Michael Douglas

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

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Birth Name: Michael Kirk Douglas

Place of Birth: New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 25, 1944

Ethnicity:
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian, French (mother)

Michael Douglas is an American actor and producer. He is the son of actors Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch) and Diana Dill (Diana Love Dill). He is married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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.

Sources: Genealogies of Michael Douglas –
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://www.conovergenealogy.com
https://www.geni.com

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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andrew June 12, 2016 at 4:58 pm
celebfan November 1, 2015 at 5:09 pm

He looks a lot like his father now.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm

great actor

i remember when i was 5 in the early 90s when got VHS RECORDER and i watched the movie with the diamonds and the crocodiles couple of times

levangelista36 August 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I’ve never been to Bermuda.

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

He looks just like his daddy.

Michele March 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I;m related to him through his mother.and from Wolfert geretse van Kowvenhoven.

ashash December 28, 2014 at 12:29 am

That’s kind of cool.

NightStarryWayto1971 March 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Kirk Douglas is 100% Russian Jewish… he just change is name in Kirk Douglas to find a place of actor… Hollywood can give you a violent kick in the ass if you insist with a suicidal name like Issur Danielovitch

Chad MacGregor March 1, 2011 at 6:58 am
Darla February 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Douglas was a name pulled from the air. His father’s real name is Issur Danielovitch.

Chad MacGregor November 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Douglas is a Scottish surname which goes back thousands of years to the ancient Scottish Highland Clan Douglas.

Trol October 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm

No, Douglas is a border clan.

Trol January 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm

No, Douglas is a border clan wich goes back to Sir James The Black Douglas, Freskin of Moravia and Sholto Douglas.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Douglas

Anonymous June 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Michael Douglas has English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian & French Ancestry
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I137732&style=TABLE

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