Birth Place Matching "Kiev, Russian Empire [now Ukraine]" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Louis B. Mayer

Producer | The Great Secret

Mayer was born Lazar Meir in the Ukraine and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after his parents fled Russian oppression in 1886. He had a brutal childhood, raised in poverty and suffering physical and emotional abuse from his nearly-illiterate peddler father. In the early 1890s, he ...

2. Anna Sten

Actress | Nana

Born in Russia to a Ukrainian father and a Swedish mother, Anna Sten studied at the Russian Film Academy and joined the Moscow Art Theater. Strikingly beautiful, she went on to appear in a number of Russian silent films, but it was in the German film Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff (1931) that ...

3. Anatole Litvak

Director | The Snake Pit

The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand. In 1915, he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager, he witnessed the 1917 ...

4. Joseph Conrad

Writer | Sabotage

Joseph Conrad was born in Berdichev, Kiev Province, now the Ukraine, to Polish parents Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewa Bobrowska. His father was a political activist and he and his family were exiled after he was suspected of involvement with revolutionary activities. Conrad had no friends as a child ...

5. Nina Koshetz

Actress | Algiers

Singer/actress Nina Koshetz (1894-1965) was in Russia a distinguished artist in classical and nationalist repertoire. sining at the principal opera and recital houses of Europe. She was frequently accompanied by Siloti and Rachmaninoff. After settling in the US in 1920, she began a superb career as...

6. Mikhail A. Bulgakov

Writer | Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu

Mikhail A. Bulgakov was a Russian writer and medical doctor known for big screen adaptations of his books, such as Beg (1971) and Master i Margarita (1994).

He was born Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov on May 15, 1891, in Kiev, Russia (now Kiev, Ukraine). He was the first of six children in the family ...

7. Grigoriy Kozintsev

Director | Gamlet

Grigori Mikhailovich Kozintsev was born on March 22, 1905, in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, named Mikhail Kozintsev, was a medical doctor. Young Kozintsev studied at the Kiev Gymnazium. There, in 1919, he organized experimental theatre "Arlekin" together with his fellow ...

8. Aleksander Ford

Director | Piatka z ulicy Barskiej

Aleksander Ford was born on November 24, 1908 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Mosze Lifszyc. He was a director and writer, known for Five from Barska Street (1954), Black Cross (1960) and The Eighth Day of the Week (1958). He was married to Eleanor Griswold, Janina Wieczerzynska and Olga Minska. He died...

9. Jack Chefe

Actor | Spy Hunt

Jack Chefe was born on April 1, 1894 in Kiev, Russian Empire. He was an actor, known for Spy Hunt (1950), I Love Lucy (1951) and The Mad Martindales (1942). He died on December 1, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

10. Jo Swerling

Writer | It's a Wonderful Life

Oscar-nominated Hollywood screenwriter Jo Swerling, who also was a Tony Award-winning Broadway writer and lyricist, was born in Berdichev, Ukraine in what was then the Russian Empire. His family emigrated from Czarist Russia and he grew up on the Lower East Side in New York City.

From a youthful job...

11. Harry Grey

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Real name Harry/Herschel Goldberg. Born in Russia in 1901, son of Israel and Celia Goldberg, emigrated to USA in 1905. Dropped out from schooling at grade 7. Brother of Hyman Goldberg, a syndicated columnist and food critic for the New York Post and author of several books including "Our Man in the...

12. Nudie

Actor | Guns of a Stranger

Nudie was born on December 15, 1902 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Nutya Kotlyrenko. He was an actor, known for Guns of a Stranger (1973), Real Life (1979) and The Jimmy Dean Show (1963). He was married to Helen Barbara "Bobbie" Kruger. He died on May 9, 1984 in Burbank, California, USA.

13. Golda Meir

Actress | Magazine 52

Golda Meir was born on May 3, 1898 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Goldie Mabovitch. She was an actress, known for Magazine 52 (1973), The Simpsons (1989) and Ben Gurion Remembers (1972). She was married to Morris Myerson. She died on December 8, 1978 in Jerusalem, Israel.

15. Viktor Tourjansky

Director | Hôtel des étudiants

Viktor Tourjansky was a Russian film director who emigrated after the communist revolution of 1917, and worked in France, Germany, USA, UK, and Italy.

He was born Viacheslav Konstantinovich Turzhanski on March 4, 1891, in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire (now Kiyiv, Ukraine). Studied painting and art ...

16. Diana Karenne

Actress | Redenzione

Diana Karenne was born in 1888 in Kiev, Russian Empire. She was an actress and director, known for Redenzione (1919), Marie Antoinette - Das Leben einer Königin (1922) and Rasputins Liebesabenteuer (1928). She died on October 14, 1940 in Aachen, Germany.

17. Al Sherman

Soundtrack | Barton Fink

Al Sherman was born into a musical family on 7 September 1897 in Czarist Russia. Father Samuel Sherman fled a Cossack pogrom in 1903, settling in Prague which was then part of Austria-Hungary. Luck turned for Samuel and he landed a job as concertmaster, first violinist and sometimes court composer ...

18. Vladimir Horowitz

Self | Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic

Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz was born on October 1, 1903, in Berdichev (near Kiev), Ukraine (then Russian Empire). His father, named Simeon Horowitz, was an electrical engineer. His mother, named Sophie Horowitz, was a professional pianist and teacher at the Kiev Conservatory. Young Vladimir ...

19. Irène Némirovsky

Writer | Suite Française

She was born in 1903 into a Ukrainian Jewish family, and emigrated to Paris as a young woman. She wrote nine books between 1929 and 1937, one of which was made into a movie ("David Golder", 1930). She became well-known in France, but did not become a French citizen. She converted to Catholicism in ...

20. Sholom Aleichem

Writer | Fiddler on the Roof

Sholom Aleichem (translated from Hebrew as a greeting "Peace be with you") was the pseudonym of Sholom Yakov Rabinovitz. He was born on February 18, 1859, in Pereyaslav near Kiev, Ukraine, in the Russian Empire. His father was a religious scholar and the family was trilingual. After his mother died...

21. Olga Valéry

Actress | Love in the Afternoon

Olga Valéry was born on January 28, 1903 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Olga Timtchenko. She was an actress, known for Love in the Afternoon (1957) and Bang Bang (1967). She died on April 20, 2002 in Sarcelles, Val-d'Oise, France.

22. Michel Michelet

Composer | Voice in the Wind

Between 1912 and 1919, Michelet studied cello and composition in Leipzig and Kiev. Graduated as a professor of music and taught at the Kiev and Vienna Conservatories, before moving to Paris in 1924. Composed film music in France from 1929. Escaped Nazi persecution in 1942 and settled in Los Angeles...

23. Vatslav Dvorzhetsky

Actor | Cherez ternii k zvyozdam

Vatslav Dvorzhetsky was born on August 3, 1910 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Vatslav Janovich Dvorzhetsky. He was an actor, known for To the Stars by Hard Ways (1981), Groza nad Rusyu (1992) and Dead Man's Letters (1986). He died on April 11, 1993 in Nizhnij Novgorod, Russia.

24. Charlie Spivak

Actor | Pin Up Girl

Outstanding lead trumpeter who received financial help from his friend Glenn Miller to start up his first band in 1940. Miller also furnished Spivak's publicity tag line: "The Man who plays the sweetest Trumpet in the World". Charlie had already had a very prolific career as a band sideman, having ...

25. Nicholas Saunders

Actor | Bananas

Nicholas Saunders was born on June 2, 1914 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Nikita Nikolayevich Soussanin. He was an actor, known for Bananas (1971), The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1948) and Daniel (1983). He was married to Gedda Petry. He died on August 16, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

26. Xenia Desni

Actress | Der Turm des Schweigens

Xenia Desni was born on January 19, 1894 in Kiev, Russian Empire. She was an actress, known for The Tower of Silence (1925), Erzherzog Johann (1929) and The Waltz Dream (1925). She died on May 27, 1962 in Roquefort-les-Pins, France.

27. Josef Berne

Director | Mirele Efros

President of Josef Berne Productions.

28. Lewis J. Selznick

Producer | Society Snobs

Lewis J. Selznick, one of the pioneers of studio film production and the father of Oscar-winning Gone with the Wind (1939) producer David O. Selznick, was born Lewis Zeleznik in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire, into a poor Jewish family with 18 children. Selznick migrated to London at the age of 12, ...

29. Igor Youskevitch

Actor | Invitation to the Dance

Igor Youskevitch was born on March 13, 1912 in Kiev, Russian Empire. He was an actor, known for Invitation to the Dance (1956), The Gay Parisian (1941) and Fireside Theatre (1949). He died on June 13, 1994 in New York City, New York, USA.

30. Ilja Ehrenburg

Writer | Komunaris chibukhi

Ilja Ehrenburg was born on January 15, 1891 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Ilja Grigoryevich Ehrenburg. He was a writer, known for Komunaris chibukhi (1929), The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927) and The Pipes (1966). He was married to Ljuba Michailowna Kosinzewa. He died on August 31, 1967 in Moscow, RSFSR, ...

31. Robert Mellin

Soundtrack | Red Heat

Although a number of references believe Robert Mellin to have been born in Surrey, England in 1902, his obituary notices finally clarified that he was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and brought to England as a baby, albeit for a short stay. His father, 39-year-old tailor Joseph Melnikoff together with wife...

32. Samuel Pokrass

Soundtrack | The Legend of Bagger Vance

Russian-born American composer of film scores.

34. Maria Kaniewska

Actress | Bicz bozy

Maria Kaniewska was born on May 27, 1911 in Kiev, Russian Empire. She was an actress and director, known for Bicz bozy (1967), Zaczarowane podwórko (1974) and Lalka (1978). She died on December 11, 2005 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

35. Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya

Actress | V chetverg i bolshe nikogda

Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya was born on December 24, 1908 in Kiev, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire as Lyubov Ivanovna Dobrzhanskaya. She was an actress, known for V chetverg i bolshe nikogda (1978), Uchitel tantsev (1952) and Beware of the Car (1966). She died on November 3, 1980 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

36. Oscar Parland

Writer | Tjurens år

Oscar Parland was born on April 20, 1912 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Oscar Percival Parland. He is known for his work on Tjurens år (1989), Three Secrets (1984) and Den förtrollade vägen (1986). He was married to Heidi Runeberg Enckell. He died on September 27, 1997 in Helsinki, ...

37. Levi Eshkol

Self | Hamilchama al hashalom

Levi Eshkol was born on October 25, 1895 in Oratov, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire as Levi Shkolnik. He was married to Miriam, Rebecca Maharshek and Elisheva Kaplan. He died on February 26, 1969 in Jerusalem, Israel.

38. Lavrenti Masokha

Actor | Po tonkomu ldu

Lavrenti Masokha was born on August 23, 1909 in Khreshchatik, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire as Lavrenti Yemelyanovich Masokha. He was an actor, known for Po tonkomu ldu (1966), Two Soldiers (1943) and Bolshaya zhizn (1939). He died on June 20, 1971 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

39. Igor Sikorsky

Self | The Sikorsky Helicopter

Igor Sikorsky was born on May 24, 1889 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky. He was married to Elisabeth Semion and Olga Fyodorovna Simkovitch. He died on October 26, 1972 in Easton, Connecticut, USA.

41. Aleksandr Vertinskiy

Actor | Zagovor obrechyonnykh

Aleksandr Verrtinsky was a famous Russian actor, singer and songwriter who suffered traumatic experience during the Russian Revolution of 1917, and expressed himself through acting, singing and songwriting. Vertinsky created a cross-genre style of his own, by blending such styles as Russian ...

42. Boleslaw Plotnicki

Actor | Cien

Boleslaw Plotnicki was born on June 17, 1913 in Kiev, Russian Empire. He was an actor, known for Cien (1956), Haslo Korn (1968) and Tylko umarly odpowie (1969). He was married to Klaus, Anna. He died on September 7, 1988 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

45. Alex Melesh

Actor | The Big Broadcast

Alex Melesh was born on October 21, 1890 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Alexander Meleshez. He was an actor, known for The Big Broadcast (1932), The Adventurer (1928) and His Private Life (1928). He was married to Marie Melesh. He died on March 5, 1949 in Hollywood, California, USA.

46. Ina Benita

Actress | Ludzie Wisly

Ina Benita was born on February 1, 1912 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Janina Ferow-Bulhak. She was an actress, known for Ludzie Wisly (1938), Maryjka (1933) and Hanka (1934). She was married to Stanislaw Lipinski and Jerzy Dal-Atan. She died in September 1984 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

47. Benedikt Nord

Actor | Nenavist

Benedikt Nord was born on October 26, 1901 in Brusilov, Radomyshl uyezd, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire as Benedikt Naumovich Levin. He was an actor and assistant director, known for Hatred (1930). He died on October 5, 1965 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

50. Yossele Rosenblatt

Actor | The Jazz Singer

Yossele Rosenblatt was born on May 9, 1882 in Bila Tserkva, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire as Josef Rosenblatt. He was an actor, known for The Jazz Singer (1927), The Voice of Israel (1934) and Halome Ami (1933). He was married to Taube Kaufman and Traube Kaufmann. He died on June 19, 1933 in ...


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