Dave Franco

by follers on June 9, 2013

"Now You See Me" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: David John Franco

Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 12, 1985

*Portuguese/Madeiran, Swedish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Dave Franco is an American actor. His brothers are Tom and actor James Franco.

Dave is the son of Betsy (Verne) and Douglas Eugene Franco. His father ran a Silicon Valley business, and his mother is a writer and actress. Dave’s father was of half Portuguese/Madeiran and half Swedish descent. Dave’s mother is Jewish (of Russian Jewish, German Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Lithuanian Jewish descent). Dave has said that he is proud to be Jewish.

Dave is married to actress Alison Brie.

Dave’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Franco, Jr. (the son of Daniel Franco and Eugénia Baptista). Dave’s grandfather Daniel was born in Illinois, to Portuguese emigrants, from the Madeira islands. Dave’s great-grandfather Daniel was the son of João Franco and Maria de Mendonça. Dave’s great-grandmother Eugénia was the daughter of João Baptista and Carlota de Freitas.

Dave’s paternal grandmother is Marjorie J. Peterson (the daughter of Claus Fredolph Peterson and Martha Louise Rehn). Dave’s grandmother Marjorie Franco was born in Illinois, and is a children’s author. Claus was born in Illinois, to Swedish parents, Carl Magnus Peterson and Amelia Bernadette Ackerman. Martha was also born in Illinois, to Swedish parents, Edward Anderson Rehn and Anna Louise Knall.

Dave’s maternal grandfather was Daniel Surad Verovitz/Verne (the son of Carroll Verovitz and Bessie G. Surad). Daniel was born in Ohio. Carroll was born in Chicago, Illinois. Carroll’s father, Harry/Harris David Verovitz, was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Carroll’s mother, Mary Harris, was born in Ohio, to a German Jewish father and a Polish Jewish mother. Bessie was born in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of Philip Surad and Mary Shank, who were Jewish emigrants from Russia.

Dave’s maternal grandmother was Marcella Ruth “Mitzie” Levine (the daughter of Emanuel “Manuel” Levine and Jessie Bialosky). Marcella was born in Ohio, and owned the Verne Art Gallery, a prominent art gallery in Cleveland. Emanuel was a noted judge in Cleveland; he was born in Vilna, Lithuania, to Jewish parents, David J. Levine and Michelle Corban. Jessie was born in Ohio, the daughter of Louis Bialosky and Rebecca Shapiro, who were Polish Jewish immigrants.

Sources: Interview mentioning Dave’s Jewish background – http://www.instyle.com

Genealogies of Dave Franco – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Dave Franco (through Dave’s brother, James Franco) – http://familypedia.wikia.com

Dave’s paternal grandfather, Daniel Franco, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dave’s paternal grandmother, Marjorie J. Peterson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dave’s maternal grandfather, Daniel Surad Verovitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dave’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Harry/Harris David Verovitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dave’s maternal grandmother, Marcella Ruth “Mitzie” Levine, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dave’s maternal great-grandmother, Jessie Bialosky, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

He looks creepy as f*ck here….

Capricious April 8, 2015 at 7:12 pm

His brother James is so much hotter.

Don’t get the deal with him…

M June 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Actually it’s the other way around.

H.Schlickmann February 15, 2015 at 9:17 am

He’s a cutie and they got their look, their dark features from their mom. His father is more fair. If only ugly people looked like him. People who are discriminated based on looks and suffer bullying wished they looked like him, the world would have less prejudice haha! Don’t be mean, he doesn’t look like a serial kilker. I would definitely f**k both brothers haha!!!

deadite July 30, 2014 at 5:13 pm

ugly as hell like his brother

longhaired thick lightskinned gyal December 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm

He actually looks better than his brother.

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I don’t understand why people say he’s hot. He honestly has the face of a serial killer.

deadite July 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm

he looks a junkie

andrew August 2, 2014 at 7:24 am

not bad for an actor, princie

J.J. October 10, 2013 at 12:43 am

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is light brown (brunette)

andrew September 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm

for weird reasons he reminds me Clark Gable in that pic

follers September 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Was Clark Gable the best-looking German-American actor ever?

andrew September 27, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I think he was Irish too

follers September 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I thought he was Jewish because his mother’s name was Hershelman (he wasn’t).

Depending on the tree you look at, he was mostly or almost entirely German.

His father was mostly German.

His mother was either fully German, or half German and half Irish, depending on the tree.

andrew September 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm

lot of English ancestry with Irish (McFadden)

follers September 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Where do you see English? McFadden is the only non-German line on his father’s side. The “Gable” line was German.

andrew September 27, 2013 at 5:55 pm

ah ok there were Anglicized surnames as “Stainbrook”, but Gable? Hill in Bavaria?

follers September 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

“Hill” was probably changed.

“Gable” used to be “Gabel” according to this.

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