Hollywood celebrities with Hungarian ancestors
Posted by Budnews · Apr 3, 2020

They all have Hungarian relatives.

Everybody knows that Mariska Hargitay, Elsa Pataky or Adrian Brody has Hungarian roots, but did you know that Drew Barrymore's mother is named Ildikó?

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Little is known about Sarah Michelle Gellar that her great-grandfather was born in Sátoraljaújhely and his great-grandmother was born in today's Tiszabercel.

Louis C.K.

One of the most popular American stand-up comedian performed in Budapest once, and he talked a lot about his Hungarian roots, for example his grumpy grandfather.

Rachel Weisz

Many people know that she is of Hungarian descent and she has a relatively simple story: her father, György Weisz was an engineer and inventor who left Hungary in 1938, fleeing from the Nazis.

Stephen Fry

The British national icon, Stephen Fry also has Hungarian origin, his maternal grandfather has emigrated to the United Kingdom from Slovakia for a better life.


Michael Balzary, known to many as the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, was not born in Hungary but proudly claims to be of Hungarian origin. The Hungarian grandfather of the guitarist moved to Australia and his grandchild was born there.

Tony Curtis

One of the most famous actors of the 60's and 70's was born as Bernard Schwartz. The actor was born in Manhattan as a child of Hungarian and Czechoslovak immigrants and did not speak English until the age of five.

Alanis Morissette

Canadian-born Morissette is very proud of its Hungarian heritage. His Hungarian mother's family left the country at the time of the 1956 Revolution, and Alanis is so proud of his Hungarian origin that she named her publisher „Szeretlek” which means"I love you".

Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn and her daughter, Kate Hudson have Hungarian ancestors too, as Hawn's mother, Laura Steinhoff fled to the United States before World War II. The actress was born in Washington in 1945.

Calvin Klein

Few would associate the name Klein with the Hungarian language, but Calvin's father, Leo, was actually born in Hungary. His son, Klein Jr., grew up in New York City, Bronx, and started his successful business with the encouragement of his mother.

Joaquin Phoenix

The actor's grandmother, Margit Lefkowitz, came from a Hungarian Jewish family, her husband was Russian, so the actor has a real multicultural family.

Peter Falk

Columbo had Eastern European ancestors from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Russia and Hungary.

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