Jesse Metcalfe

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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42 Responses

  1. andrew says:

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

  2. Dstmnstr says:


    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

  3. andrew says:

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

  4. phaedra says:

    Only his eye colour is English/Irish.

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