Actress Jennifer Beals, best known for her role in "Flashdance," is the daughter of an African-American businessman and an Irish Catholic educator.
"My mother was of a darker complexion. ... My father was a white man," abolitionist Frederick Douglass wrote in the autobiography, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave."
California Attorney General Kamala Harris is the first female, African-American and Asian-American lawyer for the state. Her mother is Indian, and her father is Jamaican-American.
Actress Lisa Bonet, best known for her role as Denise Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" and "A Different World," is the daughter of a white Jewish mother and an African-American father.
Actor Wentworth Miller is the son of a black father and white mother. "It's very easy to be the young Tom Cruise, because Hollywood knows what to do with you," he told People magazine in 2006. "But if you're someone who's bringing something slightly left of center to the table, you're not a sure thing."
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson described himself as "half-black and half-Samoan" to Vibe magazine in 1999. He is the son of wrestler Rocky Johnson and grandson to wrestler Peter Maivia, who was Samoan.
Jasmine Guy, known for her role as Whitley Gilbert in "A Different World," was born to a mother of Portuguese descent and an African-American minister and Morehouse College instructor.
Directors Albert and Allen Hughes are twin brothers who made "Menace II Society," "Dead Presidents" and "The Book of Eli." Their mother is of Armenian descent, and their father is African-American.
Singer Faith Evans was born into music: She was raised by her grandmother and mother, a black blues singer. Her father was an Italian musician.
Saul Hudson, more popularly known as the musician Slash, is the former lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses. His mother was a black American and his father a white Brit.
Jamaican singer Bob Marley was born to a black Jamaican store owner and cook and a white British army captain.
British author Zadie Smith is the child of a Jamaican mother and a British father.
Actress and recording artist Jordin Sparks receives a kiss from her dad, former football player Phillippi Sparks, and mom, Jodi Sparks, at the premiere of "Sparkle."
U.S. President Barack Obama is the son of a white American mother and a black Kenyan father.