Americans who were not born in America

Although these celebs were not born in the USA, they were raised their whole life in the USA and are very much American. :)
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Lily Collins
Lily Jane Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey, England. Her father is English musician Phil Collins, while her mother, Jill Tavelman, who is from Los Angeles, California, was president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club for three terms. Lily moved with her mother to LA at the age of five, after her parents split up...
“ Born in UK, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
2.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan). Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati...
“ Born in Israel, raised in New York. ” - coralpanther
 
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Elizabeth Taylor
Actress, Giant
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since...
“ Born in UK, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
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Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Miller is a compelling and critically acclaimed actor whose credits span both television and feature film. Wentworth Earl Miller III was born June 2, 1972 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, to American parents, Joy Marie (Palm), a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller II...
“ Born in UK, raised in New York. ” - coralpanther
 
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Sasha Pieterse
Sasha Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to acrobatic dancer parents. At 6 years old, Sasha got her start in television, co-starring as "Buffy" on The WB comedy series Family Affair, opposite Gary Cole. She now returns to series television playing Cole's daughter on Wanted...
“ Born in South Africa, raised in Nevada. ” - coralpanther
 
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Amy Adams
Actress, Arrival
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ Born in Italy, raised in Colorado. ” - coralpanther
 
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Mischa Barton
Born in London and raised in New York. From humble beginnings in New York Theater in 1994 where she trained with such esteemed director/writers as James Lapine ("Twelve Dreams" at Lincoln Center with Donna Murphy), Tony Kushner ("Slavs!" at New York Theater Workshop with Marisa Tomei), and Naomi Wallace ("One Flea Spare" at the Public Theatre with Dianne Wiest)...
“ Born in UK, raised in New York. ” - coralpanther
 
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Jeri Ryan
Jeri Ryan was born Jeri Lynn Zimmerman on February 22, 1968 in Munich, West Germany, to Gerhard Florian Zimmerman, a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, and his wife Sharon, a social worker. She and her older brother Mark grew up on several military bases, including Kansas, Maryland, Hawaii, Georgia and Texas...
“ Born in Germany, raised in Kentucky. ” - coralpanther
 
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Bruce Willis
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19...
“ Born in Germany, raised in New Jersey. ” - coralpanther
 
10.
Tamera Mowry-Housley
Self, The Real
Tamera Darvette Mowry was born on July 6, 1978, two minutes before her twin sister, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, in Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany to Darlene Mowry and Timothy Mowry, who was in the U.S. Army at the time of her birth and later became a custody officer/jailer with the City of Glendale Police Department...
“ Born in Germany, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
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“ Born in Germany, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
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Anton Yelchin
Actor, Star Trek
Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis, Chekov in the Star Trek reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy. He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin...
“ Born in Russia, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
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Noah Mills
Noah started modeling in 2003. His sister sent some photographs of him to an agency in Vancouver. Wilhelmina is his current agency. He was featured as Model of the Week by Model.com on Nov 13, 2003. In Jan 2004 he begins his runway career with Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent doing shows in Milan and Paris...
“ Born in Canada, raised in Maryland. ” - coralpanther
 
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Steve-O
Steve graduated from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1997. He says the program was more like boot camp than college. Out of 2000 applicants, only 33 were accepted and Steve-O was one of them. However, after graduation, 10 were selected for the circus and this didn't include him...
“ Born in UK, raised in New Mexico and Florida. ” - coralpanther
 
15.
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his father...
“ Born in Puerto Rico, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
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Joel McHale
Writer, The Soup
Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, to a Canadian-born mother, Laurie (Jackson), and an American-born father, Jack McHale. His father, from Chicago, is of Irish descent, and his mother, from Vancouver, has Norwegian, Finnish, and English ancestry. Joel was raised in Seattle, Washington, and graduated from Mercer Island High School...
“ Born in Italy, raised in Washington. ” - coralpanther
 
17.
Catherine Bell
Actress, JAG
Catherine was born in London, but moved to California with her Iranian mother at age 2. Her mother still acts as her personal assistant. As a child, she acted in various TV adverts. She went to UCLA to study biology, but dropped out to become a model in Japan. She moved back into acting with a Mexican...
“ Born in UK, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
18.
Giuliana Rancic
Self, E! News
Giuliana DePandi was born in Naples, Italy in 1975. Her family moved to the United States, namely Washington D.C., during her childhood. Fluent only in Italian, Giuliana prides herself on the fact that she taught herself English by watching day-time soaps and other television shows. After graduating from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda...
“ Born in Italy, raised in Washington DC. ” - coralpanther
 
19.
Michael Vartan
Actor, Alias
Michael Vartan came to international acclaim with his starring role as 'Agent Michael Vaughn' on the worldwide hit ABC series, "Alias," which ran for five seasons. With upcoming film and television roles, he continues to explore the different facets of his talent and versatility. Vartan currently stars...
“ Born in France, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
20.
Allison Miller
Actress, 17 Again
Allison Miller was born in Rome, Italy, to American parents, Margo and John Winn Miller. She grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where her father worked as a journalist. The family eventually settled in Tallahassee, Florida, where she studied dance, piano, acting and singing while still at high school before briefly attending the University of Florida at Gainesville...
“ Born in Italy, raised in Florida. ” - coralpanther
 
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“ Born in Germany, raised in Florida. ” - coralpanther
 
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“ Born in Italy, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
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“ Born in Germany, raised in Virginia. ” - coralpanther
 
24.
Elisabeth Röhm
Elisabeth Röhm was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, to American writer Lisa Loverde, and Eberhard Röhm, a German-born partner at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP New York. They relocated to New York City, near Elisabeth's first birthday. An equestrian enthusiast, Elisabeth began competing professionally at the age of 5...
“ Born in Germany, raised in New York and Tennessee. ” - coralpanther
 
25.
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
Mila Kunis was born Milena Markovna Kunis to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs...
“ Born in Ukraine, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
26.
Daniel Dae Kim
Through the diversity of his roles on stage and screen, Daniel Dae Kim continues to expand our perceptions of the Asian-American man. In characters ranging from the King of Siam, a Shakespearean hero, a social worker for the Chicago needy, to a counter-terrorist agent, his work has consistently proven to transcend the historical barriers of race and stereotype...
“ Born in South Korea, raised in Pennsylvania. ” - coralpanther
 
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“ Born in Japan, raised in Arizona. ” - coralpanther
 
28.
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet, and the Resident Evil franchise. Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich was born on December 17...
“ Born in Ukraine, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
29.
Alexa Davalos
Alexa Davalos was born in Paris, France, to American parents, Jeff Dunas, a photographer, and Elyssa Davalos, an actress. Her father's family were Jewish immigrants (from Russia and Lithuania). After a quintessentially bohemian childhood that found her straddling New York, Paris, Italy and Los Angeles...
“ Born in France, raised in New York. ” - coralpanther
 
30.
Cole Sprouse
Cole Sprouse was born in Arezzo, Italy, to American parents, Melanie (Wright) and Matthew Sprouse. Cole began his acting career alongside his identical twin brother at the tender age of six months. From 1993 to 1998 the twins shared the role of Patrick Kelly, on ABC's hit series Grace Under Fire, soon booking Julian in Adam Sandler's box office hit...
“ Born in Italy, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
31.
Dylan Sprouse
Dylan Sprouse was born August 4, 1992, in Arezzo, Italy, to American parents, Melanie (Wright) and Matthew Sprouse. Sprouse has acted from the young age of six months and still acts to this day, residing in NYC after receiving his bachelors degree from NYU. Along with acting, Dylan owns a meadery and bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, serving as the master brewer of the business.
“ Born in Italy, raised in California. ” - coralpanther
 
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“ Born in UK, raised in New York. ” - coralpanther
 
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“ Born in Germany, raised in Maryland. ” - coralpanther
 
34.
Jenn Proske
Actress, Vampires Suck
In late 2009, after graduating from Boston University, Jenn moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming an actor. Only four months later, she landed her first role, the starring role in Vampires Suck, a big-budget FOX & New Regency movie. She led the film to gross nearly $100 million worldwide and she was awarded Best New Actress by the Beverly Hills Film and TV Festival...
“ Born in Canada, raised in California. ” - coralpanther