Famous Americans with German Roots
Take a look at some famous Americans who were actually born in Germany.
Nouman Ali Khan – Muslim Speaker
Place of birth: Berlin.
Nouman Ali Khan is a famous muslim speaker and founder of the Bayyinah Institute for Arabic and Qur’anic Studies. His father worked for the Pakistani embassy in Germany when Nouman Ali Khan was born. He also spent his first few school years in Germany. Later on, the family moved to Saudi-Arabia and the US.
Peter Thiel – Investor (co-founder of PayPal)
Place of birth: Frankfurt.
Peter Thiels parents are both German. His father is a German chemical engineer called Klaus Friedrich Thiel. The family moved to the US when Peter Thiel was one year old. The investor and co-founder of PayPal is holding German, US and New Zealand citizenship.
Henry Kissinger – Political Scientist
Place of birth: Fürth.
Political scientist and former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger was born in Fürth, Germany in 1923 to prosperous Jewish parents. Henry Kissingers family moved to New York when Kissinger was 15 years old.
He is one of the most prominent political figures in the US. Same as Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock, he speaks fluent German with a franconian dialect.
The German spa town Bad Kissingen is named after his great-great grandfather.
Briana Banks – Porn Star
Place of birth: Munich.
Briana Banks is a porn star born to a German father and an American father in Munich. When she was seven years old, the family first moved from England to the US.
Bruce Willis – Actor
Place of birth: Idar-Oberstein.
Hollywood actor Bruce Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, to a German mother called Marlene and an American father, who was a soldier at that time. He spent the first two years of his life in Germany before the family moved to the US.
One of Bruce Willis German relatives is Wilfried Gliem, who is part of a quite famous German music group called Wildecker Herzbuben. He is the husband of one of Bruce Willis mothers cousins.
Since 2007, he is special ambassador of Idar-Oberstein.