Jesse Metcalfe

by ethnic on August 8, 2008

Birth Name: Jesse Eden Metcalfe

Place of Birth: Carmel Valley, Monterey, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 9, 1978

Ethnicity: Italian, Portuguese, English, Irish, French

Jesse Metcalfe is an American actor and musician. He is known for playing John Rowland on the series Desperate Housewives and the title role in the film John Tucker Must Die (2006).

Jesse’s mother is of half Portuguese and half Italian ancestry. Jesse’s father has English, Irish, and French ancestry, and is also said to have Italian roots.

Jesse’s paternal grandfather was Robert Joseph “Bobby” Metcalfe (the son of William Henry/Harry Metcalfe and Catherine M. Young). Robert was born in Connecticut. William was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, the son of John William Metcalfe and Clara Overdale, and was also of part Irish ancestry. Catherine was born in Connecticut, to a Canadian father, Joseph Young, who may have been French-Canadian, and to an American mother, Catherine E. Callery, who was of Irish descent.

Jesse’s maternal grandfather was Gennaro “Gene” DeMaio (the son of Lorenzo “Lawrence” DeMaio/De Maio and Fiorenza/Florenza “Florence” Copi/Coppola). Gennaro was born in New York, to Italian parents, with his father having been born in Falciano, Province of Caserta, Campania.

Jesse’s maternal grandmother is Elinor Marlene Souza (the daughter of Joseph Souza and Anna). Elinor was born in Massachusetts, and is of Portuguese descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Jesse Metcalfe –

Jesse’s paternal grandfather, Robert Joseph “Bobby” Metcalfe, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Jesse’s paternal grandfather, Robert Joseph “Bobby” Metcalfe –

Obituary of Jesse’s paternal grandfather, Robert Joseph “Bobby” Metcalfe –

Death records of Jesse’s maternal great-grandparents, Lorenzo “Lawrence” DeMaio/De Maio and Fiorenza/Florenza “Florence” Copi/Coppola –

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andrew May 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm

I suppose that he could have Scottish ancestry from his “Young” line

follers May 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm

According to one tree, the “Young” line was French-Canadian and spelled “Dione”.

Dstmnstr April 24, 2017 at 10:07 am


Here’s a link to his paternal grandfather Robert Joseph Metcalfe’s memorial on ( and his great grandparents’s memorials Lorenzo and Florence De Maio ( and (

Thank you,
Dustin Schrull

andrew May 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Lorenzo De Maio was born in Falciano, Province of Caserta, Campania, Italy.

phaedra May 24, 2016 at 4:14 am

Only his eye colour is English/Irish.

andrew May 24, 2016 at 3:42 pm

LOL. He has the same eye colour of his Italian/Portuguese mother. You’re unbelievable!

Hill July 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Phaedra does it again

andrew April 2, 2016 at 4:01 pm

I would add “possible French and Italian” on his father’s side, since it’s not documented.

Dstmnstr February 5, 2016 at 7:54 am

I’ve found Jesse’s paternal grandparents divorce record on

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 8:11 am

Is he gay? He looks it. Too much of a pretty boy for my likings.

Dstmnstr January 9, 2016 at 10:42 am

“Addition and Correction”

I’ve done some more research on Jesse’s genealogy, and found some information about him, but the furthest I’ve got to is 3-6 generations from Jesse. Well here’s the link to his pedigree

Thank you,
Dustin Schrull

follers January 9, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Thank you. Do you know anything about Jesse’s paternal grandmother?

Dstmnstr January 19, 2016 at 7:11 pm

You’re welcome, and no I wasn’t able to find more information about his paternal grandmother, but I’m pretty sure that “Jose” must be short for Josephine, so I’m guessing that Jesse’s paternal grandmother is Josephine. Robert and Jose were both divorced and I’m not sure who Jose is married to now. Maybe if anybody would interview more about Jesse’s ancestry, then we can go far on his paternal grandmother’s side.

athelya November 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

hes cute

Malefactor September 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm

This guy fell off very hard.

Bow Down Bitches July 25, 2015 at 8:47 pm

he looks puerto rican, i see many pr men that look like him. he is so fine

atmo February 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm

i always thought he was half Mexican, but yeah he looks Italian


noneofyourbusiness February 17, 2015 at 7:40 pm

How does he look Mexican? He has no Native American traits and could pass in any Mediterranean country. It’s so annoying how any white person with brown hair, brown eyes, and slightly darker skin is part “Mexican”. You don’t have to be pasty, blonde, and blue-eyed to be white. There are too many sheltered people in this world.

MadBadDog September 19, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Agree, I’ve just discovered this site and it’s hilarious.The reasoning here sounds like if anyone has dark hair/brown eyes or whatever is just because:

-He’s latino

– He’s italian

– He’s jewish

Blumenbach must be spinning in his grave x)

Devotion October 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm

^Well said! SO TRUE.

WTF September 15, 2014 at 2:09 am

He is fine as hell. He does look a bit Latino.

Check7t September 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Lol, your typical Southern European guy is darker than him, he looks like a darker German or French guy with colored eyes.

The only way he could ever be Latino is a white one, trust me I lived in California for years, the overwhelmingly majority of Mexicans I saw looked Native admixed.

I’ve never seen any “Latino” who has ever resembled him except white ones.

J.J. September 26, 2014 at 4:19 am

Portuguese, french and italian are all latin languages, so he is a latino? if you say latino meaning south american, well many south americans are of portuguese and italian descent so i don’t know what your’re on about

Shawn January 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

He’s very handsome.

andrew October 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm

isnt Metcalfe a Scottish surname?

follers October 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I think he has British Isles ancestry of some sort.

andrew October 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm


andrew September 26, 2014 at 5:26 am

why dont u add it?

follers September 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Because I don’t know for sure. Apparently he said he does on Jonathan Ross’s show, but I can’t find the clip.

J.J. October 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

correction; his eyes are green and his hair is virtually black (noirette) i think it should be listed

me November 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm

He looks a bit Hispanic and he is handsome

me March 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm

He looks hispanic.

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

He does.

Eduardo January 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I thought he was a puerto rican because his hair is dark and has a white but yellow tan skin color he looks hispanic and half italian to me.

ashash August 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

He’s white.

unknown January 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

he looks good!

unknown January 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

he looks good

COMMONSENSE January 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

he’s handsome.

Anonymous August 21, 2010 at 8:36 pm
Nathan Teasdale Mottram February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am

he stated on the jonathan ross show that he was also english because metcalfe is a typical english farmers surname name

Ammz October 19, 2011 at 12:22 am

A French or Italian guy could have easily changed his name to Metcalfe when he arrived in America, you know.

Alice January 21, 2012 at 2:34 am

With a name like Metcalfe I’m sure he has some English ancestry. French people wouldn’t be likely to change their names and I don’t think many Italians have either. They usually are very proud of their heritage and their names are not difficult to pronounce. Metcalfe is not that common a name. I wouldn’t be so quick to discount him having some English ancestry.

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