Lorene Scafaria

by stlucas on December 29, 2017

Lorene Scafaria – 2016 Tribeca Film Festival – “The Meddler” U.S. Premiere – Arrivals – John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron /

Birth Name: Lorene B. Scafaria

Place of Birth: Holmdel Township, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 1, 1978

*Italian (father)
*Irish, possibly other (mother)

Lorene Scafaria is an American screenwriter, playwright, actress, singer, and film director.

Lorene is the daughter of Gail Irene Kiernan and Joseph R. Scafaria. Lorene’s father was an Italian emigrant from Gioia Tauro, Calabria, Italy, and moved to the U.S. in 1956.

Lorene’s paternal grandparents were Vincenzo Scafaria and Rosina.

Lorene’s maternal grandparents were James Kiernan and Irene. Irene was born in Canada.

Sources: Obituary of Lorene’s father –

Obituary of Lorene’s maternal grandmother, Irene Kiernan –


Danny Tamberelli

by Manila on December 9, 2017

Birth Name: Daniel Paul Tamberelli

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

Date of Birth: February 8, 1982

Ethnicity: Irish, Italian

Danny Tamberelli is an American actor, comedian, and musician.

He is the son of Sally (possibly Kelly) and Paul B. Tamberelli.

Danny’s paternal grandfather was Alfred John “Tam” Tamberelli (the son of Samuel “Sam” Tamberelli and Sophie Felicia Licata). Samuel was an Italian emigrant, from Nicastro, Catanzaro. Sophie was also an Italian emigrant.

Danny’s paternal grandmother was Ellen Noreen “Skip” Hogan (the daughter of Daniel Joseph Hogan and Mary Harnett). Daniel was of Irish descent, and was the son of Canadian emigrant Daniel J[oseph] Hogan and Mary E. Danny’s great-grandmother Mary was an Irish emigrant.

A picture of Danny’s maternal grandmother can be seen here.

Sources: Obituary of Danny’s paternal grandfather, Alfred John Tamberelli –

Danny’s paternal grandfather, Alfred John Tamberelli, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Danny’s paternal great-grandfather, Daniel Joseph Hogan, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


Joe Girardi

by bearboy on October 25, 2017

Birth Name: Joseph Elliott Girardi

Place of Birth: Peoria, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 14, 1964

Ethnicity: Italian

Joe Girardi is an American professional baseball catcher and manager. He managed the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

Joe is the son of Angela (Perino) and Jerry Girardi. He is married to Kim, with whom he has three children.

Joe’s paternal grandparents were George Edward Girardi (the son of Giovanni Sebastiano Girardi and Marietta Teresa Draperi) and Kathryn L. Beoletto. Giovanni was born in Italy. Marietta was from Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy.

Joe’s maternal grandfather was Raffaele Perino (the son of Francesco Nicola Perino and Caterina Mangiardi). Raffaele, a farmer, was from Brognaturo, Province of Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy.

Joe’s maternal grandmother was Mary Catherine Carchidi (the daughter of Giuseppe Carchidi and Raffaela Salerno). Mary Catherine, also a farmer, was also from Brognaturo.

Sources: Obituary of Joe’s father –

Obituary of Joe’s mother –

Marriage record of Joe’s maternal grandparents, Raffaele Perino and Mary Catherine Carchidi –

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Drake Doremus

by stlucas on September 12, 2017

Drake Doremus – GQ 2011 “Men of the Year” Party – Arrivals – Chateau Marmont – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Drake Depietro Doremus

Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 29, 1983

Ethnicity: Italian (maternal grandfather), English, Welsh, Scottish, German, 1/8 Swedish

Drake Doremus is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Drake is the son of Cherie Belle (Depietro) Kerr and Richard Lundin “Rick” Doremus.

Drake’s paternal grandfather was Richard H. Doremus (the son of Cornelius Richards Doremus and Margaret Ann/Anita Hand). Cornelius was the son of Abraham Fairbanks Doremus and Pauline Richards, whose mother was English. Margaret was the daughter of Hyrum Hand, who was English, and of Margaret “Maggie” Wride, whose mother was English.

Drake’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy L. Lundin (the daughter of Lester V. Lundin and Esther V. Bixler). Lester was the son of Gustaf William “Gust” Lundin, who was from Stockholm, Sweden, and of Fylena/Filina “Lena” Wolf, whose parents were German. Esther was the daughter of William O. Bixler and Bettie/Betty Olson, who was Swedish.

Drake’s maternal grandfather was Charles James Depietro (the son of Eugene James De Pietro and Frances/Francis). Eugene and Frances were Italian. Eugene was from Fagnano Castello, Calabria.

Drake’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Irene “Marge” Littlewood (the daughter of Frank Littlewood and Margaret Jane Scott). Frank was born in England, the son of George Littlewood and Sarah A. Whitty. Drake’s great-grandmother Margaret was born in Scotland, the daughter of Robert Scott and Margaret Grant.

Sources: Marriage record of Drake’s parents –

Drake’s paternal grandfather, Richard H. Doremus, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Drake’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy L. Lundin, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Drake’s maternal grandfather, Charles James Depietro, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Drake’s maternal grandfather, Charles James Depietro –

Drake’s maternal grandmother, Margaret Irene “Marge” Littlewood, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Drake’s maternal great-grandparents, Frank Littlewood and Margaret Jane Scott –

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Joe Mantello

by stlucas on August 30, 2017

Joe Mantello – “The Normal Heart” New York City Premiere – Arrivals – The Ziegfeld Theatre – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Birth Name: Joseph R. Mantello

Place of Birth: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 27, 1962

*75% Italian
*25% likely British Isles

Joe Mantello is an American actor and director.

Joe is the son of Judith Ann “Judy” and Richard David Mantello. Joe was raised Catholic.

Joe has stated:

I do [have Italian background]. My father is full Italian and my mother is half. My family is from Calabria.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was Giuseppe “Joseph” Mantello/Montello. Giuseppe was Italian.

Joe’s paternal grandmother was Lena R. Pansino (the daughter of George/Girolamo Pansino and Serafina/Sarafina Falvo). Lena was born in Illinois, to parents from Italy.

Sources: Joe’s paternal grandmother, Lena R. Pansino, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Joe’s paternal grandmother, Lena R. (Pansino) Mantello –