Birth Name: Thomas Robert Laughlin
Date of Birth: August 10, 1931
Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Date of Death: December 12, 2013
Place of Death: Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: Irish, as well as Scottish, English, and German
Tom Laughlin was an American actor, director, screenwriter, writer, educator, and political activist. He is known for starring in the Billy Jack films, which he also directed and wrote/co-wrote.
Tom was the son of Margaret Hellen Catherine (Smith) and Thomas McHugh Laughlin. He was married to actress, writer, and producer Delores Taylor, until his death, with whom he had three children.
Tom’s paternal grandfather was Thomas H./A. Laughlin (the son of William Laughlin and Catharine/Catherine Cusick). Tom’s grandfather Thomas Laughlin was born in Wisconsin. William and Catharine were Irish. Catharine was the daughter of Martin Cusick and Mary M.
Tom’s paternal grandmother was Julia McHugh (the daughter of Patrick McHugh and Mary/Mari Moran). Julia was born in Wisconsin, and was of Irish origin.
Tom’s maternal grandfather was Walter Fairless Smith (the son of Jeremiah Smith and Ellen Leonard). Walter was born in Michigan. Jeremiah was Scottish. Ellen was English.
Tom’s maternal grandmother was Katherine/Catherine M. Hahn (the daughter of Joseph Hahn and Margaret). Katherine was born in Michigan or Wisconsin.
Sources: Genealogy of Tom Laughlin – https://www.wikitree.com
Tom’s parents on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Tom’s maternal grandfather, Walter Fairless Smith, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org