Chris Pratt

by follers on December 26, 2015

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Birth Name: Christopher Michael Pratt

Place of Birth: Virginia, Minnesota

Date of Birth: June 21, 1979

Ethnicity:
*English, German, Swiss-German, French-Canadian (father)
*Norwegian (mother)

Chris Pratt is an American actor. He is married to actress Anna Faris.

Chris’s father was of English, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian ancestry. Chris’s mother is of entirely Norwegian descent.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was Donald Clifton Pratt (the son of Clifton C. Pratt and Diana Mattison). Clifton was the son of Herbert A. Pratt and Clara Harmon. Diana was the daughter of William Andrew Mattison and Clara Belle Hollenbeck.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Adeline Katherine Limmer (the daughter of Frederick John Limmer and Sarah J. Roses). Frederick was born in Minnesota, to Harry Edward Limmer, from New York, and Catherine Mary Limmer, from Maryland. Harry and Catherine were both born with the same surname, and both had English ancestry. Sarah was born in Wisconsin. Sarah’s father, Louis Roses, was born in Switzerland, to Louis or Seperine Roses and Amelie or Madaline, of Swiss-German descent. Sarah’s mother, Zoe Beaupré, was born in Wisconsin, to Louis Beaupré and Emilie Bélanger, who were of French-Canadian descent.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was Wallace Laverne Indahl (the son of Willie H. Indahl and Inga Halverson). Willie was born in Minnesota, to a Norwegian-born father, Hans Martinsen Indahl, and a mother, Anne Karine Vetlesdatter/Vetlesen, who was born in Wisconsin, to Norwegian parents. Inga was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian-born parents, Robert Halvorsen and Augusta.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was Luella May Applen (the daughter of Ingamon T. Applen and Gunild “Nellie” Peterson). Ingamon was born in Minnesota, to Tosten Ole Applen, who was born in Iowa, and Esther Tollefson Felland, who was born in Minnesota. All of Ingamon’s grandparents were Norwegian. Nellie was born in Minnesota, to a Norwegian-born father, Peter Kittle Peterson, and a Wisconsin-born mother, Bergit “Betsy” Halvorson, whose own parents were also Norwegian.

Sources: Genealogy of Chris Pratt – http://famouskin.com

Chris’s paternal grandfather, Donald Clifton Pratt, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Donald Clifton Pratt on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Diana Mattison, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Chris’s paternal grandmother, Adeline Katherine Limmer, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Chris’s maternal grandfather, Wallace Laverne Indahl, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Chris’s maternal great-grandfather, Willie H. Indahl, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Chris’s maternal grandmother, Luella May Applen (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Luella May Applen, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Chris’s maternal great-grandfather, Ingamon T. Applen, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Gunild “Nellie” Peterson, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Denzel Washington

by ethnic on October 29, 2013

Birth Name: Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.

Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, New York, United States

Date of Birth: December 28, 1954

Ethnicity: African-American

Denzel Washington is an American actor and director/filmmaker. He is African-American. He is the son of Lennis (Lowe) and Denzel H. Washington, a Pentecostal preacher. Denzel is married to actress and singer Pauletta Pearson Washington, with whom he has four children.

Denzel was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1996. He is thus far the only African-American, and the only non-caucasian, to have been given this title by the magazine.

Denzel’s paternal grandparents were William Washington (the son of William Washington, Sr. and Margaret) and Virginia. William and Virginia were both born in Virginia, as was Denzel’s father. Denzel’s great-grandparents William and Margaret were born into slavery.

Denzel’s maternal grandparents were Tillman Lowe/Low and Eliza Jackson (the daughter of William Jackson and Rachel). Tillman and Eliza were both born in Georgia, as was Denzel’s mother. William and Rachel were born into slavery.

Sources: Family history of Denzel Washington – http://familyhistoryinsider.com

Denzel’s father, Denzel H. Washington, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Denzel’s mother, Lennis Lowe, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Lee Byung-hun

by madman on August 17, 2013

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Place of Birth: Namhansanseong-myeon, Gwangju County, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea (now Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea)

Date of Birth: August 13, 1970

Ethnicity: Korean

Lee Byung-hun is a South Korean actor, singer, and model.

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Ethan Hawke

by follers on October 21, 2012

Birth Name: Ethan Green Hawke

Place of Birth: Austin, Texas

Date of Birth: November 6, 1970

Ethnicity: English, smaller amounts of Scottish and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish)

Ethan Hawke is an American actor, writer, and director.

Ethan’s paternal grandfather was Frank Taylor Hawke (the son of Ronald M. Hawke and Edith S. Mosher). Ronald was the son of George Washington Hawke and Ida Jane Dakin. Edith was the daughter of John Jacob Mosher and Laura Henrietta Harris.

Ethan’s paternal grandmother was Betty Virginia Hartsock (the daughter of Herbert “Bert” Clark Hartsock and Winifred Eliza Macy). Herbert was the son of Jesse L. Hartsock and Adele/Addie M. Alexander. Winifred was the daughter of Edmund Antram Macy and Cora Anna Wise.

Ethan’s maternal grandfather was Howard Lemuel Green (the son of Thomas Lemuel Green and Susie Idella/Della W. Hall). Howard was a minor-league baseball commissioner and served five terms in the Texas Legislature. Thomas was the son of John Andrew Green and Mary Julia Taliaferro. Susie was the daughter of John Henry Hall and Nancy Ann/Annie Reed.

Ethan’s maternal grandmother was Rosalie Carole Turner (the daughter of George Ross Turner and Annie Ruth Lane). George was the son of George Taylor Turner and Florida Jane Merriman. Annie was the daughter of John Gaut Lane and Cynthia Evelyn Hall.

Ethan was previously married to actress and model Uma Thurman.

Sources: Genealogy of Ethan Hawke – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Ethan’s paternal grandmother, Betty Virginia Hartsock, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Betty Virginia Hartsock on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Ethan’s paternal grandmother, Betty Virginia (Hartsock) Hawke – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogies of Ethan Hawke (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://familypedia.wikia.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Ethan’s matrilineal great-great-grandmother, Cynthia Evelyn Hall – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Shailene Woodley

by follers on October 11, 2012

Birth Name: Shailene Diann Woodley

Place of Birth: San Bernardino, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 15, 1991

Ethnicity:
*English (father)
*African-American, Louisiana Creole (African, French, Spanish, German), English, Swiss (mother)

Shailene Woodley is an American actress.

Shailene’s father has English ancestry. Shailene’s maternal grandfather had African-American ancestry, and Shailene’s maternal grandmother has Louisiana Creole (including African, French, Spanish, and German) ancestry on one side of her family, and English and Swiss ancestry on the other side of her family.

A picture of Shailene with her mother can be seen here.

Shailene’s paternal grandfather was Virgil James Woodley (the son of James F. Woodley and Velma L. Howard). Virgil was born in Oklahoma.

Shailene’s paternal grandmother was Dovie Oralee Sims (the daughter of Omer Epsy Sims and Eva Ellen Payne). Dovie was born in Texas, and had English ancestry. Omer was the son of Denton Otto Sims and Clara Florence Allen. Eva was the daughter of Hiram Walker Payne and Verdenia Maude Ellis.

Shailene’s maternal grandfather was Stephen David Victor (the son of Harold J. Victor and Bessie M. Harrold). According to most censuses, both Harold and Bessie were Black and/or biracial (censuses list Harold and Bessie as black, and one census lists them as “Mulatto”). Harold was born in Louisiana, to Leila. Bessie was born in California, to Texas-born parents, William John Harrold and Bessie Hutchins.

Shailene’s maternal grandmother is Diane Lynn Fauria (the daughter of Vernon Louis Fauria and Marguerite Lois Davis). Vernon was a Louisiana Creole. Maguerite was caucasian. A picture of Vernon and Marguerite can be seen here.

Shailene’s great-grandfather Vernon Fauria’s parents both had black ancestry, mixed with caucasian. Vernon’s father, Joseph Mathews/Matthews Fauria, was of African, Spanish, French, and German descent. Vernon’s mother, Aline Louise Martinez, had Spanish, African, and possibly French, ancestry. A picture of Vernon with his siblings can be seen here. A picture of Vernon’s parents, Shailene’s great-great-grandparents Joseph and Aline, can be seen here. A picture of Shailene’s great-great-grandfather, Joseph Mathews Fauria (top left), with his own parents, Victor Nicholas Fauria and Agnes Cora Zipple (seated), can be seen here.

Shailene’s great-grandmother Maguerite Davis’s father, Norman E. Davis, was likely of British Isles/English ancestry. Maguerite’s mother, Shailene’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Evangeline Perinjacket, was Swiss. This makes Shailene Woodley of 1/16th Swiss ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Shailene Woodley – http://gw.geneanet.org
https://www.geni.com

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

Genealogy of Shailene’s paternal grandmother, Dovie Oralee Sims (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

Shailene’s maternal great-grandfather, Harold J. Victor, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Shailene’s maternal great-grandmother, Bessie M. Harrold (Bessie Herald), on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Bessie Harrold on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Shailene’s maternal grandmother, Diane Lynn Fauria – http://bayoubohemia.net

Pictures and genealogy of Shailene’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph Mathews/Matthews Fauria – http://www.findagrave.com

Shailene’s maternal great-grandmother, Marguerite Lois Davis, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Lester Holt

September 26, 2016

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Paul Laxalt

September 26, 2016

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James Gray

September 26, 2016

Place of Birth: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S. Date of Birth: 1969 Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish James Gray is an American film director and screenwriter He is of Russian Jewish descent, with grandparents from Ostropol (now Ukraine). Photo by Prphotos.com

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Clarence Williams III

September 26, 2016

Place of Birth: Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S. Date of Birth: August 21, 1939 Ethnicity: African-American Clarence Williams III is an American actor. Clarence was born into a family of entertainers. His father, Clarence “Clay” Williams, Jr., was a professional musician. Clarence’s aunt, Irene Williams (born Joy Williams) was a singer and actress. […]

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