1. John Malkovich
Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois.
His grandparents were of Croatian origin from Ozalj, not far from Karlovac
2. Eric Bana
3. Joe Manganiello
He married actress Sofia Vergara in 2015.
Manganiello was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His mother has Croatian roots (Bračanov) whilst his father is of Italian descent.
4. Krist Novoselich
5. Michael Bubble
Lorde has Croatian roots on her mother’s side and lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
7. Joe Sakic
Sakic led the Avalanche to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001 and was named to play in 13 NHL All-Star Games and selected to the NHL First All-Star Team at centre three times.
Sakic helped lead Canada to its first ice hockey gold medal in 50 years at the 2002 Winter Olympics and was voted as the tournament’s most valuable player. He also played at the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympics. Sakic’s parents, Marijan and Slavica Šakić, emigrated to Canada from Croatia
8. George Chuvalo
Many believe Chuvalo has the best beard in boxing history. He has never been knocked out in his career.
He lost to heavyweights like Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman, but they were all amazed at his phenomenal performances and fights.
He fought twice for the world title and lost due to controversial bagpipe decisions, and the second match he played with the immortal Muhammad Ali. He always lost points from him.
George Chuvalo entered the Ontario Sport Hall of Fame in 1995.
Chuvalo was born in Toronto, his parents are Croats from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stipan and Katica - maiden name Kordić - Čuvalo, and both are from a village near Ljubuški
9. Rudy Tomjanovich
Tomjanovich was born in Hamtramck, Michigan, and his family is of Croatian descent.
Coming from Krivi Put, a village above Senj, and his family coat of arms can be seen in the Nehaj fortress, ie proof of the noble origin of the lineage.
10. George Mikan
He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959, and was elected one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players ever in 1996. Since April 2001, a statue of Mikan shooting his trademark hook shot graces the entrance of the Timberwolves’ Target Center.
George Mikan was born in Joliet, Illinois, as an American of Croatian descent coming from Vivodina near Ozalj.
11. Celtics legends John Havlicek and Kevin Mchale.
12. Stipe Miočić
Whilst being born in America, Miočić has Croatian roots on both sides with his mother coming from Karlovac and father from near Zadar. Miočić is a regular visitor to Croatia and is proud of his roots.
12. Bill Belichick
Belichick’s paternal grandparents Ivan Biličić and Marija Barković emigrated from Karlovac in Croatia in 1897 and left for the USA, where they settled near Pittsburgh.
13. Christian Pulisic
He became the youngest American player to score a goal in World Cup qualifying history at 17 years, 349 days.
Pulisic’s grandfather, Mate, was born in Croatia on the island of Olib and Christian has Croatian citizenship.
14. Zlatan Ibrahimović
Zlatan Ibrahimović was born and raised in Sweden to a Bosnian father and a Croatian mother, Jurka Gravić, who emigrated to Sweden from the village of Prkos near Škabrnja near Zadar.
15. John Kasich
The closest a Croatian came to running The White House was in 2016 when Ohio governor John Kasich came third to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination (Kasich won the Ohio primary).
Kasich, who has had a 37-year career in American politics, was born in Pennsylvania. His father was of Czech origin, whilst his mother was the child of Croatian immigrants (Vukovich).
16. Gabriel Boric
His great-grandfather and great-grandmother moved from Ugljan at the end of the 19th century to Chile. Boric has repeatedly said that Croatian immigrants have established themselves in Chile and that he is proud of his origins.
Although he does not speak Croatian, he visited the country of his origin and Ugljan himself.
17. Mike Grgic
Grgich was inducted to the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
18. Anthony Maglica
The Maglite is a powerful and durable flashlight that has become standard issue gear used by police officers in the USA.
19. Jenna Elfman
Born Jennifer Mary Butala, she is of Croatian ancestry on her father’s side. Her grandfather emigrated to America in the middle of the 1900s from around the Karlovac region in central Croatia.
20. Tony Butala
Butala was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania and is of Croatian descent.
21. Gabriela Spanic
Her paternal grandparents have Croatian roots. Grandfather Antun is originally from Zagreb, and grandmother Jelica is from the island of Kaprije near Šibenik
22. Robert Herjavec
He is known for his work on Shark Tank (2009), DEFCON-4 (1985) and Dragons' Den (2006).
His family emigrated to Canada in 1970. When he was 7 years old.
Robert Herijavec's father is from Varaždin and mother is from village Zbjeg near Slavonski Brod
23. Tony Robbins
Robbins is the founder of several companies that earn approximately $6 billion in annual sales. In 2015 and 2016 he was listed on the Worth Magazine Power 100 list.
He is also a philanthropist, partnering with organizations such as Feeding America.
The son of Croatian immigrants. Robbins was born Anthony J. Mahavoric but took the surname of his step-father after his mother re-married.
24. Guy Mitchell
He sold over forty-four million records that included six mega-hit singles that went over a million units in sales each.
25. Mark Viduka
He was former captain of Australia football/soccer team, Viduka played for a number of clubs in the English Premier League, including Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Newcastle.
26. Andrew Bogut
He was born in Melbourne in 1984. His parents Ankica (Anne) and Mišo (Michael) Bogut immigrated to Australia from Croatia in the 1970s
He was first overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft and won NBA title in 2015 with Golden State Warriors
27. Roger Maris
Maris set the MLB record for home runs during the 1961 season with 61, breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season record of 60 home runs in 1927. Maris was an American League (AL) All-Star AL Most Valuable Player, and an AL Gold Glove Award winner. Maris appeared in seven World Series, five as a member of the Yankees and two with the Cardinals.
He was born Roger Maras to parents, Rudolph Maras and Corrine (née Perkovich), who were both of Croatian origin. The later changed his surname to Maris.
28. Nick Saban
He has won seven national titles as a head coach, the most in college football history. He became the first coach in college football history to win a national championship with two different Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools
Saban is of Croatian ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Stanko Saban, was born in 1895 in Gospić, in the Lika region of Croatia. Stanko emigrated to Portland, Oregon, in 1908, when he was 13 years old. He later married Anna Mihalic, of Croatian-American heritage.
29. Pete Carroll
Carroll though, whose maternal grandparents were Croatian and his paternal great-grandparents Irish immigrants.
30. Nikola Karabatić
Nikola’s father was Croatian and his mother was Serbian. His father Branko Karabatić was also a professional handball player and is originally from Vrsine, a village near Trogir on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast.
31. Mario Puratić
He was proclaimed the inventor of the year in the United States in 1975 and also is among America's most famous 100 inventors of the 20th century.
Local version of the story says he invented the system while fishing with his family, but no one paid him any heed, so when he migrated to the US, his invention finally came to light.
His invention, Puratic Power Block can be found on fishing boats all over the world, and even FAO recognised his invention as a singular contribution to humanity. His face is on the Canadian five dollar bill issued in 1972
32. Werner Herzog Stipetich
Herzog’s films often feature heroes with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature.
Herzog was born Werner Stipetić in Munich, to Elizabeth Stipetić, an Austrian of Croatian descent, and Dietrich Herzog, who was German.
33. Petar Herceg Tomic
He is known in the U.S. as Peter Tomich, and was an American sailor at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Then this 48-year-old mechanical officer saved many lives at the cost of his own life.
He prevented an explosion that would have taken hundreds of lives
Petar Herceg was a Croat born to father Ante Herceg, nicknamed Tomić, and mother Ivo Herceg (nee Tolj) in the village of Prolog near Ljubuški in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was then part of Austro-Hungary. He arrived in America as a 20-year-old and enlisted in the Army, and during World War I served in the U.S. Army.
After World War I he joined the Navy and was the chief engineer on the Utah destroyer. At the time of the attack, he was a superintendent on a Utah ship that was being torpedoed by the Japanese. He made sure everyone else was saved but it was too late for him.
34. Mike Vucelic
Vucelić was born in 1930 in the Croatian town of Garešnica, and graduated in 1954 from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Zagreb. He worked for Mercedes-Benz in Germany for a while, and in 1956, at the invitation of a relative, he moved to the United States "with $ 50 in his pocket."
There he was employed first at Cessna, and in 1962 at North American Aviation, which collaborated with NASA. As their employee, he participated in the Apollo program from the very beginning, and the most memorable mission is Apollo 11, as part of which man first entered the moon.
35. Ivan Gašparovič
In the 2004 presidential election, Gasparovic won in a rather unexpected way. Namely, he and Vladimír Mečiar passed to the second round, although the majority expected the passage of the main candidate of the ruling coalition, Eduard Kukan. The reason for this was the poor turnout of Kukan's voters, due to their belief that his entry into the second round is safe. In the second round, however, Kukan's voters voted overwhelmingly for Gasparovic, as they considered him less dangerous than Meciar. Gašparovič was given this presidential term and then re-elected in the 2009 elections, the first time in modern Slovak history that someone won a second presidential term. Gašparovič remained the Slovak president until 2014.