The Portuguese among us? There are lots of famous Americans of Portuguese lineage. From Katy Perry to Jonny Gomes: Just a few we wanted to point out:
Katy Perry (1984–), singer and songwriter- who is “Azorean” with roots in Horta, Faial, according to the Huffington Post. Katy Perry, who was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, adopted “Perry” from her mother’s maiden name of “Pereira”. “The Perry branch of her family is of Portuguese origin (more specifically, Azorean). Three of her great-great-grandparents hailed from the Azores and it’s Horta that gets the bragging rights for her Perry origins” — reports the Huffington Post.
Jonny Gomes (born November 22, 1980) is a professional baseball player on the Red Sox. Gomes was born and raised in California, and is of Portuguese ancestry.
Devin Star Tailes (born July 2, 1989), better known as Dev (sometimes stylized as DEV), an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Dev is of Portuguese and Mexican descent
Tom Hanks, (1956– ), Academy Award-winning American actor, voice-over man and movie producer, his mother was of Portuguese descent.
Meredith Vieira, (1953– ), Host of NBC's Today and the syndicated game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. All four of her grandparents came from the Azores: 3 from Faial, 1 from S. Miguel.
Keanu Reeves, (1964– ), Best known for his role as Neo in the action film trilogy The Matrix. Portuguese and Native Hawaiian descent.
James Franco, (1978– ), Actor (including the Spider-Man films), director, screenwriter, and film producer, paternal grandfather was of Portuguese descent
Nuno Bettencourt, (1966– ), Guitarist for Extreme. Remember the Portuguese flag on the piano?
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