Michael Park

by stlucas on April 1, 2018

Michael Park – 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards Official Pre-Party – Arrivals – miX Lounge at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – 0 – Photo Credit: PRN / PR Photos

Birth Name: Michael Frank Park

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

Date of Birth: July 20, 1968

*English, possibly other (father)
*Italian, possibly Arbëreshe (mother)

Michael Park is an American actor.

Michael is the son of Rosemary (Cutri) and George A. Park, Jr. He is married to Laurie Nowak, with whom he has three children.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was George A. Park, Sr. (the son of James W. Park and Bertha E. Cooper).

Michael’s paternal grandmother was named Ruth Kathryn Carey.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Frank A. Cutri, Jr. (the son of Frank Cutri, Sr. and Angeline Nicotera). Michael’s great-grandfather Frank was born in San Procopio, Calabria, Italy, the son of Rosario Cutri and Domenica Vinci. Angeline was born in Zangarona, Nicastro (now in Lamezia Terme, Calabria, Italy), the daughter of Antonio Nicotera and Caterina Cresia.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Felicia DeRosa (the daughter of Nicholas DeRosa and Rose M. Cesta). Felicia was born in New York, to Italian parents.

Sources: Obituary of Michael’s father –

Genealogy of Michael’s maternal grandfather, Frank A. Cutri, Jr. –

Obituary of Michael’s maternal grandfather, Frank A. Cutri, Jr. –

Obituary of Michael’s maternal grandmother, Felicia (DeRosa) Cutri –

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Tom Perrotta

by stlucas on May 23, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas R. Perrotta

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 13, 1961

*Italian (father)
*Arbëreshë/Albanian (mother)

Tom Perrotta is an American novelist and screenwriter.

Tom’s father was an Italian immigrant. Tom’s mother was an Albanian-Italian (Arbëreshë).

Tom’s paternal grandparents were from Avellino, in the region of Campania, Italy.

Tom has said:

My paternal grandparents were Italian immigrants from a village near Avellino. I grew up hearing them and my dad talk Italian. My mother’s relatives were Albanians, but they, too, lived in Italy before emigrating to the States. I haven’t spent a lot of time in Italy but I feel a strong attachment to the country through my ancestors, so I hope I can spend more time there in the future.


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Cecilia Bolocco

by madman on February 12, 2017

Birth Name: Cecilia Carolina Bolocco Fonck

Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile

Date of Birth: May 19, 1965

*Arbëreshë/Albanian, Chilean [Spanish, Basque, Indigenous, distant Portuguese], Italian, 1/32 English (father)
*German (mother)

Cecilia Bolocco is a Chilean actress, television host, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Chile 1987 and Miss Universe 1987.

Cecilia is the daughter of Rose Marie Fonck Assler and Enzo Bolocco Cintolesi, a businessperson. Her sister is journalist Diana Bolocco. Cecilia is married to politician, and former President of Argentina, Carlos Menem, with whom she has a son.

Cecilia’s paternal grandfather was Víctor Bolocco Olave (the son of Carlos Bolocco Pasquini and Lucinda Olave Triday). Carlos was born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy, and was said to be of Arbëreshë (Albanian) descent. Lucinda was the daughter of José Antonio Olave Ramírez and Juana Triday Moreno.

Cecilia’s paternal grandmother was Emilia Cintolesi Echenique (the daughter of Emilio Cintolesi and Blanca Echenique).

Source: Genealogy of Cecilia Bolocco (focusing on her father’s side) –


Alia Shawkat

by follers on April 23, 2014

Alia Shawkat at the "Arrested Development" Los Angeles Premiere,

Birth Name: Alia Martine Shawkat

Place of Birth: Riverside, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 18, 1989

*50% Iraqi
*25% Norwegian
*12.5% Irish
*12.5% Sicilian/Italian [including likely Arbëreshë]

Alia Shawkat is an American actress and artist.

Her father was born in Baghdad, Iraq. Her mother is of one quarter Irish, one quarter Sicilian/Italian (including likely Arbëreshë), and one half Norwegian, ancestry.

Alia’s father is sometimes described as being of Kurdish background. It is not clear if this is accurate. In this video interview, Alia describes her father simply as being of Arab descent.

Alia’s maternal grandfather was Paul Burke, an actor (Paul Raymond Burke, the son of Martin Joseph Burke and Santa Maria Palermo). Paul was born in Louisiana. Martin was the son of Martin Patrick Burke and Mary Julia Finnerty, who were Irish, from Galway. Santa was the daughter of Italian parents, Paolo/Paul Proietto Palermo and Nicolina Liuzza. Paolo was from Santa Cristina Gela (Arbëresh: Sëndahstina), an Arbëreshë village in the province of Palermo in Sicily.

Alia’s maternal grandmother was Alice Louise “Peggy” Wikan (the daughter of John Andreas/Andrew Ovesen Wikan and Fredricka/Fredrikke Marie “Freda” Fredriksdatter Hellesfiord). Alice was born in Wisconsin, to Norwegian parents. John was born in Vikan, Smøla, Møre og Romsdal, the son of Ove Ovesen Næbb/Wikan and Elen Andreasdatter Nelvik. Fredricka was born in Hellesfjord, Smøla, Møre og Romsdal, Edøy, the daughter of Fredrik Jakobsen Rosvoll and Marie Gurine Johansdatter Gjøstøl.

Sources: Genealogy of Alia Shawkat (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy and obituary of Alia’s maternal grandfather, Paul Burke –

Marriage record of Alia’s maternal great-grandparents, Martin Joseph Burke and Santa Maria Palermo –

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Nancy Dow

by ethnic on May 1, 2010

Date of Birth: July 22, 1936

Place of Birth: Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Death: May 25, 2016

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

Ethnicity: Italian-Arbëreshë/Albanian (maternal grandfather), Scottish, English, possibly Irish

Nancy Dow was an American actress.

Nancy was the daughter of Louise Mae (Grieco) and Gordon McLean Dow. She had a son, assistant director and second-unit director John T. Melick III, with her former husband, bandleader and pianist Jack Melick; and a daughter, actress Jennifer Aniston, with her former husband, Greek-born actor John Aniston.

Nancy was of one quarter Italian-Arbëreshë/Albanian, as well as of Scottish, and some English, descent. On Inside the Actors Studio (2011), Nancy’s daughter Jennifer stated that Nancy also had Irish, as well as “a little splash of Greek”, ancestry; it is not clear where on Nancy’s family tree Greek ancestry came from.

Nancy’s paternal grandfather was Francis Dow (the son of James Dow and Katherine/Catherine Stewart). Francis was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. James was a Scottish immigrant. Katherine was of Scottish descent, the daughter of Duncan Stewart and Catherine McIntosh.

Nancy’s paternal grandmother was Ellen Sarah McLean (the daughter of Neil McLean and Mary Henderson). Ellen was born in St. Francis, Maine. Neil was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Neil/Neal McLean and Jane Bran Scott. Mary was born in Maine, the daughter of John Henderson, who was Scottish, from Inverness, and of Sarah Ann Diamond, who was born in Campbelltown, New Brunswick, to American parents, who were descended from English immigrants of the Colonial American period.

Nancy’s maternal grandfather was Louis Grieco. In U.S. Censuses, Louis Grieco lists himself as having been born in either Italy or New York; on the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Censuses, Louis states that his parents were born in Albania and spoke Albanian. Nancy wrote in her book, From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir, that Louis was born in Mèlito, Italy. It is likely that his family was from the Arbëreshë community (ethnic Albanians who lived in Italy).

Nancy’s maternal grandmother was Mae Dunbar. Mae was born in Pennsylvania, to parents who were also born in Pennsylvania. It is unclear what her ancestry was. The surname Dunbar is usually found in Scotland and England.

Sources: Family history of Nancy Dow –

Nancy Dow on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Nancy’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Nancy’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Nancy’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Nancy Dow (incorrectly identifies Nancy’s maternal grandparents as Michael Grieco and Carmela Pecoraro) –

Family tree of Nancy, through her daughter, Jennifer Aniston (incorrectly identifies Nancy’s maternal grandparents as Michael Grieco and Carmela Pecoraro) –