Adrian Grenier

Grenier in 2010, Joe Seer /

Place of Birth: Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 10, 1976

*father – English, Irish, Scottish, German, remote French
*mother – Mexican [Spanish, Indigenous], as well as possibly 1/8th French

Adrian Grenier is an American actor, producer, director, musician, and envrionmentalist. He is known for his role as Vincent Chase on the series Entourage, and for appearing in the film The Devil Wears Prada.

Adrian’s father, John Miles Dunbar, from Ohio, has English, Irish, Scottish, German, and remote French, ancestry. Adrian’s mother, Karesse Grenier, was born in New Mexico, of approximately 7/8ths Mexican descent [Spanish and Indigenous Mexican]. Many of Adrian’s mother’s ancestors had lived in New Mexico for many generations, since before it became a state. Her other great-grandparent was possibly of French origin. Adrian was not raised around his Mexican/Latino heritage.

Adrian is married to Jordan Roemmele, with whom he has one child.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that Adrian’s genetic ancestry is:

*91.56% European
*8.44% Native American

Adrian’s Native American ancestry likely comes from Indigenous Mexican roots. Adrian’s matrilineal line is Indigenous. Adrian previously incorrectly believed that he has Apache Native American ancestry.

Adrian’s paternal grandfather was Carl Sanford Dunbar (the son of John I. Dunbar and Lydia Martha Phelps). Carl was born in Ohio. John was the son of George Wesley Dunbar and Mary Elizabeth Sanford. Lydia was the daughter of Theodore Austin Phelps and Mary Ellen McCarty.

Adrian’s paternal grandmother was Esther R. Messenger (the daughter of Miles Claude Messenger and Geneva/Genevra Rice). Esther was born in Ohio. Miles was the son of Riverius Messenger and Catherine Warrington. Geneva was the daughter of George M. Rice and Louisa Schlecht.

Adrian’s maternal grandfather was Junio López (the son of Elauterio López and Josefina/Josephita Ester Blea). Junio was born in Colorado. Josefina was the daughter of Norberto Blea and Maria Cesaria Barceló.

Adrian’s maternal grandmother was Priscilla/Pricilla Grenier (originally Greenier, the daughter of Robert Emmit Greenier and Lucaria Ortiz). Prsicilla was born in New Mexico. Robert was the son of Frederick William Grenier, who was almost certainly not Hispanic (he may have had French ancestry), and of Isabel Marcial. Lucaria was the daughter of Rufino Ortiz and Sarita/Sara Maria Gonzales y Ramirez.

Sources: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) –

Genealogy of Adrian Grenier –

Genealogy of Adrian Grenier (focusing on his father’s side) –

Adrian’s paternal grandfather, Carl Sanford Dunbar, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Adrian’s paternal grandfather, Carl Sanford Dunbar –

Adrian’s maternal grandmother, Priscilla/Pricilla Greenier/Grenier, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

40 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    His father has remote French ancestry too and descends from some Mayflower passengers like Samuel Fuller

  2. theropod says:

    Looks nothing like his father’s side (English, Irish, etc).

    Dude looks full on Latino/South American mix.

  3. Your Mom says:

    He Looks Partially Black Too.

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