Daniel Samonas

by stlucas on November 13, 2017

Birth Name: Daniel Nicholas Patrick Samonas

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: March 7, 1990

*Greek (father)
*Irish, English (mother)

Daniel Samonas is a Canadian-born American actor.

Daniel was the son of Dianne Marie (Manning) and Christopher “Chris” Samonas. Daniel was raised in Canada and Florida, U.S.

Daniel’s maternal grandparents were Christopher Philip Manning and Mary Beth Keenan (the daughter of Francis Henry Keenan and Margaret Lillian Kelly).

Source: Genealogy of Daniel Samonas (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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Nick Cassavetes

by stlucas on October 21, 2017

Birth Name: Nicholas David Rowland Cassavetes

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

Date of Birth: May 21, 1959

*Greek (father)
*English, Welsh (mother)

Nick Cassavetes is an American filmmaker and actor.

Nick is the son of actress Gena Rowlands and actor/film director John Cassavetes. Nick’s father was of Greek ancestry. Nick’s mother has English and Welsh roots. Nick is married to actress Heather Wahlquist. He has two children with his former wife, Isabelle Rafalovich.

Nick’s paternal grandfather was Nicholas John Cassavetes, originally Ιωάννης Νικόλαος Κασσαβέτης (the son of John Cassavetes and Haide Pappas). Nicholas was born in Larissa, Thessaly, Greece.

Nick’s paternal grandmother was Katherine “Kate” Demetri/Demetre (the daughter of Nicholas Demetre and Calliopi Papalexandro/Alexander). Katherine was born in New York, to parents from Turkey and Greece, who were of Greek ancestry.

Nick’s maternal grandfather was Edwin Myrwyn Rowlands (the son of David Morris Rowlands and Emma Davies). David was the son of Welsh parents, Morris J. Rowlands and Catherine Owens. Emma was the daughter of Edwin Davies, who was Welsh, and of Jane Ann Hughes, whose parents were Welsh.

Nick’s maternal grandmother was actress Lady Rowlands, who was born Mary Allen Neal (the daughter of William Joel Neal and Tennessee Virginia Hickey). William was the son of Younger Neal and Martha Thomas Dyer. Tennessee was the daughter of Charles Midland Hickey and Saphronia “Froney” Wright.

Sources: Genealogy of Nick Cassevetes (focusing on his father’s side) –

Birth record of Nick’s paternal grandmother, Katherine “Kate” Demetri/Demetre –

Marriage record of Nick’s paternal grandparents, Edwin Myrwyn Rowlands and Mary Allen Neal –

Nick’s maternal grandfather, Edwin Myrwyn Rowlands, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Nick’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Jane Ann Hughes –

Genealogy of Nick’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Charles Midland Hickey –

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Peter Cambor

by stlucas on October 19, 2017

Birth Name: Peter Alexandes/Alexander Cambor

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 28, 1978

Ethnicity: Greek (paternal grandfather), English, Irish, German

Peter Cambor is an American film and television actor.

Peter is the son of Kathleen Ann (McHugh) and Charles Glenn Cambor.

Peter’s paternal grandfather was Louis V. Cambor. Louis was born in either Turkey or Greece, and was of Greek descent.

Peter’s paternal grandmother is Lillian Bartholomew (the daughter of Charles H. Bartholomew and Mary O./B.). Mary O./B. was born in Germany.

Peter’s maternal grandfather was Michael Anthony McHugh (the son of James McHugh and Catherine Coyle). Michael was born in Ireland, to Irish parents.

Peter’s maternal grandmother was Catherine R. Schuler (the daughter of Maximilian Joseph “Max” Schuler and Catherine/Kathryn Nebel). Maximilian was the son of German parents. Peter’s great-grandmother Catherine was also the daughter of German parents, John Nebel and Katherine.

Sources: Birth record of Peter Cambor –

Marriage record of Peter’s parents –

Peter’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Peter’s paternal grandparents, Louis V. Cambor and Lillian Bartholomew –

Marriage record of Peter’s maternal grandparents, Michael Anthony McHugh and Catherine R. Schuler –

Obituary of Peter’s maternal grandmother, Catherine R. (Schuler) McHugh –

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Constantine Maroulis

by stlucas on September 27, 2017

Birth Name: Constantine James Maroulis

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

Date of Birth: September 17, 1975

Ethnicity: Greek

Constantine Maroulis is an American actor and rock singer.

Constantine is the son of Constance P. (Economos) and James Constantine Maroulis. Constantine’s parents are first-generation Americans, of Greek descent, Constantine’s brother is actor/record producer Athan Maroulis, and they were raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

Constantine’s paternal grandparents were Greek.

Constantine’s maternal grandparents were William Economos and Catherine. William and Catherine were born in Greece.

Sources: Constantine’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Constantine’s parents –

Obituary of Constantine’s father –

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Casey Nicholaw

by stlucas on September 27, 2017

Casey Nicholaw – “All About Me” Broadway Show Opening Night – Arrivals – Henry Miller’s Theatre, 124 West 43rd Street – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Birth Name: Casey A. Nicholaw

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 6, 1962

Ethnicity: Greek

Casey Nicholaw is an American theatre director, choreographer, and performer. Casey’s uncle (father’s brother) was radio executive/chairman George Nicholaw.

Casey is the son of Katherin M. “Kay” (Vellias) and Andy Chriss Nicholaw/Nickolaw. Casey’s parents have Greek ancestry. Casey was raised in San Diego, California.

Casey’s paternal grandfather was Gus S. Nicholaw/Nickolaw. Gus was born in Greece, to Greek parents.

Casey’s paternal grandmother was Anna Melissa. Anna was born in Turkey, to Turkish parents, who were likely of Greek descent.

Casey’s maternal grandparents were Theo D. Vellias and Phani/Fanny. Theo was born in Malandrino, near Delphi, Greece. Phani was from Athens, Greece.


Birth record of Casey Nicholaw –

Birth record of Casey’s father –

Casey’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Casey’s uncle (father’s brother), George Nicholaw –

Marriage record of Casey’s parents –

Casey’s maternal grandparents on the 1940 U.S Census –