Wentworth Miller

by ethnic on March 14, 2008

Birth Name: Wentworth Earl Miller III

Place of Birth: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: June 2, 1972

*25% African-Jamaican
*25% African-American
*25% Rusyn
*12.5% Lebanese/Syrian
*12.5% Curaçaoan (mix of Dutch, French, Swedish, Hispanic, and remote Polish)

Wentworth Miller is an American actor, model, screenwriter, and producer. He starred in the television series Prison Break, playing Michael Scofield.

Wentworth’s father is black (of half Afro-Jamaican and half African-American ancestry). Wentworth’s mother is caucasian. Wentworth’s maternal grandfather’s father was from the Caribbean island of Curaçao (and was of Dutch, French, Swedish, Hispanic, and remote Polish, descent), and Wentworth’s maternal grandfather’s mother was of Lebanese/Syrian ancestry. Wentworth’s maternal grandmother was the daughter of Rusyn parents.

Regarding his ancestry and his experience with racism, he has said:

My experience is that I find myself having to constantly define myself to others, day-in, day-out… My encounters with racism are sort of second-hand situations where I might be standing around with a group of white friends and someone makes a comment that they wouldn’t make, say, at my family reunion. It leaves a cut. Someone calls you “nigger” and it’s like a knife to the gut. To be in that sort of situation it’s just a little nick, but you suffer enough nicks and you bleed to death just the same. So when that happens, you’re confronted with the quandary: do I stop the party, do I grind things to a halt?

Wentworth has mentioned that one of his paternal great-grandmothers was Jewish (which was also written in The New Yorker in 2003). However, Wentworth’s paternal grandfather’s mother was a Black Jamaican, while Wentworth’s paternal grandmother’s mother was an African-American from the Southern United States. Therefore, it is not clear if Wentworth really has any documented Jewish ancestry. Similarly, Wentworth has also been described as having English, German, Cherokee, and Russian roots. It is not clear if any of these lineages have been documented/verified.

Wentworth’s paternal grandfather was Wentworth Earl Miller (the son of Claudius/Claude Cephas Miller and Rhena Jane Newman). Wentworth’s grandfather was born in 1925 in New York. His own parents were immigrants from Jamaica. The whole family is listed as “Negro” (Black) on both the 1930 U.S. Census and the 1940 U.S. census. Claudius was the son of George Miller and Rebecca May. Rhena was the daughter of Richard Newman.

Wentworth’s paternal grandmother was Pauline Pinkston (the daughter of Greene Fort Pinkston and Penella Bertha Horne). Pauline was born, c. 1925, in Tennessee. Pauline and her parents are all listed as “Negro” (Black) on both the 1930 U.S. Census and the 1940 U.S. Census. Greene was a prominent doctor, and was born in Mississippi, the grandson of freed slaves; he was the son of Ritten Pinkston and Fannie Gresham. Penella was born in Tennessee, the daughter of Jesse Horne and Alice Hill. Pauline Pinkston’s second husband was Chester Oden, Jr.

Wentworth’s maternal grandfather was Frederick William Palm (the son of Hendrik/Hendrick “Harry” Frederik Palm and Melekia/Malakia “Margaret” Sabah). Hendrik was born, in 1894, in Willemstad, the capital city of the Caribbean island of Curaçao, the son of Frederick/Frederik Wilhelm Palm, a merchant, and of Maria Josefa Helena “Elene” Conquet, who was born in Santo Domingo. Hendrik’s family had lived on Curaçao for many generations. His ancestry was Dutch (like many people on this island), along with French, Swedish, Hispanic, and remote Polish, with a forebear who was born in Brazil, and who was likely ethnically Dutch. The Palm line originated in Sweden. Wentworth’s great-grandmother Melekia’s parents, Namaan/Naman Sabah and Emiline/Emileen/Emily, were Lebanese/Syrian immigrants, making Wentworth Miller himself of 1/8th Lebanese/Syrian descent.

Wentworth’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Emiliya Hawaka (the daughter of Nicholas/Nicolas Hawaka and Florence Busczniewicz). Nicholas was born in Austria, likely of Rusyn descent. Florence was Rusyn.

Sources: Genealogy of Wentworth Miller – https://www.geni.com

Wedding announcement of Wentworth’s parents (with a picture of Wentworth’s mother) – http://news.google.com

Wentworth’s paternal grandfather, Wentworth Earl Miller, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Wentworth’s paternal grandmother, Pauline Pinkston – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com

Wentworth’s paternal grandmother, Pauline Pinkston, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Article, including picture, about Wentworth’s paternal great-grandfather, Greene Fort Pinkston – http://www.commercialappeal.com
Picture of Greene Fort Pinkston – https://static.wixstatic.com

Genealogies of Wentworth’s mother – http://www.myheritage.com

Obituary of Wentworth’s maternal grandfather, Frederick William Palm (with picture) – http://news.google.com

Genealogy of Wentworth’s maternal great-grandfather, Hendrik/Hendrick “Harry” Frederik Palm (in the island of Curaçao) – http://www.henkbeers.nl

Information about Wentworth’s Palm ancestors – http://dominicaanserepubliek.nlambassade.org

Wentworth’s maternal grandmother, Mildred Emiliya Hawaka, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Wentworth’s maternal grandmother, Mildred Emiliya (Hawaka) Palm (with picture) – http://www.legacy.com

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

BarTankhoum February 1, 2018 at 3:38 am

For all the people who are surprised and say he doesn’t look half-Black, well the answer is simple: he is not REALLY half-Black half-White. Just have a look at his father, he’s already mixed:


In the US his father is considered Black because of the one drop rule, but this is more of a social approach than a real objective approach. To be honest, in very few countries would he be considered Black (still talking about his Wentworth’s father). In other words, Wentworth’s mother being totally Caucasian and his father being mixed, Wentworth is less than half Black. Sorry Wentworth, I know you like the idea of being half-Black, but you’re not.

I come from a country where interbreeding is pretty common, and I’m used to seeing REAL half-Black/half-White people, meaning whose Black side is FULLY Black. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to look like Wentworth if one of your parent is fully Black. Actually you’re way more likely to look like his father…

andrew September 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm

I would change “Spanish” with “Hispanic”. How do we know that his Dominican ancestors were Spanish and not mixed with Amerindians and/or Black Africans?

andrew July 27, 2017 at 5:15 am

some information here about his Palm ancestors:

“Frederik Wilhelm Palm was born in 1872, son of Cornelis Palm en Clara Catharina Haayen. He was
a merchant. In 1893 he married Maria Josefa Helena Conquet, born in Santo Domingo and daughter
of Hendrik Zenon Conquet and Jozefeta Cecilia Millomar.”



andrew July 27, 2017 at 3:50 am

there’s Hispanic stuff on his Curaçaoan side, and remote Polish.

An ancestor born in Santo Domingo (Jozefeta Cecilia Millomar) and another one in Pernambuco, Brazil (in North-East)


andrew July 27, 2017 at 2:55 am
bablah May 24, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Mildred on a census:
Her family was Rusyn. Some of them are buried in a Russian Orthodox Christian cemetery.

follers May 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Thank you. I was wondering about that.

So Miller will never become the biggest Polish-American movie star of all time. Pico Alexander still has a shot.

bablah May 24, 2017 at 6:23 pm

I thought Paul Wesley was the biggest Polish-American star?!?

bablah May 24, 2017 at 4:40 pm

A typo in the text and tags

andrew August 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm

Picture of Wentworth’s paternal great-grandfather, Greene Fort Pinkston – http://img849.imageshack.us

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Wentworth’s father (on the right): https://hailtoyou.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/wentunclechrisdad.jpg?w=640

madman August 10, 2016 at 7:30 am

*25% Afro-Jamaican
*25% African-American
*25% Polish
*12.5% Lebanese/Syrian
*12.5% mix of Dutch, French, and Swedish

neiltennant June 23, 2016 at 1:53 pm

this guy has surprised me a lot

1. he is gay (welcome brother)

and 2. he has so many different ethnicities

phaedra April 24, 2016 at 9:16 pm

Not counting the hair texture, he looks full white.

Greyface March 20, 2016 at 10:04 pm

the rare half black person that doesn’t look just black!

fuzzybear44 March 21, 2016 at 12:32 am

ones like him, are a lot more common in country than you might think

me March 11, 2016 at 3:34 pm

I don’t know why people thought he was white or exotic, he looks like a typical light skinned man.

cwm85 August 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

He’s mixed with everything bit asian and native lol

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:13 pm

He looks Middle Eastern.

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm

That’s such a sarcastic smile. Lol

Nino February 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

I always thought he had some african ancestry, the way he acted of stage and spoke, plus, look at him, the nose, the lips, the hair if he let it grow out, and he doesn’t..don’t let the eye color and skin complexion fool you, again if you travel the world, ppl in other nations look just like this guy and don’t deny their african ancestry. You can look at him and clearly see the african ancestry, regardless of his blue eyes, my maternal grandfather who has ice cold blue eyes as a light skinned blackman is a twin to his dad a blackman whose dark , no blues, but the exact features, both walk and talk alike..,there’s been no family members in my family that has blue eys as a african americans or any other enthicity,..never spoken of..

however my maternal grandfather is a twin to his father my great grandfather whose dark..and my grand father is dayum near white in complexion and my great grandmother whose olive as pure native American, Blackfoot tribe, produced a dayum near white looking child with blue eyes who looks like his father whose a dark skinned blackman, my grandfather will say he’s a black man of mixed heritage…dna is strong, man can’t filter it out, even though man tries, god had the final say..what ever indigenous bloodline is out there..it’s gonna show up..no matter what..that’s why america created a law by in the ages against interracial marriages. .america wanted to keep the races separated becuz of indigenous dna bloodline..but ah the stupid racist idea didn’t work.. god is telling us we are one race the human race…

theropod April 1, 2015 at 5:38 am

Since when did he deny his African heritage?

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 11:23 am

lol never thought this guy has african roots

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 11:37 am
sarahle February 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm
roman2886 January 8, 2015 at 8:59 am

My nephews have 14 ethnicities this guy has 11 ethnicities i have 13 ethnicities 13 is too many a result of intermarriages over the years over the over the centuries 13 ethnicities is generations of intermarriages.

WTF January 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm

LMFAO you’re STILL on here? Gotdamn get a life! It’s pathetic af hanging around here writing the same bullshit over and over again. No one gives a shit, idiot!

roman2886 January 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Why don’t you leave me and other people alone if there is anyone here who is idiot it’s you go and do one you are bully seriously i don’t have too listen too you get off this website now or else.

roman2886 January 3, 2015 at 5:24 am

My nephews ethnicities are English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian French Filipino Spanish Chinese Japanese Malaysian and Indonesian.

roman2886 January 3, 2015 at 5:06 am

My ethnicity is English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian Filipino Spanish Japanese Chinese Malaysian and Indonesian.

tinasheeeee February 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

So then I guess we all are the whole world it seems like….

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