James Dean

by ethnic on April 11, 2010

Birth Name: James Byron Dean

Date of Birth: February 8, 1931

Place of Birth: Marion, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Death: September 30, 1955

Place of Death: Cholame, San Luis Obispo, California

Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, distant Dutch

James Dean was an American actor. Considered a cultural icon, he appeared in three major film roles, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955), and Giant (1956), and died in a car accident in 1955, at the age of 24.

He was the son of Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton Arlando Dean. He had English, German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and distant Dutch, ancestry.

James’s paternal grandfather was Charles Desco Dean (the son of Calvin P. Dean and Arminta Alice Cree). Charles was born in Iowa. Calvin was the son of John William Dean and Serena Tennell. Arminta was the daughter of Robert Hamilton Cree and Sarah Elizabeth Marshall.

James’s paternal grandmother was Emma J. Woolen/Woollen (the daughter of Edward Woolen/Woollen and Adeline Smithson). Emma was born in Indiana. Edward was the son of William Robinson Woollen and Julia Ann Oldfield. Adeline was the daughter of David Smithson and Betty/Betsey Williams.

James’s maternal grandfather was John William Wilson (the son of Levi Daries/Darius/L. Wilson and Agnes Schmuck). John was born in Indiana. Levi was the son of Alfred R. Wilson and Eliza Delilah Felton. Agnes was the daughter of Eli Schmuck and Margaret Felton.

James’s maternal grandmother was Minnie Mae/Mary Slaughter (the daughter of Isaac Slaughter and Sarah Margaret/Margrete Leisure). Minnie was born in Indiana. Isaac was the son of Jeremiah Slaughter and Sarah. James’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of James or George W. Leisure and Mary Elizabeth Esler/Easte/Eastes.

Sources: Genealogies of James Dean – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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andrew October 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm
andrew May 23, 2016 at 7:12 pm
500miles March 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

An addition from David Dalton’s book “James Dean: The Mutant King”:

“Winton and Mildred Dean were both native Indianans–Mildred (nee Wilson) from a Methodist family that Jimmy said was part Indian, and Winton a Quaker from a line of original settlers that could be traced back to the Mayflower.”

You can read the biography here: http://goo.gl/GUZ6k

Nikki May 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

wait? Native american indian or indian (india)

undashing May 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Pretty much every white Americans claims to be part native American, when they’re not.

sarahle February 6, 2016 at 2:41 pm

not only whites, blacks too… us-americans do have a identity problem in general…

bvision April 6, 2012 at 1:47 am

my favorite actor

Alice April 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

James Dean has German, English, Irish and Scottish ancestors. His family have been in the US for a long time.

sadie April 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Well I find it so disappointing to find out he was homosexual so sick!

zuzanna July 25, 2010 at 9:13 am

aa sorry! Native American!!

zuzanna July 25, 2010 at 9:12 am

only scottish ?? no way, i read somewhere that he had Native Indian in him too…

Anglo July 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

No offense, but please shove it. He looks completely Scottish. The majority of White Americans (actors included) who claim Native ancestry are bullshitting. Most average Americans who say they’re native get tested and don’t find a shred of Native blood in them.

Do you realize that America genocided nearly ALL of the Native population? So how in the world do you figure so many actors must be Native if there were not even enough to spread their genetics throughout varying states.

ses101 April 10, 2017 at 5:01 am

Most of the surnames are Scottish.

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