Armenia is an ancient country with a historical and cultural heritage of about 3000 years. From ancient times till now, there have been many wars and tragedies. After the Armenian Genocide in 1915, many Armenians left their homeland and found shelter in various countries of the world. They had their contribution to those countries, and many of them became well-known professionals. I made a list of 9 Armenians about whom you might have heard for their talent and fame.
- Serj Tankian
He is the lead singer of the band System of a Down. He was born in Lebanon and moved to the USA at the age of 5. He is one of the best vocalists in heavy metal. In 2006, Hit Parader included him on their list of “Top 100 Heavy Metal vocalists”. He has founded Axis of Justice, a non-profit political organization.
2. Andy Serkis
He is an actor, producer, and director. His mother was British and his father was Armenian. He is well-known for his voice work computer-generated characters. He is the Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”, King Kong in Peter Jackson’s remake, Caesar (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), and Supreme Leader Snoke (“Star Wars”). Recently, he also portrayed Baloo in his self-directed movie “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle”.
3. Hovhannes Adamian
He is considered one of the founders of color television. He was born in 1879 to an Armenian family in Baku. Later he moved to Switzerland to study engineering. He authored more than 20 inventions. He developed the tricolor principle, which was used later to create color television.
Cherilyn Sarkisian is a singer, actress, and television personality who has been called the Goddess of Pop by the media. Her father was an Armenian-American. The multi-award winner became popular with her song “I got you babe” in 1965. Her awards include Emmy, Grammy, Cannes Film Festival Award, Academy Award, etc.
5. Kim Kardashian
Kim is a reality television star and businesswoman. She has hundreds of millions of followers on Twitter and Instagram. In 2015, Time magazine included her on their list of “100 Most influential people”. In the same year, she was the highest-paid reality television star. She has founded KKW Beauty, KKW Fragrance, and a shapewear company, Skims.
6. Charles Aznavour
He was a French-Armenian chanson singer and actor. He became famous when Edith Piaf asked him to accompany her on her tour. CNN and Time Online called him the entertainer of the century in 1998. He has recorded over 1200 songs and has written over 1000 songs. Moreover, he sold about 200 million records during his career. His most famous songs include “Le chemin de l’éternité”, “La bohème”, “She”, “Yersterday When I was Young”, “Non je n’ai rien oublié”, etc.
7. Garry Kasparov
Kasparov, a former world chess champion, is one of the greatest chess players of all time. He was born to a Russian-Jewish-Armenian family. He is the youngest ever World Chess Champion as he became a champion when he was only 22. He ranked as the world’s No. 1 chess player from 1984 till 2005. He held the highest rating of 2851, which was only surpassed by Magnus Carlsen in 2013.
8. Kirk Kerkorian
He was a businessman, philanthropist, and investor. He was the CEO of Tracinda, an American private investment corporation. In 1979, he purchased the movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He had a significant contribution to building Las Vegas. Three times he has built the world’s largest hotel in Las Vegas. He was called the “father of mega-resort”. He was ranked the 10th largest donor in the US by Time magazine.
9. Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi, a retired tennis player and a former world No. 1, was born in the USA to an Armenian father and an American mother. He was the first male tennis player who won all four Grand Slam tournaments on three different surfaces. He won the French Open and The Australian Open. No other American has done it ever since him. Agassi founded Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation that helped children at risk in Southern Nevada.