Blake (right) with Melissa Benoist
Birth Name: Blake Alexander Jenner
Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 27, 1992
*English, German, French-Canadian (father)
Blake Jenner is an American actor and singer. He is the son of Mitzy and Richard Vernon Jenner. He is married to actress and singer Melissa Benoist.
Blake’s father has English, German, and French-Canadian ancestry. Blake’s mother is of Cuban descent.
Blake’s paternal great-grandparents were Wallace Elmer Jenner and Emma M. Sinn. Wallace was the son of Frank Meeser Jenner and Sarah/Sadie Jane Duke, and had English and French-Canadian ancestry. Emma was born in New Jersey, to German parents, Wilhelm A. Sin and Emma M. Friese/Friesser.
About his Cuban heritage, Blake has said:
It probably shaped me more than I realize… I’ll fall back into little bits and pieces of Cuban Spanish slang that I picked up from my mom over the years. I really didn’t speak it too much, but I understood it perfectly and still do… The food is amazing… I don’t know where I’d be without my Cuban family. Growing up with them, that definitely took a part in what I know today, the kind of music I like today, who I am as a person. My mom especially. She’s proud of it and we’re proud of it too. I’m very grateful for it. Very grateful to be half Cuban… One more thing—my mom will kill me if I don’t say this—but she taught us to be very family-oriented. I think that’s why we’re so close.
Source: Blake’s paternal great-grandparents, Wallace Elmer Jenner and Emma M. Sinn, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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