Alain Delon

2007 Cannes Film Festival - Palme D'Or - Arrivals

Delon in 2007, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon

Place of Birth: Sceaux, France

Date of Birth: 8 November, 1935

*50% French
*25% Corsican Italian
*25% German/Swiss-German

Alain Delon is a French actor and businessperson. He has both French and Swiss citizenship.

Alain was born in Sceaux, Seine, now Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, a suburb of Paris, to Édith Marie Suzanne (Arnold) and François Fabien Delon. Alain’s father was of half French and half Corsican Italian descent. Alain’s mother had German/Swiss-German and French ancestry.

Alain has four children, a son with his former partner, German actress, singer and model Nico; a son, actor Anthony Delon, with his former wife, French model and actress Nathalie Delon; and two children, actors Anouchka Delon and Alain-Fabien Delon, with his former partner, Dutch model Rosalie van Breemen. His granddaughter is actress Alyson Le Borges.

Before acting career, Alain joined the French Navy to serve in the First Indochina War. He holds Swiss citizenship.

Alain’s paternal grandfather was Jean Marcel Delon (the son of Fabien Delon and Marianne Adélaïde Delon). Jean was of French descent. Fabien was the son of Jean Delon and Marguerite Ortalon. Marianne Adélaïde was the daughter of Antoine Delon and Jeanne Soulié.

Alain’s paternal grandmother was Marie-Antoinette Evangelista (the daughter of François Evangelista and Lucie Romani). Marie-Antoinette was born in Prunelli-di-Fiumorbo, Haute-Corse, France, and was of Corsican Italian background, from Prunelli-di-Fiumorbo.

Alain’s maternal grandfather was Alfred Louis Arnold (the son of Jost Aloïs Arnold and Odile Marie Adèle Liennemann). Alfred was born in Paris, Île-de-France, France, and was of mostly German and Swiss-German, and some French, origin. Jost was the son of Aloïs “Justin” Arnold, who was born in Altdorf, Uri, Switzerland, and of Maria Anna Walker, whose family is also from Silenen, also in Uri. Odile was the daughter of Louis Liennemann and Marie Guerre.

Alain’s maternal grandmother was Maria Minard (the daughter of Louis Minard and Marie Louise Amélie Le Gal). Maria was born in Paris.

Sources: Genealogy of Alain Delon –

Genealogy of Alain Delon (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Alain’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –

6 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    He is:

    50% French (approx.)
    25% Corsican Italian
    25% Swiss-German

  2. andrew says:

    Aloïs “Justin” Arnold was born in Altdorf, Uri, Switzerland. The Walker (not of British origin) family is from Silenen, also in Uri.

    Alain’s maternal grandmother was Maria Minard (the daughter of Louis Minard and Marie Louise Amélie Le Gal). Maria was born in Paris.

  3. Marseille says:


  4. follers says:

    More info on his background up now, Andrew.

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