travel American Celebrities Who Grew Up Abroad  

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Some of the biggest stars in America have international roots that may surprise you. Celebrities here in the United States hail from all over the world, and even many famous people who weren't born abroad spent much of their childhoods outside of the country.

This list contains information about celebrities who grew up abroad, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Some of these famous folks grew-up in one country, while others moved around a lot. Many of the celebrities who grew up overseas come from military families.

Natalie Portman is just one example of a celeb you may not have known was born outside of the U.S. The Oscar-winning actress was born in Jerusalem and her family moved to the United States when she was three years old. Mila Kunis was born and raised in the Ukraine until she was in elementary school and her family moved to Los Angeles. Sandra Bullock, meanwhile, was raised in Nuremberg, Germany for 12 years.

Several famous men also grew up abroad. Bruce Willis spent the first two years of his life in West Germany, where his father was stationed in the military. Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut and he spent time in Australia, Toronto, and New York. Other famous actors who grew up abroad include both Martin Lawrence and Joaquin Phoenix.

Are you surprised that so many celebrities grew up abroad? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list American Celebrities Who Grew Up Abroad
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Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Her family moved to the United States when she was three years old.

Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream success came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In 1999, she enrolled at Harvard ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Film Director

Credits: V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Léon: The Professional, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

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#20 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#79 on The Best Actresses in Film History

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list American Celebrities Who Grew Up Abroad
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Beginning when he was six years old, Kobe Bryant spent much of his childhood in Italy, where his father played professional basketball.

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championships. Bryant is a 17-time All-Star, 15-time ...more

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Age: 38

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Basketball player, Athlete

Credits: The Black Mamba, I Am Bruce Lee, 2004 MTV Movie Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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#58 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list American Celebrities Who Grew Up Abroad
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Mila Kunis was born and raised in Chernivtsi, Ukraine until she was in elementary school and her family moved to Los Angeles.

Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the USSR to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and ...more

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Age: 33

Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Black Swan, That '70s Show, Ted, Friends with Benefits

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#37 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#25 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#37 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#54 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list American Celebrities Who Grew Up Abroad
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Bruce Willis spent the first two years of his life in West Germany, where his father was stationed in the military.

Walter Bruce Willis is an American actor, producer and singer. His career began on the Off-Broadway stage and then in television in the 1980s, most notably as David Addison in Moonlighting. He is perhaps best known for his role of John McClane in the Die Hard series, which were mostly critical and ...more

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Age: 62

Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, + more

Credits: The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element, Armageddon

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#68 on The Best Actors Working Today

#47 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#75 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#46 on The Best Living American Actors

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