Nico Tortorella

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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, and maternal grandparents, were/are of Italian descent. Nico’s paternal grandmother was of half German and half British Isles (English and Irish) ancestry.

Nico is married to fitness and lifestyle entrepreneur 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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20 Responses

  1. madman says:

    “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 –

  2. cwm85 says:

    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.

  3. Fabo says:

    Strange 75% Italian yet looks completely british

    • Capricious says:

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

      • neiltennant says:


        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

        CHERYL COLE also
        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 says:

        He certainly looks Italian in that picture!

    • Freerk says:

      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 says:

      @ fabo

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

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