Catherine Keener

Robert F. Kennedy Center 2013 Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner in New York City - Arrivals

Keener in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Catherine Ann Keener

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

Date of Birth: March 23, 1959

*English, German, Scottish (father)
*Lebanese/Syrian (mother)

Catherine Keener is an American actress. She is famous for her roles in the films Being John Malkovich, Lovely & Amazing, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Capote. Her father has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Her mother was born in Rhode Island, to Lebanese/Syrian parents. Catherine has a son with her former husband, actor Dermot Mulroney.

Catherine’s patrilineal line traces back to Peter Keiner, who was born, c. 1687, in the Palatinate Region of Germany.

Catherine’s paternal grandfather was Irving Abraham Keener (the son of Alexander Irvin Keener and Mary Elizabeth Young). Irving was born in North Carolina. Alexander was the son of Ulrich Keener and Carolina/Caroline Saphronia Ledford. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of William George Young and Ruth Elmira Moore.

Catherine’s paternal grandmother was Berdell “Birdie” Cope (the daughter of Lucius Lafayette Cope and Nancy Elizabeth Lindsey). Berdell was born in North Carolina. Lucius was the son of Lucious Lafayette Fisher and Nancy Angeline Cope. Catherine’s great-grandmother Nancy Lindsey was the daughter of Julious/Julius Monteville David Lindsey and Talitha Lewellyn Duncan.

Catherine’s maternal grandfather was Shiek/Sheik Michael George Jamiel (the son of George Jamiel and Mary).

Catherine’s maternal grandmother was named Annie Faloughi.

Sources: Genealogy of Catherine Keener –

Catherine’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Catherine’s paternal grandmother, Berdell “Birdie” Cope (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Catherine’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Catherine’s maternal great-grandfather, Shiek/Sheik Michael George Jamiel, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Naturalization record of Catherine’s maternal grandfather, Shiek/Sheik Michael George Jamiel –


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. JasonBaker says:

    Looks Romanian or Russian.

  2. lelo4 says:

    Looks like Barbra Streisand

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