Dean Cain

by ethnic on December 26, 2014

Dean Cain

Birth Name: Dean George Tanaka

Place of Birth: Mount Clemens, Michigan, USA

Date of Birth: July 31, 1966

*37.5% Japanese
*62.5% European (including English, French-Canadian, Irish, Welsh)

Dean Cain is an American actor. He starred as Superman on the T.V series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He is the son of Roger Hugh Tanaka and actress Sharon Thomas. He was adopted by his stepfather, director Christopher Cain (born Bruce C. Doggett).

Dean’s father was of three quarters Japanese descent. The rest of Dean’s ancestry includes English, French-Canadian, Irish, and Welsh.

Dean’s paternal grandparents were John Megumi Tanaka (the son of Echiro Tanaka and Tsuki) and Grace E. Miyoko Sugiura (the daughter of Joseph Tadashi Sugiura and Eva/Evangeline May Frost). Echiro and Tsuki were Japanese. Joseph was born in Hamada, Shimane, Japan. Eva, who had English and Irish ancestry, was born in either Wisconsin or North Dakota, to Frank Leslie Frost and Ida Mae Forsythe.

Sources: Dean’s paternal grandmother, Grace E. Miyoko Sugiura, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Dean’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Tadashi Sugiura and Eva/Evangeline May Frost, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Dean’s paternal great-grandmother, Eva/Evangeline May Frost (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Dean’s paternal great-grandmother, Eva/Evangeline May Frost, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Eva/Evangeline May Frost on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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Alessandra Torresani

by follers on October 13, 2012

Birth Name: Alessandra Olivia Toreson

Place of Birth: Palo Alto, California

Date of Birth: May 29, 1987

Ethnicity: 3/8ths Polish, 1/8th Austrian (Slovak), along with Irish, German, English, some Welsh

Alessandra Torresani is an American actress. She was born Alessandra Olivia Toreson.

Alessandra’s father has Austrian (Slovak), Irish, German, English, and some Welsh, ancestry. Alessandra’s mother is of three quarters Polish and one quarter German descent.

Alessandra is listed in many places as having Italian and/or Jewish ancestry. Neither claim is accurate. Alessandra is not of Jewish heritage. Alessandra is also not of Italian ancestry in the traditional sense, although one eighth of her ancestry is from Tyrol, Austria, which had an Italian population, and she could have distant Italian ancestors through that line (Alessandra’s Austrian great-grandfather listed his language as “Slovak”, however).

Alessandra’s paternal grandfather was James R. Toreson (the son of Sylvester Ludwig Toreson and Catherine Boyle). Sylvester was Austrian, from Tyrol. Catherine was born in Pennsylvania, to an Irish father and a German mother.

Alessandra’s paternal grandmother was Ruth E. Babcock (daughter of Bert H. Babcock and Lulu E. Davis). Ruth was born in Michigan, and had English, and some Welsh, ancestry.

Alessandra’s maternal grandparents were Stanley A. Glow (originally Glowczewski, the son of Stanley Ignacy Glowczewski and Mary Magdalene Kahler) and Dorothy M. Kaminski (the daughter of Frank J. Kaminski and Stella Levandoroski). Alessandra’s great-grandfather Stanley was of Polish descent, the son of Ignatius F. Glowczewski and Francis Slupecki/Slupeck. Alessandra’s great-grandmother Mary was of German ancestry, the daughter of Frank Kahler and Louisa Nieman. Alessandra’s maternal grandmother Dorothy was of Polish descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Alessandra Torresani (focusing on her father’s side) –

Marriage record of Alessandra’s paternal grandparents, James R. Toreson and Ruth E. Babcock –

Alessandra’s paternal grandfather, James R. Toreson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal grandfather, Stanley A. Glow –

Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy M. (Kaminski) Glow –

Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal great-grandmother, Stella Kaminski –

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Angie Harmon

by Lil Vacha on April 26, 2010

Birth Name: Angela Michelle Harmon

Place of Birth: Highland Park, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 10, 1972

*English, with small amounts of German, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, remote Dutch (father)
*Greek (mother)

Angie Harmon is an American actress and model.

Her father has English, with small amounts of German, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, and remote Dutch, ancestry. Her mother is of Greek descent.

Angie has stated that she has Cherokee Native American ancestry on her father’s side. No Native American ancestry appears in family trees of Angie, many of which trace her lineage back to the 1600s. All of Angie’s paternal grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

Angie’s paternal grandparents were Henry J. Harmon, Jr. (the son of Henry J. Harmon and Celia Estella/Stella McGoldrick) and Velma Evelyn Daugherty (the daughter of Augustus Lonnigan Daugherty and Lucy Adeline Brown). Henry Harmon, Jr. was born in either Iowa or Missouri, depending on the census. Velma was born in Oklahoma.

Angie’s maternal grandparents were Demos Angelo Caravageli (the son of Angelo Caravageli and Mary Scouras) and Maria George Karalekas. Demos was born in Texas, to Greek parents. Maria was also of Greek descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Angie Harmon (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Angie’s paternal great-grandmother, Estella/Stella McGoldrick –

Another genealogy of Estella/Stella McGoldrick (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Angie’s paternal grandfather, Henry J. Harmon, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Angie’s paternal grandparents, Henry Harmon, Jr. and Velma Evelyn Daugherty, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Angie’s paternal grandmother, Velma Evelyn Daugherty, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Angie’s paternal grandmother, Velma Evelyn (Daugherty) Harmon –

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Judy Garland

by ethnic on September 10, 2009


Birth Name: Frances Ethel Gumm

Date of Birth: June 10, 1922

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, U.S.

Date of Death: June 22, 1969

Place of Death: Chelsea, England, UK

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish

Judy Garland was an American actress and singer. Her daughter, with director Vincente Minnelli, is actress and singer Liza Minnelli.

Judy’s paternal grandparents were William Tecumseh Gumm (the son of John Alexander Gum and Eliza Martha Barrett) and Clementine W. Baugh (the daughter of John Aldridge Baugh and Mary Ann Marable).

Judy’s maternal grandparents were John B. Milne (the son of Charles Milne and Mary Kelso) and Eva Marion Fitzpatrick (the daughter of Hugh Fitzpatrick and Mary Elizabeth Harriot). Charles was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. Mary Kelson was born in Ayrshire, Scotland. Mary Harriot was born in Dublin, Ireland.

Source: Genealogies of Judy Garland –

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Robert Downey, Jr.

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

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Birth Name: Robert John Downey, Jr.

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Birth: April 4, 1965

*37.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% English and Scottish
*25% German and Swiss-German
*12.5% Irish

Robert Downey, Jr. is an American actor. He starred in many Hollywood movies throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and recently in the Iron Man films and Good Night and Good Luck. He is the son of actress Elsie Ann (Ford) and director/writer/actor Robert Downey, Sr. His sister is actress Allyson Downey.

Robert’s father is of half Lithuanian Jewish, one quarter Irish, and one quarter Hungarian Jewish, ancestry. Robert’s mother had Scottish, English, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. Robert’s father was born with the surname “Elias”, and later changed his surname to “Downey”, after his own stepfather. Robert is married to producer Susan Levin Downey. The two married in a Jewish ceremony.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Robert Elias (the son of Yosel “Joseph” W. Elias and Golda “Gussie” or “Augusta” Goldberg). Yosef and Golda were both Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, Yosef from Jonava and Golda from Prienai/Pren. Golda’s parents were Moses “Morris” Goldberg and Chala Gitel “Ida” Algaze/Algazy.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Betty” Jesse McLoughlin/McLauchlen (the daughter of James Robert McLauchlen and Ellenore/Eleanor “Ella” Ormay). Elizabeth was born in New York. James was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Canada, John Robert McLauchlen (from New Brunswick) and Jessie Murray (from Nova Scotia), and had Irish ancestry. Ellenore was Jewish, and was born in Hungary, to Rudolph Ormay and Ilke/Helen Stern. Rudolph’s parents were Herman Ormay and Elizabeth Heiman. Ilke’s parents were Rudolf Stern and Ilke Rosisatier.

Robert’s maternal grandparents were John Webster Ford (the son of John Ford and Mary) and Fay Marguerite Schoch (the daughter of Cyrus A. Schoch and Elsie May Peightal). John Webster Ford had Scottish and English ancestry. Cyrus was the son of Henry Lewis Schoch and Catherine Schucker, who were of German descent. Elsie was the daughter of James Peightal and Sarah, who were of German and Swiss-German descent.

Sources: Family history of Robert’s paternal grandfather, Robert Elias –

Robert’s paternal grandmother, Elizabeth “Betty” Jesse McLoughlin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Robert’s maternal great-grandfather, Cyrus A. Schoch (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Interview with Robert, mentioning his background –

Robert Downey, Jr. on Inside the Actors Studio –

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Callan Mulvey

March 28, 2015

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James Callis

March 28, 2015

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Bertie Carvel

March 26, 2015

Birth Name: Robert Hugh Carvel Place of Birth: St. Marylebone, London, England Date of Birth: 6 September, 1977 Ethnicity: English Bertie Carvel is an English actor. Bertie’s paternal grandparents are Robert B. Carvel and Florence A. Wilson. Photo by Prphotos

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Travis Tope

March 26, 2015

Birth Name: Travis Hunter Tope Place of Birth: Bexar, Texas Date of Birth: November 11, 1991 Ethnicity: English, some Scottish and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), 1/8th Italian, distant German Travis Tope is an American actor. He co-starred in the film Men, Women & Children, and has been cast in a role in the upcoming film Independence […]

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Yael Grobglas

March 25, 2015

Place of Birth: Paris, France Date of Birth: May 30, 1984 Ethnicity: *French Jewish (father) *Austrian (mother, who converted to Judaism) Yael Grobglas is an Israeli Jewish actress. She was born in Paris, to Eva (Rosner) and Jean Pierre Grobglas. Her father is French, and was born Jewish. Her mother is Austrian, and converted to […]

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