Eric Dane

by Lil Vacha on August 1, 2011

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 9, 1972

*English, some German, distant Scottish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish, Finnish (mother)

Eric Dane is an American actor.

Eric has English, German, Scottish, Russian Jewish, Austrian Jewish, and Finnish ancestry. Eric was raised in the Jewish faith of his mother and step-father (he was Bar Mitzvah).

Eric is married to actress Rebecca Gayheart.

Eric’s paternal grandfather was George Francis Melvin (the son of David Holmes Melvin and Laura Mack Johnson). George was born in Florida. David was the son of Joseph Melvin and MaryAnn Elizabeth Holmes. Laura was the daughter of Washington Perry Johnson and Sarah Frances Hill. Joseph Melvin’s great-grandfather, Daniel Melvin, was Scottish.

Eric’s paternal grandmother was Lonnie Mae Matthews (the daughter of John Wesley Matthews and Eva Elizabeth Ward). Lonnie was born in Florida. John was the son of Isom Burell Matthews and Elon Morriel. Eva was the daughter of Henry Hubard Ward and Sharlotte Elizabeth Roberts. Eva’s father was born in Germany. Eric’s father also had English ancestry.

Eric’s maternal grandparents were Maurice Dave Cohn (the son of Henry Cohn and Frances Zimet) and Rachel “Rae” Helen Wirtanen (the daughter of John R. Wirtanen and Tyyne Sillanpaa or Bak). Maurice was born in California. Henry was a Russian Jewish immigrant, the son of Isador Aaron Cohn and Ethel. Frances was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Rachel was born in California, to Finnish parents.

Sources: Eric talks about his Jewish religion –

Genealogy of Eric’s paternal grandfather, George Francis Melvin (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Eric’s paternal grandfather, George Francis Melvin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Eric’s paternal grandmother, Lonnie Mae Matthews, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Eric’s maternal grandfather, Maurice Dave Cohn, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Eric’s maternal grandmother, Rachel “Rae” Helen Wirtanen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Article about Eric Dane’s wife, Rebecca Gayheart (mentions Eric’s Jewish faith) –

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

madman June 15, 2016 at 3:25 am

*English, some German, distant Scottish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish, Finnish (mother)

Joseph Melvin’s great-grandfather, Daniel Melvin, was Scottish.

Susi November 4, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Correction. There’s no such name as Fyyne, it’s Tyyne.

Liljaoch November 1, 2013 at 1:20 am

He looks so fucking finnish. It can be seen he is finnish

levangelista36 August 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

He’s a practicing Jew.

christianz June 15, 2012 at 6:19 am

wonderful eyes

he looks like sean pean 10+ years ago

nnnnn November 20, 2012 at 12:31 am

Sean Penn was never handsom, and he has a very negative charisma.
Dane looks like Di Caprio. Interesting, how people of
different heritages look each other

I love you, Roger Scientist March 21, 2012 at 1:51 am

Oh. You already have him and his wife. I should have known. How could you not have the actors from Grey’s Anatomy?

Anyway, I think he’s hot. Rebecca is lucky.

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