Birth Name: Donald Frank Cheadle, Jr.
Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Date of Birth: November 29, 1964
Don Cheadle is an American actor, writer, producer, and director. He was born to an African-American family.
Don plays James Rhodes / War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Don’s paternal grandparents were Lee Therman Cheadle (the son of William M. Cheadle and Maggie/Odie Lewis) and Cynthia Barnes (the daughter of Joseph Smith Barnes and Clennie Carroll). William was the son of Henderson Hence Cheadle and Mary Kemp. Maggie was the daughter of Henry Lewis and Caroline.
Don’s maternal grandparents were Basil Leon North, Sr. (the son of Horace P. North and Rachel S. Kenoly) and Louisa “Louie” Maretta Thompkins. Horace was the son of John Ralls. Rachel was the daughter of Myers Kenoly and Mary Mathilda, who were both born into slavery.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives 2 (2008) stated that Don’s genetic ancestry is:
*81% Sub-Saharan African
In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that 45% of Don’s African DNA matches Benin and western Nigeria, including specifically the Ewondo, Bamileke, Masa, and Tikar people, 30% matches Upper Guinea (Senegal to Liberia), and 25% matches the Congo-Angola region.
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