Chad Michael Murray

Murray in 2006, Joe Seer /

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

Date of Birth: August 24, 1981

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Polish, German, Swiss-German

Chad Michael Murray is an American actor, spokesperson, writer, and model. He is married to actress and model Sarah Roemer, with whom he has two children.

Chad is the son of Sheila and Rex Murray. On his father’s side, Chad has English, German, and Swiss-German, ancestry. Chad has said that he also has Irish and Polish ancestry, which would presumably be from his mother’s side.

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.

Sources: Genealogy of Chad’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

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

Genealogy of Chad’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Sarah Lavina Mikesell (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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

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

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58 Responses

  1. Tyler Durden says:

    Read this tidbit on wiki

    “Nope, there’s not a single source for that information. A few years back there was a user edit on the website under the trivia section in his profile that said exactly this “When stationed in Japan while serving in the army, Chad’s grandfather met and married a Japanese woman and eventually Chad’s mother was born. Thus, he is a quarter Japanese.” The piece of information itself had no source, Chad has never stated anything about it in any of his interviews, and while Chad’s paternal side tree is available to the public (English, some German) his mother’s side is not. Noone knows her ancestry or her name. So the story about her being Japanese is false, because we don’t know anything about her ancestry or family to begin with. ”

    This is probably the best explanation for the origin of the 1/4 japanese rumor. Just some fan edit on a site that got regurgitated to other sites to the point noone questions the validity of it anymore and just take peoples word for it.

  2. Tux says:

    Just lol at how hard people will reach to discredit the whiteness of someone. I’ve heard it all now some 0.5% asian admixture in Scandinavia is responsible for “asian eyes”. LOL most half white half asian people don’t have the epicanthic folds yet idiots believe some 0.5% admixture in Scandinavia is responsible for the eyes. Sometimes the dumbness of people astounds even me.

  3. GLXY says:

    Wow calm down I just made a suggestion. It’s possible that he has deep Native American ancestry if his family has been in this country for many generations.

    I know some European have almond eyes but he doesn’t seems to have Finnish or Russian blood, if it was the case I think he would’ve say it in a interview

    • sylosis says:

      Firstly its not called almond eyes. Most people in the world have almond eyes regardless of race.

      What you’re looking for is “borealized eyes” and what does finnic or Russian blood have to do with anything here? Borealized eyes can be found all over Europe. It is a remnant of the Glacial age, it has nothing to do with asian or mongoloid ancestry as its found in places that mongols never touched.

      Gaspard Ulliel is French and has them. Has anyone ever mentioned Chad has Native ancestry? no? then what source do you have for this unless its just guess work? because he have no native traits or features at all.

      Furthermore the amount of people keep bringing up Native ancestry is so flipping retarded. Everbody and their mother claims Native ancestry but the fact of the matter is the MAJORITY OF THEM WERE WIPED OUT. There is statistically not enough remaining Natives for all these people to keep claiming it all the time. The large density of the Caucasian American population arrived here AFTER the massacre of the Natives. The Caucasian population during colonial times wasn’t even half the size it is today. We got that size by immigration not baby making so its impossible for a substantial amount of White Americans to have Native ancestry. Same goes for most of the Blacks who often claim it.

      • Leslie says:


        100% true, correct. Wish there was more people like this spreading the truth.

        Too many wannabes out there lying about their ancestry. It’s really sad and pathetic, when the truth lies in history, facts, and educating yourselves instead of trying to be cool, trendy, or exotic.

        By the way people, we know who the wannabes are and who are the true ones.

        – Signed a Native-Canadian.

      • Dogg says:

        It is more likely that African-Americans have Native American ancestry than White-Americans due to their colonial roots.

  4. andrew says:

    most Murray are of Scottish or Irish descent

  5. GLXY says:

    I would suggest maybe some Native American ancestry rather than Japanese but his eyes definitely suggest he had either Native or Asian blood.

    Any informations about his ethnicity because Murray can be a Scottish, English or Irish surname.

    • Dago989 says:

      Its hard trying to argue against the stereotypes of Americans being stupid when comments like this exist.

      Explain to me what in the hell do almond eyes have to do with Native American ancestry? CAUCASIANS CAN HAVE ALMOND EYES TOO. Have you been to Scandinavia? they are quite common among Northern Europeans. Europeans don’t have legit round eyes to begin with. The only people who have uber round eyes are Africans. Somalis, those beady round eyes that you see in Somalis is not common anywhere in Europe. Most Caucasians eyes are in between. With some regions almond eyes being more prominent than others. Usually its central europeans, north, and east europeans where almond eyes are most common. Asians aren’t the only people who evolved in the cold. There is also a difference between Caucasian almond eyes and Native/Mongoloid almond eyes they don’t look the same at all and Caucasians lack the fold that mongoloids have.

      • n/a says:

        I’m black and don’t have round eyes…so your point is invalid.

        • Leslie says:

          He/She didn’t say al. They just said that is is FOUND in Africans.

          Other than that, what Dago said is 100% correct
          (Mostly whites and blacks who are wannabes) try to say they have their features from a non-existent ancestor. That their eyes are a result of that of a native ancestor from 400+ years ago.

          Come on now, you are NOT THAT RACE IF IT WAS SO LONG AGO, and if you have no proof.

          Often, people with low brow ridges or low sitting eyebrows ( like Taylor Lautner, and Chad M Murray ) BOTH HAVE, can give a more smaller/squintier look to the eyes,as the eyes are hooded from the excess skin. Does not mean they are Native or asian atall.

          Taylor lautner is 100% european despite what anyone or he tries to say. His family tree points only to being european-caucasian, as do his parents.

          Whites, blacks, etc can all look different. Does not mean they are mixed. With Hairdye, skin bleaching, Extensions, Hair relaxers, contacts, etc etc, can all change how a person looks ( this can also make a person look more mixed)

          Like someone else said aswell, I’ve also seen Sami and Scandinavians, with very slanted or almost asian like eyes. But most Caucasian Europeans are 100% what they are and where they come from. So I highly doubt they are asian or Native AMERICAN.

          The fact of the matter is, most Caucasian-Americans, Black-Americans, ARE THAT! nothing more, nothing less. It’s so pathetic and irritating to always hear “i’m Cherokee, Blackfoot, etc) All the time, when clearly they aren’t, neither are their parents, family, etc and there is no proof to say that in their family tree, census, government, etc.

          There was no such thing as Native ancestry being deleted from family trees. it’s just a matter of finding it within census, government, etc.

          If you are Native, you KNOW YOU ARE and you have the information, your family tree, documents, etc to prove it.


      • Dogg says:

        Scandinavians have Mongoloid admixture.

        • Dogg says:

          There is a Native Americanish Mongoloid component in Northern Europeans which I think might explain the eyes.

        • Tux says:

          LOL please if you don’t know what you’re talking about don’t bring genetics into this. Southern europeans have african admixture too. Yet they have no black traits. Quite the opposite actually. They have light to olive skin, a lot of body hair (uncommon in blacks), straight hair and overlap genetically with other europeans. That admixture is from INDO EUROPEANS. It has nothing to do with Asians. All Europeans have admixture fool, European wasn’t always populated. Europeans migrated out of the Middle East. Some minor asian admixture does not have any bearing on modern phenotypes don’t be stupid. Those eyes occur in people with no Asian admixture as well so your point is moot.

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