Geoff Johns

by stlucas on September 14, 2017

Geoff Johns – PaleyFest 2013 Presents “Arrow” – Arrivals – Saban Theatre – Los Angeles, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: Courtney Vaudreuil / 

Birth Name: Geoffrey Marieb Johns

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S;.

Date of Birth: January 25, 1973

*Syrian-Lebanese (father)

Geoff Johns is an American comic book and television writer, film producer, and television producer.

Geoff is the son of Barbara Lynn and Frederick Joseph “Fred” Johns. Geoff was raised in Grosse Pointe and Clarkston, Michigan. Among Geoff’s siblings is Courtney Johns, who perished in the TWA 800 plane crash in 1996.

Geoff has stated:

My dad is Lebanese. Detroit has the biggest Lebanese community outside of Lebanon. […] I’m half Lebanese, but a lot of my family, on my dad’s side, is full Arabic and they’ve had to deal with a lot of things, in the way of 9/11.

Geoff is married to colorist and inker Sonia Choi, with whom he has a child.

Geoff’s paternal grandfather was Frederick Anthony Johns (the son of Michael Johns and Eunice/Unice). Michael Johns was born Mikhail Hanna Marieb in Ottoman Syria (now Lebanon). Eunice was also born in Lebanon, under the name Aneesa Halal.

Geoff’s paternal grandmother was Rita Ann Nader (the daughter of John/Hanna Nader and Anna Karam). Rita was born in Canada, to parents from Hasroun, Ottoman Syria (now Lebanon). Hanna was the son of Nader Mikhail Nader and Mantura Awad.

Sources: Obituary of Geoff’s sister, Courtney Elizabeth Johns –

Information about Geoff’s paternal grandfather, Frederick Anthony Johns –

Geoff’s paternal grandfather, Frederick Anthony Johns, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Information about Geoff’s paternal grandmother, Rita Ann Nader –

Geoff’s paternal grandmother, Rita Ann Nader, on the 1940 U.S. Census –


Tom Shadyac

by stlucas on September 13, 2017

Tom Shadyac – 50th Anniversary of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Arrivals – Beverly Hilton – Beverly Hills, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: Tina Gill / PR Photos

Birth Name: Thomas Peter Shadyac

Place of Birth: Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 11, 1958

*75% Syrian-Lebanese
*25% Irish

Tom Shadyac is an American director, screenwriter, producer, and author.

Tom is the son of Juliette/Juliet B. “Julie” (Coury) and Richard Charley Shadyac. Tom’s father was of half Syrian-Lebanese and half Irish descent. Tom’s mother was of Syrian-Lebanese ancestry.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Charley Shadyac. Joseph was born in Syria.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth May “Lizzie” Gavin (the daughter of Matthew Gavin and Catharine “Katie” Welch). Matthew was born in Vermont, to parents from Ireland, John Gavin and Anna Flynn. Catharine was Irish.

Tom’s maternal grandparents were Thomas Peter Coury and Fannie. Thomas and Fannie were born in Lebanon.

Sources: Obituary of Tom’s father –

Tom’s paternal grandfather, Joseph Charley Shadyac, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Tom’s paternal grandmother, Elizabeth May “Lizzie” Gavin, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Tom’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tom’s mother –


Sofia Carson

by stlucas on August 15, 2017

Birth Name: Sofia Daccarett Char

Place of Birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 10, 1993

Ethnicity: Colombian [Syrian-Lebanese, Arab Palestinian, Spanish, possibly other], possibly English

Sofia Carson is an American actress and singer.

Sofia is the daughter of Laura (Char) and José Fernando Daccarett. Sofia’s parents were born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Sofia speaks fluent English and Spanish.

One of Sofia’s great-uncles (maternal grandfather’s brother) was a Senator of Colombia (from 1990 to 1995; 1998 to 2006; and 2010 to 2014) and a Minister of Economic Development (from 1987 to 1988), Fuad Char. One of Fuad’s sons, Alejandro Char Chaljub, is the current mayor of Barranquilla, Colombia, since 2008.

Sofia’s paternal grandfather is René Roque Giha Daccarett, the son of José Miguel Daccarett and Zoila Giha. René was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. José Miguel had origins in Palestine.

Sofia’s paternal grandmother is Rosa María Escobar.

Sofia’s maternal grandfather is Simón Char Abdala (the son of Richard/Ricardo Char Zaslawy and Erlinda Abdala Chadjur). Richard was born in Damascus, Syria, the son of Miguel Char and María Zaslawy, and moved to Colombia in 1926. Erlinda was born in Colombia, the daughter of Lebanese parents, Simón Abdala and Rosa Chadjur.

Sofia’s maternal grandmother is Lauraine E. Carson, who is American.

Sofia has stated:

My mom is Colombian, so I was raised going to Colombia every year to see my family. I am lucky enough that I get to speak both languages and they are both a part of who I am. Also, we were raised eating mac and cheese and popcorn, but also, deditos de queso, empanadas, arroz con pollo and listening to boleros, or reggaeton, but also listening to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and others. We’ve been raised completely biculturally. I think it’s a cool experience; I never really knew or appreciated [the] good it would do me in my future to be bicultural — to have both cultures with me and both languages — than right now in this moment in my career. Speaking Spanish has been such a plus and I feel so proud to be Colombian, and to be Latin and to go around the world and speak my languages. It’s great.

Sources: Immigration record of Sofia’s paternal grandfather, René Roque Daccarett Giha –

Genealogy of Sofia’s mother – (in Spanish) (in Spanish) (in Spanish)

Photo by kathclick/


Robert Romanus

by stlucas on August 15, 2017

Robert Romanus – Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” 2011 – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos 

Place of Birth: (possibly) Barre, Vermont, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 17, 1956

Ethnicity: Syrian-Lebanese

Robert Romanus is an American actor. He is the brother of actor Richard Romanus. They were raised in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Robert is the son of Eileen Dorothy (Maloof/Maloo) and Raymond Daniel Romanus/Romanos.

Robert’s paternal grandparents were Louis Malhen Romanos and Mary George Shadroui/Shadroni (the daughter of George Shadroui and Maryanna/Annie Salimi). Louis was born in Syria. Mary was born in either Puerto Rico or Mexico, to Syrian-Lebanese parents.

Robert’s maternal grandparents were Richard J. Maloof/Muloof and Sadie Jaboon/Joseph. Richard and Sadie were born in Syria.

Sources: Robert’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Robert’s mother –

{ 1 comment }

Matt Willig

by stlucas on August 13, 2017

Matt Willig – “A Haunted House 2” Los Angeles Premiere – Photo Credit: Janice Ogata /

Birth Name: Matthew Joseph Willig

Place of Birth: La Mirada, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 21, 1969

*German [including Alsatian], possibly other (father)
*Syrian (mother)

Matt Willig is an American actor and football player.

Matt is the son of Genevieve “Gen” S. (Ayoob) and Charles Alfred Willig, Jr. Matt’s father has roots in Germany and Alsace, France. Matt’s mother is of Syrian descent.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Charles Alfred Willig, Sr. (the son of Alfred Andrew Willig and Elizabeth M.). Alfred was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Alsace, France, Charles “Chas” Willig and Rosa. Elizabeth was also born in Pennsylvania, to a father from Germany and a mother from Pennsylvania.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was named Marie T.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Robert Ayoob (the son of Joseph T. Ayoob and Jennie). Robert was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Syria.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Alice Salem (the daughter of Naif “Michael” Salem and Susan “Susie” Nader/Nadir). Alice was also born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Syria.

Sources: Birth record of Matt Willig –

Matt’s paternal grandfather, Charles Alfred Willig, Sr., on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Matt’s mother, Genevieve “Gen” (Ayoob) Willig –

Matt’s maternal grandfather, Robert Ayoob, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Matt’s maternal grandmother, Alice Salem –

Obituary of Matt’s great-aunt (maternal grandmother’s sister), Amelia M. (Salem) Young –

Matt’s maternal great-grandparents, Naif “Michael” Salem and Susan “Susie” Nader/Nadir, on the 1940 U.S. Census –