Famous Immigrants

Famous immigrants, such as Anthony Hopkins and Albert Einstein, have entertained the public and shaped the world. Their contributions to the arts and sciences have inspired others to take interest in a world beyond their own, no matter what their circumstances. These famous immigrants continue to make their mark in the minds of children and adults in the U.S., even after they have touched American soil.

  1. Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein was a famous physicist that immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1940. Widely known for his theory of relativity, and the mass energy equivalent equation, E=MC2, Albert Einstein’s fame gained him high honors in the fields of science, medicine and philosophy in both Europe and America.
  2. Harry Houdini. A master in the world of magic, Harry Houdini is another famous immigrant who first came to the United States from Hungary in 1878. Houdini performed several magical acts based on illusion. His most notable act was escaping from a straight jacket while suspended in the air.
  3. Marcus Garvey. A native Jamaican, Marcus Garvey immigrated to the United States in 1926. This famous immigrant founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association, aimed at encouraging all individuals of African descent. His legacy is celebrated in neighborhoods throughout the U.S. in August.
  4. Bob Hope. An all-American entertainer, born in London, Bob hope immigrated to the U.S. in 1908. Bob Hope entertained audiences through radio, television and the silver screen throughout his career. The public enjoyed his talents, as well as those enlisted in the military, through the USO, from WWII to the Persian Gulf War.
  5. Liz Claiborne. Born in Belgium, fashion designer Elisabeth Claiborne immigrated to the U.S. in 1939. Liz Claiborne began her own company in 1976, offering a line of clothing for the working female professional. She also became an environmental activist and founded the Liz Claiborne and Arts Ortenberg Foundation in 1989.
  6. Anthony Hopkins. Anthony Hopkins is a famous immigrant from Wales, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2000. A true entertainer of the big screen, Anthony Hopkins has been mainly recognized for his role as Hannibal Lector in “Silence of the Lambs.” His other notable films include 1980‘s “The Elephant Man” and 1992‘s “Dracula.”
  7. Madeleine Albright. Born in Czechoslovakia, Madeline Albright immigrated to the U.S. in 1948. She is noted for being the first female Secretary of State, appointed by former president Bill Clinton. She served from 1997 to 2001.
  8. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold Schwarzenegger is an athlete first, actor second, and one of the most famous immigrants ever. Born in Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger immigrated to the U.S. in 1968. He starred in several blockbuster hits, including “The Terminator” and “Conan the Barbarian." He also served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
  9. Michael J. Fox. Born in Canada, Michael J. Fox immigrated to the U.S. in 1979. Michael J. Fox has acted in both film and television. His most notable roles include Marty McFly from the “Back to the Future” trilogies and Alex P. Keaton from the television show “Family Ties.” Michael J. Fox is also an activist for Parkinson’s disease, which he was diagnosed with in 1991.
  10. Yo-Yo Ma. Famous cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, was born in France in 1955. A musical prodigy at the age of four, Yo-Yo Ma immigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of seven. He has brought his talents and amazing music to the world, as well as three U.S. presidents.
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