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Added by geojones100 on 28 Apr 2010 08:01
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Great Actors Play Multi-Racial Roles

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BORN: London, England (Father: Spanish; Mother: Italian)
English (Prick Up Your Ears)
French (Chocolat)
Iranian (Not Without My Daughter)
Cuban (The Perez Family)
Spanish (The Da Vinci Code)
Peruvian (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
German (Luther)
Mexican (Maverick)
American (The Company)
Russian (Letter to Breshnev)
Italian (The Trial)

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Average listal rating (457 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
BORN: England (Father: Indian; Mother: Jewish)
Indian (Gandhi)
British (Sexy Beast)
Greek (Pascali's Island)
American (A Sound of Thunder)
Russian (Transsiberian)
Brazilian (The 5th Monkey)
Israeli (The Assignment)
Polish (Schindler's List)
German (Anne Frank: The Whole Story)
Yemeni (Rules of Engagement)
Iranian (House of Sand and Fog)

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Average listal rating (108 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 0
BORN: New Zealand
Maori (The Piano)
Iraqi (Three Kings)
Colombian (Blow)
Lebanese (The Insider)
Latino (Training Day)
Arabian (The Majestic)
Iranian (Crossing Over)
Moorish (The Fountain)
Yagahl Tribesmen (10,000 BC)
Polynesian (Rapa Nui)

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BORN: Pennsylvania, USA
(Father: Assyrian/Syriac; Mother: Italian)
Colombian (Scarface)
Venetian (Amadeus)
French (The Name of the Rose)
Russian (Children of the Revolution)
Spanish (Bridge of San Luis Rey)
Turkish (The Favorite)
Italian (Dillinger and Capone)
American (Blood Monkey)
Son'a Race (Star Trek: Insurrection)

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BORN: Wales
Portugese (Shogun)
Egyptian (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Turkish (King Solomon's Mines)
Russian (The Living Daylights)
Roman (I, Claudius)
French (La Femme Musketeer)
Persian (One Night With the King)
American (The Trial of the Incredible Hulk)
Dwarf (Lord of the Rings)
British (Great Expectations)
Trojan (Helen of Troy)

Average listal rating (1622 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
BORN: London
British (Sid & Nancy)
American (JFK)
Romanian (Bam Stroker's Dracula)
German (Immortal Beloved)
Kazakh (Air Force One)
Roman (Jesus)

BORN: Ireland
British (Amazing Grace)
Russian (Sum of All Fears)
Israeli (Munich)
Roman (Rome)
American (There Will Be Blood)
French (Ivanhoe)
Greek (Jason and the Argonauts)

BORN: Sweden
Swedish (Varg)
Russian (Armageddon)
German (Hitler: The Rise of Evil)
Italian (Prison Break)

It's not always about pretty faces...it's acting range.

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Posted: 8 years ago at May 7 17:24
I actually thought Alfred Molina is French :D Now I know better, thanks to your great list!
Posted: 8 years ago at May 7 19:56
Great list,

Robert Downey Jr?
Posted: 8 years ago at May 11 1:55
I thought Molina was Italian...thanks for the comment.

I'll look over Robert Downey as I expand the list. Thanks!
Posted: 7 years, 6 months ago at Nov 16 18:23
I could have swear Molina was Mexican!! Great list :)
Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at Jun 21 5:21
I didn't know Cliff Curtis was from New Zealand. I always thought he was middle eastern or Hispanic. ^_^
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jul 6 14:32
Alfred Molina and Cliff Curtis are the one that surprised me the most. I did not realise Al was English, I though he was Italian and I never realise Cliff was from across the ditch.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jan 15 2:43
I don't really think that "multi-racial" is the correct term to use for this list.
These actors have played characters of different nationalities & ethnicities, to be sure, but very, very few of the examples that you've cited could be construed to be examples of playing "multi-racial roles."
Also, some other corrections just off the top of my head...
Alfred Molina - born in London, England to a Spanish father and an Italian Mother.
Ben Kingsley - born in England to an Indian father and a Jewish mother. It is significant that his characters in Schindler's List & Anne Frank were Jewish; and his character in Rules of Engagement was not Yemeni, but rather the US Ambassador to Yemen.
Cliff Curtis was born in New Zealand and is Maori. His character in The Fountain is not Mayan, but rather Moorish, and his character in Rapa Nui is not Colombian, but rather Polynesian.
F. Murray Abraham - born in Pennsylvania to a father of Assyrian/Syriac descent and a mother of Italian descent.
John Rhys-Davies was not born in England, but rather Wales. His character in the Indiana Jones films is Egyptian; his character in One Night With the King is not Persian, but rather a Jew living in Persia; his character in Helen of Troy is not Greek, but rather Trojan.
Gary Oldman's character in Bram Stoker's Dracula is not Hungarian, but rather Romanian (as was the real person on whom he was based), as Transylvania is in Romania; his character in Air Force One is a Kazakh posing as a Russian.
It is significant that Ciarán Hinds' character in Ivanhoe was a Norman knight of England.
Peter Stormare plays a character named Gaear Grimsrud in Fargo. This thoroughly Scandinavian name combined with Stormare's unmistakable Swedish accent makes it extremely unlikely that this character was meant to be American.
I'm sure there are more corrections to be made, but those were just the most obvious ones.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jan 17 4:16
Many thanks, bihzor. Ill make the necessary corrections to the list. Thanks for taking the time.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jan 17 4:48
No problem.
I noticed another correction since then: F. Murray Abraham played Joseph Stalin in Children of the Revolution. Stalin was Georgian, not Russian.
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Mar 19 19:35
Ben Kingsley: French in 2011's Hugo.
John Rhys-Davies: In addition to a Dwarf in LOTR, he was Treebeard the Ent.
Posted: 6 years ago at Apr 26 16:02
Excellent list
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Oct 20 19:45
You forgot Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor from a Lebanese family :
1-Arab (Lawrence of Arabia)
2-Spanish (Behold a Pale Horse)
3-Russian (Dr Zhivago)
4-King of Armenia (The Fall of the Roman Empire)
5-German (The Night of the Generals & The Last Valley)
6-Mongol (Genghis Khan)
7-Italian (More than a miracle)
8-Austrian (Mayerling)
9-Argentinian (Che !)
10-Mexican (Mackenna's Gold)
11-Russian (The Tamarind Seed)

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