Michael Madsen

by ethnic on July 29, 2009

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Birth Name: Michael Soren Madsen

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 25, 1957

*Danish (father)
*Irish, English, Scottish, German (mother)

Michael Madsen is an American actor, director, writer, producer, poet, and photographer.

Michael is the son of Elaine (Melson), an award-winning filmmaker, and Cal Madsen, a firefighter. His sister is actress Virginia Madsen. He is married to DeAnna Madsen. Michael has five children, including actor Christian Madsen.

Michael is of Danish descent on his father’s side, and has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry on his mother’s side. Michael’s sister Virginia has stated that their mother is of part Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been documented/verified.

Michael’s paternal grandparents were Soren/Samuel Madsen and Anna Marie Andersen. Michael’s grandparents were born in Denmark.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Lance Eugene Melson (the son of Luther Elmore Melson and Dorothy Christine “Dolly” Williams). Luther was the son of Leandor/Leander Elmore Melson and Mary Ellen Wingfield. Dorothy was the daughter of Henry Wade Williams and Caroline/Calline Lanier.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Lavina Loretta Shay (the daughter of Harry Earnest Shay and Cora Lavina Rhodes). Lavina’s step-father was William Riley Jennings. Harry was the son of David Shay and Anna Elizabeth Hendrick. Cora was the daughter of Charles Winfred Rhoades and Clara Bell Courtney.

Sources: Genealogies of Michael Madsen – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Michael Madsen (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Michael’s maternal great-grandfather, Luther Elmore Melson – http://www.findagrave.com

Michael’s maternal grandmother, Lavina Loretta Shay (then under her stepfather’s surname, Jennings), on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael’s maternal great-grandfather, Harry Earnest Shay – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Michael’s maternal great-grandfather, Harry Earnest Shay, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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andrew December 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm
I love you, Roger Scientist March 16, 2012 at 12:58 am

He is just brilliant.

felicia January 28, 2012 at 10:29 pm


felicia January 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Knew it

storm January 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm

knew what?

felicia January 28, 2012 at 10:21 pm

He was half native american

storm January 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

“Madsen’s paternal grandparents were Danish and his mother has Irish and distant Native American ancestry.”

uh he’s not HALF native american. says his mom has distant native ancestry. there’s a difference ya know

goof.ace.hoee January 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm


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