Alexa Davalos

by follers on February 19, 2014

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Birth Name: Alexa Davalos Dunas

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: May 28, 1982

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Dutch, Spanish, Finnish, evidently some Asian (mother)

Alexa Davalos is an American actress. She was born in Paris, France, to American parents, photographer Jeff Dunas and actress Elyssa Davalos. Her grandfather was actor Richard Davalos and her aunt is rock singer and bass player Dominique Davalos. She was raised in France, Italy, and New York, U.S.

Alexa’s father is from a Jewish family, from Russia and Lithuania. Alexa’s maternal grandfather was said to have Spanish and Finnish ancestry. Alexa’s maternal grandmother is Dutch-born, and has been described as Eurasian.

Alexa has said:

I was raised without much religion, to be honest… [my parents] were traveling around like mad and took me everywhere, so we didn’t celebrate traditionally. When I was very young, about 7, we came to Los Angeles from France for a brief time and my parents enrolled me in school at Temple Emanuel and I learned Hebrew. I do remember it had an impact on me. I’ve always felt a connection to [Judaism].

Alexa’s paternal grandfather is Ronald Sanders Dunas (the son of Joseph Charles Dunas and Beatrice Sanders). Ronald was born in Illinois. Joseph was born in Illinois, to Cassel/Charles Dunas and Tillie Kurtzon, who were Jewish emigrants, Cassel evidently from Russia and Tillie from Lithuania. Beatrice was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents, Emile M. Sanders and Marie Massover.

Alexa’s paternal grandmother is Romelle Barbara Gross (the daughter of Jacob/John Charles Gross and Dorothy/Dora Zagon). Romelle was born in Illinois. Jacob was born in New York, and was also Jewish. Dorothy was born in Chicago, the daughter of Hyman Zagon and Rose Lurie, who were Russian Jewish immigrants.

Alexa’s maternal grandfather was Richard Davalos (Richard Norman Davalos). Richard was an actor. He was born in New York City.

Alexa’s maternal grandmother is Ellen Hedwig van der Hoeven. Ellen is a dancer and actress. She was born in the Netherlands, and evidently is of part Asian ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Alexa Davalos –

Genealogy of some of Alexa’s father’s family –

Alexa’s paternal grandfather, Ronald Sanders Dunas, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Alexa’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Charles Dunas, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Alexa’s paternal great-grandmother, Beatrice Sanders, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Alexa’s paternal great-grandmother, Dorothy/Dora Zagon, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Alexa’s maternal grandfather, Richard Norman Davalos –

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bablah September 19, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Is it certain Ellen is just Dutch? She looks kinda Asian.

madman September 19, 2018 at 1:29 pm

When I saw that you had commented, I though you’d found Richard Davalos’ ancestry! It’s strange, he really is a ghost. Maybe he was born with a different name.

Do you have a picture of Ellen? The only thing we have on her is this immigration record:

I guess it’s possible she had Indonesian ancestry, like many Dutch people.

bablah September 19, 2018 at 2:51 pm

I can’t post private social media accounts.

Richard was deffinitely born as Richard Norman Davalos in New York in 1930. He’s on the NY birth index. But I can’t find any mention of his parents nor any other mention of him.

There’s a Richard Davalos who died in NY in 1936, but I can’t find him on census either. I tried Davalos, Dovalos, Dovolos, and a few others, and no dice.

madman September 19, 2018 at 3:10 pm

I can’t find that birth record. It’s weird that no one has found him on the 1940 census.

bablah September 19, 2018 at 3:17 pm

It’s not on familysearch. It’s on

I suspect that the name is misspelled and that’s why we can’t find him. I’ll try again later with ancestry, since their search engine is better.

bablah September 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm

”Davalos was born and reared in New York. After high school he did a hitch with the Navy, then entered Martha Graham’s modern ballet school. It was there he met his wife, a Eurasian girl. “Ellen is lovely,” he said, reaching into his pocket and pulling out a well – thumbed wallet. “That’s Elien and these are our daughters. Elyssa is 10 and Dominique is 2. The older one has her mother’s features and my coloring. Dominique has my features and her mother’s coloring. ”

Tucson Daily Citizen, April 6, 1967

madman July 25, 2017 at 8:16 am

Richard Davalos was married to Ellen Hedwig van der Hoeven, an actress and dancer, who was Dutch-born. Is there any evidence that he was married twice or that Ellen and Miriam wasn’t the same person? I can’t find anything about a relationship to a “Miriam”, only about that with Ellen.

“By his marriage to the dancer Ellen van der Hoeven he had two daughters.”–obituary/

blue August 18, 2016 at 7:12 am

I found this , is in spanish but say that is a spanish surname , but its true it sounds greek:

blue August 18, 2016 at 7:31 am

And says that Davalos surname was in the XII century in the kingdom of Navarra.

madman August 18, 2016 at 3:11 am

Richard Davalos’ obituary:–obituary/

It mentions that his parents were Finnish and Spanish.

follers August 18, 2016 at 5:20 am

Isn’t that possibility already mentioned? The Telegraph doesn’t settle whether it was true or not.

madman August 18, 2016 at 7:26 am

Yes, it is. But i thought it would be more complete if there was an actual mention of it included on the page.

follers August 18, 2016 at 11:14 pm

I’m confused as to what you want mentioned. Is it The Telegraph article? The Telegraph just took the Spanish and Finnish reference off Wikipedia or wherever. It was on the internet long before that.

Check7t September 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Her name sounds Greek, yet it’s really Spanish and not Greek yet it says her father is an Ashkenazi?

Not Sephardi? That’s odd…

follers September 19, 2014 at 8:51 pm

This “Dunas” family were typical Russian Jews. It’s just an unusual-sounding name.

Her mother’s “Davalos” line is less clear to me, but one biography described Richard Davalos as being of Spanish and Finnish descent. Given that “Davalos” is usually a Spanish surname, the claim is plausible.

ashash September 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Interesting mix.

Check7t October 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I see she took her in mothers surname, excuse thy.

Hellenic God September 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Ethnic I think you are wrong. She is half Greek. In many sites she is mentioned as Greek and that she can even speak Greek!
Read this article of GreekReporter. She is mentioned as Greek French. I dont think a site like GreekReporter give such false informations. Search it please!

follers September 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

It’s bizarre that they published that in 2014, just a few days ago, when so much information is available on her background.

Her father is of entirely Ashkenazi Jewish descent, as you can see from his genealogy. Her mother’s line doesn’t appear to be Greek either.

The claim that she is Greek (and that she speaks Greek) used to be on the IMDB, but was deleted. But it is still being repeated around the internet.

Hellenic God September 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm

OK Thanks for clarifying it. :)
Btw why dont you make a profile for Adele Exarchopoulos? She is of Greek~French descent. Her Greek roots are obvious. Her long surname is 100% Greek!
P.S. Im Greek French my self. :)

follers September 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm
Hellenic God September 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Wow you are fast! :)
Thank you! Put a beautiful picture of her. :P

WTF June 2, 2014 at 12:26 pm

she looks part native american

Peanut September 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm

slight asiatic features are not uncommon among uralic people

J420 November 30, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Lol Seriously? you trolls must have a very boring life.

athelya December 4, 2015 at 8:39 am

maybe because she’s part saami on her mother side?

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