Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock in 1956, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Author Fred Palumbo, PD

Birth Name: Alfred Joseph Hitchcock

Date of Birth: 13 August, 1899

Place of Birth: West Ham, Essex, England, U.K.

Date of Death: April 29, 1980

Place of Death: Bel Air, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Irish

Alfred Hitchcock was a British film director and producer. Both of his parents, Emma Jane (Whelan/Wheland) and William J. Hitchcock, were of mixed English and Irish ancestry. He was raised Catholic. He moved to Hollywood in 1939. Alfred became a U.S. citizen in 1955.

He was married to screenwriter and editor Alma Reville, until his death, with whom he had a daughter, actress and producer Pat Hitchcock.

Alfred’s paternal grandfather was Joseph H. Hitchcock (the son of Charles Hitchcock and Jemima Spooner). Joseph was English, and was born in Stratford, Greater London. Charles was the son of William Hitchcock and Sarah Martin. Jemima was the daughter of Robert Spooner and Susanna.

Alfred’s paternal grandmother was named Ann Mahoney (the daughter of Sylvester/Silvester Mahoney and Eleanor/Ellen). Ann was born in Stratford, Greater London, and had Irish ancestry.

Alfred’s maternal grandfather was named John Whelan. John was born in Ballinamore, Leitrim, Ireland.

Alfred’s maternal grandmother was Emma Mears (the daughter of William Mears and Jane Sophia Forster). Emma was English, and was born in Merton, Surrey. William was the son of William Mears. Jane was the daughter of Thomas Forster and Sarah Hancock.

Sources: Genealogy of Alfred Hitchcock –

Genealogy of Alfred Hitchcock (focusing on his father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. BlackGrape says:

    That makes Alfred Hitchcock exactly 50% Irish and 50% English.

  2. andrew says:

    his mother was of Irish extraction and he was raised Catholic

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