Freddie Prinze, Jr.

by ethnic on December 29, 2007

Birth Name: Freddie James Prinze

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 8, 1976

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican (paternal grandmother), German, as well as Irish, English, Scottish, Austrian, Swiss-German

Freddie Prinze, Jr. is an American actor.

Freddie is the son of Kathy Elaine (Barber) and actor Freddie Prinze. Freddie is married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, with whom he has two children.

Freddie’s father was of German and Puerto Rican descent. Freddie’s mother has Irish, English, Scottish, German, Austrian, and Swiss-German ancestry.

Freddie was raised Catholic. He spent some of his childhood in Puerto Rico. There, he learned about Spanish and Puerto Rican culture, and speaks Spanish.

Freddie’s paternal grandfather was Edward Karl Pruetzel (the son of Friedrich Karl Prutzel and Eleanor Maria Magdelena Schultes). Edward was German. He was born, in 1914, in Berlin, Charlottenburg, Germany, and died, in 1979, in Encino, Los Angeles, California. He appears to have come to the U.S. in the early 1930s. It has sometimes been reported that Freddie’s paternal grandfather was a Romani, a Hungarian, a Hungarian Jew, a German Jew, or a German of partial Jewish ancestry. It does not appear that Freddie’s paternal grandfather had Romani or Hungarian ancestry, and, there is no particular reason to think he had Jewish ancestry, either, although it is possible.

Freddie’s paternal grandmother was Maria de Gracia “Mare” Graniela y Ramirez (the daughter of Ramón Antonio “Papín” Graniela y Mercado and María Emilia Ramirez y Cáceres). Ramón was the son of Manuel Graniela y Arroyo and Carmen Mercado de Graniela. Freddie’s great-grandmother María Emilia was the daughter of José Nicomedes Ramirez y Cruz and María Nicomedes Cáceres y Vasquez de Ramirez.

Freddie’s maternal grandfather was James Edward Barber (the son of James Dalton Barber and Alma L. Sirk). Freddie’s great-grandfather James was the son of John Henry Barber and Sarah F. Huffman. Alma was the daughter of Bernard Stanley Sirk and Delilah C. Cunningham.

Freddie’s maternal grandmother was Patty/Patricia Elizabeth Cochran (the daughter of Hanson Porter M. Cochran and Permilia/Termilia/Millie Jane Arthur). Hanson Porter was the son of David Lee Cochran and Rachel Jane Cool. Permilia was the daughter of George Lee/Lynch Arthur and Rachel Elizabeth “Betty” Hosey.

In a 1999 interview, Freddie stated:

My mom is English, Irish and Native American. My grandma and grandpa, who raised me for the first few years, were straight-up English and Irish.

In a 2007 interview, Freddie stated:

I speak better Italian than any New Yorker in this town. They butcher the language so much. It makes my mom sick. My mom [speaks] fluent Italian and is very proud of her roots. Didn’t let me watch The Godfather until I was sixteen because she hated the fact that everyone thought Italians were mobsters – even though some of her family I think were. (laughs) Her brother. But I spoke Spanish and Italian before I spoke English. I didn’t learn English until I was like ten.

It is not clear exactly why Freddie stated that he has Italian ancestry, but his maternal grandparents, James Edward Barber and Patty/Patricia Elizabeth Cochran, were not of Italian descent.

It is unclear if Freddie’s Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Sources: Genealogy of Freddie Prinze, Jr. –

Genealogy of Freddie Prinze, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Freddie’s paternal grandfather, Edward Karl Pruetzel –

Genealogies of Freddie’s maternal grandmother, Patty/Patricia Elizabeth Cochran –

Genealogy of Freddie’s maternal grandmother, Patty/Patricia Elizabeth Cochran (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 6:48 am

Looks 100% Spanish to me. His Puerto Rican side is definitely full European and not native.

athelya November 17, 2015 at 10:37 am

pfft spain is in europe also you clearly have never been to europe, not everyone had blonde hair and blue eyes jesus

phaedra January 2, 2016 at 9:51 pm

He looks like Anthony Perkins.

neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 2:02 am

i don’t get it, 1 year ago there was written above that he has hungarian jewish roots but now not


tinasheeeee April 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I heard he has like 1% Gullah too

neiltennant February 2, 2014 at 3:33 am

disgusting republican and wannabe white guy

andrew February 3, 2014 at 7:05 am


Jordan June 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

Wannabe? He is obviously white

M July 24, 2015 at 1:06 am

He’s part Puerto Rican, that doesn’t make him white.

neiltennant August 3, 2015 at 1:49 am

MOST people would not classify him as white

my point of view. He has very special eyes which do not fit in europe

cwm85 August 3, 2015 at 3:06 pm

You Have not seen all of Europe. Most would classify him as white because of his hair, skin tone, facial features. He looks white. Is white. The nose, lips. He may have some black ancestry but it is not visible to the naked eye.

flo May 1, 2017 at 5:01 pm

Puerto Rican isn’t a race.

Jordan June 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

Wannabe? He is obviously white

athelya November 17, 2015 at 10:39 am

god.. americans

Kevin January 22, 2014 at 8:14 am

i have heard that his father is part Gypsy , hmm but its no ……….
Freddie looks handsome

billErobreren December 15, 2013 at 5:05 am

It boggles me how “Puerto Rican” gets treated as an ethnic group. They’re basically Cubans with American passports merely Western European(mainly from Spain & France), Canarian Islanders, Sub-Saharan Africans & some amount Ta-Arakwan blood in a few folk. It’s practically a state by now, nothing special. might as well include “Louisianan” & “New Yorker”

sararuiz April 4, 2014 at 9:19 pm

how I wish I could dump you in the barrios of PR

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