Denise Richards

by ethnic on January 4, 2010

Birth Name: Denise Lee Richards

Place of Birth: Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 17, 1971

Ethnicity: German, French-Canadian, Irish, English, Welsh, distant Dutch

Denise Richards is an American actress and model. She became known in the late 1990s, after a string of films that highlighted her sex appeal, including Starship Troopers, Wild Things, The World Is Not Enough, and Valentine, among others.

Denise is the daughter of Joni and Irv Richards. Her family surname was originally Reichert. Her ancestry is German, French-Canadian, Irish, English, Welsh, and distant Dutch.

Several web sites have stated that Denise’s mother was of Croatian descent. This is not accurate.

Denise is married to Aaron Phypers. She has three children, including two with her former husband, actor Charlie Sheen.

Denise’s paternal grandfather was Irving Bernard Richards (the son of Theodore Reichert/Edward Richards and Theresa Cormier). Irving was born in Illinois. Theodore was born in Illinois, the son of Adam Reichert, a German immigrant, and of Frances Mary Breternitz/Preteinitz, who was born in Illinois, of German descent. Denise’s grandfather was born with the surname Reichert; the surname was later changed to Richards. Denise’s great-grandmother Theresa was also born in Illinois, the daughter of Albert Cormier, who was French-Canadian, and of Annie O’Neill, who was born in Illinois, to Irish parents.

Denise’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy M. Herron (the daughter of Fred Wesley Herron and Marguerite/Margaret A. Dando). Dorothy was born in Illinois. Fred was born in Illniois, the son of Simon Wesley Herron and Charlotte Lucretia Sperry, and was of mostly English ancestry, along with some distant Dutch roots. Marguerite was also born in Illinois, the daughter of Albert I. Dando and Margaret Loretta “Maggie” Broderick. Denise’s great-great-grandfather Albert’s parents, Meshack/Meshach Dando and Martha Swanborough, were born in Gloucester, England, and Aberystruth, Monmouthshire, Wales, respectively, while Denise’s great-great-grandmother Margaret’s parents, Richard Broderick and Mary Ann Gallagher, were Irish, with Richard being from Galway.

Denise’s maternal grandfather was James Donald Braden (the son of Robert Ernest Bradin and Rose Maude Baldwin). James was born in Michigan. Robert was the son of Robert F./Y. Bradin/Braden and Mary Welch. Rose was the daughter of Charles Albert “Bert” Baldwin and Lillian Viola Harris.

Denise’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Ann Kirkpatrick (the daughter of Mack/Mac Kirkpatrick and Florence Harriet Verta/Vietta/Vieta Parr). Shirley was born in Michigan. Mack was the son of Ephrim/Ephraim Kirkpatrick and Lydia Ida Graffins, who were from Pennsylvania. Florence was born in Canada, to English parents, James Parr and Mary Ann Cotterell.

Sources: Genealogies of Denise Richards (focusing on her father’s side) –

Birth record of Denise’s paternal grandfather, Irving Bernard Reichert/Richards –

Genealogies of Denise’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Simon Wesley Herron and Charlotte Lucretia Sperry –

Genealogy of Denise’s paternal great-grandmother, Marguerite/Margaret A. Dando (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Denise’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Lillian Viola Harris (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Obituary of Denise’s maternal grandmother, Shirley Ann (Kirkpatrick) Braden Lehmann –

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andrew February 15, 2018 at 4:15 pm
neiltennant August 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

she looks german but can pass also for dutch

A user March 23, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Really? I thought she looked british.

smiley January 28, 2014 at 9:39 am

So she’s 1/8th German, 1/16th French-Canadian, and the rest is British Isles with the exception of the distant dutch (though we don’t know who her maternal grandfather is).

Dontchaknowanything January 1, 2014 at 4:11 am

Denise Richards is part black. Kaboom!

ashash April 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I know.

follers April 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Halle Berry?

midori29 February 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm

I read an article that said Denise Richards grandmother was biracial half black half white. Thats why Charlie Sheen called her the “N” word.

Kimmel February 24, 2017 at 6:41 am

When Sheen is on his snake juice, he’ll justify anything.

cecile September 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm
Adamina February 20, 2015 at 8:17 am

Couldn’t agree more. When I first saw Doutzen at the 2013 or 2012 (can’t really remember) Victoria’s secret fashion show for a second I thought it was Denise.. they really look alike

anna September 12, 2011 at 5:09 am

Her mother was Croatian/German. She has even confirmed this. Get your information right!

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 1:12 am

She did say on Twitter that she was of German, Croatian, Welsh, and French descent.

ethnic July 6, 2012 at 4:38 am

I found the german/ french quote on twitter but not the Croatian part.

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 6:36 am

Oh, you’re right. Thank you for finding the quote.

Trese May 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Interesting theory.

jackie May 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I thought she would have some italian, she is very tanned!

Jeff June 11, 2011 at 1:36 am

one of her grandparents has a drop of African American in them. Partly why shes so “tanned”.

James August 4, 2011 at 6:27 am

No she doesn’t. She’s FRENCH and GERMAN, can you people read. NOT BLACK. ugh.

cora August 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm

its called a spray tan, she did it on her television show. Gees have u people ever herd of tanning lol

Del October 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Most european ppl are tan depends on sun exposure. Ur brainwashed from jersey shore they tan 2 much along with most of new york, new jersey…

Del October 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

And most people in illinois are really tan

gonzo April 28, 2011 at 1:06 am

sure its not croatian on her mothers side

GERARD April 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Lets put her to the test. Let her sit in the hot sun on the beach for 2 hours. If she turns red and blisters, she is white. If she turns a cool dark color than she is black :-)

nathalie May 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm

what the … i have never heard of such a crazy test like that! lol … what exactly does that test prove?

Richard Fiorello June 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

You’re stupid, dude. A few black people get sunburnt, and some people that are white get tanned! It doesn’t work at all!

multigrl July 5, 2012 at 2:20 am

Black people burn as well. I do and so does my mom.

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

My mother burns. She cannot be out in the sun for longer than an hour before her skin starts to burn.

Jimmy March 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

She looks more Croatian,than Welsh or French.Most Central/Eastern European women look the same..light slavic features.But then again you never know,because with the exception of some Italian,Greek and Spanish women,that are somewhat darker,most other Europians look the same and you can never tell the difference for sure.

Marc March 14, 2011 at 7:47 am

Denise looks more Croatian?!!…. light slavic features?! ))) Jimmy,you’re in error

It’s one more stuff and nonsens about Slavs! In fact,it’s really hard to define what’s the difference between Slav people and other Europeans by appearance.

NightStarryWayto1971 March 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

i think that there’s people who are even blinder than Steevy Wonder… or they smoke too much crack… a croatian face… yes there’s probably some croatian girls who looks like her… but as well some Austrian girls and some Belgian girls and even some (northern) Spanish girls… some Lituanian too… it does means nothing too say specially Croatian… Kosovar or Macedonian girls are closer to Croatian girls than most American girls…here is the truth

Ariana decir-gracias! October 15, 2011 at 6:01 am

Kosovar (albanian) girs are closer to spanish,italian,greek,portuguese actually. Im a kosovar (albanian) and i know what we look like. We are not slavic (croat,serb,etc) we are just south east european.

gingercat October 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

Sorry but Albanian girls have NOTHING to do with italians, greeks etc lookwise. I can always tell if someones from Albania and you ppl have a very specific look about you. btw Croats aint entirely slavic hun. :)

Rita October 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Thats weird. I’ve witnessed a lot of people who are not albanian say it and in a way i agree. we look very similar to greeks and italians in particular. Similar skin tones and noses. Thats what i think.

gingercat October 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

Croatians don’t usually look light skinned and Croatians are from a very mixed heritage, it is NOT an entirely slavic nation at all. I know many many italians that are light skinned and blonde, mostly from northern Italy

gingercat October 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

I am being fussy now but Croatia is NOT Central or even Eastern Europe but Southeastern Europe :)

Bela February 24, 2012 at 6:11 am

yeah but im saying all this based on the croats i’ve met and the fact that slavs in general are quite light featured. Technically croatia is in centeral europe, its not far off from the balkans but i dont think you can bring the south into this. I think its too far off.

kaboom March 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

shes part black too. i think one of her great grandparents. i know because there was a story a l0ng time ago about charlie sheen calling her the n word in an argument xD

Fuzzybear March 9, 2011 at 2:35 am

To Kaboom

Careful what you say,you might get accused of trying to turn everyone black

Anonymous March 17, 2011 at 9:51 am

No . . . but I did tell you that idiots only think she is part black because he called her the N word. Maybe not you . . . but others.

NightStarryWayto1971 March 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm

it can’ be true or completely wrong as well… to believe in Charlie is like ask to a sad clown to play Pinocchio…well…a judge won’t receive this as a proof …’cause Charlie was surely not that clean when he said that…

Anonymous March 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Who knows? Who cares? She is a white American, which encompasses many things. Let’s leave it at that.

Ariana decir-gracias! October 15, 2011 at 6:02 am

She is no where near black. sorry

dolphin March 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

And it still doesn’t change the fact that on almost every actor’s board, you are saying that they are black.

fuzzybear March 8, 2011 at 2:41 am

To Dolphin

Don’t exaggerate,I barely been to 5% of the celebs on this site,however I can’t help if they do have it

Jamie October 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Ok,so after a year I actually found a link which shows Denise’s Twitter response about her ethnicity.This is what I exactly seen on her Twitter on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 09:33:45 :
Denise Richards
@MelieMarjanovic no I’m not croatian..I’ve been there its beautiful..I’m french and german
1 Year Ago

Denise Richards
@MelieMarjanovic I know i’ve heard that before. My mother wasn’t from croatia, she was from Michigan:)
1 Year Ago

Here is the actual link:

So,I don’t know what the truth is about Denise’s ethnicity.Lots of sites say her mom has Croatian heritage,but nobody actually proves it.I would think Denise knows better what she is.

Marie September 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

It wouldn’t be surprising at all that she’s part Croatian since she was born in Downer’s Grove Illinois. Northern Illinois has a lot of Easter Europeans, of them, many are Croation. Some Croatians have light features, others dark.

gingercat October 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

Croatia is NOT in Eastern Europe ffs

Mermaid August 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I believe she is part Af Am too…

Ryan July 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm

The surname “Richards” doesn’t sound neither french or german. I know people can change their last names, but i’m hearing “French” from a lot of people that don’t look or sound it. I understand some people want to feel exotic or mixed or whatever, but she looks polish or something to me.

dfnjfj. July 24, 2010 at 7:30 am

Croatian? Welsh? Really. I mean, she has quite light features. I doubt she is part black too.

Jamie May 3, 2010 at 9:55 am

I know.I was trying to look for it on Denise’s twitter.Either I missed it or it’s been deleted.It was a few months ago when somebody asked her if she was really part Croatian.Denise was surprised why so many people think that about her.She said she is French & German.I wish I saved that tweet from her.Maybe somebody should actually ask HER what she is.Where do all the internet websites suppose she is Welsh & Croatian anyway?Because Wikipedia said so?We need real proofs,not just rumors.

ethnic April 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm

That might be true but without a good link I cant change this profile.

Jamie April 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Denise Richards said it HERSELF on Twitter (I believe last year),that she is NOT part Croatian.She said she is part German and French.

Fuzzybear March 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

To Lauren

Oh stop it,your just mad at me

Fuzzybear March 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm

To Aliisa ,

First I’m not trying to turn anyone,into anything I don’t have that kind of power.I simply repeated what I read and heard,which is what I said.Next Africa is not the only place that has Black people.There’s are very few places that doesn’t have a population of black people in it.Also I’ve already shown how you could have black lineage in a person and it wouldn’t even show,Here are some examples:
Anthony Ervin:
George Herriman:
Victoria Rowell and her daughter:
See how easy it would be

Nathan Teasdale Mottram March 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

seriously so many people on here have english second name syet there heritage isnt put down shes not welsh she is english

Lauren March 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm

He does try 2 do that

Aliisa March 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

She’s not Part African, It’s almost impossible!
Fuzzybear, why are you always trying to turn somebody into black?

Mello Yellow March 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm

How is she part black?

Source please

get real March 4, 2010 at 8:30 am


Fuzzybear February 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm

To BlackMON,

That’s what I heard,her ex charlie got mad and outed her,however I doubt she would ever admitted it.

BlackMON February 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

She part black too

dolphin February 20, 2011 at 12:07 am

No. Black people are always trying to claim someone. So sad.

Fuzzybear February 20, 2011 at 3:48 am


What’s sad is you guys know nothing.Can you say for a fact that she has no recent heritage,or are you just talking?Now I’m not saying she does,but I do know it very possible

dolphin March 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

She doesn’t. She said she was French and German on her twitter. Just because Charlie called her the N word in a phone message does not make her black. He called one of his white prostitutes that as well.

fuzzybear March 3, 2011 at 3:51 am

To dolphin

Let me school you on something.Saying your French and German doesn’t tell you everything.Lots of time when comes down to white peoples ethnic backgrounds,they don’t always tell the truth.Anything that’s non-white,tends to get left out.From what I’ve learned,when it comes down to your backgrounds.If it’s non-white,your on a(you don’t need to know basis)

I going to give examples,just so you don’t think I’m making things up.Now I did promise,I wouldn’t use old examples,but that was to another person.Anyhow,lets take this person here
Bliss Broyard:
All her life,she thought she was pure white.However she founds out when her father was dying,that he was a mixed blood creole(black and french),living his life as a white man.

carol channing:
Same thing for her.She finds out her father was half black,when he was dying.She didn’t tell anyone until she got old

This old fart here,James Wastons:
Lived his whole life putting down black people,until his DNA test shown he was part black

Now just because your white on the outside,doesn’t tell the whole story.This man here(Rodrigo Hilbert Albertoni)
1/4 Afro-Brazilian,yet looks like a normal white man,on the outside

Now for a history lesson,French and Germany had so many black running through there,laying up with the white people,it’s a crying shame.It’s a proven fact that African soldiers and those white german women,were getting it on big time.Also a proven fact that (AA’s,Creoles,and Africans) were all over France,messing with white women.Also those French and German white men could leave those black woman alone;these are all facts.Look them up your self if you don’t believe me.Here’s an example,(theodor wonja michael,German)Look who he’s married to,had 4 children with woman:

What I’m saying is,just because your white on the outside,doesn’t mean that’s all there is to you.Also what your family might tell you,might not be the whole truth.

Also as far as the prostitutes,she might have been part black to.

One other thing,and please let this sink in,saying you have recent black heritage,is NOT and I repeat NOT calling you Black.Someone in your bloodline was,it’s not saying you are

dolphin March 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Those people said they have recent black heritage, though. The only reason people are saying Denise is part black is because Charlie called her the N word. That is a beyond stupid reason. Before, no one even cared about her heritage.

And this isn’t the 1940’s anymore. Hailee Steinfeld, the young actress who was nominated for an Oscar, said she has distant black and Filipino ancestry. No one was mad. Rebecca Hall and Kate Beckinsale have admitted to having distant non-white ancestry as well. No one cares.

However, there is a problem when you are FORCING someone to be part black, which is what you are doing with her. You have no proof, no evidence, and nothing whatsoever to claim this woman as black. Yet you still are!

So, until she says she is part black, I am not going to believe it. It’s absolutely stupid to just say someone is black because someone called her the N word, and that white prostitute Charlie was with wasn’t black either. People don’t go around saying, “Oh yeah! I’m 1/256th black!” He is actually KNOWN for spouting out racial slurs when he is upset. It doesn’t matter the race of the person.

Furthermore, a lot of Europeans have admixture. Who cares?

Quit trying to make everyone black.

fuzzybear March 4, 2011 at 3:27 am

To dolphin

You seem to have me confused with someone, who is incapable of formulating their own opinion,that I simply follow the crowd.For the record,I suspected Denise,when I first saw her in a movie called (Wild Things).This is long before she was with charlie.Now you bring up Hailee Steinfeld (btw I’m the one who posted her on here) Your words(has distant black and Filipino ancestry)so her Grandfather is Distant,lol.So I have distant white heritage(my grandfather was white)funny I thought that was recent.Now this is an Ethnicity site,so it obvious we care,an so do you since your on it.

Now this is what gets me,How am I forcing someone to be part black?If they are,then they are,no one force that on them but their family.

Your words(However, there is a problem when you are FORCING someone to be part black, which is what you are doing with her. You have no proof, no evidence, and nothing whatsoever to claim this woman as black. Yet you still are!):

Now if you go back and reread,I did no such thing,I said (I do know it very possible).However your guilty of the same thing,you just accused me of.You have no proof, no evidence, and nothing what so ever to claim she doesn’t have that heritage,yet here you go.

Now for some reason your not comprehending whats being written to you ,so I will repeat(saying you have recent black heritage,is NOT and I repeat NOT calling you Black.Someone in your bloodline was,it’s not saying you are)

Now you may believe what you wish,but now your speaking Charlie,and you now know the prostitute ethnic background?I’m impress.

Your words(Furthermore, a lot of Europeans have admixture. Who cares?)It obvious you care,for the fact it bothers you so much.Also please don’t try to say it doesn’t,because everything your saying proves otherwise.Also I written this before,the average European is 3-8% African heritage,that’s within the last 120-150yrs.That mean a whole lot of europeans,this is what experts say,not me.So if you don’t like it,what can I say.

Your words(Quit trying to make everyone black)
Did you read this out loud to yourself?Because if you had,you would see how silly that sounds.I don’t have that power,Even if I did,I wouldn’t do it.It wouldn’t work,history has shown that even when we look alike,we still fight,so what would be the point.

Let me repeat this one more time:
(SAYING YOU HAVE RECENT BLACK HERITAGE,IS NOT and I REPEAT NOT CALLING YOU BLACK.Someone in your bloodline was,it’s not saying you are)

It’s so funny,that it scares white people so much that they might have some recent black heritage,well actually it’s really sad

dolphin March 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm


But you still have not shown any proof that she is part black.

dolphin March 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I said Hailee has distant black and Filipino ancestry because I did not know that one of her grandparents were fully black or Filipino.

Furthermore, how am I doing the same thing as you? Denise stated her ancestry. She could be lying, but until you have proof that she is, your claims are mere speculation.

And I am not particularly upset, just annoyed. I cannot go to an actor’s page without you claiming that they are part black. I am not a white person who is scared of recent black heritage. I am black myself. It is just irritating seeing some black people always force-feeding that “african bloodline” down everyone’s throat, especially when the non-black person is attractive or successful.

Yes, in theory, you could argue that everyone is part black since we all came from Africa, but you never stop.

fuzzybear March 8, 2011 at 3:21 am

To dolphin

Now please reread the comments I wrote on here.Your annoyance towards me is causing you to see statements I didn’t make.I never said she was part black,or that I was out to prove it.I said
1. that’s what I heard
2.that I know it’s very possible
3.Also that I suspected her long before Charlie was in the picture
These are the statements I made

Again how am I force-feeding people anything,I can’t help it those celebs have that bloodline in them,I didn’t put it there;I think it’s cool.Just the same way you think Vince Vaughn having Lebanese heritage is cool.Should I be mad at the person who brought that up?Or like when they put celebs with (Italian,Spanish heritages)People put European Heritage up here all the time,but I mention that they also have black heritage,I done a bad thing;Bad Fuzzybear.It shocks me that black people can have white heritage left and right,but I say a white person has black blood,I’m evil.

Also your words(force-feeding that “African bloodline” down everyone’s throat, especially when the non-black person is attractive or successful.

Are you serious?I can’t simply bring it up because it’s part of their heritage,I have to have a master plan. let me guess,to make our fellow black people feel better about themselves right;OK YOU CAUGHT ME
I can’t help that I give facts about this country or any country.I know the history of these countries.I can’t help if I tell people full heritage.I tell anyone if I’m saying something wrong show me.So until then.I refuse to dumb myself down,to make people happy.So if I’m a bad guy for that,hey so be it.

Fuzzybear March 9, 2011 at 2:41 am

To dolphin

One other thing

Your words(Yes, in theory, you could argue that everyone is part black since we all came from Africa)

Give me a little credit, when I said heritage,I meant recent;not ancient.Which is what I always say,if you reread any of my comments

dolphin March 14, 2011 at 12:29 am

Fuzzybear, I apologize. I was not reading your statements correctly, and you are right. I overreacted. You said it was possible, and I overlooked that. However, I have witnessed some black people claiming nearly everyone as black. I guess that is where the rage came from. It makes it sound as if they will not be proud unless some white person is apart of them, so sorry, I took my annoyance of them out on you.

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