University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Famous Diaspora Armenians

Top: Kirk Kerkorian (1917), the grandson of an immigrant from Harput, who built the International Hotel in Las Vegas and worked his way up the ladder of success to become a billionaire. He is now C.E.O. of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios
Top: Mike Connors. Hollywood and television actor best known for his starring role in Mannix.
Top: Rouben Mamoulian (1899-1987). Hollywood director born in Tiflis, Georgia. He was the first to direct a film in technicolor (Blood and Sand; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and directed the Broadway productions of Porgy and Bess in 1935 and Oklahoma in 1943.

Andre Agassi, Tennis Player
Anahid Ajemian, Concert Pianist
Maro Ajemian, Concert Pianist
Edward Alberian, "Clarabell" (Howdy Doody)
Lucine Amara, Metropolitan Opera
Garo Z. Antreasian, Artist (MMOA)
Michael Arlen , Author
Kay Armen, Vocalist
George Avakian, Jazz Entrepreneur
Leslie Ayvazian, Playwright & Actress
Charles Aznavour, Composer-Singer
Ross Bagdasarian , "The Chipmunks"
Peter Balakian, Author
Steve Bedrosian, Baseball Player
Ara Berberian, Basso
Cathy Berberian, Mezzo-Soprano
Eric Bogosian , Actor
Cher, Actress-Singer
Lily Chookasian, Metropolitan Opera
Colombo Yogurt, Colombosian
Mike Connors (Krikor Ohanian), "Mannix"
George Deukmejian , Former Governor of CA
Atom Egoyan, Filmmaker
Arlene Francis (Kazanjian), Actress
Arshile Gorky, Artist
Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Foundation
Peter Paul Halajian, "Mounds" candy
Victor Hambardzumian, Astrophysicist
David Hedison, Actor, "Seaquest"
Alan Hovhannes, Composer
Marjorie Housepian, Author
Ani and Ida Kavafian, Concert Violinists
Yousef Karsh, Photographer
Garry Kasparov, Chess Player
Bob Keeshan , "Captain Kangaroo"
Michael Kermoyan, Actor-Singer
Armen Keteyan, Sports Announcer
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Euthanasia Advocate
Aram Khachaturian, Composer
Kirk Kerkorian, Entrepreneur
Mark Kyrkostas, Composer-Pianist
Rouben Mamoulian, Director
Alex Manoogian, Delta Faucets
George Mardikian, Restauranteur
Rouben Nakian, Sculptor
Ara Parseghian, Football Player
George Petrossian, Caviar King
Raffi, Children's Folk Singer
William Saroyan, Author
Martiros Saryan , Artist
K. Serobian, Green Ink ( U.S. paper currency-1860)
Rouben Ter-Artunian, Stage Designer
Richard Yardumian, Composer
Garo Yepremian, Football Player
Zildjian, Percussion Cymbals