Austin Nichols

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Nichols in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Austin Don Nichols

Place of Birth: Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 24, 1980

Ethnicity: Dutch (maternal grandfather), English, Swiss-German, German, Irish, Scottish, distant Welsh

Austin Nichols is an American actor, director, and athlete. His roles include the films The Day After Tomorrow, Glory Road, The Informers, and The Iron Orchard, and the shows One Tree Hill, The Walking Dead, and John from Cincinnati. He was part of the U.S. junior water ski team in the Pan-American Championships in 1997, and was on the U.S. junior Olympic water skiing team.

He is the son of Kay, who was a champion professional trick water skier, and David Nichols, a radiologist. He was raised in Austin, Texas, near Lake Austin.

Austin’s paternal grandfather was John William Nichols (the son of Haskell Linton Nichols and Mary Townsend). John was born in Michigan. Haskell was the son of Myron Henry Nichols and Elizabeth Linton, who was Irish. Mary was the daughter of Willis Hankins Townsend and Mary Margaret Bowland.

Austin’s paternal grandmother was Ann Deaton (the daughter of David Grady Deaton and Irene Wood). Ann was born in Texas. David was the son of John James Deaton and Olive Ann Faith. Irene was the daughter of Albert Sidney Wood and Beulah L. Wood.

Austin’s maternal grandfather was Franklin Cornelius Vermeulen (the son of Frank John Vermeulen and Gerritdiena “Delia” Spitsbergen). Franklin was born in Michigan. Frank was Dutch. Gerritdiena was born in Michigan, to Dutch parents, Jan Hendrik Spitsbergen and Jentje Van den Berg.

Austin’s maternal grandmother was Helen Pauline Hagy (the daughter of Victor Emanuel Hagy and Majora Moss). Helen was born in Michigan. Victor was born in Ohio, to John Hagy, who was Swiss, and Caroline Sunteimer/Sundhiemer, who was German. Majora was born in Ohio, the daughter of Richard Henry Moss and Amanda Ann Cain.

Sources: Austin’s paternal grandfather, John William Nichols, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Austin’s paternal great-grandfather, Haskell Linton Nichols, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Austin’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary Townsend, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Austin’s paternal grandmother, Ann Deaton, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Austin’s maternal grandfather, Franklin Cornelius Vermeulen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Austin’s maternal grandmother, Helen Pauline Hagy, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Austin’s maternal great-grandfather, Victor Emanuel Hagy, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

2 Responses

  1. phaedra says:

    Handsome. Looks more Jewish or Italian though.

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