List of French Americans


List of French Americans

A French American or Franco-American is a citizen of the United States of America of French descent and heritage. The majority of Franco-American families did not arrive directly from France, but rather settled French territories in the New World (primarily in the 17th and 18th centuries) before moving to the United States later on (see Quebec diaspora and Great Upheaval). About thirteen million U.S. residents are of French descent, and about 1.5 million of them speak the French language at home. Being isolated, mixed with different cultures or ignored the French-Americans developed particular cultures that reflect various of degrees of adaptation of their environments. This gave birth to streams of French-Americans like the Acadians, the Cajuns (literally "Acadian" pronounced with a southern accent), Louisianans and many others.

The following is a list of notable French Americans:

List

Business

*John Vernou Bouvier III (1891-1957) Wall Street stockbroker and father of U.S. First lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier
*François Castaing, 27-year veteran automotive executive
*Yvon Chouinard, rock climber, environmentalist and outdoor industry businessman
*Georges Doriot (1899-1988) one of the first American venture capitalists
*Stephen Girard (1750-1831) banker and tradesman from Bordeaux
*Philippe Kahn (1952 - ) mathematician and entrepreneur known as the inventor of the camera phone, a pioneer in the wireless industry, and the founder of Borland [ [http://www.pegasus.com/thelog_interview.htm] "Kahn, French-born, but a US resident since 1982"]
*Augustus D. Juilliard (1836-1919) businessman whose philanthropy built the renowned conservatory of dance, music, and theatre in New York City that bears his name
*Joseph LaCombe, retired American businessman and owner of Joseph LaCombe Stable Inc., a Thoroughbred horse racing stable
*Thomas W. Lamont, Banker
*Robert LeFevre (1911-1986) libertarian businessman and radio personality
*Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, businessman whose family fortune is estimated at $3.4 billion by "Forbes"
*Étienne Lucier, Celebre Fur Trader from French Prairie, Pacific north american border
*André Meyer (1898 - 1979) Wall Street investment banker [ [http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_42/b3904151_mz035.htm] "André Meyer, the French financier who transformed Lazard into a dealmaking powerhouse from the 1950s to the 1970s"]
*Louis J. Michot, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a former Democratic state representative
*Cadillacfamily, from Limousin, gave name to its first car named Limousine (a.k.a. Limo)
*Pierre Omidyar (1967 - ) entrepreneur, philanthropist/economist, founder and chairman of the eBay auction site [ [http://www.iranian.com/PhotoDay/2006/March/omidyar.html] "World's Richest: #43 Pierre Omidyar, Net Worth: $10.1 billion French émigré"]
*Richard Chichester du Pont (1911-1943) American businessman and an aviation and glider pioneer
*Alexis F. du Pont (1879-1948) member of the American du Pont family and helped found St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware, father of Alexis Felix du Pont, Jr., founder of U.S. Airways
*Alexis Felix du Pont, Jr. (1905-1996) American aviation pioneer, soldier, philanthropist, and a member of the prominent Du Pont family
*Du Pont family from Nemours, chemical industry
*Felix Rohatyn, businessman and investment banker and has also served in public service as an ambassador
*Paul Tulane (1801-1887) businessman and philanthropist, Tulane University named in his honor
*Valmont Industries

Entertainment

Actors

*David Lindsay-Abaire, actor and playwright
*Amy Acker (1976 - ) American actress of French ancestry.
*Jessica Alba, Actress, Well-known for portrayed Sue Storm / Invisible Woman in the Fantastic Four saga
*Dennis Deveaugh, First-generation French-American actor, and stuntman.
*Renée Adorée, French-born American actress
*Jessica Alba, Actress
*Lewis Arquette, American film actor, writer and producer
*Patricia Arquette, Emmy Award-winning and a Golden Globe Award-nominated American actress.
*René Auberjonois, (1940- ) Tony Award-winner, American character actor (and grandson of the painter), best known for his early 1980s role as Clayton Endicott III on the television show Benson and his role as Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
*Tina Aumont, California-born French actress
*Eric Balfour, Actor, Portraying Milo Pressman in 24, of French and Russian ancestry
*Lucille Ball (1911 – 1989) actress [ [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0425177319] Her mother DeDe was French, English and Irish]
*Adrienne Barbeau (1945 - ) 1980s B-movie actress [ [http://btobsearch.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?z=y&btob=I&isbn=0786716371] "Half French-Canadian and half Armenian, she grew up in California during the 1950s."]
*Jean-Marc Barr, French-American film actor and director
*Hugh Beaumont, Celebre Actor with laerge filmography
*Pierre Bellocq, French-American artist and horse racing cartoonist
*Jessica Biel (1982 - ) American actress of German, English, Choctaw, and French descent.
*Alice Guy-Blaché, pioneer filmmaker who was the first female director in the motion picture industry
*Tammy Blanchard (Dec.1976 - ) American actress of French ancestry, best known for starring in the film Bella.
*Joan Blondell (1906 - 1979) American actress. Her father Eddie was French.
*Caprice Bourret (1971 - ) French American actress, and model.
*Charles Boyer (1899 - 1978) film actor
*Jules Brulatour, a pioneering figure in U.S. silent cinema
*Sophia Bush (1982 - ) American actress bestknown as Brooke Davis on One tree hill. She is of French-Canadian and Italian ancestry
*Merritt Cabal (1977 - ) Model of cajun descent.
*Mary Cadorette, American actress
*Colbie Caillat, American pop singer-songwriter, daughter of Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Tusk albums
*Ken Caillat, Record producer, probably best known for producing the Rumours, Tusk, Mirage, Live, and The Chain Box Set albums of Fleetwood Mac
*Trishelle Cannatella (1979 - ) American actress, and model of Cajun ancestry.
*Leslie Caron (1931 - ) film actress and dancerNoted as a French American at [http://www.trivia-library.com/b/people-races-ethnicity-in-the-u-s-French-americans-part-2.htm] ]
*Charisma Carpenter (1970 - ) American actress.
*Jim Carrey (1962- ) Actor. cite web|title=Jim Carrey: The Joker Is Wild (2000)|work= Knelman, Martin. U.S.: Firefly Books Ltd. p. 8. ISBN 1-55209-535-5 (U.S.).|url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/1552095355/| accessdate=2006-03-24]
*Lacey Chabert (1982 - ) Actress. cite web | title=Vibe chat| publisher=Lacey Chabert.com| date=1998 | url=http://lacey-chabert.dayah.com/text/VIBE.html| accessdate=2006-11-24 ]
*Lon Chaney, Sr., silent film actor
*Lon Chaney, Jr., actor and son of Lon Chaney, Sr.
*David Charvet, French-born American actor and singer, husband of Brooke Burke
*Lilyan Chauvin, French-born actress
*Robert Clary (1926 - ) actor, published author, and lecturer [ [http://www.libranpoet.com/robert_clary.htm] "From stage performer to singer to painter, the French actor..."]
*Brady Corbet, Actor
*Bud Cort (1948 - ) actor [ [http://www.geocities.com/budcortfanclub/Dec13-191984.html] "Half Irish, half French-Canadian, half English."]
*Phil Cousineau, author, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker
*Lili Damita, French-born actress
*Alexa Davalos (1982 - ) Actress of French, Dutch, and Greek descent.
*Nikki DeLoach (1979 - ) American actress.
*Julie Delpy (1969 - ) actress [ [http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=18491] "Julie Delpy is one of the most popular French actresses..." [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/11/04/DDGJR9KHTB1.DTL] "She became a U.S. citizen three years ago, while retaining her French citizenship."]
*Johnny Depp (1961 -) actor, French-Huguenot ancestry.
*Ellen DeGeneres, actress, talk-show host
*Emily Deschanel, actress and daughter of famous cinematographer Caleb Deschanel
*Zooey Deschanel, actress and daughter of famous cinematographer Caleb Deschanel
*William Devane, Actor, known for his resemblence with John F. Kennedy
*Arielle Dombasle (1958 - ) singer and actress working primarily in the cinema of France [ [http://www.rockpaperscissors.biz/index.cfm/fuseaction/current.press_release/project_id/258.cfm] "The story of French actress Arielle Dombasle’s life is like something from another era, a time that exists in old movies and Harlequin romances"]
*Fiona Dourif (1981 - ) American actress of French, and Romanian ancestry, daughter of Brad Dourif.
*Nicole duFresne (1977-2005) playwright and actress
*Josh Duhamel, (1972 - ), actor
*Tiffany Dupont (1981 - ) French American actress known for the film "One night with the king".
*Erica Durance (1978 - ) French Canadian actress best known for her role of Lois Lane on the TV show Smallville.
*Jasmine Dustin (1983 - ) American actress and model of French, Scottish, and Native American ancesry.
*James Duval, actor, probably most famous for his roles in Donnie Darko as Frank and as Singh in Go
*Clea DuVall, actress
*Robert Duvall, French Paternal Ancestry, [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000380/bio] "His father was of French Hugenot descent" ]
*Megan Fox (1986 - ) American actress. [Stated on "Maxim" magazine [http://www.sirius.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Sirius/Page&c=Channel&cid=1104779630540&s=links radio interview] ( [http://www.sirius.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Sirius/Page&c=BackStageAsset&cid=1181270896791 Alternate link] )]
*Brittny Gastineau (Nov.1983 - ) French American actress, and model. The daughter of former NFL player Mark Gastineau, and Lisa Gastineau.
*Ava Gaudet, Actress, well known for portraying Beckett 'Becks' Scott in Ugly Betty
*Richard Gautier, actor
*Gina Gershon (1962 - ) American actress of part French ancestry.
*Robert Goulet (1933 - 2007) actor/singer [ [http://www.thevineyardpress.com/catalogue.html] "Famous French-Canadian author Robert Goulet…"]
*Adrian Grenier, actor
*Zach Grenier, Actor
*Tim Guinee, Actor
*Anne Hathaway (1982 - ) film actress. Of mostly Irish and French ancestry.
*Teri Hatcher (1964 - ) American actress of partial French ancestry famous for her role of Louis Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives. She is also a "Bond Girl", having played Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997.
*Angelina Jolie (1975 - ) actress [Nevin, Charles. [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20050718/ai_n14783035 The glamour of Swindon: Billie Piper, Melinda] . "The Independent". July 18, 2005. Accessed April 14, 2007.] Sessums, Kevin. [http://fansites.hollywood.com/~ajolie/int34.html Wild at heart] . "Allure". November 2004. Accessed April 14, 2007.]
*Victoria Justice (1993 - ) American actress of French, and, Puerto Rican descent
*Minka Kelly (1980- ) American actress best known for her role of Lyla Garrity on NBC's Friday Night Lights. Her biological father is aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay born in France
*Shia LaBeouf (1986 - ) actor, Cajun father
*Sabrina Le Beauf (1958-) Actress,French Creole Most notable role as Sandra on the Cosby show.
*Christopher Lambert (1957 - ) actor [ [http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=40134] [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800073272] ]
*Dorothy Lamour (1914 – 1996) film actress
*John Larroquette, Emmy Award-winning film and television actor
*Eva LaRue (1966 - ) Actress best known for portraying Natalia Vista on CSI: Miami. She was also on a Daytime Drama ("soap") for many years. Ovarian cancer advocate.
*Taylor Lautner (1992 - ) actor/martial artist [ [http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:UinMRqrdFKcJ:www.taylorlautner.com/moviefilm.htm+%22Taylor+Lautner%22+French&hl=en&gl=ca&ct=clnk&cd=2] "I am only French, Dutch and German. I get my skin color from the French side of my family."]
*Eva Le Gallienne, well-known actress, producer, and director, during the first half of the 20th century
*Christian LeBlanc (1958-) two-time Emmy Award-winning American actor
*Matt LeBlanc (1967- ) American actor most famously known as Joey Tribbiani on the show Friends.
*Hal LeSueur, actor and brother of Joan Crawford
*Jon Lormer, French-American actor
*Natasha Lyonne, actress
*Brook Mahealani Lee (1971 - ) Eurasian model. Former miss Hawaii, Miss USA, and Miss Universe 1997
*Mike Marshall (actor), French-American actor, son of director William Marshall and half-brother of Tonie Marshall
*Tonie Marshall, French-American actress, son of director William Marshall and half-sister of Mike Marshall (actor)
*Christopher Meloni (1961 - ) actor [ [http://www.theatermania.com/content/news.cfm/story/6529] "Meloni, who is half-Italian and half-French Canadian, says that he was surprised to find similarities between the Carbone family and his own."]
*Rosita Marstini (1887-1948) dancer, stage personality, silent and sound film actress from Nancy, France
*Rose McGowan (1973 - ) American actress best known for Charmed of Irish paternal and French maternal ancestry.
*Adolphe Menjou (1890-1963) famous actor in numerous movies, especially from the 1920s-1940's
*Wentworth Miller, father is of African American, Jamaican, German, English, and Jewish ancestry, and mother is of Russian, French, Dutch, Lebanese and Syrian descent.
*Alanis Morissette ( - ) Young French-Canadian rock and pop singer/musician. Grammy nominee/winner.
*Hayden Panettiere (1989 - ) Young, up and coming actress. Most recent role as "The Cheerleader" in NBC's Heroes.
*Suzanne Pleshette ( - 2008) Famous actress. Numerous movie roles. Most noted for her portrayal of Bob Newhart's wife in the long-running 70's sitcom and also as "Annie" in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."
*Maggie Quigley (1979- ) Is a Euro-Asian American actress and former fashion model, she is known for Mission Impossible III and Balls of Fury
*Christopher Reeve, Was a descendant of the prominent D'Olier family of France. [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001659/bio] "Was a descendant of the prominent D'Olier family of France" ]
*Kiele Sanchez (1977 - ) actress [ [http://www.related-tv.com/kiele.html] "Sanchez, who is half Puerto Rican and half French…"]
*Reni Santoni, film, television and voice actor [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800031016/bio Reni Santoni Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ]
*April Scott (1977 - ) American actress of French, Native American, and Spanish ancestry.
*Frank Sinatra, Big Hollywood celebrity, from French, Italian and Andorian ancestry
*Leelee Sobieski (1983 - ) film actress [ [http://www.leeleesobieski.com/articles/parade/parade.html] "Did Leelee know much about Joan, who was canonized a saint, before portraying her? "Even though I'm half-French, not terribly much""]
*Ian Somerhalder (12-8-1978 - ) Is an American actor from Louisiana of French, English, Irish, and Choctaw descent. He is most famous for his role of Boone Carlyle on the TV show Lost.
*Shannyn Sossamon (1978- ) Born in Honolulu, Hawaii she is an American actress of French, Hawaiian, Dutch, English, Irish, Filipino and German descent
*Tiffany Taylor (porn star), pornographic actress of Pakistani and French descent.
*Charlize Theron (1975- ) Born in South Africa. Is an American actress of French and German descent.
*Ben Turpin, silent film comedian
*Justin Theroux, Actor, screenwriter and director.
*Michael Vartan, famous actor
*Emmanuelle Vaugier (1976- ) Born in Canada. Is a French Canadian actress best known for her role as Dr. Helen Bryce on Smallville.
*Laura Vandervoort (1984 - ) Canadian actress of French and Dutch ancestry, portrays Kara Kent on Smallville
*Robin Williams French Canadian on his maternal side.
*Odette Yustman (1985 - ) American actress of Cuban and French/Italian (by way of Colombia) descent.

Artists

*Louise Bourgeois (1911 - ) Abstract Expressionism Artist. Born in Paris, married an American.
*Isabelle Collin Dufresne (1935 - ) artist, author, and former colleague of Andy Warhol [ [http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/g/grace_glueck/index.html?offset=50&] "French-born fixture of Andy Warhol's Factory"]
*Angela Dufresne, artist based in Brooklyn, NY
*Edgar de Evia, Mexican-born photograph and daughter of famous French pianist Pauline Joutard
*Sean Flynn, photograph whose death in Cambodia remains a mystery, son of actress Lili Damita
*Gaston Lachaise (1882 - 1935) Sculptor
*Paul de Longpré, flower painter
*Madonna (1958 -) international singer [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,957025,00.html Now: Madonna on Madonna - TIME ] ]
*René Ricard, artist, poet, and philosopher
*Patrick Tatopoulos, French-American production designer
*Brooke Burke (1971 - ) television personality and model, known for hosting Wild On!(1999-2002). She is of French, Irish, Jewish, and Portuguese ancestry
*Breann McGregor (1985 - ) New Orleans model best known best for winning playboy cyber girl of the year, and is of Irish, and Cajun heritage.
*Ali Landry - actress/model [ [http://www.cajunculture.com/People/landryal.htm] "A Cajun and Breaux Bridge native, Ali Landry was crowned Miss USA in February 1996 at age twenty-two." [http://www.aclasscelebs.com/alil/] ]
*Josie Maran (1978 - ) American supermodel of partial French ancestry.
*Lauren Benoit American super model.
*Jennifer Lavoie (1971 - )Playboy Playmate, model, Internet entrepreneur.
*Danielle Lacourse (1986 - ) French American miss USA runner up.
*Stephanie Trudeau (1986 - ) French American miss Montana winner.
*Maria McBane (1946 - ) model and actress, Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for May 1965 issue [ [http://www.girlsofpb.com/1965/May/] "Francophiles will be pleasantly surprised to learn that despite the unmistakably Celtic ring to her name, May Playmate Maria McBane is every bit as French as croissants and the cancan. Born in Avignon, in the heart of the French wine region of Provence, our 19-year-old May miss was reared in the traditions of the provincial petite francaise until the age of ten, when her family sold their small vineyard and came to America."]
*Linda Moon, "Playboy" magazine's Playmate of the Month for its October 1966 issue [ [http://www.playboy.com/girls/playmates/directory/196610.html Linda Moon - Linda Moon Playboy - Linda Moon Pics ] ]
*Tila Tequila (1981 - ) Model, singer, and actress of 3/4 Vietnamese, and 1/4 French ancestry.
*Brook Mahealani Lee (1971 - ) Of mixed Korean, Portuguese, French, Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry. Brook was Miss USA and Miss Hawaii USA prior to winning the Miss Universe 1997 pageant.
*Leah Dizon (1986 - ) Actress, model, and singer of French, and Asian ancestry.
*Allie LaForce (Dec. 1988 - ) A beauty queen from Vermilion, Ohio who held the Miss Teen USA 2005 title.
*Jasmin St. Claire (1974 - ) Pornographic actress of Italian, Russian, and French ancestry.
*Michelle Maylene (1987 - ) Pornographic actress of Filipino, and French ancestry.
*Linda Lee (1980 - ) Model of French Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian heritage.
*Bonnie Jill Laflin (1976 - ) Model and actress of French descent.

Musicians

*Ray Lamontagne (1974 - ) American singer.
*Jaci Velasquez (1979 - ) American singer, grammy award, and dove award winner of Mexican, French, and Spanish ancestry.
*Leah Dizon (1986 - ) Singer, model, actress of French and Asian ancestry.
*Phil Anselmo, (1968-), heavy metal musician.
*Sara Bareilles (1979 - ) American singer, her first single was "Love Song".
*Rob Bourdon, Drummer and one of the founders of band Linkin Park.
*Brent Bourgeois (1958-), American rock musician, songwriter, and producer.
*Wellman Braud, jazz string bass player.
*Colbie Caillat, young singer and daughter of Ken Caillat
*Lucien Cailliet (1897-1985), American composer, conductor, arranger and clarinetist.
*Marcel Chagnon, American country music singer-songwriter.
*JC Chasez, American singer, songwriter, actor, and producer.
*Kurt Cobain, (1967 – April 5,1994) lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for band Nirvana [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001052/bio] "Was of Irish, English, German, and French ancestry." ]
*Alice Cooper (1947-), American singer who has French Huguenot ancestry.
*Joe Dassin (1938-1980), French-speaking musician. [ [http://www.bonsound.com/bonsound/en/archives.php?pageNum_rsNews=1&pageNum_rsShows=0&newsID=56&bandID=] "French icon Joe Dassin"]
*Gavin DeGraw (1977-), American singer of French descent.
*George Girard, musician.
*Dan Ingram, Top 40 disc jockey with a forty-year career on radio stations such as WABC (AM) and WCBS-FM in New York.
*Beyoncé Knowles (1981-), American R&B singer-songwriter and actress. She is a French Creole of French and African-American and Native American descent.
*Ciara (1985 - ) American R&B singer of Creole, German, and Irish heritage.
*Amel Larrieux (1973-), American R&B/soul singer-songwriter.
*JoJo (1990-), American pop/R&B singer-songwriter and actress.
*Nick Lachey, singer and former member of the 98 Degrees boys band.
*Mylon LeFevre, gospel singer and writer.
*Paz Lenchantin, bass player part of the band A Perfect Circle.
*Madonna (1958-), French-Canadian from her mother's side of the family
*J. B. Lenoir, Chicago blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.
*Dave Mustaine, the Founder of heavy metal Band Megadeth; Former member of Metallica
*Madeleine Peyroux, American jazz singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
*Yo-Yo Ma, France-born Chinese-American cellist of world renown.
*Pierre Monteux (1875-1964), orchestra conductor.
*Lily Pons (1898-1976), coloratura soprano. [ [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9060783] "French-born American coloratura soprano"]
*Elvis Presley, also known as The King , Certainly the most remembered Rock 'n' Roll singer and Word Legend
*Shandi Sinnamon, singer-songwriter.
*Izzy Stradlin, American rock musician.
*Edgard Varèse, French-born composer.

Others

*Monique Lhuillier(born 1971 in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines - ) Famous fashion designer.
*Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) 3/4 Native, 1/4 French, physician.
*Susette LaFlesche Tibbles (1854-1903) Sister of Susan La Flesche, a writer, and artist.
*Charlotte d'Amboise, American actress and dancer and daughter of Jacques d'Amboise
*Christopher d'Amboise, American dancer, choreographer, writer, and theatre director, son of Jacques d'Amboise
*Jacques d'Amboise, American ballet dancer and choreographer
*Kevyn Aucoin, make-up artist and photographer
*Tom Bergeron, Emmy Award-nominated American television personality
*Anthony Bourdain, author and the "Chef-at-Large" of "Brasserie Les Halles", based in New York City with locations in Miami, Florida, and Washington, D.C.. [cite web | url=http://www.leshalles.net/ | title=Les Halles Homepage| publisher=Brasserie Les Halles | accessdate=2007-06-18] and host of the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure program, ""
*Vance DeGeneres, performer, producer, and writer of several television shows
*Caleb Deschanel, American cinematographer
*Paul Germain, Animation screenwriter and producer.
*Michael Goudeau, juggler and an ex-circus clown. He is also a writer and executive producer for the Showtime series Bullshit!
*Lloyd Jacquet, comic-book innovator
*Ted LeFevre, theatrical set designer
*Yolanda "Tongolele" Montes, exotic dancer and actress of the Cinema of Mexico
*Jean-Paul Poulain (?-2007) famous Maine Franco-American Cabaret recording artist
*Oliver Stone, director
*Cyril Takayama, Japanese/French American illusionist
*Garry Trudeau, cartoonist, best known for the Doonesbury comic strip
*Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, (died ca 1994) Her Father was of French decent. Maiden name is BOUVIER and she is usually referred to by all 3 of her surnames together. She was a former First Lady and wife of the late John F. Kennedy (assassinated November 22, 1963). The public and her fans dubbed her as a fashion icon and trend-setter. After Mr. Onassis died she became a notable philanthropist. She was also an avid patron of the Arts, especially Ballet, and in 2007 The American Ballet Theater (ABT) renamed/rededicated it's school in Ms. Onassis' name.
*Paul Verdier, stage director, actor, and playwright, who also had a number of guest parts in American television

Explorers

*Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont (1679 - 1734) French explorer who made the first maps and documentation of the Missouri and Platte rivers.
*Charles Rochon, founder of modern-day Mobile, commemorated with a plaque at Fort Conde
*Jean Baptiste Baudreau II, only man in American history executed by breaking wheel
*Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau born on the Lewis and Clark expedition, depicted on a US $1 coin
*Toussaint Charbonneau member of the Lewis and Clark expedition
*François Chouteau (1797 - 1838) first white settlers of Kansas City, Missouri.
*René Auguste Chouteau (1749 - 1829) trader with American Indians and an influential figure in early St. Louis. Founder of St. Louis.
*George Drouillard translator on the Lewis and Clark expedition
*Marquis Duquesne (1700 - 1778) French Governor of New France. Duquesne served from 1752 through 1755, and is best known for his role in the French and Indian War.
*Georges Doriot (1899-1987), one of the first venture capitalists. Also a brigadier general in WWII.
*Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable (1745 - 1818) first permanent settler in Chicago, Illinois.
*Peter Faneuil (1700 - 1743) colonial merchant and philanthropist who donated Faneuil Hall to Boston [described as "French" at [http://www.wcities.com/en/record/,15088/34/record.html] ; born in US to French immigrants]
*Antoine LeClaire, Founder of Davenport, Iowa.
*John Lewis Gervais, statesman and Planter from South Carolina. Formed delegate to the Continental Congress
*Joseph Gervais, Pioneer settler and trapper in the Columbia District of the Hudson's Bay Company
*Alexander McGillivray (1750 - 1793) leader of the Creek Indians [Described as "French-Indian" at [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9049718] ; maternal grandfather, Jean Baptiste Louis DeCourtel Marchand, was French]
*John Bevins Moisant (1868 - 1910) aviator [Described as "French-Canadian" at [http://www.bestofneworleans.com/dispatch/2005-03-29/blake.html] ; both parents, Medore Moisant and Josephine Fortier, were French Canadian immigrants to the U.S.]
*Paul Revere (1734/1735 - 1818) silversmith and a patriot in the American Revolution [Described as "French American" at [http://www.abcgallery.com/bio/rivere.html] His father, Apollos Rivoire, was a French Huguenot refugee from Wallonia who had anglicized his name to Paul Revere. His mother, Deborah Hitchbourn, was of English descent [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=michelotti&id=I117763] ]
*Daniel Roberdeau (1727 - 1795) merchant [Described as "French American" at [http://newpsm.profsurv.com/newpsm/archive.php?issue=71&article=1006] ; His father, Isaac Roberdeau, was a French Huguenot immigrant and his mother Mary Cunningham was Scottish]
* William Sublette (1799-1845) Explorer, fur trapper, mountain man.

Law and politics

Congressmen and senators

*Les AuCoin Former Democrat congressman from Oregon.
*Daniel Moreau Barringer, Whig U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1843 and 1849
*Elias Boudinot (1740 - 1821) early American statesman [ [http://www.jerseyhistory.org/findingaid.php?aid=0633] "The Boudinots were French Huguenots who fled France and then England after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes"; both of Boudinot's paternal grandparents were French; his mother was of Welsh and Anglo descent [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1225461&id=I56538400] ]
*James Carville ( - ) French-American )Cajun) from Louisianna. He is an outspoken Democrat and served in the Clinton Administration. He has been a political commentator for many years. See below under "others" for more info
*Tom DeLay (1947 - ) former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Sugar Land, Texas, the former House Majority Leader, prominent member of the Republican Party [ [http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/14748231.htm] ""I trust that you do know Mr. DeLay is French," she said."]
*Mike Gravel (1930 - ) Alaska former U.S. senator and candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination [Gravel - [http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2008/gravel/gravel041706int.html] "GRAVEL: God no. Mahoney... or it was an Irish name. I'm French-Canadian; I'm American but my parents are French Canadian."]
*F. Edward Hebert, former Congressman, Chairman of Armed Services Committee
*Robert M. La Follette, Sr. (1855 - 1925) politician who served as a U.S. Congressman, the 20th Governor of Wisconsin from 1901 - 1906, and Senator from Wisconsin from 1905 - 1925 as a member of the Republican Party [According to [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mary-beth&id=I33578] , his great-grandfather was born in France, most of his other ancestry was English and American
*Jay Le Fevre (1893-1970) New York Republican to the Seventy-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1943 to January 3, 1951
*John Baptiste Charles Lucas, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
*Bernard de Marigny, senator of Louisiana
*Charlie Melancon, US congressman [ [http://www.wwltv.com/local/lafourche/stories/WWL080905melancon.598822dc.html News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Lafourche/Terrebonne News | News for New Orleans, Louisiana |wwltv.com ] ]
*Michael Michaud (1955 - ) Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Millinocket, Maine, first elected in 2002 [ [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Michaud] ]
*Wilmer Mizell (1930-1999) Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for North Carolina from 1969-1975.
*Daniel Roberdeau (1727-1795) represented Pennsylvania from 1777 to 1779] in the Continental Congress and served as a Brigadier General in the state militia during the Revolutionary War
*Joseph Rosier, Senator
*John Sevier (1745 - 1815) served four years as the only governor of the State of Franklin and twelve years as governor of Tennessee, and as a U.S. Representative from Tennessee from 1811 until his death [Described as "French Hugenot" at [http://www.maddoc.net/bridgett/tennhist.htm] ; his paternal grandfather was French, while the rest of his ancestors were of English origin [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2961956&id=I568528124] ]

Governors and presidents

*Armand Beauvais (1783-1843) Governor of Louisiana
*Newton C. Blanchard (1849-1922) United States Representative, Senator, and Governor of Louisiana
*Kathleen Blanco - Governor of Louisiana [ [http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/HurricaneKatrina/story?id=1111600&page=1] "she was nicknamed the "Cajun Grandma" and won the election to become the top elected official in the state." [http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TRAVEL/03/13/French.louisiana.ap/] ""So many people in Louisiana actually speak French every day and feel French, and I think they're a little disappointed about the situation," says Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a French Acadian whose maiden name was Babineaux. "We're looking at a 200-year historical time when France was our greatest ally.""]
*Thomas Carlin, Governor of Illinois
*Pierre Derbigny (1769-1829) Governor of Louisiana
*Pierre S. du Pont, IV, Governor of Delaware, U.S. Representative
*Jacques Dupre, Louisiana State Representative, State Senator and Governor of Louisiana
*William Pope Duval (1784-1854) first Governor of Florida
*Edwin Edwards (1927- ) Louisiana Governor for four terms
*Paul Octave Hébert (1818-1880) Governor of Louisiana from 1853-56 and a General in the Confederate Army
*George Washington First President of the United States of English, French and Irish ancestry
*Franklin D. Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945),32nd President of the United States, of Dutch and French ancestry respectively
*John Fitzgerald Kennedy 35th President of the United States, Irish and French heritage
*John Tyler (1790-1862) The tenth president of the United States of partial French ancestry.
*Richard W. Leche (1898-1965) Democratic governor of Louisiana from 1936 until 1939
*Earl Long (1895-1960) three-time Democratic governor of Louisiana
*Huey Long (1893-1935) Louisiana Governor and a U.S. senator
*Alexander Mouton (1804-1885) United States Senator and Governor of Louisiana
*James A. Noe (1890-1976) Democratic Governor of Louisiana
*Andre B. Roman (1795-1866) Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives and twice elected Governor of Louisiana
*Henry S. Thibodaux (1769-1827), Governor of Louisiana, father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton
*Jacques Villeré (1761-1830) second Governor of Louisiana

Mayors

*Prudent Beaudry mayor of Los Angeles
*Paul Bertus, mayor of New Orleans
*Etienne de Boré, first Mayor of New Orleans
*Jack Breaux, former Republican mayor of Zachary, Louisiana
*Paul Capdevielle, Confederate army officer and then Mayor of New Orleans
*Joey Durel, mayor of Lafayette, Louisiana
*Peter Force (1790-1868) mayor of Washington, D.C., and noted archivist
*William Freret, Thirteenth mayor of New Orleans
*Charles Genois (1793-1866) Mayor of New Orleans
*Nicholas Girod, mayor of New Orleans
*John Brennan Hussey, former mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana
*Moon Landrieu, judge, former mayor of New Orleans, and former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
*Dud Lastrapes, former mayor of Lafayette, Louisiana
*Damien Marchessault, mayor of Los Angeles
*Joseph Edgard Montegut, mayor of New Orleans
*Ashton J. Mouton, former Mayor of Lafayette, Louisiana
*James Pitot, second Mayor of New Orleans
*Louis Philippe de Roffignac, Mayor of New Orleans
*Jacques Roy, former Mayor of Alexandria, Louisiana
*J. A. D. Rozier, mayor of New Orleans
*Roy R. Theriot, former Louisiana comptroller and Mayor of Abbeville, Louisiana
*Charles Trudeau, fifth mayor of New Orleans

Others

*Merle Boucher, of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 9th district since 1991.
*Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
*James Carville - political consultant [ [http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/carville.james.html] "Often referred to as the "Ragin' Cajun" for his animated and colorful debating..."]
*Eugene Debs, union organizer
*George H. Durand Politician, jurist, and attorney.
*Henry Durant, The First President of the University of California.
*Henry Fowle Durant, The Founder of Wellesley College
*Pierre S. du Pont, IV, Member of the Republican Party, who served three terms as U. S. Representative from Delaware and two terms as Governor of Delaware.
*Michael Raoul Duval, investment banker and lawyer who had Senior White House positions while serving under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, where he raised to the position of Special Counsel to the President
*Pierre Charles L'Enfant - architect and urban planner [ [http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/l-enfant.htm Pierre Charles L'Enfant, Major, United States Army ] ]
*John C. Frémont, military officer, explorer and the first candidate of the Republican Party for the office of President of the United States
*John Lewis Gervais, American statesman from South Carolina who served as a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1783.
*John Grenier, one of the figures responsible for the rise of the Republican Party in Alabama
*Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) American Founding Father, army officer, lawyer, politician, leading statesman, financier, and political theorist
*Donald Ray Kennard, former educator and a politician in the Louisiana House of Representatives
*Caroline Kennedy (1957-) daughter of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy
*John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999) son of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy
*Raymond "Lala" Lalonde, former Democratic Louisiana state representative
*Edwin O. LeGrand, was one of the fifty-seven men who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.
*Lyndon LaRouche, an American political figure
*Dudley J. LeBlanc, popular member of Democratic Party
*William Lenoir, American Revolutionary War officer and prominent statesman
*Alexander McGillivray - leader of the Creek Indians [ [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9049718] "French-Indian who became the principal chief of the Creek Indians in the years following the American Revolution."]
*Ernest Nathan Morial, American political, legal, and civil rights leader
*Libby Pataki, former First Lady of New York
*Hope Portocarrero (1929-1991) former First Lady of Nicaragua
*Julien de Lallande Poydras (1740-1824) French-American politician who served as Delegate from the Orleans Territory to the United States House of Representatives
*Joel Roberts Poinsett, physician, botanist and American statesman
*Pierre Salinger - press secretary [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/politics/17salinger.html?ex=1255752000&en=60c811d99319165d&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland] "He then became a French correspondent and later Paris bureau chief for ABC News." [http://www.bonjourparis.com/Articles/Profiles_and_Interviews/Pierre_Salinger,_France's_American/] ]
*Pierre Soulé, U.S. politician and diplomat during the mid-19th century, best known for writing the Ostend Manifesto in 1854 as part of an attempt to annex Cuba to the United States
*Billy Tauzin - politician [ [http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20031006&s=cottle100603] [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1:108410020/Cajun+Dressing+-+Billy+Tauzin,+charming+villain.html?refid=SEO] ]
*David Vitter, politician

Literature

Authors and writers

*Stephen Vincent Benét (1898 - 1943) author, poet, short story writer and novelist
*Kate Chopin (1851 - 1904) author of short stories and novels [Described as "French Catholic" at [http://chopin.thefreelibrary.com/] ; her maternal grandmother, Athena'ise Charleville, was of French descent; the rest of her ancestry was Irish and English [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2291964&id=I348] ]
*Ève Curie, French author and writer, married an American and worked for the UNICEF
*John Dufresne author [From an interview with Dufresne: [http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/Secure/content/cb.asp?cbid=4667] "Nathan Leslie: John, do you think your French Canadian background has influenced your writing? If so, how? John Dufresne: It is this primal landscape that shapes us as it shapes the characters in our stories. "You write from where you are," William Stafford said. I write from being a French Canadian/American who grew up on what had been called French Hill until the Irish and Italians muscled us out. And then it was Grafton Hill. Novelist David Plante, author of novels about growing up French Canadian not far from my home, says: "Franco-American culture is gone, and perhaps the only way to have written about it was to believe it was over even while it was being written about. Les vrais paradis sont les paradis perdus might have been said by Proust about an entirely different world, but it applies--with the difference that the Franco past was never a paradise." Grafton Hill was in the fifties and sixties as exclusively Catholic and blue collar as neighborhoods get. Jobs ran to the trades, factories, and public service. There were no dancers or brain surgeons, actors, or professors among the French Canadians on the Hill."]
*Theodore de Laguna, American philosopher known as an early feminist
*John Dufresne, American author
*Will Durant (1885 - 1981) philosopher, historian, and writer [ [http://www.willdurant.com/levy.htm] "Will Durant was French-Canadian and a Roman Catholic who had become skeptical of religion."]
*Kelly Le Fave, Poete (1959 - )
*Robert Grenier (poet), contemporary American poet who is often associated with the Language School
*Cortnee Howard, (1989) contemporary poet - published as a teenager.
*Jack Kerouac (1922 - 1969) novelist, writer, poet, artist, and part of the Beat Generation [ [http://www.beatmuseum.org/kerouac/jackkerouac.html] "Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Kerouac, a French-Canadian child on March 12, 1922 in working-class Lowell, Massachusetts."]
*Sidney Lanier (1842 - 1881) musician and poet [ [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=refinnigan11&id=I19305] His French ancestors immigrated to England in the 16th century]
*Richard Le Gallienne, man of letters
*Jonathan Littell, French-American author
*Grace Metalious (1924 - 1964) author, best known for "Peyton Place" [ [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0736683151?st=%2A] "When it was released in 1956, PEYTON PLACE, the debut novel by French Canadian Grace Metalious…"]
*Alice Miel, Author, Writer
*Anaïs Nin (1903 - 1977) famous for published diaries [ [http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/anaisnin.htm] "French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer"]
*William Pène du Bois, famous author, Illustrator and publisicst
*Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739 - 1817) writer, economist and statesman [ [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9031302] "French economist..."]
*Annie Proulx
*Paul Theroux
*Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) author, development critic, naturalist, transcendentalist, pacifist, tax resister and philosopher who is famous for "Walden" (on simple living amongst nature), "Civil Disobedience", "Resistance to Civil Government", and many other articles and essays [His paternal grandfather was from the Isle of Jersey; his other ancestry was English - American [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=maold&id=I18020] ]
*Gerald Vizenor (1934 - ) poet, novelist and literary theorist. Vizenor is best known as an Anishinaabe writer, but he has written extensively about his French ancestors in texts such as "Wordarrows" (the narrative persona, "Clement Beaulieu", was the name of his uncle). [ [http://oncampus.richmond.edu/faculty/ASAIL/SAIL2/53.html SAIL Ser.2, 5.3 ] ] [ [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0095-182X(198524)9%3A1%3C31%3ATVOGVS%3E2.0.CO%3B2-I] ]
*Marguerite Yourcenar, author and first woman to be elected to the Académie Française, in 1980
*Louis L'Amour

Editors and publishers

*Camille Cazedessus Jr., editor and publisher
*Joel T. LeFevre, editor-in-chief the Citizens Informer, a quarterly newspaper put out by the Council of Conservative Citizens

Education

*Vladimir Lefebvre, mathematical psychologist at the University of California, Irvine
*Jean Mayer (1920-1993) renowned French-American nutritionist and the tenth president of Tufts University from 1976 to 1992
*Eric H. du Plessis, professor
*Jeffrey Vitter, Frederick L. Hovde Dean of Science at Purdue University

Journalism

*Adras LaBorde (1912 - 1993) Louisiana-based reporter, editor, and columnist [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adras_LaBorde#A_.22good_government.22_columnist]
*Steven Goldman, sports writer on baseball and a commentator on the New York Yankees and at times on the New York Mets
*Richard Grenier, neoconservative cultural columnist for "The Washington Times", and a film critic for "Commentary" and "The New York Times"
*Connie LeGrand, Television journalist who has served in broadcasting in South Carolina and was host of Speed News (now The Speed Report)
*John R. MacArthur, reporter for "The Wall Street Journal" (1977), the "Washington Star" (1978), "The Bergen Record" (1978–1979), "Chicago Sun-Times" (1979–1982), and an assistant foreign editor at United Press International (1982).
*E. Annie Proulx, American journalist and author

Military

*P. G. T. Beauregard, general for the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, writer, civil servant and inventor.
*Benjamin Bonneville, French-born officer in the United States Army, fur trapper, and explorer in the American West [http://nonfictionwise.com/eBooks/CaptainBenjaminLEBonnevilleeBooks.htm]
*Mitch Bouyer (1837-1876) interpreter/guide in the Old West following the American Civil War, killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25th, 1876
*Claire Lee Chennault, former World War II aviator
*Claudius Crozet, French-born educator and civil engineer
*Stephen Decatur (1779 - 1820) naval officer notable for his heroism in actions at Tripoli, Libya in the Barbary Wars and in the War of 1812
*Lewis DuBois - American Revolutionary War commander
*Michael Durant, Army Pilot officer
*Rene Gagnon (1925 - 1979) one of the U.S. Marines immortalized in the famous World War II photograph (by Joe Rosenthal) of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima [Described as French-Canadian at [http://www.fcgsc.org/cmlindex/cmlndx2.htm] ; parents were French Canadian immigrants to US [http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/rgagnon.htm] ]
*Robert Grenier, a longtime CIA officer who served as the CIA's top counter-terrorism official in 2005
*Jean Joseph Amable Humbert, a figure in New France's military who settled in New Orleans in 1808
*Papa Jack Laine, bandleader
*Leon J. LaPorte, four-star general
*Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette (1757 - 1834) aristocrat, considered a national hero in both France and the United States for his participation in the French and American revolutions for which he became an Honorary Citizen of the United States
*William Lenoir (general), American Revolutionary War officer and prominent statesman in late 18th-century and early 19th-century North Carolina
*Andrew Lewis (soldier), pioneer, surveyor, and soldier from Virginia
*Prince Achille Murat, former colonel who settled in New France
*Eugene Roe, World War II medic in the famed Easy Company
*Frederick Rosier, Royal Air Force commander.

Religion

*Antoine Blanc, fourth Bishop and first Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans
*Roy Bourgeois, American priest in the Maryknoll order of the Roman Catholic Church and founder of the human rights group SOA Watch
*Claude Marie Dubuis, second Roman Catholic bishop of Texas
*Peter L'Huillier, retired archbishop of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of New York and New Jersey
*Mathias Loras (1792-1858) priest who later became the first Bishop of the Dubuque Diocese in what would become the state of Iowa
*Michael Portier (1795-1859) Roman Catholic bishop and the first Bishop of Mobile
*Tammy Faye Messner

cience

*John James Audubon (1785 - 1851) ornithologist, naturalist, and painter [ [http://www.gatewayno.com/history/Audubon.html] describes him as French American; both parents were French; he was raised in Nantes, France [http://www.audubon.org/nas/jja.html] "]
*Daniel Barringer (geologist), geologist and son of Daniel Barringer, congressman
*Jonathan Betts-LaCroix, Chief technical officer of OQO
*Louis Chevrolet, strong inventor of the Chevrolet brand cars with William C.Durant
*Philippe Cousteau Jr., environmentalist
*René Dubos (1901 - 1982) microbiologist, experimental pathologist, environmentalist, humanist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author [ [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9031335] born in Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France]
*William F. Durand, The Forerunner of NASA. The first civilian chair of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Naval officer and pioneer mechanical engineer.
*William C. Durant, a leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry, co-founder of Chevrolet cars with Louis Chevrolet
*Pierre Charles L'Enfant (1754 - 1825) architect and urban planner [Born in Paris, France to George L'Enfant and Frances Ragond; immigrated to US]
*William B. Lenoir, former NASA astronaut
*John Bevins Moisant (1868-1910) United States aviator
*Matilde E. Moisant (1878-1964) American pioneer aviatrix and sister of John Bevins Moisant
*Caroline Moreau, American scientist and self described "pro-choice" advocate
*Paco Nathan, computer scientist, author, and performance art show producer
*Bill Nye, also known as "Bill Nye the Science Guy", is an American television program host, science educator, and mechanical engineer
*Norbert Rilleaux, inventor, engineer
*Michel (Michael) Ter-Pogossian (1925-1996) physicist who was the father of Positron emission tomography
*Edward Livingston Trudeau (1848-1915) doctor who established the Adirondack Cottage Sanitorium at Saranac Lake for treatment of tuberculosis
*Vincent du Vigneaud, American biochemist and Nobel-Prize winner

ports

Baseball

*Danny Ardoin, baseball player (catcher)
*Lou Boudreau, baseball player
*Mike DeJean, baseball player
*Jim Duquette, current vice president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles
*Leo Durocher, Brooklyn Dodgers player and Manager and Hall of Famer
*Andre Ethier, baseball player, French father
*Mike Fontenot (1980- ) Louisiana State University and Major League Baseball infielder
*Ray Fontenot (1957 - ) former Major League pitcher
*Jeff Francoeur, baseball player
*Chad Gaudin, baseball player
*Tom Glavine, baseball pitcher
*Ron Guidry, former baseball player [ [http://www.georgerodrigue.com/outstandingalum.htm] "Just like George, he's a nice, country, Cajun guy, who left Louisiana to follow his dream and continued that dream by returning to his roots. "]
*Cal Hubbard, famous former Baseball umpire
*Gene Lamont, Former catcher and who managed the Chicago White Sox (1992-1995) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1997-2000)
*Nap Lajoie, Hall of Fame former second baseman in Major League Baseball
*Jim Lefebvre, former second baseman, third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball
*John Maine, current New York Mets pitcher
*Bill Monbouquette, baseball player, member of Red Sox Hall of Fame
*Jerry Remy, Red Sox Second Baseman and later TV Presenter
*Andy Pettitte, Starting Pitcher for the NY Yankees
*Edd Roush, Center-field baseball player and hall of famer
*Ryan Theriot, second baseman for the Chicago Cubs, born in Baton Rouge, La.

Basketball

*Paul Arizin, former basketball player and Hall-of-Famer
*Bob Cousy, former NBA player and Hall-of-Famer
*Pat Durham, American former professional basketball
*Dave Fergerson, basketball player who mostly plays in Europe
*Joakim Noah, NBA basketball player (Chicago Bulls)

Football

*Chris DeFrance, Wide receiver for the Washington Redskins.
*Joe DeLamielleure, former American football offensive lineman
*Jake Delhomme, NFL quarterback [ [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1:115312978/Gotta-wanna-needa-getta-hava~C~+cajun+quarterback+Jake+Delhomme,+who+led+the+Carolina+Panthers+to+the+super+bowl,+inked+a+deal+to+endorse+Bojangles+spicy+chicken~R~(Tattle+Tales)(Brief+Article).html?refid=SEO] [http://panthers.com/news/newsroomNewsDetail.jsp?id=18196] ]
*Brett Favre, NFL quarterback
*Gus Frerotte, NFL quarterback
*Mark Gastineau, former New York Jets
*Bobby Hebert, former NFL quarterback [ [http://lafourche.com/sports/hebert.htm] "The Cajun Cannon" [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCL/is_4_34/ai_n6257771] ]
*Dick Jauron, Buffalo Bills headcoach
*Tom Landry, coach, Dallas Cowboys
*Stefan LeFors, football quarterback [ [http://www.washtimes.com/sports/20050527-121250-4839r.htm Washington Times - Barrow, Morton among likely cuts ] ]
*Steve Largent, NFL hall of famer
*Chad Lavalais, NFL player
*Luke Petitgout, NFL defender on the New York Giants team
*Jim Thorpe (1888-1953) Hall of fame football player. He was 1/2Native American, 1/4Irish, and 1/4French. He was also a star baseball, basketball, and an Olympic star
*Dick Vermeil, former NFL player

Hockey

*Brian Boucher, professional ice hockey goaltender for the San Jose Sharks
*Guy Hebert, former professional ice hockey goaltender
*Paul Martin, hockey player
*Philippe Sauvé, professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Boston Bruins

Nascar

*Greg Biffle, nascar driver
*Brett Bodine, nascar driver
*Geoff Bodine, nascar driver
*Todd Bodine, nascar driver
*Bill France, Sr. (1909-1992) co-founder of NASCAR
*Terry Labonte, nascar driver and brother of Bobby Labonte
*Bobby Labonte, nascar driver and brother of Terry Labonte
*Randy LaJoie, nascar driver
*Jack Roush, nascar team owner

occer

*Brian Maisonneuve, famous past soccer player
*David Regis (1968 - ) former soccer defender [ [http://www.ussoccerplayers.com/players/david_regis/] "French-American David Regis earned a starter¿s spot on the 1998 U.S. World Cup squad"]
*Bert Patenaude, Hall-of-Famer and first player to score a hat-trick in a FIFA World Cup
*Quentin Westberg (1986 - ) football (soccer) goalkeeper playing for Troyes AC in France's Ligue 1 [ [http://www.yanks-abroad.com/content.php?mode=bestxi&id=001912] "Could you talk a little about what being both French and American has meant for your soccer development?... Actually, I really think that if I'm a professional today, it's because of my development both in France and in the US. I always try to take what's best for me as an athlete and a keeper from both cultures and honestly think that if I hadn't made the choice of playing internationally for the US youth teams, I wouldn't be in my situation today and wouldn't have developed as quickly."]

Others

*Laila Ali (1977 - ) Professional boxer and daughter of Muhammad Ali and his Louisiana Creole wife.
*Surya Bonaly (1973 - ) professional figure skater [ [http://espn.go.com/oly/news/2004/0109/1704584.html] "French figure skating champion Surya Bonaly has become a US citizen during a ceremony Friday in Las Vegas."]
*Randy Couture, Mixed Martial Arts champion
*Jean Cruguet (1939 - ) thoroughbred horse racing jockey who won the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing [ [http://www.innisfree.org/1997.html] "Detractors of his French born, quotidian jockey said that if Jean Cruguet"]
*Eddie Delahoussaye, former quarter-horse jockey [ [http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2002/derby_coverage/derby_news/derby_news_03232002.html] "The California-based Delahoussaye, a Cajun from New Iberia, La., is one of the best riders in Kentucky Derby history."]
*Kent Desormeaux, hall of famer jockey
*Bob Duval, professional golfer and is best known for being the father of David Duval, formerly the top-ranked player in the world
*David Duval professional golfer and former World No. 1 who competes on the PGA Tour
*Eric Guerin, hall of fame jockey [ [http://www.megantingleybooks.com/books/11/0446530700/chapter_excerpt16905.html] "Eric Guerin, the twenty-eight-year-old Cajun jockey who rode all of Vanderbilt's top horses under a contract arrangement."]
*Phil Lafleur, professional wrestler
*Jack LaLanne, fitness, exercise and nutritional expertFact|date=July 2007
*Jason Lamy-Chappuis, French Nordic combined athlete who has been competing since 2002
*Edward LeMaire, Pro Figure Skater
*Greg LeMond, cyclist and three-time winner of the Tour de France
*John LeRoux, professional wrestler [ [http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/team/player.jsp?player_id=444135 The Official Site of The Chicago Cubs: Team: Player Information ] ]
*John LeRoux, pro-wrestler
*Francis Ouimet, golf player
*Mary Pierce, tennis player who won multiple "Grand Slam" titles
*Allaire du Pont, American sportswoman and a member of the prominent French-American Du Pont family
*Louis Meyer (1904-1995) American Hall of Fame race car driver best known as the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500
*Steve Prefontaine Legendary runner
*Régis Sénac, fencer and instructor
*Craig Titus, IFBB professional bodybuilder
*Triple H (1969 - ) professional wrestler [ [http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=62-0743478886-0] ""the French guy" in World Championship Wrestling"]
*Benny Valger, nicknamed "The French Flash", American professional featherweight boxer who fought from the late 1910s until the 1930s

Other

Art

*Jack E. Boucher, Celebre Photographer
*Xavier Fourcade, famous art dealer
*Steve Lavigne, American comic book illustrator best known for his lettering and coloring on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
*Daniel Wildenstein, world-famous art dealer

Cuisine

*Anthony Bourdain, American author and the "Chef-at-Large" of Brasserie Les Halles
*Wylie Dufresne, chef and owner of wd~50 restaurant in Manhattan
*Emeril Lagasse, celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author
*Justin Wilson, chef
*Paul Prudhomme, chef

Fictional characters

*Nate Archibald, A Gossip Girl Character
*Ryan Chappelle, from 24
*Bill Dauterive from the cartoon "King of the Hill".
*Henri Ducard, Celebre character in "Batman"
*Allison DuBois, Medium Character
*Blanche DuBois, is a French fictional character in Tennessee Williams
*Calleigh Duquesne, a French fictional Character in CSI Miami
*Jay "Chef" Hicks, an engineman who brings Captain Benjamin Willard to Colonel Walter E. Kurts in "Apocalypse Now".
*Caledon Nathan Hockley, future husband of Rose DeWitt Bukater in "Titanic" (1997 film)
*Louis de Pointe du Lac, Fictional character in The Vampire Chronicles
*Gil Renard one of the most remembered characters in the Fan (1996 film)
*Captain Benjamin Sisko, commanding officer of space station Deep Space Nine and the USS Defiant in the Star Trek universe
*Holling Vincoeur, Character of the television series Northern Exposure

Other

*Frank Abagnale (1948 - ) famous impostor [ [http://www.Crime Library.com] "The Story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr. from www.Crime Library.com."]
*Jean Lafitte (1780? - 1826?) Gulf of Mexico pirate
*Alice Heine, American-born Princess of Monaco
*Marie Laveau, voodoo queen
*Carlene LeFevre, competitive eater and wife of Rich LeFevre
*Rich LeFevre, nicknamed "The Locust" is a competitive eater and husband of Carlene LeFevre
*Nadia McCaffrey, humanitarian
*Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929 - 1994) former First Lady of the United States [ [http://www.thecityreview.com/jackieo.html] noted that she was proud of her French ancestry, which was distant [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3107099&id=I578997] ]
*Georges de Paris, French-American tailor of the United States presidents
*Elmo Patrick Sonnier, convicted murderer and rapist executed, played by Sean Penn in "Dead Man Walking"

ee also

*List of Cajuns
*List of Louisiana Creoles

References


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