Brian Austin Green

Green in 2008, Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Brian Green

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 15, 1973

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandmother), English, Scottish, distant French and Dutch, other

Brian Austin Green is an American actor, rapper, television personality, and podcaster. He is known for his roles on the series Beverly Hills 90210, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Freddie, and Anger Management, and in the film Domino. He has experimented with hip-hop music and has released an album.

Brian is the son of Joyce (Klein) and George Green (George Lewis Green), a country and western musician. He has a son with his former partner, actress Vanessa Marcil; three children with his former wife, actress and model Megan Fox; and a son with his partner, Australian ballroom dancer Sharna Burgess.

Brian added the middle name Austin because there was another actor named Brian Green.

Brian’s paternal grandfather had English and Scottish ancestry, and Brian’s paternal grandmother was of Italian descent.

Various web sites state that he also has Irish, Hungarian, and Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate. He is also sometimes said to have Jewish heritage, perhaps based on his character on 90210. His father, at least, is not Jewish.

Brian’s paternal grandfather was John Lewis Green (the son of William Jesse/Jessie Green and Ettie Iona Johnson). John was born in Texas. William was the son of William Jesse Green and Elizabeth Myers. Ettie was the daughter of John Johnson and Eva.

Brian’s paternal grandmother was Elvina Mary “Pat” Coscarelli (the daughter of Giuseppe “Joseph” Coscarelli and Rosina “Rose” DeRose/De Rose). Elvina was born in Indiana. Giuseppe was born in Cosenza, Calabria, Italy, the son of Raffaele/Raphaele Coscarelli and Teresina Bonofiglio. Rosina was born in Paola, Province of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy, the daughter of Pietro DeRose/De Rose and Teresina Quintieri.

Sources: Genealogies of Brian Austin Green (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Brian’s paternal grandparents, John Lewis Green and Elvina Mary “Pat” Coscarelli –

Brian’s paternal grandfather, John Lewis Green, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Brian’s paternal great-grandmother, Ettie Iona Johnson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Ettie Iona Johnson on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

40 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    This guy is as Italian as De Niro

  2. WovenintoAncestry says:

    Found a Las Vegas, NV marriage record stating George Lewis Green married Joyce Kovach (not Klein) on 05/08/1972. If this Joyce is the same person as his mother, then there’d be a strong possibility of Hungarian or Slavic roots.

  3. passingtime85 says:

    Kveller, the Jewish Journal, and the Jerusalem Post all claim Brian’s father is Jewish. Is there any validity to that claim? Or are they all just quoting the same misinformation?

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