Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

James Coburn

by madman on January 14, 2018

James Coburn – 2002 Stella Adler Awards – Arrivals – The Highlands – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Lee Roth / RothStock / PR Photos

Birth Name: James Harrison Coburn

Date of Birth: August 31, 1928

Place of Birth: Laurel, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Death: November 18, 2002

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

*English, distant German (father)
*Swedish (mother)

James Coburn was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Affliction (1997).

James was the son of Mylet Signa (Johnson) and James Harrison Coburn. His father had English, and distant German, ancestry. His mother was born in Nebraska, to Swedish parents.

He was married to Jamaican-born actress and television host Paula Murad Coburn, until his death. He had two children with his former wife, Beverly Kelly.

James’ paternal grandfather was Daniel Dutton Coburn (the son of James Harrison Coburn and Jane M. Matthews). James’ great-grandfather James was the son of Nathaniel Coburn and Sophia Fisher. Jane was born in Ohio, to English parents, a father surnamed Matthews, and Mary Gibbs.

James’ paternal grandmother was Altha Ann Johnson (the daughter of Noah V. Johnson and Sarah Jane Mason). Noah was the son of Noah Johnson and Catharine Burkett. Sarah was the daughter of Jesse Mason and Melinda Edwards.

James’ maternal grandfather was Frans Johnsson (the son of Johannes Andersson and Brita Katarina Adolfsdotter). Frans was born in Långvattnet, Sweden. Johannes was the son of Anders Johansson and Elsa Margareta Johansdotter. Brita was the daughter of Adolf Larsson and Katarina Margareta Jonsdotter.

James’ maternal grandmother was Anna Emilia Lindström (the daughter of Johan August Lindström and Emma Gustava Persdotter). Anna was born in Tveta, Sweden.

Sources: Genealogies of James Coburn –

Genealogy of James’ paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Asa Coburn –

Genealogy of James’ paternal great-great-grandmother, Catharine Burkett –


Gig Young

by madman on January 14, 2018

Birth Name: Byron Elsworth Barr

Date of Birth: November 4, 1913

Place of Birth: St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.

Date of Death: October 19, 1978

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

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, Dutch, English, Scottish, 1/128th Huron Native Canadian

Gig Young was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969).

Gig was the son of Emma Clements (Dingman) and James Earl “John” Barr. His father was born in Iowa, to Canadian parents. His mother was born in Minnesota, also to Canadian parents. He was married to drama coach Sophie Rosenstein, until her death, and to magazine editor Kim Schmidt, until his death. He had a daughter with his former wife, real estate agent Elaine Williams.

Gig’s paternal grandparents were William E. Barr and Jane Rice.

Gig’s maternal grandfather was Solomon Howard Dingman (the son of Jacob Schuyler Dingman and Phoebe Ann Tripp). Jacob was born in Charleston, New York, the son of Peter Dingman and Margaret Gardiner, of Dutch ancestry. Phoebe was born in Canada, the daughter of Charles Tripp and Jane E. Catherine Emma Woodworth.

Gig’s maternal grandmother was Clemence Meyette Croisetiere (the daughter of Charles Croisetiere and Julie Portneuf Heneau). Clemence was born in Québec, Canada. Charles was the son of Etienne Claude Croisetiere and Marie-Catherine Barthe.

Source: Genealogy of Gig Young (focusing on his mother’s side) –


Haing S. Ngor

by madman on January 14, 2018

Birth Name: Haing Somnang Ngor

Date of Birth: March 22, 1940

Place of Birth: Samrong Yong, Cambodia

Date of Death: February 25, 1996

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Chinese, Cambodian (Khmer)

Haing S. Ngor was a Cambodian-American gynecologist, obstetrician, actor, and author. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields (1984).

Haing was said to be of Chinese and Cambodian (Khmer) descent. He was married to My-Huoy Ngor.


Joel Grey

by madman on January 10, 2018

Joel Grey – 65th Annual Tony Awards – Arrivals – Beacon Theatre – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Wild1 / PR Photos

Birth Name: Joel David Katz

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 11, 1932

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Joel Grey is an American actor, singer, dancer, and photographer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Cabaret (1972).

Joel is the son of Goldie “Grace/Grayce” (Epstein) and Mickey Katz (Meir/Meyer Myron Katz), an actor, comedian, and musician. He has two children, including actress Jennifer Grey, with his former wife, Jo Wilder.

Joel’s paternal grandfather was Menachem/Max Mandel Katz. Menachem was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Joel’s paternal grandmother was Johanna/Anna Sarah Herzberg (the daughter of Joseph/Josel Herzberg and Yetta L. Josephson). Johanna was born in Courland, Latvia. Joseph was the son of Jacob Herzberg and Tillie.

Joel’s maternal grandfather was Morris Epstein (the son of Louis Epstein and Hinda Howitz). Morris was born in Russia.

Joel’s maternal grandmother was Fanny Bordovsky/Bodofsky/Vorodosky (the daughter of Gedelia Bordovsky/Bodofsky and Buly Korloitsky). Fanny was born in Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Joel Grey –

Marriage record of Joel’s parents –


Mahershala Ali

by follers on December 12, 2016

Birth Name: Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore

Place of Birth: Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 16, 1974

Ethnicity: African-American

Mahershala Ali is an American actor and rapper. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight (2016). He is the first Muslim male to have won an acting Oscar.

He is the son of Willicia (Goines) and Phillip Fredick Gilmore. He is named after Maher-shalal-hash-baz, the second mentioned prophetic-name child in Isaiah ch.7-9.

Much of his ancestry is rooted in Texas. He was raised Christian by his mother, a minister. He later converted to Ahmadiyya Islam. He changed his surname from Gilmore to Ali. Mahershala is married to Amatus-Sami Karim, with whom he has a daughter.

When winning a 2017 Screen Actors Guild Award, Mahershala said:

My mother is an ordained minister, I’m a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, you put things to the side. And I’m able to see her, and she’s able to see me. We love each other and the love has grown. And that stuff is minutia. It’s not that important.

Mahershala’s patrilineal line can be traced back to John Gilmore, who was born, c. 1834, in North Carolina.

Mahershala’s paternal grandfather was Clarence Hugh Gilmore (the son of Payne Gilmore and Bertha V. Owens). Payne was the son of Wallace D. Gilmore and Eglon Ards Taylor. Bertha was the daughter of Moses/Mose S. Owens and Nora Alice McCoy.

Mahershala’s paternal grandmother is the daughter of Wilson Maddox and Ella Mae Johnson. Wilson was the son of Wilson Maddox and Delcia Annie/Anna. Ella was the daughter of Robert Johnson and Minnie Ella Hadnot.

Mahershala’s maternal grandfather is Willie Goines (the son of Willie Goines and Jessie Peacock).

Mahershala’s maternal grandmother was Evia Mae Smith (the daughter of Pervy Lee Smith and Gertha/Girtha Poe). Gertha was the daughter of Tony/Toney J. J. Poe and Savanah/Savannah Smith.

Source: Genealogy of Mahershala Ali –

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