Entertainers That Give Back

this is a working list of all the entertainers that give back to their community in some way. if you know of anyone that should be added or find any information that is wrong please let me know.
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Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Williams took part in the America: A Tribute to Heroes charity telethon for victims of 9/11.

many others ” - americanheros
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ 1. USA for UNHCR
2. Jolie has stated that she now plans to spend most of her time in humanitarian efforts, to be financed by her actress salary. She devotes one third of her income to savings, one third to living expenses and one third to charity. In 2002, Angelina adopted a Cambodian refugee boy named Maddox and in 2005 adopted an Ethiopian refugee girl named Zahara

Doctors Without Borders
Global Action for Children ” - americanheros
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer. Gaga was born on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York City, to Cynthia Louise (Bissett) and Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr., an internet entrepreneur. Her father is of Italian descent...
“ Gaga partnered with Virgin Mobile on her Monster Ball national tour offering premium VIP tickets to fans who volunteer their time to homeless youth organizations, which raised more than $80,000 in proceeds to support homeless youth, and generated 30,000 hours of community service for hundreds of charities across the country. ” - americanheros
Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Ella Eva (Mireles) and Enrique Longoria, Jr. The youngest of four sisters who grew up on a ranch near Corpus Christi, Longoria attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After graduating from college...
“ Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Kids Wish Network
Make-A-Wish Foundation
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ” - americanheros
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ African Children's Choir
Care to Learn
Jolie-Pitt Foundation
Right To Play ” - americanheros
Miley Cyrus
Actress, Bolt
Miley Cyrus was born in Franklin, Tennessee, the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife, Letitia Jean "Tish" (Finley). She has 5 siblings - two half-brothers, a half-sister and a younger brother and sister. Her birth name is Destiny Hope, given to her by her parents who hoped she would achieve greatness...
“ Habitat For Humanity
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Red Cross

many others ” - americanheros
Rocky Stone
Rocky began in the early 1980s as a stage actor/comedian. On October 15th of 1994, one week before his 23rd birthday, he became an Independent Talent Agent. After the first few months, he wasn't really sure if this was what he really wanted to do, as he had no previous experience at that point as an Agent...
“ From 2002 to 2011, he collected a total of 13,057 toys, which were given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign. The Toy Mountain Campaign is hosted each year by CFTR-AM, CFTO-TV and the Salvation Army. ” - americanheros
Ben Savage
Bennett "Ben" Joseph Savage was born on September 13th, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois. He's the younger brother of Fred Savage, the star of The Wonder Years, whom he credits for inspiring him to become an actor. Ben got his start in acting when he appeared in his first commercial at the tender age of 5...
“ Volunteers for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

He donated many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less-fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign. ” - americanheros
Seth Green
Seth was born Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green in Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, to teachers Barbara (Gesshel) and Herbert Green. He has worked non-stop as an actor in film and television since he was seven. Seth and Matthew Senreich created/executive produced/wrote and directed the Emmy-winning, Robot Chicken...
“ Seth Green has supported the following charities:
Amnesty International
Doctors Without Borders
Habitat For Humanity ” - americanheros
Kim Kardashian West
TV star, entrepreneur, fashion designer, and author (New York Times best-seller - "Kardashian Konfidential"), Kim Kardashian was born in Los Angeles, California, to Kris Jenner (née Kristen Mary Houghton) and attorney Robert Kardashian. Her father was of Armenian descent and her mother is of mostly English ancestry...
“ Kim Kardashian has supported the following charities:

American Foundation for AIDS Research
Dream Foundation ” - americanheros
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, to Patricia Mae (Shipp), a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician. She has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. She got her first name from her older brother Todd Daniel Hewitt (b. November 8, 1970), who picked the name after a little blonde girl he then had a crush on...
“ Jennifer Love Hewitt has supported the following charities:
Children Affected by AIDS Foundation
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ” - americanheros
Jennifer Lopez
Actress, Out of Sight
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the Castle Hill section of the South Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Lopez, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez (aka Lynda Lopez), a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11...
“ Jennifer Lopez has supported the following charities:
Children's Health Fund
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
City of Hope ” - americanheros
Cameron Diaz
A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and an Anglo-German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan...
“ 4REAL Foundation
Children's Defense Fund
Racing for Kids
Red Cross ” - americanheros
Pamela Anderson
Actress, V.I.P.
Pamela Denise Anderson was born on July 1, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada at 4:08 PST. During her childhood, she moved to the city of Vancouver with her parents, Barry Anderson and Carol Anderson. As a teenager, she went to Highland Secondary School. Pamela was first "discovered" at a British Columbia Lions football game...
“ Feed the Children
Last Chance for Animals ” - americanheros
Snoop Dogg
Actor, Turbo
Snoop Dogg was born in Long Beach, California, to Beverly (Tate) and Vernell Varnado, who was a mail carrier and singer. His parents were both originally from Mississippi. He got his name from his mother, who jokingly remarked that he looked like the Peanuts character Snoopy. Snoop is known primarily for his achievements in the music industry...
“ Habitat For Humanity
Save The Music Foundation
Snoop Youth Football League ” - americanheros
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis. In addition to the duo's popular nightclub work...
“ March Of Dimes
Muscular Dystrophy Association ” - americanheros
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman. While Winfrey has been cited as the richest African American of the 20th century, she does not come from a rich, or even middle class, family...
“ Free The Children
Oprah's Angel Network
Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa
Red Cross
Worldwide Orphans Foundation ” - americanheros
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis Fox (née Piper), a payroll clerk, and William Fox. His parents moved their ten-year-old son, his three sisters, Kelli Fox, Karen, and Jacki, and his brother, Steven, to Vancouver, British Columbia...
“ Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research ” - americanheros
“ American Cancer Society
Kids Wish Network
Locks Of Love ” - americanheros
Rosie O'Donnell
Self, The View
Rosie O'Donnell was born into an Irish-American family in Commack, Long Island. She is the middle of 5 children, and is the daughter of Roseann Teresa (Murtha) and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer for the defense industry. Her mother died when she was ten. She said that she watched TV nearly 24 hours a day...
“ Autism Speaks
Rosie's Broadway Kids
Rosie's For All Kids Foundation ” - americanheros
Justin Bieber
Canadian Justin Drew Bieber was born in London, Ontario, the son of Pattie Mallette and Jeremy Bieber. Pattie became pregnant when she was 18 years old, and raised him as a single mother. Justin is of French-Canadian (mother) and German, Irish, Scottish, and English (father) descent. As a child, Bieber showed a strong interest in music...
“ Pencils of Promise
Red Cross
Usher's New Look Foundation ” - americanheros
Jim Belushi
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 John Belushi - he grew up in Wheaton...
“ Safety Harbor Kids
Soles4Souls ” - americanheros
Corbin Bleu
Cobin Bleu was born Corbin Bleu Reivers on February 21, 1989 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Martha (Callari) and David Reivers, an actor. His mother is of Italian descent and his father is Jamaican. Corbin began appearing in television commercials at the age two, for products such as Life cereal...
“ Make-A-Wish Foundation
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ” - americanheros
“ Make-A-Wish Foundation ” - americanheros
Courteney Cox
Actress, Friends
Courteney Cox was born on June 15th, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, into an affluent Southern family. She is the daughter of Courteney (Bass) and Richard Lewis Cox (1930-2001), a businessman. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters (Virginia and Dottie) and an older brother, Richard, Jr...
“ founded OmniPeace ” - americanheros
“ Feeding America
Operation Once in a Lifetime ” - americanheros
Richard Meehan
Richard Meehan lives in the oldest town on Cape Cod with his parents and younger brother Joshua. He is an "old soul", someone whose sensitivity and emotion is well beyond his years. Richard leaves a lasting impression on everyone he meets both young and old. Richard was introduced to acting during the summer of 2009 when he was an extra in "Grown Ups"...
“ He has won the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Gold) since the age of 11. He has worked with projects like: jeans for teens, one warm coat, and toys for tots program. His father is in the military, this has lead him to work on projects that support the troops. ” - americanheros
Selena Gomez
Selena Marie Gomez was born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Mandy Teefey, who is of part Italian descent, and Ricardo Gomez, who is of Mexican descent and originally from New Mexico. Her parents divorced in 1997. Giving birth to Selena at 16, her mom Mandy recalls living "paycheck-to-paycheck"...
“ Ryan Seacrest Foundation
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ” - americanheros
“ Supports the USO, American Cancer Society, and the AIDS Research Foundation. ” - americanheros
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
The talented Milena "Mila" Markovna Kunis was born 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...
“ Chrysalis ” - americanheros
Jay Leno
Jay Leno began his career in night clubs, where he worked 300 nights a year before hitting it big in 1992 with his own late-night talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. By that time he had appeared on television, acted in a few films (American Hot Wax) but hit paydirt with his late-night television appearances (he made a record number of visits to Late Night with David Letterman); for several years...
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ” - americanheros
“ founded the The Lopez Foundation ” - americanheros
“ She is the national spokesperson for Lupus, since her sister died of the disease at age 19. ” - americanheros
“ Received the Michael Landon Award for Charitable Work ” - americanheros
Reba McEntire
Actress, Tremors
Reba Nell McEntire was born on Monday, March 28th, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma. The reigning queen of country music has pursued a musical career since the age of 5. In junior high, she performed with her siblings as the Singing McEntires. A fine athlete, McEntire followed in the footsteps of her rodeo champion father in competitive barrel racing...
“ Operation Once in a Lifetime
Wish Upon A Hero Foundation ” - americanheros
Mitchel Musso
Born in Rockwall, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, Musso began his professional acting career at the age of eight, following in the footsteps of many family members who are actors and musicians. He resides in Los Angeles. In his spare time he loves to hang out with his friends, go to the beach, write songs with his brothers Mason Musso and Marc Musso...
“ Autism Speaks ” - americanheros
Dolly Parton
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Parton (née Owens). Dolly grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12, she was appearing on Knoxville TV and, at 13, she was already recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry...
“ United Way Worldwide

She established the Imagination Library in 1995, which sends one book per month to children from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten. ” - americanheros
Tracey Birdsall
Tracey Birdsall is an award-winning American film and television actress recognized worldwide for her diverse and challenging roles - which recently earned her the esteemed Female Action Performer of the Year Award at the highly regarded Action on Film Festival for her role of Sienna in the recently Premiered and highly anticipated Science Fiction film Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter...
“ In 2010, Tracey and her husband flew together on a relief mission to the less accessible airports in Haiti following the earthquake. ” - americanheros
Mackenzie Rosman
Actress, 7th Heaven
Mackenzie Rosman was born on December 28, 1989 in Charleston, South Carolina. She is currently best known for her role in the WB'S 7th Heaven as "Ruthie Camden", the angst-ridden teenage daughter of Eric and Annie. At 16, Mackenzie has 10 solid years of acting experience under her belt, more than many actors two or three times her age...
“ 1. Contributes her free time to animal charities
2. actively involved in raising funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. ” - americanheros
“ Jason is a supporter of the 'Make-A-Wish' foundation. He is also an animal lover and supports animal rescue charities as well ” - americanheros
Fred Savage
Fred Savage was born July 9, 1976. he began acting at age 9 with Jay Underwood in The Boy Who Could Fly. At the age of twelve, he was cast the lead role of the series The Wonder Years. It became a good show, and on the pilot, he got his first kiss. He was later in the movie Vice Versa with Judge Reinhold and then in Little Monsters...
“ Children's Hospital Los Angeles ” - americanheros
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, actor Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), was at the time just breaking into the business, with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art student who had met Charlie's father right after he had moved to Manhattan...
“ Aid For AIDS
Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorder ” - americanheros
Michelle Stafford
Two-time Emmy (R) Award-winning actress Michelle Stafford stars in the #1-rated The Young and the Restless, viewed by more than 20 million people every day in some 20 countries worldwide. Michelle joined the cast of "The Young and the Restless" in 1994 and has since developed her role of "Phyllis" into one of the most popular and vivacious characters on daytime to date...
“ ALS Association
H.E.L.P. ” - americanheros
John Stamos
Actor, Full House
John Phillip Stamos was born in Cypress, California, to Loretta (Phillips), a model, and William Stamos, a restaurateur. He is of Greek (father) and English-Irish (mother) descent, and his family's surname was originally "Stamotopoulos". John has two younger sisters, Janeen & Alaina, both school teachers...
“ mothers2mothers
Project Cuddle
Vanguard Cancer Foundation ” - americanheros
Emma Stone
Actress, The Help
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix...
“ Stand Up To Cancer ” - americanheros
Jennifer Stone
At the age of 6 Jennifer Stone began her stage career after many hours of watching her brother rehearse for community theatre productions. Many leading theatrical roles (some award-winning) followed, and when she was 8 she signed with an agency and began auditioning for commercials. Jennifer has currently appeared in several commercials and voice-overs...
“ Jumpstart ” - americanheros
Alyson Stoner
Alyson Stoner was born in Toledo, Ohio. While growing up, she studied ballet, tap, and jazz dancing at the O'Connell's Dance Studio in her hometown. She also modeled and trained at the Margaret O'Brien Modeling Studio there. She even attended the IMTA Convention in New York City with Ms.O'Brien's studio in 2000...
“ She is a StarPower Ambassador for the Starlight Children's Foundation. ” - americanheros
Henry Winkler
Henry Franklin Winkler was born on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York. His parents, Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) and Harry Irving Winkler, were Jewish immigrants who avoided the German Holocaust, moving to the US in 1939. His father was the president of an international lumber company while his mother worked alongside his father...
“ Believe in Dreams
Love Our Children USA ” - americanheros
'Weird Al' Yankovic
Actor, UHF
Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959, in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, to Mary Elizabeth (Vivalda) and Nick Louis Yankovic. He is of Serbian, Italian, and English descent. He first took up the accordion when a salesman came around to solicit business for a music school. His parents decided on the accordion because of polka king Frankie Yankovic (no relation)...
“ Human Rights Campaign ” - americanheros
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013) was the former leader of the African National Congress (ANC). He was known for his lifelong struggle against apartheid (enforced racial separation), which was instituted in South Africa in 1948. The ANC was soon declared a terrorist organization and banned by the South African government...
“ Africare ” - americanheros
Marlo Thomas
Many well-known and highly identifiable actresses have tried and failed to make the arduous crossover from fizzy TV sitcom star to mature, dramatic artist. Usually, it was their hardcore fans who refused to accept them in any other light. Sally Field and Elizabeth Montgomery come to mind first as two actresses who somehow managed to make the none-too-easy adjustment...
“ ALSAC - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ” - americanheros
“ American Academy in Berlin ” - americanheros
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...
“ AmfAR ” - americanheros
Harry Belafonte
Actor, composer, author, producer and singer, educated at the New York Dramatic Workshop. He grew up in Jamaica, British West Indies, and did folk-singing in night clubs and theatres, and on television and records. His debut was at the Village Vanguard in New York. Also, he appeared in the Broadway revues "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" and "Three for Tonight"...
“ AmfAR ” - americanheros
Sharon Stone
Actress, Casino
Sharon Yvonne Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania, to Dorothy Marie (Lawson), an accountant and homemaker, and Joseph William Stone II, a factory worker. Her father was strict. She was the second of four children, and has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry...
“ AmfAR ” - americanheros
Boomer Esiason
Attended the University of Maryland in the early-mid 1980s, where he was starting quarterback for the football team. Played Quarterback in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and Phoenix Cardinals.
“ The Boomer Esiason Foundation ” - americanheros
Don Cheadle
Actor, Crash
Donald Frank Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1964. His childhood found him moving from city to city with his family: mother Bettye (North), a teacher, father Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist, sister Dawn, and brother Colin. After graduating high school in Denver...
“ College Summit ” - americanheros
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International ” - americanheros
Gloria Reuben
Actress, ER
Gloria Elizabeth Reuben is a Canadian born actress and singer who has amassed impressive credentials in television, film, theater, and music. Reuben was born in Toronto, Ontario and started classical piano lessons at the age of five. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of music. Gloria's career includes many memorable acting roles...
“ Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
Neal McDonough
Neal McDonough was born on February 13, 1966 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Catherine (Bushe) and Frank McDonough, motel owners who were born in Ireland. He grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in 1988...
“ Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
“ Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
Elton John
Music Department, The Lion King
Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (unsuccessfully) as lead singer for the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Gentle Giant...
“ Elton John AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
Jane Fonda
Actress, 9 to 5
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ Elton John AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
Whoopi Goldberg
Self, The View
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
“ Elton John AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001). Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s...
“ Fisher House Foundation ” - americanheros
“ Free the Slaves ” - americanheros
Ethan Zohn
Self, Survivor
Ethan Zohn lived in Zimbabwe for a year where he played for the Highlanders football team. He is still incredibly passionate about Zimbabwe and goes back frequently. In November 2005 he met with Zimbabwean film maker Chloe Traicos to suggest ways to help people over there. He is a celebrity who uses his fame to help people less fortunate than himself.
“ Grassroot Soccer ” - americanheros
“ Green Dot Public Schools ” - americanheros
Alicia Keys
Soundtrack, Men in Black
Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano lessons at age seven at her mother's insistence...
“ Keep a Child Alive ” - americanheros
“ Lance Armstrong Foundation ” - americanheros
“ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts ” - americanheros
“ Magic Johnson Foundation ” - americanheros
Amy Grant
Amy Grant was born on November 25, 1960, in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.A., the youngest of four daughters to Dr. Burton Paine Grant and his wife Gloria. She recorded her first album, a Christian album called, "Amy Grant" in 1977. It initially sold 250,000 copies, eventually selling over a million copies...
“ National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ” - americanheros
Jon Bon Jovi
Soundtrack, Armageddon
“ National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ” - americanheros
Donny Osmond
Producer, Donny and Marie
Donald Clark "Donny" Osmond was born December 9, 1957 in Ogden, Utah, to Olive Osmond (née Davis) and George Osmond on . He was the seventh of eight brothers and has one sister. When Donny was young, his family went to see Lawrence Welk in California. They were unable to meet with him so they decided to take a vacation to Disneyland...
“ National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ” - americanheros
“ National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ” - americanheros
Reba McEntire
Actress, Tremors
Reba Nell McEntire was born on Monday, March 28th, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma. The reigning queen of country music has pursued a musical career since the age of 5. In junior high, she performed with her siblings as the Singing McEntires. A fine athlete, McEntire followed in the footsteps of her rodeo champion father in competitive barrel racing...
“ National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ” - americanheros
“ National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ” - americanheros
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...
“ National Kidney Foundation ” - americanheros
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
“ 1.Natural Resources Defense Council
2.“ WildAid ” - americanheros ” - americanheros
Robert Redford
Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ Natural Resources Defense Council ” - americanheros
Bette Midler
Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author Bette Midler has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She is the daughter of Ruth (Schindel), a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a painter...
“ New York Restoration Project ” - americanheros
Kelsey Grammer
Actor, Cheers
A five-time Emmy Award winner, Kelsey Grammer was born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to Sally (Cranmer), a singer, and Frank Allen Grammer, Jr., a musician and restaurateur. He was raised in New Jersey and Florida. Grammer was drawn to the works of William Shakespeare and spent two years at the prestigious Juilliard School...
“ Oceana ” - americanheros
Pierce Brosnan
Actor, GoldenEye
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left the household when Pierce was a child and although reunited later in life...
“ Oceana ” - americanheros
Ted Danson
Actor, Cheers
Ted Danson is well known for his role as Sam Malone in the television series Cheers. During the show's 11-year run, he was nominated nine times for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and won twice, in 1990 and 1993. The role also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 1989 and 1990...
“ Oceana ” - americanheros
Ben Stiller
Producer, Zoolander
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that...
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Julianna Margulies
Actress, The Good Wife
Julianne Margulies was born on June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley (near New York City), as the youngest of three daughters of Francesca (Goldberg), a teacher and dancer in American Ballet, and Paul Margulies, an advertising writer and philosopher. She is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (from Romania, Austria...
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Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Margaret and Robert Joseph Kline, who owned several stores. His father was of German Jewish descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. After attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Kline studied at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1972, Kline joined the Acting Company in New York which was run by John Houseman...
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Liev Schreiber
Liev (pronounced Lee-ev) Schreiber was born in San Francisco. His mother, Heather (Milgram), is a painter, and his father, Tell Schreiber (Tell Carroll Schreiber III), is a theatrical actor who had a small role in The Keeper. His mother is from a working-class Jewish family from Poland and Russia...
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Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
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Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood, co-written...
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Trudie Styler
Producer, Snatch
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Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October, 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman. He received his name from a striped sweater he wore which looked like a bee...
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Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon's successful film career has spanned over three decades and has showcased his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. Dillon displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed Paul Haggis film Crash. This role earned him nominations for an Academy award...
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Queen Noor
Lisa Najeeb Halaby was born in 1951 to Najeeb and Doris Halaby in California. Growing up she spent a lot of time with her paternal grandmother. Her family moved to Washington in the early 1960s because her father had been created the director of the FAA under President Kennedy. Later Najeeb became the second director of PAN-AM and the family spent a lot of time traveling places because it was free...
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Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on 21st August 1989 in Palisades, New York, to actress Lesley Vogel and fire department captain Skip Panettiere. Her younger brother is actor Jansen Panettiere. She has Italian, and some English and German, ancestry. Her mother got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old...
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