Philip Mauceri

by bearboy on September 19, 2017

Birth Name: Philip X. Mauceri

Place of Birth: New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: 1961

Ethnicity: Italian (including Sicilian)

Philip Mauceri is an American political scientist and author. He is most known for his books, Politics in the Andes, The Peruvian Labyrinth, and State Under Siege.

Philip Mauceri was the son of Anthony Mauceri and Fances R. (Peralta) Mauceri.

Philip’s paternal grandparents were Thomas Mauceri and Lena Giaruputo. His maternal grandparents were Frank Peralta and Angelina Curatolo. All four of Philip Mauceri’s grandparent’s were Italian immigrants.

Mauceri, Giarupto, and Curatolo tend to be southern Italian surnames (usually Sicilian). Peralta is more commonly a Spanish surname and sometimes Sephardic Jewish, however Philip’s maternal grandmother almost certainly is not Jewish, and likely has no Spanish ancestry. Peralta can often be of Italian origin.

Sources: (mother’s obituary) (census of maternal grandparents) (census of paternal grandparents)


Robert Luketic

by stlucas on September 16, 2017

Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Date of Birth: November 1, 1973

*Croatian (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Robert Luketic is an Australian director.

Robert has stated:

My parents thought that I could be creative and expend my energy in other ways if I couldn’t play sports. I grew up watching a healthy diet of classic Italian movies – everyone from Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, to Luchino Visconti – because my mother, who grew up in an Italian family, had a love for movies. That was the real connection.

Source: (in Croatian)

Photo by s_bukley/

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Lisa Ann Walter

by stlucas on September 16, 2017

Place of Birth: Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 3, 1963

*German [including Alsatian] (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Lisa Ann Walter is an American actress, comedian, writer, and film producer.

Lisa is the daughter of Catherine Gloria (Pompa/Pampa) and Louis Simon Walter. Lisa’s father was born in New York, to ethnic German parents from France. Lisa’s mother was also born in New York, and has Italian/Sicilian roots.

Lisa has four children, including two with her former husband, actor Sam Baum.

Lisa’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Simon Walter (the son of Louis Walter and Marie Riosh). Joseph was born in Rosheim, Grand Est/Alsace, France, to a father from France and a mother from Germany.

Lisa’s paternal grandmother was Stephanie/Stephenie Ferrenbach/Fehrenbach (the daughter of Adolf Ferrenbach/Fehrenbach and Stephanie Riffel). Lisa’s grandmother Stephanie was also born in France, of German descent.

Lisa’s maternal grandfather was likely Domenico/Dominick Pompa/Pampa (the son of Antonio/Antonino Pompa and Caterina/Catherine Lagrutta/Lagrotta). Domenico was born in New York, to parents from Italy. Antonio was the son of Luigi Pompa and Rosa Maria Sacchetti. Caterina was the daughter of Domenico Lagrutta/Lagrotta and Cicilia Russo.

Lisa’s maternal grandmother was likely Vincenza Mansuetta/Mansueto (the daughter of Francisco Mansueto and Clotilde/Clatilda Venetti/Vinetti). Vincenza was born in New York, to parents from Italy. Francisco was the son of Yante/Santo Mansueto and Vincenza Spinelli.


Marriage record of Lisa’s parents –

Obituary of Lisa’s father –

Marriage record of Lisa’s paternal grandparents, Joseph Simon Walter and Stephanie/Stephenie Ferrenbach/Fehrenbach –

Lisa’s paternal grandparents, Joseph Simon Walter and Stephanie/Stephenie Ferrenbach/Fehrenbach, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lisa’s paternal step-grandmother, Barbara Schmitt –

Possibly Lisa’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of possibly Lisa’s maternal grandparents, Domenico/Dominick Pompa/Pampa and Vincenza Mansuetta/Mansueto –

Birth record of possibly Lisa’s maternal grandfather, Domenico/Dominick Pompa/Pampa –

Marriage record of possibly Lisa’s maternal great-grandparents, Antonio/Antonio Pompa and Caterina/Catherine Lagrutta/Lagrotta –

Marriage record of possibly Lisa’s maternal great-grandparents, Francisco Mansueto and Clotilde/Clatilda Venetti/Vinetti –

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Sonya Deville

by bablah on September 11, 2017

Birth Name: Daria Rae Berenato

Place of Birth: Shamong Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 24, 1993

Ethnicity: Italian, possibly other

Sonya Deville is an American professional wrestler and former judoka and mixed martial artist.

Sonya’s paternal grandfather was Andrew G. Berenato, son of George/Giorgio Berenato and Rose. George was the son of Andrea Berenato and Maria Magri. Andrea was from Aci Sant’Antonio, Sicily.

Sonya’s paternal grandfather is Dorothy Ruberton, daughter of Michael Leroy Ruberton and Gilda Falciani. Michael was the son of Rocco Luigi Ruberton/Rubertone (son of Michael Rubertone and Maria Billty) and Maria Felicia Colasurdo (daughter of Prosbero Colasurdo and Carmela Zita). Rocco and Maria were from Anzi, Basilicata. Gilda was the daughter of Joseph Falciani and Louise Ravelli. Joseph and Louise were from Sarno, Campania.

Sources: Sonya’s paternal grandfather Andrew G. Berenato on 1940 U.S. census –

Sonya’s paternal great-grandfather George Berenato on 1920 U.S. census –

Sonya’s paternal grandmother Dorothy Ruberton on 1940 U.S. census –

Sonya’s paternal great-grandfather Michael Leroy Ruberton on 1910 U.S. census –

Sonya’s paternal great-grandmother Gilda Falciani on 1930 U.S. census –


Al Sapienza

by andrew on September 6, 2017

Al Sapienza – Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” World Premiere – Arrivals – El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Boulevard – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / /

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

Date of Birth: July 31, 1956

Ethnicity: Italian (including Sicilian)

Al Sapienza is an American actor. He has appeared on the shows The Sopranos and House of Cards.

Al is the son Joseph Richard Sapienza, Jr., and Angela Louise (Caldi). His father was a used car dealer and restaurant owner.

Al’s paternal grandparents were Alfio “Alfred” Sapienza (the son of Giuseppe Sapienza and Lucia Di Stefano) and Rosaria/Rosarie Fazio (the daughter of Gaetano Fazio and Domenica Rizza/Frizza). Alfio and Rosaria were both from Sicily, Italy. Rosaria was from Augusta, Province of Siracusa.

Sources: Al’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Al’s father –

Information about Al’s father’s family –