9 Immigrant Celebrities Who Made It Big In The U.S.

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These celebrities were once nobodies but moved to the U.S. and the rest is history.

The lure of the American Dream is just as strong for celebrities as it is for average people. The U.S. has emerged as the clear hub of the global entertainment industry in the past century, meaning that most aspiring artists head to the states if they want worldwide recognition for their talents. Some such celebs get so used to American life and its culture, differentiating them from a born and bred American becomes impossible.

Down below are nine celebrities who are actually immigrants:

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis was born in the western Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi, and moved with her family to the U.S. in 1991 because they saw no future in the USSR.

 

Neil Young

Neil Young moved to the U.S. from Canada in 1966 before co-founding the band Buffalo Springfield and embarking on his Hall of Fame music career.

 

Eddie Van Halen

The "Van" in his and his band’s name gives away a Dutch origin, but everything else says American. Eddie Van Halen was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands, in 1955 but moved with his family to Pasadena, California, seven years later.

 

Charlize Theron

The Academy Award winning actress was born in Benoni, South Africa, and only moved to the U.S. as a teenager to work as a model.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger

His accent and last name gives away his non-American ancestry, but other than that, Arnold Schwarzenegger has gotten completely Americanized since he set foot in the land of opportunities 46 years ago. It is believed that the Austria-born actor may have lived his first few years in the U.S. as an illegal immigrant due to irregularities in his visa.

 

Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band was born in in Johannesburg, South Africa, before moving with his family to Yorktown Heights in Westchester County, New York, at the age of 2.

 

Jim Carrey

Not many know this, but Jim Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He was a struggling standup comedian on the other side of the border before a move to Las Vegas, Nevada opened up the doors of fame and fortune.

 

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek was born in born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, and only moved to the U.S. in 1991 to study acting.

 

Natalie Portman

The Black Swan actress won born in Israel but moved with her family to the U.S. in the late '80s. She holds a dual American and Israeli citizenship.

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