Jack Black

by ethnic on December 25, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas J. Black

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 28, 1969

*father – German, as well as Northern Irish, Scottish, English, remote French and Welsh (converted to Judaism)
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Jack Black is an American actor, comedian, singer, producer, and writer. He has starred in the films Shallow Hal and School of Rock, among many others. He is one half of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, alongside Kyle Gass.

Jack’s paternal grandfather was of Northern Irish, Scottish, English, and extremely remote French and Welsh, ancestry, and Jack’s paternal grandmother was of German descent. Jack’s mother is from a Jewish family (of Russian Jewish descent). Jack’s father converted to Judaism when marrying Jack’s mother, and Jack was raised Jewish.

Jack’s surname may be derived from the Scottish name Blacksmith. He stated this on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jack is married to artist, cellist, and singer Tanya Haden, with whom he has two children. Tanya’s mother was Jewish. Jack and Tanya are raising their children in the Jewish faith.

Jack’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Walter Black (the son of Thomas William Black and Maude Mary Hutt). Jack’s grandfather Thomas was born in Washington. Jack’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of Charles Black, who was born in Ballisodare, Sligo County, Ireland, and of Margaret Roberts, who was born in Forfar, Angus, Scotland. Jack’s great-grandmother Maude was born in Smithville, Ontario, Canada, and was the daughter of Robert Alexander Hutt and Mary Elizabeth Davis; Maude was of English and Scottish descent.

Jack’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Rose Zachman (the daughter of Johann Zackmann/Zachmann/Zachman and Elizabeth Werle). Gladys was born in Washington. Johann was an ethnic German, from Thirhrata, Sutrilla, Bukovina, Romania, the son of Johann Zachmann and Anna Koenig/König/Konnack. Elizabeth was also an ethnic German, from Brigidau, Galizein, Ukraine, the daughter of Johann Philipp Werle and Phillipena Wendle/Wendell.

Jack’s maternal grandfather was named Morris Cohen. Morris was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Jack’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Roisman (the daughter of Isadore Roisman and Bella). Sarah was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Sources: Genealogies of Jack Black – http://famouskin.com

Genealogies of Jack Black (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Jack’s father – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Jack’s paternal great-grandmother, Maude Mary Hutt – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Jack’s paternal grandmother, Gladys Rose Zachman (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Jack’s paternal grandmother, Gladys Rose Zachman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Jack’s maternal grandmother, Sarah Roisman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Richie Merritt

by follers on September 9, 2017

Richie Merritt & Bel Powley – “White Boy Rick” New York City Premiere – Arrivals – Paris Theater – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Michael Sherer / PRPhotos.com

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. (likely)

Date of Birth: c. 2000/2001

Ethnicity: English, other

Richie Merritt is an American actor. He stars in the title role of the film White Boy Rick (2018).

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Michael Moore

by ethnic on January 3, 2016

Michael Moore – “Capitalism: A Love Story” New York Premiere – Arrivals – Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway at 65th Street – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Michael Francis Moore

Place of Birth: Flint, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 23, 1954

Ethnicity: Irish, with English and Scottish

Michael Moore is an American documentary filmmaker, activist, and author.

Michael is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall) and Francis Richard “Frank” Moore, an automotive assembly-line worker. He was raised in a Catholic family. His parents were both of at least half Irish descent, and he also has English and Scottish roots. Part of his mother’s family has lived in United States since the 1600s, and descends from English settlers of that era.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Herbert Richard Moore (the son of Frank A. Moore and Laura/Lura Harvey). Herbert was born in Indiana. Frank was the son of Richard Roy Moore and Rachel Jane Peacock. Laura was the daughter of Thomas Harvey and Anna Hoover.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Mary E. “Molly” Connors (the daughter of William Connors/Conners and Mary Hogan). Michael’s grandmother Mary was born in Michigan, to Irish parents, with Michael’s great-grandmother Mary being from Waterford.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was William J. Wall (the son of Thomas Wall and Elizabeth/Eliza Simpson). William was born in Canada, to parents from Northern Ireland. Thomas was evidently the son of Thomas Wall and Mary Sheppard.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Lois Elizabeth Moore (the daughter of Martin Pemberton Moore and Anna Marie McChristal). Lois was born in Michigan. Martin was the son of Silas Moore and Caroline Pemberton. Anna was born in Canada.

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Sources: Michael’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael Moore (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Michael’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael’s maternal grandmother, Lois Elizabeth Moore (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com


Antonio Banderas

by ethnic on December 25, 2015

Birth Name: José Antonio Domínguez Bandera

Place of Birth: Málaga, Málaga, Spain

Date of Birth: 10 August, 1960

Ethnicity: Spanish [including Andalusian]

Antonio Banderas is a Spanish actor, director, and producer.

He was born in Málaga, Málaga, Spain, the son of Ana Bandera Gallego and José Domínguez Prieto. He has a daughter with his former partner, Sonnia Gomez, and a daughter, actress Stella Banderas, with his former wife, American actress Melanie Griffith.

Antonio’s paternal grandparents were Bartolomí Domínguez and Isabel Prieto.

Antonio’s maternal grandparents were Rafael Bandera and Francisca Gallego.

A DNA test of uncertain value whose results were displayed on the show El árbol de tu vida stated that Antonio’s genetic ancestry matches to the following countries:

*50% Spain
*20% Italy
*12% Portugal
*11% Jordan
*7% Mexico

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Cate Blanchett

by follers on September 8, 2013


Birth Name: Catherine Élise Blanchett

Place of Birth: Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia

Date of Birth: 14 May, 1969

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, small amounts of Cornish and Northern Irish, remote French

Cate Blanchett is an Australian actress and theatre director. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator (2004), and the Academy Award for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine (2013).

Her father was American, from Texas, and her mother was Australian. Cate’s father was of English, Scottish, and remote French, ancestry. Cate’s mother has English, Scottish, Cornish, and 1/8th Northern Irish, ancestry.

The surname Blanchett is often assumed to be of French origin. Cate’s last traceable patrilineal ancestor appears to be James G. Blanchett, who was born, c. 1810, in North Carolina. It is not clear if James had French ancestry. Cate does have French roots from her paternal nine times great-grandmother, Martha Brasseur, making Cate of at least 1/2048 French ancestry (through that line).

Cate is married to playwright, screenwriter, and director Andrew Upton, with whom she has four children.

Cate’s paternal grandfather was Robert DeWitt Blanchett (the son of John Cullen Blanchett and Mary Jane Mosley). Robert was born in Arkansas, to a father from Tennessee and a mother from Texas. John was the son of William Blanchett and Charlotte Greer. Mary Jane was the daughter of William Marion Mosley/Moseley and Sarah Ellen McWhorter.

Cate’s paternal grandmother was Merle Jenevieve King (the daughter of Jasper Noel King and Cora A. Craft/Croft). Merle was born in Oklahoma. Jasper was the son of Thomas F. King and Frances/Fannie B. Henderson. Cora was the daughter of John Franklin Craft and Mary Elizabeth McWherter/McWhirter.

Cate’s maternal grandfather was Horace Thomas Gamble (the son of Morris Frederick Horsley Gamble and Anne Maud Maule). Horace was born in Sunbury, Victoria, Australia. Morris was the son of Walter Mitchell Gamble, who was Northern Irish, and of Marianne Barker, who was born in London, England. Anne was the daughter of Scottish parents, Thomas Hunter Maule and Janet Catherine Reid, from Melrose, Roxburghshire.

Cate’s maternal grandmother was Rosalie Jean Wood (the daughter of Herbert Edward Wood and Janet Wilson Dunstan). Rosalie was born in Charlton, Victoria, Australia. Herbert was the son of Samuel Wood, who was born in Kent, England, and of Sarah Cornish Clements. Janet was the daughter of William Henry Dunstan, who was born in Cornwall, England, and of Colina McDougall Campbell, who was Scottish.

Sources: Genealogies of Cate Blanchett – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Cate Blanchett (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Cate’s paternal grandfather, Robert DeWitt Blanchett (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Cate’s paternal grandfather, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Cate’s paternal grandmother, Merle Jenevieve King, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Cate’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Walter Mitchell Gamble – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Nicholas Hamilton

September 21, 2018

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September 21, 2018

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Hari Nef

September 21, 2018

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