Armenian Filmmakers in Hollywood and Beyond

List of Armenian Producers, Directors, Writers, Actors and other talents of Motion Pictures in Hollywood and beyond.
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Sergei Parajanov
One of the 20th century's greatest masters of cinema Sergei Parajanov was born in Georgia to Armenian parents and it was always unlikely that his work would conform to the strict socialist realism that Soviet authorities preferred. After studying film and music, Parajanov became an assistant director at the Dovzhenko studios in Kiev...
Atom Egoyan
Born in Egypt to Armenian parents, he was raised in Western Canada. Both his parents were painters, and he planned to be a playwright, but after making a short film, he became hooked on telling stories visually. Returned to ethnic "homeland" when he filmed Calendar in Armenia. Won attention at the Sundance Film Festival for earlier work...
Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis is an English film actor, director and author. He is best known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)...
Eric Bogosian
Actor, Talk Radio
Originally a theater performer, Eric Bogosian has also made a contribution to film, applying his writing skills to several pictures, including his famous play, "Talk Radio", which was turned into a movie in 1988. Bogosian was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, to Edwina (Jamgochian), a hairdresser, and Henry Bogosian...
Simon Abkarian
Simon Abkarian was born Simone Abkarian on March 5, 1962, in Gonesse, a northeastern suburb of Paris, France, into a French - Armenian family. Young Simon Abkarian grew up in a trilingual environment, he learned French at school in addition to his native Armenian, and also learned English by watching American films since he was a kid...
Mardik Martin
Writer, Raging Bull
Mardik Martin is in the elite group of screenwriters on WGA's list of 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written. He immigrated to the United States from Iraq to attend 'New York University'. He won the Mahler award and graduated with a Master's degree in Screenwriting in 1968, then went on to teach at NYU from 1968 to 1973...
Akim Tamiroff
Though born in Russia and having a Russian-sounding name, Akim Tamiroff is actually of Armenian descent. At 19 he decided to pursue acting as a career and was chosen from among 500 applicants to the Moscow Art Theater School. There he studied under the great Konstantin Stanislavski, and launched a stage career...
Charles Aznavour
Soundtrack, Notting Hill
Beloved French chanson entertainer Charles Aznavour, who wrote more than 800 songs, recorded more than 1,000 of them in French, English, German and Spanish and sold over 100 million records in all, was born Chahnour Varinag Aznavourian on May 22, 1924, in Paris, the younger of two children born to Armenian immigrants who fled to France...
Arlene Francis
With a sophisticated, sometimes biting, but always positive wit, a very urbane laugh and a knowing gleam in her eyes that she carried in even very trying circumstances, Arlene Francis personified the ideal for feminine television personalities in the 1950s and 1960s. She is perhaps most famous on television for her role in the long-running What's My Line series...
Marco Khan
Actor, Iron Man
Marco Khan(lian) is a true citizen of the world. He was born March 27th of Armenian parents in Tehran, Iran. His father, Levon was born in Lebanon and raised in Iran where he met his wife Anna, born in Babol, Iran. Marco's grandparents (from his mother's side) were a grandfather from Russia and a grandmother from the country of Georgia...
William Saroyan
Writer, Izgnanie
The Oscar winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient William Saroyan, who gained world fame with his classic book "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" (1934), was born in California to Armenak and Takoohi Saroyan, Armenian refugees from the Turkish Ottoman Empire which perpetrated the Armenian genocide...
Aram Khachaturyan
Music Department, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Aram Khachaturyan was born in 1903, in Tiflis, Russian Empire (now Tbilisi, Georgia). He was the fourth son in a modest Armenian family. His father was a book-binder and a craftsman; he noticed the son's musical talent and got him a used piano, but he did not have money for a music teacher. Khachaturyan was self-taught until the age of 19...
Edwin Avaness
Producer, The Journey
Edwin Avaness received his Master of Arts Degree from Northwestern University's Radio-TV-Film Program, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Digital Media productions at University of California, Santa Cruz. He joined the executive board of Arpa Foundation for Film, Music & Art in 1999 and directed the 3rd Annual Arpa International Film Festival in 2000...
Michael A. Goorjian
Actor, SLC Punk!
Michael Goorjian, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an American actor, filmmaker, and writer. As an actor, Michael won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for David's Mother with Kirstie Alley. He is also well known for his role as Justin, Neve Campbell's love interest on the Golden Globe winning series Party of Five...
Michael Vartan
Actor, Alias
Michael Vartan was born on 27th November 1968 in France, an only child. Michael's father, Eddie Vartan, was a French musician, whose ancestry was Armenian and Bulgarian on one side, and Hungarian Jewish on the other. Michael's mother, Doris Vartan (née Pucher), is a Polish Jewish immigrant to the United States...
Sid Haig
Tall, bald and nearly always bearded, Sid Haig has provided hulking menace to many a low-budget exploitation film and high-priced action film. Sid Haig was born Sidney Eddie Mosesian on July 14, 1939 in Fresno, California, a screaming ball of hair. His parents, Roxy (Mooradian) and Haig Mosesian, an electrician...
Peter Macdissi
Actor, The Losers
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, of Lebanese and Armenian heritage, Macdissi graduated from the Institut De Beaux Arts before moving to Europe. After relocating to the US at the age of 22, he enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in Los Angles. In addition to his acting skills Macdissi speaks French...
Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand is a three times Academy Award-winning French composer, conductor and pianist who composed over 200 film and television scores as well as recorded over a hundred albums of jazz, popular and classical music. He was born on February 24, 1932, in Becon-les-Bruyeres, in the Paris suburbs...
Ludwig Manukian
Actor, 30-Love
Born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles, Ludwig's mind and spirit gravitated towards performance at an early age. After many years of dedication to the stage, starring in several productions in Southern California, Ludwig turned his efforts towards film and television. His role as Armenian-mob boss...
Anahid Avanesian
Born in Tehran, Iran of Armenian descent, Anahid Avanesian has been recognized as a genuine comedic force on stage and on the small and big screens. Cutting her comedic chops in several years of sketch comedy for television, Avanesian is considered one of the top Armenian and Persian performers in Los...
Robert Nazar Arjoyan
Award-winning filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan was born in Glendale, CA to Armenian parents. As a child, he was consumed by rock & roll and feature films, especially those directed by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg early in their careers. He began playing guitar at the age of 10, and started taking his filmmaking to a professional level at the age of 14...
Silvana Ambar
Animation Department, Tarzan II
Growing up it was obvious that she was destined to paint. Her artistic inclinations were evident from early on. Silvana attended one of Armenia's most recognized and prestigious art institutions, Terlemezian's Art college, a highly competitive college. The work of Silvana has been exhibited extensively in a Yerevan...
Levon Shant Demirjian
Visual Effects, Iron Man 3
Levon Shant was born in Madrid, Spain in 1986 and resides in Los Angeles, Ca. Of Armenian decent, Levon Shant started working in the industry at an early age, getting his first big break n 2006 when he started working for Roger Kupelian and his visual effects studio. Levon Shant has worked on many projects as a Writer, Producer and Special Effects Supervisor.
Allen Hughes
Producer, From Hell
Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was broadcast on cable...
Albert Hughes
Producer, From Hell
Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was broadcast on cable...
Anna Melikyan
Director, Mermaid
Anna Melikian (born February 8, 1976) is an Armenian-Russian film and TV director/ producer whose work has been recognized with several awards. After her participation at Sundance Film Festival she was listed in the TOP 10 of most perspective film directors by Variety magazine. Melikian studied at the All-Russian State University of Cinematography film school in Moscow (classes of prof...
Robert Kechichian
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra
Andrea Martin
Actress, SCTV
Adrienne Barbeau
Actress, The Fog
Adrienne Jo Barbeau is an American actress and author best known for her roles on the TV series Maude and in horror films, especially those directed by John Carpenter, with whom she was once married. She was born on June 11, 1945 in Sacramento, California, the daughter of an executive for Mobil Oil...
Anoush NeVart
Actress, Glee
Tom Mardirosian
Tom grew up in Buffalo, New York and first got interested in theater while in the Army, where he was a member of a Special Services troop. Later he taught acting at the Studio ARENA Theatre School in Buffalo while appearing in numerous productions there. He appeared on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in The Magic Show as Goldfarb.
Eric Nazarian
Eric Nazarian was born in Armenia and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. "The Blue Hour," his first feature film as writer-director, is composed of four stories about working-class lives near the Los Angeles River...
Actress, Mask
The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups and downs than the 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average...