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TV time 01-29-2014 05:21 PM

Actors who played many nationalities
 
The guy that played the most had to be Anthony Quinn.

Off the top of my head I can name about eight that the Mexican/American actor portrayed.

Arab -- Lawrence of Arabia
Mexican - Viva Zapata
Greek - Zorba the Greek
Italian - The Salamander
Native American - They Died with Their Boots on
Spanish - Seven Cities of Gold
North African - Road to Morocco
Filippino - Back to Bataan
French - Lust for Life
American - The Happening (the first one)
(Yes, I know he doubled or tripled with many of these)

I also remember him playing at least two Asians, a Polynesian and I think a couple of South Americans but I am not sure.

I imagine there were a number of other actors who qualify with at least five, but who are they?

Sefton 01-29-2014 06:13 PM

My first thought was Jürgen Prochnow, who has played good guys and bad guys of every nationality. Let's see...

German -- Das Boot
Hungarian -- The Fall
Russian -- The Fourth War
Kazakhstani -- Air Force One
Calladan -- Dune
Scottish -- Macbeth
American -- In the Mouth of Madness
British -- Robin Hood
French -- The Da Vinci Code

That's all I can come up with for now.

Dale Sams 01-29-2014 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TV time (Post 17058701)
The guy that played the most had to be Anthony Quinn.

Off the top of my head I can name about eight that the Mexican/American actor portrayed.

Arab -- Lawrence of Arabia
Mexican - Viva Zapata
Greek - Zorba the Greek
Italian - The Salamander
Native American - They Died with Their Boots on
Spanish - Seven Cities of Gold
North African - Road to Morocco
Filippino - Back to Bataan
French - Lust for Life
American - The Happening (the first one)
(Yes, I know he doubled or tripled with many of these)

I also remember him playing at least two Asians, a Polynesian and I think a couple of South Americans but I am not sure.

I imagine there were a number of other actors who qualify with at least five, but who are they?

And he played Barabbas

garygnu 01-29-2014 06:19 PM

Peter Stormare has played German, French, Italian, Russian, Swedish, and I'm sure plenty of other assorted European nationalities. I don't have the time to document them all.

Ethilrist 01-29-2014 06:20 PM

My first thought was Erick Avari. Not sure what he's played in most of his movies; I imagine they're mostly "various middle-eastern" (it's a lot harder to figure out now that he's playing characters with names, rather than "Libyan Ambassador"), but:

Greek: Daredevil
Indian: Heroes
Alien: Stargate
Alien: Star Trek: Enterprise
Ape: Planet of the Apes
Pakistan: The West Wing
Egyptian: The Mummy
Bajoran: Star Trek: DS9
Libya: Seaquest
Alien: Star Trek: Next Generation
French: Nothing Lasts Forever

nevadaexile 01-29-2014 06:22 PM

Cliff Curtis, an ethnically Maori New Zealander has portrayed:
  1. Arabs - Three Kings, Crossing Over
  2. Latinos - Training Day, Blow
  3. East Indians - A Thousand Words
  4. Other Polynesians - Rapa Nui
  5. Central Asians -Traffic

Reference

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0193295/

The Other Waldo Pepper 01-29-2014 06:25 PM

To quote me in another thread: in between famously playing Khan Singh on the small screen and the big screen, Ricardo Montalban got an Emmy for playing the other kind of Indian in How The West Was Won after passing himself off as Japanese in the Oscar-winning Sayonara and, apparently, getting nominated for a Tony playing a black dude in Jamaica. He'd play an Arab. He'd play a Frenchman. Greek? Check. Mexican? Of course.

thelurkinghorror 01-29-2014 06:35 PM

Ben Kingsley has to win some award.

Khan was supposed to be a mutt, and weren't the Stargate guys essentially human, except for the parasites? Avari is of course one of the few Parsi semi-famous people.

Rick Kitchen 01-29-2014 06:46 PM

Cliff Curtis, an ethnically Maori New Zealander has portrayed:
  1. Arabs - Three Kings, Crossing Over
  2. Latinos - Training Day, Blow
  3. East Indians - A Thousand Words
  4. Other Polynesians - Rapa Nui
  5. Central Asians -Traffic

6- Maori in Whalerider and Genesis
7-Generic American in the TV series Missing
8-Something Slavic as Reuben Palchuk in the TV series Trauma
9-Nonspecific cave man in 10,000 BC

Dale Sams 01-29-2014 06:47 PM

Gary Oldman:

English
American
Transylvanian
Danish (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead)
Russian

Female is probably Meryl Streep

Aspidistra 01-29-2014 07:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thelurkinghorror (Post 17058892)
Ben Kingsley has to win some award.

Khan was supposed to be a mutt, and weren't the Stargate guys essentially human, except for the parasites? Avari is of course one of the few Parsi semi-famous people.

Looking at IMDB I can see for Kingsley:

English
French
Italian
Polish
Greek
German
Austrian
Indian
Persian
Israeli

I'm probably missing some there.

The Other Waldo Pepper 01-29-2014 07:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thelurkinghorror (Post 17058892)
Khan was supposed to be a mutt

Cite?

On the show, Lieutenant McGivers takes one look at the guy and figures him for the Northern India area -- probably a Sikh, she adds. I don't recall her offering any other comments on the matter; she just paints a turban-wearing Khan Singh while nobody else comments on the guy's ethnicity.

nevadaexile 01-29-2014 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rick Kitchen (Post 17058923)
Cliff Curtis, an ethnically Maori New Zealander has portrayed:
  1. Arabs - Three Kings, Crossing Over
  2. Latinos - Training Day, Blow
  3. East Indians - A Thousand Words
  4. Other Polynesians - Rapa Nui
  5. Central Asians -Traffic

6- Maori in Whalerider and Genesis
7-Generic American in the TV series Missing
8-Something Slavic as Reuben Palchuk in the TV series Trauma
9-Nonspecific cave man in 10,000 BC

I stated that he IS ethnically Maori so he really isn't portraying something that he already is when he is portraying a Maori.

ElvisL1ves 01-29-2014 07:32 PM

Yul Brynner:

American white guy (Magnificent Seven)
Italian (Death Rage)
Robot (Futureworld, Westworld)
Russian (The Serpent)
Thai (The King and I)
Mexican (Adios Sabata)
French (The Madwoman of Chaillot)
Polish (Romance of a Horsethief)
Argentinian (The Light at the Edge of the World)
Bosnian (The Battle of Neretva)
Indian (The Long Duel)
German (Triple Cross)
Israeli (Cast a Giant Shadow)
Japanese (Flight from Ashiya)
Native American (Kings of the Sun)
Ukrainian (Taras Bulba)
Arab (Escape from Zahrain)
Nubian (Solomon and Sheba)
Egyptian (The Ten Commandments)

The Other Waldo Pepper 01-29-2014 07:36 PM

Tony Shalhoub played Lebanese-American Frank Haddad in The Siege after playing an Italian immigrant on Wings and a Russian immigrant in Paulie before getting his big break as Adrian Monk, who wiki sez is of Welsh ancestry; just make sure to factor in all the times he played someone named "Jorge" or "Sanz," and then add a bonus point for playing Kwan playing Chen on GalaxyQuest.

cjepson 01-29-2014 08:10 PM

I'm guessing Eli Wallach might make the list, but I don't know his career well enough to provide details.

ZipperJJ 01-29-2014 09:01 PM

I first saw Carlo Rota playing a Lebanese(?) Muslim guy on Little Mosque on the Prairie and then saw him on 24 as a guy named O'Brian. I see in his credit he's also been a Russian, but I haven't seen too many of his other works to be able to give a full list. Anyone?

Peanuthead 01-29-2014 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TV time (Post 17058701)
The guy that played the most had to be Anthony Quinn.

Off the top of my head I can name about eight that the Mexican/American actor portrayed.

Arab -- Lawrence of Arabia
Mexican - Viva Zapata
Greek - Zorba the Greek
Italian - The Salamander
Native American - They Died with Their Boots on
Spanish - Seven Cities of Gold
North African - Road to Morocco
Filippino - Back to Bataan
French - Lust for Life
American - The Happening (the first one)
(Yes, I know he doubled or tripled with many of these)

I also remember him playing at least two Asians, a Polynesian and I think a couple of South Americans but I am not sure.

I imagine there were a number of other actors who qualify with at least five, but who are they?

And I'll add one more. He played an Eskimo in The Savage Innocents.

The Other Waldo Pepper 01-29-2014 09:53 PM

Take a look at Leonard Nimoy's non-Spock credits some time: Chief Black Hawk, Karlo Rozwadowski, Nino Baselicce, Indio Ramirez, and on through from Mippipopolous to Mermelstein: he's a Van Gogh, he's a Kennedy; he's Werner, he's Vladeck; he's playing a Turkish role as Achmet, or he's billed simply as "evil Moroccan magician".

(And that's not even counting his work on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, where there's no episode unless he's believable as a Japanese kabuki performer or whatever.)

thelurkinghorror 01-29-2014 10:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Other Waldo Pepper (Post 17058984)
Cite?

On the show, Lieutenant McGivers takes one look at the guy and figures him for the Northern India area -- probably a Sikh, she adds. I don't recall her offering any other comments on the matter; she just paints a turban-wearing Khan Singh while nobody else comments on the guy's ethnicity.

No? I don't speak Trek. I got the impression that some selective breeding or gene combination occurred, and I doubt they'd go out of their way to only pick one ethnicity. But I'll note that maybe they messed with embryos, and that WoK/other sources weren't as explicit. It also goes with the multiracial future (Japanese and Filipino(?) named Sulu).

Siam Sam 01-29-2014 10:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ElvisL1ves (Post 17059058)
Yul Brynner:

Thai (The King and I)

Nitpick: That was Siamese.

Colibri 01-29-2014 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TV time (Post 17058701)
The guy that played the most had to be Anthony Quinn.

Off the top of my head I can name about eight that the Mexican/American actor portrayed.

Arab -- Lawrence of Arabia
Mexican - Viva Zapata
Greek - Zorba the Greek
Italian - The Salamander
Native American - They Died with Their Boots on
Spanish - Seven Cities of Gold
North African - Road to Morocco
Filippino - Back to Bataan
French - Lust for Life
American - The Happening (the first one)
(Yes, I know he doubled or tripled with many of these) are they?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dale Sams (Post 17058845)
And he played Barabbas

Quote:

Originally Posted by Peanuthead (Post 17059325)
And I'll add one more. He played an Eskimo in The Savage Innocents.

The latter being famously referenced by Bob Dylan as "Quinn the Eskimo."

In addition to Jewish and Eskimo, we also have:

Cuban - The Old Man and the Sea (1990 TV movie)
Basque - The Passage
Hun - Attila
Portuguese - The World in His Arms
Chinese - China Sky
Ukrainian - The Shoes of the Fisherman
Mongol - Marco the Magnificent
Zakharstani (Afghan) - Caravans
Indonesian - East of Sumatra
Libyan - The Lion of the Desert

Claverhouse 01-29-2014 11:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Other Waldo Pepper (Post 17059067)
Tony Shalhoub played Lebanese-American Frank Haddad in The Siege after playing an Italian immigrant on Wings and a Russian immigrant in Paulie before getting his big break as Adrian Monk, who wiki sez is of Welsh ancestry; just make sure to factor in all the times he played someone named "Jorge" or "Sanz," and then add a bonus point for playing Kwan playing Chen on GalaxyQuest.


And an Indian ( hindu accent, at least ) in Frasier, where the latter sets his newspaper stall alight.



Personally, I always thought Lee Van Cleef, of Dutch parentage, had features which could be of any nationality; although I don't know if he played many.


I vaguely remember him in some business thriller where he played a villainous farming co-op person.

Siam Sam 01-30-2014 12:23 AM

Naveen Andrews of Lost seems to be the go-to guy to play any character from West Asia. (His actual nationality? British, born and raised. Or English specifically, I guess.)

LawMonkey 01-30-2014 09:51 AM

Kinda sorta to the left of, but I can't resist: Gina Bellman played someone playing a fairly decent number of different nationalities on Leverage. Her skin tone and facial features are such that she can kinda sorta pass for a variety of European descents with the right accent.

Ellis Aponte Jr. 01-30-2014 10:10 AM

Peter Sellers

English - many films
French - Pink Panther series
Italian - After the Fox
Spanish - The Bobo
German - Dr. Strangelove
American - Dr. Strangelove, Being There, others
Chinese - Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, Murder By Death
Indian - The Millionairess, The Party
Austrian (?) - What's New, Pussycat?
er...Ruritanian - The Prisoner of Zenda

and probably others...

Robot Arm 01-30-2014 10:14 AM

Peter Sellers deserves a mention.

French (the "Pink Panther" series)
American (Dr. Strangelove)
Indian (The Party)
Ruritanian (The Prisoner of Zenda)
German (Dr. Strangelove)
Chinese (Murder By Death)
Fenwickian (The Mouse That Roared)
English (Dr. Strangelove)


ETA: Bugger.

ETA2: But Ellis forgot Fenwickian.

CalMeacham 01-30-2014 10:19 AM

The TV version of Anthony Quinn/Yul Brynner as the go-to all-purpose Ethnic is Michael Ansara (and also in the movies)


By birth Syrian, he has played

Chinese (Terry and the Pirates)
Arabs (too many times to count)
American Indians (ditto)
Sikh (Smuggler's Island)
Russian (the Diplomat)
Roman (Julius Cassar)
Babylonian (Belshazzar)
Jewish (The Robe)
Vietnamese (Soldier of Fortune)
Egyptian (Ten Commandments, and maybe Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy)
Hispanic (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Rawhide)
Somebody Fututristic (Outer Limits)
Klingon (Star Trek, more than once)
Other Alien (Lost in Space)
German (Cowboy in Africa)

Robot Arm 01-30-2014 10:24 AM

If we're including television, Mark Lenard has played a Vulcan, a Klingon, a Romulan, and a gorilla.

Siam Sam 01-30-2014 10:26 AM

Peter Ustinov is probably up there somewhere.

kayaker 01-30-2014 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dale Sams (Post 17058924)
Female is probably Meryl Streep

What ethnicity was Barbara Eden supposed to represent in I Dream of Jeanie?:D

Siam Sam 01-30-2014 10:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayaker (Post 17060512)
What ethnicity was Barbara Eden supposed to represent in I Dream of Jeanie?:D

Taleban! :eek:

silenus 01-30-2014 10:34 AM

Djinn

AK84 01-30-2014 10:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Siam Sam (Post 17059632)
Naveen Andrews of Lost seems to be the go-to guy to play any character from West Asia. (His actual nationality? British, born and raised. Or English specifically, I guess.)

Which is really really jarring as he has a face which screams "Tamil".

Slithy Tove 01-30-2014 10:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayaker (Post 17060512)
What ethnicity was Barbara Eden supposed to represent in I Dream of Jeanie?:D

Well, since you asked, The Ottomans placed a premium on fair-skinned Circissian women. The long decline of the Empire was begun with the intrigues of an Ukranian woman Roxelana, and the Turks were jonesing for blondes so much that they raided Iceland

Conversely, although they castrated both white and Blacks, only African eunuchs were allowed to guard the women in the harem.

CalMeacham 01-30-2014 10:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayaker (Post 17060512)
What ethnicity was Barbara Eden supposed to represent in I Dream of Jeanie?:D

Michael Ansara, who I listed, was her husband, and guest starred twice on her series, once as a djinn, and once as a Hawaiian

Ellis Aponte Jr. 01-30-2014 10:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayaker (Post 17060512)
What ethnicity was Barbara Eden supposed to represent in I Dream of Jeanie?:D

She was from Baghdad, but from ancient times, so not Iraqi

The Other Waldo Pepper 01-30-2014 10:54 AM

Charlton Heston was El Cid in El Cid and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur and Togrul in Genghis Khan and Michelangelo Buonarroti in The Agony And The Ecstasy and Mike Vargas in Touch Of Evil, plus Sherlock Holmes in disguise as a Chinaman in The Crucifer Of Blood, which is pretty good for a guy who preferred to play Macbeth or Marc Antony but never turned down a paycheck as Josef Mengele or Cardinal Richelieu after making his on-screen debut as Peer Gynt.

Wolf333 01-30-2014 10:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sefton (Post 17058839)
My first thought was Jürgen Prochnow, who has played good guys and bad guys of every nationality. Let's see...

German -- Das Boot
Hungarian -- The Fall
Russian -- The Fourth War
Kazakhstani -- Air Force One
Calladan -- Dune
Scottish -- Macbeth
American -- In the Mouth of Madness
British -- Robin Hood
French -- The Da Vinci Code

That's all I can come up with for now.

He was a roman in The Seventh Sign.

Zeldar 01-30-2014 11:00 AM

It might surprise some that Marlon Brando had a wide variety of nationalities in his repertoire.

Kent Clark 01-30-2014 11:06 AM

This list would not be complete without the all-purpose, all-ethnic Rita Moreno. While most of the time her nationality is just "exotic" it looks like she can plausibly claim to have played:

Malayan
Tahitian
Mexican
Native Canadian
Egyptian
Brazilian
Native American
Siamese
French
Indian
Israeli
Puerto Rican
Philipino
Italian

Gyrate 01-30-2014 11:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Other Waldo Pepper (Post 17059067)
Tony Shalhoub played Lebanese-American Frank Haddad in The Siege after playing an Italian immigrant on Wings and a Russian immigrant in Paulie before getting his big break as Adrian Monk, who wiki sez is of Welsh ancestry; just make sure to factor in all the times he played someone named "Jorge" or "Sanz," and then add a bonus point for playing Kwan playing Chen on GalaxyQuest.

They talked about his tendency to be cast as "ambiguous ethnic guy" with him on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. The kicker was that at school, as the darkest kid there, he actually got cast as the lead in Othello. :smack:

I'm pretty sure John Leguizamo has a lengthy list of ethnic roles, although looking at his Wiki page it's not surprising:
Quote:

John Leguizamo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, to Alberto and Luz Leguizamo. According to Leguizamo, his paternal grandfather was of Puerto Rican and Italian descent and his maternal grandfather was Lebanese. Leguizamo has also described himself as being of Amerindian and Mestizo heritage.

Mrs. Cake 01-30-2014 11:14 AM

Omar Sharif is way up there as well. No time to do all the research right now, but a quick look at the characters on his IMDB page indicates:
Egyptian
Russian
Greek
Italian
German
French
Argentinian
Indian
Chinese (?)
Various flavors of Arab
American

Probably a bunch more - guessing there is some Syrian & Turkish in there.

The Other Waldo Pepper 01-30-2014 12:52 PM

Sean Connery of course played a Russian sub commander and an Irish-American cop with the same accent he used as Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, because (a) he doesn't give a crap, and, (b) honestly, he doesn't need to: whether he's playing an Arab diplomat or a Greek king, you're always thinking holy crap, this dude was 007 back when that meant dressing up as a Japanese fisherman!

thelurkinghorror 01-30-2014 12:52 PM

Rob Schneider:

Generic white
Asian/Chinese
Indian
Italian
Russian
Hawaiian(?)
Martian
Animal
Woman
Stapler
Carrot
Da Derp Dee Derp Da Teetley Derpee Derpee Dumb

And within one movie there is American actor Robert Downey Jr. playing Australian actor Kirk Lazarus playing African American Sergeant Lincoln Osiris playing a SE Asian "Lead Farmer."

Dallas Jones 01-30-2014 12:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CalMeacham (Post 17060565)
Michael Ansara, who I listed, was her husband, and guest starred twice on her series, once as a djinn, and once as a Hawaiian

She was also in the movie version of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" with him. It was on TV at a local bar a few weeks ago.

We got a big laugh at the final scene where the Seaview is on the surface and the main characters go out and stand on the deck, and here comes Barbara Eden in some pointy spiked high heels, and is walking, on the top of a submarine, in the middle of the ocean.

The Other Waldo Pepper 01-30-2014 01:19 PM

Cesar Romero was always up for playing Lucky Luciano, or Sheikh Hameel Habib, or Esteban de la Cruz, or Peter Stavros, or Rama Singh, or Willie Wetzchahofsky, or Marquis Andre de Lage, or Count Dracula, or -- Steve McQuinn.

Blank Slate 01-30-2014 02:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cjepson (Post 17059162)
I'm guessing Eli Wallach might make the list, but I don't know his career well enough to provide details.

Wow, Wallach is 98. I don't know most of the movies in his imdb listing, but we can start with some of the easy ones:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Mexican (Tuco)

Genghis Khan Persian? (The Shah of Khwarezm)

The Adventures of Gerard Corsican/French (Napoleon)

Crazy Joe Sicilian

He played a lot of Italians and rabbis.

The Other Waldo Pepper 01-30-2014 02:36 PM

From a quick look at IMDB, Fernando Lamas played D'Artagnan, and El Greco, and Salim Ibn Hydari, and Ramon de Vega, and Friedrich 'Fritz' Bhaer, and Antonio Franco, and Conrad Stillman, and Nico Patrai.

astorian 01-30-2014 02:42 PM

Even John Wayne played a number of ethnicities, always in his same voice.

American - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Irish - The Quiet Man (he was supposed to have been born in Ireland, to have grown up in the USA, and to have returned)

Mongolian - The Conqueror

German - The Sea Chase

Roman - The Greatest Story Ever Told


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