The Greeks

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Adonis Aletras
Music Department, The Age of Innocence
Adonis Aletras was born in Cyprus from Greek Cypriot parents. Educated at Berklee College of Music (Composition, Class of 1991), he has an international career in film and television music. His music can be heard in US network and cable shows including the Emmy Award winning show 'Deadliest Catch' and the CBS daytime Emmy Award winning show 'Lucky Dog'. "...
 
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Jennifer Aniston
Actress, Friends
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek, and her mother was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Jennifer spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City where her parents divorced when she was nine...
 
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Alexandros Avranas
Director, Miss Violence
Alexander Avranas, born in Larissa in 1977. He started studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1998-2001) and then he continued at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin. With his first film "Without" he win seven awards at the 49th Film Festival of Thesaloniki and suggested for the Best Director Award at the International Film Festival of Milan...
 
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Ted Bafaloukos
Production Designer, The Thin Blue Line
 
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Nick Cassavetes
Director, The Notebook
Nick Cassavetes was born in New York City, the son of actress Gena Rowlands and Greek-American actor and film director John Cassavetes. As a child, he appeared in two of his father's films: Husbands and A Woman Under the Influence. After spending so much of his youth surrounded by the film industry, Cassavetes initially decided he did not want to go into the field...
 
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Kostas Christides
Music Department, Spider-Man 3
 
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Michael Chiklis
Actor, The Shield
Educated at Boston University's School for the Arts, majoring in acting, before moving to New York City. Michael has numerous theater credits including the roles of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire and Touchstone in Shakespeare's As You Like It.
 
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Michael Constantine
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. Before his appearance in that movie and the subsequent TV series based on it, he was primarily known for his portrayal of principal "Seymour Kaufman" in the series Room 222...
 
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Georges Corraface
European actor Georges Corraface has an international career in film and television, after many years in French theater - notably as a member of the famed Peter Brook Company. His movie credits include A Touch of Spice, Evagora's Vow, Escape from L.A., La pasión turca, Vive la mariée... et la libération du Kurdistan, Impromptu...
 
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Alki David
Producer, The Freediver
Alki David Greek was born in West Africa hi colorful experiences include a voluntary bout in the British armed forces, lab analyst for Coca Cola, as a fish farm laborer, water-ski instructor, PADI scuba instructor and radio jock. 2014 Alki owns and operated FilmOn.TV the online streaming site he started...
 
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Chris Diamantopoulos
Chris grew up splitting his time between Greece and Canada. At age 9, he started doing TV commercials and professional theater. He left home at 18 to perform in a series of US national tours after which, he landed on Broadway. Chris now splits his time between New York and Los Angeles acting in TV and Film...
 
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Olympia Dukakis
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. Since then movie...
 
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George Drakoulias
Music Department, The Hangover
 
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Tina Fey
Writer, Mean Girls
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish, and English ancestry...
 
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Spiros Focás
Actor, Rambo III
Spiros Focas is one of Greece's most respected and well-known actors. He was discovered by legendary Italian director Luchino Visconti and cast in a lead role in the classic Rocco and His Brothers. He went on to star in many Greek and Italian films throughout the 1960s and '70s, working with such famous directors as Vincente Minnelli and Ferdinando Baldi...
 
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Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Mary Frances (Cashion), who owned a community arts center, and Harry Galifianakis, a heating oil vendor. His father is of Greek descent and his mother is of mostly English and Scottish ancestry. Zach moved to New York City after failing his last college class by one point...
 
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Nick Giannopoulos
Nick is an actor/writer/producer/director. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, the first born son of Greek Immigrant parents. He grew up mainly in the inner Melbourne suburbs of Fitzroy & Richmond. His main schools were Abbotsford Primary School & Richmond High School. He completed his HSC at Taylors College in 1980...
 
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Nathalie Rapti Gomez
Actress, Ex
Nathalie was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, to a Greek father and Colombian mother but moved with her family to Italy when she was only a few months old. There she spent the next five years shuttling between Rome and Palermo and had her first exposure in the entertainment/advertising business when she was only three years old, in an ad for Pampers...
 
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Demetri Goritsas
From Greek and Norwegian parentage, Demetri Goritsas was born in the US, grew up in British Columbia and has lived his adult life in London, England. Aside from television and film he's had quite a presence on the London stage performing at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court working with such acclaimed writers as Edward Albee...
 
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Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ Honorary Greek. ” - The Artist.
 
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Marilu Henner
Actress, Taxi
 
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Constantinos Isaias
Director, Sacred Whispers
Constantinos Isaias, following his passion for classic cinema and for the great directors of that era, period films, he studied film-directing at 2009 at NYFA (Universal Studios). He directed 13 short films, just to mention a few: "As a last Resort", "The Vengeance", "Sacred Whispers". His technique...
 
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Melina Kanakaredes
Actress, CSI: NY
Melina Eleni Kanakaredes was born in Akron, Ohio, to Connie (Temo), who owned a candy company, and Harry Kanakaredes, an insurance salesman. She is of Greek descent. Her love of musical theater, especially the work of Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, inspired her as a child. She began performing...
 
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Anthony Katagas
Anthony Katagas is one of the most prolific producers working in American independent film. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture for his role in producing "12 Years a Slave," he has produced nearly 35 films in the last twelve years. He has worked with a variety of innovative and award-winning filmmakers...
 
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Patricia Kara
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Patricia's attraction to the entertainment industry began when she was a teenager. Since then, her career has allowed her to live and travel all over the world. Having starred as one of the spokes models on the Primetime and daytime versions of NBC's Deal or No Deal...
 
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Zoe Kazan
Actress, Ruby Sparks
Zoe Swicord Kazan was born in Los Angeles, California, to screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord. She is the granddaughter of director Elia Kazan. She is of Greek (from her paternal grandfather), English, and German descent. Kazan received her BA in Theater from Yale University. In the fall of 2006...
 
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Elias Koteas
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 New York City...
 
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Panos H. Koutras
Director, Xenia
Born in Athens. He studied in London at the "London International Film School" and then in Paris at the "Sorbonne". From 1985 until 1995 he lived in Paris and London and made several shorts films which participated in festivals such as "The London Film Festival", "Festival Du Cinema Mediterraneen" where in 1991 the short film "The Fall and Rise of Lydia Von Burer" won the first price...
 
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Melia Kreiling
Melia Kreiling was born in Geneva, Switzerland to American father Randall A. Kreiling and Greek mother Katia Dimopoulou, and she was raised in Athens, Greece. Melia moved to the UK where she attended the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and later the London School of Dramatic Art. She soon signed with London-based talent agent Piers Nimmo...
 
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Asteris Kutulas
Born to Greek political immigrants in Romania in 1960, Asteris Kutulas and his family moved to East Germany in 1968. He graduated from Dresden's Kreuzschule and went on to study German literature and history of philosophy at Leipzig University. Since 1981, he has translated numerous works of notable Greek authors into German (Cavafy...
 
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Yorgos Lanthimos
Director, The Lobster
Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theatre plays. Kinetta, his first feature film...
 
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Louis Mandylor
Recently reprising his role in, my big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the 400 million dollar- grossing history-making comedy sequel, Mandylor's latest movies / Daylights End playing Lance Hendrickson's son in a Post apocalypse zombie infested world/ Mandylor also leads his expendable type crew through a high Octane action drama Titled HUNTED"...
 
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Adoni Maropis
Actor, 24
Being an exceptional all-around athlete in high school near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it appeared Adoni would pursue a professional career in some sport. Turning down various athletic scholarships, he enrolled at West Virginia University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration...
 
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Alexia Melocchi
Alexia Melocchi had a successful career in the international marketplace, as both a sales agent and buyer's representative for international distributors, giving her diverse exposure to all types of films and functions in the entertainment industry. As consultant she works on packaging films, securing...
 
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Dorotea Mercuri
Actress, Madame Zander
Dorotea Mercouri, like the classic Mediterranean beauties she is often compared to - Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani - is no shrinking violet. Her hereditary combination of southern Italian bravado and a Greek goddess-like aura protrude loudly as a visual of delight - a woman who will always be in the prime of her life...
 
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Anastas N. Michos
Cinematographer, Man on the Moon
Anastas Michos works with bold confidence in every genre. From lush period pieces, to sparkling romantic comedies, from electrifying thrillers to pulsating musicals, Michos brings to each of his films a strong style and dynamic look. His versatility is front and center in the kaleidoscopic musical...
 
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George Miller
George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max films, Miller has been involved in a wide range of projects...
 
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Steve Mouzakis
Steve is an award winning Australian film, television and theatre actor. Known for his performances in Spike Jonze's 'Where The Wild Things Are' and his breakout starring turn as the tormented hitman Steven Ray, in the critically acclaimed Netflix hit 'The Suicide Theory'. He is highly regarded for his versatility and skill in bringing a wide range of vivid characters to life...
 
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Sophia Neophitou
Costume and Wardrobe Department, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
 
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Phedon Papamichael
Cinematographer, The Pursuit of Happyness
Phedon Papamichael, an award winning Cinematographer, was born in Athens, Greece and moved with his family to Germany, where in 1982 he completed his education in Fine Arts, in Munich. Working as a photojournalist brought Phedon to NYC in 1983, where he started crossing over into cinematography. His first short film...
 
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Peter Pappas
Casting Department, Two and a Half Men
 
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Michael Papajohn
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Michael graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in 1983. The Texas Rangers drafted him in 1985, but he chose instead to attend Louisiana State University on a baseball scholarship. He was the starting center-fielder on the first LSU team to go to the College World Series in 1986, and again in 1987...
 
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Louis Pappas
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1963, Louis Pappas began his career, on stage, with the Drexel Hill Players in 1971. Also an accomplished pianist, he studied classical piano at Settlement Music School. In 1979 he moved to South Florida where he attended Broward College furthering his music education and taking creative writing...
 
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Alexander Payne
Producer, The Descendants
Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older brothers...
 
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Zoë Poledouris
The elder of Basil Poledouris' two daughters, Zoë was born on August 25, 1973 in Los Angeles. Zoë grew up interpreting her father's music with movement on ice as a competitive figure skater. At the age of nine years, she performed a piece on the recorder for her father which became the melody for "the orgy"...
 
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Sakis Rouvas
Sakis Rouvas made his first professional appearance in 1991 and was instantly offered his first record contract, followed by a breakthrough performance at the esteemed Thessaloniki Song Festival, winning the first place and an amazing debut. Since then, the love of his fans has turned to obsession and the media keep featuring Sakis constantly...
 
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Greg P. Russell
Sound Department, Transformers
Greg P. Russell began his career at T.T.G. Recording Studios in 1977 as an assistant recording engineer on several hit television shows, including The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Hart to Hart, Vegas, and Fantasy Island. In 1981, Greg moved to Evergreen Studios, where he worked with such artists as Neil Diamond...
 
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