C., the son of Joan (Marx) and Eric Bernthal, a lawyer. His grandfather was musician Murray Bernthal. Jon went to study at The Moscow Art Theatre School, in Moscow, Russia, where he also played professional baseball in the European professional ...
Is Ashkenazi Jewish of German, Russian, Austrian, and Polish ancestry
Italian Roles: Ford v Ferrari (Lee Iacocca), Tony and Tina's Wedding (Dominic), World Trade Center (Christopher Amoroso), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Al Capone), The Ghost Writer (Rick Ricardelli), The Class (Duncan Carmello), Harry's Law (Lucas Trassino), Rampart (Dan Morone)
10. Craig Bierko
Actor | The Thirteenth Floor
Craig Bierko was born on August 18, 1964 in Rye Brook, New York, USA as Craig Philip Bierko. He is an actor, known for The Thirteenth Floor (1999), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) and Scary Movie 4 (2006).
Father is Polish with Scottish ancestry; mother is Ashkenazi Jewish
Italian roles: The Temp Life (Eddie Chiapetta),Necessary Roughness (Ray Santino), Law and Order:SVU (Bobby D'Amico)
11. Adrien Brody
Actor | The Pianist
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the ...
Mother is Hungarian and Czech; father is Polish Jewish
Italian Roles: Splice (Clive Nicoli); Giallo (Inspector Enzo Avolfi); The Undetaker's Wedding (Mario Bellini); Ten Bonny (Ray Diglovanni)
12. Lillo Brancato
Actor | A Bronx Tale
Is Colombian; adopted by Italian-American parents
Italian Roles: The Fury (Tommy Moretti), A Bronx Tale (Calogero), The Sopranos (Matt Bevilaqua), Saturday Morning (Alan Delucci), NYPD Blue (Gary Montaneri), Hostage Rescue Team (Tom Monteleone), In the Shadows, (Jimmy Pierazzi), Dead Man's Gun (Guiseppe Guissipini), Monsters of Mulberry Street (Father Palladino), Chase Street (Marco Fiore), 5th Borough (Sonny Finici),
13. James Caan
Actor | Misery
A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred.
He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) ...
Is Jewish; parents immigrated from Germany
Italian roles: The Godfather (Santino "Sonny" Corleone), Brian's Song (Brian Piccolo), Wisegal (Salvatore Palmeri), Nicky I Love You (Mr. Riccolli), Dick Tracy (Spaldoni), Kiss Me Goodbye (Jolly Villano), The Way of the Gun (Joe Sarno), Mickey Blue Eyes, (Frank Vitale)
14. Andrew Dice Clay
Actor | The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Andrew Dice Clay was born on September 29, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Andrew Clay Silverstein. He is an actor and producer, known for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990), Blue Jasmine (2013) and A Star Is Born (2018). He has been married to Valerie Silverstein since February 14, 2010. He...
Is Jewish; birth name Andrew Clay Silverstein
Italian roles: A Star is Born (Lorenzo), My Five Wives (Tony Morano), Whatever it Takes (Dave Menardi), Hitz (Jimmy Esposito), Jury Duty (Uncle Sal), Casual Sex (Vinny), Night Patrol (Tony), Wacko (Tony Schlongini)
Actor | My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Award-winning Greek-American actor Michael Constantine (born 22 May 1927) is best known for his portrayal of the Windex bottle-toting family patriarch "Gus Portokalos" in the sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). Before his appearance in that movie and the subsequent TV series based on it, ...
Italian roles: Midnight Caller (Angelo Busico); Hotel (Mr. Tomasino); The Powers of Matthew Starr (Giancarlo); Quincy ME (Dr. Arthur Ciotti); Lou Grant (Joe Lombardi); Crisis Midair (Frank Piovano); Kojak (Don "Cheech" Scalesi)
16. Kevin Corrigan
Actor | True Romance
A native of the Bronx, New York, Kevin Corrigan has been acting and writing since the age of 15. He made his film debut in Lost Angels (1989) and around that time, when he was just 17, his original play "The Boiler Room" was produced by the Young Playwrights Festival of New York. He has gone on to ...
Mother is Puerto Rican; father is Irish
Italian Roles:Zebrahead (Dominic); The Mob Doctor (Titus Amato)
17. Tony Curtis
Actor | Some Like It Hot
Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only ...
Was Jewish; parents immigrated from Hungary; birth name was Bernard Schwartz
Italian roles: The Boston Strangler (Albert DeSalvo), The Great Impostor (Ferdinand Demara Jr.), Casanova & Co. (Giacomo Casanova), The Immortals (Dominic), Mafia Princess (Sam Giancana), Portrait of a Showgirl (Joey DeLeone), Title Shot (Frank Renzetti), Some Like It Cool (Giacomo Casanova). Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (Shannon Gambroni), On My Way to the Crusades I met a Girl Who... (Guerrando da Montone), The Midnight Story (Joe Martini), Sweet Smell of Success (Sidney Falco), Trapeze (Tino Orsini), The All American (Nick Bonelli)
18. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.
He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.
Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...
English and French ancestry
Italian roles:Donnie Brasco (Donnie Brasco), The Tourist (Frank Tupelo)
19. Portia de Rossi
Actress | Arrested Development
Portia de Rossi was born and raised in Geelong, Australia. Originally born Amanda Rogers, at 15 she changed her name to Portia, saying that it was the most daring thing she had ever done up until that point. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Melbourne, and studied ...
Is English from Australia; birth name was Amanda Lee Rogers
"I picked [the name] de Rossi because I was Australian and I thought that an exotic Italian name would somehow suit me more than Amanda Rogers."
20. Matt Di Angelo
Actor | Hustle
Father is Greek, mother is Irish; birth name was Mario Angelo S. Constantinou
Italian role: Borgia (Francesco Alidosi)
21. Vin Diesel
Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy
Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theatre manager, in an artists' ...
Father was African-American; mother is Caucasian; birth name Mark Sinclair
Italian roles: Fast and the Furious franchise (Dominic Toretto), Find Me Guilty (Jackie DiNorscio), Saving Pricate Ryan (Private Carpazo)
22. Olympia Dukakis
Actress | Moonstruck
Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987). Since then movie (and ...
Italian roles: Moonstruck (Rose Castorini), The Idolmaker (Mrs. Vacarri), Jeffrey (Mrs. Marcangelo), Jesus, Mary, and Joey (Sophia Vitello), The Event (Lila Shapiro), And Never Let Her Go (Marguerite Capano), Young at Heart (Rose Garaventi), Sinatra (Dolly Sinatra), American Playhouse (Mama Nicola)
23. Peter Falk
Actor | Columbo
Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, ...
Was Jewish; father was Polish and Russian; mother was Hungarian and Czech
Italian roles: Columbo (Lt. Columbo), Cookie (Dominick Capisco), Corky Romano (Francis Romano), Vig (Vinnie), Cops n Roberts (Salvatore Santini), Vibes (Harry Buscafusco), The Brinks Job (Tony Pino), A Woman Under the Influence (Nick Longhetti), Castle Keep (Sgt. Rossi), Machine Gun McCain (Charlie Adamo), The Bloody Brood (Nico)
24. Jenni Farley
Actress | The Three Stooges
Jennifer Lynn "Jenni" Farley was born on February 27, 1986 in East Greenbush, New York. She is best known as JWoww on Jersey Shore (2009) and its spin-off series Snooki & JWoww (2012). Before "Jersey Shore", she attended Columbia High School and New York Institute of Technology. Then, she then ...
Is Spanish and Irish
Italian roles: The Jersey Shore (self), One Life to Live (Nikki)
25. Louis Ferreira
Actor | Shooter
Italian roles: Bad Blood (Domenic Cosoleto), Arrow (Jerry Bertinelli), T and T (Dancin' Joe Demarco), Brown Bread Sandwiches (Fiorello), North of 60 (Claudio Sangalli), The Notorious 7 (Eddie Alighieri), Fallen Arches (Duke Romano), Loves Music, Loves to Dance (Vincent D'Salva), The L.A. Complex (Dean Pirelli)
26. William Forsythe
Actor | The Devil's Rejects
Dynamically entertaining heavyset US actor with piercing eyes, William Forsythe has a superb talent for playing some truly unlikable and downright nasty characters that dominate the films in which he appears! If you're cast as the hero against Forsythe's villain, then you have your work cut out for...
Italian roles: Gotti (Sammy Gravano), The Untouchables (Al Capone), Out for Justice (Richie Madano), The Networker (Charles Mangano), The Bronx Bull (Jake LaMotta), Hidden in the Woods (Uncle Costello), Inkubus (Det. Gil Diamante), The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (Massimo), Shark (Harry Russo), 18 Shades of Dust(Tommy Cucci), For Which He Stands (Johnny Rochetti)
27. Andy Garcia
Actor | Ocean's Eleven
One of Hollywood's most private and guarded leading men, Andy Garcia has created iconic characters while at the same time staying true to his acting roots and personal projects.
Garcia was born Andrés Arturo García Menéndez on April 12, 1956, in Havana, Cuba, to Amelie Menéndez, a teacher of English...
Is Cuban; birth name Andres Arturo Garcia Menendez
Italian roles: The Godfather: Part III (Vincent Mancini), Rob the Mob (Big Al), Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead (Jimmy Tosnia), City Island (Vince Rizzo), Modigliani (Amedeo Modigliani), Twisted (Mike Delmarco), Lakeboat (Guigliani), Hoodlum (Lucky Luciano)
28. Brad Garrett
Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond
Standing 6 feet 9 inches tall, Garrett grew up in Woodland Hills outside of Los Angeles. His father was a hearing aid specialist working in geriatrics and his mother was a housewife. Garrett spent a whopping six weeks at UCLA before going into stand-up comedy full time. He began performing his act ...
Is Jewish; birth name Brad Gerstenfeld
Italian roles: Everybody Loves Raymond (Robert Barone), Fargo (Joe Bulo), Club Land (Lou Montana)
29. Jason Gedrick
Actor | Luck
Jason Gedrick was born on February 7, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Jason Michael Gedroic. He is an actor and director, known for Luck (2011), Bosch (2014) and Dexter (2006). He was previously married to Dana Lavas.
Italian roles: Wisegal (Frank Russo), Sinatra Club (Sal), Desperate Housewives (Rick Coletti), Kings of South Beach (Chris Troiano), Jesus, Mary and Joey (Tony Cappucino), Boomtown (Tom Turcotte), Falcone (Joe Falcone), The Last Don II (Cross DeLena)
30. Gina Gershon
Actress | Bound
Since making her uncredited debut as a dancer in Beatlemania (1981), Gina Gershon has established herself as a character actress and one of the leading icons of American camp. For it was fourteen years after her movie debut that Gina made movie history as the predatory bisexual who was the leading ...
Italian roles: Out for Justice (Patty Madano), City of Hope (Laura Rinaldi), House of Versace (Donatella Versace), The Insider (Helen Caperelli), Borderline (Dr. Lila Coletti), Red Heat (Cat Manzetti)
31. Stephen Graham
Actor | This Is England
Stephen Graham was born August 3, 1973, in the small town of Kirkby, Lancashire, to a pediatric nurse mother and a social worker father. His paternal grandfather was Jamaican, and one of his grandmothers was Swedish. After years of small parts, he finally got his big break in an unexpected way, ...
Is Afro-Jamaican and Caucasian
Italian role: Boardwalk Empire (Al Capone), The Irishman (Anthony Provenzano)
32. Peter Greene
Actor | The Mask
Born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1965. He discovered acting in his mid 20s in New York, where he was trained at Lee Strasberg's studio. Then his deep voiced, tall and pale persona showed up on TV and films in 1990. His first leading roles were in Laws of Gravity (1992) and Clean, Shaven (1993), the...
Italian roles: 1000 Times More Brutal (Carlo Morello), Shanghai Hotel (Mr. Capuzzi), Love, Hollywood Style (Theodor Caruso), Coyote Run (Clifton Santier), Blue Knight (Sgt. Donato)
33. Dan Hedaya
Actor | The Usual Suspects
Dan Hedaya is a familiar face from his work in films and on TV, where he often plays a villain (although he had a good comic turn as the charmingly sleazy Nick Tortelli, Carla's ex-husband, in Cheers (1982) and its short-lived spin-off The Tortellis (1987)). He has also done much stage work, ...
Is Syrian Sephardic Jewish; both parents immigrated from Syria
Italian roles: The Big Take (Frank Manalscapo), Blue Bloods (Vincent Rella), The Mindy Project (Alan Castellano), Wise Guys (Anthony Castelo), Death Penalty (Det. Ralph Corso), The Tortellis (Nick Tortelli), Cheers (Nick Tortelli), Tightrope (Det. Molinari), Veronica Clare (Louis Benato), To Die For (Joe Moretto), Midnight Run for Life (Eddie Moscone), Midnight Runaround (Eddie Moscone), The Hunger (Lt. Allegrezza), Golden Boy (Francis Dialco), Pizza My Heart (Vinnie Montebello), Mulholland Drive (Vincenzo Castigliane), The Crew (Mike Donatelli), Shaft (Jack Roselli), The Hurricane (Della Pesca), Garden of Redemption, Nixon (Trini Cardoza), Lucky (Joey Legs), American Cousins (Settimo), The Garden of Redemption (Capt. Zito), For Love or Money (Gene Salvatore), The Whereabouts of Jenny (Vinnie)
34. Robert Iler
Actor | The Sopranos
Robert Iler was born on March 2, 1985, in New York, New York, USA. He started his show business career at the age of six, when he was discovered by his manager, Jeff Mitchell of J. Mitchell Management, walking down the street in Manhattan with his dad. He immediately was hired to appear in a ...
Italian role:The Sopranos (AJ Soprano)
35. John Kapelos
John Kapelos was born on March 8, 1956 in London, Ontario, Canada as John Thomas Kapelos. He is an actor and writer, known for Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For (2019), The Shape of Water (2017) and Suits (2011).
Italian roles:Identity Theft (Ray DeLucci), Stick It (Chris DeFrank), Pandemic (Michael Torino), The Exes (Giovanni), Castle (Joe Pulgatti)
36. Lainie Kazan
Actress | My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Actress and singer Lainie Kazan first made her mark with her Broadway debut in 1961 with the musical The Happiest Girl in the World. The following year, she appeared in another musical, Bravo Giovanni. She eventually served as Barbra Streisand's understudy for the lead role of Fanny Brice in Funny ...
Is Jewish; father was Russian Ashkenazi Jewish; mother was Sephardic Jewish from Jerusalem
Italian roles: Gigli (Mother); Garlic and Gunpowder (Rose Lusconi); Unorganized Crime (Angela Cicasi); Ugly Betty (Dina Talercio); The Engagement Ring (Alicia Rosa Anselmi); Guiding Light (Shirley Lupo); Life's Work (Connie Minardi); Lust in the Dust (Marguerita Ventura); Lady in Cement (Maria Baretto)
37. Harvey Keitel
Actor | Reservoir Dogs
American actor and producer Harvey Keitel was born on May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Miriam (Klein) and Harry Keitel. An Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee, he has appeared in films such as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976), Ridley Scott's The Duellists (...
Is Jewish; father immigrated from Romania; mother immigrated from Poland
Italian roles: Wise Guys (Bobby DiLea), Sister Act (Vince LaRocca), By the Gun (Salvatore Vitaglia), Two Men in Town (Bill Agati), The Last Godfather (Don Carini), Wrong Turn at Tahoe (Nino), the Ministers (Joseph Bruno), Il Mercante de Pietre (The Merchant), One Last Dance (Terrtano), Nailed (Tony Romano), The Pick-Up Artist (Alonzo Scolara), Grandi Cacciatore (Thomas), The Inquiry (Ponzio Pilato), Fingers (Jimmy Fingers)
38. Elias Koteas
Actor | The Thin Red Line
Elias Koteas was born on March 11, 1961, in Montreal, Canada. Both his parents are of Greek descent. Elias attended Vanier College in Montreal before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1981, of which he is a graduate. He also attended the Actors Studio in ...
Italian roles: Blood Red (Silvio), Power of Attorney (Paul Dellacroce), Sugartime (Butch Blasi), the Sopranos (Dominic Palladino)
39. Ray Liotta
Actor | Goodfellas
Intense is the word for Ray Liotta. He specializes in psychopathic characters who hide behind a cultivated charm. Even in his nice-guy roles in Field of Dreams (1989) and Operation Dumbo Drop (1995), you get the impression that something is smoldering inside of him. Liotta maintains a steady stream...
Is Scottish; adopted by Italian-American parents
Italian roles: Goodfellas (Henry Hill), The Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra), Dominick and Eugene (Eugene Luciano), The Iceman (Roy Demeo), The Details (Peter Mazzoni), Date Night (Joe Miletto), Local Color (John Talia Sr.), Pur Family Honor (Ed Santini), Another World (Joey Perrini), Crazy Times (Johnny Lazarra)
40. Michael Lomenda
Actor | Jersey Boys
Is Czech, Hungarian and English; born and raised in Canada
Italian role: Jersey Boys (Nick Massi)
41. Michael Madsen
Actor | The Hateful Eight
Michael Madsen's long career spans 25 years and more than 170 films in which he has played memorable characters in myriad box office hits, including: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) Sin City (2005), Hell Ride (2008), Die Another Day (2002), Donnie Brasco (1997), Species (1995), ...
Ancestry is Danish, English, Irish, Scottish, German and Native American
Italian roles: The Broken Key (Tully DeMarco); Back in the Day (Enzo); Road of No Return (J. Marcone); Crash and Burn (Vincent Scaillo); Ballad o the Nightingale (Giovanni); Donnie Brasco (Sonny); Money for Nothing (Det. Laurenzi); Reservoir Dogs (Vic Vega); Blood Red (Enzio); Die Another Day (Damian Falco)
42. Roma Maffia
Actress | Disclosure
From a hit television drama to a medley of feature films, Roma Maffia graces the entertainment mediums with her trademark sophistication and charismatic appeal.
Roma portrays the smart, no-nonsense anesthesiologist, 'Dr. Liz Cruz,' on the hit FX drama, "Nip/Tuck." 'Liz' has earned the respect of her ...
Is West Indian, English, and German; Maffia was the surname of her Italian stepfather, who later adopted her
Italian roles: Chicago Hope (Angela Giandamenicio), Yonkers Joe (Irene Santini), Law and Order (Vanessa Guliano), Kiss the Girls (Dr. Ruocco), Courthouse (Ms. Marino), Stuck on You (Roma Mattia)
43. Mark Margolis
Actor | Pi
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1939 and attended Temple University briefly before moving to New York where he studied drama with Stella Adler and at Actors Studio.
Father was Polish Jewish; mother was Russian Jewish Italian roles: Baja (Don Primo), Gotham (Paul Cicero), Person of Interest (Gianni Moretti), The Black Donnellys (Sal Minetta), Waterfront (Sal Trovotelli), Law and Order : Criminal Intent (Mario Damiano), Ed (Sal Mazula), Oz (Antonio Nappa), The Practice (Ronald D'Ambrosio), Law and Order (Frankie Polito), The Pallbearer (Phillip DeMarco), Descending Angel (Bercovici), Boss of Bosses (Piney Armone), Lady Mobster (Peter Colicos), Kay O'Brien (Frank Agretti)
Actress | Welcome to the Dollhouse
Heather Matarazzo was born November 10, 1982, in Oyster Bay, New York. She was adopted by Camille and Ray Matarazzo, an Italian-American couple (she is of Irish descent birth). Heather attended Oyster Bay High School, as well as the Long Island High School for the Arts. In 1997, she made her film ...
Is Irish; adopted by Italian-American parents
45. Alex Meneses
Actress | The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
Alexandra "Alex" Meneses, the ALMA Award nominated actress known for her smoldering bombshell characters and philanthropic commitment to a wide variety of causes, recently starred on The CW's critically-acclaimed series Jane the Virgin (2014). She also recently starred as Isabella, the over-the-top...
Father is Mexican; mother is Ukrainian
Italian roles: Friends (Cookie Tribbiani), Everybody Loves Raymond (Stefania Fogagnolo)
46. Ezra Miller
Actor | The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Ezra Matthew Miller was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, to Marta (Koch), a modern dancer, and Robert S. Miller, who has worked at Workman Publishing and as former senior VP for Hyperion Books. They have two older sisters. Ezra is of Ashkenazi Jewish (father) and German-Dutch (mother) ancestry; they ...
Father is Jewish; mother is German and Dutch (Christian)
Italian role: City Island (Vince Rizzo Jr.)
47. Paul Newman
Actor | The Hustler
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Arthur Sigmund Newman (died 1950) and Theresa Fetsko (died 1982). His elder brother was , Arthur S. Newman Jr., named for ...
Father was Jewish, mother was Slovakian
Italian roles: Somebody Up There Likes Me (Rocky Graziano), Winning (Frank Capua)
48. Chris Noth
Actor | Sex and the City
Two-time Golden Globe nominee and SAG Award nominated actor Chris Noth stars on Season 3 FX's critically acclaimed drama Tyrant (2014) and has two independent films coming out this year.
On Tyrant (2014), Noth enters the show in its third season premiering in July, starring as Gen. William Cogswell,...
Is German,Irish, and English
Italian roles: Lovelace (Anthony Romano), Bad Apple (Mike Tozzi), Searching for Paradise (Michael DeSantis), The Judge (Paul Madriani), Julius Caesar (Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus), Medusa's Child (Tony DiStefano), The Deli (Sal), the Confession (Campuso)
49. Adrian Pasdar
Actor | Near Dark
Adrian Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Rosemarie Pasdar (née Sbresny), who owns a travel agency, and Homayoon Pasdar, a prominent heart surgeon. His father is Iranian and his mother, who was born in Germany, is of German, and some Polish, descent. At the age of 2, his father moved ...
Father is Iranian; mother is German and Polish
Italian roles: Cookie (Vito); The Last Capone (Jimmy Capone), Heroes (Nathan Petrelli), Political Animals (Paul Garcetti)
50. Rhea Perlman
Actress | Cheers
Rhea Perlman was born on March 31, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Rhea Jo Perlman. She is an actress and producer, known for Cheers (1982), Matilda (1996) and Canadian Bacon (1995). She has been married to Danny DeVito since January 28, 1982. They have three children.
Italian roles: Cheers (Carla Tortelli), The Selling of Vince D'Angelo (Mrs. D'Angelo), The Mindy Project (Annette Castellano), Secret Cutting (Dr. Parella)
51. Connor Paolo
Actor | Stake Land
Connor Paolo was born July 11, 1990 in New York City, New York, to Julia Mendelsohn, a vocal coach and classical pianist, and Colin Paolo, a writer. In 2006, he attended the professional performing arts school featured in the movie Fame. Then he began taking acting classes at the Lee Strasberg ...
Mother is Ashkenazi Jewish; father has German ancestry; original family name was Pahlow
52. Joey Pollari
Actor | Love, Simon
Born in Ramsey, Minnesota, Joey Pollari started his acting career when he attended a scouting event in downtown Minneapolis with his mother, who was reluctant to take him to the event. He received callbacks the next day from agents who wanted to represent him. Pollari took acting lessons from the ...
Is Finnish, Swedish, German, English, and French-Canadian
53. Nicole Polizzi
Actress | The Three Stooges
Nicole Polizzi was born on November 23, 1987 in Santiago, Chile as Nicole Elizabeth Polizzi. She is a producer and writer, known for The Three Stooges (2012), Movie 43 (2013) and Supernatural (2005). She has been married to Jionni LaValle since November 29, 2014. They have three children.
Is Chilean; adopted by Italian-American parents
Italian role: The Jersey Shore
54. David Proval
Actor | Mean Streets
David Proval launched his acting career with a starring role in Mean Streets (1973), directed by Martin Scorsese, and has been working nonstop ever since. Notable features in which he has appeared include The Phantom (1996), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) Four Rooms (1995) and The Shawshank Redemption...
Is Romanian Jewish
Italian roles: The Sopranos (Richie Aprile),Vinyl (Sal Finestra), Silent But Deadly (Giovanni), Irene inTime (Norm Forentino), Phantom Punch (Sorvino),Hollywood Dreams (Caesar DiNatale), Just Desserts (Uncle Fabrizio), Boomtown (Paul Turcotte), A.U.S.A. (Carmine Schiavelli), White Boy (Jim Lovero), Everybody Loves Raymond (Marco Fogagnolo), Judging Amy (Henry Pagano), The Fighting Fitzgeralds (Joe Sambarelli), Mob Queen (George Gianfranco), Tothe Limit (Joey Bambino), Courage (Angelo Cervi), Nunzio (Nunzio), Mean Streets (Tony)
55. Anthony Quinn
Actor | Alexis Zorbas
Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life ...
Father was half Irish and half Mexican; mother was Mexican; birth name was Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca
Italian roles: Last Action Hero (Tony Vivaldi), The Secret of Santa Vittoria (Bombolini), La Strada (Zampano), The Don is Dead (Don Angelo Dimorra), The Destructors (Steve Ventura), Wild is the Wind (Gino), Mobsters (Don Masseria), The Black Orchid (Frank Valente), Across 110th Street (Capt. Mattelli), The Inheritance (Gregorio), The Salamander (Bruno Manzini), Stradivari (Antonio Stradavari), Jungle Fever (Lou Carbone), Gotti (Neil Dellacroce), The Mayor (Antonio Baracano), Oriundi (Giuseppe Padovani), Avenging Angelo (Angelo Allieghieri), Somebody to Love (Emillio), Only the Lonely (Nick Acropolis), Regina Roma (Papa), The Happening (Roc Delmonico), Angels of Darkness (Francesco Caserto), Fatal Desire (Alfio), Back to Bataan (Capt. Andres Bonifacio), Mask of the Avenger (Viovanni Larocca), Blood and Sand (Manolo De Palma), Il mago (Ercole)
56. Jean Reno
Actor | Léon
Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. ...
Is Spanish; was born in Morocco; birth name Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jimenez
Italian roles: 22 Bullets (Charlie Mattei), The Philosopher (Baggio), L'enquete corse (Ange Leoni), Wasabi (Hubert Fiorentini), Roseanna's Grave (Marcello), Beyond the Clouds (Carlo), The Big Blue (Enzo Molinari)
57. Eric Roberts
Actor | Head Full of Honey
Roberts is an Academy Award nominee for his role in Runaway Train, and a three-time Golden Globe nominee for Runaway Train, Star 80, and King of the Gypsies.
In addition, Roberts received acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival for his role in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and It's My Party. He ...
Ancestry is English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, and Swedish
Italian roles: The Lost Capone (Al Capone); The Pope of Greenwich Village (Paulie); The Dark Knight (Sal Maroni); Love, Honor, and Obey: the Last Mafia Marriage (Bill Bonanno Jr.); Dark Angel (Walter D'Arcangelo); The Player (Pauly Agostino), West End (Victor Trevi); Abstraction (Angelo Moretti); Lovelace (Nat Laurendi); Kingshighway (Fran Monviano); Christmas Rush (Jimmy Scalzetti); T.N.T. (Russo); Oz (Richard L'Italien); Descending Angel (Michael Rossi); Blood Red (Marco Collegero); Bittersweet (Mr. Venti); Pandemic (Mayor Dalesandro); Good Mourning Lucille (Ristori); Relentless Justice (Lanzetta); Monsters of Mulberry Street (Joseph Coletti)
58. Mercedes Ruehl
Actress | The Fisher King
Ruehl received her first Academy Award nomination and win for her performance as Anne Napolitano, the emotionally driven girlfriend to fallen radio personality, (played by Jeff Bridges), in Terry Gilliam's masterpiece, The Fisher King (1991). In addition to an Oscar, and a Golden Globe, Ruehl's ...
Is German, Irish, and Cuban
Italian role: Married to the Mob (Connie Russo); Power (Connie Teresi); The Mysteries of Laura (Val Santiani); Law and Order: SVU (Lucia Barba); More Dogs Than Bones (Victoria Galletti)
59. Winona Ryder
Actress | Little Women
Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian ...
Is Jewish; birth name was Winona Laura Horowitz
Italian roles: Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael (Dinky Bossetti), Show Me a Hero (Vinni Restiano), The Iceman (Deborah Pellicotti),S1mOne (Nicola Anders)
60. Richie Sambora
Soundtrack | Spaceballs
Richie Sambora is one of music's most talented and respected songwriters, singers, guitarists and producers. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, he has toured the world and collected over 68 gold and platinum albums. In 1998 Sambora released his second solo album, "Undiscovered Soul". The album was ...
61. Saundra Santiago
Actress | Miami Vice
Saundra Santiago is a versatile actress who has worked in television, movies and on the Broadway stage. She holds a BFA from the University of Miami, and an MFA from Southern Methodist University. She is also a member of the Actor's Studio in New York City. She was born and raised in the Bronx.
Puerto Rican and Cuban
Italian roles: Person of Interest (Patti D'Agostino), The Sopranos (Jean Cusamano), Miami Vice (Gina Calabrese)
62. Steven Seagal
Producer | On Deadly Ground
Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Patricia Anne (Fisher), a medical technician, and Samuel Seagal, a high school math teacher. His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and his mother had English, German, and distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry. The enigmatic ...
Father was Ashkenazi Jewish; mother was English and German; father's surname was originally Siegelman, which he changed to Seagal
Italian roles: Above the Law (Nico Toscani), Out for Justice (Gino Felino)
63. Tony Shalhoub
Actor | Monk
Anthony Marcus Shalhoub was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joseph Shalhoub, who owned a grocery chain, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at age ten, later marrying Shalhoub's mother, Helen (Seroogy), who herself was born in Wisconsin, to Lebanese parents...
Italian roles: Big Night (Primo), Wings (Antonio Scarpacci), Against the Ropes (Sam LaRocca), Cars (Luigi)
Actress | The Sopranos
Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been acting and singing since the age of 7. She got her start in New York regional theater, and has since starred in over two dozen theatrical productions including "Annie," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sound of Music," "The Wiz," and "Gypsy." In the summer of 2001, she starred in...
Father is Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish of Romanian, Polish, Greek, and Albanian ancestry; mother is Cuban; Jamie-Lynn speaks fluent Greek and Spanish
Italian role: The Sopranos (Meadow Soprano), Love Wrecked (Alexis Manetti), Loserville (Coach Aileen Russo)
65. Tom Sizemore
Actor | Saving Private Ryan
Tom Sizemore rose in prominence throughout the 1990s, establishing himself as a memorable tough-guy actor, sought by the most respected directors in the business.
Thomas Edward Sizemore, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Judith (Schannault), an ombudsman staff member, and Thomas Edward Sizemore, ...
Ancestry is English, Welsh, Scots-Irish, and French
Italian roles: Devotion (Bobby Carbone); Cross 3 (Det. Frank Nitti); The Litch ( Giovanni Moretti); Bad Frank (Mickey Duro); The Banksters (Vito); The Colombian Connection (Frank Rossi); Suing the Devil (Tony Anzaldo); Black Gold (Det. Brandano); Sky Kids (Angelo Esposito); Witness to the Mob (John Gotti); The Relic (Lt. Vincent D'Agosta); Heat (Michael Cheritto);Natural Born Killers (Det. Jack Scagnetti); Striking Distance (Det. Danny Detillo); Passenger 57 (Sly Delvecchio); China Beach (Sgt. Vinnie Ventresca)
66. Ian Somerhalder
Actor | The Vampire Diaries
Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana. His mother, Edna (née Israel), is a massage therapist, and his father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contractor. He has Cajun (French), English, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Boating, swimming, fishing and ...
Ancestry is Cajun (French), English, and Scots-Irish
Italian roles: The Vampire Diaries (Damon Salvatore), Marco Polo (Marco Polo)
67. Mike Starr
Actor | Ed Wood
Mike Starr was born on July 29, 1950 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Michael Edward Starr. He is an actor, known for Ed Wood (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994) and Uncle Buck (1989). He has been married to Joanne since 1975. They have three children.
Is half Polish, half Irish; original family name was Dwiazda, which purportedly means "star"
Italian roles: Offstage Elements (Sammy Gallo), Oil Run (Sid Columbo), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Dominic), Psych (Max Rizzo), The Mob Doctor (Al Trapani), Delivering the Goods (Domenico), CSI (Dominic Bruno), Best Friends Forever (Angelo), The Young and the Restless (Angelo Veneziano), The Office (Grotti), Chicago Overcoat (Lorenzo Galante), Black Dynamite (Rafelli), Osso Bucco (Jelly Dinotto), A.U.S.A. (Bobby Paterno), The Cactus Kid (DiPasquale), The Lady in Question (Det. Tony Rossini), The West Wing (Sen. Tony Merino), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Tony Cicci), Early Edition (Phil Deluca), Dumb and Dumber (Joe Mentalino), The Bodyguard (Tony), Wiseguy (Al Merullo), Lean on Me (Mr. Zirelli)
68. Peter Stormare
Actor | Fargo
Peter Stormare was born in Arbrå, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, to Gunhild (Holm) and Karl Ingvar Storm. He began his acting career at the Royal National Theatre of Sweden, performing for eleven years. In 1990 he became the Associate Artistic Director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and directed productions ...
Italian roles: Small Apartments (Mr. Olivetti); Prison Break (John Abruzzi); Insanitarium (Dr. Gianetti); Love in the Mirror (Giovanni Andreini); The Brothers Grimm (Cavaldi)
69. David Strathairn
Actor | Good Night, and Good Luck.
David Russell Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949 in San Francisco, California. He is the son of Mary Frances (Frazier), a nurse, and Thomas Scott Strathairn, Jr., a physician. He has two siblings, Tom and Anne. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and ...
Ancestry is Scottish, Irish, English, Portuguese, Chinese, and Native Hawaiian
Italian roles: Matadors (Roman Lodari), Eight Men Out (Eddie Ciccote), With Friends Like These.. (Armand Manetti), Fracture (Joe Lobruto), The Tempest (King Alonso)
70. Channing Tatum
Actor | 21 Jump Street
Channing Tatum was born in a small town, Cullman, Alabama, 50 miles north of Birmingham. He is the son of Kay (Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Matthew Tatum, who worked in construction. Growing up, he was full of energy and somewhat troublesome, so his parents decided to enroll him in ...
Ancestry is English
Italian roles: She's the Man (Duke), The Eagle (Marcus), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Young Antonio)
71. Miles Teller
Actor | The Spectacular Now
Miles Alexander Teller is an American actor and musician. For his performance in the film The Spectacular Now (2013), he won the Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He has appeared in the films Rabbit Hole (2010), Footloose (2011), Project X (2012), That ...
Is Ashkenazi Jewish, Polish, and Irish
Italian role: Bleed for This (Vinny Pazienza)
72. Michael Trevino
Actor | The Vampire Diaries
Michael Trevino (born January 25, 1985) is best known for playing Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries. Recently, he has appeared on the TV series 90210, The Riches, and The Originals.
Michael Trevino was born on January 25, 1985 in Montebello, California and raised in Valencia, California. He was ...
Italian role: Sunset Park (Gino Sarcione); Roswell, New Mexico (Kyle Valenti)
73. Jesse Ventura
Actor | Predator
Jesse Ventura was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Bernice Martha (Lenz), a nurse who was of German descent, and George William Janos, a steam fitter of Slovak ancestry. In November 1990, professional wrestler turned actor Jesse Ventura was elected to a four-year term as mayor of Brooklyn Park, ...
Ancestry is Slovakian and German; birth name was James George Janos
74. Abe Vigoda
Actor | The Godfather
Tall, dour-faced and slouch-shouldered character actor Abe Vigoda proved himself in both gritty dramatic roles, and as an actor with wonderful comedic timing.
Vigoda was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, a tailor -- both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor...
Was Jewish; parents immigrated from Russia
Italian roles: The Godfather (Salvatore Tessio), Look Who's Talking (Grandpa Umbriacco)
Actor | Hairspray
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter (1978), and has been seen in mostly character roles, often ...
Is German and Scottish; father immigrated from Germany; mother immigrated from Glasgow, Scotland
Italian roles:True Romance (Vincenzo Coccotti), The Sentinel (Det. Rizzo),The Affair of the Necklace (Alessandro Cagliostro), Catch Me If You Can (Frank Abagnale Sr.), Kangaroo Jack (Salvatore Maggio), Jersey Boys (Gyp DeCarlo), A Business Affair (Vanni Corso), Suicide Kings (Carlo Bartolucci), Illuminata (Umberto Bevalaqua), Joe Dirt (Anthony Benedetti)
76. Paul Wesley
Actor | Tell Me a Story
Paul was raised in the Marlboro, New Jersey. His parents immigrated from Poland, where he spent a large portion of his childhood. Many of his relatives still reside there.
During his high school years, Paul was actively involved in theater studies, primarily in New York City. He attended Christian ...
Italian roles: The Vampire Diaries (Stefan Salvatore), American Dreams (Tommy DeFelice)
77. Henry Winkler
Actor | The Waterboy
Henry Franklin Winkler was born on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York. His parents, Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) and Harry Irving Winkler, were German Jewish immigrants who escaped the Holocaust by moving to the US in 1939. His father was the president of an international lumber company while his ...
Is Jewish; both parents immigrated from Germany
Italian role: Happy Days (Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli)
78. Natalie Wood
Actress | Rebel Without a Cause
Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilov) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the ...
Was Russian; both parents immigrated from Russia
Italian role: Love with the Proper Stranger (Angie Rossini)