Multilingual Oscar nominees & winners.

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Oscar nominees & winners who spoke more than one language.

1. Maurice Chevalier

Actor | Gigi

Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by...

Maurice Chevalier became the first French actor to be nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Love Parade (1929). He would score another nomination the following year for The Big Pond (1930).

2. Charles Boyer

Actor | Conquest

Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large (1920) by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations ...

Charles Boyer was nominated four times for Best Actor in a leading role for Fanny (1961), Gaslight (1944), Algiers (1938) and Conquest (1937). In addition to his mother tongue French, he also spoke English, German, Italian and Spanish. Out of all the French actors in Hollywood, he has the most no. of Oscar nominations.

3. Adolphe Menjou

Actor | Paths of Glory

The words "suave" and "debonair" became synonymous with the name Adolphe Menjou in Hollywood, both on- and off-camera. The epitome of knavish, continental charm and sartorial opulence, Menjou, complete with trademark waxy black mustache, evolved into one of Hollywood's most distinguished of artists...

Adolph Menjou had a French American father and Irish American mother so he grew up bilingual in English and French. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Front Page (1931).

4. Claudette Colbert

Actress | It Happened One Night

One of the brightest film stars to grace the screen was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint Mandé, France where her father owned a bakery at 57, rue de la République (now Avenue Général de Gaulle). The family moved to the United States when she was three. As Claudette ...

Claudette Colbert was born in France but was raised in USA and considers herself an American and was nominated three times for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Since You Went Away (1944), Private Worlds (1935) and she won for the movie It Happened One Night (1934). She spoke French and English and was the one who convinced her friend Charles Boyer to improve his English so he could further his career in USA. Ms Colbert is also the only French actress to garner the most no. Oscar nominations.

5. Jocelyne LaGarde

Actress | Hawaii

Jocelyne LaGarde was born in 1924 in Tahiti. She was an actress, known for Hawaii (1966), The 24th Annual Golden Globes Awards (1967) and The 39th Annual Academy Awards (1967). She died on September 12, 1979 in Papeete, Tahiti.

Jocelyne LaGarde acted in only one movie for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Hawaii (1966). She was French Tahitian and had to learn her lines in English phonetically.

6. Leslie Caron

Actress | Gigi

Born in the suburbs of Paris, France, Leslie Caron is an actress and dancer. Gene Kelly got her into the movies for the film An American in Paris (1951). Got a world-wide reputation for her roles in Lili (1953) and Gigi (1958). Most recently Caron has appeared in British TV series The Durrells in ...

Leslie Caron became the second French actress to garner two Oscar nominations Best Actress in a Leading Role for The L-Shaped Room (1962) and Lili (1953). She speaks French, English and Italian.

7. Simone Signoret

Actress | Les diaboliques

The face of Simone Signoret on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord (1982), would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship ...

Leslie Caron became the second French actress to garner two Oscar nominations Best Actress in a Leading Role for The L-Shaped Room (1962) and Lili (1953). She speaks French, English and Italian.

8. Anouk Aimée

Actress | Un homme et une femme

The daughter of actress Geneviève Sorya, in 1948 she played the part of Juliette in The Lovers of Verona (1949). During the 1950s and 1960s she made various films, including Montparnasse 19 (1958) and La Dolce Vita (1960), but only Lola (1961) , Jacques Demy, and A Man and a Woman (1966) Claude ...

Leslie Caron became the second French actress to garner two Oscar nominations Best Actress in a Leading Role for The L-Shaped Room (1962) and Lili (1953). She speaks French, English and Italian.

9. Geneviève Bujold

Actress | Dead Ringers

Genevieve Bujold spent her first twelve school years in Montreal's oppressive Hochelaga Convent, where opportunities for self-expression were limited to making welcoming speeches for visiting clerics. As a child she felt "as if I were in a long dark tunnel trying to convince myself that if I could ...

Geneviève Bujold hails from Quebec and thus speaks both French and English and was nominated for Best Actress in a leading role for her performance as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).

10. Isabelle Adjani

Actress | Possession

Isabelle Yasmine Adjani was born in Gennevilliers, Hauts-de-Seine, a suburb of Paris, to Emma Augusta "Gusti" (Schweinberger) and Mohammed Adjani. Her father was a Kabyle Algerian, from Iferhounène, and her mother was a Bavarian German. She grew up speaking German fluently. After winning a school ...

Isabelle Adjani was nominated twice for both French speaking roles in French movies, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Camille Claudel (1988) and L'histoire d'Adèle H. (1975) and she speaks both French and English. She is also the second actress to be nominated for a French-speaking role and the third French actress to receive more than one nomination.

11. Gérard Depardieu

Actor | Cyrano de Bergerac

Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along ...

Gerard Depardieu was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role for Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), the first time an actor has been nominated for a French speaking role. He speaks French, English and fluent Italian as well.

12. Anjelica Huston

Actress | The Witches

Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her ...

Anjelica Huston speaks English and French and was nominated three times and won the Oscar for Best Actress in a supporting role for Prizzi's Honor (1985).

13. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster started her career at the age of two. For four years she made commercials and finally gave her debut as an actress in the TV series Mayberry R.F.D. (1968). In 1975 Jodie was offered the role of prostitute Iris Steensma in the movie Taxi Driver (1976). This role, for which she received ...

Jodie Foster was nominated for Best Actress in a leading role for The Accused (1988) and speaks fluent English and French. She also won the Oscar for her role as Clarice Starling in The Silence of The Lambs.

14. Sigourney Weaver

Actress | Avatar

Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth ...

Sigourney Weaver was also nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988), Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Working Girl (1988) and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Aliens (1986).

15. Catherine Deneuve

Actress | 8 femmes

Catherine Fabienne Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was barely a teenager and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue (1963). But her breakthrough ...

The national symbol of French heroine Marianne fashioned after Catherine Deneuve who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Indochine (1992) and she speaks fluent English, French, Italian and is semi fluent in German.

16. Juliette Binoche

Actress | The English Patient

Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, to Monique Yvette Stalens, a director, teacher, and actress, and Jean-Marie Binoche, a sculptor, director, and actor. Her mother was born in Czestochowa, Poland, of French, Walloon Belgian, and Polish descent, while her father is French. Juliette was only...

Juliette Binoche was nominated twice for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in The English Patient (1996) for which she won the Oscar and she was nominated a second time for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Chocolat. She speaks fluent French and English.

17. Johnny Depp

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.

He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.

Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...

Johnny Depp has been nominated three times so far Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Finding Neverland (2004) and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). He speaks English and French and lived in France while he was with the mother of his children, French actress and music artiste Vanessa Paradis.

18. Helen Mirren

Actress | RED

Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. ...

Helen Mirren was born to Russian immigrant parents but cannot speak Russian but instead speaks fluent English and French. She was nominated four times, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Madness of King George (1994), Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Gosford Park (2001), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for The Last Station (2009) and she won for Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Queen (2006).

19. Christopher Plummer

Actor | Beginners

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister...

Christopher Plummer had three nominations and won for his second one for Best Actor in a supporting role for Beginners (2010). He speaks English and French from his time growing up in Quebec, Canada.

20. Marion Cotillard

Actress | La Môme

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton.

Raised in Orléans, France, she made her ...

Marion Cotillard was nominated twice Best Actress in a Leading Role forDeux jours, une nuit (2014) and she won for La môme (2007) (also known as La Vie en Rose (2007)) She became the first French actress to win an Oscar for a French-language performance and speaks French and English.

21. Bradley Cooper

Actor | A Star Is Born

Bradley Charles Cooper was born on January 5, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and worked for a local NBC station. His father, Charles John Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker. Immediately after Bradley graduated from the ...

Bradley Cooper was nominated four times, three times for Best Actor in a leading role, the most recent one for A Star Is Born (2018) and once for Best Actor in a supporting role for American Hustle (2013) and he speaks English and French fluently.

22. Bérénice Bejo

Actress | The Artist

Actress Bérénice Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Silvia De Paoli, a lawyer, and Miguel Bejo, a filmmaker. When she was three, Bejo's family relocated to Paris, France. She embarked on a successful acting career in the 1990s, with various roles in French television and film ...

Bérénice Bejo was born in Argentina but grew up in France so she speaks French, Spanish and English. She was nominated for Best Actress in a supporting role for the movie The Artist (2011) which won fellow French actor, Jean Dujardin, the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role. He only speaks French and English.

23. Edward Norton

Actor | Keeping the Faith

American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.

His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer ...

Edward Norton was nominated for Best Actor twice in a supporting role for Primal Fear (1996) and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) and Best Actor in a leading role for American History X (1998) and he speaks fluent English, French and some Japanese.

24. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

Marlon Brando was a legendary actor but was famed for making his co stars wear his lines on body-affixed cue cards as he hated memorising scripts. However, he spoke English, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese and would regularly chat with his co-stars in all those languages in between takes. He was nominated eight times and won two, the last of which was for The Godfather (1972) which he refused to accept.

25. Marlene Dietrich

Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution

Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...

Marlene Dietrich is perhaps the most famous German actor in Hollywood and she was nominated for Best Actress In A Leading Role in Morocco (1930) and she spoke German, English and French, having spent the last years of her life in an apartment in Paris.

26. Luise Rainer

Actress | The Great Ziegfeld

Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a ...

Luise Rainer was born in Germany and spoke German and English. Although lesser known than her other German counterparts, she nevertheless set several records with her Oscar wins for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Best Actress in a Leading Role for both The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937) and became the first actress and first performer to win consecutive awards for lead roles. She also won both Oscars before the age of 30 and she was the first actress to win an Oscar for portraying a real-life person ‘Anna Held in The Great Ziegfeld (1936).

27. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

Erich von Stroheim was an Austrian Jewish actor and spoke English with a thick German accent all his life. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Sunset Blvd. He was also a prolific director.

28. Maximilian Schell

Actor | Judgment at Nuremberg

Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and ...

German born actor Maximilian Schell was nominated for an Oscar three times and won for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). He speaks German and English and fun fact, he is Angelina Jolie’s godfather.

29. Armin Mueller-Stahl

Actor | Eastern Promises

Armin Mueller-Stahl was born on December 17, 1930 in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Shine (1996) and The International (2009). He has been married to Gabriele Scholz since 1973. They have one child. He was previously married to Monika ...

Armin Mueller-Stahl was nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role for Shine and he speaks fluent German and English.

30. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...

Michael Fassbender was born in Germany but raised in Ireland and speaks fluent English and German. He was nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role for the movie 12 Years a Slave (2013) and for Best Actor in a leading role for Steve Jobs (2015).

31. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

Austrian Christoph Waltz has won two Oscars, both for Best Actor in a supporting role and both for Quentin Tarantino movies Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). He spoke German, his mother tongue for the first movie and his second language is English.

32. Rosamund Pike

Actress | Gone Girl

Born on January 27, 1979 in London, England, actress Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike is the only child of a classical violinist mother, Caroline (Friend), and an opera singer father, Julian Pike. Due to her parents' work, she spent her early childhood traveling around Europe. Pike attended Badminton ...

Rosamund Pike was nominated for Best Actress in a leading role for Gone Girl (2014) and speaks English and fluent German. She is also friends with Chelsea Clinton who also speaks fluent German.

33. José Ferrer

Actor | Dune

José Ferrer was born on January 8, 1912 in Santurce, Puerto Rico as José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón. He was an actor, known for Dune (1984), Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) and Moulin Rouge (1952). He was married to Stella Daphne Magee, Rosemary Clooney, Phyllis Hill and Uta Hagen. He died on ...

José Ferrer won an Oscar for his portrayal of Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) and he was the first actor of Hispanic ethnicity to win the Oscar for Best Actor (so far). He spoke English and Spanish fluently and a good command of French too.

34. Anthony Quinn

Actor | Alexis Zorbas

Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life ...

Anthony Quinn was born into a Mexican Irish family and spoke both Spanish and English. He was nominated for an Oscar four times and won twice for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Lust for Life (1956) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Viva Zapata! (1952) making him the first Mexican actor to win an Oscar.

35. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931 (but raised in nearby, smaller Juncos, which had no hospital), to seamstress Rosa ...

Rita Moreno is the only Hispanic actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a supporting role for West Side Story (1961) and she is also the only Hispanic woman to win the coveted EGOT awards.

36. George Chakiris

Actor | West Side Story

George Chakiris made his film debut at the age of 12 singing in the chorus of Song of Love (1947). Following his graduation from high school, he supported his night-time dancing, singing and dramatic lessons with a daytime job clerking in a Los Angeles department store. Later he started his acting/...

Rita Moreno is the only Hispanic actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a supporting role for West Side Story (1961) and she is also the only Hispanic woman to win the coveted EGOT awards.

37. Salma Hayek

Actress | Frida

One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her ...

Salma Hayek was nominated the Best Actress in leading role for Frida (2002) and she speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

38. Benicio Del Toro

Actor | Sicario

Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000).

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Benicio Del Toro was nominated twice for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 21 Grams (2003) and Traffic (2000), the former of which he won the Oscar for.

39. Penélope Cruz

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to ...

Penélope Cruz has been nominated three times, twice for Best Actress in a supporting role and won for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). She was also nominated for Best Actress in a leading role for Volver (2006) and she speaks English, Spanish and Italian, which she learned for her the movie Don't Move (2004). She learned French for Fanfan (2003) but doesn’t speak it well.

40. Javier Bardem

Actor | Skyfall

Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema.

He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal ...

Javier Bardem has been nominated three times, twice for Best Actor in a leading role and he won the Oscar for Best Actor in a supporting role for No Country for Old Men (2007). He is a native born Spaniard and speaks Spanish and English

41. Demián Bichir

Actor | The Hateful Eight

Demián Bichir Nájera was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Maricruz Nájera (María de la Cruz Najera Botello), an actress, and Alejandro Bichir (Alejandro Bichir Batres), a theatre director. His parents met in the theatre. He has two brothers who are also actors, Bruno Bichir and Odiseo Bichir. Demián...

Demián Bichir became the second Mexican actor to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role for A Better Life (2011) and he speaks Spanish and English.

42. Sophia Loren

Actress | Una giornata particolare

Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and ...

Probably the most famous Italian actress, Sophia Loren, won an Oscar in 1962 for Two Women (1960) and she speaks Italian and English.

43. Valentina Cortese

Actress | La nuit américaine

Valentina Cortese was born in Milan on New Year's Day of 1923. She made her movie debut in 1940 and played many "ingenue" parts in Italian films of that period, before making a real sensation in Les Misérables (1948) and Tempesta su Parigi (1948), playing both female leads, Fantine and ...

Valentina Cortese was an Italian born actress who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in La nuit américaine (1973) and she spoke Italian and English.

44. Marcello Mastroianni

Actor |

Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette (1939), then started working for the Italian ...

Marcello Mastroianni is an icon of Italian cinema and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Divorzio all'italiana (1961) and became the first male actor nominated for a foreign language performance. He was nominated a further two more times with his performances for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Oci ciornie (1987) and Una giornata particolare (1977).

45. Roberto Benigni

Actor | La vita è bella

Roberto Benigni was born on October 27, 1952 in Manciano La Misericordia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy as Roberto Remigio Benigni. He is an actor and writer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Tiger and the Snow (2005) and Down by Law (1986). He has been married to Nicoletta Braschi ...

Roberto Benigni won the Oscar for his first nomination for Best Actor in a leading role for the movie Life Is Beautiful (1997). He speaks Italian and English.

46. Greta Garbo

Actress | Ninotchka

Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and ...

Greta Garbo was Swedish born so she spoke both Swedish and English. She also had a fair command of German and French and was the first Swedish national to be nominated for an Oscar and she was also nominated a further two more times. She had a tie for Best Actress in a Leading Role for both Anna Christie (1930) and Romance (1930), Best Actress in a Leading Role for Camille (1936) and Best Actress in a Leading Role in Ninotchka (1939).

47. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Notorious

Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...

Ingrid Bergman is perhaps the most successful Swedish born actress in Hollywood. She was nominated a total of seven Oscars and all but one was for Best Actress in a leading role and she won for Gaslight (1944) and Anastasia (1956). Her last Oscar was for Best Actress in a supporting role for Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and she spoke a total of five languages, English, French, German, Swedish, Italian.

48. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ...

Swedish born French citizen Max Von Sydow was nominated two times for Best Actor in a Leading Role in Pelle erobreren and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). He speaks Swedish, English, French and Italian.

49. Lena Olin

Actress | Alias

Swedish-born Lena Olin already had a successful career as an actress before she came to Hollywood. She acted at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm and was directed by Ingmar Bergman. She was born in Stockholm, to actors Britta Holmberg and Stig Olin, who appeared in six of Bergman's films. Lena also ...

Lena Olin comes from a long line of Swedish nationals who have conquered Hollywood and she was nominated for Best Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Enemies: A Love Story (1989) and she speaks Swedish and English.

50. Alicia Vikander

Actress | Ex Machina

Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress, dancer and producer. She was born and raised in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Maria Fahl-Vikander, an actress of stage and screen, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. She is of Swedish and one quarter Finnish descent. Alicia began acting as a ...

Alicia Vikander is the latest Swede to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a supporting role for The Danish Girl (2015). She speaks English, Swedish and she learned Danish for the movie and is able to speak it fairly well.

51. Mischa Auer

Actor | My Man Godfrey

Mischa Auer, the American screen's supreme exponent of the "Mad Russian" stereotype so dear to Yankee hearts before and after World War II, was born Mischa Ounskowsky on November 17, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia, the grandson of violinist Leopold Auer, whose surname he took when he became a ...

Mischa Auer was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in My Man Godfrey (1936). He was Russian born and spoke six languages, Russian, English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.

52. Maria Ouspenskaya

Actress | Conquest

The daughter of a lawyer, Ouspenskaya studied singing at the Warsaw Conservatory and acting at Adasheff's School of the Drama in Moscow. She received her practical training as an actress touring in the Russian provinces. She later joined the Moscow Art Theatre. It was here that she first worked ...

Russian born Maria Ouspenskaya spent the rest of her life speaking English with a strong Slavic accent after she entered acting. She was nominated Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Dodsworth (1936) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Love Affair (1939). She appeared in the former for only four minutes and in the latter a total of ten minutes.

53. Akim Tamiroff

Actor | Touch of Evil

Though born in Russia and having a Russian-sounding name, Akim Tamiroff is actually of Armenian descent. At 19 he decided to pursue acting as a career and was chosen from among 500 applicants to the Moscow Art Theater School. There he studied under the great Konstantin Stanislavski, and launched a ...

Akim Tamiroff was nominated twice and both times for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, firstly in the movie The General Died at Dawn (1936) and secondly, For Whom the Bell Tolls. He was born in what is now Georgia, formerly USSR and he spoke Russian, English, French and Italian.

54. Natalie Wood

Actress | Rebel Without a Cause

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Zudilov and Nikolai Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens. When she was...

Natalie Wood was born to Russian immigrant parents so she spoke Russian and English and was nominated three times for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Love with the Proper Stranger (1963), Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Rebel Without a Cause (1955).

55. Ida Kaminska

Actress | Obchod na korze

Began her stage career at age five an later played leading roles on stage. Appeared in a handful of films and is better now for her support of the Jewish people. She later moved to Israel.

Ida Kamińska was born in what we now know as Ukraine and was nominated for Best Actress in a leading role for The Shop on Main Street (1965) and she spoke Russian, Yiddish and English.

56. Lila Kedrova

Actress | Alexis Zorbas

Lila Kedrova was born on October 9, 1918 in Petrograd, Russia. She was an actress, known for Zorba the Greek (1964), The Tenant (1976) and Torn Curtain (1966). She was married to Richard Howard. She died on February 16, 2000 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

Russian born Lila Kedrova won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Madame Hortense in Zorba the Greek (1964). She and her family escaped Russia during the Cold War and her birth papers were left behind and never recovered. Her counterfeit papers were later confiscated. She spoke Russian, French, English, and some Italian.

57. Peter Ustinov

Actor | Spartacus

Peter Ustinov was a two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, a director, writer, journalist and raconteur. He wrote and directed many acclaimed stage plays and led numerous international theatrical productions.

He was born Peter Alexander Freiherr von Ustinov on April 16, 1921, in Swiss Cottage, ...

British born Peter Ustinov was descended from Russian parents and was fluent in Russian, French, Italian and German as well as being a native English speaker. He was nominated for an Oscar four times and won twice, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Topkapi (1964) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Spartacus (1960). His last nomination was for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen for Hot Millions (1968) which he shared with Ira Wallach.

58. Liv Ullmann

Actress | Viskningar och rop

Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...

Liv Ullmann is Norway’s biggest Hollywood import and speaks Norwegian, English and several other unspecified European languages. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ansikte mot ansikte (1976) and Utvandrarna (1971).

59. Miliza Korjus

Actress | The Great Waltz

Miliza's father was Arthur Korjus, a lieutenant colonel in the Imperial Russian Army and later Chief of Staff to the War Minister of Estonia. The Estonian branch of her family was of Swedish descent, having settled in Estonia during the middle of the seventeenth century when the country was ruled ...

Miliza Korjus was born in Poland and spoke both Polish and English. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in The Great Waltz (1938) and appeared in only one more film afterwards before she retired from acting.

60. Claude Rains

Actor | Casablanca

William Claude Rains, born in the Clapham area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth...

Claude Rains was born in London but also spoke Cockney, an English dialect. He was nominated four times for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for movies Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) , Casablanca (1942), Mr. Skeffington (1944) and Notorious (1946).

61. Meryl Streep

Actress | The Devil Wears Prada

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William ...

Even though she is the most nominated actress in the history of the Oscars, she has only won it three times for, Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011) for Best Actress in a leading role. She speaks English, French, Italian and learned to speak fluent German and Polish for her role as a Polish refugees in Sophie's Choice (1982).

62. Audrey Hepburn

Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian ancestry.

After her parents' divorce, ...

* Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium to an aristocrat family and spoke five languages including English, French, Dutch Italian and Spanish. She has been nominated five times for Best Actress in a leading role and won for Roman Holiday (1953).

63. Mako

Actor | Conan the Barbarian

Born in Japan, Mako was living there with his grandparents while his parents studied art in the United States, when Japan and the U.S. went to war in 1941. His parents remained in the U.S., working for the Office of War Information, and, at the cessation of the conflict, were granted U.S. residency...

Japanese actor Mako was a pioneer in the Asian American theatre scene in Los Angeles and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in The Sand Pebbles (1966) and he spoke Japanese and English.

64. Topol

Actor | Fiddler on the Roof

Topol was born on September 9, 1935 in Tel Aviv, Palestine as Chaim Topol. He is an actor, known for Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Flash Gordon (1980) and For Your Eyes Only (1981). He has been married to Galia Topol since October 23, 1956. They have three children.

was nominated for Best Actor in a leading role for Fiddler on the Roof (1971). He spoke both Yiddish and English and was on active duty with the Israeli army when his nomination came out and he was granted leave so he could attend the ceremony in Los Angeles that year.

65. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...

Natalie Portman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Jackie (2016) and Black Swan (2010) for which she won. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Closer (2004) and she speaks English and Hebrew, her two mother tongues. She also speaks conversational French, German, Spanish and Japanese.



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