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 – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Another genealogy of Jack Nicholson’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Adherents.com material on Jack Nicholson’s religious and family background – http://www.adherents.com
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