Annette O’Toole

Annette O'Toole at "What A Pair! 5" benefiting the John Wayne Ca

O’Toole in 2007, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Annette Toole

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 1, 1952

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, Bohemian Czech, Cajun

Annette O’Toole is an American actress, dancer, singer, and songwriter. She is known for her roles in the mini-series It (1990), as well as the films One on One, 48 Hrs., Superman III, and Cross My Heart, and the shows Nash Bridges and Smallville, among many other works.

Annette is married to actor, comedian, and musician Michael McKean. She has two children with her former husband, actor Bill Geisslinger.

Her family surname is Toole; she changed it to O’Toole when she became an actress.

Annette’s paternal grandfather was William West Toole (the son of James Rogers Toole and Emily Louise Tucker). William was born in Texas. James was the son of James Toole and Avelina Evelyn Rives/Reeves, who was of half Cajun descent. Emily was the daughter of A. A. Tucker and Katherine West.

Annette’s paternal grandmother was Pallie Askew (the daughter of William Henry Askew and Mary “Mollie” Shelly). Pallie was born in Alabama. William was the son of Phillip Henry Askew and Mariah/Maria Laura Curry. Annette’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Elijah Benjamin Shelley and Elizabeth/Eliza Brackin.

Annette’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Kirwin Niland (the son of John Niland and Harriet Antoinette “Hattie” St. John). Thomas was born in Texas. John was born in Ireland. Harriet was the daughter of Benjamin A. St. John, who was Canadian, and of Mary Agnes Linsdsay.

Annette’s maternal grandmother was Clara Dorothy Butler (the daughter of George Washington Butler and Mary Elizabeth Matejowsky). Clara was born in Texas. George was the son of Green Willis Butler and Anna Elizabeth “Annie” Mims. Annette’s great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth was a Bohemian Czech immigrant, the daughter of Henry Matejowsky and Mary Rose.

Sources: Genealogy of Annette O’Toole –

Annette’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Annette’s maternal grandmother, Clara Dorothy Butler, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Annette’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Matejowsky, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. bablah says:

    *Emily was the daughter of . A. Tucker and Katherine West.

    Avelina Evelyn Rives/Reeves was half Cajun.

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