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Top 15 Hollywood actors with Romanian roots


There are many Romanians that have starred in Hollywood movies. You have probably seen Marcel Iures and Maia Morgestern in several Hollywood blockbusters. However, did you know that some well-known actors have Romanian roots? Here is a list of 15 Hollywood actors with Romanian roots.

  1. Sebastian Stan


He was born on August 13, 1982, in Constanta city, Romania. Now he is one of the most famous actors. He moved to Vienna, Austria with his mother, a pianist when he was eight and then to New York when he was twelve. He starred in movie such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, The Martian, Captain America: Super Soldier, Captain America: First Avenger, Gossip Girl, Hot Tub Machine and the Avengers.

  1. Winona Ryder


Winona Ryder’s  full name is Winona Laura Horowitz.  Her Romanian origins come from his father’s side. His Jewish family emigrated from Russia and Romania to the US. The actress is known for playing in several successful movies such as Beetlejuice, The Age of Innocence, Heathers.

  1. Lauren Bacall


She was born in New York. Her family came from Poland, France, Romania, and Germany. The actress was married to Humphrey Bogart and has received an Oscar for her role in the movie “ The mirror has two faces.”

  1. Natalie Portman


She was born in Israel, however, her great grandmother from her father’s side was born in Romania. Reportedly, her great-grandmother was a spy for the British during World War II.

The actress is well known for playing in movies such as Closer, The Black Swan and V for Vendetta.

  1. Rosemary Harris


She was born in 1927 in the UK. She is mostly known for playing the role of Peter Parker’s grandmother in Spiderman. Harris’ grandmother comes from a family of boyars from the region of Muntenia, Romania.

  1. Nadia Gray


She was born in Bucharest in 1923.  Her father emigrated from Russia to Romania. Her mother is Romanian. During World War II the actress was forced to leave Romania. She is well known for playing in movies such as Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini.

  1. Dustin Hoffman


His parents were Jewish who fled Romania in 1937. He once stated ”  I am a Romanian Jew!”. He is well known for playing in movies such as Tootsie, Rain man and Kramer versus Kramer.

  1. Harvey Keitel


He was born in a family of actors who originated from Poland and Romania. His mother was born in the city of Braila, Romania.

He is known for playing in movies such as Reservoir Dogs, Taxi Driver and Thelma and Louise.

  1. Edward G. Robinson


This actor is well known for playing gangster roles in 1940’s movies. He was born in Bucharest and in 1903 he emigrated to the US.

  1. Johhny Weissmuller


He is well known for playing the first Tarzan role. He was born in Timisoara city, Romania in 1904.

  1. Bella Lugosi


You might know him for playing count Dracula in the first Dracula movie. He was born in the town of Lugoj, Romania.

  1. Elsa Pataki


Her mother is Romanian and the actress is also able to speak fluently both Spanish and Romanian.

  1. Julianna Marguiles


Her grandparents were born in Romania and they emigrated to the US at the beginning of the 20th century.

  1. Barbara Bach


She played the Bond girl in the movie “The spy who loved me” and she was married to Ringo Starr. Her grandmother is Romanian.

  1. Sylvia Sydney


She played in many Hollywood movies together with Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, and Humphrey Bogart. Her mother was born in Bacau city, Romania.


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Fran Drescher is well known for her role in the sitcome The Nanny. Her great grandmother, Yetta was born in Focsani, Romania.


Stan Lee


Stan Lee is an American comic-book writer, publisher and media producer. His parents were Romanian-born Jewish immigrants.