The Hungarian Connection

A roster of Hollywood professionals with some notable connection to the country of Hungary. The purpose of this list is to help me remember my many compatriots working in the English-speaking movie industry, for future reference. Names are mostly added as I encounter them while watching movies, old and new. Suggestions are also welcome in the comment section! (It has to be said, though, that due to some weird glitch in the site's comment system, I cannot see any of the entries unless I copy-paste them into a text document - which I do so from time to time, but not daily. Also, some comments seem to vanish randomly, and to boot it all, IMDB does not notify me when a new entry is made or an old one is removed, so please don't get upset if I fail to respond relatively soon!)

Edit: Facebook-plugin seems to be fixed, I can see the comments now!

Many thanks to the following commenters for their suggestions (indicated in parentheses):
Diana Marton Alf (Tony Curtis)
Patricia Nolan-Hall (Paul Lukas)
Mercedes Marton (Eva and Magda Gabor)
Philip Mammano (Jerry Seinfeld)
Szonja Zemkó (Franciska Gaal)
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Bela Lugosi
Actor, Dracula
It's ironic that Martin Landau won an Oscar for impersonating Bela Lugosi (in Ed Wood) when Lugosi himself never came within a mile of one, but that's just the latest of many sad ironies surrounding Lugosi's career. Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos...
“ Born as "Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Peter Lorre
Actor, Casablanca
As a youth Peter Lorre ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for several years and acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang cast him as the psychopathic child killer in M...
“ Born as "László Löwenstein"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Harry Houdini
The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five brothers and one daughter born to rabbi Samuel Weiss and his wife Cecilia...
“ Born as "Erik Weisz"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Adolph Zukor
Miscellaneous Crew, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Adolph Zukor was a poor Hungarian immigrant when he arrived in the United States in 1889. He tried his hand in the fur trade (starting as a sweeper for $2 a week pay) and proved his entrepreneurial acumen by steady advancement, eventually setting up successful businesses in New York and Chicago. By the time he reached thirty...
“ Born as "Adolf Zukor"; emigrated Hungarian.

Founder of Paramount Pictures. ” - Erlinion
William Fox
Miscellaneous Crew, Sunrise
Starting at the age 8 he had a series of jobs before starting his own business in 1900, which was sold to buy a Brooklyn nickelodeon in 1904. As the new owner with an empty house, Fox hired a coin manipulator and a barker to attract patrons into the dark 146-seat theatre. Once audiences adequately understood what moving pictures were...
“ Born as "Vilmos Fried"; emigrated Hungarian.

Founder of Fox Films (which merged with 20th Century Pictures in 1935, and is now known as 20th Century Fox). ” - Erlinion
Joe Pasternak
Producer, Anchors Aweigh
The son of an out-of-work bookkeeper, Pasternak arrived in the U.S. from Hungary in 1921. After working in a belt factory in Philadelphia, he moved to New York where he plucked chickens and worked in a cafeteria. Becoming increasingly infatuated with the film business, it didn't take him long to find...
“ Born as "Paszternák Jakab", emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Michael Curtiz
Director, Casablanca
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner Bros...
“ Born as "Kaminer Manó", later known as "Mihály Kertész"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "Janka Tilleman"; emigrated Hungarian.
Mother of Magda, Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "Magda Gábor"; emigrated Hungarian.
Daughter of Jolie Gabor, sister of Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor. ” - Erlinion
Eva Gabor
Eva Gabor was born on February 11, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary, to Jolie Gabor (née Janka Tilleman) and Vilmos Gabor (born Farkas Miklós Grün), a soldier. Her older siblings were Magda Gabor, an actress, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, an actress and socialite. Her parents were both from Jewish families...
“ Born as "Éva Gábor"; emigrated Hungarian.
Daughter of Jolie Gabor, sister of Magda and Zsa Zsa Gabor. ” - Erlinion
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Actress, Moulin Rouge
Undoubtedly the woman who had come to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity", Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career. Zsa Zsa Gabor was born Sári Gabor in Budapest...
“ Born as "Sári Gábor"; emigrated Hungarian.
Daughter of Jolie Gabor, sister of Magda and Eva Gabor. ” - Erlinion
Mártha Eggerth
From the day she was born Martha lived in a world of music. For sure her father was a banker but he was also an amateur pianist. As for her mother, she was a housewife but also a very talented opera singer who had given up her career for the joys of matrimony and motherhood. It does not come as a surprise...
“ Born as "Márta Eggerth"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
S.Z. Sakall
Actor, Casablanca
Hungarian-born S.Z. Sakall was a veteran of German, Hungarian and British films when he left Europe because of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement. In Hollywood from shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Sakall began appearing in comedies and musicals, often playing a lovable if somewhat excitable and/or befuddled uncle...
“ Born as "Jenő Gerő"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Paul Lukas
Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School for Dramatic Arts. In 1916 he went to Kosice (Kassa) to be an actor; in 1918 he became an actor specializing in comedy. For ten years he was the most popular character player and romantic lead of the company. In 1918 he began making in Budapest and in the 1920s he began appearing in films in Austria as well...
“ Born as "Pál Lukács"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "Jószef Esterhas"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Vilmos Zsigmond
Cinematographer, The Deer Hunter
Along with László Kovács, a fellow student who fled Hungary in 1956, Zsigmond rose to prominence in the 1970s. He is known for his use of natural light and vivid use of color on features such as The Long Goodbye and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
László Kovács
Cinematographer, Ghostbusters
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros
Actor, Freaked
Diminutive 2'9" actor and circus performer Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros was born in 1939 in Budapest, Hungary. Meszaros performed for the Hungarian National Circus prior to coming to America in the 1970's. Not surprisingly, he portrayed circus midgets in both "Big Top Pee-wee" and "Warlock: The Armageddon."...
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Gabor Csupo
Producer, Rugrats
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Endre Hules
Actor, Se7en
Endre was born and raised in Hungary. He studied music and acting at the famous Cellar Theatre in Budapest, and started writing plays, composing and directing there at the age of 17. He visited regularly Jerzy Grotowski's Laboratory Theatre in Poland, Eugenio Barba's International School of Theatrical Anthropology in Germany...
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Ava Cadell
Actress, Gigi Does It
Dr. Ava's personal brand is "Sexual Empowerment". She is a media therapist, author of 7 books, global speaker and founder of Lovelogy University. When TV shows want ratings, they call Dr. Ava, who has appeared on hundreds of shows including Good Morning America, Extra, The Montel Williams Show, The Geraldo Rivera Show...
“ Born as "Ildikó Éva Csáth"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Catherine Schell
Born in Budapest, Hungary, her true name is Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott, the scion of a once wealthy German patrician family. Her father, the Baron Paul Schell von Bauschlott, was a well-respected diplomat until the Nazis confiscated their estates during WWII, while her mother was Countess Katharina Maria Etelka Georgina Elisabeth Teleki de Szék...
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Paul von Schell
Born in Budapest, Hungary, his true name is Paul Rudolf Schell von Bauschlott, the scion of a once wealthy German patrician family. His father, the Baron Paul Schell von Bauschlott, was a well-respected diplomat until the Nazis confiscated their estates during WWII, while his mother was Countess Katharina Maria Etelka Georgina Elisabeth Teleki de Szék...
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Käthe von Nagy
Actress, Ave Maria
Käthe von Nagy wanted to get married at the age of 16, therefore, her parents put her in the Santa Chrisitana Convent, near Vienna. After that, she worked in her father's office and besides started to secretly write short stories for newspapers. In Budapest, she studied acting, dancing and singing, but her parents were not very happy...
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Steffi Duna
Actress, La Cucaracha
A vintner's daughter, she was trained as a ballet dancer at the Budapest Opera. While still in her teens, she began on stage in amateur theatricals. By the early 1930's, she performed professionally in Salzburg, Berlin and London, appearing in the plays 'Wonder Bar' and 'Words and Music' (with John Mills)...
“ Born as "Stefánia Berindey"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Eva Six
Actress, Beach Party
“ Born as "Éva Klein"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Joe Penner
Mostly forgotten today, radio comic Joe Penner was a major craze back in Depression-era 1933 and 1934. There was no heavy social significance to his work and certainly no subtlety -- just alot of slapstick silliness that helped audiences forget their troubles and get happy. People today equate Penner's zany...
“ Born as "József Pintér"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Ilona Massey
Sultry, opulent blonde Hungarian singer Ilona Massey survived an impoverished childhood in Budapest, Hungary to become a glamorous talent both here and abroad. As a dressmaker's apprentice she managed to scrape up money together for singing lessons and first danced in chorus lines, later earning roles at the Staats Opera...
“ Born as "Ilona Hajmássy"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Eva Bartok
Eva Bartok was both a beautiful lady and a talented actor whose roots were in classical theater. Her first and only film in Hungary, Mezei próféta ("Prophet of the Fields"), was banned by communist censorship. Actually her life up to that point had been marked by confusion and tragedy. Her father,a Jew who had married a Catholic lady...
“ Born as "Éva Márta Szőke Ivanovics"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Karl Hajos
Music Department, Summer Storm
Hajos entered movies in 1927 after working on stage musicals in New York. He was with Paramount Pictures for a number of years before turning to free-lancing.
“ Born as "Károly Hajós"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Miklós Rózsa
Music Department, Ben-Hur
'Miklos Rozsa' studied the violin from the age of five. In 1926, he began studying at the Leipzig Conservatory. In 1929, his violin concerto was performed there. While living in Paris from 1931, Rozsa had his 'Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song' and his 'Symphony and Serenade for Small Orchestra' performed...
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
George Pal
George Pal was born on February 1, 1908, in Cegled, Austria-Hungary. Later, when he was still a child, his stage-entertainer parents divorced, and he was raised by his grandparents. In 1928, Pal graduated from the Budapest Academy of Arts with a degree in Architecture and highly developed drawing skills...
“ Born as "György Pál Marczincsak"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Alexander Korda
One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to influence British films until his death in 1956...
“ Born as "Sándor László Kellner"; emigrated Hungarian, husband of María Corda. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "Mária Antónia Farkas"; emigrated Hungarian, wife of Alexander Korda. ” - Erlinion
Zoltan Korda
Director, Sahara
A one time Hungarian cavalry officer, Zoltan Korda started working in films as a cameraman then an editor before becoming a director with London Films run by his brother Alexander Korda. Zoltan had strong liberal/socialist ideals and often clashed with Alexander, who, despite their both being born in Hungary, was a proud supporter of the old British Empire.
“ Born as "Zoltán Kellner"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Vincent Korda
Art Department, The Third Man
Hungarian born Vincent Korda came to Britain in the 1930s with his brothers Alexander Korda and Zoltan Korda. Vincent became a distinguished Art Director and Production Designer. Among his best works are Things to Come, The Thief of Bagdad and The Longest Day.
“ Born as "Vince Kellner"; emigrated Hungarian, father of author Michael Korda. ” - Erlinion
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "Pál Tábori"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "István Székely", and also kown as "Stefan Szekely" and "S. K. Seeley"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "György Tábori"; emigrated Hungarian, step-father of Kristoffer Tabori. ” - Erlinion
Stefania Koszti
Makeup Department, The Human Race
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Andrew Marton
Budapest-born Endre Marton began in the film industry as an editor and assistant director with Vita and Sascha Films in Vienna. Following a brief sojourn in Hollywood with Ernst Lubitsch in 1923, he returned to Germany, having being signed as chief editor by the Tobis company. He made his directorial debut with an independently produced British mystery...
“ Born as "Endre Marton"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Katinka Faragó
Miscellaneous Crew, The Seventh Seal
“ Born as "Katerina Faragó"; emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
György Ligeti
Music Department, 2001: A Space Odyssey
1941-43 he began his study of composition under Ferenc Farkas; 1945-49 he continued at the Budapest Music Academy under the same teacher and Sándor Veress. 1950-56 he was lecturer in Harmony and Counterpoint at the Academy at Budapest. Left Hungary toward the end of 1956. 1957-59 freelance work at the Studio for electronic music of the West German Radio (WDR) in Cologne...
“ Emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "Vajna András György"; originally an emigrated Hungarian, later he became employed both in the US and Hungary. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "Miklós Hargitay"; emigrated Hungarian.
Father of Mariska Hargitay. ” - Erlinion
Bela Kovacs
Actor, Park Row
Actor, director, artist, sculptor, violinist and teacher, born in the USA but raised in Czechoslovakia from age five until age twenty. He was a child actor in a number of Hungarian productions. At his parents' direction he joined a Presbyterian clerical institution in Ontario to become a minister, but...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through both parents?). Born in the US, then returned to Europe with his family. Later, emigrated Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
“ Of Hungarian descent (through both parents). ” - Erlinion
Judith Barsi
The only child of Jozsef Barsi and Maria Benko, Judith Eva Barsi beat 10,000 to 1 odds when she was discovered at a San Fernando Valley skating rink at 5 1/2 years old in 1983. She was mistaken for a three year old child. Her first commercial was for Donald Duck Orange Juice and she went on to appear in anywhere between 50-100 commercials...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through both parents). ” - Erlinion
Tony Curtis
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 person who ever had his back was himself...
“ Born as "Bernard Schwartz"; of Hungarian descent (through both parents). ” - Erlinion
Kathleen Gati
Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Digital Drama Series, and winner of seven Best Actress awards, a Best Supporting Actress Award and a Best Actress Nominee, Kathleen Gati was born and raised in Canada by Hungarian immigrants and was brought up in an artistic environment. Her father was a symphony conductor and her mother an opera singer...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through both parents).
Employed in the US, Canada and Hungary. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "Isadore Szathmary"; of Hungarian descent (through both parents? through his father?).
Brother of Bill Dana. ” - Erlinion
Bill Dana
Comedian, author and composer, educated at Emerson College. He served in the US Infantry during World War II. Later, he was part of the team Dana and Wood on television and in supper clubs. As a single, he appeared on television with Martha Raye and Imogene Coca and was a writer for Steve Allen, and he also appeared in night clubs and on records...
“ Born as "William Szathmary"; of Hungarian descent (through both parents? through his father?).
Brother of Irving Szathmary. ” - Erlinion
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her mother).
Daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor, born as "Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton". ” - Erlinion
Mariska Hargitay
Mariska (Ma-rish-ka) Magdolna Hargitay was born on January 23, 1964, in Santa Monica, California. Her parents are Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield. She is the youngest of their three children. In June 1967, Mariska and her brothers Zoltan and Mickey Jr. were in the back seat of a car when it was involved in the fatal accident which killed her mother...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her father).
Daughter of Mickey Hargitay. ” - Erlinion
Michael Pataki
Actor, Rocky IV
Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Michael Pataki had a long, varied and impressive career in both movies and TV shows, alike, that spanned a little over 50 years. Pataki was born on January 16, 1938 in Youngstown, Ohio. He attended the University of Southern California as a double major in Drama and Political Science...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his father). ” - Erlinion
Ernie Kovacs
Hailed as a genius for his offbeat comedy style and changing much of the way comedy was played, Ernie Kovacs' life was cut short much too early. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, during his schooldays he hunted rabbits and pheasants by day and concocted mad potions with his chemistry set at night. Later...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his father). ” - Erlinion
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her father). ” - Erlinion
Adrien Brody
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 camera...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his mother). ” - Erlinion
Marton Csokas
Marton was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa, to Margaret Christine (Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, a mechanical engineer. His father is Hungarian and his mother is Australian (of English, Irish, and Danish origin). He inherited some of his talents from his father, a trained opera singer and at one time, a trapeze artist in the Hungarian Circus...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his father). ” - Erlinion
Alanis Morissette
Alanis Nadine Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, on June 1st 1974. Alanis' Greek name is a feminine version of her father's name, Alan. Her mother's name's Georgia and she has two brothers: Chad and Wade (Alanis' Twin). She learned to play the piano at age 6 and the guitar at age 21. In 1986 Alanis made a single called Fate Stay With Me (b-side: Find The Right Man)...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her mother). ” - Erlinion
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her mother). ” - Erlinion
Rachel Weisz
Actress, The Mummy
Rachel Hannah Weisz was born on 7 March, 1970, in London, U.K., to Edith Ruth (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her parents both came to England around 1938. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her mother, from Vienna, is of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. Rachel has a sister, Minnie, a curator and photographer...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her father). ” - Erlinion
Chris Kattan
Christopher Lee Kattan was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to model Hajni Joslyn and actor Kip King. Chris moved to Mt. Baldy when he turned five, and resided there until the age of fifteen, when he moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington for high school. After he graduated from high school...
“ Born as "Christopher Lee Kattan"; of Hungarian descent (through his mother). ” - Erlinion
Michael Peter Balzary was born on the sixteenth of October 1962, in Melbourne, Australia. When he was four, his parents divorced and Michael, his sister Karen and his mother Patricia headed for New York; they didn't stay long and soon ended up in L.A. (in 1972), where his step-father, a jazz musician named Walter Urban Jr....
“ Born as "Michael Peter Balzary"; of Hungarian descent (through his father?). ” - Erlinion
“ Probably of Hungarian descent (through her mother). Speaks Hungarian. ” - Erlinion
Debra Winger
Mary Debra Winger was born May 16, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruth (Felder), an officer manager, and Robert Jack Winger, a meat packer. She is from a Jewish family (originally from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire). Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her Debra (her father named her Debra after his favorite actress...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her paternal grandparents and her maternal great-grandparents). ” - Erlinion
Goldie Hawn
Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born in Washington D.C., to Laura Hawn (née Steinhoff), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Rut Hawn, a band musician. She has a sister, Patti Hawn, and a brother, Edward, who died in infancy before her birth. She was raised in the Jewish religion. Her mother was Jewish and the daughter of Hungarian immigrants...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her maternal grandparents).
Mother of Kate Hudson. ” - Erlinion
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. Her maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and her father was also from a Jewish family...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her maternal grandparents). ” - Erlinion
Jeffrey Tambor
An incisive talent when it comes to playing bent, off-the-wall characters, Jeffrey Tambor has been captivating audiences for nearly four decades. Tambor was born and raised in San Francisco, to Eileen (Salzberg) and Michael Bernard Tambor, a flooring contractor. His family is Ashkenazi Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine)...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his paternal grandparents). ” - Erlinion
Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress, True Lies
Jamie Lee Curtis served as an honorary chairperson for the Building Resilience for Young Children Dealing with Trauma program held at the Shakespeare Theatre - Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She was an inspiration for the youth that were celebrated. Jessey Love-Wadkins (formerly known...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her paternal grandparents).
Daughter of Tony Curtis. ” - Erlinion
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his maternal grandmother and maternal great-grandfather). ” - Erlinion
Paul Newman
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 Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his paternal grandfather). ” - Erlinion
Stephen Fry
Self, QI
Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 percent gay...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through maternal grandfather). ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "Louis Szekely". Of Hungarian descent (through paternal grandfather). ” - Erlinion
Jerry Seinfeld
Writer, Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to suburban Massepequa...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his paternal grandfather). ” - Erlinion
Robert Downey Sr.
Robert Downey Sr. served in the army, played minor-league baseball, was a Golden Gloves champion and off-off Broadway playwright, all before he was 22 years old. Downey was born in New York City, New York, the son of Elizabeth (McLoughlin), a model, and Robert Elias, who worked in hotel/restaurant management...
“ Born as "Robert Elias, Jr."; of Hungarian descent (through his maternal grandmother).
Father of Robert Downey, Jr. ” - Erlinion
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, and...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his maternal grandfather). ” - Erlinion
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...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his paternal grandmother). ” - Erlinion
Alexandra Daddario
Alexandra Anna Daddario was born on March 16, 1986 in New York City, New York, to Christina, a lawyer, and Richard Daddario, a prosecutor. Her brother is actor Matthew Daddario, and her grandfather was congressman Emilio Daddario (Emilio Q. Daddario), of Connecticut. She has Italian, Irish, Hungarian...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her maternal great-grandparents). ” - Erlinion
Adrianne Palicki
Actress, John Wick
Adrianne Palicki was born on May 6, 1983 in Toledo, Ohio, to Nancy (French) and Jeffrey Palicki. Her father is of Polish and Hungarian descent, and her mother is of English and German ancestry. Adrianne graduated from Whitmer High School. She did not take the stage in her first play until she was a sophomore at Whitmer High School...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her paternal great-grandparents). ” - Erlinion
River Phoenix
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic...
“ Born as "River Jude Bottom"; of Hungarian descent (through his maternal great-grandparents).
Brother of Rain, Joaquin, Liberty and Summer Phoenix. ” - Erlinion
Rain Phoenix
Actress, Hitch
Rain Phoenix is the second child and first daughter born to Arlyn and John Bottom. At a young age, she and her brother River were singing on the streets of South America for money for their growing family. As the years carried on, Rain became a big sister to brother, Joaquin, and sister, Liberty. When Arlyn was pregnant with Rain's youngest sister...
“ Born as "Rain Joan of Arc Bottom"; of Hungarian descent (through her maternal great-grandparents).
Sister of River, Joaquin, Liberty and Summer Phoenix. ” - Erlinion
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin 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, from California...
“ Born as "Joaquin Rafael Bottom"; of Hungarian descent (through his maternal great-grandparents).
Brother of River, Rain, Liberty and Summer Phoenix. ” - Erlinion
“ Born as "Libertad Mariposa Bottom"; of Hungarian descent (through her maternal great-grandparents).
Sister of River, Rain, Joaquin and Summer Phoenix. ” - Erlinion
Summer Phoenix
Actress, The Believer
Born on 10 December 1978, Summer Joy Phoenix is the fifth and youngest child of Arlyn Phoenix and John Bottom, a carpenter. Summer was raised in Southern California, but spent her teen years in Central Florida, where she was born. She is an active supporter of numerous charities and activist groups...
“ Born as "Summer Joy Bottom"; of Hungarian descent (through her maternal great-grandparents).
Sister of River, Rain, Joaquin and Liberty Phoenix. ” - Erlinion
Kate Hudson
Almost everyone who has spent time with Kate Hudson -including directors, family members, co-stars and interviewers - is quick to comment on her ability to light up a room. Through some combination of a winning smile, solid work ethic, and good old-fashioned talent, the young actress has gone from indie beginner to Vanity Fair cover girl in just three years...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her maternal great-grandparents).
Daughter of Goldie Hawn. ” - Erlinion
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. Biel was raised in Boulder, Colorado. She is of Hungarian Jewish, Danish, English, and German descent...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her paternal great-grandfather). ” - Erlinion
Jenna Fischer
Actress, The Office
Emmy-nominated actress Jenna Fischer, known for playing the character of receptionist Pam Beesley in The Office, was born Regina Marie Fischer on March 7, 1974 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is the daughter of Anne (Miller), a teacher, and James E. Fischer, a plastic engineer. Her ancestry includes German...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her maternal great-grandmother). ” - Erlinion
Romola Garai
Actress, Amazing Grace
Born in Hong Kong to father Adrian (banker) and mother Janet (journalist), Romola Garai's unusual name is the female version of Romolo, an Italian name for boys (from Latin Romulus, the founder of Rome). She grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong until she was eight when her family returned to lay roots in Wiltshire...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her paternal great-grandfather). ” - Erlinion
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his paternal great-grandmother).
Son of Robert Downey, Sr. ” - Erlinion
“ Of Hungarian descent (through his paternal great-grandfather). ” - Erlinion
“ Of Hungarian descent (through her paternal great-grandfather).
Daughter of former New York governor George Pataki (he himself of Hungarian descend through his paternal grandfather). ” - Erlinion