Chris Isaak

by andrew on January 23, 2014

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Birth Name: Christopher Joseph Isaak

Place of Birth: San Joaquin, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 26, 1956

Ethnicity:
*Bessarabia German (father)
*Italian (mother)

Chris Isaak is an American rock musician and actor. He is known for the song “Wicked Game”. His father, Joe Isaak, was of Bessarabia German ancestry (ethnic Germans living in Bessarabia). His mother is of Italian descent, with her family being from Liguria.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was John Thomas Isaak (the son of Gottfried C. Isaak and Caroline J. Leischner). John was born in North Dakota, to ethnic German parents, born in Bessarabia, then in the Russian Empire (now Pidhirne, Odessa). Gottfried was the son of Christian Isaak and Karoline Kuehn. Chris’s great-grandmother Caroline was the daughter of Johann Leischner and Louise/Louisa Grosz.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Helen Ann Schneider (the daughter of Henry Alex Peter Schneider and Kathernia Weideman). Helen was born in Canada, to ethnic German parents from Russia. Katherina was the daughter of Conrad Weideman and Maria Catharina Olenberger.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Bill Vignolo (the son of Giovanni “John” Vignolo and Teresa Perazzo/Perasso). Ralph was born in California, to Italian parents. Giovanni was the son of Andrea Vignolo and Maria Sturla.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was Inez Marie Bertolli (the daughter of Augustine Bertolli and Amelia Delamora). Inez was born in California, to Italian parents.

Sources: http://www.webcitation.org

Genealogy of Chris Isaak (focusing on his father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Chris’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogies of Chris’s paternal great-grandparents, Gottfried C. Isaak and Caroline J. Leischner – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Chris Isaak (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.genealogy.com

History of Chris’s mother’s Vignolo family – http://www.genealogy.com

Chris’s maternal grandfather, Ralph Bill Vignolo, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Inez Marie Bertolli, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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andrew September 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm

Bessarabia (now Ukraine)

bablah September 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm

Or Moldova.

andrew September 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm

this time it’s Ukraine (Pidhirne, Odessa)

bablah September 8, 2017 at 7:13 pm

Oh, it didn’t say in the text, so I thought it was unknown what exact place they were from.

andrew December 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm

genealogies of Chris’ paternal great-grandparents, Gottfried C. Isaak and Caroline J. Leischner: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=120803996

Chris’s maternal grandfather, Ralph Vignolo, on the 1920 U.S. Census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH4Z-CM8

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Inez Marie Bertolli, on the 1920 U.S. Census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH4Z-7XB

andrew May 19, 2016 at 5:11 am

Chris’s Italian ancestors were from Liguria.

phaedra January 2, 2016 at 9:57 pm

He is more German looking than anything.

Oh and what a horrible nosejob.

andrew January 4, 2016 at 5:52 am

did he really have a nosejob? However most Germans don’t look like that.

phaedra January 12, 2016 at 1:27 am

It isn’t confirmed. Sometimes you can just tell when they have a nosejob? Cillian Murphy too has that rhinoplasty-ish nose.

andrew January 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Chris_Isaak.aspx

“He also boxed, mostly as an amateur, and had his nose broken seven times”.

neiltennant July 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm

believe me there are lot of people with we call it in germany

STUPSNASE

which is not a result of plastic surgery

Alice May 19, 2016 at 6:36 am

Looks more likely a broken nose than a nose job. Also Cillian Murphy hasn’t had a nose job either which is kind of obvious. Some actors like Ryan Gosling has but the two you’ve mentioned haven’t. If Chris Isaak had a nose job it wasn’t a very good one.

neiltennant July 4, 2017 at 3:27 pm

@andrew you idiot there is not a german typical nose

german people can have different types of noses

neiltennant July 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

I DO live in germany and i have never seen a guy like that

but i have seen americans in germany who work here and who are of mixed european descent and those look like him

andrew December 12, 2015 at 1:18 pm

his father’s ancestors weren’t Volga Germans but Bessarabia Germans/Black Sea Germans, being from Bessarabia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bessarabia_Germans
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea_Germans

andrew December 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm
andrew May 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm
andrew May 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Chris maternal grandparents were Ralph Bill Vignolo (the son of Giovanni Vignolo and Teresa Perazzo) and Inez Bertolli

http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/g/o/b/Kelli-Lynne-Goble/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0241.html

Chris paternal grandparents were Helen Ann Schneider and John Thomas Isaak (the son of Gottfried C. Isaak and Caroline J. Leischner, both born in Bessarabia, Russia)

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=leischner&id=I02663

scott January 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

hes got a weird nose

andrew January 23, 2014 at 6:14 am

his mother surname is “Vignolo”,

Enjoy him with Helena Christensen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D3Nl1GZzuw

J.J. January 23, 2014 at 5:57 am

his eyes are amazing, they’re such an intense blue

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