Jake T. Austin

by ethnic on July 29, 2008

Birth Name: Jake Austin Szymanski

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

Date of Birth: December 3, 1994

*Polish, English, Irish (father)
*Spanish, Puerto Rican, Argentinian (mother)

Jake T. Austin is an American actor. He starred in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, as Max Russo, a character who was meant to be of Italian and Mexican descent.

Jake is the son of Joey Szymanski and Giny Rodriquez Toranzo. His surname, Szymanski, is Polish. Jake’s father has Polish, English, and Irish ancestry. Jake’s mother has Spanish, Puerto Rican, and Argentinian ancestry.

Jake speaks Spanish.

Jake’s paternal grandfather was named Joseph J. Szymanski.

Jake’s paternal grandmother was Irene Stanley (the daughter of Harry Stanley and Emily Atherton). Irene was born in Manchester North, Lancashire, England.

Source: Obituary of Jake’s paternal grandfather, Joseph J. Szymanski – http://obituaries.nydailynews.com

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andrew July 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm

his parents are Joey Szymanski and Giny Rodriquez Toranzo

blue August 30, 2015 at 7:10 am

He is not totally White , i would add a native part from his mother side.

this boy cant pass in Spain. I am from Spain.

If his mother is from Argentina probably has italian blood too.

And his conexion to Spain?

His mum : https://www.google.es/search?q=giny+szymanski&biw=1366&bih=673&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAGOovnz8BQMDgykHnxCXfq6-QUp6TllumhKcnVOkJZmdbKVfkJpfkJMKpIqK8_OsChKLUvNKin3jsx9O_-28JNL1-9bpRcWLgySbFgAA8luz9lIAAAA&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAGoVChMI89OoivvQxwIVhM8UCh1lvA0k&dpr=1

qutsflyd September 23, 2015 at 7:10 pm

You are kidding, right??? al least 50% of Spain’s population looks like Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. The guy is white as fuck, he’s paler than the average spanish or italian.

andrew October 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm

@ blue

I agree with you. There could be a slight Amerindian influence.

Connerfromvine April 30, 2016 at 7:31 pm

You’re right he can’t pass in Spain. They would think he was Irish…

xoxo August 27, 2015 at 3:01 am

He looks 100% Spaniard.

Devotion October 17, 2015 at 5:45 pm

or 100% Italian

Connerfromvine August 26, 2015 at 9:41 am

In that picture all I see is Irish

L Christiensen August 2, 2015 at 12:38 am

Latin means:
a) you were born in a country where a Romance language is the official or de facto language.
b) your ancestors came from a Romance language country in the New World or the region in Europe where Neo-Latin languages are the national language, as well as other Romance dialects.
Anyone with Portuguese, Galician, Castilian-Spanish, Catalan, French, Provençal, several Italian dialects, Sardinian, Romanian, Latin-Swiss background is Latin.

Puerto Rico and Cuba have people of full European extraction and had White people who left those countries.

Argentina has Mestizo, Castizo, Indigenous and Chinese population but most Argentines are either European, Arab or Jewish background.

South America has 180 million Whites, some have non-White blood admixture just like some North Americans and Australians that look like they are 100% White but have Native, Black, South Asian, Chinese and Aboriginal Australian blood assimilation.

There are dozens of millions of South Americans with full European ancestry that are more European than Americans who are partially Jewish and Whiter than Canadians, Americans and Australians who look 100% White but have Native, Black, Asian or Aboriginal admixture.

Even British Kate Beckinsale is partially Burmese.

L Christiensen August 2, 2015 at 12:52 am

DNA tests showed that British and blond Prince William and red Prince Harry are partially East Indian from Lady Di’s side. They have an English ancestor with Indian admixture.

cwm85 July 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Definitely see the Spanish and Polish mix…

ihatemostpeople January 25, 2014 at 6:38 am

He looks a bit Filipino.

roman2886 June 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Not at all not all Filipinos have Spanish blood most Filipinos with Spanish blood don’t look like that most Spanish Filipinos look 100% Asian very few look 100% White.

Humanid January 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Looks White and resembles Harry styles.

roman2886 June 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Harry Styles may have Spanish blood you never know.

madisonlolnorth January 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm


AnonymousPerson December 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm

He looks hella Latino. Like Puerto Rican or Mexican.

Brigzzz98 January 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm

And argentinian

qutsflyd August 26, 2015 at 7:25 am

Well, since most argentines have little to no native admixture, (and that’s why most of them are white) i’d count his “Argentine” side as caucasian.
The dude is white. He looks like the most average italian or french citizen ever…

Larry December 30, 2013 at 1:39 am


His birth name is : Jake Toranzo Austin Szymanski

follers December 30, 2013 at 1:45 am

As I understand it, his birth name is just Jake Austin Szymanski. I think it used to say that on the forum on his official website or something.

J.J. October 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is virtually black (noirette) I think it should be listed

Mariah February 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Im puerto rican too!!!yay!

natalie harper January 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm


Jake T Austin January 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

hey everyone hows everyone

Rosy shehab fernandez August 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Idk were hes from jake is so cuiiuute!!!!! :)

Rosy shehab fernandez August 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I dont care were hes from all I know is he is soooooo cute!!! :D

Ariana July 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I love him! He’s so funny in Wizards of Waverley Place. But I thought he was white, Italian, and Puerto Rican. But he’s still sooo cute!

rita November 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

He is white. Im puerto Rican and Im white, and Italians are white also. Duhh… He’s white

Hope Moretti June 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

u r not white. u r latino not white. only us Italians are white not u

delnegro July 23, 2013 at 1:57 am

Lmao dead

marjanel April 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Italians are latino and white
American census.changes the real meaning of the word

Selena Garcia-Martinez June 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

So hes half white/half latino?

rita July 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Technically he has more white in him considering his mother has spanish in her Spanish people are white. But if he doesnt want to be specific then he could just say half white half latino.

Delnegro August 8, 2011 at 2:36 am

Nah buddy Spanish=Latin

Selene-The-Immortal August 8, 2011 at 2:47 am

Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, and Romanian are all latin-based languages. o_O

Anyway, he’s a cute kid.

rita November 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

I heard Albanian is latin based as well even though they are not considered white latin also :o

J. Santiago September 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Spanish and Latin are two totally different things.

rita November 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

Spanish people are latin but still white. dont you knw wat your talking about? And btw im Puerto Rican and white latin!

Dasher November 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Albanian is actually not a Latin-based language. It is actually a revised and merged form of the two main dialects, Gheg and Tosk.

People more or less refer to Albania as the country of the “white Muslims.”

Genocide was committed against them, by the way.

marjanel April 20, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Latino is not a race is cultural, you can’be half latino.

magda February 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm

wooohooo polish [=

giana February 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm

i thought he was Puerto Rican And Italin

giana February 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm

he is like so cute i thought that he was Puerto Rican and Italin

Mariah August 1, 2010 at 9:39 am

I always thought he was Italian, but i guess not lol

p.r.lucky123 July 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Jake is lik me a lil bit Because im puerto rican, irish, german, and cuban…

So... June 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm

My mind was blown when I found out he voiced Diego from Go, Diego, Go. LOL.

ms. dazzle June 26, 2010 at 11:37 pm

type in :) if you think jake.t.austin is cute

ethnic June 27, 2010 at 8:57 am
So... June 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm
robby ray say wat???? June 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm

dang theres a lot of irish and scottish celebs omg ther goin to take over jk

mr. omg June 26, 2010 at 11:32 pm

hey jake.t. is like me only im irish, french/canadian, and puerto rican

ethnic January 14, 2010 at 2:02 am
LiL V4CH4 C0MiN yUR W4yy January 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

Hey “ethnic” can you fix the Spanish part because he said that separately in the interview. Can you fix it and just keep it as Polish, Irish, English, Puerto Rican, Argentine, Spanish. Keep that separately.

marjanel October 5, 2015 at 6:24 pm

but puerto rican and Argentinian are not ethnicities but nationalities

Jen January 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

He has a very unique mix…and yes, he does look a little spanish. :)

La Nena January 12, 2010 at 6:18 am

He defiently looks Spanish.

ethnic November 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Thanks for the link lil Vacha.

LiL V4CH4 C0MiN yUR W4yy November 25, 2009 at 12:17 pm

In the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaZa3wIAWP4&feature=related
Jake also mentioned that on his mom’s side that he is also part Spanish (Spaniard)…

ethnic January 15, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Great link. thanks for that.

Charli January 15, 2009 at 10:33 am

So he is Polish, Irish, English, Puerto Rican, and Argentine

Charli January 15, 2009 at 10:31 am
ethnic November 2, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Charli, do you have a link for that info?

charli November 1, 2008 at 7:31 am

His mom is Puerto Rican and Argentine and his dad is Polish can you note that?

ethnic July 31, 2008 at 1:51 am

thanks for the link Cloe.

cloe July 29, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Jake T. Austin is not Dominican. He is of Puerto Rican, Argentine, and Polish descent.

Here’s the website:http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2005/09/05/nickelodeon_hopes_diego_rivals_dora/

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