Denzel Washington

by ethnic on October 29, 2017

Birth Name: Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.

Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1954

Ethnicity: African-American

Denzel Washington is an American actor, filmmaker, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Glory (1989), and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Training Day (2001).

Denzel is African-American. He is the son of Lennis (Lowe) and Denzel H. Washington, a Pentecostal preacher. His father was born in Virginia and his mother was born in Georgia. Denzel is married to actress and singer Pauletta Pearson Washington, with whom he has four children, including actor and football player John David Washington.

Denzel was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1996. He is the first African-American to have been given this title by the magazine (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, in 2016, is the second). He is also the first non-caucasian person to have thus far been given the title (Johnson is the second).

Denzel’s paternal grandfather was William Washington (the son of William Washington, Sr. and Margaret Johnson). Denzel’s grandfather William was born in Virginia. Denzel’s great-grandparents William and Margaret were born into slavery.

Denzel’s paternal grandmother was Virginia Page (the daughter of Herod “Harry” Page and Lucia “Louise”/”Louesa” Rain/Rayn). Denzel’s grandmother Virginia was born in Virginia.

Denzel’s maternal grandfather was Tillman/Tilman Lowe/Low. Tillman was born in Georgia.

Denzel’s maternal grandmother was Eliza Jackson (the daughter of William Jackson and Rachel). Eliza was born in Georgia. William and Rachel were born into slavery.

Sources: Article about Denzel’s family history –

Genealogy of Denzel Washington –

Denzel’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Denzel’s paternal great-grandparents, William Washington, Sr. and Margaret Johnson, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

Denzel’s paternal grandmother, Virginia Page, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Denzel’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Lily James

by follers on December 1, 2014

2013 Laurence Olivier Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson

Place of Birth: Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 5 April, 1989

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, French, small amount of German

Lily James is an English actress. She is the daughter of Ninette V. A. (Mantle) and James S. “Jamie” Thomson, an actor and musician. Her stage surname James is after her father’s first name.

Lily’s paternal grandfather is named James Hamish Stewart Thomson (the son of James Thomson). Lily’s grandfather James was from a family from Glasgow, Scotland.

Lily’s paternal grandmother was Helen Horton, an actress (born Helen Virginia Horton, the daughter of Walter Clark Horton and Frances Katherine Stewart). Helen was American, born in Chicago, Illinois, of English, Scottish, and German descent. Helen had deep colonial American roots, going back to the 1600s. Walter was the son of Walter Shurts Horton and Alice Cary Jones. Frances was the daughter of William Stewart and Mary Ellen McArthur, who was born in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

Lily’s maternal grandfather was William Eric Mantle (the son of William James Mantle and Laura Edith Carter). Lily’s grandfather William was born in Tiverton, Devon, England, and was a Christian minister. Laura was the daughter of John Carder and Eva Nott.

Lily’s maternal grandmother was named Marinette R. Touzet. Marinette was likely French.

Lily is a sixth cousin of President George H. W. Bush, a sixth cousin, once removed, of the first President Bush’s children, President George W. Bush and Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, and a sixth cousin, twice removed, of the second President Bush’s daughter, journalist Jenna Bush Hager, and Jeb’s son, politician George P. Bush. Lily’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Stephen Horton, was a brother of the first President Bush’s great-great-great-great-grandmother, Sarah Horton. Their parents were Comfort Horton and Joanna Wood.

Sources: Genealogy of Lily’s paternal grandmother, Helen Virginia Horton (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Lily’s paternal grandmother, Helen Virginia Horton, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Lily’s paternal great-grandfather, Walter Clark Horton, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lily’s maternal grandfather, William Eric Mantle –

with some credit to genealogists George Larson and Michael J. Wood

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Jeremy Irvine

by follers on October 9, 2013

Jeremy Irvine

Birth Name: Jeremy William Fredric Smith

Place of Birth: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 18 June, 1990

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/8th Scottish, 1/32 Channel Islander/Jersey, and distant Irish

Jeremy Irvine is an English actor. He is the son of Bridget Zoe Dorrington (Glockling) and Christopher Fredric Smith. His brother, Toby Irvine, has also acted. Jeremy took on Irvine, the first name of his paternal grandfather, as his stage surname.

Jeremy has roots in Cambridgeshire going back to at least the 1700s.

Jeremy’s paternal grandfather was Irvine Battinson Smith (the son of Fredric Battinson Smith and Mary Irvine Johnstone). Jeremy’s grandfather Irvine was born in Wharfedale, Yorkshire. Fredric was the son of William Hodgson Smith and Sarah Ann/Anne Battinson. Jeremy’s great-grandmother Mary Irvine was the daughter of Thomas Johnstone, who was Scottish, from Annan, Dumfriesshire, and of Clara Newboult.

Jeremy’s paternal grandmother is Kathleen Lilley Turner (the daughter of Sir Ralph Lilley Turner and Dorothy Rivers Goulty). Sir Ralph, a noted philologist and university administrator, was the son of George S. Turner and Bertha S. Lilley. Dorothy was the daughter of William Howard Goulty and Helen/Ellie Wood Longwill; Helen was Scottish, from Elie, Fife.

Jeremy’s maternal grandfather is Frank Glockling (the son of James Horace Glockling and Annie Florence Heywood). Frank was born in Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales. James was the son of William Glockling and Charlotte Carter Orton. Annie was the daughter of William Heywood and Lillia Maria Nugent, who was of part Irish descent.

Jeremy’s maternal grandmother is Beryl Dorrington (the daughter of Horace John Dorrington and Dorothy Melinda Reeves). Beryl was born in East Stonehouse, Devon. Horace was the son of Thomas Piper Dorrington and Annie Augusta B. Helson. Dorothy was the daughter of William Henry Reeves and Melinda Ann Dufeu.

Jeremy’s great-great-grandmother Melinda Ann Dufeu was born on Saint Helier, on the island of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; she was the daughter of Matthew Philip Dufeu/Du Feu, who was from Saint Helier, and of Melinda/Malinda A. Stitson, who was English and whose own parents were William Stitson and Ann (likely Ann Abbott).

Sources: Genealogy of Jeremy Irvine –

Genealogy of Jeremy’s paternal grandfather, Irvine Battinson Smith –

Jeremy’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Melinda Ann Dufeu, on the 1871 England and Wales Census –

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Armie Hammer

by ethnic on October 1, 2011

Birth Name: Armand Douglas Hammer

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 28, 1986

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish [one eighth], German, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, 1/16th or 1/32 Russian [approximately], 1/32 Polish, 1/32 Danish, Swiss-German, 1/128th Greek, 1/512th Cherokee Native American

Armie Hammer is an American actor. He is known for playing, in a dual role, athlete/entrepreneur twins Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss in the film The Social Network (2010), and for starring in the adventure film The Lone Ranger (2013), among other roles.

Armie is the son of Dru Ann (Mobley) and Michael Armand Hammer, a businessperson. He grew up in Los Angeles, Dallas, and the Cayman Islands. Armie is married to model, reporter, and actress Elizabeth Chambers, with whom he has two children.

Armie’s paternal great-grandfather was famous businessperson Armand Hammer, who ran the company Occidental Petroleum, specializing in oil and gas, from 1957 until 1990, his death. A picture, c. 1989, of Armie together with his great-grandfather Armand, can be seen here.

Armie has described his own background as “half Jewish.” His great-grandfather Armand was Jewish (of Russian Jewish descent). Armie’s other ancestry is German, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, 1/16 or 1/32 Russian (approximately), 1/32 Polish, 1/32 Danish, Swiss-German, 1/128 Greek, and 1/512 Cherokee Native American.

Armie’s paternal grandfather was Julian Armand Hammer (the son of Armand Hammer and Olga Vadimovna Vadina-Rot). Armie’s great-grandfather Armand was the son of Julius Hammer and Rose Lifschitz/Robinson, Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire; his own father was born in Odessa.

Armie’s great-grandmother Olga was an actress, born in Sevastopol, Russia, to Vadim Rot/Root/Von Rot, a staff captain, and Lubov Karlovna Kostsyushko-Valyuzhinich. Lubov’s father, Karl Kazimirovich Kostsyushko-Valyuzhinich, who was Catholic, was born in Mogilev, to a family of landed gentry, of Polish descent. Lubov’s mother, Maria Pavlovna Revelioti, was of Russian Orthodox religion, and was the daughter of Pavel Feodosevich Revelioti. Armie’s great-great-great-great-grandfather Pavel was the son of Feodosiy Dmitrievich Revelioti (originally Theodosios Reveliotis), who was Greek, from Arcadia, and of Maria Pavlova. This makes Armie Hammer of 1/128th Greek descent. A picture of Armie’s great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Feodosiy can be found here.

Armie’s paternal grandmother was Glenna Sue Ervin (the daughter of Glen Williams Ervin and Bertha Estelle/Stella Bannerman). Armie’s grandmother Glenna was born in Texas. Armie’s great-grandfather Glen was the son of Robert A. Ervin and Allie Belle Williams. Bertha was the daughter of Charles William Bannerman and Frances Elizabeth Dunn. Armie’s grandmother Glenna had English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish, ancestry. One of Glenna’s six times great-grandfathers was Chief Kanagatucko, a Cherokee elder who served as the First Beloved Man of the Cherokee, from 1753 until 1760 (his death); Chief Kanagatucko’s wife, Su-Gi (Wild Onion) of the Wolf Clan, was also Cherokee. Their daughter, who was also known as Sussannah Hopper, married James William David McDaniel, Armie’s seven times great-grandfather.

Armie’s maternal grandfather is Douglas Lee Mobley (the son of William L. “Billy” Mobley and Jessie). Douglas was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. William was born in Texas, the son of John David Mobley and Lula Maxwell.

Armie’s maternal grandmother is Donna Rae Kaufman (the daughter of William S. Kaufman and June Leta Young). Donna was born in Illinois. William was born in Illnois, the son of John Peter Kaufman, who was of German and Swiss-German descent, and of Amelia/Emily Miller, who was of German ancestry. June was born in South Dakota, the daughter of John Elgen Young and Mary Luella Baden, whose own father, James Martin Baden, was Danish, from Torrild, Aarhus, and whose own mother, Nancy Elizabeth Harrison, was American, from Muscatine, Iowa.

Sources: Genealogy of Armie Hammer –

Genealogy of Armie Hammer (focusing on his father’s side) –

Armie’s great-grandfather, Armand Hammer, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Armie’s paternal great-grandfather, Armand Hammer –

Picture and biography of Armie’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Karl Kazimirovich Kostsyushko-Valyuzhinich –

Armie’s Native American ancestry, at –

Chart showing Armie’s descent from Sussannah Hopper and her father, Chief Kanagatucko –

Genealogy of Armie’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Martha Ward (through Martha’s sister, Mary (Ward) Clark) –

Genealogies of Armie’s maternal great-great-grandfather, John David Mobley (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Armie’s maternal grandmother, Donna Rae Kaufman, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage announcement of Armie’s maternal great-grandparents, William S. Kaufman and June Leta Young –

Armie’s maternal great-grandfather, William S. Kaufman, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Armie’s maternal great-grandmother, June Leta Young, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Armie’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, James Martin Baden and Nancy Elizabeth Harrison, on the 1880 U.S. Census –
James Martin Baden and Nancy Elizabeth Harrison on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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Danny Glover

by ethnic on April 29, 2011

Danny Glover – 2017 Pan African Film and Arts Festival – “King of the Dancehall” Opening Night – Arrival – Director’s Guild of America – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Koi Sojer / PR Photos

Birth Name: Danny Lebern Glover

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 22, 1946

Ethnicity: African-American

Danny Glover is an American actor, director, and political activist. He is the son of Carrie (Hunley) and James Glover. His parents were active in the NAACP. Danny is married to Eliane Cavalleiro. He has a daughter, film production assistant Mandisa Glover, with his former wife, Asake Bomani.

Danny’s paternal grandfather was Copis/Copie G. Glover (the son of James Glover and Elizabeth Sherman). Copis was born in Georgia. James was the son of Isham/Isom Glover and Mary. Elizabeth was the daughter of Jefferson Sherman and Emily.

Danny’s paternal grandmother was named Minnie Gordon. Minnie was born in Georgia.

Danny’s maternal grandfather was Rufus Mack/Mark Hunley (the son of Brown Hunley and Mary Stone). Rufus was born in Georgia. Mary was the daughter of John Stone and Annie Elmire Brown.

Danny’s maternal grandmother was Reecie/Recie Mae Brown (the daughter of John Brown and Maryland Jordan). Reecie was born in Georgia.

Source: Danny’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Evangeline Lilly

September 9, 2010

Birth Name: Nicole Evangeline Lilly Place of Birth: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada Date of Birth: August 3, 1979 Ethnicity: English, Irish Evangeline Lilly is a Canadian actress and author. She was born to a practicing Christian family. Evangeline’s father was raised in Nigeria, because Evangeline’s paternal grandparents were Christian missionaries in Africa. One of Evangeline’s […]

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Benicio del Toro

July 10, 2009

Birth Name: Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico Date of Birth: February 19, 1967 Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Italian, Indigenous] Benicio del Toro is a Puerto Rican actor and film producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Traffic (2000). He was born in […]

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Neve Campbell

June 27, 2008

Birth Name: Neve Adrianne Campbell Place of Birth: Guelph, Ontario, Canada Date of Birth: 3 October, 1973 Ethnicity: *Scottish (father) *Dutch, with some Sephardi Jewish (mother) Neve Campbell is a Canadian actress. Neve is the daughter of Marnie Neve and Gerry Campbell. Her brother, Christian Campbell, is also an actor. Her mother also acts. Neve […]

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Walton Goggins

August 13, 2007

Birth Name: Walton Sanders Goggins, Jr. Place of Birth: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. Date of Birth: November 10, 1971 Ethnicity: English, some Scottish Walton Goggins is an American actor. He has also been credited as Walt Goggins. Walton is the son of Janet and Walton Sanders Goggins. He is married to filmmaker Nadia Conners, with whom […]

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Kyrie Irving

June 23, 2007

Birth Name: Kyrie Andrew Irving Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Date of Birth: March 23, 1992 Ethnicity: African-American Kyrie Irving is an American professional basketball player and actor. He was selected number one overall in the 2011 NBA draft. He is also known for his Uncle Drew character. Kyrie was born in Melbourne, Australia, […]

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Denis Ten RIP

July 20, 2018

Birth Name: Denis Yuryevich Ten Date of Birth: 13 June, 1993 Place of Birth: Almaty, Kazakhstan Date of death: 19 July, 2018 Place of Death: Almaty, Kazakhstan Ethnicity: Kazakh, Korean Denis Ten was a Kazakhstani figure skater. Denis was the son of Oksana and Yuri Ten. One of Denis’ maternal great-great-grandfathers, Min Geung-ho, was a […]

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Michael Nardelli

July 20, 2018

Birth Name: Michael Scott Nardelli Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Date of Birth: March 7, 1983 Ethnicity: *Italian (father) *German, English, Irish (mother) Michael Nardelli is an American actor and producer. Michael is the son of Susan L. “Sue” (Schmulbach) and businessperson Bob Nardelli (born Robert Louis Nardelli). His father is of Italian descent. […]

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Gabriel Sunday

July 20, 2018

Birth Name: Gabriel Chechik Sunday Place of Birth: Alameda, California, United States Date of Birth: October 18, 1985 Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, possibly other Gabriel Sunday is an American actor and director. Gabriel is the son of Laura (Benson) and Michael J. Chechik/Sunday. Gabriel’s paternal grandmother was Ernestine Cohn (the daughter of Max Cohn and Anna […]

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Bill Dubuque

July 20, 2018

Birth Name: William Gabriel Dubuque, Jr. Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Date of Birth: c. 1966 Ethnicity: Irish, French-Canadian, possibly other Bill Dubuque is an American screenwriter. Bill is the son of Patricia and William Gabriel “Bill” Dubuque, Sr. He is married to Tara Bryan, with whom he has three children. Bill’s paternal […]

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Nick Schenk

July 20, 2018

Birth Name: Nicholas Fred Schenk Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Date of Birth: November 12, 1965 Ethnicity: *75% German *12.5% French-Canadian *12.5% Swiss-German Nick Schenk is an American screenwriter. Nick is the son of Anita Elisabeth (Gareis) and Marvin Willard Schenk. Nick’s paternal grandfather was Walter Emil George Schenk (the son of […]

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