John Ratzenberger

by stlucas on April 11, 2017

Birth Name: John Dezso Ratzenberger

Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 6, 1947

*Hungarian, possibly some Austrian (father)
*Polish (mother)

John Ratzenberger is an American actor, voice actor, and entrepreneur.

John is the son of Bertha Veronica (Grochowski) and Dezso Alexander Ratzenberger.

John’s paternal grandparents were Dezso/Alfred S. Ratzenberger and Elizabeth V. Toth (the daughter of Michael Toth and Anna Brodnar). Dezso was born in Hungary. Elizabeth was born in New Jersey, to parents from Hungary.

John’s maternal grandparents were Casimir Grochowski and Bronislawa Salomin.

Sources: John’s father, Dezso Alexander Ratzenberger, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of John’s father, Dezso Alexander Ratzenberger –

Obituary of John’s mother, Bertha Veronica (Grochowski) Ratzenberger-Sewack –

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Michael Landes

by madman on March 18, 2017

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: September 18, 1972

Ethnicity: Italian, Hungarian, possibly other

Michael Landes is an American actor. He is married to actress Wendy Benson-Landes, with whom he has two children.

Michael is the son of Patricia Ann, an interior decorator, and Bernard M. “Bernie” Landes, a marketing consultant.

Michael has said:

We also filmed in a town 30 minutes from Naples, which is where my grandfather is from. It’s the home of mozzarella and the cheese there tastes like nothing you’ve ever had. I love Italian food more than anything so I was in heaven.

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Carmen Dell’Orefice

by stlucas on March 15, 2017

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

Date of Birth: June 3, 1931

*Italian (father)
*Hungarian (mother)

Carmen Dell’Orefice is an American model and actress. She is sometimes credited as the longest working model in the industry.

Carmen was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of a ballerina from Hungary and a violonist from Italy.


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Robby Takac

by madman on January 24, 2017

Birth Name: Robert Carl Takac

Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York, United States

Date of Birth: September 30, 1964

Ethnicity: Hungarian (paternal grandfather), German, Irish, 1/16th Swedish

Robby Takac is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the bassist and co-vocalist of the rock band Goo Goo Dolls. Other members of the band include/have included Mike Malinin, John Rzeznik, and George Tutuska.

Robby is the son of Kathleen C. (Dietzel) and Robert Carl Takac. His ancestry includes Hungarian (from his paternal grandfather), German, Irish, and 1/16th Swedish.

Robby’s paternal grandfather was Carl/Caroll J. Takac (the son of Michael Takac and Anna). Carl was born in New York, to Hungarian parents.

Robby’s paternal grandmother was Olivia E. McNamara (the daughter of Oliver L. McNamara and Dorothea/Dorothy Carlson). Robby’s great-grandfather Oliver was the son of ? McNamara, who was born in New York, and of ? Oichirle, who was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. Dorothea was the daughter of Charles E. Carlson, who was Swedish, and of Augusta Baum, who was German.

Robby’s maternal grandfather was William Joseph Dietzel (the son of William Joseph Dietzel and Christina E. Doll). Robby’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Dietzel and Josephine, who were both born in New York, to German parents. Christina’s father was a German immigrant.

Robby’s maternal grandmother was Margaret E. Caulfield (the daughter of Dennis J. Caulfield and Mary Ellen Higgins). Dennis was Irish. Robby’s great-grandmother Mary Ellen was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Sources: Robby’s paternal grandfather, Carl/Caroll J. Takac, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Robby’s paternal grandfather, Carl/Caroll J. Takac –

Robby’s paternal grandmother, Olivia E. McNamara, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Robby’s maternal grandfather, William Joseph Dietzel, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Robby’s maternal great-grandfather, William Joseph Dietzel, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Robby’s maternal grandmother, Margaret E. Caulfield, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Robby’s maternal grandmother, Margaret E. Caulfield –

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Kerry Katona

by madman on January 5, 2017

Birth Name: Kerry Jayne Elizabeth Katona

Place of Birth: Warrington, Lancashire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: September 6, 1980

Ethnicity: Hungarian (maternal grandfather), English, Irish, possibly other

Kerry Katona is a British singer, model, television personality, writer, and presenter. She is part of the group Atomic Kitten. Kerry was previously married to Irish singer, songwriter, and television presenter Brian McFadden, with whom she has two children.

Kerry’s mother is Susan I. “Sue” Katona. Her mother had an affair with Kerry’s biological father, Ron Armstrong, who was married and had children, and raised Kerry by herself. During Kerry’s childhood, her mother was seeing a man who Kerry called “Dad”, whom her mother eventually left for the man’s father, who Kerry had called “Grandad”, and whom her mother married.

Kerry’s mother was born to a Hungarian father, who had escaped Budapest during the war, and an English prostitute. She was raised by her “Nanna Betty”, to whom she had no biological relation. When she was fourteen years old, her father met Nanna Betty, and the two married and had children.

Kerry’s biological father’s surname, “Armstrong”, is often Scottish/Northern Irish.

Kerry’s biological maternal grandmother’s surname was “Grady”, which is usually Irish. She was from Manchester, England.

Sources: Family background of Kerry Katona –

Information about Kerry’s biological father –

Birth record of Kerry’s mother –

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