Nico Tortorella

by follers on October 4, 2013

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

Date of Birth: July 30, 1988

*75% Italian
*12.5% German
*12.5% mix of English and Irish

Nico Tortorella is an American actor and model. Nico’s paternal grandfather was of Italian descent. Nico’s paternal grandmother was of half German and half British Isles (English and Irish) ancestry. Nico’s mother is of Italian descent.

Nico is married to Bethany C. Meyers.

Nico’s paternal grandfather was William Nicholas Tortorella, Jr. (the son of William Nicholas Tortorella and Marie Abbate). Nico’s grandfather William was born in Illinois. Nico’s great-grandfather William was born in Illinois, to Italian parents, Tony Tortorella and Mary. Nico’s great-grandmother Marie Abbate was the daughter of Italian parents, Francesco “Frank” Abbate and Angela Pavese, who was born in Laurenzana, Province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy. Comedian and actor Ray Romano also has Pavese ancestors from the area.

Nico’s paternal grandmother is Iryl Elaine Eppler (the daughter of Ira Eugene Eppler and Florence Alta Jewell). Iryl was born in Nebraska. Ira was born in Nebraska; Ira’s father, Christian Frederick Eppler, was a German immigrant, and Ira’s mother, Martha Louise Schwebke, was born in Illinois, to German parents. Florence was born in Nebraska, to Iowa-born parents Wade H. Jewell and Jennie Hardman, who was of English and Irish descent.

On his mother’s side, Nico is the grandson of Luigi Pesce and Phyllis F. Luigi was of Italian descent. Phyllis’s parents were Italian immigrants.

Sources: Nico’s paternal grandfather, William Nicholas Tortorella, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Nico’s paternal great-grandmother, Marie (Abbate) Tortorella (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Nico’s paternal grandmother, Iryl Elaine Eppler, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Nico’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Jennie Hardman, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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andrew August 29, 2017 at 5:21 am
andrew August 29, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Angela Romano was born in Laurenzana, Province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy. So Nico Tortorella and Ray Romano are likely relatives of some degree through their “Pavese” ancestors who lived in the small village of Laurenzana.

andrew August 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Excuse me, I meant Angela Pavese.

madman November 27, 2016 at 1:45 pm

“Florence’s maternal grandmother was Welsh”.

The 1910 census switched the birth places of Jennie Hardman’s parents. According to the 1880 census, Jennie’s father was born in Wales to English parents, and her mother was born in Canada to Irish parents (according to the family tree on, her parents were both from Northern Ireland –

Jennie Hardman on 1880 census –

cwm85 September 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm

He looks Italian with other admixture. Also a lot of Italians are not really that dark or have dark hair. There are two Italian women competing in the U.S open finals and some people they don’t look fully Italian even tho they are natives and Italian speaking. One has dark brown her and skin tone is lighter than the other.

follers September 12, 2015 at 1:49 pm

How progressive and open-minded of you.

Fabo November 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

Strange 75% Italian yet looks completely british

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Even more strange how Orlando Bloom, Russel Brand, Cheryl Cole and Victoria Beckham are 100% English…

neiltennant August 4, 2015 at 3:02 pm


yes i know but those people exceptions

why else on this site and on the internet several people would remark and suspect their ethnicity

and we cannot be 100 percent sure what has happened and what ethnic background those mentioned people are

Do you know SHIRLEY BASSEY? she was known in the 60s as a white singer but many doubted that and now we know she had also african

ORLANDO BLOOM i have read strangest and most suspicious thinks by him and there are so many unidentified things

maybe her mother was adopted and was of indian descent for example

OTHER example
MTV HOST Paul King med looking. great guy. But was known as the irish anchor of MTV now he himself doubts that and thinks his father had been greek

gel June 29, 2016 at 3:20 am

He certainly looks Italian in that picture!

Freerk April 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm

I would say he looks German, but that is what I always say …

In Northern Italy you have many people with these features. The Celts (gallia cisalpina), and the Germanic Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Vandals, Langobards and so on left their traces …

andrew August 4, 2015 at 3:25 pm

he’s likely of Southern Italian descent.

andrew September 12, 2015 at 11:22 am

@ fabo

He doesn’t look like typical Italians Roberto Benigni and Danny De Vito..

follers September 12, 2015 at 11:55 am

Yeah, of course he doesn’t. The non-Italian grandmother’s looks really shine here (lucky for Nico).

andrew September 12, 2015 at 12:58 pm

do you have a pic of her?

follers September 12, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Why do you need a pic? The Lowensteins look like some of their relatives, but their ancestry didn’t matter according to you. So we can assume here without a picture.

andrew September 12, 2015 at 2:10 pm

I agree with you, His features don’t look Italian. A light Italian look like Daniele De Rossi

or Francesco Totti

follers September 12, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Your first Italian looks Irish/British. Your second Italian looks like Ray Liotta. So both of them are totally irrelevant.

Benigni, DeVito, Pesci, Turturro, Pantoliano, Capone, Jimmy Durante, Vincent Pastore, maybe Jemison. Those are the only ones relevant. .0001% of Italians look like Nico Tortorella.

mony May 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm

The truth is that in Italy you can find all types of people. There are people who look like english ( even in the south) and people who look like even indian. so you can find people like Nico Tortorella even though they are not so common as in Uk for example.

andrew October 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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