Thomas McDonell

by Lil Vacha on August 1, 2011

Place of Birth: New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 2, 1986

*Scottish, Swedish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Thomas McDonell is an American actor, artist, and musician.

His father has Scottish and Swedish ancestry. His maternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants, from Poland and Lithuania.

Thomas’s paternal grandfather was Robert Meinrad McDonell (the son of Meinrad/Meinrod Willard McDonell and Elsie J.). Meinrad was of Scottish descent, and was the son of John Andrew/Allan McDonell, who was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, and of Margaret Campbell. Elsie’s parents, Carl John and Augusta, were Swedish.

Thomas’s paternal grandmother was named Irma Sophie Nelson.

Thomas’s maternal grandfather was Albert Raffeld (the son of Isaac Meyer Halevi). Albert was a Jewish emigrant, from Warsaw, Poland.

Thomas’s maternal grandmother was Libby S. Gutfarb (the daughter of Baruch Gutfarb and Hannah Alperin). Libby was a Jewish emigrant, from Butrimonys, Lithuania.

Sources: Thomas’s paternal grandfather, Robert Meinrad McDonell, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Thomas’s paternal great-grandfather, Meinrad Willard McDonell –

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LucarioCooper June 30, 2015 at 6:34 pm

People are saying he could claim Native American. Nope, he’s most likely a white dude with longer hair.

WTF October 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

He actually does look a LITTLE bit Native American.

andrew November 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

who’s this guy

andrew September 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm

he could claim Cherokee LOL

follers September 25, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Probably not on his mother’s side.

andrew September 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

through Irma Sophie Nelson..

follers September 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I know you’re kidding, but I think Irma Nelson was of Swedish descent. Many “Nelson”s in the U.S. are, especially in Minnesota.

andrew September 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I cant disagree

Check7t September 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Kinda looks like Johnny Depp in Gilbert Grape.

andrew September 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

he’s Johnny son. His legal name is Thomas J. McDonnell Depp III (being Johnny full name John Christopher Depp II).

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Hell no, Johnny was/is gorgeous. This Thomas kid looks NOTHING like Johnny. Just because he has long hair???

ashash November 11, 2015 at 9:25 pm

He does, actually.

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