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

Freddie’s maternal grandfather was James Edward Barber (the son of James Dalton Barber and Alma/Almie L. Sirk). Freddie’s grandfather James was born in West Virginia. 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 Jane “Millie” Arthur). Patty was born in West Virginia. 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 that his mother is of Italian descent, and added:

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. In any case, in 2014, Freddie twitted:

I’m Puerto Rican English Irish and [N]ative American.

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

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

Genealogy of Freddie’s paternal grandfather, Edward Ferdinand 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 father’s side) –

Freddie’s maternal great-grandparents, Hanson Porter M. Cochran and Permilia/Termilia Jane “Millie” Arthur, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Freddie’s maternal great-grandfather, Hanson Porter M. Cochran –

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{ 42 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

andrew November 15, 2013 at 5:02 am

this guy could easily pass for an Italian

Stefania7 February 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Is it me or I’m I bugging out. I notice that it mention a lot about his Father side it didn’t mention at all about his mother’s background. Stupid website.

Jane March 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Looking at his father pictures he looks like multiracial person which majority of ricans are. Plus sorry I know many Hungrians in Canada those people do not look like his father. People lie about what there are all the time because people are racist.

Christian March 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm

he looks like an american idiot who votes republican :-)

the european is not visible , he looks like a hispanic and indeed he is a puerto rican

forget the scottish, german etc.

in germany nobody looks like him

rose January 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

He mentioned in an interview that he use to live in Puerto Rico for a while. He looks Italian and Puerto Rican to me.

rose January 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

he Lived there when he was younger ( child)

Carolina December 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

he looks italian more then anything

cindy saunders October 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm

freddie prinz seniors mother was on a talk show in the 80’s stating her husband was of german/hungarian decent, which means people that are from hungary, consider themselves hungarian, speak hungarian language but have german ancestory

Lisa August 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

hi. in other web. sites i read that his Father is a Romani Gypsy from Hungaria .

NyNy December 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Hungaria? That’s not a country. Learn geography please LOL

Haley January 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Its called Hungary, not Hungaria. Learn about geography please. You made up a place you idiot!

jackie August 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

his imdb and other sites said he algo had Hungarian (Jewish) on his father side!

Farrah July 26, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Oh my fuckingg god is yall juss gonna sit here and obsessed about a person race what is wrong with yall. Yall need to get off his dick and get a life ok he puertorican. Sitting Here talking about his RACE really??? That’s juss pathetic and irgorant. Yall all racist for talking and obsessing about a person race that the most craziest thing I ever seen in my whole life advice get a life and stop lurking and obsessing about races wtf,!!!

amanie July 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

happy hes not racist.

Vanessa July 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm

He looks exotic!!I knew he had some Spanish in him. He looks like a puerto rican to me.

Kiki June 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Freddie Prinze Jr.’s dad was Half Puerto Rican and Half Hungarian.He even called himself Hungarican,Everyone knows that.Just think a little bit!!(that’s what every site will say except Wikipedia,where interestingly in the second period it contradicts itself where it says: ” Prinze worked at several comedy clubs in New York City, including The Improv and Catch a Rising Star where he introduced himself to audiences as a “Hungarican” (part Hungarian, part Puerto Rican)”,so how can he be German?Lots of Hungarian people have germanic last names.That doesn’t mean anything…anyways,and Freddie Prinze Jr’s mother was Italian.So that makes him 1/4 Puerto Rican,1/4 Hungarian and 1/2 Italian…Here is a link for Freddie’s web site: …..You can find the same information on the right side.

dee July 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I think Freddie wasn’t exactly right about his background. And his mother is at least half not Italian from her own mother’s side.

Dee February 26, 2011 at 3:14 am

According to Freddie himself, his father was half German and half Puerto Rican. Not Hungarian Jewish

(correction … ?)

aps March 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

It’s strange, because his father had called himself as Hungarican, not Germarican lol

katalina February 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm

i love him, he’s half puerto-rican, which makes him that much sexier lol. im half dominican!

rosie February 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I knew he was latin he does look latin and hes puerto rican. Aweee ;D lol

aps June 11, 2010 at 2:34 am

His father was of half Hungarian Jewish

ethnic April 23, 2010 at 1:36 am
Arab Soulja April 23, 2010 at 12:05 am

i thought hes father was half hungarian half puerto rican

dude December 31, 2009 at 11:23 am

i’ve always thought he looked italian somehow

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