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14th Jun '18 1:48:36 PM PiDa
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* In ''Literature/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', it's stated that Liquid's part-Japanese ethnicity allowed him to pass for Turkish during his spy work.
24th May '18 12:51:12 AM PaulA
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* Creator/JoaquimdeAlmeida is Portuguese, but has also played Mexicans, [[Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo2002 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.

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* Creator/JoaquimdeAlmeida Creator/JoaquimDeAlmeida is Portuguese, but has also played Mexicans, [[Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo2002 [[Theatre/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.
24th May '18 12:49:26 AM PaulA
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* 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.

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* Creator/JoaquimdeAlmeida is Portuguese, but has also played Mexicans, [[Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo [[Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo2002 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.
19th May '18 4:37:43 PM Rotide
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** Fred Armisen plays characters of nearly every race on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', most notably UsefulNotes/BarackObama. He's half Venezuelan, one-quarter German, and one-quarter Japanese. A ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' episode in which he played a Venezuelan delegate is probably the closest he's ever been to playing his real nationality.

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** Fred Armisen plays characters of nearly every race on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', most notably UsefulNotes/BarackObama. He's half Venezuelan, one-quarter German, and one-quarter Japanese.Korean. A ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' episode in which he played a Venezuelan delegate is probably the closest he's ever been to playing his real nationality.
15th May '18 8:59:29 PM professionalsweetheart
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* Noble Johnson was an African-American actor who, from UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfHollywood through the late '40s, portrayed not only characters of African descent, but also American Indians, Mexicans, Arabs, Polynesians, and at least two Eastern Europeans, often using makeup of his own design.
12th May '18 7:36:01 PM Premonition45
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* Creator/ZacharyQuinto is an American of Irish and Italian ancestry. His characters have been Iranian, Greek, and his most famous role is a half-human [[Film/StarTrek alien]]. That said, the alien is also half-American and possibly of Irish ancestry,[[note]]"Grayson", the alien's human mother's surname, is either Scottish or Irish[[/note]] and his ''[[Series/{{Heroes}} second]]''-most famous role had him play an American who also may have been of Irish ancestry.[[note]]"Gray" could be from anywhere in the British Isles.[[/note]]

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* Creator/ZacharyQuinto is an American of Irish and Italian ancestry. His characters have been Iranian, Greek, and his most famous role is a half-human [[Film/StarTrek alien]]. That said, the alien is also half-American and possibly of Irish Scottish ancestry,[[note]]"Grayson", the alien's human mother's surname, is either Scottish or Irish[[/note]] Irish, with ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' implying that he's descended from Scottish author Creator/ArthurConanDoyle[[/note]] and his ''[[Series/{{Heroes}} second]]''-most famous role had him play an American who also may have been of Irish ancestry.[[note]]"Gray" could be from anywhere in the British Isles.[[/note]]
2nd May '18 12:18:07 PM hullflyer
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* Actor Coby Bell, of Series/ThirdWatch and Series/BurnNotice is biracial, and was specifically selected for the role of Jesse on Burn Notice so they would have a character who could plausibly pretend to be from a variety of ethnic backgrounds - a handy ability for a spy.
25th Mar '18 10:49:06 AM nombretomado
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* Warner Oland played a number of East Asian characters by wearing {{Yellowface}} including Literature/FuManchu and CharlieChan.

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* Warner Oland played a number of East Asian characters by wearing {{Yellowface}} including Literature/FuManchu and CharlieChan.Film/CharlieChan.
25th Mar '18 10:47:11 AM nombretomado
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* Jewish Austro-Hungarian actor Creator/PeterLorre seldom ever played an actual Austro-Hungarian or Jewish character during the height of his career. He was usually cast as ambiguously foreign. One of his first starring roles was as a Japanese CharlieChan rip-off named Mr. Moto. He also played Le Chiffre in the 1954 TV version of ''Literature/CasinoRoyale''.

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* Jewish Austro-Hungarian actor Creator/PeterLorre seldom ever played an actual Austro-Hungarian or Jewish character during the height of his career. He was usually cast as ambiguously foreign. One of his first starring roles was as a Japanese CharlieChan Film/CharlieChan rip-off named Mr. Moto. He also played Le Chiffre in the 1954 TV version of ''Literature/CasinoRoyale''.
25th Mar '18 12:31:58 AM darkemyst
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* 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''.
* 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.
* Creator/YulBrynner (of Swiss, Russian and Siberian ancestry) played [[Theatre/TheKingAndI King Mongkut of Siam]], [[Film/TheTenCommandments Pharaoh Ramses of Egypt]], [[Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov a Russian]], [[Film/TheMagnificentSeven a Cajun]], a Native American chief, a Cossack, a Mexican, and many other "ethnic" roles.

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* 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''.
''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]''.
* Eli Wallach. His film debut was ''Film/BabyDoll'' playing a Sicilian gangster; he played a Mexican bandit in not only ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'' 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.
* Creator/YulBrynner (of Swiss, Russian and Siberian ancestry) played [[Theatre/TheKingAndI King Mongkut of Siam]], [[Film/TheTenCommandments Pharaoh Ramses of Egypt]], [[Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov a Russian]], [[Film/TheMagnificentSeven [[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 a Cajun]], a Native American chief, a Cossack, a Mexican, and many other "ethnic" roles.
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