10 Greek Actors That Made It To Hollywood

October 20, 2016

10 Alexis Georgoulis


Born in Larissa, Georgoulis played important roles in feature films, such as being Dimitris Georgiou in the film “Liubi” in 2005. In 2009, he was given the opportunity to perform his talents overseas, playing the lead character in the film “My Life in Ruins”, which also stars Nia Vardalos. 

9 Hank Azaria


Azaria’s grandparents on both sides of his father and mother are said to come from Greece. Having become a popular actor in Hollywood, he was given the opportunities to portray important characters, mostly Spanish and Italian, for several films. He also did extensive voice acting for “The Simpsons”. 

8 Zach Galifianakis


Galifianakis received a great deal of attention for his role in the Hangover film series. He also has a comedy show, “Between Two Ferns”, which became a hit by interviewing people of all kinds, including the current US president. It is said that his grandparents came to the US from Crete. 

7 Telly Savalas


A World War II soldier, Savalas is a son of Greek immigrants who came to be journalist for ABC News. As an actor, he played character roles, which are often psychotic or sadistic. He became widely known portraying the character of Theo Kojak in the TV film “The Marcus-Nelson Murders”. 

6 Michael Constantine


This award-winning Greek-American actor is best known for his role as Gus Portokalos, the Windex bottle-toting family patriarch, in the sleeper hit movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. Before he became as cast for this popular movie, and then TV series, he was primarily known for portraying Seymour Kaufman in “Room 222”. 

5 Billy Zane


Born as William George Zane on February 24, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, this actor’s parents are Thalia (Colovos) and William Zane, whose ancestry are both of Greek. Basically, he was born to a family of actors—his parents were amateur actors and his older sister is a singer-actress. 

4 John Stamos


John Phillip Stamos was born to model Loretta (Phillips), who is of English-Irish descent and restaurateur William Stamos (originally Stamotopoulos), who is Greek. Stamos received worldwide attention for his work in television, particularly in his starring role on the ABC sitcom “Full House” as the character Jesse Katsopolis. 

3 Louis Mandylor


Mandylor is widely known for portraying his role on “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”, which grossed 400 million dollars to become a history-making comedy sequel. His latest movies include “Daylights End”, where he plays as the son of Lance Hendrickson in a post-apocalypse world that is infested with zombies. 

2 Costas Mandylor


Born on September 3, 1965 in Melbourne, Victoria as Costas Theodosopoulos, Mandylor is an actor who is known for his role on the Saw film series that were released in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He is married to Victoria Ramos since October 10, 2013, before he had hi previous wife, Talisa Soto. 

1 Ted Beniades


The son of Mary and Cleanthis Beniades, Ted was an American screen and stage character actor who was best known for playing the character of Seidelbaum in Brian De Palma’s “Scarface”. He also appeared in other films, such as “The Odd Couple” and “The Next Man”, and TV series, such as “N.Y.P.D.” and “Dark Shadows”.

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