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Americans with Belarusian roots

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Julia Prakapovich

on 29 March 2014

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There are many Belarusians in America in the sense that there are many Americans with Belarusian roots. Among the Nobel Prize winners who made their career in the U.S.A. are a few Belarusian-born academics. A number of American politicians, scientists, writers, musicians, actors, artists have their ethnic roots in Belarus.
Belarusians in America
Belarusians in America
Steven Anthony "Steve" Ballmer (born 1956) is an American businessman who currently serves as the CEO of Microsoft, his personal wealth is estimated at $15.7 billion, ranking number 19 on the Forbes.
His grandfather was from Pinsk.
Steven Anthony "Steve" Ballmer
Alan Jay Heeger (born 1936) is an American physicist, academic and Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry.
His father immigrated to America from Vitebsk in 1904.
Alan Jay Heeger
1918 – 1988
Richard Phillips Feynman was American theoretical physicist. He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb. Feynman also wrote books.
His family originated from Belarus.
Richard Phillips Feynman
1879 – 1974
Samuel Goldwyn was an American film producer (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). He was most notably well known for being the founding contributor executive of several motion picture studios in Hollywood.
was born in Belarus.
Samuel Goldwyn
1884– 1957
was an American film producer. He is one of the creator of the "star system" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
was born in Minsk
Louis Burt Mayer

1746 — 1817

Belarusian political and military figure, the leader of the national liberation insurrection of 1794, the patriot of the American Revolutionary war – national hero.
Tadeush Kosciushko

Belarusian-born (Pinsk) American economist and statistician who won the 1971 Nobel Prize for Economics.
Simon Smith (Kuznets)

1850 — 1930

Belarusian and international public and political figure, naturalist, the first president of Hawaii.
Nickolay Sudzilovsky

1902 – 1983
known as the "Mob's Accountant," was an organized crime figure (the "National Crime Syndicate“). For decades he was thought to be one of the most powerful people in the USA.
was born in Grodno;
Meyer Lansky (born Suchowljansky)
1891 – 1971
was a Belarusian-born American businessman and pioneer of American radio and television. He ruled Radio & TV Corporation of America - one of the largest companies in the world.
Sarnoff's law states that the value of a broadcast network is proportional to the number of viewers.
David Sarnoff
1898 – 1937
George Gershwin) was an American composer and pianist.
His parents came to America from Belarus (Magilyov).
George Gershwin
Vernon Duke (Vladimir Aleksandrovich Dukelsky) was a Russian-American composer/songwriter. He is best known for the words and music for "Autumn in New York" (1934).
He was born in 1903 in Parafianovo, Belarus.
Vernon Duke


Chagall whose frescoes decorate the United Nations building in New York comes from the Belarusian city of Vitebsk.
Marc Chagall
“I am an American because my father’s family came here from Belarus for a new life in the land of liberty.”
Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas.
Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch, 1916) is an American stage and film actor, film producer and author. He is one of the last surviving actors from Hollywood's "golden age".
His parents were Jewish immigrants from Gomel, Belarus.
Kirk Douglas
Harrison Ford’s grandmother left Minsk in 1907. Now the actor is searching for his relatives who might live in Belarus.
Harrison Ford
Leonardo DiCaprio’s grandmother moved from Belarus to Germany together with her parents after the revolution. There, she got married and her daughter moved to the USA to give birth to the world famous actor.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Sean Justin Penn is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director.
His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Belarus
Sean Justin Penn
Jennifer Connelly is known for Requiem for a Dream
Connelly’s mother was Jewish, a descendant of immigrants from Belarus
Jennifer Connelly
Ancestors of Gwyneth Paltrow used to live in Minsk, Belarus.
Gwyneth Paltrow
He is a retired professional ice hockey right winger. Nicknamed "The Russian Rocket" for his speed, Bure played for 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers.
Pavel Vladimirovich Bure was born 1971 in Minsk, the city where his granny lives.
Pavel Bure
1911 – 1964
Albina Lucy Charlotte Osipowich Van Aken was an American swimmer, with Belarusian roots.
In the 1928 Olympics she won the gold medals in the 100 m freestyle event and in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event.
Albina Lucy Charlotte Osipowich
Scarlett Johansson has Belarusian Roots.
Her mother comes from Minsk.
Scarlett Johansson
She is a Russian professional tennis player and former world no. 1. A United States resident since 1994.
Her parents lived in Gomel.
Maria Sharapova
1888 – 1989
Irving Berlin was an Belarusian-born American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. "God Bless America“ is an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin.
Irving Berlin
Barys Kit (born 1910) is an outstanding Belarusian and American mathematician, physicist, chemist, philosopher and educator.
He left Belarus in 1944.
Barys Kit
Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr. (born 1944) is a retired general of the United States Army.
His ancestors used to live in Belarus.
Wesley Kanne Clark
Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry. He is best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.
Asimov was born in Belarus. His family emigrated to the United States when he was three years old.
Isaac Asimov
1911 – 2004
Czesław Miłosz was born on the border of Belarus, Lithuania and Poland.
Czesław Miłosz was a Polish poet, prose writer and translator.
From 1961 to 1998 he was a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. Miłosz later became an American citizen and was awarded the the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Czesław Miłosz
Max Mirnyi is a professional tennis player from Belarus. His nickname is "The Beast“.
He lives in Florida, the USA.
He was born in 1977 in Minsk.
Max Mirnyi
1974 –2011
Ruslan "Rusty" Salei was a Belarusian professional ice hockey player. Salei played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Ruslan Salei
Lisa Valerie Kudrow (born July 30, 1963) is an American actress, comedian and producer. She gained worldwide recognition for her the television sitcom Friends. She was born in Los Angeles. Her ancestors emigrated from Belarus ( the village of Ilya), her great-grandmother was murdered in the Holocaust.

Lisa Valerie Kudrow (born July 30, 1963) is an American actress, comedian and producer. She gained worldwide recognition for her the television sitcom Friends. She was born in Los Angeles. Her ancestors emigrated from Belarus ( the village of Ilya), her great-grandmother was murdered in the Holocaust.

Lisa Kudrow

Olyia Kazak

Larry King

Larry King (born in 1933) is an American television and radio host. His mother Jennie (Gitlitz) emigrated from Belarus.

Born into a family of renowned Belarusian singers/musicians Valentina Parhomenko and Alexander Kozak, Olyia began her music career very early in life. Her songs are very popular in the USA.
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