Birth Place Matching "Ukraine" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actress | Quantum of Solace
Olga Kurylenko, a Ukrainian-born actress and model, went from sharing a cramped flat with her aunt, uncle, grandparents and cousin to starring as a Bond girl opposite Daniel Craig.
She was born Olga Konstantinovna Kurylenko on November 14, 1979, in Berdyansk, Ukraine, Soviet Union. Her mother, ...
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 ...
3. Mila Kunis
Actress | Black Swan
Mila Kunis was born Milena Markovna Kunis (Ukrainian: Miléna Márkivna Kúnis, Russian: Miléna Márkovna Kúnis) to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). The spoken language in her family is Russian, not Ukrainian.
Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, ...
Actress | Peep Show
Vera Graziadei was born on November 6, 1982 in Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Ukraine]. She is an actress and writer, known for Peep Show (2003), Vampire Killers (2009) and The Book of Vision (2020). She has been married to Count Robin Monotti Graziadei since May 2008. They have two children.
Actress | Salomé
The grand, highly flamboyant Russian star Alla Nazimova of Hollywood silent films lived an equally grand, flamboyant life off-camera, though her legendary status has not held up as firmly as that of a Rudolph Valentino today.
Alla Nazimova was born Miriam Edez Adelaida Leventon in 1879, in Yalta, ...
Writer | Possession
Born in Lvov, Ukraine; then he moved with his father Miroslaw Zulawski to Czechoslovakia and later to Poland. In the late 1950s, he studied cinema in France. In the 1960s, he was an assistant of the famous Polish film director Andrzej Wajda. His feature debut The Third Part of the Night (1971) was ...
7. Alec Utgoff
Actor | Stranger Things
Alec Utgoff is a British actor best known for playing 'Alexei' in the Netflix hit show, 'Stranger Things'. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine. After moving to UK at a young age, Alec pursued acting and attended the prestigious Drama Centre London where he graduated in 2010 after completing his BA and MA ...
9. Mark Ivanir
Actor | The Good Shepherd
Mark Ivanir has been working as a professional film and television actor in Los Angeles since 2001. His first major film role was in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar winning epic Schindler's List. He rejoined with Spielberg twice, first for a cameo appearance in Terminal, then again for Tintin. A ...
10. Otto Preminger
Director | Anatomy of a Murder
Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater in his 20's and became one of the most imaginative stage producers and directors. He was ...
11. Ross Martin
Actor | The Great Race
Born in Grodek, Poland, Ross Martin grew up on New York City's Lower East Side. He spoke Yiddish, Polish, and Russian before even learning English and later added French, Spanish, and Italian to his amazing repertoire.
Despite academic training (and receiving honors in) business, instruction, and ...
12. Natalie Burn
Actress | The Comeback Trail
Natalie is a Member of The Television Academy as well as a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio.
Natalie Burn, born in Kiev, Ukraine, was guided into ballet training from the age of 4 by her mother, a former ballerina herself. By age 8, she was admitted into the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet School ...
13. Mike Mazurki
Actor | Some Like It Hot
With an intimidating face like craggy granite and a towering 6'5" solid frame, Mike Mazurki (born Mikhail Mazuruski or Mikhail Mazurkiewicz) was one of cinema's first serial thugs and specialized in playing strongarm men, gangsters and bullies for over 50 years on screen. Nearly always portrayed as...
14. Paul Muni
Actor | Scarface
Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and ...
15. Lee Strasberg
Actor | The Godfather: Part II
Famed acting teacher Lee Strasberg was born Israel Strassberg in Budzanov, Austria-Hungary (now Budanov, Ukraine). Brought to America as a child, he had a brief acting career, before becoming one of the founders of the Group Theatre in 1931, directing a number of plays there. His greatest influence...
Actor | Byrd and the Bees
Maksim "Maks" Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy is a Ukrainian Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, Broadway performer, and actor. He is widely known as one of the professional dancers on the American television series Dancing with the Stars, on which he first appeared in season two. In 14 ...
17. Ilia Volok
Actor | Gemini Man
Ilia Volok trained at the Moscow Art Theatre School under Russian actor Aleksandr Kalyagin and is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. He has appeared in over 150 films, television shows, and video games. He is known for his work on Gemini Man opposite Will Smith for director Ang Lee, Indiana ...
19. Berta Vázquez
Actress | Vis a vis
Birtukan Tibebe, or as she's known publicly as Berta Vazquez, is a Ukrainian actress renowned for playing La Rizos in the television series Locked Up. Born in Kiev, Ukraine to an Ethiopian father and a Ukrainian mother, at only three years old, she moved from Kiev to live with a host family in ...
20. Alla Korot
Actress | Another World
In 1976, Alla Korot emigrated to the USA with her parents, Alex and Elena Korot. Korot spent six years touring professionally with Ballet Celeste International, and was crowned California Miss T.E.E.N. at 17. She was the model for Esmerelda in Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", and she has had...
23. Val Lewton
Producer | The Body Snatcher
Born in Russia in 1904, Lewton moved with his mother and sister to Berlin in 1906, then to USA in 1909. He wrote for newspapers, magazines, novels, pornography, etc.- often using pseudonyms to disguise their origin (the name Val Lewton was one such pseudonym, used first for some novels in the 1930'...
Actor | Papa, sdokhni
Aleksandr Kuznetsov was born on July 22, 1992, in Sevastopol, Ukraine, the largest Ukranian port city on the Black Sea. His father was a sailor, and Aleksandr briefly worked alongside him before beginning his acting career. Kuznetsov felt creatively limited in Sevastopol and moved first to Kiev and...
28. Yakov Smirnoff
Actor | Night Court
Yakov Smirnoff was born on January 24, 1951 in Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Ukraine] as Yakov Naumovich Pokhis. He is an actor and writer, known for Night Court (1984), Brewster's Millions (1985) and The Money Pit (1986). He was previously married to Linda Dreeszen.
29. Stav Strashko
Actress | HaNeshef
Stav Strashko was born in 1992, in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, as Stanislav Strashko. She was assigned male but identifies as female. Stav is an androgynous model who maintains a head of long hair, modeling in the appearance of being either male or female, but sometimes wholly ambiguous and of ...
30. Sergei Polunin
Actor | Murder on the Orient Express
Sergei Polunin was born on November 20, 1989 in Kherson, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Ukraine] as Sergei Vladimirovich Polunin. He is an actor and writer, known for Murder on the Orient Express (2017), Red Sparrow (2018) and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018).
31. Boris Sagal
Director | The Omega Man
Boris Sagal was born on October 18, 1923 in Yekaterinoslav, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine] as Bernard Louis Sagal. He was a director and writer, known for The Omega Man (1971), The Name of the Game (1968) and Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). He was married to Marge Champion and Sara ...
32. Natasha Blasick
Actress | Jean-Claude Van Johnson
Natasha Blasick was born in the former USSR in the city of Odessa on the Black Sea. Her first language is Russian, She grew up in a Soviet style apartment that housed two families. She made her debut as a lead actress in the film Death of Evil (2009). She is the oldest daughter of Sergei and ...
33. Galina Jovovich
Actress | Mnogo shuma iz nichego
Galina Jovovich is a Russian-American actress and mother of Milla Jovovich.
She was born Galina Loginova in 1950 in Russia, Tuapse, Soviet Union. Her father was a Red Army officer, her mother was a homemaker. Her parents divorced and she was raised by a single mother. She studied acting in ...
35. Anatole Litvak
Director | The Snake Pit
The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand. In 1915, he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager, he witnessed the 1917 ...
Actor | Voyna i mir
Sergei Bondarchuk was one of the most important Russian filmmakers, best known for directing an Academy Award-winning film epic War and Peace (1965), based on the book by Lev Tolstoy, in which he also starred as Pierre Bezukhov.
He was born Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk on September, 25, 1920, in the ...
39. Steven Geray
Actor | Gilda
Diminutive, gentle-featured character actor, who specialised in playing meek, reticent or kindly gentlemen, usually of Gallic, Germanic or Eastern European backgrounds. Istvan Gyergyay was born in the old Austro/Hungarian town of Ungvar (present-day Uzhgorod) and studied at Budapest University. His...
40. Ana Layevska
Actress | The War Next-Door
Ana Layevska was born on January 10, 1982 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Ukraine] as Anna Laevski Rastsvetaeva. She is an actress, known for The War Next-door (2021), La Muchacha Que Limpia (2021) and Yankee (2019). She has been married to Rodrigo Moreira since April 13, 2014.
41. David Vadim
Actor | Exit Wounds
David Vadim was born in Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up competing in sanctioned no-rules fighting and eventually transitioned to boxing. He wrote about his experiences in the ring in a series of short stories. His story Boredom was adapted to the stage, which led to David ...
42. Larisa Shepitko
Director | Voskhozhdenie
Larisa Shepitko was born on January 6, 1938 in Artyomovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Larisa Yefimovna Shepitko. She was a director and writer, known for The Ascent (1977), Heat (1963) and You and Me (1971). She was married to Elem Klimov. She died on July 2, 1979.
43. Maya Deren
Director | Meshes of the Afternoon
Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father Solomon Derenkowsky, a psychiatrist, and her mother Maria Fidler, an artist, she fled the pogroms organized by the Bolsheviks against the Jews. She studied journalism and political science at the Syracuse ...
47. George Givot
Actor | Lady and the Tramp
Dapper American character actor and radio personality, born in Omaha, Nebraska. After attending Chicago University, Givot entered show business as a comedian with the Ziegfeld Follies. His particular forte was mimicking a variety of ethnic dialects. Performing in vaudeville and in nightclubs, he ...
48. Louis B. Mayer
Producer | The Great Secret
Mayer was born Lazar Meir in the Ukraine and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after his parents fled Russian oppression in 1886. He had a brutal childhood, raised in poverty and suffering physical and emotional abuse from his nearly-illiterate peddler father. In the early 1890s, he ...
49. Leon Belasco
Actor | Philo Vance Returns
Leon Belasco was born on October 11, 1902 in Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire [now Ukraine] as Leonid Simeonovich Berladsky. He is known for his work on Philo Vance Returns (1947), Bomba and the Hidden City (1950) and My Sister Eileen (1960). He was married to Laureine Back (dancer). He ...