Eliza Dushku

by ethnic on July 15, 2008

Birth Name: Eliza Patricia Dushku

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 30, 1980

*Albanian (father)
*Danish, English, smaller amounts of Irish and German (mother)

Eliza Dushku is an American actress. She is famous for appearing in the films True Lies, Bring It On, The New Guy, and Wrong Turn.

Eliza’s father, Philip Richard George Dushku, is Albanian, from the city Korçë. Her mother, Judith Ann (Rasmussen), is of half Danish ancestry, with her other roots being English, and smaller amounts of Irish and German. Her brother is actor Nate Dushku. Aside from American, Eliza has Albanian citizenship.

Eliza was raised in a Mormon household.

Eliza’s paternal grandparents were George Vani Dushku (whose mother’s maiden name was “Pochi”) and Vilerminni.

Eliza’s maternal grandfather was Richard Costley Rasmussen (the son of Aaron Frederick Rasmussen and Nancy Blanche Costley). Aaron was born in Utah, the son of Danish parents, Lars Rasmussen, from Vordingborg, Sjælland, and Wilhelmina Hansina Clemensen, from Copenhagen. Nancy was the daughter of Richard Joseph Costley and Rebecca Homer, and had Irish and English ancestry.

Eliza’s maternal grandmother is Barbara Porter Hegsted (the daughter of John Hegsted and Edna Margaret Porter). John was born in Utah, to Danish parents, Hans Christian Sorensen Hegsted and Ane Christine Olsen Iverson. Edna was the daughter of Aaron Benjamin Porter and Rebecca Margaret Poole, and was of mostly English, and at least 1/32 German, ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Eliza Dushku (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Eliza’s matrilineal great-grandmother, Edna Margaret Porter – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

photo by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

glenira November 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

She looks like a typical Albanian girl, even though she’s Danish, Irish, English and German

J.J. October 16, 2013 at 3:20 am

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

neiltennant May 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm

albanians are definitely white

i was at school with several migrants from albania and they all were white

of those 20 people i knew 8 had black hair, 7 brown hair + 5 blonde

eye colors varied
but they were white, no chinky eyes and nothing

andrew May 18, 2013 at 6:27 am

that stupid guy meant that Albanians being mostly Muslims they are not “white”. It’s ridiculous

theropod June 24, 2013 at 2:29 am

Yes, they are white since they are in Europe.

But like Dushku they will have dark features – dark hair, eyes and perhaps a little olive skin.

But of course there are blondies and pale skinned Albanians.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Is she still dating Rick Fox?

I thought she was pretty when she was younger. She was in This Boy’s Life with De Niro and Dicaprio as a little girl.

caroline March 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

do you want to say that she is not white because her father is albanian? hello?? and who is white in your eyes? only icelandic, blonde and blue-eyes people?!

I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm


Icelanders are definitely not white. Look at Bjork! Most of the world thought she was Asian!

Marc March 11, 2012 at 4:43 am

Bjork is not Asian! She’s from Mars…….and Belushi brothers also

caroline March 11, 2012 at 4:53 am

i dont get what you want to say o_O

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Albanians are not white. They are Muslim.


caroline March 11, 2012 at 4:32 am

mots stupid comment ever!
1. there are a lot of albanian christians (e.g. james belushi )
2. since when can’t muslims be white? albanians and bosnians are definetly white, while armenians, assyrians, filipinos,.. are not- and they are christians!
3. icelandic people are the desendants of the vikings!!!

Marc March 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

Have ever seen her and her music videos and listened her songs?

Me myself and I January 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

congrats. best comment on this fucked up, ‘where racists meet’ page ever :)

Elina March 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

Im albanian and i’m catholic from kosovo. religion does not define race you ignorant person!

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 14, 2012 at 10:26 am
ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

You said you were Italian on Alicia Key’s page.


Elina April 4, 2012 at 8:32 am


I didnt ever say that I am italian. im albanian. and, the name ‘elina’ isnt exactly made up. A lot of people have that name.! LOL

rickyflo April 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

Anglo-Saxons are not the only ones white because the theory proves such beyond your stupid ideal. Anglo-Saxon is only an admixture of Europe, and gene history of Europe proves that in fact Anglo-Saxons are less caucacus than most. I2 shows more in classified western part of Europe, and R2B in UK. That is why Blumanbach did measures with skulls and found a piece of that relation. Nevertheless, for the unity of Caucasian race is actually R2B, I2, J2, so on together. So get over that since this theory proved beyond your genetic formity.

nora February 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

she is one of the most prettiest and natrual women in the world ♥

Maria December 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

She is a beautiful lady!

knowles w richards jr December 2, 2011 at 7:36 am

see ya .

knowles w richards jr December 2, 2011 at 7:35 am

thats me I used to watch angel and caught you on his show poor girl angel helped of course ha ha I got a kick out of that.

knowles w richards jr November 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

My great grandfathers came from wensbury england they were of the richards. one benjamen married a knowles and benjamen aruther married a wiegand they where bouth ancestors of king richard of england and there wives were of royalty one english one german. so eliza I got an email from you before you can reach me at wiegand richardson @ yahoo.com I will get it at my email. eliza I have seen you on angel the vampire with a soul I must say you are a fine looking young women. have a great life Knowles

knowles w richards jr June 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

you know if you look Into history of new england you will see what I said was true but what can I expect from people whos ancestors were proabley slaves with no class MYANCESTORS KINGS &OUEENS WHAT WHERE YOURS!

knowles w richards jr June 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

hi I also have a son knowles wiegand richards 111,my two grandfathers came from english royalty .they marred into english royalty one married a knowles, and one married a wiegand, they came to america. to wenstead ct. they oppened a factory or rather benjamen arthure richards did with one of the lincoln boys. Hardware for windows curtins and caskits this is, after ben richards his brother dyed of a heart attack. the brothers and their wives where fron london and the women where from wensbury englind. I hopeI got this correct benjamen arthure had a son born in 1917 his name was Knowles Wiegand Richards He and my mother carmella coddianni got married in 1946oh by the way she changed her to constance and had me knowles w richards jr in 1947 I grew up in waterbury ct. went in the navy 1965,I got out in 1967 with an honerable discharge I am 100% disabled. any way I forgot something my father played bass in glenn millers uso band also arti shaw benni goodman I could go on and on.when I was younger I used to get thease calls from older guys looking for my dad.I have been married 3 times and all toughther I have 5 children 1daughter won’t talk to me shes mentaly Ill her mother and grandmother poisoned her aginst me but all the rest com to see me. I was in a rock an roll band for about 15 years We played from ct. to fla. I quit because the drummer and I had a fight he thought I was nailing his girlfriend But honest I wasent ,I could have but I don’t do that to my friends and never screwed around . my wife of 30 years. except for I am just kidding of course in my younger days I must say I was good looking when I was in the rock groups I was single and I could not keep thoose little groupies away but any I am 64 years now I have lived a long life and have done allmost everything Heck I could write a book. dam I did not punctuate anything goog by.

knowles w richards jr May 17, 2011 at 4:15 am

my great grandfather married a knowles. my grandfather marred a wiegand thus thats how my father, got his name and thats how I got my name knowles w richarda jr nd my son got his name knowles w richards 111 A thats the rest of the story.

rita April 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

Rita ora is a famous albanian.
So is bebe rexha.
so is kara dioguardi.
so is james belushi.
so is mother teresa.
And much more..

Büzo January 12, 2010 at 8:02 am

John Cena get outta here I myself am obviosly Albanian

ethnic January 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

John Cena is another famous Albanian

knowles w richards jr December 2, 2011 at 7:30 am

john cena what does he do !

Büzo Zagaviç January 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I am glad 2 find a famous albanian for once in my life

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