Paul Giamatti

by ethnic on August 26, 2014

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Birth Name: Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti

Birth Place: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Date of Birth: June 6, 1967

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), English, Dutch, Irish, distant Scottish, remote French

Paul Giamatti is an American actor. He starred in the films Sideways and Cinderella Man.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was of Italian descent. The remainder of Paul’s ancestry is mostly English, along with Dutch, Irish, more distant Scottish, and remote French, descent.

Paul’s paternal grandparents were Valentine John Giamatti (the son of Angelo Raffaelle Giammattei and Maria Grace Luigia Lavorgna) and Mary Claybaugh Walton (the daughter of Bartlett Walton and Helen Buffum Davidson). Valentine’s parents were both Italian. Mary was of mainly English descent, with remote Scottish roots.

Paul’s maternal grandparents were Abram Edward Smith (the son of David T. Smith and Mary Elizabeth Stansfield) and Kathryn Brown (the daughter of Commodore Alfred Brown and Nettie). David was of heavily Dutch descent, along with English, and very remote French, roots. Mary was the daughter of an English immigrant father, and a mother of likely English descent. Commodore Alfred Brown’s father was born in Canada, and his mother was born in Ireland. Nettie was born in New York.

Sources: Genealogy of Paul (focusing on his father) –

Paul’s genealogy (with detailed information on his mother’s lineage) –

Some of Paul’s mother’s Dutch ancestors –

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Virginia Madsen

by follers on April 15, 2014

"Red Riding Hood" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Virginia G. Madsen

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth: September 11, 1961

*Danish (father)
*Irish, English, Scottish, German (mother)

Virginia Madsen is an American actress, known for her role in the film Sideways, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her brother is actor Michael Madsen.

Virginia is of Danish descent on her father’s side, and has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry on her mother’s side.

Virginia’s paternal grandparents were Soren Madsen and Anna Marie. They were both born in Denmark.

Virginia’s maternal grandparents were Lance Eugene Melson (the son of Luther Elmore Melson and Dorothy Christine Williams) and Lavina Loretta Jennings (the daughter of William Riley Jennings and Cora Lavina Rhodes).

Sources: Genealogy of Virginia Madsen –

Another genealogy of Virginia Madsen (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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Thomas Haden Church

by follers on April 15, 2014

10th Annual Critic's Choice Awards

Birth Name: Thomas Richard McMillen

Place of Birth: Woodland, California

Date of Birth: June 17, 1960

Ethnicity: English, Norwegian, Danish, Scottish, German

Thomas Haden Church is an American actor, known for his role in the film Sideways, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He is the son of Wanda Maxine (Sanders) and Carl Richard McMillen. Born Thomas Richard McMillen, he used a stepfather’s surname, “Quesada”, during his early life, and later took on the stage name of Thomas Haden Church.

Thomas has English, Norwegian, Danish, Scottish, and German ancestry.

Thomas’s paternal grandfather was William Hyrum McMillen (the son of Edward H. McMillen and Lula Almira Mower). Edward was the son of Robert McMillan and Margaret Barry. Lula was the daughter of Henry Mower and Ruvinia June/Jane Mount.

Thomas’s paternal grandmother was Maxine Petrina Skillingstad (born Maxine Peters, the daughter of Roy D. Peters and Lorena Andrea Lund). Lorena’s father, Gustave Joseph Lund, was Norwegian, and Lorena’s mother, Petrena Peterson, was Danish.

Thomas’s maternal grandfather was John Thomas McKinney Sanders (the son of Thomas Richard Sanders and Lillie May Stuckey). Thomas Richard Sanders was the son of William Andrew/Alexander Sanders and Mary Bumgarder Payen. Lillie was the daughter of William Stuckey and Rebecca Jane Brown.

Thomas’s maternal grandmother was Thelma Lillian Donna Fulmer (the daughter of William Wesley Fulmer and Florence Ethel Carter). William was the son of Thurston J. W. Fulmer and Lilian Ansley Kelsey. Florence was the daughter of James Solomon Carter and Idona Cora Robertson.

Sources: Genealogy of Thomas Haden Church –

Obituary of Thomas’s father –

Genealogy of Thomas’s paternal grandfather, William Hyrum McMillen –

Genealogy of Thomas’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Ruvinia June/Jane Mount –

Genealogy of Thomas’s maternal grandmother, Thelma Lillian Donna Fulmer –

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Sandra Oh

by ethnic on December 29, 2007

43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Sandra Miju Oh

Date of Birth: July 20, 1971

Birth Place: Nepean, Ontario, Canada

Ethnicity: Korean

Sandra Oh is a Canadian actress. Her parents were Korean immigrants. Her middle name, “Miju”, means “pretty pearl” in Korean.

Among her notable roles is Stephanie in the film Sideways.


Nancy Pelosi

by bearboy on October 25, 2014

Birth Name: Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Birth: March 26, 1940

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Type/Color: Brown

Ethnicity: Italian

Family info: Nancy Pelosi is a congresswoman. She is the daughter of Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr. and Anunciata D’Alesandro (née Lombardi).



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Vincent Schiavelli

October 25, 2014

Birth Name:Vincent Andrew Schiavelli Place of Birth:Brooklyn, New York Date of Birth:November 11, 1948 Ethnicity: Sicilian Schiavelli was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Sicilian-American family. Source: Photo by

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Rick Aviles

October 25, 2014

Birth Name:Richard Anthony Aviles Place of Birth:New York, New York, U.S. Date of Birth:October 14, 1952 Ethnicity: Puerto Rican Family info:Rick Aviles was an American stand-up comedian and actor of Puerto Rican descent who is best remembered for the role of Willie Lopez in the film Ghost.    

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October 25, 2014

Birth Name: Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez Place of Birth: Carolina del Príncipe, Antioquia, Colombia Date of Birth: August 9, 1972 Ethnicity: Spanish and Basque Colombian Family info: Juanes is a Colombian musician. According to his record label, Juanes has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. Raised in Medellín, he is of Basque descent on […]

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Cathy Moriarty

October 25, 2014

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York, US Date of Birth: November 29, 1960 Ethnicity: Irish Cathy Moriarty is an American actress. She has also been credited as Cathy Moriarty-Gentile (“Gentile” being her husband’s surname). She was born to Irish Catholic immigrants, Catherine and John Moriarty. Her parents were from County Kerry and County Cork. […]

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