James Gunn

by follers on July 23, 2018

James Gunn – “Guardians of the Galaxy” European Premiere – Arrivals – Empire, Leicester Square – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: James Francis Gunn, Jr.

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 5, 1966

Ethnicity: Irish, Bohemian/Czech, English, German

James Gunn is an American filmmaker, actor, novelist, and musician.

He is the son of Leota and James Francis Gunn. Among his siblings are screenwriter Brian Gunn, actor and political writer Matt Gunn, actor Sean Gunn, and producer and film executive Patrick Gunn.

James’s paternal grandfather was Donald Joseph Gunn (the son of Joseph Francis Gunn and Jessie Allen). Donald was born in Missouri, and was President of the Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis, for the span of nine years. Joseph was the son of Peter Wilson Gilgunn/Gunn, who was Irish, and of Catherine Ludlum. Jessie was the daughter of Joseph Allen and Kate M. McAllister.

James’s paternal grandmother was Loretto Agnes Hennelly (the daughter of James J. Hennelly and Catherine/Katherine A.). Loretto was born in Missouri. James was Irish. Catherine was born in England, of Irish descent.

James’s maternal grandfather was Charles M. “Duke” Hynek (the son of Charles William Hynek and Anna B. Sladek). James’s grandfather Charles was born in Missouri, the grandson of three Bohemian Czech immigrants. Anna was the daughter of Charles Albert Sladek and Barbara Gahn.

James’s maternal grandmother was Helen Irene Seng (the daughter of George Killian Seng and Elizabeth Grace Phillips). Helen was born in Missouri. George was the son of George K. Seng and Francis Fais. Elizabeth was the daughter of George W. Phillips and Lulu J. Freeman.

Sources: James’s paternal grandfather, Donald Joseph Gunn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

James’s paternal grandmother, Loretto Agnes Hennelly, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of James’s maternal grandfather, Charles M. “Duke” Hynek –

James’s maternal grandmother, Helen Irene Seng, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Richard Krajicek

by andrew on July 19, 2018

Birth Name: Richard Peter Stanislav Krajíček

Place of Birth: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Date of Birth: 6 December, 1971

Ethnicity: Czech

Richard Krajicek is a Dutch professional tennis player and politician. In 1996, he won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, the only Dutch player to have done so.

Richard was born in Rotterdam, to Czech parents, Ludmila and Petr Krajíček. He is married to model, host, and writer Daphne Deckers, with whom he has two children.

He stands at 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in).

Photo by Olga Besnard/

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Brie Gabrielle

by stlucas on July 3, 2018

Brie Gabrielle – Miss California USA 2012 Pageant Show – McCallum Theatre – Palm Desert, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Glenn Francis / PR Photos

Birth Name: Briegitte Marie Gabrielle Baldrica

Place of Birth: West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 4, 1990

Ethnicity: Italian, French-Canadian, English, Irish, Czech

Brie Gabrielle is an American actress, television host, model, and beauty pageant titleholder. Brie was crowned Miss Florida USA 2016.

Brie is the daughter of Lori Joan (Gabrielle) and Robert “Bob” Baldrica.

Brie’s paternal grandfather was Mervin Robert “Bob” Baldrica (the son of Robert Joseph Baldrica and Mary Frankovic). Mervin was born in Michigan. Brie’s great-grandfather Robert was born in Michigan, to Italian parents, Natale Baldrica and Letizia/Lettza Tomassoni. Mary was born in Michigan, to parents from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Louis G. Frankovic, from Igló-Hutta, Szepes, Hungary (now Novaveská Huta, Slovakia), and Anna M. “Annie” Skruvani/Scruvani, from Budapest, Hungary. They were listed as Czech speakers on the 1920 U.S. Census.

Brie’s paternal grandmother was Carmen E. Bashaw (the daughter of George A. Bashaw and Clara Brisson). Carmen was born in Michigan. George was born in Michigan, the son of Thomas Bashaw and Margaret “Maggie” Slater. Clara was born in Michigan, the daughter of William “Willy” Brisson/Brission, whose parents were from Québec, Canada, and of Senaide/Celaide Beaudries, who was from Québec.

Brie’s maternal grandfather was Joseph R. Gabrielle (the son of Fiore Gabrielle and Mary). Joseph was born in Rhode Island. Fiore was born in Rhode Island, to Italian parents, Joseph Gabrielle and Annie. Mary was born in Italy.

Brie’s maternal grandmother is Evelyn Lash (the daughter of William Francis Lash and Alice M.). Evelyn was born in Massachusetts. William was born in Massachusetts, the son of Patrick Lash, who was from Newfoundland, Canada, and of Mary Ann Powers. Alice was born in Massachusetts.

Sources: Obituary of Brie’s paternal grandfather, Mervin Robert “Bob” Baldrica –

Obituary of Brie’s paternal grandmother, Carmen E. (Bashaw) Baldrica –

Obituary of Brie’s maternal grandfather, Joseph R. Gabrielle –

Obituary of Brie’s maternal great-grandmother, Alice M. Lash Lajoie –

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Shawn Christian

by stlucas on June 18, 2018

Shawn Christian – 9th Annual Indie Series Awards – Arrivals – The Colony Theatre Company, 555 N 3rd Street – Burbank, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Photography by E /

Birth Name: Shawn Patrick Christian

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 18, 1965

Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, 1/8th Czech, 1/8th Danish

Shawn Christian is an American actor.

Shawn is the son of Lynn Kay (Howe) and Raymond P. “Ray” Christian.

Shawn has stated:

I’m Scandinavian, Irish and a little German. My mom is Scandinavian, with blue eyes and blonde hair. My dad is dark with jet black hair. Maybe I need to do to find out if there is anything else in me.

Shawn’s paternal grandfather was Leonard L. Christian (the son of Bert Leroy “Roy” Christian and Mabel Lyon/Lion). Bert was the son of Almarin/Almerion/Almarine D. Christian and Pluma E. Emmons/Emens. Mabel was the daughter of William Lyon and Lillian Trowbridge.

Shawn’s paternal grandmother was Alice Catherine Wacha (the daughter of Joseph Wacha and Catherine Ida Carten). Joseph was the son of Czech parents, Ignatius Henry Wacha and Barbara Marik. Catherine was born in Ontario, Canada, the daughter of John Patrick Carten, who was Irish, and of Catherine Stone, who was Canadian.

Shawn’s maternal grandfather was John Wycliffe Howe (the son of Maud). John was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Shawn’s maternal grandmother was June V. Stockholm (the daughter of Andrew Stockholm and Emma C. Burkle). Andrew was the son of Danish parents, Nicholas Stockholm and Gensine Senna/Sena/Siena Holmes. Emma was the daughter of German parents, Charles Burkle and Katharina Friederika Held.

Sources: Obituary of Shawn’s father –

Obituary of Shawn’s paternal grandmother, Alice Catherine (Wacha) Christian –

Obituary of Shawn’s aunt (mother’s sister), Sandee Lynn (Howe) Flory –

Obituary of Shawn’s maternal grandfather, John Howe –

Obituary of Shawn’s maternal grandmother, June V. (Stockholm) Howe –


Michael Polish

by stlucas on June 7, 2018

Michael Polish, Kate Bosworth – Warner Bros. Pictures “Tomb Raider” U. S. Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Birth Name: Michael J. Polish

Place of Birth: El Centro, Imperial, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 30, 1970

*Croatian (paternal grandfather)
*English, German, Czech (paternal grandmother)
*Mexican (mother)

Michael Polish is an American screenwriter and film producer. Michael and his twin brother Mark Polish are informally known as the Polish brothers filmmaking team.

Michael is the son of Adriana (Araiza) and Delbert Mathew Polish. Michael’s father is from Montana, and has Croatian, English, German, and one eighth Czech, ancestry. Michael’s mother is of Mexican descent, and was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

Michael is married to actress Kate Bosworth.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Matthew Thomas “Matt” Polish (the son of Mathias/Matthew Polish and Agathia/Agnes “Aggie” Tadevech/Todovich). Michael’s grandfather Matthew was born in Montana. Mathias was born in Agram, Austria (now Zagreb, Croatia), the son of Joseph Polish and Mary Thomanovich. Agathia was also born in Croatia. Mathias and Agathia were listed as Croatian speakers on the 1920 U.S. Census.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Iva May G. Bourn (the daughter of William M. Bourn and Nettie Malinda Stepanek). Iva was born in Nebraska. William was the son of Joseph Mortimer Bourn and Elizabeth Buffington. Nettie was the daughter of Joseph Stepanek, who was from Bohemia, and of Anna Emma Statzer, whose parents were German.

Sources: Birth record of Michael Polish –

Marriage record of Michael’s parents –

Michael’s paternal grandfather, Matthew Thomas “Matt” Polish, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandmother, Iva May G. (Bourn) Polish Digiovanni –

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