Chad Michael Murray

Murray in 2006, Joe Seer /

Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 24, 1981

*father – English, German, Swiss-German, distant Scottish
*mother – Polish

Chad Michael Murray is an American actor, spokesperson, writer, and model. He is known for his roles on the shows One Tree Hill and Riverdale, and in the films Freaky Friday (2003), A Cinderella Story, House of Wax (2005), and Survive the Night, among other works. He has also been billed as Chad Murray.

Chad is the son of Sheila and Rex Murray, an air traffic controller. He is married to actress and model Sarah Roemer, with whom he has three children.

There is an internet rumor that one of Chad’s grandmothers was Japanese. This is not accurate.

Chad’s paternal grandfather was Albert Luther Murray (the son of William Henry Murray and Rosa Belle Lock). Albert was born in Ohio. William was the son of Isaac Newton Murray and Sarah Lavina Mikesell. Rosa was the daughter of John Henry Lock and Emma A. Smith.

Chad’s paternal grandmother was Leora L. Halter (the daughter of George Edward Halter and Mary Ada Long). Leora was born in New York. George was the son of Edward Halter and Mary Ann Miller. Chad’s great-grandmother Mary Long was the daughter of Daniel G. Long and Catherine Fogelsonger.

Chad’s maternal grandfather was named Raymond Oldenski (the son of Stanley Oldenski).

Chad’s maternal grandmother was Pearl Belsky (the daughter of Anthony Belsky and Anna/Ann Scrules). Pearl was born in Pennsylvania. Anthony was born in Marijampole, Lithuania, the son of Polish parents, Anthony Belsky and Anna/Ann Tomashesfsky. Chad’s great-grandmother Anna was born in Jenny Lind, Arkansas, the daughter of Polish parents, Anthony Scrules and Anna Zevetski.


Chad’s paternal grandfather, Albert Luther Murray, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Chad’s paternal grandmother, Leora L. Halter, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituaries of Chad’s paternal grandmother, Leora L. (Halter) Murray –

Genealogies of Chad’s maternal grandparents, Raymond Oldenski and Pearl Belsky –

Genealogy and obituary of Chad’s maternal grandmother, Pearl (Belsky) Oldenski –


Curious about ethnicity

62 Responses

  1. Erik1714 says:

    I just cheked, and the Murray Line leads to Daniel Murray, who was born about 1755 in Scotland, and like I said Murray can be a Scottish surname.

    I don’t know if he has some Irish ancestry in other line…

    Also, tag Alsatian

    • Oaken05 says:

      It’s not just that “Murray” can be a Scottish surname, it’s that it is most often a Scottish surname. It can also be Irish. But the main point is that it’s definitely less likely to be English.

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