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Birth Name: Michael Kirk Douglas
Place of Birth: New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 25, 1944
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian, French (mother)
Michael’s father is Jewish (the son of immigrants from Belarus). Michael’s mother, who was born in Devonshire, Bermuda, had English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian, and French ancestry. In 2015, Michael stated that he identifies as Jewish, and described himself as a Reform Jew. Michael’s son with Catherine, Dylan, had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony (having decided to do so of his own choice).
Michael’s paternal grandparents were Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch (aka) Demsky and Bryna Sanglel. Herschel and Bryna were both Belarusian Jews.
Michael’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Melville Dill (the son of Thomas Newbold Dill and Mary Lea Smith). Michael’s grandfather Thomas was born in Devonshire, Bermuda, and served as Bermuda’s Attorney General. Michael’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in Devonshire, the son of Thomas Melville Dill and Harriet Valk Smith. Mary was born in Saint Michael, Barbados, the daughter of Samuel Benjamin Smith and Susan Augusta Smith.
Michael’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Rapalje Neilson (the daughter of Nicholas Bayard Neilson and Sarah Gifford Chapman). Ruth was born in New Jersey, to a family that had lived in the United States for many generations. Nicholas was the son of Theodore Grant Neilson and Catherine Bayard Rutgers/Rugers. Sarah was the daughter of James/Joseph Marsh Chapman and Louisa Stockton Johnson.
Genealogy of Michael Douglas (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com
Michael’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Rapalje Neilson, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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