History Main / PlaysGreatEthnics

29th Nov '16 6:03:54 AM Ulysses21
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* Sudanese-English actor [[OverlyLongName Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi]] (better known as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Alexander Siddig]]) is a preferred choice for characters from anywhere in the Arab world or greater Middle East, especially if you don't want a [[AcceptableEthnicTargets terrorist]]. He also played the Carthaginian Hannibal, although that's not actually that much of a stretch (more like having a Spaniard play a Roman than play, say, an Indian), and the fictional-but-Spanish-like [[Series/GameOfThrones Prince Doran Martell of Dorne]].

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* Sudanese-English actor [[OverlyLongName Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi]] (better known as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Alexander Siddig]]) Creator/AlexanderSiddig) is a preferred choice for characters from anywhere in the Arab world or greater Middle East, especially if you don't want a [[AcceptableEthnicTargets terrorist]]. He also played the Carthaginian Hannibal, although that's not actually that much of a stretch (more like having a Spaniard play a Roman than play, say, an Indian), and the fictional-but-Spanish-like [[Series/GameOfThrones Prince Doran Martell of Dorne]].
25th Nov '16 6:48:30 AM Guillotine
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* Reece Ritchie, an Englishman of partial South-African descent, has played Iraqi, Greek, Indian, Iranian, Minoan, Australian, Persian, Israeli and Egyptian characters.
9th Nov '16 4:53:42 PM SuddenFrost
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* Creator/TonyShalhoub was born in Wisconsin but has a Lebanese background. Hollywood doesn't need too many Lebanese characters so why not branch out to Italian characters when you have the looks? Often, his characters' ethnic backgrounds are intentionally vague - but definitely somewhat foreign ([[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''). [[Series/{{Monk}} Adrian Monk]] is of Welsh ancestry, in case you wondered.

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* Creator/TonyShalhoub was born in Wisconsin but has a Lebanese background. Hollywood doesn't need too many Lebanese characters (although he did play one in ''Film/TheSiege'') so why not branch out to Italian characters when you have the looks? Often, his characters' ethnic backgrounds are intentionally vague - but definitely somewhat foreign ([[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''). [[Series/{{Monk}} Adrian Monk]] is of Welsh ancestry, in case you wondered.



* Sudanese-English actor Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi (better known as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Alexander Siddig]]) is a preferred choice for characters from anywhere in the Arab world or greater Middle East, especially if you don't want a [[AcceptableEthnicTargets terrorist]]. He also played the Carthaginian Hannibal, although that's not actually that much of a stretch (more like having a Spaniard play a Roman than play, say, an Indian), and the fictional-but-Spanish-like [[Series/GameOfThrones Prince Doran Martell of Dorne]].

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* Sudanese-English actor [[OverlyLongName Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi Mahdi]] (better known as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Alexander Siddig]]) is a preferred choice for characters from anywhere in the Arab world or greater Middle East, especially if you don't want a [[AcceptableEthnicTargets terrorist]]. He also played the Carthaginian Hannibal, although that's not actually that much of a stretch (more like having a Spaniard play a Roman than play, say, an Indian), and the fictional-but-Spanish-like [[Series/GameOfThrones Prince Doran Martell of Dorne]].
1st Aug '16 12:15:11 PM ChronoLegion
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* Olek Krupa, born in Poland, typically plays all manner of Eastern European characters.
1st Aug '16 12:11:58 PM ChronoLegion
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* Rade Serbedzija, the actor who played Boris the Blade in ''{{Snatch}}'', is Croatian, but he's the go-to guy for characters from anywhere in Eastern Europe, whether they're evil or not.

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* Rade Serbedzija, the actor who played Boris the Blade (Uzbekistani, although frequently simply called Russian) in ''{{Snatch}}'', is Croatian, but he's the go-to guy for characters from anywhere in Eastern Europe, whether they're evil or not.
8th Jul '16 8:32:33 PM Adept
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* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0193295/ Cliff Curtis]], a Maori from New Zealand, has played characters who are Latin American from multiple countries, Egyptian, [[Film/TheMajestic Saudi]], [[Film/ThreeKings Iraqi]], [[TheLastAirbender Spanish]], [[Film/AThousandWords Indian]], African American and Chechen in addition to Maori.

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* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0193295/ Cliff Curtis]], a Maori from New Zealand, has played characters who are Latin American from multiple countries, Egyptian, [[Film/TheMajestic Saudi]], [[Film/ThreeKings Iraqi]], [[TheLastAirbender [[Film/TheLastAirbender Spanish]], [[Film/AThousandWords Indian]], African American and Chechen in addition to Maori.
26th Jun '16 7:58:12 PM sayaleviathan
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* Keisha Castle-Hughes is a New Zealander with Polynesian roots and her roles are usually American, Australian, European, [[Film/TheNativityStory Hebrew]] and [[Series/GameOfThrones Dornish]].


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* Israeli actress Creator/GalGadot usually played as a European, American and recently, a Greek Amazonian BadassPrincess [[Comicbook/WonderWoman superheroine]].


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* Creator/JasonMomoa has Polynesian ancestry and has played several mixed raced characters. His latest roles are [[Series/GameOfThrones the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo]] and the King of Atlantis Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} who is blonde and Caucasian in the comics.


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* Creator/IndiraVarma is half-Indian, half-Swiss with Italian ancestry and usually played characters who are in the Mediterranean area.
18th Jun '16 8:02:04 PM Teysa
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* Nepalese-Ukrainian actress Amrita Acharia, who played the Dothraki handmaiden Irri on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' for two seasons, describes herself on her Twitter page as "ambiguously foreign".
* Creator/JoaquimdeAlmeida is Portuguese, but has also played Mexicans, [[Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo Frenchmen]], [[Film/OnlyYou Italians]], Englishmen and Brazilians. Given that Portugal and Brazil speak the same language, he did a much better accent in [[Franchise/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast Five]] than Creator/ElsaPataky, a Spaniard of Romanian ancestry.



* Indian-born American actor Creator/ErickAvari has made a career out of this: he's played British characters, Arab characters (even an ''alien'' arab in the original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie and the [[Series/StargateSG1 follow-up TV show]]), Egyptians, Russians, Spaniards, and so on. He's even occasionally played the odd American here or there. TheOtherWiki, in point of fact, says that he's "portrayed representatives of more than 24 different nationalities".

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* Indian-born American actor Creator/ErickAvari has made a career out of this: he's played British characters, Arab characters (even an ''alien'' arab Arab in the original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie and the [[Series/StargateSG1 follow-up TV show]]), Egyptians, Russians, Spaniards, and so on. He's even occasionally played the odd American here or there. TheOtherWiki, in point of fact, says that he's "portrayed representatives of more than 24 different nationalities".nationalities".
* Justin Baldoni is an Italian Jew who mostly plays Arabs and [[LatinLover Latin Lovers]] (most notably Rafael Solano on Series/JaneTheVirgin).



* Creator/CharlesBronson was often cast as Native Americans in various Westerns (''Apache'', ''Run of the Arrow'') before becoming a star. His StarMakingRole, of course, came playing the Mexican-Irish Bernardo O'Reilly in ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''.
** Also applies to Bronson's costar, Eli Wallach. His film debut was ''Film/BabyDoll'' playing a Sicilian gangster; he played a Mexican bandit in not only ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' but ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''; an Asian warlord in ''Literature/LordJim''; another Italian-American crime boss in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartIII''. Wallach seemed to play every ethnicity except his actual Jewish-American background.



* Chinese-American actress Melissa Marsala is perhaps best known for her recurring role as a Puerto Rican on Series/SixFeetUnder. In addition to countless [[SpicyLatina Spicy Latinas]], she also played Toby's Greek-American personal assistant on Series/TheWestWing, the sister of a Mafia goon on Series/TheSopranos, and a black woman pretending to be white on {{Series/Angel}}. (She would rather you not mention her [[IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney sordid past]] as a [[Series/VanPires crime-fighting vampire robot]].)
* Canadian actress Creator/TatianaMaslany has Ukrainian, Polish, German, Austrian, and Romanian ancestry, amongst others. Amongst the nationalities she's played include American, English, German, Ukrainian, and Finnish. In ''[[Series/OrphanBlack a single series]]''. [[spoiler:The fact that all of her characters are clones helps explain their similar appearances somewhat]], but Maslany could credibly pass for any of these nationalities, which also helps make it more believable.



* Italian-British actor Carlo Rota made a career out of playing Hispanics, and even played a Lebanese Muslim in ''Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie''.



* Woody Strode, African-American football player-turned-actor, was cast as Native Americans or other ethnicities in a curious number of films, perhaps most egregiously playing a Mongol warlord in Creator/JohnFord's ''Seven Women''. Admittedly, Strode was part-Cherokee so the former's somewhat justified.



* Creator/JoaquimdeAlmeida is Portuguese, but has also played [[Film/Desperado Mexicans]], [[Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo Frenchmen]], [[Film/OnlyYou Italians]], Englishmen and Brazilians. Given that Portugal and Brazil speak the same language, he did a much better accent in [[Franchise/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast Five]] than Creator/Elsa Pataky, a Spaniard of Romanian ancestry.
* Creator/CharlesBronson was often cast as Native Americans in various Westerns (''Apache'', ''Run of the Arrow'') before becoming a star. His StarMakingRole, of course, came playing the Mexican-Irish Bernardo O'Reilly in ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''.
* Also applies to Bronson's costar, Eli Wallach. His film debut was ''Film/BabyDoll'' playing a Sicilian gangster; he played a Mexican bandit in not only ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' but ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''; an Asian warlord in ''Literature/LordJim''; another Italian-American crime boss in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartIII''. Wallach seemed to play every ethnicity except his actual Jewish-American background.
* Woody Strode, African-American football player-turned-actor, was cast as Native Americans or other ethnicities in a curious number of films, perhaps most egregiously playing a Mongol warlord in Creator/JohnFord's ''Seven Women''. Admittedly, Strode was part-Cherokee so the former's somewhat justified.
* Nepalese-Ukrainian actress Amrita Acharia, who played the Dothraki handmaiden Irri on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' for two seasons, describes herself on her Twitter page as "ambiguously foreign".
* Canadian actress Creator/TatianaMaslany has Ukrainian, Polish, German, Austrian, and Romanian ancestry, amongst others. Amongst the nationalities she's played include American, English, German, Ukrainian, and what appears to be an as-yet-unspecified Nordic country. In ''[[Series/OrphanBlack a single series]]''. [[spoiler:The fact that all of her characters are clones helps explain their similar appearances somewhat]], but Maslany could credibly pass for any of these nationalities, which also helps make it more believable.
22nd May '16 1:25:33 PM lakingsif
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* Subverted by Rashida Jones. She is the daughter of the Black musician Quincy Jones and the Ashkenazi Jewish actress Peggy Lipton and looks like she could play any kind of ethnicity except East Asian. However, her most famous roles (Karen Filippelli in ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' and Ann Perkins in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'') have simply been AmbiguouslyBrown blends ethnically and emphatically American nationally.

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* Subverted by Rashida Jones.Creator/RashidaJones. She is the daughter of the Black musician Quincy Jones and the Ashkenazi Jewish actress Peggy Lipton and looks like she could play any kind of ethnicity except East Asian. However, her most famous roles (Karen Filippelli in ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' and Ann Perkins in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'') have simply been AmbiguouslyBrown blends ethnically and emphatically American nationally.
22nd Apr '16 3:07:35 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Often these actors were originally successful abroad before they were discovered by Hollywood. Might result in ClassicallyTrainedExtra. Some have achieved HeyItsThatGuy status. May be played with by having the character himself be

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Often these actors were originally successful abroad before they were discovered by Hollywood. Might result in ClassicallyTrainedExtra. Some have achieved HeyItsThatGuy status. May be played with by having the character himself be



* Creator/TonyShalhoub was born in Wisconsin but has a Lebanese background. Hollywood doesn't need too many Lebanese characters so why not branch out to Italian characters when you have the looks? Often, his characters' ethnic backgrounds are intentionally vague - but definitely somewhat foreign ([[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''). [[Series/{{Monk}} Adrian Monk]] is of Welsh ancestry, in case you wondered. For a more complete breakdown of Shalhoub's roles see HeyItsThatGuy.

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* Creator/TonyShalhoub was born in Wisconsin but has a Lebanese background. Hollywood doesn't need too many Lebanese characters so why not branch out to Italian characters when you have the looks? Often, his characters' ethnic backgrounds are intentionally vague - but definitely somewhat foreign ([[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''). [[Series/{{Monk}} Adrian Monk]] is of Welsh ancestry, in case you wondered. For a more complete breakdown of Shalhoub's roles see HeyItsThatGuy.
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