Armenian

Did you know that the wine-culture that has taken the world by a storm was first discovered in a cave in Armenia? Yes, Armenia houses one of the oldest wineries of the world, dating back over 6000 years. And that is not all, for Armenia’s contribution extend to yoghurt and coffee as well, the country being the first to invent both. It was also the first to adopt Christianity as the official state religion and also is home to the first church built in the world. Amusing if this is enough, be prepared to get all the more baffled as Armenians take you by surprise with their works and contribution. The Armenian diaspora is not just limited to their country alone as Armenians have flourished in their adoptive homelands, contributing extensively to business and sport, as well as cultural and political life, post the 1915 genocide. Some of the world’s most famous people of Armenian descent include the reality television star and professional selfie-taker Kim Kardashian, singer and actor Cher (born as Cherilyn Sarkisian), eight Grand slam title holder Andre Agassi, singer and public figure Charles Aznavour, business magnate Kirk Kerkonian, actor Andy Serkis and television presenter David Dickinson. Michael Vartan also has Armenian blood as does Dita Von Teese and Joe Manganiello. Find out more about famous Armenians, their life and their works with this write-up.

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 1 Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 1, 2018

Charles Aznavour was a French-Armenian actor, singer, diplomat, and lyricist. One of France's most famous singers, Aznavour was called the Frank Sinatra of France. One of the best-selling musicians of his generation, Aznavour sold 200 million records. In 1998, CNN named him the Entertainer of the Century. In 2017, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 2 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: January 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

Armenian professional footballer, Henrikh Mkhitaryan ,currently plays for Serie A club Roma and the Armenian national team. He previously played for Pyunik, winning four Armenian Premier League titles with them. Armenia's all-time top goalscorer, he has been named Armenian Footballer of the Year ten times. He is a polyglot and speaks eight languages.

 3 Angela Sarafyan

Angela Sarafyan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenian SSR, USSR [now Armenia]

 4 Mike Connors

Mike Connors
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
Died: January 26, 2017

 5 Sib Hashian

Sib Hashian
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 22, 2017

 6 Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi
Died: May 1, 1978

 7 Shavarsh Karapetyan

Shavarsh Karapetyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Finswimmer
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vanadzor, Armenia
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 8 Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: July 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 9 Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: October 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

 10 Andy Khachaturian

Andy Khachaturian
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Original drummer (1994–1997) of the band System of a Down and founder/lead vocalist (1999–2002) of the alt-progressive rock band The Apex Theory
Birthdate: January 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 11 Nikol Pashinyan

Nikol Pashinyan
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Armenia
Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ijevan, Armenia

Nikol Pashinyan is an Armenian politician and the current prime minister of Armenia. A multi-talented personality, Pashinyan is also an accomplished journalist and editor; he founded his own newspaper in 1998 and edited Haykakan Zhamanak from 1999 to 2012. In 2018, Time magazine included him amongst the four crusaders trying hard to keep the dream of democracy alive.

 12 Tigran Petrosian

Tigran Petrosian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess player, Writer
Birthdate: June 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: August 13, 1984

 13 Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh
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Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: December 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mardin, Turkey
Died: July 13, 2002

 14 Tigranes the Great

Tigranes the Great
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0140 BC
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0055 BC

 15 Arman Tsarukyan

Arman Tsarukyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Akhalkalaki, Georgia

 16 Michael Badalucco

Michael Badalucco
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 17 Anastas Mikoyan

Anastas Mikoyan
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: November 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sanahin, Alaverdi, Armenia
Died: October 21, 1978

Anastas Mikoyan was an Armenian Communist revolutionary. He was an Old Bolshevik. He held several high governmental posts during Joseph Stalin’s rule but began to lose favor towards the end of his regime. He once again regained his power during Nikita Khrushchev’s rule and served as the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet. He also wrote several memoirs.  

 18 Akim Tamiroff

Akim Tamiroff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tiflis or Baku, Russian Empire
Died: September 17, 1972

 19 Patrik Baboumian

Patrik Baboumian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Strongman
Birthdate: July 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Abadan, Iran

Known as the world’s strongest vegan, Iranian-born German-Armenian strongman Patrik Baboumian has won many bodybuilding titles, such as that of the Strongest Man of Germany. He is also known for his appearance in the Netflix documentary The Game Changers, which promotes plant-based diets, and has campaigned for PETA.

 20 Arthur Abraham

Arthur Abraham
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

 21 Giorgio Petrosyan

Giorgio Petrosyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: December 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

 22 Ara Malikian

Ara Malikian
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: violinist, musician
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Beirut

 23 Mesrop Mashtots

Mesrop Mashtots
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: 0362 AD
Birthplace: Hatzikk, Armenia
Died: February 17, 0440

 24 Vartapet Komitas

Vartapet Komitas
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kütahya
Died: October 22, 1935

 25 Simon Abkarian

Simon Abkarian
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gonesse, Val d'Oise, France

 26 Iveta Mukuchyan

Iveta Mukuchyan
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

 27 Dan Janjigian

Dan Janjigian
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 28 Sayat-Nova

Sayat-Nova
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 14, 1712
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: September 22, 1795

 29 Karen Darabedyan

Karen Darabedyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: December 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Armenian SSR, Soviet Union

 30 Val Avery

Val Avery
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 12, 2009

 31 Marat Grigorian

Marat Grigorian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: May 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Talin, Armenia

 32 Vazgen Sargsyan

Vazgen Sargsyan
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ararat, Armenia
Died: October 27, 1999

 33 Ryan Boatright

Ryan Boatright
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois, United States

 34 Vic Darchinyan

Vic Darchinyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vanadzor, Armenia

 35 Artur Aleksanyan

Artur Aleksanyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gyumri, Armenia

 36 Gokor Chivichyan

Gokor Chivichyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Judoka
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

 37 Taven Bryan

Taven Bryan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: March 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Casper, Wyoming, United States

 38 Georgi Karakhanyan

Georgi Karakhanyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: May 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

 39 Aras Özbiliz

Aras Özbiliz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player - Winger
Birthdate: March 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bakırköy, İstanbul, Turkey

 40 Samvel Yervinyan

Samvel Yervinyan
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician, Composer, Violinist
Birthdate: January 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yerevan

 41 Saint Gregory Narekatzi

Saint Gregory Narekatzi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0950 AD
Birthplace: Yemişlik, Turkey
Died: 1003 AD

 42 Leo V the Armenian

Leo V the Armenian
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Famous As: Emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 813 to 820
Birthdate: 0775 AD
Birthplace: Armenia
Died: December 25, 0820

 43 Andranik Ozanian

Andranik Ozanian
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Armenian military commander
Birthdate: February 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Şebinkarahisar
Died: August 31, 1927

 44 Rouben Mamoulian

Rouben Mamoulian
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: October 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: December 4, 1987

 45 Tiridates III of Armenia

Tiridates III of Armenia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0250 AD
Birthplace: Armenia
Died: 0330 AD

 46 Tigran L. Petrosian

Tigran L. Petrosian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: September 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

 47 Anna Chicherova

Anna Chicherova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: July 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yerevan

Anna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper who won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She has also won medals at World Championships, which includes a gold and silver medal. She is the third female high jumper to win medals at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games. She also holds the Russian national record (2.07 meters).

 48 Karo Parisyan

Karo Parisyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

 49 Hovhannes Tumanyan

Hovhannes Tumanyan
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 19, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lori Province, Armenia
Died: March 23, 1923

 50 Anna Hakobyan

Anna Hakobyan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: February 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia