The Most Famous

ACTORS from Greece

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This page contains a list of the greatest Greek Actors. The pantheon dataset contains 10,030 Actors, 7 of which were born in Greece. This makes Greece the birth place of the 55th most number of Actors behind Iceland and Chile.

Top 7

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Greek Actors of all time. This list of famous Greek Actors is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Irene Papas (1929 - )

With an HPI of 75.89, Irene Papas is the most famous Greek Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 43 different languages on wikipedia.

Irene Papas (or Pappas; Greek: Ειρήνη Παππά, romanized: Eiríni Pappá, IPA: [iˈrini paˈpa]; born according to most sources on 3 September 1926) is a Greek actress and singer who has starred in over 70 films in a career spanning more than 50 years. She gained international recognition through such popular award-winning films as The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Zorba the Greek (1964). She was a powerful protagonist in films including The Trojan Women (1971) and Iphigenia (1977). She played the title roles in Antigone (1961) and Electra (1962). Papas won Best Actress awards at the Berlin International Film Festival for Antigone and from the National Board of Review for The Trojan Women. Her career awards include the Golden Arrow Award in 1993 at Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Golden Lion Award in 2009 at the Venice Biennale.

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2. Thespis (-600 - -560)

With an HPI of 74.41, Thespis is the 2nd most famous Greek Actor.  His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Thespis (; Greek: Θέσπις; fl. 6th century BC) of Icaria (present-day Dionysos, Greece), according to certain Ancient Greek sources and especially Aristotle, was the first person ever to appear on stage as an actor playing a character in a play (instead of speaking as themself). In other sources, he is said to have introduced the first principal actor in addition to the chorus.Thespis was a singer of dithyrambs (songs about stories from mythology with choric refrains). He is credited with introducing a new style in which one singer or actor performed the words of individual characters in the stories, distinguishing between the characters with the aid of different masks. This new style was called tragedy, and Thespis was the most popular exponent of it. Eventually, in 534 BC competitions to find the best tragedy were instituted at the City Dionysia in Athens, and Thespis won the first documented competition. Capitalising on his success, Thespis also invented theatrical touring; he would tour various cities while carrying his costumes, masks and other props in a horse-drawn wagon.

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3. Melina Mercouri (1920 - 1994)

With an HPI of 74.07, Melina Mercouri is the 3rd most famous Greek Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 45 different languages.

Maria Amalia "Melina" Mercouri (Greek: Μαρία Αμαλία "Μελίνα" Μερκούρη, 18 October 1920 – 6 March 1994) was a Greek actress, singer, socialist, activist and politician. She came from a political family that was prominent over multiple generations. She received an Academy Award nomination and won a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for her performance in the film Never on Sunday (1960). Mercouri was also nominated for three Golden Globes and two BAFTA Awards in her acting career. As a politician, she was a member of the PASOK and the Hellenic Parliament. In October 1981, Mercouri became the first female Minister of Culture and Sports. She was the longest-lived Minister of Culture in Greece - serving during the years 1981-89 and 1993 till her death in 1994, in all PASOK governments.

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4. Katina Paxinou (1900 - 1973)

With an HPI of 69.61, Katina Paxinou is the 4th most famous Greek Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 39 different languages.

Katina Paxinou (Greek: Κατίνα Παξινού; 17 December 1900 – 22 February 1973) was a Greek film and stage actress. She started her stage career in Greece in 1928 and was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of Greece in 1932. The outbreak of World War II found her in the United Kingdom and she later moved to the United States, where she made her film debut in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She appeared in a few more Hollywood films, before returning to Greece in the early 1950s. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1951. She then focused on her stage career and appeared in a number of European films including Rocco and His Brothers (1960).

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5. John Aniston (1933 - )

With an HPI of 64.58, John Aniston is the 5th most famous Greek Actor.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

John Aniston (born Yiannis Anastassakis , Greek: Γιάννης Αναστασάκης, July 24, 1933) is a Greek-born American actor. He is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama series Days of Our Lives, which he originated in July 1985 and has played continually since then. The role earned him a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2017. He is the father of Jennifer Aniston.

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6. Arianna Huffington (1950 - )

With an HPI of 58.92, Arianna Huffington is the 6th most famous Greek Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington (born Ariadnē-Anna Stasinopoúlou, Greek: Αριάδνη-Άννα Στασινοπούλου [ariˈaðni ˈana stasinoˈpulu], on July 15, 1950) is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. She is a co-founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of fifteen books. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from the University of Cambridge where she earned a B.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the university’s debating society, The Cambridge Union. Huffington serves on numerous boards, including Uber, Onex, and Global Citizen. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, both became instant international bestsellers.Huffington, the former wife of Republican congressman Michael Huffington, co-founded The Huffington Post, which is now owned by BuzzFeed. She was a popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990s, after which, in the late-1990s, she offered liberal points of view in public, while remaining involved in business endeavors. In 2003, she ran as an independent candidate for governor in the California recall election and lost. In 2009, Huffington was No. 12 in Forbes first-ever list of the Most Influential Women In Media. She has also moved up to No. 42 in The Guardian's Top 100 in Media List. As of 2014, she is listed by Forbes as the 52nd Most Powerful Woman in the World.In 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million, and made Huffington the President and Editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties including AOL Music, Engadget, Patch Media, and StyleList. On August 11, 2016, it was announced that she would step down from her role at The Huffington Post to devote her time to a new startup, Thrive Global, focused on health and wellness information.

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7. Ariane Labed (1984 - )

With an HPI of 50.71, Ariane Labed is the 7th most famous Greek Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Ariane Labed (born 8 May 1984) is a Greek-French actress and film director. She is known for her feature film debut in Attenberg, for which she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress, and appearing in Helen Edmundson's film Mary Magdalene in 2018.

Pantheon has 7 people classified as actors born between 600 BC and 1984. Of these 7, 4 (57.14%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living actors include Irene Papas, John Aniston, and Arianna Huffington. The most famous deceased actors include Thespis, Melina Mercouri, and Katina Paxinou.

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