List of Albanian Americans
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This is a list of notable Albanian Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.
Note: An asterisk (*) next to a name indicates that the person is Arbëreshe, an Albanian subgroup from Italy.
- William G. Gregory – astronaut
Science and academia
- Carol Folt – biologist and first woman leader of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Laura Mersini-Houghton – cosmologist
- Ferid Murad – medical researcher Nobel laureate
- Arshi Pipa – philosopher, writer, poet and literary critic
- Andrea Shundi – agronomist
- Stavro Skëndi – linguist and historian
- Jim Belushi – actor
- John Belushi – actor and film producer
- Robert Belushi – actor
- James Biberi – actor
- Tracee Chimo – actress (Albanian father)
- Eliza Dushku – actress (Albanian father)
- Nate Dushku – actor (Albanian father)
- Mike Dusi – actor and film producer
- Enver Gjokaj – actor
- Victor Gojcaj – actor
- Agim Kaba – actor and film producer
- Masiela Lusha – actress
- Peter Malota – actor
- Nickola Shreli – actor and producer
- Klement Tinaj – actor
- Evis Xheneti – actress
Arts and entertainment
- Big Body Bes – hip-hop artist
- Action Bronson – hip-hop artist
- Luke Burbank – radio and podcast host
- Emina Cunmulaj – model
- Drita D'Avanzo – television personality
- Kara DioGuardi – singer-songwriter and television personality
- Tony Dovolani – professional ballroom dancer
- Stan Dragoti – film director, producer, artist
- Afërdita Dreshaj – model, singer, beauty queen
- Kristine Elezaj – singer
- JMSN – singer-songwriter and producer
- Joe Lala – actor and singer
- Paul Leka – music songwriter and producer
- G4SHI – hip-hop artist
- Angela Martini – model, beauty queen (Miss Universe Albania in 2010)
- Gjon Mili – pioneer photographer
- Burim Myftiu – contemporary photographer
- Thomas Nassi – musician and composer
- George Pali – painter
- Regis Philbin* – television personality
- Bebe Rexha – singer and songwriter
- Sislej Xhafa – contemporary artist
- Daniela Gioseffi* poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and performer
Business and civil society
- Anthony Athanas – restaurateur
- Ekrem Bardha – businessman, political activist
- Nicolas Berggruen – businessman
- Mark Gjonaj – businessman, politician
- Florin Krasniqi – businessman, politician
- James J. Schiro* – businessman
- Martin Shkreli – businessman
- Ramiz Tafilaj – businessman, political activist
- Fadil Berisha – photographer
- Emin Kadi – photographer, journalist, art director
- Florina Kaja – singer and reality TV actress, The Bad Girls Club Season 4
- Bill Kovach – journalist and editor
- Donald Lambro – journalist
- Eric Margolis – journalist and editor of the Toronto Sun; mother is Albanian
- Gjekë Marinaj – author and translator
- Gjon Mili – photographer
- Burim Myftiu – photographer
- Tom Perrotta* – novelist and screenwriter
- Molly Qerim – moderator, reporter
- George Tames – photographer for The New York Times
- Nick Tosches* – journalist, novelist, biographer, and poet
- Nexhmie Zaimi – journalist
- Angela Martini - model
- Sal Albanese* – politician
- Joseph J. DioGuardi* – Congressman
- Mark Gjonaj – Assemblyman, New York
- Sal Albanese - politician
- Nicholas Scutari - Democratic Party politician
- Midhat Frashëri - diplomat, writer and politician
- Hasan Dosti - jurist and politician
- Spiridon Ilo - nationalist, politician
- Rexhep Krasniqi - historian, teacher, nationalist, and anti-communist politician and activist
- Petro Nini Luarasi - priest, writer, teacher, nationalist
- Kolë Tromara - nationalist and political figure of the first half of the 20th century.
- Bilal Xhaferri - poet and novelist, political
- Konstantina Lukes – former mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts
- Fan S. Noli – former Prime Minister of Albania and founder of the Albanian Orthodox Church
- John Papajani – former Washington State Senate member
- Victor H. Schiro* – politician, 55th Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana
- Bardhyl Tirana – co-chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee (1976–1977) and director of the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency (1977–1979)
Science and technology
- Dilly Duka – MLS soccer player
- Lee Elia – baseball player, coach and manager
- Elizabeta Karabolli – shooting sport
- Edon Molla – basketball player
- Elvir Muriqi – professional boxer
- Aaron Palushaj – professional hockey player
- Andy Parrino* – baseball player
- Enkelejda Shehu – air pistol shooter who represented Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
- Jaren Sina – basketball player
- Kristjan Sokoli – NFL player
- Donald Suxho – volleyball
- Andy Varipapa* – professional trick bowler
- Joe Albanese* - baseball player
- Nikon Liolin – OCA's Bishop of Diocese of New England, Locum tenens of Diocese of the South, and Archbishop of American Albanian Archdiocese
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