People that are in some way of ex-Yugoslavian descent (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia)

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1. Ami Dolenz

Actress | Can't Buy Me Love

Ami Dolenz was born on January 8, 1969 in Burbank, California, USA as Ami Bluebell Dolenz. She is an actress and producer, known for Can't Buy Me Love (1987), Miracle Beach (1992) and General Hospital (1963). She has been married to Jerry Trimble since August 10, 2002.

paternal grandfather was Slovene actor George Dolenz

2. George Dolenz

Actor | Scared Stiff

George Dolenz was born in Italy in 1908 to a large family. He left Italy in the 1920s to start a new life and it seemed that he didn't want to look back on his old one. He arrived in Los Angeles in the 1940s and it was there that he somehow met up with Howard Hughes. Hughes signed him up as a ...

American film actor born in Trieste, in the city's Slovene community

3. Mira Furlan

Actress | Babylon 5

A leading actress of theatre, film and TV in the former Yugoslavia, Mira Furlan emigrated to the U.S. with her husband, Goran Gajic, in November 1991, due to the intolerable political circumstances in her homeland. Ms. Furlan starred in the Warner Brothers TV-series Babylon 5 (1993) as "Ambassador ...

she was born to a Croatian-Jewish mother and a father of Slovene-Croat heritage

4. Frank Gorshin

Actor | Twelve Monkeys

Frank John Gorshin Jr. was born on April 5, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father was a railroad worker and his mother, Frances, was a seamstress. While in high school, young Frank worked as an usher at the Sheridan Square Theatre and began doing impressions of some of his screen idols: Al ...

hs father was a second-generation Slovenian-American whose parents emigrated to America from Slovenia. His mother came to the United States as a young girl from Regrča Vas, near Novo Mesto, the main city of Lower Carniola, in Slovenia

5. Melissa Joan Hart

Actress | Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Melissa grew up in Sayville, New York. Her acting career started at the age of four, when she did a commercial for a bathtub toy called Splashy. Her mother, Paula Hart, has been her agent from the beginning. Melissa is the oldest of eight children, some from her mother's second marriage. Six ...

her maternal grandfather's parents were Slovenian

6. Zeljko Ivanek

Actor | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Zeljko Ivanek was born on August 15, 1957 in Ljubljana, Slovenia as Zeljko Simic-Ivanek. He is an actor, known for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Argo (2012).

born in Ljubljana, PR Slovenia, FPR Yugoslavia

7. Audrey Totter

Actress | Lady in the Lake

One is certainly hard-pressed to think of another true "bad girl" representative so closely identifiable with film noir than hard-looking blonde actress Audrey Totter. While she remained a "B"-tier actress for most her career, she was an "A" quality actress and one of filmdom's most intriguing ...

her father was of Austro-Slovenian descent

8. Patrick Warburton

Actor | The Emperor's New Groove

Patrick Warburton is known to many for the role of "Puddy" in the hit NBC comedy "Seinfeld," the laconic, enigmatic, quirky Saab salesman and Elaine's boyfriend. Warburton starred for 7 seasons on the hit CBS comedy "Rules of Engagement" with David Spade, Oliver Hudson, and Megyn Price about two ...

his father is of Slovenian ancestry

9. David Boreanaz

Actor | Angel

David was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Patti, a travel agent, and weatherman Dave Roberts (Boreanaz). His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of half Slovak ancestry. At the age of seven he decide to be an actor, which eventually ...

he is of Italian and Slovenian descent on his father's side (the surname Boreanaz is of Slovenian origin and was originally spelled "Borjanac"

the son of Stephanie and Anthony F. Jeselnik, whose surname and ancestry originates from Slovenia

11. Frankie Yankovic

Soundtrack | Groundhog Day

Frankie Yankovic was born on July 28, 1915 in Davis, West Virginia, USA. He died on October 14, 1998 in New Port Richey, Florida, USA.

born to Slovene immigrant parents

12. Melania Trump

Self | ESPN College Football

Melania Trump was born Melanija Knavs on April 26, 1970 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia to Amalija Ulcnik & Viktor Knavs.

She grew up in Sevnica, a town in the Lower Sava Valley, Slovenia. She attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. She then studied ...

Melanija Knavs was born in Novo Mesto, SR Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia)

13. Amy Klobuchar

Self | Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare

Amy Klobuchar was born on May 25, 1960 in Plymouth, Minnesota, USA as Amy Jean Klobuchar. She has been married to John Bessler since July 10, 1993. They have one child.

her father Jim is of Slovene descent; his grandparents were immigrants from Slovenia's White Carniola region

14. Barron Trump

Self | The Apprentice

Barron William Trump was born on March 20, 2006 in the Manhattan borough of New York City. He is the son of the 45th President of the United States, real estate businessman and television personality, Donald Trump and his third wife, Melania Trump, a former fashion model and the First Lady of the ...

he is of Slovenian descent on his mother's side

15. Eric Bana

Actor | Dirty John

Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family ...

his father Ivan was Croatian

16. Anna Chlumsky

Actress | My Girl

Anna Maria Chlumsky is an American actress. She began her career as a child actress, best known playing the lead role of Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl (1991) and its 1994 sequel. Between 1999 and 2005, Chlumsky's career entered a hiatus while she attended college. She returned to acting with roles in ...

is of Czech and Croatian descent

17. Claire Du Brey

Actress | The Reward of the Faithless

Lovely brown-eyed, brunette Claire Du Brey enjoyed a rich, four-decade film career in all. Born Clara Violet Dubrey on August 31, 1892, in Bonner's Ferry Idaho, her family traveled the rugged Sierra Madre terrain by covered wagon in their move to California when she was 13.

Educated in a convent ...

born to ethnic Croat father from Dalmatia (who anglicized his name to Matthew Dubrey before his marriage)

18. Jenna Elfman

Actress | Dharma & Greg

Jenna Elfman began her career as a professional dancer, appearing in music videos by Depeche Mode and Anthrax, and danced on the 1991 Academy Awards live broadcast, choreographed by Debbie Allen.

She ultimately transitioned to acting, best known for her role as Dharma in the hit television series "...

she is of Croatian ancestry on her father's side

19. John Malkovich

Actor | In the Line of Fire

John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary ...

his paternal grandparents were Croatian immigrants

20. Joe Manganiello

Actor | True Blood

Joe Manganiello is an American actor. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (Brachanow) and Charles John Manganiello, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. His father is of Italian descent and his mother has German/Austrian/Croatian and Armenian ancestry. Joe was raised in Mount Lebanon ...

his mother is of Armenian, Austrian, and Croatian ancestry

21. Ivana Milicevic

Actress | Just Like Heaven

Ivana Milicevic (pronounced Ee-vah-nah Mee-lee-cheh-veech) was born on April 26, 1974, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (part of Yugoslavia at the time), into a Croat family. She is the daughter of Tonka and Damir Milicevic, and has a younger brother, Tomo. The family emigrated to the United ...

born in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia (modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina), to Croatian parents

22. Patrick Muldoon

Actor | Starship Troopers

William Patrick Muldoon III was born and raised in the Los Angeles waterfront town of San Pedro, California, the son of Deanna and William Patrick Muldoon II, a personal injury and maritime attorney. He has Irish and Croatian ancestry. His parents' artistic backgrounds, in painting, writing, and ...

is of Croatian descent on his mother's side

23. Goran Visnjic

Actor | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Goran Visnjic is a Croatian American actor and producer, born in Sibenik, Croatia. He is married to Eva Visnjic (formerly Ivana Vrdoljak) with whom has three children. From an early age Visnjic started appearing in various theater plays. At the age of 16, he had his screen debut in the film Braca ...

Croatian, born in Sibenik, Croatia

24. Michael Bublé

Soundtrack | Spider-Man 2

Multi-platinum artist Michael Bublé grew up near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was introduced to swing music and old standards by his grandfather, who offered his services for free as a professional plumber to musicians who were willing to let Michael sing a couple of songs with them on ...

was born to Lewis Bublé (originally Buble), a fisherman from Trogir of Croatian ethnicity

25. Krist Novoselic

Actor | World's Greatest Dad

Krist Novoselic was born on May 16, 1965 in Compton, California, USA as Krist Anthony Novoselic. He has been married to Darbury Ayn Stenderu since February 27, 2004. He was previously married to Shelli Dilley.

son of Croatian immigrants

26. Karl Malden

Actor | On the Waterfront

Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father in Chicago as Mladen Sekulovich, on March 22, 1912, Karl Malden did not speak English until he was in kindergarten. After graduating from high school in the nearby steel town of Gary, Indiana, Malden worked in the industry for three years until 1934, when...

Bosnian Serb father

27. Marina Abramovic

Director | Destricted

Marina Abramovic was born on November 30, 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She is a director and writer, known for Destricted (2006), At the Waterfall (2003) and The Hunt (1998). She was previously married to Paolo Canevari and Nesa Paripovic.

born in Belgrade, Serbia, former Yugoslavia

28. Peter Bogdanovich

Director | The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a wealthy Austrian Jewish family. Peter ...

his father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian

29. Sasha Alexander

Actress | Shameless

Sasha Alexander began acting by the time she was in the seventh grade when she found herself cast as the lead female in her school's production of "Baby". What she didn't know was that her male co-star would chicken out on her only a few hours before opening night. Determined to let the show go on,...

is of Serbian descent,was born Suzana Drobnjakovic

30. Lolita Davidovich

Actress | Hollywood Homicide

Lolita Davidovich was born on July 15, 1961 in London, Ontario, Canada as Lolita Davidovic. She is an actress, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Blaze (1989) and Adventures in Babysitting (1987). She has been married to Ron Shelton since 1997. They have one child.

her father was from Belgrade (the capital of Serbia), and her mother was from Slovenia

31. Milla Jovovich

Actress | The Fifth Element

Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and the Resident Evil (2002) franchise.

Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich ...

Serbian father

32. Stana Katic

Actress | Castle

Stana Katic stars in the new 10-episode TV series Absentia (2017), produced by Sony Pictures Television and premiering on Amazon.

Katic's feature film work includes: CBGB (2013), about the punk rock club in NYC; Big Sur (2013), based on the Jack Kerouac novel; Frank Miller's film The Spirit (2008); ...

parents are Serbs from Croatia

33. Bojana Novakovic

Actress | Devil

Novakovic was born on 17 November 1981 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She moved to Australia in 1988, at the age of seven. Novakovic was initially interested in becoming a social worker or doctor, but after a significant set of events, she changed her mind and decided to pursue the performing ...

born in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia, to Serbian parents

34. Andreja Pejic

Actress | The Girl in the Spider's Web

Andreja Pejic was born on August 28, 1991 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina as Andrej Pejic. She is an actress, known for The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018), Habit (2021) and The Other Me.

mother is a Bosnian Serb, and father is a Bosnian Croat

35. Sarah Sokolovic

Actress | Big Little Lies

Sarah Sokolovic is an actress, known for Big Little Lies (2017), Homeland (2011) and Every Secret Thing (2014).

father is Dimso "Dan" Sokolovic, of Serbian descent

36. Coco Austin

Actress | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Nicole Austin was born in 1979 in Palos Verdes, California. Austin later lived in Albequerque, New Mexico at the age of 10. She began dancing and acting during her childhood and teenage years. Once becoming an adult, Austin began to modeling in swimsuit competitions, calendars, catalogs and videos....

she has Serbian ancestry through maternal grandparents born in Serbia

37. Michael Bellisario

Grandma's Boy

Michael Bellisario was born on April 7, 1980 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Michael Angelo Bellisario. He is known for his work on Grandma's Boy (2006), NCIS (2003) and JAG (1995).

38. Troian Bellisario

Actress | Pretty Little Liars

Troian Bellisario, daughter of producers Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt, made her film debut at the age of 3 in Last Rites (1988). She made several TV and movie appearances in her teens (most of the TV appearances were in shows produced by her father) before attending the University of ...

her father is of Italian and Serbian descent

39. Divine

Actor | Pink Flamingos

Originally born Harris Glen Milstead just after the end of WWII, Baltimore's most outrageous resident eventually became the international icon of bad taste cinema, as the always shocking and highly entertaining transvestite performer, Divine.

Milstead met maverick film director & good friend, John ...

Divine's mother was one of fifteen children born to an impoverished Serb immigrant couple who had grown up near Zagreb (in today's Croatia)

40. Milena Govich

Producer | FBI

Milena Govich is a director, actor, and musician who has most recently served as co-executive producer/producing director for Dick Wolf's CBS series FBI (2018). She has also directed Chicago Fire (2012), multiple episodes of Chicago Med (2015), and the new NBC series The InBetween (2019). Milena ...

father was Serbian

41. Rade Serbedzija

Actor | The Saint

Rade Serbedzija was born in Bunic (Korenica) in 1946. Graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. Still a student, he started to play the leading roles in films and theater productions. He is remembered as an outstanding Peer Gynt, Don Juan, Georgij, Melkior, Oedipus, Hamlet, Leon and ...

was born into an ethnic Serb family in the village of Bunic in the Lika region of Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia

42. Rod Blagojevich

Self | Pontiac's Rebellion

Rod Blagojevich was born on December 10, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Milorad Blagojevic. He is an actor, known for Pontiac's Rebellion (2009), ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953) and The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (1999). He has been married to Patti Blagojevich since August ...

his parents were immigrants from Yugoslavia. His father was an immigrant from a village near Kragujevac, Serbia.His mother was a Bosnian Serb

43. Rita Ora

Actress | Fifty Shades of Grey

Rita Ora is a British singer-songwriter. She was born Rita Sahatçiu Ora in 1990 in Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia, now Serbia, to Vera (Bajraktari) and Besnik Sahatçiu. She is a granddaughter of director Besim Sahatçiu. At age one, her family decided to move to the United Kingdom. She grew up in West ...

born in Prishtina, Yugoslavia (present-day Kosovo)

44. Lorde

Soundtrack | The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Born on November 7, 1996, Lorde (Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor) is a singer/songwriter born in the Auckland suburb of Takapuna and raised in neighboring Devonport, New Zealand. She is of Irish and Croatian descent. She became an international crossover hit in 2013 with her debut studio album, ...

her mother was born to Croatian immigrants

45. Nikola Karabatic

Actor | La Dream Team

Nikola Karabatic is an actor, known for La Dream Team (2016), Bad Mood (2012) and N comme... Karabatic (2017).

father was Croatian and his mother was Serbian

46. Bill Rancic

Self | The Apprentice

Bill Rancic was born on May 16, 1971 in Orland Park, Illinois, USA as William Edward Rancic. He is a producer, known for The Apprentice (2004), Airplane Repo (2010) and America Now (2010). He has been married to Giuliana Rancic since September 1, 2007. They have one child.

Croatian heritage



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