Brody received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, the only actor under 30 to do so. Brody is also the only male American actor to receive the French César Award.
American actress of Hungarian descent
She is the daughter of the Hungarian-born, former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay. She is best known for her role as New York City Sex Crimes, Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role that has earned her multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe and Gracie Allen Awards several times.
American comedian, editor, writer, producer, director and actor of Hungarian descent
Born Louis Székely, he is the creator, star, writer, director, and (until February 2012) editor of the highly acclaimed FX comedy series Louie. C.K. is noteworthy for innovating direct-to-fan sales of tickets to his stand-up shows and DRM-free video concert downloads via his website. Over the course of his career, he has been nominated for 30 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning writing awards for The Chris Rock Show, Louie and his stand-up specials Live at the Beacon Theater (2011) and Oh My God (2013).
film actor whose popularity was greatest in the 1950s and early 1960s
Tony Curtis, born Bernard Schwartz, acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a wide range of genres, from light comedy to serious drama. In his later years Curtis made numerous television appearances. One of his popular comedies is “Some Like it Hot”. He was the father of actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis.
Hungarian-born American socialite and actress
She was born as Sári Gábor and began her stage career in Vienna. This beautiful woman was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She became one of the Hungarians given a star on Hollywood Walk of Stars. Her first movie role was as supporting actress in “Lovely to Look At”. She later acted in “We're Not Married”! and played one of her few leading roles in “Moulin Rouge” (1952), directed by John Huston, who described her as a "creditable" actress.
A survey conducted in 2003 by the International Cinematographers Guild placed Zsigmond among the ten most influential cinematographers in history. Besides several nominations and 3 Lifetime Achievement Awards, he received an Oscar in 1977 for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a Bafta in 1978 for The Deer Hunter and an Emmy Award in 1993 for Stalin.
architect of the 18-19th century
One of the major figures of Hungarian Classicist architecture, he played a leading role in forming the architectural image of Pest in the era of reforms in the early 19th century. His most important works are Basilica of Esztergom, plans of the Saint Stephen’s Basilica of Budapest, remodeling of Kalvin Square and Kalvin Church.
Austro-Hungarian-American swimmer and actor of the 20th century
Weissmuller was one of the world's fastest swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals for swimming and one bronze medal for water polo. He won fifty-two US National Championships, set more than fifty world records, both in freestyle and backstroke, and was purportedly undefeated in official competition for the entirety of his competitive career. He is also known for playing Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s.
Hungarian-American film producer
Lechner was one of the early representatives of the Hungarian Secession movement, which was related to Art Nouveau and Jugendstil in the rest of Europe. He was nicknamed the “Hungarian Gaudí”. He decorated his buildings with Zsolnay tile patterns inspired by old Magyar and Turkic folk art. He combined this with the use of materials modern for his time, such as iron.
Hungarian-American film director of the 19-20th century
He directed more than fifty films in Europe and more than one hundred in the United States, many of which are cinema classics, including The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, Dodge City, The Sea Hawk, The Sea Wolf, Angels with Dirty Faces, Casablanca (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director), Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mildred Pierce, and White Christmas. He thrived in the heyday of the Warner Bros. studio in the 1930s, 1940s.
Hungarian-born British film producer and director of the 19-20th century
Alpár began his career as a stonemason, then worked under architect Alajos Hauszmann. After completing formal studies in Berlin, he returned to Budapest to work under Imre Steindl and Hauszmann again. He began independent practice in 1890, working mainly on public projects in a historicist, eclectic style. The most well-known of these is the so-called Vajdahunyad Castle built for the millennial celebrations in 1896.
Hungarian born American film producer
American motion picture executive who founded the Fox Film Corporation in 1915 and the Fox West Coast Theatres chain in the 1920s. Although, in 1936, Fox sold his interest in these companies to settle bankruptcy, his name lives on in the names of various media ventures which are currently owned by Rupert Murdoch, most notably the Fox TV network, Fox News Channel, 20th Century Fox, and 21st Century Fox.
Hungarian-born animator, writer, film director and music producer
He is co-founder of the animation studio Klasky Csupo, which has produced shows like Rugrats, Duckman, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Csupó immigrated to the West in 1975. While working in Sweden he met Arlene Klasky, an American-born animator. The two subsequently started their own company, Klasky Csupo, which produced many popular animated television shows including the short cartoons called The Simpsons which appeared on The Tracey Ullman Show.
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Hungarian-American actor in the first half of the 20th century
Born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó. He is famous for portraying Count Dracula in the original 1931 film and for his roles in various other horror films. He was also called the “King of Horror” starring in “The Black Cat”, “The Raven” and “Son of Frankenstein”.
American film director of Hungarian Jewish descent in the 20th century
He mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations. His career flourished at RKO when David O. Selznick, the studio's Head of Production, assigned Cukor to direct several of RKO's major films then he left to MGM. Some of his most famous films which were nominated for Oscars: The Philadelphia Story, Gaslight, Born Yesterday and My Fair Lady.
film director, scriptwriter and opera director of the 20th century
Szabó is the most internationally famous Hungarian filmmaker since the late 1960s. Working in the tradition of European auteurism, he has made films that represent many of the political and psychological conflicts of Central Europe’s recent history, as well as of his own personal history. He achieved his greatest international success with Mephisto (1981), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He also collaborated with Lajos Koltai in “Sunshine”.
Hungarian–American illusionist, stunt performer of the 19th- 20th century
Houdini is noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can.