George A. Romero

by stlucas on April 13, 2017

Birth Name: George Andrew Romero

Date of Birth: February 4, 1940

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

Date of Death: July 16, 2017

Place of Death: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

*50% Galician/Castilian Spanish
*50% Lithuanian

George A. Romero was an American and Canadian filmmaker, director, editor, and screenwriter. He is known for his classic horror films, including Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1979), Creepshow (1982), and Land of the Dead (2005). He is widely credited as having created the modern-day zombie genre.

George was born in The Bronx, New York City, the son of Anne/Ann (Dvorsky/Dvorski) and Jorge/George Marino Romero.

George’s father was born in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain, and George has described his father as Castilian. He was raised between Cuba and The Bronx, New York, U.S. George’s mother is said to have origins in Lithuania.

He took on dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship in 2009. He was married to Suzanne Desrocher, until his death. He had a son with his first wife, Nancy, and two children with his second wife, actress Christine Forrest.

George’s paternal grandparents were Antonio Romero (the son of José Romero and Vincenta Rodríguez) and Josefa González. Antonio was born in Neda, a small village near Ferrol in north Galicia (Spain). José was the son of Lorenzo Romero and Juana Rodríguez.

George’s maternal grandfather was Vincent Dvorsky (the son of Peter Dvarackas and a woman surnamed Mishkinis). Vincent was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.

George’s maternal grandmother was Mary Shadrik (the daughter of Vincent Shadrik and a woman surnamed Wiczkovska). Mary was born in Lithuania.


Information about George’s father’s family –

Genealogy of George’s mother –

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MadBadDog July 20, 2017 at 3:08 am

On his father side he’s only galician.

His grandfather was born in Neda, a small village near Ferrol in north Galicia (Spain). He inmigrated to Cuba but moved back when his wife got pregnant. His son, Jorge Marino Romero (father of George) was born in Ferrol (Galicia). They moved back to Cuba when he was 2 years old. All his family on his father side is pure galician, they were a well-known family in Ferrol, no castillan family at all.

May he rest in peace.

MadBadDog July 27, 2017 at 2:39 am

Found an interesting article about his galician roots. This is a picture of his paternal family, the baby dressed in white is Jorge Romero, his father:

andrew July 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

it would be interesting to know more about his mother’s side

andrew July 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

José Romero was the son of Lorenzo Romero and Juana Rodríguez

follers July 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm

RIP Mr. Romero.

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