Birth Name: Jordan Haworth Peele
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 21, 1979
Jordan Peele is an American actor, comedian, film director, and screenwriter. He is known for writing and directing the film Get Out (2017).
His father is black. His mother, Lucinda J. Williams, is white, of English descent, with roots in Colonial America of the 1600s, specifically Maryland and Massachusetts. Jordan is married to actress and comedian Chelsea Peretti, with whom he has a son.
In 2015, The New Yorker wrote that growing up, Jordan’s mother “had her share of dealing with other people’s incredulity, especially as a pale, blue-eyed blonde.” She was quoted as saying:
Having parents with different ethnic identities was not a particularly unusual situation here [in Manhattan], nor was being raised by a single parent… [Jordan was] obviously my joy… [but strangers tended to] assume he was adopted or I was watching someone else’s child. When he was still in a stroller, I would see people’s faces freeze and then look away upon leaning in to admire the baby. You could almost see a ‘Does Not Compute’ sign light up in their eyes.
Jordan’s maternal grandfather was Earl Haworth Williams (the son of Earl Monroe Williams and Mary Leona Nichols). Jordan’s grandfather Earl was born in Maryland. Jordan’s great-grandfather Earl was the son of John Henry Delaney Williams and Lillie E. Hilghman. Mary Leona was the daughter of George Washington Nichols and Ruth Isabelle Lowe.
Jordan’s maternal grandmother was Josephine Helen Taylor (the daughter of Everett Sidney Taylor and Louise Strong). Josephine was born in Maryland. Everett was the son of Algernon Sidney/Sydney Taylor and Mary Rietta Johnson. Louise was the daughter of Walter Robbins Strong and Henrietta M. “Nettie” Wicks.
Sources: Wedding announcement of Jordan’s maternal grandparents, Earl Haworth Williams and Josephine Helen Taylor – https://www.newspapers.com
Genealogy of Jordan’s maternal grandmother, Josephine Helen Taylor (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Jordan’s maternal grandmother, Josephine Helen Taylor (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Jordan’s maternal grandmother, Josephine Helen Taylor – http://www.legacy.com
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