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American Celebrities Who Grew Up Abroad 

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Updated January 27, 2020 6.6k views 19 items

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.
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 1 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.

Age: Dec. at 41 (1978-2020)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 2 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.

Age: 37

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

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

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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.

Age: 35

Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine

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

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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.

Age: 63

Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

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

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