Adrian Grenier

by ethnic on December 3, 2009

Place of Birth: Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 10, 1976

*English, Irish, Scottish, German, remote French (father)
*Mexican [including Spanish and Indigenous Mexican], as well as possibly 1/8th French (mother)

Adrian Grenier is an American actor, producer, director, and musician. He is known for his role as Vincent Chase on HBO’s series Entourage, and for appearing in the film The Devil Wears Prada.

Adrian’s father, John Miles Dunbar, from Ohio, has English, Irish, Scottish, German, and remote French, ancestry.

Adrian’s mother, Karesse Grenier, was born in New Mexico, of approximately 7/8ths Mexican descent (including Spanish and Indigenous Mexican roots). Many of Adrian’s mother’s ancestors had lived in New Mexico for many generations, since before it became a state. Her other great-grandparent was possibly of French origin. Adrian was not raised around his Mexican/Latino heritage.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that Adrian’s genetic ancestry is:

*91.56% European
*8.44% Native American

Adrian’s Native American ancestry most probably comes from Indigenous Mexican roots. Adrian’s matrilineal line is Indigenous. Adrian previously incorrectly believed that he has Apache Native American ancestry.

Adrian’s paternal grandfather was Carl Sanford Dunbar (the son of John I. Dunbar and Lydia Martha Phelps). John was the son of George Wesley Dunbar and Mary Elizabeth Sanford. Lydia was the daughter of Theodore Austin Phelps and Mary Ellen McCarty.

Adrian’s paternal grandmother was Esther R. Messenger (the daughter of Miles Claude Messenger and Geneva Rice). Miles was the son of Riverius Messenger and Catherine Warrington. Geneva was the daughter of George M. Rice and Louisa Schlecht.

Adrian’s maternal grandfather was Junio López (the son of Elauterio López and Josefina/Josephita Ester Blea). Josefina was the daughter of Norberto Blea and Maria Cesaria Barceló.

Adrian’s maternal grandmother was Priscilla Grenier (originally “Greenier”, the daughter of Robert Emmit Greenier and Lucaria Ortiz). Robert was the son of Frederick William Grenier, who was almost certainly not Hispanic (he may have had French ancestry), and of Isabel Marcial. Lucaria was the daughter of Rufino Ortiz and Sarita/Sara Maria Gonzales y Ramirez.

Sources: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) –

Genealogy of Adrian Grenier –

Genealogy of Adrian Grenier (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Adrian’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Obituary of Adrian’s paternal grandfather, Carl Sanford Dunbar –

Genealogy of Adrian’s paternal grandmother, Esther R. Messenger (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Adrian’s maternal grandmother, Priscilla Greenier/Grenier, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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andrew November 18, 2017 at 6:07 pm

His father has remote French ancestry too and descends from some Mayflower passengers like Samuel Fuller

theropod April 1, 2015 at 7:08 am

Looks nothing like his father’s side (English, Irish, etc).

Dude looks full on Latino/South American mix.

minion8171 April 16, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Depends on what picture you look at. I’m their pictures, he looks more white.

California July 24, 2015 at 9:05 pm

I thought he was just Hispanic too.

marjanel September 29, 2015 at 7:55 pm

1.Mexicns are not South Americans
2. South Americans are very diverse
3. Not all South American countries are latin

anen87 June 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

He does look english he looks like Mr. Bean!

Hill May 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm

He looks southern European to me. Curly hair, green eyes etc.

Your Mom August 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

He Looks Partially Black Too.

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 5:08 am
Princess June 14, 2014 at 1:33 am

He looks weird. He looks off-white. Nearly white, but not quite exactly there.

WTF June 3, 2014 at 6:15 pm

he doesn’t look native american or black. he looks p a k i s t a n i, arab, and middle eastern.

p.s. it won’t let me type p a k i s t a n i without spacing the words. it says my comment is being moderated when i don’t space it. wtf? since when is that an insult? it’s an ethnicity, dumbasses!

WTF June 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm

y’all are ALL wrong. he don’t look native american or black. he looks pakistani, arab, and middle eastern.

ashash May 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm

He’s only 8.44% Native American? Really? That’s way less than I thought.

follers May 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

His mother is presumably 16.88% Native. She also has 1/8th non-Hispanic ancestry.

ashash May 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I thought he would be more for some reason. Didn’t he used to describe his mother as Spanish and Apache? Or something like that?

follers May 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Yes, he used to believe that his mother was part Apache for whatever weird reason. I think it was a story his mother came up with. That was debunked on-air on Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s show (Finding Your Roots). Henry doesn’t know what tribe Adrian’s ancestry is, and his last “separate”/non-Hispanic Native ancestry is distant, i.e. likely the 1600s.

ashash May 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm

It’s kind of like Hilary Swank who described her grandmother as “Spanish and Native American.” I guess she wasn’t wrong since many Mexicans are that but just thought it was weird that her grandma didn’t see herself as a Mexican.

marjanel September 29, 2015 at 7:57 pm

natives of Mexico are not hispanic. calling them like that is like calling Anglo-saxon to natives of USA, you are whitewashing them

marjanel September 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Indigenous mexican is not hispanic, you are whitewashing them

eu May 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm

He looks part black too,like a puerto rican or some like that

ihatemostpeople May 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm

I agree. He looks sort of Creole.

indo March 20, 2014 at 12:28 am

He looks like Dracula from sesame street

Mae January 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

He lookss like a Vamp on this picture, his skin color looks cadaver ?

Humanid January 16, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Adrian Grenier easily pass in France or Spain.
There are some ridiculous comments calling him Mexican/Puerto-Rican.

It is very clear they are ignorant about Southern-European looks.

Humanid January 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm

He looks White, not any sort of non-White Latino

Daron March 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Most Latinos are mestizo ( European & Native American descent) so it’s no surprise he would look white.

AnonymousPerson January 4, 2014 at 6:40 am

He looks Puerto Rican.

SexyJ91 November 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm

OMG He looks like Eduardo Verastegui clon!!!!

GeorgeJeanPierre July 8, 2012 at 6:19 am

so far from what i know hes spanish irish native american however, i saw a program on pbs showing his grandfather, and you can clearly see african influences in him. I mean the nose was just a straight up give away. Either way Adrian’s super cool and i like his whole organic way of life. To me i would consider him Hispanic and native.

neves October 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

is there like a group of people that just claim every single person is african? or am i missing something or what?? weird.

ethnic October 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm

It all started in Africa. !

DA X mann April 9, 2012 at 2:00 am

he kind of looks like mark sanchez. I though he was mexican

AnonymousPerson January 16, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I thought so too.

me March 8, 2012 at 6:24 am

he is hot and looks gay too.

J Coulombe-Fields July 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

I believe it is FRENCH, and the reason is my aunt was with Al Genier for 40+years, and he could even be a family member for all I know. Im from a french family, (French-Canadian) and he was real french speaking, (Montreal-Quebec)and into singing and music. I came on this site to see if I could find that out. I know Mr. Genier had children, Adrian could be a grandson, maybe even great-grandson. I might of met them a few times, lived in LA off Wilshire. My Aunt died on my BD unfortunately, Antonette, they never married due to the Catholic issues about Divorce. They also never had any children of there own. My aunt had one daughter Theresa, who lived and died in Oregon. I would be very proud if he was part of my big french family. Bless him, and I wish him the very best life has to offer. And Im still looking to see what I can find out.

Alice July 21, 2011 at 7:13 am

Adrian is also of Irish heritage on his father’s side. His father’s name was Dunbar. IMDb state this. I’ve also read it on numerous other sources.

myspace celebrity August 2, 2010 at 7:42 am

I heard his European ancestry is Irish and French.

ethnic August 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Hey MC, I going to list French due to his surname.

anna June 19, 2010 at 11:42 am

what about his european ancestry?grenier sounds french but probably he has also other origins..

Anonymous February 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm

He looks creole.

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