Ellis Island National Monument

Ellis Island National Monument

Destined For Fame

These immigrants passed through Ellis Island and went on to illustrious careers.

Name (Date of Birth—Death) Native Country Arrived Field

Charles Atlas (1894—1972) Italy 1903 Bodybuilding

Irving Berlin (1888—1989) Russia 1893 Music

Frank Capra (1897—1991) Italy 1903 Film

Claudette Colbert (1903—1996) France 1906 Film/Theater

Xavier Cugat (1900—1990) Spain/Cuba 1915 Music

Max Factor (1872—1936) Russia 1906 Cosmetics

Father Edward Flanagan (1886—1948) Ireland 1904 Religion

Felix Frankfurter (1882—1965) Austria 1894 Law

Irene Bordoni (1895—1953) Corsica 1907 Theatre

Kahlil Gibran (1883—1931) Lebanon 1895 Literature

Arshile Gorky (1904—1948) Armenia 1920 Art

Bob Hope (1903—2003) England 1908 Show Business

Al Jolson (1886—1950) Lithuania 1894 Show Business

Elia Kazan (1909—2003) Turkey 1913 Film/Theater

Ruby Keeler (1909—1993) Canada 1912 Dance

John Kluge (1914— ) Germany 1925 Business

Bela Lugosi (1882—1956) Hungary 1921 Film/Theater

Pola Negri (1894—1987) Poland 1941 Film

Warner Oland (1880—1938) Sweden 1894 Film

Adm. Hyman G. Rickover (1898—1986) Russia 1904 Naval Science

Edward G. Robinson (1893—1973) Romania 1903 Film

Knute Rockne (1888—1931) Norway 1893 Sports

Erich von Stroheim (1885—1957) Austria 1909 Film

Arthur Tracy (1899—1997) Russia 1906 Music/Film

Rudolph Valentino (1895—1926) Italy 1913 Film

Baron von Trapp & Family Austria 1938 Music

Compiled by Barry Moreno, NPS Library, Ellis Island