Birth Name: Woodrow Wilson Woolwine Strode
Date of Birth: July 25, 1914
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Death: December 31, 1994
Place of Death: Glendora, California
Ethnicity: African-American, possibly other
Woody Strode was an American decathlete and football star who went on to become an actor. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Woody was the son of Rosa (Norris) and Bayliss/Baylous Strode. He was African-American, and was said to have Creek, Blackfoot, and Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if those lineages have been verified/documented.
Woody’s paternal grandparents were George Washington Strodes and Lucy Ann Prather or Israel.
Sources: Woody Strode on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Woody’s father on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Woody’s paternal grandparents, George Washington Strodes and Lucy Ann Prather or Israel – https://familysearch.org