Birth Name: Michael Soren Madsen
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 25, 1957
*Irish, English, Scottish, German (mother)
Michael Madsen is an American actor, director, writer, producer, poet, and photographer.
Michael is the son of Elaine Madsen (born Elaine Loretta Melson), an Academy 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 verified/documented.
Michael’s paternal grandparents were Søren/Samuel Madsen (the son of Jorgan Madsen and Sisel Thomsen) 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). Lance was born in Oklahoma. 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). Michael’s grandmother Lavina was born in Colorado. Her 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.
Death record of Michael’s paternal grandfather, Søren/Samuel Madsen – https://www.familysearch.org
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