Arab Actors in Hollywood

by hamzahs | created - 29 Oct 2016 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

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1. Rami Malek

Actor | Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Said Malek (born May 12, 1981) is an American actor. He won a Critics' Choice Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his lead role as Elliot Alderson in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot. He also received Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors ...

2. Salma Hayek

Actress | Frida

One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her ...

3. Omar Sharif

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire (Saada). Of Lebanese and ...

4. Rima Fakih

Actress | Yasmine

"You don't know who you are until you know where you came from" is a quote Rima carried out through most of her life. Today, at 33 years old Rima Fakih Slaiby resides in California with her husband Wassim 'Sal' Slaiby and two children. Holding her current mission to break barriers for Arab women ...

5. Ahmed Ahmed

Actor | Iron Man

Grew up in Riverside, California; graduated North High School, 1988. Attended Academy of Dramatic Art in Pasadena, California. Has been a regular performer at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles since 2000. Headlines a specialty show at the Comedy Store called "Arabian Knights" that was the brainchild ...

6. F. Murray Abraham

Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham was born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in El Paso, Texas. His father, Frederick Abraham, was from an Assyrian Christian (Antiochian) family, from Syria. His mother, Josephine (Stello) Abraham, was the daughter of Italian ...

7. Joey Naber

Actor | Containment

As a Los Angeles native, Joey Naber began acting at the young age in his teens. In addition to his 2007 Academy Award-winning short film, West Bank Story, Naber has been featured in numerous films like Mother, Executive Decision, The Siege, and Three Kings. In between films, Naber has also scored ...

8. Vince Vaughn

Producer | The Break-Up

Vincent Anthony Vaughn was born on March 28, 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and was raised in Lake Forest, Illinois. His parents are Vernon Vaughn, a salesman and character actor, and Sharon Vaughn (née Sharon Eileen DePalmo), a real-estate agent and stockbroker. They divorced in 1991. He ...

9. Hamzah Saman

Actor | Rogue Warfare

Hamzah Saman was born in Beirut, Lebanon and came to the U.S. when he was 15 years old. He is proud of his role as "Thaer" in the short film Beirut Hide and Seek (2010), which won Best Short Film at the Evolution International Film Festival in 2012 and received honorable mention at the Los Angeles ...

10. Alia Shawkat

Actress | Arrested Development

Alia Shawkat was born in Riverside, California, to Dina Burke and actor Tony Shawkat. Her maternal grandfather, Paul Burke, was also an actor. Her father is from Baghdad, Iraq, and her mother has Irish, Italian, and Norwegian ancestry. Success arrived early for Alia. Her career began at the young ...

11. Tony Shalhoub

Actor | Monk

Anthony Marcus Shalhoub was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joseph Shalhoub, who owned a grocery chain, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at age ten, later marrying Shalhoub's mother, Helen (Seroogy), who herself was born in Wisconsin, to Lebanese parents...

12. DJ Khaled

Actor | Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

DJ Khaled was born on November 26, 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Khaled Mohamed Khaled. He is an actor, known for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), The Boss (2016) and Magic Mike XXL (2015).

13. Teri Hatcher

Actress | Tomorrow Never Dies

Teri Hatcher is an American actress, writer, presenter, and former NFL cheerleader. She is known for her television roles, portraying Lois Lane on the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997), and as Susan Mayer on the television series Desperate Housewives (2004-2012), ...

14. 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...

15. Adel Emam

Actor | Omaret yakobean

He is a graduate of the faculty of agriculture. He was more popular in theatres for his role in Madrasat Al Moshaghebin (School of Rascals). He became more famous in the 1970s for his comedic roles in Searching for a Scandal (1973) (Search for a scandal) and Khalli Balek min Aalak (Take care of your...

16. Ramy Youssef

Self | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Ramy Youssef is an actor and writer, known for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015), Mr. Robot (2015) and See Dad Run (2012).

17. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Producer | Wide Angle

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is a producer and actor, known for Wide Angle (2002), Dohard (2010) and The Stream (2011).

18. Bassem Youssef

Writer | Untitled Larry Wilmore/Bassem Youssef Project

Bassem Ra'fat Mohamed Youssef is an Egyptian cardiac surgeon, satirist, and the host of El Bernameg ("The Program"), a satirical news program broad casted by Egyptian television station Capital Broadcast Center (CBC). The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire ...

19. 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 ...

20. Catherine Keener

Actress | Capote

Catherine Keener is an American actress, Oscar-nominated for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich (1999) and Capote (2005). Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Keener got her start as a casting ...

21. Ali Suliman

Actor | The Kingdom

Ali Suliman was born 1977, in Nazareth. His interest in the dramatic arts led him to the prestigious " Acting School" in Tel-Aviv, where he graduated in the year 2000. At the end of his studies, he joined the "Commedia Dell'Arte", Masks Theater group in London. Ali decided to broadened his horizons...

22. Wendie Malick

Actress | Waiting...

The actress Wendie Malick was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1950 and attended Ohio Wesleyan University, from which she graduated in 1972. The 5-foot, 10-inch beauty was a Wilhelmina model in the 1970s, giving it up to go to work for Buffalo-area Congressman Jack Kemp. She quickly left Washington, ...

23. Ghassan Massoud

Actor | Kingdom of Heaven

Ghassan Massoud (born September 20, 1958 in Damascus) is a Syrian actor and film-maker. He is best-known in the West for playing the role of the Muslim military general Saladin in Ridley Scott's 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven. He has also played the "Sheikh" in famous Turkish film "Kurtlar Vadisi: ...

25. Moustapha Akkad

Producer | The Message

The creativity of Moustapha Akkad came in such movies as Lion of the Desert (1980) and The Message (1976), where he directed and showed some really creative amazing view on the history of Islam. As an Arabic Muslim it was really hard for him to make it in Hollywood but no one could deny his talent ...

26. Amr Waked

Actor | Lucy

Amr Waked was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1972. He studied economics and theatre in the American University in Cairo. In his early experience as an actor Amr joined the Temple Theatre Troop in 1994, and Yaaru Theatre Troop in 1999, where he trained and developed his tools as a stage performer.

With his ...

27. Michael Nouri

Actor | The Hidden

Michael Nouri was born on December 9, 1945 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Michael David Nouri. He is an actor, known for The Hidden (1987), Flashdance (1983) and The Terminal (2004). He was previously married to Vicki Light and Lynn Goldsmith.

28. Jenna Dewan

Actress | Step Up

Jenna Dewan is an actress, former model, and dancer. She was born on December 3, 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Nancy (Bursch) and Darryll Dewan. Her father is of half Syrian Lebanese and half Polish descent, and her mother has German and English ancestry. Jenna grew up in Grapevine, Texas and ...

29. Marlo Thomas

Actress | That Girl

Many well-known and highly identifiable actresses have tried and failed to make the arduous crossover from fizzy TV sitcom star to mature, dramatic artist. Usually, it was their hardcore fans who refused to accept them in any other light. Sally Field and Elizabeth Montgomery come to mind first as ...

30. Shannon Elizabeth

Actress | American Pie 2

Shannon Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of a Syrian/Lebanese father and a mother who is English, Irish and German. When Shannon was in 3rd grade, her family moved to Waco, Texas, where most of her relatives already lived. As a girl, Shannon took dance lessons, including tap, ...

31. Jerry Seinfeld

Writer | Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to ...

32. Khaled Nabawy

Actor | Kingdom of Heaven

Egyptian actor Khaled Nabawy managed to quickly grab audiences attention and film critics respect through his choice of material, following his discovery by famous director, Youssef Chahine. He presented Khaled as the Hollywood's way in making stars, he put him in the best view and allowed the ...

33. Shakira

Soundtrack | Zootopia

Grammy-winning pop singer Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, on February 2, 1977. She is of Lebanese, Spanish and Italian descent. Shakira began her musical career at the age of 12 and quickly captured fans around the world. She won the 2001 Best Latin pop Grammy for her "MTV Unplugged" ...

34. Paula Abdul

Actress | Robots

Paula Abdul grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California. She began taking dance lessons when she was eight. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was senior class president and head cheerleader. After graduating in 1980, she started college at Cal State-Northridge, majoring in TV and ...

35. Hoda Kotb

Actress | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Hoda Kotb was born on August 9, 1964 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA. She is an actress, known for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Dateline NBC (1992) and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017). She was previously married to Burzis Kanga.

36. Anthony Batarse

Actor | The Kingdom

Anthony Batarse moved to Los Angeles with his family at the early age. Anthony eventually attended North Hollywood High School. It was there in the respected school Drama Program that Anthony and fellow classmates like Cuba Gooding Jr. began their acting careers.

Anthony's first professional roles ...



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