Top 7 Actors In Hollywood With Arab Roots

Hollywood is as diverse as it can be. The epitome of world cinema has turned down all racial prejudices and caste barriers and has opened its gates to welcome talents from all over the world.

That’s possibly the reason why there are so many actors in Hollywood who have roots in different countries.

Some come from the fashionista Franch while some come from the mystical land of Arab. 

Today, we will talk about those Hollywood stars who have Arab roots, and we will also tell you about some of their most popular works so that you can check how talented they are right away. So, without further ado, let’s start.

1: Rami Malek

Rami Malek has recently starred in the Bohemian Rhapsody and this actor is proud to show off his Arab roots.

During the 91st Oscar ceremony, Malek gushed about his Arab roots and proudly shared with the world that he is the son of Egyptian immigrants and a first-gen American.

His childhood was a struggling period because he used to deliver falafel and shawarma to bear his family expenses, and his parents did not earn very well either.  Some of his best movies are Night At The Museum, The Pacific, 24, etc.

2: Salma Hayek

Next on the list, we have the beautiful actor of Hollywood, Salma Hayek. Her movie, Frida won numerous appraisals on the world stage and she was the first Lebanese-Mexican actor to earn the nomination for best actress in Academy Awards.

As we read more about her journey, we get inspired to see a woman of color ruling the male-dominated film industry in Hollywood.

Some of her best movies are Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, etc.

3: Amr Waked

Even though Waked had been an established actor in Egypt before he made his debut in Hollywood, it did not take him much time to make a landmark here.

If you want to see him, the Hulu original Ramy is your best bet because Amr plays the protagonist’s father there.

Monkey Talks, Syrians, Lucy, and Geostorm are some of the best movies done by this star. You can download them here

4: Zoe Saldana

This American actress is also proud of talking about her Arab roots.  This Guardian of the Galaxy star is Puerto Rican from her mother’s side and Afro-Dominican from her father’s side.

Even though we know that the actor has Lebanese roots, much information is not available in that context. Star Trek, The Words, I Kill Giants are some of her best movies.

5: Wentworth Miller

This American-British actor has Lebanese and Syrian roots, which makes him a proud descendent of the Arab community.

The Prison Break star has done some amazing movies in Hollywood such as Resident Evil, Stoker, Human Stain, The Confession, Stealth, etc. 

He is a critically-acclaimed actor with a firm grasp on feature and television films.

6: Vince Vaughn

Vince is part Lebanese from his father’s side and his movies like Break-Up and Wedding Crashers also have a Lebanese vibe.

Besides being an American actor, he is also a screenplay writer, comedian, and producer.

This multitalented actor has done a commendable job in movies like The Internship, The Watch, Four Christmas, Delivery Man, etc.

7: Hiam Abbas

This talented actor has earned success in world cinema whether it’s on the stage of America, France, or Arab.

She currently stars opposite Amr Waked in the Hulu originals, Ramy as the protagonist’s mother.

Abbas believes that she should always be at the forefront of Cinema because it can inspire thousands of Muslim immigrants to see one of their own making it big in Hollywood.

Unlike many other stars, she speaks openly about it and has done a great job in movies like Red Stain, The Visitor, Lemon Tree, The Syrian Bride, etc.

Did You Know?

Before we answer your questions about these actors, tell us how surprised you are to know their original roots.

A lot, we bet.

It’s important to understand that even when these actors have part Arab roots, they have never hesitated to speak openly about them. 

So, as an audience, we are their fans not only because of their acting skills but also because of their courage, flexibility, and open minds. 

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.