Hollywood is filled with numerous people from all walks of life and all different backgrounds. Greeks are known as very proud people, so if one of them makes it big in the world they feel like they have all made it big. Greeks have a lot to be proud of; their rich history, glorious culture and breathtaking landscapes are just a few reasons why they are known as the some of the proudest people on the planet.
Although a lot of celebrities have Americanized their names, they can never Americanize their roots.
This is a list of the most popular Greek American celebrities in Hollywood. You may think you know everything about your favorite celebrities, but you may not know where their roots are from. Some of the celebrities on this list are bound to leave you surprised and others are a bit more obvious. These are the top ten celebrities you didn’t know are of Greek descent.
10 Hank Azaria
9 Billy Zane
Remember Rose’s evil fiancé Cal in the iconic movie Titanic? Yes, the handsome one we all loved to hate…Well, that’s Billy Zane and he is born to two Greek American parents. He was raised in Chicago and in 1989 he married actress Lisa Collins. Zane has two beautiful daughters named Ava and Gia, and he tries to keep his family connected to their Greek roots. Although he is best known as his evil character in Titanic, Zane is actually an extremely talented artist who has made both the U.S. and Greece proud he is a part of them.
8 Tiffani Thiessen
7 Tommy Lee
6 Criss Angel
5 Betty White
4 John Stamos
3 Tina Fey
2 Zach Galifianakis
Most of you know and love this actor from his incredibly hilarious role in The Hangover films. His quirky personality and undeniable talent has gotten the attention of countless fans. His online show Between Two Ferns has also become a hit. The premise of the show is simple, he interviews people of all walks of life, including President Obama. It may not be that surprising to find out that Galifianakis is Greek, seeing how his last name is Galifianakis. He is extremely proud of his Greek heritage and has visited the country on numerous occasions.
1 Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston is a superstar, no doubt about it. Her father, who is a famous Greek actor on the soap opera Days of Our Lives helped sky rocket his daughter to fame. Greeks are extremely proud to tell people that Jennifer Aniston is half Greek because she is the nationality's biggest super star. She has been in countless hit movies and was in what is arguably the most iconic sitcom of all time, Friends. Although the world knows a lot about this Greek goddess, not everyone knows that her real last name is not Aniston but Anastassakis - you don’t get more Greek than that!