James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek

Birth Name: James David Van Der Beek

Place of Birth: Cheshire, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 8, 1977

*Dutch, German (father)

James Van Der Beek is an American actor. He is the son of Melinda (Weber), a dancer and gymnastics teacher, and James William Van Der Beek, a cell phone company executive and professional baseball player.

His father is roughly of half Dutch and half German descent.

James is married to business consultant Kimberly Brook, with whom he has four children. The two married at the Kabbalah Center in Tel Aviv, Israel.

James’s paternal grandfather was Harry Clifford Vanderbeek/Van Der Beek (the son of Harry Blanchard Vanderbeek and Anna Hasbrouck). James’s great-grandfather Harry was the son of Issac Vanderbeck and Anna. James’s great-grandmother Anna Hasbrouck was the daughter of Augustus Hasbrouck and Ann/Anna Herring Devoe.

James’s paternal grandmother was Louise Lutjens (the daughter of Herman Lutjens and Rosina/Rose Schwamb). Herman was born in Rotenburg, Germany. Rosina was of German descent, and was the daughter of Theodore Schwamb and Barbara Schmidt.

Sources: Genealogy of James Van Der Beek (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of James’s paternal grandfather, Harry Clifford Vanderbeek/Van Der Beek (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

James’s paternal grandfather, Harry Clifford Van Der Beek, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s paternal grandmother, Louise Lutjens, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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