Robert Downey, Jr.

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Birth Name: Robert John Downey, Jr.

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 4, 1965

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (three eighths), as well as English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and Irish

Robert Downey, Jr. is an American actor, musician, and producer. He starred in many Hollywood films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and more recently in Good Night, and Good Luck., Zodiac, Tropic Thunder, and as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Robert is the son of actress Elsie Ann (Ford) and director, writer, and actor Robert Downey, Sr. His sister is actress Allyson Downey.

Robert’s father is of one half Lithuanian Jewish, one quarter Irish, and one quarter Hungarian Jewish, ancestry. Robert’s mother had Scottish, English, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. Robert’s father was born with the surname Elias, and later changed his surname to Downey, after his own stepfather. Robert is married to producer Susan Levin Downey; the two married in a Jewish ceremony (Susan is Jewish). The couple has two children. Robert also has a son with his former wife, singer and actress Deborah Falconer.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Robert R. Elias (the son of Yosef/Joseph W. Elias and Golda/Gussie/Augusta Goldberg). Robert’s grandfather Robert Elias was born in New York. Yosef and Golda were Jewish emigrants, from Lithuania, Yosef from Jonava and Golda from Prienai/Pren. Yosef was the son of Meyer Eliasovitz/Elias and Bealia Cohen. Golda was the daughter of Moses Chies “Morris” Goldberg and Khala/Khaia/Chala Gitel “Ida” Algaze/Algazy.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Jesse “Betty” McLoughlin/McLauchlen (the daughter of James Robert McLauchlen and Ellenore/Eleanor “Ella” Ormay). Elizabeth, who was a model, was born in New York. Robert’s great-grandfather James was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Canada, John Robert McLauchlen, from New Brunswick, and Jessie Murray, from Nova Scotia, and had Irish ancestry. Robert’s great-grandmother Ellenore was Jewish, and was born in Hungary, the daughter of Rudolph Ormay and Ilke/Ilka Helen Stern. Rudolph’s parents were Herman Ormay and Elizabeth Heiman. Ilke’s parents were Rudolf Stern and Ilke Rosisatier.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was John Webster “Eddie” Ford (the son of John Ford and Mary). Robert’s grandfather John had Scottish and English ancestry.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Fay/Faye Marguerite Schoch (the daughter of Cyrus A. Schoch and Elsie May Peightal). Faye was born in Pennsylvania. Cyrus was the son of Henry Lewis Schoch, who was from Bavaria, Germany, and of Catherine/Katherine Schucker, who was also of German origin. Elsie was the daughter of James Peightal and Sarah Ann, who were of German and Swiss-German descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Robert Downey, Jr. – https://www.geni.com

Family history of Robert’s paternal grandfather, Robert R. Elias – http://www.248ancestors.com

Robert’s paternal grandfather, Robert R. Elias, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Robert’s paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Jesse “Betty” McLoughlin/McLauchlen, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Robert’s maternal grandmother, Fay/Faye Marguerite Schoch, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Robert’s maternal great-grandfather, Cyrus A. Schoch (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Interview with Robert, mentioning his background – http://www.nytimes.com

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62 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:

    interesting

    he looks AMERICAN yes american

    those people who look like him are only found in america

    some years my sister said that AMERICANS look different from europeans and i laughed because i thought MOSTLY THEY ARE WITH EUROPEAN ROOTS

    but that is very important. in the USA people from 100+ different backgrounds live together

    a person that has irish father and italian mother is very unlikely in europe as the countries are far away

    but in the us it is possible

  2. midori29 says:

    I think he is a very good looking man. I wonder what his non-white dna is? There is some I can tell.

  3. bearboy says:

    He is more Jewish than anything else

  4. bakchoyhurl says:

    This guy…

  5. bearboy says:

    He is a great actor!

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