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1. Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson Actress, Lost in Translation Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is Danish. Scarlett showed a passion for acting at a young age and starred in many plays. She has a sister named Vanessa Johansson, a brother named Adrian, and a twin brother named Hunter Johansson born three minutes after her...
2. Michelle Trachtenberg Michelle Trachtenberg Actress, All My Children Trachtenberg grew up in Brooklyn and started her acting career young; she began appearing in commercials at the age of 3. She continued to act and dance through her school years, making regular television appearances from the age of 10. She landed a recurring role in the kids' TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete and starred in Harriet the Spy...
3. Dylan O'Brien Dylan O'Brien Actor, The Maze Runner Dylan O'Brien was born in New York City, to Lisa Rhodes, a former actress who also ran an acting school, and Patrick B. O'Brien, a camera operator. His father is of Irish descent and his mother is of Italian, English, and Spanish ancestry. Dylan grew up in Springfield Township, Union County, New Jersey...
4. Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. Actor, The Avengers 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. Born in Manhattan, New York, on April 4, 1965, Robert Downey Jr. is the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford)...
5. Claire Danes Claire Danes Actress, Temple Grandin New Yorker Claire Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art and Architecture, and Claire has English, German, Scottish, Irish, and Austrian ancestry...
6. Tanya Roberts Tanya Roberts Actress, A View to a Kill Tanya Roberts came from modest beginnings in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of a pen salesman (Irish) and a mother (Jewish) who were divorced before she reached high school. Tanya dropped out of high school at age 15, got married and hitchhiked around the country until her mother-in-law had the marriage annulled...
7. Abigail Breslin Abigail Breslin Actress, Little Miss Sunshine Abigail Breslin was born in New York City, to Kim and Michael Breslin, a telecommunications expert. She has been in front of the camera since the age of three, making commercials until eventually cast by Shyamalan to play Mel Gibson's daughter in Signs. Breslin's performance in Signs...
8. Olivia Wilde Olivia Wilde Actress, Rush Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York City, to journalists Leslie Cockburn (née Leslie Corkill Redlich) and Andrew Cockburn. Her father is from an upper-class British family, and her mother, who is American-born, has English, German, Irish and Manx ancestry. Olivia was raised in Washington...
9. Anne Hathaway Anne Hathaway Actress, Les Misérables Anne Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kathleen Ann (McCauley), an actress, and Gerald Thomas Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real...
10. Sarah Hyland Sarah Hyland Actress, Another World Sarah Hyland was born in New York City to actors Melissa D. Canaday and Edward James Hyland. She began in the business at the age of 4 with commercial work and voice overs. Her first film was Private Parts. She then moved on to The Object of My Affection and then spent time on Another World as "Rain Wolfe", a child found in the park...
11. Alexandra Daddario Alexandra Daddario Actress, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Alex was born on March 16, 1986 in New York City, to a prosecutor father and a lawyer mother. Her brother is actor Matthew Daddario and her grandfather was congressman Emilio Q. Daddario, of Connecticut. She has Italian, Irish, English, and Czech ancestry. She wanted to be an actress when she was young...
12. Adam Sandler Adam Sandler Actor, Grown Ups 2 Adam Sandler was born on September 9, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York, to Judy, a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club...
13. Saoirse Ronan Saoirse Ronan Actress, Atonement Saoirse was born in New York City, New York, United States. Her father is Paul Ronan, an Irish actor, and her mother is Monica Ronan. When Saoirse was age 3, the family moved to Ireland. Saoirse grew up in County Carlow, Ireland. Saoirse made her first TV appearance with a small role in a few episodes of the TV series...
14. Téa Leoni Téa Leoni Actress, Deep Impact Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni was born in New York, on February 25, 1966. Her father, Anthony Pantaleoni, was a corporate lawyer, and her mother, Emily Patterson, was a dietitian and nutritionist. She is of Italian (from a paternal great-grandfather), Polish, English, German, and Scots-Irish descent. Téa attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College...
15. Emmy Rossum Emmy Rossum Actress, Pilot It would seem that 2004, the year of her 18th birthday, will be remembered as pivotal for Emmy Rossum due to her appearance in two very different films, The Day After Tomorrow and The Phantom of the Opera. Emmy's performance in the latter film gained her a Golden Globe nomination. Emmanuelle Grey Rossum was born in New York City...
16. Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Lohan Actress, Herbie Fully Loaded Lindsay Dee Lohan was born in New York City on 2 July 1986. Her mother, Dina Lohan (née Donata Melina Nicolette Sullivan), is a former Wall Street analyst, and her father, Michael Lohan, is a businessman and former Wall Street trader. Her parents both have Irish and Italian ancestry. Lohan began her career at age three as a model at the Eileen Ford Agency...
17. Gaby Hoffmann Gaby Hoffmann Actress, Field of Dreams Gabriella Mary Hoffmann was born in New York City, New York, to actors Anthony Herrera and Viva (née Janet Susan Mary Hoffmann). Her ancestry includes Spanish, English, German, Irish, and 1/16th Italian (Sicilian). She began acting in commercials at 4 to help pay the family bills but got tired of the work and quit...
18. Sylvester Stallone Sylvester Stallone Actor, Rocky This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws...
19. Melanie Griffith Melanie Griffith Actress, Working Girl Melanie Griffith was born on August 9, 1957, in New York City to model Tippi Hedren and advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her mother is of Swedish, German, and Norwegian ancestry, and her father was of English, as well as Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, descent. Her parents' marriage ended in 1961 and Tippi came to Los Angeles to get a new start...
20. Sigourney Weaver Sigourney Weaver Actress, Aliens Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in 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)...
21. Sienna Miller Sienna Miller Actress, Stardust Sienna Rose Diana Miller was born in New York City but raised in London, England. Her father, Edwin "Ed" Miller, who is American-born, was an investment banker, then a dealer of Chinese art, and then joined a cult and wrote a spiritual self-help book. Her mother, Josephine "Jo" Miller, was a South African model and a personal assistant to David Bowie...
22. Lake Bell Lake Bell Actress, In a World...
23. Al Pacino Al Pacino Actor, The Godfather One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family. His parents...
24. Robert De Niro Robert De Niro Actor, Goodfellas Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest American actors of all time, was born in New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, Dutch, English, French, and German. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
25. Lana Parrilla Lana Parrilla Actress, Spiders
26. Frank Grillo Frank Grillo Actor, Warrior The oldest of three children, Frank Grillo was born in New York City, to an Italian-American family. He grew up in upstate New York, and got his first taste of acting in high school where he was in many plays. Frank was also a gifted athlete and his dream was to play sports professionally. Frank graduated from New York University with a business degree.
27. Rita Hayworth Rita Hayworth Actress, Gilda Margarita Carmen Cansino was born on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, studied as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps...
28. Vin Diesel Vin Diesel Actor, Fast & Furious 6 Vin Diesel was born in New York City. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager, in an artist's housing project in New York's Greenwich Village. He never knew his biological father...
29. Lea Michele Lea Michele Actress, New Year's Eve Lea Michele Sarfati was born in The Bronx, New York to parents Edith, a nurse, and Marc Sarfati, a delicatessen owner. Her mother is Italian American and Roman Catholic while her father is of Turkish Sephardi Jewish ancestry, and Lea was raised Catholic. Even though she was born in New York, Lea was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey where she eventually attended and graduated from Tenafly High School...
30. Gabriel Macht Gabriel Macht Actor, Behind Enemy Lines Gabriel Macht is an American actor. He was born in the Bronx, New York, to Suzanne, a museum curator and archivist, and actor Stephen Macht. Gabriel has three siblings, and moved with his parents to California when he was young. He is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent on both sides of his family. Gabriel had his first success on screen when he was 8-years-old...
31. Jennifer Grey Jennifer Grey Actress, Dirty Dancing Jennifer Grey is an American actress who starred in the film Dirty Dancing opposite Patrick Swayze, a sleeper hit that would become one of the biggest films of the 1980s. She had previously appeared with Patrick Swayze in John Milius's cold war drama Red Dawn as 'Toni', one of the 'Wolverines', a group of renegade teenagers fighting for their country during World War III...
32. Ron Perlman Ron Perlman Actor, Hellboy Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions. Ronald N. Perlman was born April 13, 1950 in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York. His mother, Dorothy, is retired from the City Clerk's Office. His father, Bertram "Bert" Perlman...
33. Julia Stiles Julia Stiles Actress, The Bourne Ultimatum Julia O'Hara Stiles was born on March 28, 1981 in New York City, the outgoing daughter of a Greenwich Village artist mother, Judith Newcomb Stiles, and an elementary school teacher father, John O'Hara. She is the eldest of three children, and has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Encouraged to take modern dance lessons at an early age...
34. Kerry Washington Kerry Washington Actress, Django Unchained
35. Rosario Dawson Rosario Dawson Actress, Sin City This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division, which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's beauty may owe to her diverse lineage, which includes Afro-Cuban...
36. Joan Cusack Joan Cusack Actress, Working Girl Actress Joan Cusack was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of Nancy (née Carolan) and Dick Cusack. Her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor, and her mother was a math teacher. Her siblings - Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack and Bill Cusack also act. Her family is of Irish descent...
37. Sarah Michelle Gellar Sarah Michelle Gellar Actress, Cruel Intentions 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, Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. Her maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and her father was also from a Jewish family...
38. Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson Actor, The Shining Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director, is a three-time Academy Award winner and 12-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nods in every decade from 1960s through the 2000s. Nicholson was born on April 22...
39. Liv Tyler Liv Tyler Actress, The Incredible Hulk Liv Tyler was born in New York City, New York. She is the daughter of Steven Tyler of the band Aerosmith and Bebe Buell, former model (and Playboy Playmate of the Month) and stalwart of the backstage rock scene of the 1970s. Liv grew up thinking that rock star Todd Rundgren was her father...
40. Diane Lane Diane Lane Actress, Man of Steel Diane Lane was born on January 22, 1965, in New York. She is the daughter of acting coach Burton Eugene "Burt" Lane and nightclub singer/centerfold Colleen Farrington. Her parents' families were both from the state of Georgia. Diane was acting from a very young age and made her stage debut at the age of six...
41. Grace Gummer Grace Gummer Actress, Frances Ha
42. Drea de Matteo Drea de Matteo Actress, Swordfish Andrea Donna de Matteo, called Drea (pronounced "dray"), was born on January 19, 1972 in Queens, New York, into an affluent family, the youngest of three children and the only girl. De Matteo's father is a furniture manufacturer and her mother, Donna, is a playwright and teaches playwriting at HB Studio in New York...
43. Mira Sorvino Mira Sorvino Actress, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Mira Katherine Sorvino was born on September 28, 1967 in Manhattan. She is the daughter of Lorraine Davis, an actress turned drama therapist, and veteran character actor Paul Sorvino. Her father's family were Italian immigrants. The young Sorvino was intelligent, an avid reader and an exceptional scholar...
44. Martin Scorsese Martin Scorsese Producer, The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942, in New York City, to Italian-American parents Catherine (Cappa) and Charles Scorsese. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films. Scorsese earned a B.S. degree in film communications in 1964...
45. Tom Welling Tom Welling Actor, The Fog Thomas John Patrick Welling was born in the city of New York, New York, USA. He comes from a family of six members, comprising his father, a retired executive for General Motors; his mother, a "home engineer"; a younger brother named Mark Welling, who is also an actor; and two other older sisters...
46. Natasha Lyonne Natasha Lyonne Actress, American Pie Natasha Lyonne is an American stage, film, and television actress. As a young child, she was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency then, at the age of six, was cast as a role in Pee-Wee's Playhouse. Natasha remained busy with appearances in almost 30 films over the next 10 years, including some starring roles in independent films...
47. Vincent D'Onofrio Vincent D'Onofrio Actor, Full Metal Jacket Vincent D'Onofrio is known as an "actor's actor". The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent. Vincent was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, a restaurant manager and waitress, and Gene D'Onofrio, a theater production assistant and interior designer...
48. Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi Actor, Fargo Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg...
49. Viggo Mortensen Viggo Mortensen Actor, A History of Violence Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances. Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American...
50. Jon Favreau Jon Favreau Producer, Iron Man Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director. The amiable, husky-framed actor with the tight...
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