Americans who were not born in America

by coralpanther | created - 02 Jul 2011 | updated - 22 Dec 2011 | Public

Although these celebs were not born in the USA, they were raised their whole life in the USA and are very much American. :)

1. Lily Collins

Actress | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Lily Jane Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey, England. Her father is English musician Phil Collins, while her mother, Jill Tavelman, who is from Los Angeles, California, was president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club for three terms. Lily moved with her mother to LA at the age of five, after ...

Born in UK, raised in California.

2. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...

Born in Israel, raised in New York.

3. Elizabeth Taylor

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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 ...

Born in UK, raised in California.

4. Wentworth Miller

Actor | Prison Break

Wentworth Miller is a compelling and critically acclaimed actor whose credits span both television and feature film.

Wentworth Earl Miller III was born June 2, 1972 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, to American parents, Joy Marie (Palm), a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller...

Born in UK, raised in New York.

5. Sasha Pieterse

Actress | Inherent Vice

Sasha Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated over to the United States with her professional dancer parents in 2000. She started acting at the age of four in modeling and commercials and moved to theatrical work starring as "Buffy" in her first TV show, Family Affair (2002)...

Born in South Africa, raised in Nevada.

6. Amy Adams

Actress | Arrival

Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as ...

Born in Italy, raised in Colorado.

7. Mischa Barton

Actress | The O.C.

Born in London and raised in New York. From humble beginnings in New York Theater in 1994 where she trained with such esteemed director/writers as James Lapine ("Twelve Dreams" at Lincoln Center with Donna Murphy), Tony Kushner ("Slavs!" at New York Theater Workshop with Marisa Tomei), and Naomi ...

Born in UK, raised in New York.

8. Jeri Ryan

Actress | Star Trek: Voyager

Jeri Ryan was born Jeri Lynn Zimmerman on February 22, 1968 in Munich, West Germany, to Gerhard Florian Zimmerman, a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, and his wife Sharon, a social worker. She and her older brother Mark grew up on several military bases, including Kansas, Maryland, Hawaii,...

Born in Germany, raised in Kentucky.

9. Bruce Willis

Actor | Die Hard

Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.

Walter Bruce ...

Born in Germany, raised in New Jersey.

10. Tamera Mowry-Housley

Actress | Sister, Sister

Tamera Darvette Mowry was born on July 6, 1978, two minutes before her twin sister, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, in Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany, to Darlene Mowry and Tim Mowry, who was in the U.S. Army at the time of her birth and later became a custody officer/jailer with the City of Glendale Police ...

Born in Germany, raised in California.

11. Tia Mowry-Hardrict

Actress | Sister, Sister

Tia Mowry-Hardrict was born on July 6, 1978 in Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany as Tia Dashon Mowry. She is an actress and producer, known for Sister, Sister (1994), The Hot Chick (2002) and The Game (2006). She has been married to Cory Hardrict since April 20, 2008. They have two children.

Born in Germany, raised in California.

12. Anton Yelchin

Actor | Star Trek

Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Chekov in the Star Trek (2009) reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night (2011) remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy (2011).

He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His ...

Born in Russia, raised in California.

13. Noah Mills

Actor | Sex and the City 2

Noah Mills is an actor born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He then moved to the United States where he was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Noah started his career has a model while transitioning into acting. In 2017 he starred on the NBC Drama 'The Brave' as 'Joseph 'McG' McGuire' and can next been ...

Born in Canada, raised in Maryland.

14. Steve-O

Writer | Jackass: The Movie

Steve graduated from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1997. He says the program was more like boot camp than college. Out of 2000 applicants, only 33 were accepted and Steve-O was one of them. However, after graduation, 10 were selected for the circus and this didn't include ...

Born in UK, raised in New Mexico and Florida.

15. Joaquin Phoenix

Actor | Her

Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom 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 from New ...

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in California.

16. Joel McHale

Actor | Community

Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, to a Canadian-born mother, Laurie (Jackson), and an American-born father, Jack McHale. His father, from Chicago, is of Irish descent, and his mother, from Vancouver, has Norwegian, Finnish, and English ancestry. Joel was raised in Seattle, Washington, and...

Born in Italy, raised in Washington.

17. Catherine Bell

Actress | Bruce Almighty

Catherine was born in London, but she moved to California with her Iranian mother at the age of two. Her mother still acts as her personal assistant. As a girl, she acted in various TV advertisements. She went to UCLA to study biology/ pre-medicine, but she dropped out to become a model in Japan. ...

Born in UK, raised in California.

18. Giuliana Rancic

Actress | 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Giuliana DePandi was born in Naples, Italy in 1975. Her family moved to the United States, namely Washington D.C., during her childhood. Fluent only in Italian, Giuliana prides herself on the fact that she taught herself English by watching day-time soaps and other television shows.

After graduating...

Born in Italy, raised in Washington DC.

19. 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 ...

Born in France, raised in California.

20. Allison Miller

Actress | A Million Little Things

Allison Miller was born in Rome, Italy, to American parents, Margo and John Winn Miller. She grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where her father worked as a journalist.

The family eventually settled in Tallahassee, Florida, where she studied dance, piano, acting and singing while still at high school ...

Born in Italy, raised in Florida.

21. Daniel Tosh

Actor | The Love Guru

Daniel Tosh was born on May 29, 1975 in Germany. He is a producer and writer, known for The Love Guru (2008), Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts (2011) and Tosh.0 (2009). He has been married to Carly Hallam since April 15, 2016.

Born in Germany, raised in Florida.

22. Giada De Laurentiis

Producer | Giada at Home

Giada De Laurentiis was born on August 22, 1970 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Giada Pamela De Benedetti. She is a producer and actress, known for Giada at Home 2.0 (2008), Giada Entertains (2016) and Young & Hungry (2014). She was previously married to Todd Thompson.

Born in Italy, raised in California.

23. Ian Harding

Actor | Pretty Little Liars

Ian Harding was born on September 16, 1986 in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He is an actor, known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Ford v Ferrari (2019) and Adventureland (2009). He has been married to Sophie Hart since October 2019.

Born in Germany, raised in Virginia.

24. Elisabeth Röhm

Actress | American Hustle

Elisabeth Rohm will next be seen in the Roger Ailes biopic FAIR AND BALANCED for Lionsgate and director Jay Roach, portraying Fox News host Martha MacCallum, as well as Ted Melfi's THE STARLING opposite Melissa McCarthy.

Elisabeth recently wrapped production on the Lifetime feature FAMILY PICTURES ...

Born in Germany, raised in New York and Tennessee.

25. Mila Kunis

Actress | Black Swan

Mila Kunis was born Milena Markovna Kunis (Ukrainian: Miléna Márkivna Kúnis, Russian: Miléna Márkovna Kúnis) to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). The spoken language in her family is Russian, not Ukrainian.

Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, ...

Born in Ukraine, raised in California.

26. Daniel Dae Kim

Actor | Insurgent

Daniel Dae Kim has made a career of creating multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles as an actor, director and now, producer. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on "Hawaii Five-0," Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series "Lost," for which he shared ...

Born in South Korea, raised in Pennsylvania.

27. Samaire Armstrong

Actress | Stay Alive

Samaire Armstrong was born on October 31, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan as Samaire Rhys Armstrong. She is an actress and director, known for Stay Alive (2006), It's a Boy Girl Thing (2006) and Just My Luck (2006).

Born in Japan, raised in Arizona.

28. Milla Jovovich

Actress | The Fifth Element

Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and the Resident Evil (2002) franchise.

Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich ...

Born in Ukraine, raised in California.

29. Alexa Davalos

Actress | The Chronicles of Riddick

Alexa Davalos was born in Paris, France, to American parents, Jeff Dunas, a photographer, and Elyssa Davalos, an actress. Her father's family were Jewish immigrants (from Russia and Lithuania). After a quintessentially bohemian childhood that found her straddling New York, Paris, Italy and Los ...

Born in France, raised in New York.

30. Cole Sprouse

Actor | Riverdale

Cole Mitchell Sprouse was born in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy to American parents, Melanie (Wright) and Matthew Sprouse, and was raised in Long Beach, in their native California. Cole began his acting career alongside his identical twin brother at the tender age of six months. From 1993 to 1998 the ...

Born in Italy, raised in California.

31. Dylan Sprouse

Actor | Turandot

Dylan Sprouse was born August 4, 1992, in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, to American parents, Melanie (Wright) and Matthew Sprouse. Sprouse has acted from the young age of six months and continues to do so out of his new home base of NYC after receiving his bachelors degree from NYU. Along with acting, ...

Born in Italy, raised in California.

32. Jerry Springer

Actor | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Jerry Springer was born on February 13, 1944 in London, England as Gerald Norman Springer. He is a producer and writer, known for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Domino (2005) and Ringmaster (1998). He was previously married to Margaret 'Micki' JoAnn Velten.

Born in UK, raised in New York.

33. Martin Lawrence

Actor | Martin

Martin Lawrence was born on April 16, 1965 in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany as Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence. He is an actor and writer, known for Martin (1992), Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys (1995). He was previously married to Shamicka Gibbs and Pat Smith.

Born in Germany, raised in Maryland.

34. Jenn Proske

Actress | Vampires Suck

In late 2009, after graduating from Boston University, Jenn moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming an actor. Only four months later, she landed her first role, the starring role in Vampires Suck (2010), a big-budget FOX & New Regency movie. She led the film to gross nearly $100 ...

Born in Canada, raised in California.



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