Casper Van Dien

Van Dien in 2011, Barbara J. Petrick /

Birth Name: Casper Robert Van Dien

Place of Birth: Milton, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 18, 1968

Ethnicity: Dutch, English, Swiss-French, Swiss-German, Irish, Scottish, Swedish/Finland-Swedish/Finnish, remote French, Polish, and Danish

Casper Van Dien is an American actor and producer. Among his roles are Starship Troopers, Tarzan and the Lost City, and Sleepy Hollow.

Various web sites state that Casper also has Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented. No Native American ancestors are listed on publicly available family trees of Casper Van Dien.

He has four children: two, including actress Grace Van Dien, with his former wife, Carrie Mitchum (whose grandfather was actor Robert Mitchum); and two with his former wife, actress Catherine Oxenberg.

Casper’s paternal grandfather was Casper Anson Van Dien (the son of Casper Force Van Dien and Alice Wilsie Peterson). Casper’s grandfather Casper was born in New York, and was from a family that had lived in the United States since the 1600s. He was of mainly Dutch descent, with some English, and remote French, Polish, and Danish, roots. Some of Casper’s distant ancestors had been born in Germany, but were possibly or likely of ethnic Dutch descent. Casper’s great-grandfather Casper was the son of John William Van Dien and Jane E. Vreeland. Casper’s great-grandmother Alice was the daughter of Anson Rice Peterson and Rachel Auryansen.

Casper’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Maria/Mary Bornand (the daughter of William Henri Bornand and Emma Augusta Villard). Elizabeth was born in New Jersey, to Swiss parents, of Swiss-French and Swiss-German descent. William was the son of Louis Bornand and Elisabeth Schneider. Emma was the daughter of Auguste Villard and Rose Anne Marie Gauthier.

Casper’s maternal grandfather was William Burnell Morrow (the son of James William Morrow and Beatrice Flagg). William was born in California, and had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. He was from a family with deep roots in the U.S. James was the son of Rufus Marion Morrow and Harriet Esther Tanner. Beatrice was the daughter of Byron Stephen/Salls Flagg and Winnifred/Winifred L. Joyce.

Casper’s maternal grandmother was Edith Wilhelmina Johnson (the daughter of Carl Emil Johnson and Hannah Omen/Oman). Edith was born in Rhode Island. Carl was born in Sweden. Hannah was born in Finland, and was likely of Swedish descent.

Sources: Genealogies of Casper Van Dien –

Marriage record of Casper’s paternal grandparents, Casper Anson Van Dien and Elizabeth Maria/Mary Bornand –

Casper’s paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Maria/Mary Bornand, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Casper’s paternal great-grandparents, William Henri Bornard and Emma Augusta Villard –

Casper’s maternal grandmother, Edith Wilhelmina Johnson, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Edith Wilhelmina Johnson on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Edith Wilhelmina Johnson on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

26 Responses

  1. madman says:

    I think Hannah Omen/Oman was ethnically Swedish. The 1920 and 1930 censuses lists her language as Swedish, the same for her parents’ language.

    Although the 1910 census disagrees:

  2. perez-richart says:

    tom brady its you

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