Birth Name: Brendan James Fraser
Place of Birth: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
Date of Birth: December 3, 1968
Ethnicity: Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, French-Canadian, English
Brendan Fraser is a Canadian and American actor.
Brendan was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Canadian parents. His mother, Carol Mary (Genereux), was a sales counselor, and his father, Peter Joseph Fraser, was a former journalist who worked as a Canadian foreign service officer for the Government Office of Tourism. He has mentioned his heritage in an interview as Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, and French. He also has English ancestry. His father was born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia. His mother was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Brendan’s maternal grandfather was Arthur George Genereux (the son of Jean Horace-Horatio Genereux and Daisy Anne Sanders). Arthur was born in Alberta. Jean was of French-Canadian ancestry, the son of Joseph Antoine Edouard Genereux and Phebee Elizabeth Gazaille dit St Germain. Daisy was English, born in Essex, to Richard Sanders and Rosa Eliza Clark.
Brendan’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Mary Devine (the daughter of Patrick F. Devine and Mary E. McClaven). Patrick was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Patrick Devine and Margaret, and all four of his grandparents were Irish. Mary was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, James McClaven and Catharine.
Sources: Genealogy of Brendan’s maternal grandfather, Arthur George Genereux (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Brendan’s maternal grandmother, Catherine Mary Devine (“Cathryn Devine”), on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Brendan’s maternal great-grandfather, Patrick F. Devine, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Interview where Brendan mentions his heritage – http://www.irishcentral.com
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