10 American Celebrities you probably didn’t know were Sicilians
Some of the most famous American celebrities, who have made huge success in the world of cinema and international music, are of Sicilian origins. Maybe not everyone knows it, but there are so many VIPs that have roots on the Island. Their ancestors migrated from Sicily to the US, where they were able to find their American Dream and giving birth to the term “Sicilian Americans”.
As you can expect the Sicilian Americans are those Sicilians, of birth or origin, who reside in the United States permanently, or at least for a significant period of their life. As of today they constitute the largest group of Italian Americans. The Sicilian-American community includes people born in Sicily and emigrated to the United States, or born in the United States to Sicilian parents, as well as their descendants of the third, fourth, etc. generation, who identify themselves as belonging to it.
But let’s take a look at the 10 American Celebrities you probably didn’t know were Sicilians:
1) John Travolta
The actor, singer and dancer was born in 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey, in a family in which he is the youngest of six children (two brothers and three sisters: Joey, Margaret, Sam, Ellen and Ann).
His Sicilian-American father Salvatore was a semi-professional football player and owner of a tire company, The Travolta Tire Exchange. The paternal grandfather was originally from Godrano (Palermo).