Birth Name: Donald Joseph Cotrona
Place of Birth: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 23, 1980
Ethnicity: Italian (37.5%), Polish (one quarter), English, German, Austrian, Hungarian
D.J. Cotrona is an American actor. His father’s ancestry is half Italian, as well as German, Hungarian, and Austrian. His mother is of one half Polish, one quarter Italian, and one quarter English, descent.
D.J.’s paternal grandfather was Joseph August Cotrona (the son of Joseph Cotrona and Rose Papallo). D.J.’s grandfather Joseph was born in Connecticut. D.J.’s great-grandparents Joseph and Rose were also born in Connecticut, and all of their own parents were Italian, from Calabria.
D.J.’s paternal grandmother was Janet Frances Bensenhaver (the daughter of Frances Sandos). Janet was born in Connecticut. Her father was likely of German ancestry. Janet’s mother Frances was born in Austria, the daughter of Paul Sandos, who was born in Hungary, and of Josephine, who was born in Austria.
D.J.’s maternal grandfather was Anthony J. Magnoli, Jr. (the son of Anthony J. Magnoli, Sr. and Angela “Nellie”/”Nell” Krystofczyk). D.J.’s grandfather Anthony was born in Connecticut. D.J.’s great-grandfather Anthony was born in Connecticut, to Italian parents. Angela was also born in Connecticut, to Polish parents.
D.J.’s maternal grandmother was Joan Mitchell (the daughter of Charles S. Mitchell and Magdalena Duberek). Joan was born in Connecticut. Charles was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Sterling/Stirling Seldon Mitchell and Elizabeth Ann/Annie Gregory, and was of of British Isles/English descent; his own mother was from Newfoundland. Magdalena was born in Connecticut, to Polish parents, Stanislaus Duberek and Franciszka Kita.
Thus, both of D.J.’s maternal great-grandmothers were of Polish descent.
Sources: D.J.’s maternal grandfather, Anthony J. Magnoli, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of D.J.’s maternal grandfather, Anthony J. Magnoli, Jr. – http://www.legacy.com
D.J.’s maternal great-grandparents, Charles S. Mitchell and Magdalena Duberek, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of D.J.’s maternal great-grandmother, Magdalena Duberek (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com