Dylan O’Brien

by Lil Vacha on August 9, 2011

Dylan O'Brien

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 26, 1991

*Irish (father)
*Spanish, English, Italian (mother)

Dylan O’Brien is an American actor, musician, and director.

Dylan is the son of Lisa (Rhodes), an actress who ran an acting school, and Patrick Broderick O’Brien, a camera operator. Dylan’s father is of Irish descent. Dylan’s maternal grandfather was of half English and half Spanish ancestry, and Dylan’s maternal grandmother’s ancestry is either half Italian and half English, or simply Italian.

Dylan’s paternal grandmother’s name appears to be Joan M.

Dylan’s maternal grandfather was Cecil Alvarez Rhodes, Jr. (who was born in New York City, the son of Cecil Rhodes and Maria Nieves Menendez Alvarez). Dylan’s great-grandfather Cecil was born in New York, to English immigrant parents, Thomas Rhodes and Annie Holt. Dylan’s great-grandmother Maria Nieves was Spanish, born in Asturias, Spain, the daughter of Ramonin Alvarez and Felicidad Menendez.

Dylan’s maternal grandmother was possibly Marjorie Ann Iovine (the daughter of Amedeo/Adam M. Iovine and Marjorie/Margery K. Pevear). Amadeo was of Italian origin, the son of Joseph D. Iovine and Mary C. Deferri. Marjorie Pevear was of English descent, the daughter of John Woodbury Pevear and Claudine/Clandine D. Chase.

Sources: Dylan’s maternal grandfather, Cecil Alvarez Rhodes, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Dylan’s maternal grandfather, Cecil Alvarez Rhodes, Jr. – http://www.nytimes.com

Dylan’s maternal great-grandfather, Cecil Rhodes, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Mat The Brazilian March 5, 2018 at 6:34 pm

Resembles my cousin that’s are Brazilian(at most i know portuguese descent with some minor non european)

noneofyourbusiness February 20, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Why does he remind me of Michael Jackson after he turned white……

Kimmel October 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm

It’s the wide eyes and pointy nose.

Check7t July 31, 2014 at 8:38 am

Looks like an average white guy…

Me myself and I November 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

He is Irish, Italian, Spanish and English.. with other words, he doesn’t look it, he is it.

Adamina February 18, 2015 at 6:05 pm

True that

ashash April 1, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Very true.

Princess June 14, 2014 at 1:48 am

His nose looks weird.

Adamina February 18, 2015 at 6:10 pm

No it doesn’t

Nikki May 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm


He is irish, english, and german and welsh. He is not italian or spanish at all

Nikki April 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm

he is not spanish

WTF April 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

Yeah he is. You must be thinking of the Mestizo “Spanish”. A lot of Mexicans and other Mestizo Hispanics love to call themselves Spanish and hate claiming their Indigenous heritage (when they look predominately Indigenous). This is really annoying. The really Spanish people are white.

Me myself and I November 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

High five for having a brain! (and no, I’m not being sarcastic, just annoyed by people like Nikki) :D

ethnicitiies March 18, 2016 at 10:21 pm

Sorry I apologize! My friend’s sibling (named Erika) was on Ethnicelebs.com. She is so ignorant! Again, I am sorry

Check7t March 10, 2014 at 3:05 am

Look typical Italian.

andrew March 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm

not really

Marlene Bleddyn August 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

he does look Italian.

Alice August 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Agree with Andrew. He features are very untypical of Italian. It is obvious he is only only 1/4 Italian.

Alice August 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Sorry about typo errors. His features are not typical of Italians.

follers August 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

He reminds me of Adam Brody a little. Well, their acting styles are certainly very similar.


andrew August 21, 2014 at 1:44 am

he look a bit like Johnny Sexton, an Irish rugby player

caligurl2 November 20, 2016 at 10:41 am

He looks more Italian/Spanish than Irish for sure as often most Irish/med mixes look, they always take more after the med side than north. Med features are dominant, north recessive. Just like how Travolta, Evans, and Milo all look more southern. Just saw a guy the other day look like Evans who was Italian. People have a weird view of Italians, they are the most diverse country in Europe both phenotypically and genetically. No other country in Europe can boast such extreme changes in phenotypes from region to region as Italy can. People have a very weird idea of Irish people as well probably based on American actors who are usually mutts. Normal Irish people are usually quite pale, and despite America’s romantic view of Irish, most Irish men look pretty bad. Probably as bad as the English i’d say. Usually don’t take care of themselves, overweight and dress horribly. There’s only a few Irish who can pass as psuedo meds like Dylan, but they are far from the majority. First time I saw Dylan on Teen Wolf I didn’t know he was Italian at first glance but I knew he was something extra of the mediterranean variety. Irish people don’t look like that on averaqe. Even the darker toned ones tend to have pale skin and borreby-esque features.

caligurl2 November 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

Even in the example andrew just gave with “Johnny Sexton”, that guy CLEARLY doesn’t look mediterranean. I would never mistake Johnny for mediterranean he has clear British isles looks. British dark people like him clearly still look British. Where as Dylan could pass in med countries. Same with Brits like Russel Brand, The Beatles and Mr Bean these guys all clearly have this strange look that can only be from the British Isles lol

AnonymousPerson December 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

He’s fucking cute.

Adamina February 18, 2015 at 6:06 pm

I know. He is one of my main celebrity crushes

J.J. October 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

ashash August 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm

His eyes are clearly brown. I don’t see them as hazel.

maria November 24, 2011 at 5:29 am

WOW he is `so cute and he is half Irish yay he is a good mix of ethnictys he so handsome,

anen November 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

He says he is 1/2 Irish, 1/4 Italian, 1/8 English, and 1/8 Spanish. Cool Can’t be more descriptive than that!

gurl August 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

he’s hot whoever he is

wow August 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Very attractive guy, taking his father is the part Irish in Dylan due to his last name.

Myspace Celebrity August 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

It seems like some celebrities with English roots have Irish roots as well. He’s a cutie.

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