Michael Douglas

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Kirk Douglas ethnicity photo by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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 Douglas is an American actor and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Wall Street (1987).

He is the son of actors Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch) and Diana Dill (Diana Love Dill). He has three children: two with his wife, Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and a son, actor Cameron Douglas, with his former wife, Diandra Luker.

Michael’s father is Jewish (the son of emigrants from Belarus). Michael’s mother, who was born in Devonshire, Bermuda, had English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian, and French ancestry. Michael has British citizenship with Bermudian Status because of his mother’s birth in Bermuda. He is a maternal cousin of the Right Reverend Nicholas Dill, the Bishop of the established Anglican Church of Bermuda. His uncle was politician Sir Nicholas Bayard Dill.

In 2015, Michael stated that he identifies as Jewish by religion, 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 Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill (the son of Thomas Newbold Dill and Mary Lea Smith). Michael’s grandfather Thomas was born in Devonshire, Bermuda, and was Attorney General of Bermuda, a Member of the Parliament of Bermuda (MCP), and a commanding officer of the Bermuda Militia Artillery. Michael’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in Devonshire, the son of Thomas Melville Dill and Harriet Valk Smith. He was a merchant, an MCP for Devonshire Parish, a Member of the Legislative Council and an Assistant Justice, and Mayor of the City of Hamilton. Michael’s great-great-grandfather Thomas Melville Dill was a sea captain, who, in March 1858, took the Bermudian-built barque Sir George F. Seymour from Bermuda to Ireland in thirteen days. Michael’s great-grandmother Mary Smith 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/D. 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

Michael’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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

Marriage record of Michael’s maternal great-grandparents, Nicholas Bayard Neilson and Sarah Gifford Chapman – https://familysearch.org

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

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.

Anonymous June 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Michael Douglas has English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian & French Ancestry

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