Chad Michael Murray

by ethnic on September 16, 2010

Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 24, 1981

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Polish, German, Swiss-German

Chad Michael Murray is an American actor, spokesperson, writer, and model. He is married to actress and model Sarah Roemer, with whom he has two children.

Chad is the son of Sheila and Rex Murray. On his father’s side, Chad has English, German, and Swiss-German, ancestry. Chad has said that he also has Irish and Polish ancestry, which would presumably be from his mother’s side.

There is an internet rumor that one of Chad’s grandmothers was Japanese. This is not accurate.

Chad’s paternal grandfather was Albert Luther Murray (the son of William Henry Murray and Rosa Belle Lock). Albert was born in Ohio. William was the son of Isaac Newton Murray and Sarah Lavina Mikesell. Rosa was the daughter of John Henry Lock and Emma A. Smith.

Chad’s paternal grandmother was Leora L. Halter (the daughter of George Edward Halter and Mary Ada Long). Leora was born in New York. George was the son of Edward Halter and Mary Ann Miller. Chad’s great-grandmother Mary Long was the daughter of Daniel G. Long and Catherine Fogelsonger.

Sources: Genealogy of Chad’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Chad’s paternal grandfather, Albert Luther Murray, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Chad’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Sarah Lavina Mikesell (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Chad’s paternal grandmother, Leora L. Halter, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituaries of Chad’s paternal grandmother, Leora L. (Halter) Murray –

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phaedra May 6, 2016 at 2:03 am

He has a Semitic/Mediterranean shape to his face, but with an overall Nordic/Celtic tone.

andrew May 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm
neiltennant July 20, 2017 at 8:55 am


no he has not

Tux September 20, 2015 at 6:37 am

The British and German is totally visible he looks like both. Can’t say I see much Pole. He doesn’t look very slavic at all but then again there are many Poles who look more like Germans/Western Europeans.

Tyler Durden September 30, 2015 at 3:45 pm

He could pass as both Polish or Russian as well. Certain expressions he makes I can totally see it. One mistake that a lot of people make here on this site is stereotyping different ethnic groups based on how they view them in their heads but Slavics just like other Europeans have a variety of looks.

Freerk May 12, 2017 at 10:01 am

In fact there still are “typical” regional looks, but because Europe is a melting pot with some migration periods, many people have looks that are not too typical for the region they were born.

For example in today’s Poland there lived Germanic tribes 2000 years ago (Goths, Vandals, Burgundians …); they haven’t completely disappeared but went into the Polish genetic mix. So you have blond Polish with faces that could be Scandinavian or German, and you have Polish with dark hair and those typical Slavic cheekbones, and many in between. Often it depends on the photo – light, perspective, facial expression – what part of the heritage dominates visually.

To me, Murray looks mostly Scandinavian (perhaps Danish ancestors from the Danelag), and a good portion of English and (more) Northern German. (Don’t forget that about 30 % of the English are of Northern German/Danish ancestry, so German and Danish faces are quite common.)

Tyler Durden September 7, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Confirmed, Chad’s Irish and Polish, this is from his verified Twitter account.

follers September 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Thank you, Tyler. Chad should look into his father’s genealogy. He would discover that his father is of English and German descent, and that he has roots in the U.S. going back to the 1600s.

Tyler Durden September 7, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Welcome! haha this whole debacle just shows how retarded the internet can be. Here you have all these article post touting him as some half asian celebrity and none of them actually cared to find out the truth.

Tyler Durden September 7, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Did some digging….apparently user “ohhhophelia” of Ohnotheydidn’t not only debunked the Japanese rumor but also got a direct confirmation of Chad’s ancestry (Irish/Polish) through a Twitter DM. Unfortunately the image he posted is now broken, but judging by the comments the picture seems authentic. I’m currently sending him a message on Twitter to see if he still has the image. If not i’ll try getting in touch with Chad himself.

Tyler Durden September 7, 2015 at 1:09 am

Read this tidbit on wiki

“Nope, there’s not a single source for that information. A few years back there was a user edit on the website under the trivia section in his profile that said exactly this “When stationed in Japan while serving in the army, Chad’s grandfather met and married a Japanese woman and eventually Chad’s mother was born. Thus, he is a quarter Japanese.” The piece of information itself had no source, Chad has never stated anything about it in any of his interviews, and while Chad’s paternal side tree is available to the public (English, some German) his mother’s side is not. Noone knows her ancestry or her name. So the story about her being Japanese is false, because we don’t know anything about her ancestry or family to begin with. ”

This is probably the best explanation for the origin of the 1/4 japanese rumor. Just some fan edit on a site that got regurgitated to other sites to the point noone questions the validity of it anymore and just take peoples word for it.

Tux August 27, 2015 at 6:01 am

Just lol at how hard people will reach to discredit the whiteness of someone. I’ve heard it all now some 0.5% asian admixture in Scandinavia is responsible for “asian eyes”. LOL most half white half asian people don’t have the epicanthic folds yet idiots believe some 0.5% admixture in Scandinavia is responsible for the eyes. Sometimes the dumbness of people astounds even me.

GLXY September 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Wow calm down I just made a suggestion. It’s possible that he has deep Native American ancestry if his family has been in this country for many generations.

I know some European have almond eyes but he doesn’t seems to have Finnish or Russian blood, if it was the case I think he would’ve say it in a interview

sylosis November 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Firstly its not called almond eyes. Most people in the world have almond eyes regardless of race.

What you’re looking for is “borealized eyes” and what does finnic or Russian blood have to do with anything here? Borealized eyes can be found all over Europe. It is a remnant of the Glacial age, it has nothing to do with asian or mongoloid ancestry as its found in places that mongols never touched.

Gaspard Ulliel is French and has them. Has anyone ever mentioned Chad has Native ancestry? no? then what source do you have for this unless its just guess work? because he have no native traits or features at all.

Furthermore the amount of people keep bringing up Native ancestry is so flipping retarded. Everbody and their mother claims Native ancestry but the fact of the matter is the MAJORITY OF THEM WERE WIPED OUT. There is statistically not enough remaining Natives for all these people to keep claiming it all the time. The large density of the Caucasian American population arrived here AFTER the massacre of the Natives. The Caucasian population during colonial times wasn’t even half the size it is today. We got that size by immigration not baby making so its impossible for a substantial amount of White Americans to have Native ancestry. Same goes for most of the Blacks who often claim it.

Leslie December 30, 2013 at 9:00 am


100% true, correct. Wish there was more people like this spreading the truth.

Too many wannabes out there lying about their ancestry. It’s really sad and pathetic, when the truth lies in history, facts, and educating yourselves instead of trying to be cool, trendy, or exotic.

By the way people, we know who the wannabes are and who are the true ones.

– Signed a Native-Canadian.

Dogg October 30, 2014 at 3:30 am

It is more likely that African-Americans have Native American ancestry than White-Americans due to their colonial roots.

Dogg October 30, 2014 at 3:34 am

I think about 5% of African-Americans have SUBSTANTIAL Native American admixture.

andrew September 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

most Murray are of Scottish or Irish descent

GLXY August 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I would suggest maybe some Native American ancestry rather than Japanese but his eyes definitely suggest he had either Native or Asian blood.

Any informations about his ethnicity because Murray can be a Scottish, English or Irish surname.

Dago989 September 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Its hard trying to argue against the stereotypes of Americans being stupid when comments like this exist.

Explain to me what in the hell do almond eyes have to do with Native American ancestry? CAUCASIANS CAN HAVE ALMOND EYES TOO. Have you been to Scandinavia? they are quite common among Northern Europeans. Europeans don’t have legit round eyes to begin with. The only people who have uber round eyes are Africans. Somalis, those beady round eyes that you see in Somalis is not common anywhere in Europe. Most Caucasians eyes are in between. With some regions almond eyes being more prominent than others. Usually its central europeans, north, and east europeans where almond eyes are most common. Asians aren’t the only people who evolved in the cold. There is also a difference between Caucasian almond eyes and Native/Mongoloid almond eyes they don’t look the same at all and Caucasians lack the fold that mongoloids have.

n/a November 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I’m black and don’t have round eyes…so your point is invalid.

Leslie December 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

He/She didn’t say al. They just said that is is FOUND in Africans.

Other than that, what Dago said is 100% correct
(Mostly whites and blacks who are wannabes) try to say they have their features from a non-existent ancestor. That their eyes are a result of that of a native ancestor from 400+ years ago.

Come on now, you are NOT THAT RACE IF IT WAS SO LONG AGO, and if you have no proof.

Often, people with low brow ridges or low sitting eyebrows ( like Taylor Lautner, and Chad M Murray ) BOTH HAVE, can give a more smaller/squintier look to the eyes,as the eyes are hooded from the excess skin. Does not mean they are Native or asian atall.

Taylor lautner is 100% european despite what anyone or he tries to say. His family tree points only to being european-caucasian, as do his parents.

Whites, blacks, etc can all look different. Does not mean they are mixed. With Hairdye, skin bleaching, Extensions, Hair relaxers, contacts, etc etc, can all change how a person looks ( this can also make a person look more mixed)

Like someone else said aswell, I’ve also seen Sami and Scandinavians, with very slanted or almost asian like eyes. But most Caucasian Europeans are 100% what they are and where they come from. So I highly doubt they are asian or Native AMERICAN.

The fact of the matter is, most Caucasian-Americans, Black-Americans, ARE THAT! nothing more, nothing less. It’s so pathetic and irritating to always hear “i’m Cherokee, Blackfoot, etc) All the time, when clearly they aren’t, neither are their parents, family, etc and there is no proof to say that in their family tree, census, government, etc.

There was no such thing as Native ancestry being deleted from family trees. it’s just a matter of finding it within census, government, etc.

If you are Native, you KNOW YOU ARE and you have the information, your family tree, documents, etc to prove it.


Dogg October 30, 2014 at 3:34 am

Scandinavians have Mongoloid admixture.

Dogg October 30, 2014 at 3:36 am

There is a Native Americanish Mongoloid component in Northern Europeans which I think might explain the eyes.

Tux August 27, 2015 at 5:55 am

Britain has no asian admixture, explain why those type eyes can be found even there.

Tux August 27, 2015 at 5:53 am

LOL please if you don’t know what you’re talking about don’t bring genetics into this. Southern europeans have african admixture too. Yet they have no black traits. Quite the opposite actually. They have light to olive skin, a lot of body hair (uncommon in blacks), straight hair and overlap genetically with other europeans. That admixture is from INDO EUROPEANS. It has nothing to do with Asians. All Europeans have admixture fool, European wasn’t always populated. Europeans migrated out of the Middle East. Some minor asian admixture does not have any bearing on modern phenotypes don’t be stupid. Those eyes occur in people with no Asian admixture as well so your point is moot.

angelique April 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Actually guys, Chad’s mom is half Chinese, not Japenese. He has spoken about this in the past. She unfortunately left her family when Chad was little, so he doesn’t talk much about her publicly. If you google Chad being part Chinese you will get some articles were he has spoken about this.

levangelista36 August 6, 2012 at 1:19 am

I don’t listen to people on the Internet much at all. He’s not Japanese, and he has never said he was a day in his life. The same thing happened with AnnaLynne McCord. People really need to check their facts.

Alice March 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Chad Michael Murray is listed as of Irish descent here.
Also Murray is a common name in Ireland. The actor Bill Murray is of Irish descent.
The name can be of English, Scottish or Irish origin.

me January 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I see mongoloids influences in him

me January 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I thought previously that he was Saami

Maria January 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Yeah where is the Japanese gone to i taught he was a quarter.Now he just Scottish?

COMMON SENSE January 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

why’d you remove Japanese from his ethnicity, ethnic? because there is no proof that he is part Japanese and just a rumor on the Internet?

Liam O'Connel December 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

I heard this a long time ago, not sure why people are surprised..his mother was half white, meaning she carries recessive genes which she passed to her kid…same how wentworth miller’s half white dad passed recessive genes to him

Elena December 17, 2011 at 5:07 am

oh please, he is not 1/4 japanese. he looks 100% white.

wrldgrl January 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

that’s stUpid when someone says: he looks white ,. sooo whattt that’s because he is alot white but if your mixed you can look whatever ,.so and he’s got the round nose and the asian eyes and thick hair ..alot of mixed asiankids have the look about them only more of them have light brown hair because they’re 1/2 but he is also other “things”

Maria January 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I guess Elena might be right Japanese has been removed maybe it was from an untrue source?

Worldgrl November 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm

this is the deal if your stunning like that yah have to be mixed because it takes “two”( or more haha) To create something verryyy special speciment(like that/ like him) duhhhhhhh and I coulden’t quite figure out what he was , but I notived
the thick bristle-like hair ..but..ash/dark-blond
the button nose at the end ..bit slim at the top,..
the blue/greengray/ eyes ..but a mysterious hue
the full lips…but pink and slim-formed

so I was like he’s scandinavian and russian (or something)..
and yet russians have trace of mongolian ancestry so I probably wasn’t that far off haha

Worldgrl November 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Mongolian = Mongoloid

Serpent November 12, 2011 at 12:38 am


So you really are a racist, disgusting, elitist piece of shit! I thought so. Chad is not gorgeous because of his race, and the fact that you think we are superior to other people because of our race proves what a scumbag you truly are.

By the way, I do not find Chad stunning.

wrldgrl January 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

your web name fits your comment ( and how can you think/thought so if you don’t know so,..atleast I don’t curse like you whaha)
MaYbe I was defending him because some people always want somebody to be plain white , don’t know whY,..O wait then again you do,.. or at least thought so (O_o)

SparkleTime January 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Because you continuously make racist remarks. You just made another one; plain white.

Defending him of what? According to sources, he has never even said he was part Japanese. That is why the owner of this site removed it from his ethnicity, as there is no credible source.

There are mixed people who look nothing but white, yes, but you do not have to “defend” their heritage by in turn being a bigot, which is what you are. You have made several comments about how mixed people are superior.

SparkleTime January 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm

“this is the deal if your stunning like that yah have to be mixed because it takes “two”( or more haha) To create something verryyy special speciment(like that/ like him) duhhhhhhh”

Ignorant, racist remark made by you. You were not defending anyone, only projecting your insecurities onto others. I bet you are hideous, and that is why you feel the need to promote that mixed race people are better than others. It is sad that people actually gave you a thumbs up for that comment. Proves that this site is riddled with racist trash quite like yourself.

The funny thing is is that he is not even a quarter Japanese. *laughs*

korean March 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I thought that he somewhat looks different from White.
I guessed him as german or germanic
his nose isnt so high like other white boys indeed.
Look at his face in many pics
white or cocasusian nose go down straight from the gap between eyes . And very high
asian not.
Down between eyes and rises a little bit later at least.

european December 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

korean March 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I thought that he somewhat looks different from White.
I guessed him as german or germanic

how dumb are these kind of idiots like korean March 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

aren t germans white too

Jeanna September 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I thought he was Native American or for some reason Polish. Wow….1/4 Japanese. Awesome.

hapa kamoa/pukiki/haolii September 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm

idk now knowing that he has asian in him,i can believe that yeah he’s asian, since now looking at his pic i can see it alittle err.

hapa kamoa/pukiki/haolii September 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

when you think about it,if you squint alittle you probably could see his asian side(jk)

hapa kamoa/pukiki/haolii September 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

i forgot to put eyes,squint your eyes in the sentence

Dave September 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Doubt it. That’s not a very good source.

total23 September 17, 2010 at 8:23 am
Dave September 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

More websites that just copy each other. I think this was on the IMDB originally, and from then on it went.

You won’t be able to find an actual article/interview where he mentions it.

total23 September 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm
ethnic September 17, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Im determined to get to the bottom of this.

moi September 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm

this might be because his mother abandoned him when he was 10. there fore he may be reluctant to talk about his mother let alone her heritage

moi September 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm

if you can find a better one or can prove me wrong please let me know

myspace celebrity September 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Ooooh so he really is 1/4 Asian. Interesting.

moi September 21, 2010 at 2:13 pm

go ahead then but more than one site has claimed he is 1/4 asian but if you prove other wise please correct me

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