Armenian Americans

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  1. Kim Kardashian West

    Kim Kardashian West


    Kimberly "Kim" Kardashian West (born Kimberly Noel Kardashian; October 21, 1980) is an American television and social media personality, actress, socialite, and model. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kardashian first gained media attention through her friendship with Paris Hilton, but she received wider notice after a 2003 sex tape with her former boyfriend Ray J was leaked in 2007. Later that year, she and her family began to appear in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Its success has led to the creation of spin-offs including Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. In 2010, Kardashian was reported to be the highest-paid reality television personality, with estimated earnings of $6 million.

  2. Elijah Allman

    Elijah Allman


    Elijah Blue Allman (born July 10, 1976), known professionally as P. Exeter Blue, is an American musician, the son of singer Cher and her second husband Gregg Allman, and half brother of Chaz Bono, Delilah Allman, Michael Allman, Layla Allman and Devon Allman. Through his mother Cher, Allman is of Armenian, Irish, English, and German ancestry. On December 1, 2013, he married the German singer Marieangela King.

  3. Robert Kardashian

    Robert Kardashian


    Robert George Kardashian (February 22, 1944 – September 30, 2003) was an American attorney and businessman. He gained national recognition as O. J. Simpson's friend and defense attorney during Simpson's 1995 murder trial. He had four children with his first wife, Kris Kardashian (née Houghton, later Jenner): Kourtney, Kim, Khloé and Rob, all of whom have become well known for appearing on their family reality television series.

  4. Daron Malakian

    Daron Malakian


    Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: Տարօն/Տարոն Վարդան Մալաքեան), born July 18 1975, is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist, songwriter, and second vocalist of the rock band System of a Down and as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the band Scars on Broadway. Like the rest of the Hollywood-based band System of a Down, he is of Armenian ancestry, but he is the only member to actually have been born inside the United States. He is placed 30th in Guitar World's List of The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.

  5. William Saroyan

    William Saroyan


    William Saroyan (/səˈrɔɪ.ən/; August 31, 1908 – May 18, 1981) was an American dramatist and author. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film adaptation of his novel The Human Comedy.

  6. Rouben Mamoulian

    Rouben Mamoulian


    Rouben Zachary Mamoulian (pronunciation roo-BEN mah-mool-YAHN; Armenian: Ռուբեն Զաքարի Մամուլյան) (October 8, 1897 – December 4, 1987) was an Armenian-American film and theatre director.

  7. Ross Bagdasarian

    Ross Bagdasarian


    Rostom Sipan "Ross" Bagdasarian (January 27, 1919 – January 16, 1972) was an American pianist, musician, actor, and record producer of Armenian descent.

  8. Steven Zaillian

    Steven Zaillian


    Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, director, film editor, producer, and founder of Film Rites, a film production company. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay Schindler's List (1993) and he has been nominated for Awakenings , Gangs of New York and Moneyball. He was also presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival and the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 2011.

  9. Alan Hovhaness

    Alan Hovhaness


    Alan Hovhaness (/hˈvɑːnɪs/; Armenian: Ալան Յովհաննէս, March 8, 1911 – June 21, 2000) was an American composer of Armenian and Scottish descent. He was one of the most prolific 20th-century composers, with his official catalog comprising 67 numbered symphonies (surviving manuscripts indicate over 70) and 434 opus numbers. However, the true tally is well over 500 surviving works since many opus numbers comprise two or more distinct works.

  10. Arshile Gorky

    Arshile Gorky


    Arshile Gorky (/ˌɑrʃl ˈɡɔrk/; born Vostanik Manoug Adoian, Armenian: Ոստանիկ Մանուկ Ատոյեան; April 15, 1904 – July 21, 1948) was an Armenian born American painter, who had a seminal influence on Abstract Expressionism. He spent most his life as a national of the United States. Along with Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky has been hailed as one of the most powerful American painters of the 20th century. As such, his works were often speculated to have been informed by the suffering and loss he experienced of the Armenian Genocide.

  11. Marco Khan

    Marco Khan


    Marco Khan (born March 27), also Marco Kahn or Marco Khanlian, is an American actor of Armenian origin.

  12. Marty Papazian

    Marty Papazian


    Marty Papazian sometimes credited as Martin A. Papazian, is a television and film actor. He played CTU Interrogator Rick Burke in the television series 24. His last name was the inspiration for the name of the 24 character Miles Papazian.

  13. Hagop Kevorkian

    Hagop Kevorkian


    Hagop Kevorkian (Armenian: Յակոբ Գեւորգեան; born in 1872 in Kayseri, Ottoman Empire - died in 1962 in New York, US) was an Armenian-American archeologist, connoisseur of art, and collector, originally from Kayseri, who graduated from the American Robert College in Istanbul, settled in New York in the late 19th century, and helped America acquire a taste for Eastern artifacts.

  14. Larry Gagosian

    Larry Gagosian


    Lawrence Gilbert "Larry" Gagosian (born April 19, 1945) is an American art dealer who owns the Gagosian Gallery chain of art galleries. Working in concert with collectors including Douglas S. Cramer, Eli Broad and Keith Barish he developed a reputation for staging museum quality exhibitions.

  15. Dikran Kelekian

    Dikran Kelekian


    Dikran Kelekian (1868–1951), was a notable collector and dealer of Islamic art. The son of an Armenian banker from Kayseri, Dikran Kelekian and his brother Kevork set themselves up in the antiquities business in Istanbul in 1892. The next year, Dikiran came to the United States as a commissioner for the Persian Paviliaon at the World's Columbia Exposition in Chicago. He soon established shops in New York, Paris, London, and Cairo, where he and his brother flourished as vendors selling works of art and antiquities.

  16. Richard G. Hovannisian

    Richard G. Hovannisian


    Richard Gaspari Hovannisian (Armenian: Ռիչարդ Գասպարի Հովհաննիսյան, born November 9, 1932) is an Armenian American historian and professor emeritus at UCLA.

  17. Alex Sevanian

    Alex Sevanian


    Alex Sevanian (November 3, 1946 – February 17, 2005) was an American pharmacologist.

  18. Yenovk Der Hagopian

    Yenovk Der Hagopian


    Yenovk Der Hagopian (Armenian: Ենովք Տեր-Հակոբյան; May 24, 1900 – March 15, 1966) was a 20th century American-Armenian artist, sculptor and musician.

  19. Hratch Kozibeyokian

    Hratch Kozibeyokian


    Hratch Kozibeyokian (Armenian: Հրաչ Կոզիբեյոկյան; born August 12, 1951) is an Armenian American distinguished expert of oriental rugs.

  20. Kaloust Guedel

    Kaloust Guedel


    Kaloust Guedel (born October 31, 1956) is a Cyprus-born American artist of Armenian descent. He is a self educated artist and theorist. Guedel is known as the founder of the Excessivism movement. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California since 1975.

  21. Blackie Gejeian

    Blackie Gejeian


    Blackie Gejeian (born 1926) is a race car driver, race car builder, and hot rod enthusiast. Considered an "Industry Legend", Gejeian is the organizer of the Autorama, a custom car show held annually in Fresno, California. Autorama is considered to be one of the largest custom car shows in North America.

  22. Houry Gebeshian

    Houry Gebeshian


    Houry Gebeshian (born July 27, 1989) is an Armenian-American artistic gymnast, who has represented Armenia at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the 2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She was a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes team during the 2008 to 2011 seasons.

  23. Leon Danielian

    Leon Danielian


    Leon Danielian (31 October 1920 – 8 March 1997) was an American ballet dancer, teacher, choreographer, and educator. As guest artist with ballet companies around the world, he became one of the first American male dancers to achieve international recognition.

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