Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Dean Jagger

by madman on July 9, 2018

Birth Name: Ira Dean Jagger

Date of Birth: November 7, 1903

Place of Birth: Monroe, Allen, Ohio, United States

Date of Death: February 5, 1991

Place of Death: Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some German and Scottish

Dean Jagger was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Twelve O’Clock High (1949).

Dean was the son of Lillian/Lilly Lenora (Mayberry) and Albert Wilson Jagger. He was married to Etta Mae Norton, until his death. He had a daughter with his former wife, Gloria Ling.

Dean’s paternal grandfather was Wilson Naomi Jagger (the son of Elias Jagger and Mariah Conkle). Elias was the son of Silas Foster Jagger and Sarah Jagger Meeker. Mariah was the daughter of Jacob Conkle and Elizabeth Weaver.

Dean’s paternal grandmother was Eliza/Liza Jane Kidd (the daughter of Nathaniel Guy Kidd and Rhoda Jennings). Nathaniel was the son of William Kidd and Anna Kaywood.

Dean’s maternal grandfather was Mitchell H. Mayberry (the son of Wells Mayberry and Rebecca Close). Wells was the son of John Mayberry and Catharine Denerson. Rebecca was the daughter of John Close and Nancy Swalley.

Dean’s maternal grandmother was Cora Jane Leath/Leith (the daughter of Vincent Crawford Leith and Elizabeth Scott). Elizabeth was the daughter of William Scott and Jane Lippincott.

Source: Genealogy of Dean Jagger (focusing on his father’s side) –


Harold Russell

by madman on July 5, 2018

Birth Name: Harold John Avery Russell

Date of Birth: January 14, 1914

Place of Birth: North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Date of Death: January 29, 2002

Place of Death: Needham, Massachusetts, U.S.

Ethnicity: English

Harold Russell was a Canadian-American World War II veteran and actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

Harold was the son of Gertrude Mary Arlett (Croucher) and Harold John Russell. His parents were from Newfoundland. He moved with his family to Massachusetts in 1921.

Harold’s paternal grandparents were James Russell and Ethel Avery.

Harold’s maternal grandparents were John Thomas Croucher and Eliza Mary Pike. John and Eliza were English. John was born in Alton, Hampshire. Eliza was born in London.

Sources: Genealogy of Harold Russell (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Harold Russell on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Harold’s father –


James Dunn

by madman on July 5, 2018

Birth Name: James Howard Dunn

Date of Birth: November 2, 1901

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States

Date of Death: September 1, 1967

Place of Death: Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Irish

James Dunn was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1946).

James was the son of Jessie/Jessica Louise (Ardan/Archer) and Ralph Howard Dunn. He was married to Edna Rush, until his death.

James’ paternal grandparents were Alexander M. Dunn and Clara H. Peters.

James’ maternal grandparents were Charles Archer and Frances P. Stith (the daughter of William S. Suth).

Source: James Dunn on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of James’ parents –

James’ mother on the 1880 U.S. Census –


Walter Huston

by madman on June 29, 2018

Birth Name: Walter Thomas Huston

Date of Birth: April 6, 1883

Place of Birth: Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death: April 7, 1950

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

Ethnicity: Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish

Walter Huston was a Canadian actor and singer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). His son won the Academy Award for Best Director for the same film.

Walter was the son of Elizabeth (McGibbon) and Robert Moore Huston, a provincial farmer. He was married to Ninetta (Nan) Sunderland, until his death. His son, with his former wife, journalist Rhea Gore, was actor, writer, and director John Huston. Among his grandchildren are actor, writer, and assistant director Tony Huston, actress, director, and model Anjelica Huston, and actor, writer, and director Danny Huston. Among his great-grandchildren is actor Jack Huston.

His father was born in Canada, to Scots-Irish Protestant parents. His mother was of Scottish descent.

Walter’s paternal grandfather was Alexander Huston (the son of Samuel Huston and Mary Elizabeth Miller). Alexander was born in Tobermore, County Derry, Ireland. Samuel was the son of William Huston.

Walter’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Moore (the daughter of Robert Moore and Mary). Margaret was born in County Armagh, Ireland.

Walter’s maternal grandfather was Donald Dugald/Dougald McGibbon (the son of Donald Dugald McGibbon and Mary Brown). Walter’s great-grandfather Donald was the son of Duncan McGibbon.

Walter’s maternal grandmother wsa named Mary Stewart.

Sources: Genealogies of Walter Huston –


Edmond O’Brien

by madman on June 27, 2018

Birth Name: Edmond Joseph O’Brien

Date of Birth: September 10, 1915

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

Date of Death: May 8/9, 1985

Place of Death: Inglewood, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish

Edmond O’Brien was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Barefoot Contessa (1954).

Edmond was the son of Agnes (Baldwin) and James Alfred O’Brien. His parents were Irish immigrants. He had three children with his former wife, actress, dancer, and comedian Olga San Juan.

Sources: Edmond O’Brien on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Edmond O’Brien on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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