List of Greek Americans

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The following is a list of notable Greek Americans, including both original immigrants of full or partial Greek descent who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

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Anthony B Catachanas, CEO of Victory Hill Capital Advisors

Architecture

Business

Automobiles

Agriculture

Alcoholic beverages

Chemicals and petroleum

Computer software & hardware

Consumer products

Education

Entertainment and media

Finance and venture capital

Game design

Inventor

Medical devices and pharmaceuticals

Retail

Real estate

Social media

Sports

Unfiled

Fashion

Cuisine

Fashion

Modeling

Style

Explorers and settlers

Religious figures

Law enforcement

Media figures

Fiction & Literature

Nonfiction

Television

Radio

Art and entertainment

Comedy

Dance

Choreography

Pop

Tango

Film and theater

Actors

Jason Mantzoukas in 2015

Actresses

Art direction, costume design, set design

Choreography

Cinematography

Directors

Makeup and special effects

  • Crist Ballas - Emmy Award-winning make-up artist for film and television
  • Karen Goulekas - visual effects artist
  • Jack Pierce - designer of makeup and costumes for all of Universal Studios's iconic movie monsters, including: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, et al.
  • Patrick Tatopoulos - special effects and creature designer
  • Petro Vlahos - Oscar-awarded Hollywood special effects pioneer

Producers

Props

Sound

Magicians

Musicians

Composer

Conductor

Producers

Classical

Country & Western

Dark Carbaret

  • Lola Blanc - singer, songwriter; her father is Greek-American.

Disco

New age

  • Chris Spheeris - new age multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording artist, collaborated on several albums with Paul Voudouris
  • Paul Avgerinos - composer, performer and producer of new-age music
  • Yanni - new-age musician

Opera

Pop

Rock & Metal Music

Rap

Rock and roll

Visual arts

Comics, cartoons

Graffiti

  • Alex Martinez - graffiti artist, illustrator, muralist (Greek mother)
  • Taki 183 - original artist who spawned the Graffiti craze in New York City of 1960s-70s. Demetrios/Demetraki ("Taki") hailed from 183rd Street in Washington Heights, hence his moniker "Taki 183".

Illustrators

Painters

Performance artists

  • Mary Ashley - video artist, performance artist, and painter

Photography

Sculptors

Unfiled

  • Michael Janis - glass artist, one of the directors of the Washington Glass School, known for his work on glass using the exceptionally difficult sgraffito technique on glass
  • Kimon Nicolaides - art teacher, author and artist, who developed the widely used method of teaching drawing "The Natural Way to Draw"
  • Ithaka Darin Pappas - contemporary artist, creator of The Reincarnation of a Surfboard, credited with being the founder of the Contemporary Surf Art movement

Writing

Fiction

Military

Politicians

Federal

Ιncumbent politicians

Former politicians

Former CIA Director George Tenet

State

Incumbent politicians

Former politicians

Local

Science and Academia

Academic Administration

Anthropology

  • Dorothy D. Lee - anthropologist, author and philosopher of cultural anthropology

Biology - Genetics

Chemistry

Computer Science

Economics-Management

Engineering

  • Constantine A. Balanis - electrical engineer
  • John Baras - electrical engineer
  • George Doundoulakis - physicist and soldier who worked under British Intelligence during World War II and then served with the OSS in Thessaly, Greece. He is known by his twenty-six US patents in the fields of radar, electronics, and narrowband television.
  • Helias Doundoulakis - civil engineer who was employed at Grumman Aerospace Corporation for over thirty five years and group leader on many USAF and NASA projects. These included the Apollo space missions and the Lunar Excursion Module, the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet, and the Space Shuttle. His design of the oxygen tanks on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was instrumental in the return of the Apollo 13 crew, for which Doundoulakis was given a plaque by Captain James Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert. Served in the United States Army and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) — as a spy during the Battle of Crete in WWII.
  • Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos - chemical engineer
  • Peter Karter - nuclear engineer and one of the pioneers of the modern recycling industry
  • Ares J. Rosakis - engineer
  • George Tchobanoglous - civil and environmental engineer, professor at University of California, Davis
  • Michael Tsapatsis - chemical engineer and materials scientist

English, Debate, Speech

  • Helena Zachos (March 5, 1856 – February 28, 1951) - American college professor and elocutionist, who was on the faculty at Cooper Union from 1897 to 1939. Daughter of educator and abolitionist Professor John Celivergos Zachos.
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  • John Celivergos Zachos (December 20, 1820 – March 20, 1898) - worked as Library Curator and Professor of English Language at Cooper Union from 1872 until his death in 1898. In 1861 was named the first superintendent of the Port Royal Experiment where freed slaves were educated on the liberated islands off of Charleston, SC.

Law

Mathematics

Medicine

Philosophy

Physics

Psychology

Sociology

Various

Sports

Aquatics

Baseball

Basketball

Body building and fitness training

  • John Sitaras - fitness professional, creator of the Sitaras method and founder of Sitaras Fitness in New York City
  • Craig Titus - American bodybuilder
  • Christos Nikitas Poulis - athletic trainer

Boxing

Football

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Chris Maragos]] NFL safety for the Seattle Seahawks

Gambling, Bookmakers, Poker

Golf

  • Will Zalatoris - He finished second in the 2021 Masters Tournament, when making his debut at the Masters.

Hockey

Mixed martial arts

Motor sports

Soccer / association football

Surfing

Tennis

Track and field

  • Dean Karnazes - ultramarathon champion, writer, businessman
  • Tom Pappas - track & field decathlete, 2003 world decathlon champion and 2-time Olympian.

Winter sports

Wrestling

Sports Journalism

Criminal figures

See also

External links