by follers on August 25, 2014

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Birth Name: Usher Raymond IV

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas

Date of Birth: October 14, 1978

Ethnicity: African-American

Usher is an American singer and actor.

Usher’s paternal grandparents are Usher Raymond, Jr. (the son of Usher Raymond and Emma Martin) and Evangelist Ernestine Berry (the daughter of Milton A. Berry and Etta Ruth Russ). Etta was the daughter of Will Russ and Luvenia.

Source: Obituary of Usher’s paternal great-grandmother, Etta Ruth (Russ) Berry –

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Dimitri Leonidas

by follers on October 19, 2012

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Place of Birth: Brent, London, England, United Kingdom

Date of Birth: 14 November, 1987

*Greek Cypriot (father)
*Welsh, English (mother)

Dimitri Leonidas is a British actor. His sisters are actresses Stephanie Leonidas and Georgina Leonidas. His father is of Greek Cypriot descent and his mother has Welsh and English ancestry.

Dimitri’s maternal grandparents were George T. Probert and Dorothy E. Thorbes (the daughter of Ernest Alfred Thorbes and Ellen Webb).

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Mark Ruffalo

by ethnic on May 9, 2010

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Birth Name: Mark Alan Ruffalo

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin

Date of Birth: November 22, 1967

*75% Italian
*25% French-Canadian

Mark Ruffalo is an American actor.

His father is of Italian ancestry. His maternal grandfather was of French-Canadian descent, and his maternal grandmother was of Italian descent.

Mark’s paternal grandparents were Frank D. Ruffalo (the son of Filberto Ruffalo and Carmella Bartucci) and Mary C. Bisciglia (the daughter of Frank Bisciglia and Catherine Meo). Frank Ruffalo and Mary Bisciglia were both born in Wisconsin, and all of their parents were Italian.

Mark’s maternal grandparents were Clyde/Claude Roger Hebert (the son of Louis Anthony Hebert and Gladys Marie LaMielle) and Yolanda Piccolo (the daughter of Arthur Piccolo and Carmela M. Constanti). Clyde was born in Wisconsin; Clyde’s parents were born in Michigan, and were both of French-Canadian descent. Yolanda was born in Wisconsin, to Italian parents.

Mark has described Arthur Piccolo, his great-grandfather, as a “Neapolitan actor and singer”.

Sources: Some background detail on Mark Ruffalo’s family –

Mark’s paternal grandmother, Mary C. Bisciglia, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Mark’s maternal grandfather, Clyde/Claude Roger Hebert, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Mark’s maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Marie LaMielle –

Mark’s maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Marie LaMielle, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Mark’s maternal grandmother, Yolanda Piccolo, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Jack Nicholson

by ethnic on October 10, 2008

Birth Name: John Joseph Nicholson

Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA

Date of Birth: April 22, 1937

*Scottish, Irish, English, Pennsylvania Dutch (German), Welsh (mother)

*Unknown (father); either Italian or Latvian (possibly Latvian Jewish)

Jack Nicholson is an American actor. His mother, June Frances (Nicholson), had Scottish, Irish, English, Pennsylvania Dutch (German), and Welsh heritage.

Jack Nicholson was raised believing that his maternal grandparents were his parents. The identity of Jack’s father is not confirmed, and Jack has chosen not to take a DNA test to find out his paternal background. There are two possible fathers. One, Donald Furcillo, was of Italian descent. The other, Edgar Alfred Kirschfeld (or Kirsfeld), was a Latvian immigrant; Edgar was possibly of Jewish heritage, although he practiced Christianity in the United States.

Jack was raised in the Catholic faith.

Jack’s maternal grandfather was John Joseph Nicholson (the son of Joseph J. Nicholson and Ella Lynch). Joseph J. Nicholson’s father, Jack’s great-great-grandfather Joseph J. Nicholson, was described as a “Scottish shoemaker” in the book, Jack’s Life: A Biography of Jack Nicholson (by Patrick McGilligan), while Joseph J. Nicholson’s mother, Bridget Derrig, was stated to be an Irish native of County Mayo, in the same book. Ella Lynch was Irish, born in Cork.

Jack’s maternal grandmother was Ethel May Rhoads (the daughter of William Jakel Rhoads and Mary Alice Wilkinson). Ethel’s ancestry was mostly English, along with Pennsylvania Dutch (German) and Welsh.

Sources: Genealogy of Jack Nicholson’s mother –

Another genealogy of Jack Nicholson’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) – material on Jack Nicholson’s religious and family background –

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Rory McIlroy

by andrew on October 30, 2014

Place of Birth: Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland

Date of Birth: 4 May 1989

Ethnicity: Northern Irish

Family info: Rory McIlroy is a Northern Irish professional golfer. He is the current World Number One.

McIlroy is the only child of Rosie (née McDonald) and Gerry McIlroy.

McIlroy was raised Catholic and has self-identified as Irish, Northern Irish, and British, to which he carries a British passport, although he usually shows reluctance to be drawn into debate on his nationality.

In 2012, he expressed an interest in representing Great Britain (as opposed to Ireland) in golf at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, where golf will become an Olympic event for the first time since 1904. However in January 2013, McIlroy was considering the options of playing for Britain or Ireland or not playing at all, stating; “I just think being from where we’re from, we’re placed in a very difficult position. I feel Northern Irish and obviously being from Northern Ireland you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the UK. If I could and there was a Northern Irish team I’d play for Northern Ireland. Play for one side or the other – or not play at all because I may upset too many people… Those are my three options I’m considering very carefully.”
He declared on 18 June 2014 that he would play for Ireland, if he qualifies.



Antonio Fargas

October 30, 2014

Birth Name:  Antonio Juan Fargas Place of Birth:  New York City, New York Date of Birth:  August 14, 1946 Eye Color: Dark Brown Hair Type/Color:  Black Ethnicity: Puerto Rican (Father) Afro-Trinidadian (Mother) Antonio Fargas is an American actor.

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Al Santos

October 30, 2014

Birth Name: Alfredo Luis “Al” Santos Place of Birth: Holbrook, NY Date of Birth: July 13, 1976 Eye Color: Blue Hair Type/Color: Dark Brown Ethnicity: Spanish, Portuguese, Irish Family info: Source: Photo by  

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Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss

October 29, 2014

Birth Name: Cameron Howard Winklevoss and Tyler Howard Winklevoss Place of Birth: Southampton, New York Date of Birth: August 21, 1981 Ethnicity: German, Scottish, English Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss, the Winklevoss Twins, are American athletes (rowers) and entrepreneurs/computer businesspeople. Cameron and Tyler were played by one actor in a dual role, Armie Hammer, in […]

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Oscar Pistorius

October 28, 2014

Birth Name: Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius Place of Birth: Sandton, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa Date of Birth: 22 November 1986 Ethnicity: Afrikaner (German and Dutch), 1/8 Italian Oscar Pistorius is a South African sprint runner. Although both of Pistorius’ legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, he competes in […]

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