Christian Madsen

Madsen in 2014, pic by

Birth Name: Christian James Madsen

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 8, 1990

*paternal grandfather – Danish
*paternal grandmother – Irish, English, Scottish, German
*mother – Italian

Christian Madsen is an American actor. His roles include the films The Brazen Bull, Palo Alto, Jake Squared, Divergent, King Jack, and Mr. Church, and the series The Family Business.

He is the son of actress Jeannine Bisignano (Janeane Bisignano) and actor, director, writer, producer, poet, and photographer Michael Madsen. His aunt is actress Virginia Madsen.

Christian’s paternal grandfather was Cal Madsen (the son of Søren/Samuel Madsen and Anna Marie Andersen). Soren and Anna were Danish. Søren was the son of Jorgan Madsen and Sisel Thomsen.

Christian’s paternal grandmother is Elaine Madsen (born Elaine Loretta Melson, the daughter of Lance Eugene Melson and Lavina Loretta Shay). Elaine was born in Illinois, and is a prominent author and filmmaker. Lance was the son of Luther Elmore Melson and Dorothy Christine “Dolly” Williams. Lavina was the daughter of Harry Earnest Shay and Cora Lavina Rhodes. Christian’s aunt Virginia has stated that her mother is of part Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Christian’s maternal grandfather was Flavio Fank Bisignano (the son of Salvatore Bisignano and Sadie Miarono). Flavio was born in Rhode Island, to Italian parents.

Christian’s maternal grandmother was Carrie Theresa Castro (the daughter of Leborio/Lee Castro and Laura/Lara Cardella). Carrie was born in California, to Italian parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Christian Madsen (focusing on his father’s side) –

Death record of Christian’s paternal great-grandfather, Søren/Samuel Madsen –

Genealogy of Christian’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Luther Elmore Melson –

Christian’s paternal great-grandmother, Lavina Loretta Shay (then under her stepfather’s surname, Jennings), on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Christian’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Harry Earnest Shay, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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