12 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Were Syrian


Millions of people have had to migrate from Syria since 2011. It was a country that people had to migrate from because of wars and other reasons in the past. So we collected 12 celebrities that you’ll be surprised to know that they were Syrians.

1. The famous actress from American Pie, Shannon Elizabeth.

The beautiful 42 year-old actress’s dad is from Syria.

2. Co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, who died in October 5, 2011, has a Syrian immigrant father named Abdulfattah John Jandali.

3. American singer-songwriter Paula Abdul

The famous 54 year-old singer and choreographer’s father is a Syrian immigrant.

4. Susan from Desperate Housewives, Teri Hatcher

The 51 year-old actress’s mom is a Syrian.

5. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

The 64 year old comedian’s grandfather Selim Hosni immigrated from Halep to the USA.

6. 11-time World Surf League champion Kelly Slater

The 44 year old professional surfer and actor’s grandfather is a Syrian.

7. Diplomat, poet and publisher Nizar Kabbani

Kabbani was born in the Syrian capital of Damascus in 1923.

8. Film producer Moustapha Akkad

The famous director was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1930 and died in Amman, Jordan in 2005. He is the producer of Halloween films and director of Mohammad, Messenger of God and Lion of the Desert.

9. Famous actor and Academy Award winner Murray Abraham, who had roles in iconic movies like Scarface and Amadeus.

The 76 year-old actor’s family was Syrian immigrants living in the USA.

10. Abu Sufyan from The Message, Michael Ansara

The actor, born in Syria, had many roles in movies like Star Trek, Batman and Rambo.

11. Willy from Mission Impossible, Peter Lupus

The 84 year-old bodybuilder has a Syrian dad.

12. Wentworth Miller from Prison Break

The 44 year-old handsome actor’s family also migrated from Syria.

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