Tyler Perry

by ethnic on June 17, 2014

"Alex Cross" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Emmitt Perry, Jr.

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 13, 1969

Ethnicity: African-American

Tyler Perry is an American actor, writer, director, and songwriter.

Tyler’s mother was named Willie Maxine (Campbell). Tyler has stated that as an adult, he discovered, using a DNA test, that the man he thought was his biological father, Emmitt Perry, Sr., was not his biological father.

Tyler has a child with his partner, Ethiopian model Gelila Bekele.

Sources: Obituaries of Tyler’s mother – http://obits.theadvocate.com


Jon Hamm

by follers on March 28, 2014

2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Jonathan Daniel Hamm

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth: March 10, 1971

*37.5% German
*37.5% English
*25% Irish

Jon Hamm is an American actor, director, and producer. He has German, English, and one quarter Irish, ancestry.

Jon’s paternal grandfather was Leonard Edward Hamm (the son of Daniel Hamm and Mildred Theresa Sullivan). Leonard was born in Missouri. Daniel was born in Missouri, the son of German parents, Leonhard Julius Hamm and Franziska/Francis/Frances K. Gutmann/Guttman. Mildred was born in Illinois, of Irish descent, the daughter of Michael Sullivan and Ellen “Nellie” Magner.

Jon’s paternal grandmother was Grace Lockett (the daughter of Joseph H. Lockett and Sarah “Sadie” Hynes). Grace was born in Missouri. Joseph was born in Missouri, to English parents, John Ambrose Lockett, from Staffordshire, and Sarah Ann Hall. Sarah was born in Missouri, the daughter of Martin Hynes/Hines/Himes, who was born in Galway, Ireland, and of Sarah Quinn, who was born in Liverpool, England, to Irish parents.

Sources: Family history of Jon Hamm, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, at The Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Genealogy of Jon Hamm (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Jon’s paternal grandfather, Leonard Hamm, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jon’s paternal grandmother, Grace Lockett, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Tom Cruise

by ethnic on April 13, 2013

Birth Name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

Place of Birth: Syracuse, New York, USA

Date of Birth: July 3, 1962

*43.75% German
*43.75% Irish
*12.5% English

Tom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker.

Tom is the son of Mary Lee (Pfeiffer) and Thomas Cruise Mapother. Tom’s father was of one quarter Irish, one quarter English, and one half German ancestry. Tom’s mother was of three eighths German and five eighths Irish ancestry. All four of Tom’s grandparents were born in Kentucky, as were all eight of Tom’s great-grandparents. The English line of Tom’s ancestry goes back to Colonial American times.

He has been married to actresses Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. Among his children is actor Connor Cruise. His cousin is actor William Maphoter.

Tom was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1990.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Cruise Mapother II (the son of Thomas O’Mara, whose name was later changed to Thomas Cruise Mapother, and of Anna Stewart Bateman). Tom’s great-grandfather Thomas O’Mara’s parents, Thomas O’Mara and Mary Paulina Cruise, were both of Irish descent. Tom’s great-grandmother Anna’s parents, Thomas J. Bateman and Elvira Eva Tompkins, were of English descent.

Tom’s great-great-grandmother, Mary Cruise, married twice. Her first husband was Dillon Henry Mapother, by whom she had six children. After Dillon’s death, she remarried to Thomas O’Mara. Their son, who was born as Thomas O’Mara, was listed under that name in the 1880 Census. His name was later changed to Thomas Cruise Mapother. The reason(s) for him changing his name are not clear.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Catherine Louise Reibert (the daughter of William Reibert and Charlotte Louise Voelker). William and Charlotte were both of German descent. William was the son of Adam Reibert and Francisca Boesser. Charlotte was the daughter of John Voelker and Louisa Steadle.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Charles Conrad Pfeiffer (the son of Lee Norbert Pfeiffer and Anna M. Shea). Lee was the son of Charles Conrad Pfeiffer, who was of German descent, and of Mary Roselle Hawkins, who was of Irish ancestry. Tom’s great-grandmother Anna Shea’s parents were Irish immigrants, and her own mother’s name was Mary.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Comala R. Ramser (the daughter of Joseph Charles Ramser and Susan A. Mackey). Joseph was the son of George Ramser, a German immigrant, from Elsass, and of Catherine Merkel, who was of German descent. Susan was the daughter of Gerald Jeremiah Mackey, an Irish immigrant, and of Bridget Quinn, who was of Irish ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Tom Cruise – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of Tom Cruise (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Tom’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Other resources – http://i.usatoday.net

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Pete Burns RIP

by savanna on February 7, 2013

Swarovski Fashion Rocks 2007 After Party Hosted by Sony Ericsson

Birth Name: Peter Jozzeppi Burns

Date of Birth: 5 August, 1959

Place of Birth: Wirral, Cheshire, England, UK

Date of Death: 23 October, 2016

*British, likely Irish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish, German (mother)

Pete Burns was a British singer, songwriter, and television personality. He was vocalist and songwriter for the band Dead or Alive, who are known for their 1985 single “You Spin Me Round”. He also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

Pete was the son of Evelina “Eva” Maria Bettina Quittner Von Hudec and Francis Burns.

Pete had said that his mother was of half Jewish ancestry (through her own father). Pete’s mother left Nazi Germany after Hitler’s government imposed anti-Semitic laws upon the country. She met Pete’s father in Vienna, Austria, where he was a soldier in the British Armed Forces. Given the surname “Burns”, he likely had Irish ancestry.

Pete’s maternal grandfather was named Hugo Quittner.

Sources: The Inimitable Mr. Burnshttps://web.archive.org


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Isla Fisher

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Isla Fisher at the "Bachelorette" Los Angeles Premiere, Arclight

Birth Name: Isla Lang Fisher

Place of Birth: Muscat, Oman

Date of Birth: February 3, 1976

Ethnicity: Scottish
(convert to Judaism)

Isla Fisher is an Australian actress. She was born in Muscat, Oman, to Scottish parents, and was raised in Bathgate, Scotland, and later in Perth, Western Australia, where she spent most of her early life.

Isla is married to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Isla converted to Judaism before her marriage, after several years of study.

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Theo Rossi

October 25, 2016

Birth Name: John Theodore Rossi Place of Birth: Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S. Date of Birth: June 4, 1975 Ethnicity: Italian, other Theo Rossi is an American actor and producer. His mother’s name is Mary Jane Tomasino. Theo has said, “I am part Italian among many others.” Photo by Prphotos

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Alexander DiPersia

October 25, 2016

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Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

October 25, 2016

Date of Birth: February 25, 1746 Place of Birth: Charleston, Province of South Carolina Date of Death: August 16, 1825 Place of Death: Charleston, South Carolina Ethnicity: English Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was an American statesman and politician. A member of the Federalist Party, he served as United States Minister to France, from September 9, 1796 […]

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Horace Greeley

October 25, 2016

Date of Birth: February 3, 1811 Place of Birth: Amherst, New Hampshire, U.S. Date of Death: November 29, 1872 Place of Death: Pleasantville, New York, U.S. Ethnicity: English Horace Greeley was an American newspaper journalist and politician. He was the founder and editor of the New-York Tribune, then a prominent newspaper. As a Member of […]

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Kyle Palmieri

October 24, 2016

Birth Name: Kyle Charles Palmieri Place of Birth: Smithtown, New York Date of Birth: February 1, 1991 Ethnicity: Italian Kyle Palmieri is an American professional ice hockey right winger. He plays for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. Kyle is the son of Tammy and Bruce Palmieri. Kyle’s maternal grandmother is Elaine DePiero. “Palmieri” […]

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