Academy Award for Best Actor

Wallace Beery

by madman on August 9, 2016

Birth Name: Wallace Fitzgerald Beery

Date of Birth: April 1, 1885

Place of Birth: Clay County, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: April 15, 1949

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: German, English, Irish, Scottish, Swiss-German

Wallace Beery was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Champ (1931), tying with Fredric March for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931).

Wallace was the son of Frances Margaret (Fitzgerald) and Noah Webster Beery. He had a daughter, who was adopted, with his former wife, actress Rita Gilman.

Wallace’s paternal grandfather was Peter Seitz Beery (the son of Nicholas Beery and Mary Seitz). Peter was born in Ohio. Nicholas was the son of John Beery and Margaret Shaver. Mary was the daughter of Peter Seitz and Catherine Saufley.

Wallace’s paternal grandmother was named Susannah Snider. Susanna was born in Ohio.

Wallace’s maternal grandfather was William James Fitzgerald (the son of Theodrick Fitzgerald and Frances Margaret Kirkpatrick). William was born in Kentucky. Theodrick was the son of Isham Fitzgerald and Lucy Webb. Frances was the daughter of Elijah Kirkpatrick and Elizabeth Betsey Gee.

Wallace’s maternal grandmother was Martha Smither (the daughter of Benjamin H. Smither and Margaret Endicott). Martha was born in Missouri.

Sources: Genealogies of Wallace Beery –


Warner Baxter

by madman on August 9, 2016

Birth Name: Warner Leroy Baxter

Date of Birth: March 29, 1889

Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Date of Death: May 7, 1951

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, United States

Ethnicity: English, remote Scottish

Warner Baxter was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for In Old Arizona (1928).

He was the son of Jane “Jennie” (Barrett) and Edwin F. Baxter.

Warner’s paternal grandparents were William Edwin Baxter (the son of Abraham Couch Baxter and Amanda Abbott) and Mary Caroline Miller.

Warner’s maternal grandparents were LeRoy W. Barrett (the son of William Barrett and Alvira Hadley) and Harriett A. Snyder (the daughter of Thomas J. Snyder/Snider and Eliza Gordon).

Sources: Genealogies of Warner Baxter (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Warner Baxter (focusing on his mother’s side) –


Ronald Colman

by madman on August 9, 2016

Birth Name: Ronald Charles Colman

Date of Birth: February 9, 1891

Place of Birth: Richmond, Surrey, England

Date of Death: May 19, 1958

Place of Death: Santa Barbara, California, United States

Ethnicity: English, Scottish

Ronald Colman was an English actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for A Double Life (1947).

Ronald was the son of Marjory Read (Fraser) and Charles Colman. His father was English. His mother was born in Singapore, to Scottish parents.

Ronald’s paternal grandparents were Frederick Charles Colman (the son of Joseph Colman and Susannah Hart) and Susannah Bonner (the daughter of James Bonner and Mary Williams).

Ronald’s maternal grandparents were James or Lewis Fraser (the son of Lewis Fraser) and Sophia Cumming (the daughter of John Cumming and Sophia Bennerman). Ronald’s grandfather Lewis was Scottish. Ronald’s grandmother Sophia was born in Moray, Scotland.

Source: Genealogy of Ronald Colman –


Paul Scofield

by madman on August 8, 2016

Birth Name: David Paul Scofield

Date of Birth: January 21, 1922

Place of Birth: Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England (according to birth record)

Date of Death: March 19, 2008

Place of Death: Balcombe, West Sussex, England

Ethnicity: English

Paul Scofield was an English actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for A Man for All Seasons (1966).

Paul is the son of Mary (Wild) and Edward Harry Scofield. His father was a headmaster of the Hurstpierpoint Church of England School, and his mother was a Roman Catholic. Paul was baptized Catholic. He expressed a “lack of direction in spiritual matters”, and felt divided between his parents’ faiths growing up.

Paul’s maternal grandparents were John Wild (the son of Robert Wild and Mary Ann Tigh) and Elizabeth Mathilde Roberts (the daughter of Alexander Roberts and Elizabeth Yates).



Cliff Robertson

by madman on August 8, 2016

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Birth Name: Clifford Parker Robertson III

Date of Birth: September 9, 1923

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: September 10, 2011

Place of Death: Stony Brook, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, and German

Cliff Robertson was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Charly (1968). He played President John F. Kennedy in the film PT 109 (1963).

Cliff was the son of Audrey Olga (Willingham) and Clifford Parker Robertson. He had a daughter with his former wife, actress Cynthia Stone, and a daughter with his former wife, actress Dina Merrill.

Cliff’s patrilineal lineage can be traced back to his fifth great-grandfather, William Robertson, who was born, in 1728, in Elgin, Moray, Scotland.

Cliff’s paternal grandfather was Clifford Parker Robertson (the son of Richard Parker “Dick” Robertson and Mary “Mollie” Benge). Richard was the son of Andrew Briggs Robertson and Rachel Jewell. Mary was the daughter of Thomas Obediah Benge and Josephine Patterson.

Cliff’s paternal grandmother was Edna Fielding (the daughter of Harry Fielding and Delia). Harry was English.

Cliff’s maternal grandfather was Almoth Olie “A.O.” Willingham (the son of Collen/Collon Needham Willingham and Martha Alenza Kilgore/Kilgroe). Collen/Collon was the son of William Willingham and Rebecca Wooten. Martha was the daughter of Solomon Kilgore/Kilgroe and Susanna Johnston.

Cliff’s maternal grandmother was Mary Eleanor “Lena” Sawyer (the daughter of James Henry Sawyer and Eliza Jane Florence). James was the son of William E. Sawyer and Eliza J. Curry. Eliza was the daughter of David Florence and Julia Ann Amanda McAffee.

Sources: Genealogies of Cliff Robertson –

Genealogy of Cliff’s maternal grandfather, Almoth Olie Willingham –

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