Top 40 Most Popular Greek Actors Of All Time

Shivam ParasharShivam-Posted Sep 24, 2022

Top 40 Most Popular Greek Actors Of All Time


Many skilled actors of Greek origin have managed to wow the audience with their presence in the movies and television shows and have, henceforth, gone on to win international acclaim for their respective performances.


Quite a few of them have tried their luck in Hollywood as well. While there are many Greek Americans within the film industry who work behind the camera, our focus today is going to be on some of the most prominent Greek entertainers of all time who have charmed the viewers with their presence on screen.


We all know that the hilarious 'Hangover' star, Zack Galifianakis, is half Greek. But, how many of us are aware of the fact that the magnificent Hugh Jackman has Greek roots as well?


Not only them but even the legendary Tom Hanks has now officially been granted Greek citizenship along with his family.


Therefore, we have decided to come up with a list of some of the most popular Greek celebrities (male) to have ever been in the spotlight.



40. Sakis Boulas


Sakis Boulas


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Date of Birth March 11, 1954
Place of Birth Kilkis, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1977
Debut Film Mia yperohi glossou


Besides being a singer and songwriter, Sakis Boulas was also an actor who started to appear in television series and films in the second half of the 1970s.


Born in Kilkis and raised in Piraeus, he recorded several studio albums and wrote songs for other musicians as well. Aside from acting, Boulas has even contributed as a narrator for a documentary film, titled Arkadi 1866.



39. Stratos Tzortzoglou


Stratos Tzortzoglou


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Date of Birth August 5, 1965
Place of Birth Athens, Greece
Height 181 centimeters
Debut Year 1988
Debut Film Landscape in the Mist


Stratos Tzortzoglou, who was born Efstratios Tzortzoglou, made his motion picture debut by playing part in the 1988 flick Landscape in the Mist.


Stage director Karolos Koun is credited with discovering him in 1987; just a year before he made his maiden screen appearance.


Stratos made sure to take his lessons at Karolos Koun's Art Theater school. The actor can also be seen in features such as The Striker with Number 9 and Pano kato ke plagios, among others.



38. John Anthony Aniston


John Anthony Aniston


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Date of Birth July 24, 1933
Place of Birth Crete, Greece
Height 188 centimeters
Debut Year 1962
Debut TV Show 87th Precinct


John Aniston, who was born Yannis Anastassakis, had started to make his presence felt within the entertainment industry with the onset of the 1960s.


This Greek-born American screen performer is best known for his character projection of Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama series, Days of Our Lives.


The father of film star Jennifer Aniston, John is a devotee of William Shakespeare and has several first-edition copies of Romeo and Juliet in his possession.



37. Giorgos Foundas


Giorgos Foundas


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Date of Birth 1924
Place of Birth Parnassida, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1944
Debut Film Applause


Giorgos Foundas made his professional acting debut with the release of Applause in 1944. Born in Parnassida, Greece, he was an actor and producer, who was perhaps best known for his participation in features such as The Asphalt Fever, With Glittering Eyes, and The Shepherdess' Lover, to mention a few.


Foundas is also remembered for having played the role of Fotis Glaros in both movie and television adaptations of the novel "Galini" by Ilias Venezis.



36. Vangelis Protopapas


Vangelis Protopapas


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Date of Birth 1917
Place of Birth Tinos, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1947
Debut Film Marina


Vangelis Protopapas was a respected screen actor who will perhaps be remembered for having frequently performed with the great Greek comedian Vasilis Logothetidis.


The duo appeared in nine motion pictures together. Protopapas, however, made his big screen debut in 1947's Marina. Some of his finest roles came in features such as A Hero in His Slippers, Santa Chikita, and The Counterfeit Coin. Later in his career, he was also seen portraying a number of characters in numerous television shows.



35. Stathis Psaltis


Stathis Psaltis


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Date of Birth February 27, 1951
Place of Birth Velo, Korinthia, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1972
Debut Film Diamonds on Her Naked Flesh


Stathis Psaltis was an actor who was best known for appearing in Greek cinema, television, and theatre. The actor shot to fame in the 1980s after having featured in a number of mainstream commercial entertainers during the period.


Courtesy of his presence in the movies, he went on to become a household name. Psaltis, who was married to Christina with a daughter, made his acting debut by playing a role in the 1972 flick Diamonds on Her Naked Flesh.



34. Mimis Fotopoulos


Mimis Fotopoulos


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Date of Birth April 20, 1913
Place of Birth Zatouna Gortynias, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1948
Debut Film Madame Sousou


Mimis Fotopoulos, who made his professional acting debut in 1948's Madame Sousou, went on to feature in over 100 projects. It is imperative to mention that besides being an actor, the man was also a talented writer, poet, and artist.


Fotopoulos studied at the Dramatic School of National Theatre. Later in 1952, he attained the experience of heading a theatrical company. He passed away in Athens due to a heart attack in 1986.



33. Dimitris Horn


Dimitris Horn


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Date of Birth March 9, 1921
Place of Birth Athens, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1943
Debut Film The Voice of the Heart


Dimitris Horn, who was born to a well-known Greek playwright, studied at the Drama School of the National Theater of Greece.


While he went on to collaborate with the National Theater quite a few times in his career, he also attempted to make personal stage groups with other popular screen actors.


Horn delivered splendid performances in classics such as The Diary of a Madman, Richard III, Don Juan, and Henry IV; each of which helped him in affirming his stature as the finest actor of his time.


Even though he didn't feature in more than ten mainstream films, a few of them went on to gain cult status over the years.



32. Charis Romas


Charis Romas


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Date of Birth March 23, 1960
Place of Birth Piraeus, Greece
Height 186 centimeters
Debut Year 1983
Debut Film Sweet Bunch


Charis Romas, who is also known as Haris Romas, stepped into the complex world of entertainment during the first half of the 1980s.


Born Haralambos Rassias, he is best known for co-writing and starring in popular television shows such as Konstantinou kai Elenis and To kafe tis Charas.


Romas is also a politician who participated in the Greek local elections in 2019. His decision to act did not really go down well with his parents.


In fact, his father stopped speaking to him after Charis confessed his aspirations of becoming a mainstream screen performer.



31. Vasilis Avlonitis


Vasilis Avlonitis


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Date of Birth January 1, 1904
Place of Birth Thiseio, Athens, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1927
Debut Film Maria Pentagiotissa


One of the most renowned old-school Greek comedians, Vasilis Avlonitis was seen making his remarkable presence felt in numerous films and stage productions during the mid to late 20th century.


The actor, who made his feature film debut in 1927, was best known for collaborating with Georgia Vasiliadou in the movies. As good as he was at comedy, Avlonitis also played characters that had the eventual tendency of delving into drama.



30. Jacques Damala


Jacques Damala


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Date of Birth January 15, 1855
Place of Birth Pireas, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year N/A
Debut Film N/A


Jacques Damala, who was also known as Aristides Damalas, was in the military before he turned to the movies later in his career. The fact that he was the husband of actor Sarah Bernhardt for a few years kept him in the spotlight as well.


However, he did not really have a personality one would aspire to emulate. Not only was he known to have been addicted to drugs and women but he was also fond of alcohol.


That said, Damala was often referred to as the "most handsome man in Europe at the time." Therefore, it was only about time before he turned his attention to acting.



29. Titos Vandis


Titos Vandis


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Date of Birth November 7, 1917
Place of Birth Thessaloniki, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1953
Debut Film The Key of Happiness


Titos Vandis, who made his feature film debut in 1953's The Key of Happiness, performed on stage and in the movies in his home country before settling down for good in Hollywood.


Not only was he seen portraying a Greek Orthodox bishop but he could also be glimpsed stepping into the shoes of a principled and resilient father from time to time.


The actor won the Best Actor award for the film Poliorkia at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 1962. Vandis appeared in over 250 plays and more than 100 mainstream projects throughout the course of his acting journey.



28. Christos Stergioglou


Christos Stergioglou


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Date of Birth 1952
Place of Birth Didymoteicho, Thrace, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1981
Debut Film To ergostasio


Christos Stergioglou, who currently stars in the Channel 4 sitcom Stath Lets Flats, made his acting debut in the 1981 motion picture To ergostasio.


A recipient of the award for Best Actor at the 2002 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, he has been a part of more than 30 film and television projects in his career, thus far.


Some of his better-known credits are Dogtooth, The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas, Interruption, and A Dog's Dream.



27. Nicholas Pettas


Nicholas Pettas


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Date of Birth January 23, 1973
Place of Birth Mykonos, Greece
Height 179 centimeters
Debut Year 1995
Debut Film Winds of God


Nicholas Pettas, who is of Danish and Greek descent, is a former heavyweight kickboxer and actor, who made his motion picture debut by starring in 1995's Winds of God.


Known for his potent low kicks, he was the winner of the K-1 Japan Grand Prix in 2001. Pettas currently resides in Japan and can be seen making appearances in Japanese cinema and television.


One of his best-known roles came in the television drama Change, in which he starred alongside Kimura Takuya. At present, the celebrity can be seen co-presenting the NHK World television show Imagine-nation.



26. Christos Vasilopoulos


Christos Vasilopoulos


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Date of Birth April 16, 1978
Place of Birth Greece
Height 188 centimeters
Debut Year 1999
Debut Film The Mating Game


Best known for portraying Lefteri on Erotas, this very talented Greek theatre, television, and film actor made his maiden screen appearance in 1999's The Mating Game.


The actor, who appeared as Olek in the first season of the Cinemax series Banshee, was married to Antonia Ventouras from 2011 until 2014.


He is also known for having featured in projects such as The Last Ship, Blindspot, Whiskey Cavalier, and Warrior, to mention a few.



25. Dinos Iliopoulos


Dinos Iliopoulos


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Date of Birth June 12, 1915
Place of Birth Alexandria, Egypt
Height N/A
Debut Year 1948
Debut Film Madame Sousou


One of the most prevalent film and theater actors in the history of Greek cinema, Dinos Iliopoulos made his motion picture debut with the release of Madame Sousou in 1948.


Even though he was born in Alexandria, Egypt, he moved to Marseille with his family later where he finished high school as well.


After having taken lessons in acting at the Drama School of Giannoulis Sarantidis, he made his awaited stage debut in 1944.


Iliopoulos soon established himself as a reliable screen actor and was, therefore, seen in over 100 films and television shows throughout his career.


He also played a significant role in O Drakos; a film that is considered to be one of the finest to have ever been produced in Greece.



24. Yorgo Voyagis


Yorgo Voyagis


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Date of Birth December 6, 1945
Place of Birth Athens, Greece
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 1964
Debut Film Zorba the Greek


Yorgo Voyagis made his feature film debut by playing a part in 1964's Zorba the Greek. Best known for features such as Frantic, The City of Lost Children, and Delicatessen, he has been a part of Greek, French, and Italian productions throughout his career.


Voyagis, who has been married to Diana Scorits since 2005, tried to keep a balance between his film and television appearances. The Killer Kid actor continues to remain active in Greece and Italy.



23. Panos Mouzourakis


Panos Mouzourakis


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Date of Birth May 24, 1979
Place of Birth Zurich, Switzerland
Height N/A
Debut Year 2007
Debut TV Show S1ngles


Panos Mouzourakis, who made his professional acting debut in 2007, is a Greek artist, singer, songwriter, and actor, who is perhaps best known for his appearance on television shows such as S1ngles and 4.


The entertainer had been attracted to music ever since he was a kid. When he turned 17, he started appearing as a performer in small music shows in his vicinity.


He started getting noticed for his singing after having arrived in Greece during the first of the 2000s. Soon after, Mouzourakis began his acting lessons and readied himself for his screen debut just a couple of years later.



22. Adonis Kapsalis


Adonis Kapsalis


Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 11, 1980
Place of Birth Greece
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 2003
Debut TV Show Sex and the City


This Greek-American actor, writer, producer, and voice-over artist graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.


He made his professional acting debut by featuring in the popular television series Sex and the City. However, he is known for participating in film and television shows such as The Sky is Blue, Homeland, As The World Turns, and Meteora as well.


Kapsalis is also reported to have voiced several characters in a few episodes of the docu-drama, titled The Space Race.



21. Théo Sarapo


Théo Sarapo


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Date of Birth January 26, 1936
Place of Birth Paris, France
Height N/A
Debut Year 1963
Debut Film Judex


Theophanis Lamboukas, who was professionally known as Théo Sarapo, failed to have an extended screen career due to his untimely demise just a few years after having begun his cinematic journey.


Born in Paris to Greek parents, the actor and singer shot to fame after scoring a hit with Piaf in 1962 with the song "À quoi ça sert l'amour?" (What Good Is Love?).


Soon after, his solo hits such as "La maison qui ne chante plus" (The House Which No Longer Sings) and "Ce jour viendra" (That Day Will Come) fetched him further recognition.


That said, his best-known feature film as a screen performer was Judex, which was also his debut project.



20. Romain Gavras


Romain Gavras


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Date of Birth July 4, 1981
Place of Birth Paris, France
Height N/A
Debut Year 2000
Debut Television Film Petit Ben


Son of French journalist and film producer, Michèle Ray-Gavras, and Greek-French film director, Costa-Gavras, Romain Gavras is better known for his work as a director than that as an actor.


His second film, titled The World Is Yours (Le Monde est à toi), was screened at the Directors' Fortnight during the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.


Gavras is also known to have co-founded the film collective Kourtrajmé with his childhood friend Kim Chapiron in 1995.



19. Lakis Lazopoulos


Lakis Lazopoulos


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Date of Birth May 6, 1956
Place of Birth Larissa, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1982
Debut Television Film Alaloumia


Lakis Lazopoulos, who is a playwright, actor, and songwriter, was ranked 83rd by the public in Skai TV's list of the Great Greeks in 2009.


Best known for Deka mikroi Mitsoi, R20, and My Best Friend, he received his Master’s degree in Law from the University of Thessaloniki. However, as we'd soon find out, he decided not to pursue law and, instead, stepped into the world of entertainment.


Not only has Lazopoulos appeared in plays but he has also been a part of numerous television shows and mainstream movies. He was even called the most powerful Greek celebrity by Forbes in 2010.



18. Orestis Makris


Orestis Makris


Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 30, 1898
Place of Birth Chalkis, Euboea, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1931
Debut Film The Wizard of Athens


Decorated with the Order of the Phoenix, this Greek actor and tenor graduated from the Athens Conservatoire. Soon after completing his graduation, he burst onto the scene as a tenor in the troupe of Rozalia Nika in 1925.


Later, he decided to join the Papaioannou troupe and, eventually, started taking up roles that were even more humorous in nature.


Makris made a mark by playing folk characters. Those who have been fortunate enough to see him perform would remember that he was seen embodying the quintessential "drunkard" more often than not.


However, when it came to his motion picture projects, the entertainer was mainly seen portraying an authoritarian father.



17. Elias Koteas


Elias Koteas


Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 11, 1961
Place of Birth Montréal, Québec, Canada
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 1980
Debut Film Atlantic City


Elias Koteas is a well-recognized Canadian screen performer who has made his presence felt in several Hollywood credits as well.


However, not a lot many people are aware of the fact that he was born to Greek parents. The actor, who was seen playing an uncredited role in 1980's Atlantic City, has appeared in three films that have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: Atlantic City, The Thin Red Line, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.


Best known for portraying the character of Alvin "Al" Olinsky in the Chicago franchise, Koteas received the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for his superb performance in the feature film Ararat.



16. Nico Minardos


Nico Minardos


Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 15, 1930
Place of Birth Athens, Greece
Height 179 centimeters
Debut Year 1952
Debut Film Monkey Business


Nico Minardos, who made his feature film debut by playing a number of uncredited roles in popular mainstream features, is a Greek-American actor majority of whose work had been on television.


Courtesy of his dusky look and accent, he was often seen being cast as a Mexican. Minardos decided to call it a day and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the 1990s and 2000s.


A documentary trying to cover his personal and professional life, titled Finding Nico, was produced and directed by his godson Owen Prell.



15. Billy Zane


Billy Zane


Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 24, 1966
Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Height 184 centimeters
Debut Year 1985
Debut Film Back to the Future


William George Zane Jr., who is known within the cinematic universe as Billy Zane, made his acting debut in the iconic science fiction feature, titled Back to the Future.


Born to parents of Greek descent, the actor shot to fame after portraying the dismissive Caledon Hockley in James Cameron's mammoth global blockbuster, Titanic.


Zane managed to grab eyeballs after having delivered a splendid performance in the 1989 film Dead Calm; one that even earned him a nomination for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor.


He can also be seen in television and film projects such as Twin Peaks, The Phantom, and The Believer.



14. John Phillip Stamos


John Phillip Stamos


Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 19, 1963
Place of Birth Cypress, California, United States of America
Height 183 centimeters
Debut Year 1982
Debut TV Show General Hospital


This American actor and musician, who made his small screen debut by featuring in the soap opera General Hospital, was born to a Greek father.


For his performance in General Hospital, he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.


The actor continued to shine by playing significant roles in well-known television shows such as Full House, ER, and You.


The national spokesperson for Project Cuddle, he not only executive produced the Netflix series Fuller House but also reprised the role of Jesse Katsopolis in the same.



13. Spiros Focás


Spiros Focás


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Date of Birth August 17, 1937
Place of Birth Patras, Achaea, West Greece, Greece
Height 195 centimeters
Debut Year 1959
Debut Film Vacation in Kolopetinitsa


Spiros Focás, who was born Spyridon Androutsopoulos, made his professional acting debut in 1959. One of Greece's most respected and better-known screen actors, he was luckily discovered by legendary Italian director Luchino Visconti.


Not long after that, he got the opportunity to play the main lead in the classic feature Rocco and His Brothers.


Focás went on to partake in quite a few Italian and Greek projects during the 1960s and 1970s after having made his screen debut at the fag end of the 1950s.


Not only was he able to collaborate with famous directors such as Vincente Minnelli and Ferdinando Baldi but he soon started making his presence felt in Hollywood productions as well.



12. Tolis Voskopoulos


Tolis Voskopoulos


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Date of Birth July 26, 1940
Place of Birth Piraeus, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1960
Debut Film Three Dolls and I


One of the true-blue legends of modern Greek music, Tolis Voskopoulos was also known to have featured in many films.


Additionally, the actor and composer played in the theatre in Athens. Even though the popular Greek entertainer is majorly remembered for his contributions to music, one simply cannot forget the fact that he made his amiable presence felt in numerous motion pictures as well, starting from the 1960 flick Three Dolls and I.



11. Petros Filippidis


Petros Filippidis


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Date of Birth December 31, 1963
Place of Birth Athens, Greece
Height 174 centimeters
Debut Year 1991
Debut TV Show Oxi ta nea tou Ant1


Petros Filippidis, who commenced his acting career in 1991, is known to have participated in quite a few ancient Greek comedies, such as Thesmophoriazusae and The Birds.


He found fame and acknowledgment after having featured in the comedy television series High Rock in 1993. After his stint on the aforementioned show, he was seen in a few other film and television productions. Among his other well-known projects is another television show, titled 50-50.



10. Kostas Sommer


Kostas Sommer


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Date of Birth May 17, 1975
Place of Birth Germany
Height 183 centimeters
Debut Year 2001
Debut TV Show Aliki


This Greek-German lobbyist, entrepreneur, actor, and television host started his acting career by appearing in an episode of the television series Aliki in 2001.


Kostas Sommer got the opportunity to play his first Hollywood role when he appeared as a Greek gigolo in the film Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.


He is a well-known Greek celebrity who has made a name for himself by featuring in numerous magazines and commercials as a model.



9. Andreas Voutsinas


Andreas Voutsinas


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Date of Birth August 22, 1930
Place of Birth Khartoum, Sudan
Height N/A
Debut Year 1960
Debut TV Show Buick-Electra Playhouse


Andreas Voutsinas was a Sudanese-Greek actor and theatre director who commenced his journey in the film industry at the onset of the 1960s.


To the viewers in the English-speaking world, he was known for his character projection in three Mel Brooks films, namely The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, and History of the World, Part I.


The actor, who has participated in features helmed by Jules Dassin and Luc Besson, is also credited with directing more than 130 performances of classical and contemporary repertoire in London, Paris, New York, Canada, and Greece.


He is also known to have trained actors such as Jane Fonda, Faye Dunaway, and Warren Beatty.



8. Alexis Georgoulis


Alexis Georgoulis


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Date of Birth October 6, 1974
Place of Birth Larissa, Greece
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 1999
Debut Film Original Sin


Alexis Georgoulis, who made his feature film debut with 1999's Original Sin, is also a Member of the European Parliament for Greece; a position that most certainly adds to his popularity.


The actor, who began acting with local drama schools in 1996, was also accepted to the Vasilis Diamantopoulos' Jasmine drama school the following year.


Often referred to as the "George Clooney of Greece", he was elected to the European Parliament in 2019. He used his term and position for the promotion of Greek cinema.



7. Anastasios "Sakis" Rouvas


Anastasios "Sakis" Rouvas


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Date of Birth January 5, 1972
Place of Birth Corfu, Greece
Height 183 centimeters
Debut Year 2007
Debut Film Alter Ego


Popularly known as Sakis, this multi-talented personality made his full-length feature film debut with 2007's Alter Ego. However, he is known to have lent his voice to a character each in the Greek-dubbed versions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Cars, respectively.


His popularity in his home country can be gauged from the fact that he is the only Greek singer to have ever been offered to be the face of soft drinks giant Pepsi. Aside from being a singer and actor, Rouvas is also a businessman and former pole vaulter and model.



6. Hank Azaria


Hank Azaria


Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 25, 1964
Place of Birth Queens, New York City, New York, United States of America
Height 182 centimeters
Debut Year 1987
Debut Television Film Morning Maggie


This actor, comedian, producer, and voice actor has a Greek-Jewish background. Both his maternal and paternal grandparents reportedly came from the city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece.


After having made his acting debut in the second half of the 1980s, Hank Azaria gained recognition for his live-action roles in mainstream projects such as Along Came Polly, Godzilla, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and The Birdcage, among others.


Be that as it may, the actor is best recognized for voicing many characters in the globally popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons. He went on to receive six Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in the show.



5. Ralph Macchio


Ralph Macchio


Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 4, 1961
Place of Birth Huntington, Long Island, New York, United States of America
Height 175 centimeters
Debut Year 1980
Debut Film Up the Academy


Ralph George Macchio Jr., who is better known as Ralph Macchio, made his feature film debut in Up the Academy in 1980.


Famous for his role in the hit classic film The Karate Kid, the actor is one-quarter Greek. We say so because his beloved father is half Greek and half Italian while his mother is Italian.


Macchio is also known for playing a substantial part in motion pictures such as My Cousin Vinny, Hitchcock, and The Outsiders. He can be seen reprising his role as Daniel LaRusso in the action comedy-drama Netflix series, titled Cobra Kai.



4. Vasilis Logothetidis


Vasilis Logothetidis


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Date of Birth 1897
Place of Birth Myriofitto, East Thraca, Greece
Height N/A
Debut Year 1933
Debut Film The Wrong Road


One of the most significant Greek actors of all time, Vasilis Logothetidis shot to fame for his work as a comedian.


Just a year after having graduated from school, he started to participate as an amateur actor in local shows; something that helped polish his skills for the near future in a big way.


Logothetidis, who was among the first Greek actors to ever appear in a film as a protagonist, featured in more than 110 Greek comedies and over 200 international plays throughout his career.



3. Zach Galifianakis


Zach Galifianakis


Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 1, 1969
Place of Birth Wilkesboro, North Carolina, United States of America
Height 170 centimeters
Debut Year 1996
Debut TV Show Boston Common


Zachary Knight Galifianakis, known popularly as Zach Galifianakis, is often seen playing characters that are not only bizarre and socially awkward but also unabashedly comical.


While his paternal grandparents, Emmanuel "Mike" Galifianakis and Sophia Kastrinakis, were Greek immigrants from the island of Crete, his mother's ancestry is Scottish, English, Welsh, French Huguenot, and Irish.


Not a lot of people know this but the Due Date star was baptized in the Greek Orthodox church. Galifianakis shot to fame after partaking in the very successful and popular The Hangover trilogy of motion pictures.



2. Hugh Jackman


Hugh Jackman


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Date of Birth October 12, 1968
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 188 centimeters
Debut Year 1994
Debut TV Show Law of the Land


Hugh Jackman, who made his acting debut in the television show Law of the Land in 1994, has Greek roots.


One of Jackman’s paternal great-grandfathers was Greek. Needless to say, this immensely popular motion picture star has gone on record and confessed that he's open to playing a part in a Greek movie.


Best known for portraying James "Logan" Howlett/Wolverine in the X-Men series of feature films, Jackman has been the recipient of two Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award, respectively.


Some of the finest credits of his career thus far are Logan, The Greatest Showman, The Prestige, and Prisoners.



1. Tom Hanks


Tom Hanks


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Date of Birth July 9, 1956
Place of Birth Concord, California, United States of America
Height 183 centimeters
Debut Year 1980
Debut Film He Knows You're Alone


Tom Hanks is one name we're certain most of you were not expecting to discover on our list. However, it would be wise to inform you that Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson, and their children were granted honorary Greek citizenship for their role in bringing attention to a devastating wildfire near Athens in the July of 2018.


A renowned global movie star in the true sense of the word, the Forrest Gump actor is known for his portrayal of comedic and dramatic roles in some of the finest movies produced in Hollywood.


Regarded as an American cultural icon, Hanks has won two Academy Awards for his performances and six Primetime Emmy Awards for his work as a producer.




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