25 Most Notable People Who’ve Been Deported

Posted by , Updated on April 23, 2024

Every year, hundreds of thousands of ordinary individuals are deported for a variety of reasons – this much we know. But have you ever wondered about the deportations of high-profile and widely recognized individuals? You may be surprised to learn that over the years, numerous celebrities, ranging from political activists to renowned musicians, have experienced deportation. It becomes clear that being well-known or infamous doesn’t shield you from governmental decisions to expel you from their nation. In fact, in many instances, these celebrities have been targeted for voicing opposition to government activities. Are you curious to find out who’s been given the marching orders? Here’s a list of 25 Most Notable People Who’ve Been Deported.



Paris Hilton

Paris_Hilton_3Source: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/sep/22/paris-hilton-denied-entry-japan

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.


George Harrison

george harrisonSource: https://www.beatlesbible.com/1960/11/21/george-harrison-deported-germany/

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.


Anna Chapman

anna chapmanSource: https://www.biography.com/people/anna-chapman-17183786

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.


Russell Brand

russell brandSource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/13499897/russell-brand-deported-from-japan-by-immigration

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.


Reinhold Kulle

ssSource: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-10-28/news/8703210248_1_ss-guard-reinhold-kulle-deported

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.


Trevor Berbick

Boxing_glovesSource: https://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/14/sports/plus-boxing-berbick-deported-for-a-second-time.html

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.


Charles Ponzi

Charles_PonziSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/20377/who-was-ponzi-what-was-his-scheme

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.


Rosaura Revueltas

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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

conrad blackSource: https://www.smh.com.au/business/conrad-black-deported-to-canada-20120505-1y56f.html

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.


Hermine Braunsteiner

Hermine BraunsteinerSource: https://www.nytimes.com/1972/09/09/archives/killing-of-six-laid-to-exnazi-guard-us-deportation-hearing-here.html

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.


Andrija Artuković

andrijaSource: https://www.nytimes.com/1988/01/19/obituaries/andrija-artukovic-88-nazi-ally-deported-to-yugoslavia-is-dead.html

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.


Gary Glitter

gary glitterSource: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/72769/gary-glitter-deported-from-cambodia

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.


Oliver O'Grady

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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.


Allen Ginsberg

ginsbergSource: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/ginsberg/life.htm

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.


Tsien Hsue-shen

Tsien Hsue-shenSource: https://www.nytimes.com/1964/10/17/archives/a-top-chinese-scientist-was-deported-by-us-dr-tsien-may-have-a-role.html

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.


Lucky Luciano

LucianoSource: https://www.biography.com/people/lucky-luciano-9388350

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.


Charlie Chaplin

charlie chaplinSource: https://www.history.com/news/9-things-you-may-not-know-about-charlie-chaplin

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)

Yusuf-2009Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-deports-yusuf-islam-over-claims-that-he-supports-terrorist-groups-547332.html

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.


Griselda Blanco

Griselda_Blanco_MedellinSource: https://www.biography.com/people/griselda-blanco-20965407

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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Emma Goldman

goldmanSource: https://jwa.org/thisweek/dec/21/1919/emma-goldman

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.


Tim Maia

tim maiaSource: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/arts/music/tim-maia-brazilian-singer-is-in-resurgence.html

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.


John Lennon

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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.


Rod Stewart

Rod_Stewart_(1971)Source: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/rod-stewart-mn0000293896/biography

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.


Charlize Theron

theronSource: http://www.digitalspy.com/showbiz/news/a130623/theron-deported-from-the-us-at-19/

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.


Paul McCartney

mccartneySource: https://www.beatlesbible.com/1960/11/30/paul-mccartney-pete-best-deported-germany/

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.

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