Roger Guenveur Smith

Roger Guenveur Smith – “The Birth of a Nation” Los Angeles Premiere – Inside Arrivals – ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome, 6360 Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Place of Birth: Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 27, 1955

Ethnicity: African-American

Roger Guenveur Smith is an American actor, director, and writer.

Roger is the son of Helen (Guenveur), a dentist, and Sherman Smith, a judge. His parents were both black.

Roger’s paternal grandparents were named Frank L. Smith and Lula J. Frank was born in Virginia. Lula was born in North Carolina.

Roger’s maternal grandfather was Edward Leon Guenveur/Guonereau (the son of Joseph Paul Guenveur/Guonereau and Eugenia Florence Whiting). Edward was born in South Carolina. Joseph was the son of Ulysses/Ullyses Guenveur/Guonereau. Eugenia was the daughter of Edward Whiting and Margaret Felder.

Roger’s maternal grandmother was Lauretta Bell Goodall (the daughter of Emma L. Bell). Lauretta was born in South Carolina. Emma was the daughter of William C. Bell and Maria Bolds.

Sources: Roger’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Roger’s mother on the 1930 U.S. census –

Genealogy of Roger’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) (through her sister, Dr. Florence Guenveur Streat) –

Roger’s maternal grandfather, Edward Leon Guenveur/Guonereau, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Roger’s maternal grandfather, Edward Leon Guenveur/Guonereau –

Death record of Roger’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Paul Guenveur/Guonereau –

Roger’s maternal grandmother, Lauretta Bell Goodall, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Roger’s maternal great-grandmother, Emma L. Bell –

10 Responses

  1. fuzzybear44 says:

    a little underrated as an actor

  2. bablah says:

    The white Guenveur family in Charleston is of Acadian descent. They came to Charleston from Haiti, so it’s possible he has Haitian or Acadian ancestors, but I couldn’t trace his family any further.

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