Birth Place Matching "Kiev, Russian Empire [now Ukraine]" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Director | The Snake Pit
The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand. In 1915, he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager, he witnessed the 1917 ...
Mayer was born Lazar Meir in the Ukraine and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after his parents fled Russian oppression in 1886. He had a brutal childhood, raised in poverty and suffering physical and emotional abuse from his nearly-illiterate peddler father. In the early 1890s, he ...
3. Anna Sten
Actress | Devushka s korobkoy
Born in Russia to a Ukrainian father and a Swedish mother, Anna Sten studied at the Russian Film Academy and joined the Moscow Art Theater. Strikingly beautiful, she went on to appear in a number of Russian silent films, but it was in the German film Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff (1931) that ...
Writer | Sabotage
Joseph Conrad was born in Berdichev, Kiev Province, now the Ukraine, to Polish parents Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewa Bobrowska. His father was a political activist and he and his family were exiled after he was suspected of involvement with revolutionary activities. Conrad had no friends as a child ...
Writer | Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu
Mikhail A. Bulgakov was a Russian writer and medical doctor known for big screen adaptations of his books, such as Beg (1971) and Master i Margarita (1994).
He was born Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov on May 15, 1891, in Kiev, Russia (now Kiev, Ukraine). He was the first of six children in the family ...
6. Harry Grey
Writer | Once Upon a Time in America
Real name Harry/Herschel Goldberg. Born in Russia in 1901, son of Israel and Celia Goldberg, emigrated to USA in 1905. Dropped out from schooling at grade 7. Brother of Hyman Goldberg, a syndicated columnist and food critic for the New York Post and author of several books including "Our Man in the...
Director | Gamlet
Grigori Mikhailovich Kozintsev was born on March 22, 1905, in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, named Mikhail Kozintsev, was a medical doctor. Young Kozintsev studied at the Kiev Gymnazium. There, in 1919, he organized experimental theatre "Arlekin" together with his fellow ...
9. Jo Swerling
Writer | The Pride of the Yankees
Oscar-nominated Hollywood screenwriter Jo Swerling, who also was a Tony Award-winning Broadway writer and lyricist, was born in Berdichev, Ukraine in what was then the Russian Empire. His family emigrated from Czarist Russia and he grew up on the Lower East Side in New York City.
From a youthful job...
10. Ina Benita
Actress | Ludzie Wisly
Ina Benita was born on February 1, 1912 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Janina Ferow-Bulhak. She was an actress, known for Ludzie Wisly (1938), Maryjka (1933) and Hanka (1934). She was married to Stanislaw Lipinski and Jerzy Dal-Atan. She died in August 1944 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.
11. Aleksander Ford
Director | Piatka z ulicy Barskiej
Aleksander Ford was born on November 24, 1908 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Mosze Lifszyc. He was a director and writer, known for Five from Barska Street (1954), Black Cross (1960) and The Eighth Day of the Week (1958). He was married to Eleanor Griswold, Janina Wieczerzynska and Olga Minska. He died...
Director | Hôtel des étudiants
Viktor Tourjansky was a Russian film director who emigrated after the communist revolution of 1917, and worked in France, Germany, USA, UK, and Italy.
He was born Viacheslav Konstantinovich Turzhanski on March 4, 1891, in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire (now Kiyiv, Ukraine). Studied painting and art ...
14. Sholom Aleichem
Writer | Fiddler on the Roof
Sholom Aleichem (translated from Hebrew as a greeting "Peace be with you") was the pseudonym of Sholom Yakov Rabinovitz. He was born on February 18, 1859, in Pereyaslav near Kiev, Ukraine, in the Russian Empire. His father was a religious scholar and the family was trilingual. After his mother died...
15. Michel Michelet
Composer | Voice in the Wind
Between 1912 and 1919, Michelet studied cello and composition in Leipzig and Kiev. Graduated as a professor of music and taught at the Kiev and Vienna Conservatories, before moving to Paris in 1924. Composed film music in France from 1929. Escaped Nazi persecution in 1942 and settled in Los Angeles...
16. Irène Némirovsky
Writer | Suite Française
She was born in 1903 into a Ukrainian Jewish family, and emigrated to Paris as a young woman. She wrote nine books between 1929 and 1937, one of which was made into a movie ("David Golder", 1930). She became well-known in France, but did not become a French citizen. She converted to Catholicism in ...
17. Alex Melesh
Actor | The Big Broadcast
Alex Melesh was born on October 21, 1890 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Alexander Meleshez. He was an actor, known for The Big Broadcast (1932), The Adventurer (1928) and His Private Life (1928). He was married to Marie Melesh. He died on March 5, 1949 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz was born on October 1, 1903, in Berdichev (near Kiev), Ukraine (then Russian Empire). His father, named Simeon Horowitz, was an electrical engineer. His mother, named Sophie Horowitz, was a professional pianist and teacher at the Kiev Conservatory. Young Vladimir ...
Actress | Beregis avtomobilya
Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya was born on December 24, 1908 in Kiev, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire as Lyubov Ivanovna Dobrzhanskaya. She was an actress, known for Watch Out for the Automobile (1966), V chetverg i bolshe nikogda (1978) and Uchitel' tantsev (1952). She died on November 3, 1980 in Moscow, ...
Producer | The Studio Girl
Lewis J. Selznick, one of the pioneers of studio film production and the father of Oscar-winning Gone with the Wind (1939) producer David O. Selznick, was born Lewis Zeleznik in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire, into a poor Jewish family with 18 children. Selznick migrated to London at the age of 12, ...
21. Nina Koshetz
Actress | Algiers
Singer/actress Nina Koshetz (1894-1965) was in Russia a distinguished artist in classical and nationalist repertoire. sining at the principal opera and recital houses of Europe. She was frequently accompanied by Siloti and Rachmaninoff. After settling in the US in 1920, she began a superb career as...
22. Ilja Ehrenburg
Writer | Komunaris chibukhi
Ilja Ehrenburg was born on January 15, 1891 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Ilja Grigoryevich Ehrenburg. He was a writer, known for Komunaris chibukhi (1929), The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927) and Dýmky (1966). He was married to Ljuba Michailowna Kosinzewa. He died on August 31, 1967 in Moscow, RSFSR...
Actor | Bananas
Nicholas Saunders was born on June 2, 1914 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Nikita I Soussanin. He was an actor, known for Bananas (1971), The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1948) and Daniel (1983). He was married to Gedda Petry. He died on August 16, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
24. Olga Valéry
Actress | Love in the Afternoon
Olga Valéry was born on January 28, 1903 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Olga Timtchenko. She was an actress, known for Love in the Afternoon (1957), That Most Important Thing: Love (1975) and Bang Bang (1967). She died on April 20, 2002 in Sarcelles, Val-d'Oise, France.
27. Diana Karenne
Diana Karenne was born in 1888 in Kiev, Russian Empire. She was an actress and director, known for Marie Antoinette - Das Leben einer Königin (1922), Rasputins Liebesabenteuer (1928) and The Queen's Necklace (1929). She died on October 14, 1940 in Aachen, Germany.
30. Al Sherman
Soundtrack | Barton Fink
Al Sherman was born into a musical family on 7 September 1897 in Czarist Russia. Father Samuel Sherman fled a Cossack pogrom in 1903, settling in Prague which was then part of Austria-Hungary. Luck turned for Samuel and he landed a job as concertmaster, first violinist and sometimes court composer ...
Actor | The Jazz Singer
Yossele Rosenblatt was born on May 9, 1882 in Bila Tserkva, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire as Josef Rosenblatt. He was an actor, known for The Jazz Singer (1927), The Voice of Israel (1934) and Halome Ami (1933). He was married to Taube Kaufman and Traube Kaufmann. He died on June 19, 1933 in ...
36. Louise Nevelson
Louise Nevelson was born on September 23, 1899 in Pereyaslav, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire as Leah Berliawsky. She was married to Charles Nevelson. She died on April 17, 1988 in New York City, New York, USA.
Actor | Zagovor obrechyonnykh
Aleksandr Verrtinsky was a famous Russian actor, singer and songwriter who suffered traumatic experience during the Russian Revolution of 1917, and expressed himself through acting, singing and songwriting. Vertinsky created a cross-genre style of his own, by blending such styles as Russian ...
39. Reinhold Glière
Composer | Zemlya zhazhdet
Reinhold Glière was born on January 11, 1875 in Kiev, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire as Rejngold Moricevic Glier. He was a composer, known for Zemlya zhazhdet (1930), Druzya vstrechayutsya vnov (1939) and Alisher Navoy (1948). He died on June 23, 1956 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.
Actor | Bar-Mitzvah
Boris Thomashefsky was born on May 12, 1868 in Kiev, Russian Empire. He was an actor and writer, known for Bar-Mitzvah (1935), Hear Ye, Israel (1915) and The Jewish Crown (1915). He was married to Bessie Baumfeld-Kaufman (actress). He died on July 9, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA.
Actor | Real Life
Nudie was born on December 15, 1902 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Nutya Kotlyrenko. He was an actor, known for Real Life (1979), Guns of a Stranger (1973) and The Jimmy Dean Show (1963). He was married to Helen Barbara "Bobbie" Kruger. He died on May 9, 1984 in Burbank, California, USA.
43. Robert Mellin
Soundtrack | There's Something About Mary
Although a number of references believe Robert Mellin to have been born in Surrey, England in 1902, his obituary notices finally clarified that he was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and brought to England as a baby, albeit for a short stay. His father, 39-year-old tailor Joseph Melnikoff together with wife...
Actor | Cherez ternii k zvyozdam
Vatslav Dvorzhetsky was born on August 3, 1910 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Vatslav Janovich Dvorzhetsky. He was an actor, known for To the Stars by Hard Ways (1981), Groza nad Rusyu (1992) and Pisma myortvogo cheloveka (1986). He died on April 11, 1993 in Nizhnij Novgorod, Russia.
47. Borrah Minevitch
Actor | One in a Million
Borrah Minevitch was born on November 5, 1902 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Boruch Minowitz. He was an actor, known for One in a Million (1936), Tramp, Tramp, Tramp! (1942) and Hit Parade of 1941 (1940). He was married to Lucille Little Taylor and Betty B. Henry. He died on June 26, 1955 in Paris, ...