Birth Name: Jesse Eden Metcalfe
Place of Birth: Carmel Valley, Monterey, California, United States
Date of Birth: December 9, 1978
Ethnicity: Italian, as well as Portuguese, English, Irish, and 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 on one side, and likely Italian ancestry on the other.
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 paternal grandmother was named Josephine. Josephine likely was of Italian 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 – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Jesse’s paternal grandfather, Robert Joseph “Bobby” Metcalfe, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Jesse’s paternal grandfather, Robert Joseph “Bobby” Metcalfe – https://www.findagrave.com
Obituary of Jesse’s paternal grandfather, Robert Joseph “Bobby” Metcalfe – https://news.google.com
Death records of Jesse’s maternal great-grandparents, Lorenzo “Lawrence” DeMaio/De Maio and Fiorenza/Florenza “Florence” Copi/Coppola – https://www.findagrave.com