Famous Armenians


Charles Aznavour    Charles Aznavour      Singer    


French Singer and Actor with worldwide popularity. Listen to his Greatest Golden Hits, and his Autobiographie



Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi Tennis Ranked #1 in the world in 1995. Has won the Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open, and an Olympic Gold Medal.


Hovhaness Aivazovzki

Ivan Aivazovsky Painter


Famous for his seascapes. Paintings are featured on numerous postage stamps around the world.



Eric Bogosian

Eric Bogosian Writer/Actor Known for Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and Talk Radio .



Cher (Cherylin Sarkissian) Actress, Singer Sonny & Cher Show, The Witches of Eastwick, Songs I Got You Babe, Believe. Best Actress Oscar for Moonstruck.


Princess Diana

Princess Diana Princess of Wales 1/64th Armenian! The most widely known living person in the world before the fatal car accident, she was well loved for not being aloof. She made removal of landmines worldwide her cause.


Dr. Raymond Damadian

Dr. Raymond Damadian Inventor MRI diagnosis machine. Magnetic Resonance Imaging allows the insides of the body to be viewed without actually using surgery.


Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan Director Won 1997 Cannes Grand Prize & 2 Oscar Nominations for "The Sweet Hereafter". This Cairo-born and Canadian-bred director also produced award winning "The Adjustor", "Exotica", "Ararat" and others.


Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky Painter Gorky has been called both the last of the great Surrealists and the first of the Abstract Expressionists. His work was vital to the emergence of a specifically American school of abstract art



Alan Hovhaness Composer The Prayer of St. Gregory, Symphonies, Magnificat



Viktor Hambartsumian Astrophysicist Developed theories of young star clusters, and computing the mass ejected from nova stars. Headed Byurakan Observatory in Armenia, & International Astrophysicist Organization.



Kevork Hovnanian Homebuilder One of top 10 US homebuilders



Steve Jobs



Steve Jobs






Co-founder of Apple Computer


Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian Celebrity From sex tape to reality show to jewelry line, she's all over the news.


Gary Kasparov

Garry Kasparov Chess Ranked #1 in world. Serving in Russian Parliament. Was defeated for the first time by a chess computer built by IBM.


Varaztad Kazanjian

Dr. Varaztad Kazanjian Doctor A Father of Plastic Surgery and Harvard Professor. Pioneer of new techniques to repair damage to WWI soldiers. Known in his day as the "Miracle Man of the Western Front."
Kirk Kerkorian Kirk Kerkorian Businessman, Investor Founded airlines, built worlds largest casinos, owned MGM studios and still owns MGM Grand, plus large share of Diamler-Chrysler. Funds Lincy Foundation.


Dr. Kevorkian

Dr. Jack Kevorkian Physician "Dr. Death". Proponent of assisted suicide. Helped dozens of terminally ill patients end their lives with his suicide machine. In Michigan jail for his work.


Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian Composer Gayane, Spartacus, The Battle of Stalingrad / Othello, The Sabre Dance


Emile Lahoud

Emile Lahoud President President of Lebanon, former Lebanese general who united the religious factions of the Lebanese army.



Alex Manoogian Inventor, Businessman Invented single handle faucet, founded Masco. Huge philanthropist during his life, with strong ties to the Armenian General Benevolent Union.


Rouben Mamoulian

Rouben Mamoulian Director First to use a mobile camera, Technicolor and a multiple channel sound track. Directed Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mark of Zorro, and Silk Stalkings.


Artem Mikoyan

Artem Mikoyan Aircraft Designer Creator and namesake of "MiG" Fighters of the Soviet Union and Russia.


David Nalbandian

David Nalbandian




Former world #3.



Sergei Parajanov Surrealist Artist/Producer Soviet Armenian Surrealist Producer. Works include: Fire Horses/The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, The Color of Pomegranates/Sayat Nova, The Legend of the Suram Fortress, Ashik Kerib


Ara Parseghian

Ara Parseghian Coach Previous Notre Dame Football Coach, national championships in 1966 and 1973


Alain Prost

Alain Prost Race Car Driver Won Formula 1 Race 4 Times


Raffi Cavoukian

Raffi (Cavoukian) Songwriter/Singer Children's Songwriter. Probably the most popular in the world. Albums include Singable Songs for the children, More Singable Songs for the children Raffi's Christmas Album, Baby Beluga, and others.


William Saroyan

William Saroyan Novelist, Playwright Won a Pulitzer Prize for the play "The Time of Your Life" which he turned down. Wrote "The Human Comedy", "My Name is Aram", and directed a prize winning movie.



Luther Simjian Inventor Inventor of Medical photography systems, Autofocus camera, Automatic Developing machine, ATM, Military flight simulator, Postage Meter.


Seymour Skinner

Seymour Skinner (Armen Tamzarian) Principal Bart and Lisa's Principal on the "Simpson's". On one episode he relates he is not actually Seymour Skinner, but actually Armen Tamzarian. The town decides to never discuss his dark past again.


System of a Down

System of a Down Music Group Music Group with growing popularity. Performed on one track of the Southpark CD, and Ozzfest. Proud Armenians, as their System of a Down album shows.


Jerry Tarkanian

Jerry Tarkanian Coach "Tark the Shark". Turned the UNLV basketball team, the "Runnin Rebels" into a west coast powerhouse, reaching the finals and winning a few times. Then coached his hometown Fresno State team.




Steven Zaillian Screenwriter Received Oscar for Schindlers List, also screen wrote: Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, Awakenings.
Zildjian Zildjian Family Manufacturers Worlds Largest Cymbal Manufacturer, by using secret family production technique that produces excellent sound and very strong metal. The two brothers founded the Sabian cymbal factory, in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada, before an argument led one brother to quit the company and form a rival brand carrying the family name, Zildjian.