Birth Name: Tadanobu Satō
Place of Birth: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Date of Birth: November 27, 1973
Tadanobu Asano is a Japanese actor. His stage surname is derived from his mother, Junko (Asano). His father, Yukihisa Satō, is an artist. He was married to singer Chara.
Tadanobu’s maternal grandparents were Willard Nelson Overing (the son of Jacob “Jake” Overing and Ella Belle Severson) and Ichiko Asano. Tadanobu’s grandfather Willard was a United States Army personnel, of Dutch, Norwegian, French-Canadian, English, and Scottish descent. Tadanobu’s grandmother Ichiko was Japanese. Tadanobu’s great-grandfather Jacob was the son of Dutch immigrants, Johannes “John” Oevering and Baukje “Bertha” Wijnia Wijnsma, both of het Bildt, Friesland. Tadanobu’s great-grandmother Ella Belle was the daughter of Norwegian immigrant Ole Severson, and of Amy Amanda Besaw. Tadanobu’s great-great-grandmother Amy was American, and was the daughter of French-Canadian immigrant Nelson Besaw (possibly born Besau), and of Mary Ellen Hesselgrave, whose own father, Edward Hesselgrave, was an English immigrant, from York, and whose own mother, Elizabeth “Betsy” Boyd, was a Scottish immigrant, from Longforgan, Perth and Kinross.
Sources: Death record of Tadanobu’s maternal great-grandfather, Jacob Overing – https://familysearch.org
Birth record of Tadanobu’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Johannes Oevering – https://www.openarch.nl
Birth record of Tadanobu’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Baukje Wijnia Wijnsma – https://www.openarch.nl
Birth record of Tadanobu’s maternal great-grandmother, Ella Belle Severson – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Tadanobu’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Amy Amanda (Besaw) Loitz (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com
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