Every year, hundreds of thousands of everyday people are deported for one reason or the other. We all know that. But, what about notable and famous people? Believe it or not, over the years, many famous people have been deported. From political activists to popular musicians, these celebrities have proven sometimes fame and notoriety don’t make you immune to the government’s will to kick you out of their country. In fact, often some of these celebrities became a target for speaking out against government activities. Ready to see who got the boot? Here are 25 Most Notable People Who’ve Been Deported.
Fashion icon and socialite Paris Hilton was stopped and questioned at customs in Japan for her recent drug violations in Las Vegas. Japan has strict immigration laws especially in relation to drugs. She was swiftly denied entry, turned around, and deported back to the United States.
On November 20th, 1960, famous Beatle and guitarist George Harrison was deported from Hamburg, Germany, after it was discovered he was under the age of eighteen. Before being deported, he had to teach all his guitar parts to John Lennon.
While running her real estate company PropertyFinder Ltd. in Manhattan, Anna Chapman spent her nights in nightclubs and getting cozy with people in policy-making circles. Later, she made headlines for being a Russian spy. She and many of her fellow spies were deported back to Russia in a Russian and United States spy swap on July 8, 2010. Since then, she’s become something of a national Russian hero.
This British comedian was deported from Japan in 2011 while traveling with his now ex-wife, Katy Perry. According to Perry, he was deported for priors he had ten years ago.
This custodian at a suburban school in the United States later admitted to being a former SS guard a World War II Nazi concentration camp. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court which ultimately denied his lawyer’s plea and had Kulle deported to West Germany in 1987.
This former heavyweight boxing champion was deported from the United States twice in five years. Once for a traffic violation and the other for illegal entry. Each time he was sent back to Jamaica.
Famous for creating the notorious Ponzi Scheme, this Italian criminal was eventually deported to Italy in 1949, living out the rest of his life in poverty and dying in Rio de Janeiro.
This Mexican actress, remembered for her film Salt of the Earth, was deported after conservative congressman, Donald Jackson, accused her of being a Communist and illegally entering the United States. She was banned in both the United States and Mexico from acting, ending her career.
Conrad Black, Lord Black of Crossharbour
This former member of the British House of Lords, media mogul, and investment fraudster was deported from the United States to Canada after serving three years in prison.
This former SS Nazi prison guard was the first Nazi war criminal to be deported for the United States to face trial in Germany. Known as the “Stomping Mare,” she whipped women and children to death.
This World War II war criminal and fascist fled to Switzerland and eventually became a longtime resident of Seal Beach, California, adopting the alias Alois Anich. Once discovered living there by Yugoslav authorities who wanted him extradited, he went through a 35-year legal battle until he was finally deported in 1986.
This glam rock star convicted of child pornography in 1999 in Britain was deported from Cambodia because his presence ruined their countries image, a country with lax laws that create a safe haven for sex predators. It’s believed after deportation he went to Vietnam.
This notorious Catholic priest, pedophile, and serial rapist was paroled after seven years time in California prison. He was deported to Ireland in the year 2000.
This famous poet, writer, and journalist, known for his poem “Howl” was deported from Cuba for speaking out against the government’s persecution of homosexuals at Havana University.
Integral to helping the United States space program, this Chinese scientist was deported to China in 1955, accused of being a member of the Communist Party. He denied the allegations but was deported regardless.
This notorious American mobster and architect of the modern organized crime machine eventually moved to Havana, Cuba before being deported to his native Italy. He lived out the rest of his days in Naples.
Technically, this film comic legend wasn’t deported so much as exiled from the United States. McCarthyism didn’t look fondly on his movie “Modern Times” and pegged him as a Communist sympathizer. As such, a Mississippi Congressman called for his deportation. He was on vacation at the time and was unable to re-enter the United States until 1972 to accept an Academy Award.
Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
This famous pop singer went into the limelight in 2004 when United States officials claimed he supported terrorists. Immigration officials put him on a terrorist list and when Islam flew into Washington, FBI agents had the plane diverted to Maine where FBI officials escorted him off the plane and quickly deported him back to Britain.
This member of the notorious Medellin Cartel made a name for herself smuggling drugs into Florida and murdering anyone getting in her way, earning nicknames like “Black Widow” and “Queen of Cocaine.” She served a ten-year prison sentence in the United States before being deported back to Colombia in 2004.
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Born in Lithuania in 1869, this prominent activist immigrated to the United States and spoke about anarchism, free speech, women’s rights, and birth control. However, due to the 1918 Alien Act, a bill that deported aliens that supported anarchism, she was deported to the Soviet Union on the S.S. Buford.
With a big voice and a heart for adapting American soul to Brazilian tastes, this funk singer was arrested in the United States for marijuana possession and swiftly deported back to Rio de Janeiro.
U.S. immigration authorities ordered this famous artist, singer, and musician of the Beatles to be deported in 1973. At the time, they claimed the reason was a 1968 conviction in England for marijuana possession. However, later it was revealed it stemmed from Nixon’s fear of Lennon’s political views and influence.
This famous singer got his start touring with the folk singer Wizz Jones in the 60’s. However, it was during that time that he was deported from Spain for vagrancy.
After financing a documentary called East of Havana, this South African native actress was deported from the United States at age 19 for being unpatriotic. Theron later became an American citizen in 2007.
This famous singer and musician was deported from Germany in 1960 for suspicion of arson. He was woken up in the middle of the night by police and swiftly put on a plane and sent back to London.