Mike Tirico

by follers on February 13, 2018

Mike Tirico – 2017 Summer TCA Tour – Day 10 – NBC Press Tour – Arrivals – The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: /

Birth Name: Michael Todd Tirico

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

Date of Birth: December 13, 1966

Ethnicity: Italian, possibly other

Mike Tirico is an American sportscaster.

He is the son of Maria (Fiordalisi) and Donald Tirico, who married in 1965. He is married to Debbie, with whom he has two children.

Mike’s mother is of entirely Italian descent. His father also has an Italian surname.

Michael has said that as far as he knows, he is white. In 1991, he stated:

When people go around and say, ‘You are black’ – well, I don’t encourage it, but by the same token I don’t back off of it… If you want to call me that, that’s fine. But, you know, in my whole family, there’s nobody I know who is black.

In 1997, he added:

I can’t give you, ‘I’m one-eighth this, I’m one-eighth that, I’m one-quarter this,’ the way Tiger Woods can…

Mike’s maternal grandfather was Anthony Joseph Fiordalisi (the son of Frank G./S./F. Fiordalisi and Margaret Maresca). Anthony was born in New York, to Italian parents, from Calabria, with his father being from Cosenza.

Mike’s maternal grandmother was Antoinette Mary/Maria Malizia (the daughter of Vincenzo/Vincent Malizia and Maria/Mary Antonia Fiordalisi). Antoinette was born in New York, to Italian parents. Vincenzo was from Settefrati, Frosinone, Lazio.

Source: Mike’s maternal grandfather, Anthony Joseph Fiordalisi, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Mike’s maternal great-grandparents, Frank G./S./F. Fiordalisi and Margaret Maresca, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Mike’s maternal grandmother, Antoinette Mary/Maria Malizia, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Adamo Ruggiero

by stlucas on February 4, 2018

Adamo Ruggiero – 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards – Red Carpet – Kodak Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: – False – – Photo Credit: Glenn Harris / PR Photos

Birth Name: Adamo Angelo Ruggiero

Place of Birth: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: June 9, 1986

Ethnicity: Italian

Adamo Ruggiero is a Canadian actor.

Adamo is the son of Amalia and Tony Ruggiero. His father was born in Coreno Ausonio, province of Frosinone, Lazio region, Italy. Adamo has a brother, Adriano.



Michael Graziadei

by stlucas on December 20, 2017

Birth Name: Michael A. Graziadei

Place of Birth: Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Date of Birth: September 22, 1979

*Italian, distant Swiss (father)
*Lithuanian (mother)

Michael Graziadei is an American actor.

Michael was born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, the son of American parents, Helene Ruth (Jasalavich) and Silvio Albert Graziadei. Michael was raised in the U.S. from the age of eleven.

His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of Lithuanian ancestry. Michael’s parents are pictured here.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Michael P. Graziadei (the son of Rocco Graziadei and Philomena Dellia). Michael was born in Rome, Italy.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Ida Buono/Bunona (the daughter of Tommaso “Thomas” Buono/Bunona and Anna “Annie” Capalli). Ida was born in Chiusano di San Domenico, Avellino, Campania, Italy. Tommaso was the son of Dominic Buono and Baroness Ernesta (Maria Louisa Ernestina) Flugi d’Aspermont. Annie was the daughter of a man surnamed Capall/Yapelli, and of Countess Juliette Flugi d’Aspermont. Countess Juliette’s father, Officer Francesco Constantin/Costantino Camillo Flugi von Aspermonte, is widely believed to be the biological father of French poet, writer, and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire. D’Aspermont (or Von Aspermonte) is a branch of a noble family with origins in St. Moritz, Grisons, Switzerland, that settled in Italy.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Anthony Jasalavich (the son of Anthony Joseph Jasalavitch/Jasiulevicius and Antonia Jezukevitch). Stanley was born in New Hampshire, to Lithuanian parents, from Pūčkornės and Merkinė, respectively.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Helene Rita Norenkevich (the daughter of John Norenkevich and Tekla Piarudnia/Piarndnia). John was born in Lithuania, the son of Peter Norenkiewicz and Ursza Karsokeue/Korsak. Tekla was born in Žasliai, Lithuania, the daughter of Tamorzus Piarndnia and Ursza/Ursula Giczerska.

Sources: Genealogy of Michael Graziadei –

Obituary of Michael’s father –

Marriage record of Michael’s paternal grandparents, Michael P. Graziadei and Ida Buono/Bunona –

Genealogy of Michael’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Officer Francesco Constantin/Costantino Camillo Flugi von Aspermonte (focusing on his own father’s side) –

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JP Cooper

by Manila on June 6, 2017

Birth Name: John-Paul Frederick Cooper

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

Date of Birth: 2 November, 1983

Ethnicity: English, possibly 1/8th Italian, and other

JP Cooper is an English singer and songwriter.

His mother, Patricia S. (Crolla), left the family when he was young. He was raised by his father, Paul G. Cooper.

JP’s paternal grandparents were Harold Cooper and Bessie Thomason (the daughter of Alexander Thomason and Ellen Sharples). Harold’s mother’s maiden surname is likely Heesom. Alexander was the son of a man surnamed Thomason, and of Fanny. Ellen was the daughter of William Sharples and Hannah Sisson.

JP’s maternal grandfather was Frederick Crolla (the son of Anthony Crolla and Sarah Ellen Ball). Anthony may have been of Italian descent. The Crolla family is from the Province of Frosinone in Lazio, Italy. Sarah was the daughter of John William Ball and Mary Ellen Burns.

JP’s maternal grandmother was Mary P. Hutton (the daughter of Charles T. Hutton and Ada Dyson).

Sources: Marriage record of JP’s parents –

Marriage record of JP’s paternal grandparents, Harold Cooper and Bessie Thomason –

Possible birth record of JP’s paternal grandfather, Harold Cooper –

Birth record of JP’s paternal grandmother, Bessie Thomason –

Marriage record of JP’s paternal great-grandparents, Alexander Thomason and Ellen Sharples –

JP’s paternal great-grandfather, Alexander Thomason, on the 1901 England and Wales Census –

JP’s paternal great-grandmother, Ellen Sharples, on the 1901 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of JP’s paternal great-great-grandparents, William Sharples and Ellen Sisson –

Marriage record of JP’s maternal grandparents, Frederick Crolla and Mary P. Hutton –

Birth record of JP’s maternal grandfather, Frederick Crolla –

Marriage record of JP’s maternal great-grandparents, Anthony Crolla and Sarah Ellen Ball –

JP’s maternal great-grandmother, Sarah Ellen Ball, on the 1891 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of JP’s maternal great-great-grandparents, John William Ball and Mary Ellen Burns –

Birth record of JP’s maternal grandmother, Mary P. Hutton –


Tony Iommi

by madman on November 29, 2016

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Birth Name: Anthony Frank Iommi

Place of Birth: Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 19 February, 1948

Ethnicity: Italian (including Sicilian)

Tony Iommi is a British musician, songwriter, producer, and writer. He is the lead guitarist of the rock band Black Sabbath. Other members of the band are Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne.

Tony is the son of Maria Sylvia (Baciocchi) and Anthony Iommi. His father was born in England, or in Brazil, to Italian parents from the Province of Frosinone, Lazio. His mother was born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Tony was brought up in a Catholic household.

In his book Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, Tony wrote “I think my nan [paternal grandmother] was from Brazil”. If this is the case, it is still possible that Tony’s paternal grandmother was of Italian descent.

Source: Marriage record of Tony’s parents –

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