Armenian heritage

by chrissch | created - 06 Mar 2014 | updated - 06 Mar 2014 | Public

Actresses and actors with Armenian ancestry. (This list is still growing, begun on 2014 March 6.)

1. Cher

Actress | Moonstruck

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 ...

2. Andy Serkis

Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes

English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is 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), ...

3. 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 ...

4. Sid Haig

Actor | House of 1000 Corpses

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...

5. Atom Egoyan

Director | The Sweet Hereafter

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 (1993) in Armenia. Won attention ...

6. 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 ...

7. Simon Abkarian

Actor | Casino Royale

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 ...

8. Akim Tamiroff

Actor | Touch of Evil

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 ...

9. Marco Khan

Actor | 10,000 BC

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 ...

10. Mark Adair-Rios

Actor | Courage Under Fire

Mark Adair-Rios' work and projects-in-development blow the lid off what it means to be a working actor in Hollywood. Raised as a San Fernando Valley boy, his multi-ethnic heritage keeps Casting guessing and lands him roles that range from gang member to techno geek, psychotic killer to misogynist ...

11. 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 ...

12. Charles Aznavour

Actor | Tirez sur le pianiste

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 ...

13. Felix Ryan

Actor | Power Rangers Samurai

Felix Ryan was born on July 5th, 1990 and raised in Los Angeles, CA. His natural skill, ability, and drive brought him into the entertainment industry at the age of 16. After graduating from high school, Felix's career continued to progress, and he found his calling. He is currently in progress of ...

14. Vladek Sheybal

Actor | From Russia with Love

Looking back at his filmography, it isn't difficult to imagine Vladek Sheybal in a scene, lobbing Molotov cocktails at advancing German troops, against a backdrop of war-torn Warsaw. However, this part of his life played out for real. A member of the Polish underground, he was twice captured and ...

15. Arlene Francis

Actress | The Thrill of It All

Arlene Francis, the witty actress and popular television personality, was born Arlene Francis Kazanjian on Oct. 20, 1907, in Boston. Her father was an Armenian immigrant, later painter and portrait photographer; her mother was the daughter of actor Alfred Davis. Even at an early age, Arlene said, "...

16. Mariam Vardani

Actress | Incendium

Mariam began acting at a young age. She has also shown her range and skill on the creative end as well. Mariam is one of the flamenco dancers who puts magic on stage. She has the ability to play a wide range of characters from different parts of the world and fluent in Armenian, Russian, English, ...

17. Sergei Parajanov

Director | Tini zabutykh predkiv

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 ...

18. Michel Legrand

Composer | The Thomas Crown Affair

Michel Legrand is a three-time 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, ...

19. Valerie McCaffrey

Casting_director | Hard Target

Born in Fresno, California, to a large Armenian family, she was one of the ten top finalists in California Junior Miss, and after high school, attended University of Hawaii where she studied theatre. Before graduating from California State University Long Beach, she was promotions director of the ...

20. Aram Khachaturyan

Soundtrack | 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. ...

21. Hovik Keuchkerian

Actor | Assassin's Creed

Born in Beirut (Libano), his family moved to Madrid (Spain) when he was three years old. His father was Armenian and his mother is Spanish (from Navarra). He became a boxer and was twice Spanish Heavy Weight Champion. After quitting boxing he started a new career as stand-up comedian and writer (he...

22. William Saroyan

Writer | The Human Comedy

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 ...

23. Mikael Sharafyan

Costume_designer | Dirty Bomb

Mikael Sharafyan was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. Both sides of his family include several generations of artists, writers, musicians, and actors. One of them was legendary American costume designer Irene Sharaff, who won five Academy Awards for An American in Paris, The King and I, West ...

24. Jack Kevorkian

Self | Kevorkian

Controversial pathologist, writer and inventor, Jack Kevorkian was the only son of Levon Kevorkian a former auto-factory worker who owned an excavating company and his homemaker wife. He had 2 sisters. Kevorkian's parents were Armenian refugees, whose relatives were among the 1.5 millon victims of ...

25. Mike Connors

Actor | Mannix

He once jokingly described himself as 'a frustrated song-and-dance man' who wound up typecast as a TV crime fighter. Tall, handsome Armenian-American Mike Connors had a minor career in the movies before becoming a star on the small screen as the impeccably dressed macho sleuth Joe Mannix. Towards ...

26. David Dickinson

Actor | Heartbeat

He was born to Eugenie (Jenny) Gulesserian, daughter of Hrant Gulesserian, an Armenian textile trader from Western Armenia/Eastern Turkey, who set up a branch of the family business when he moved from Istanbul to Manchester in 1904. Nothing is known of David's father other than that he was a ...

27. Michael Aloyan

Writer | Hidden

Michael Aloyan was born in Hollywood, CA to Armenian immigrants. Enthralled with films and storytelling from a very young age, he started making stop motion animated films with his father's Hi-8 camera at the age of eight. Over the years he shifted towards live-action filmmaking and, at thirteen, ...

28. Daron Malakian

Soundtrack | Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Daron Malakian was born July of 1975 in Glendale, California to Armenian immigrant parents. He still lives with his parents in that city. As a child he wanted to play drums but he parents did not want him to because of the factor that drums cannot be turned down. They in turn bought him an electric...

29. Kyle McCaffrey

Actor | Kingdom

Kyle McCaffrey is half Armenian and Half Irish born in Burbank, CA. Mother is casting director/producer Valerie McCaffrey. He has 2 siblings, Kiernan who is a talent agent at Greene and Associates and Vanesa Monarch, (goes under the name of Weather) who is an singer/songwriter and is a singer for a...

30. Sebastien Sisak

Actor | Zashchitniki

Sebastien is a multilingual actor (English, French, Russian and Armenian) with an unusual career-path. Formerly a criminal investigator and legal practitioner, he took his first steps on stage in Nice (France) in 2008. After a few years in French theater, where he performed both in classical and ...

31. Nora Ferrara

Actress | Dance of Vengeance

Armenian by descent, raised in Yerevan and Moscow, Nora Ferrara is an international artist. Dance, drama, and music made up her earliest training in Russia while acting and teaching performing arts experience has accumulated on both continents.

English is Nora's third language, Spanish, Italian and ...

32. Armen Dzhigarkhanyan

Actor | Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya

Dzhigarkhanyan was awarded the Armenian Republican State Prize in 1975 for "Triangle" and again in 1979 for "Snow in Mourning." He was named People's Artist of the Soviet Union in 1985. Dzhigarkhanyan began his acting career in 1955 at the Russian Stanislavsky Theater in Yerevan, and in 1967 moved ...



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