Birth Name: Damian Robert Chapa
Place of Birth: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 29, 1963
*father – Mexican [Spanish, distant Portuguese and Catalan, possibly other]
*mother – German
Damian Chapa is an American actor, film director, and producer. He has directed and co-written many low-budget films, including Fuego.
Damian is the son of Rico Chapa. He was raised in New York. Among Damian’s children are actor Ricco Chapa, and actor and producer Presly Chapa.
Damian has stated:
I think it is funny how ignorant people are when it comes to “Mexican” people or “Mexican American” people. We are a very diverse people, and not all one color or one stereo type. I in fact have several cultures in my blood line. My Dad is Mexican with Italian descent and my Mother is German and American Indian Cherokee. So that makes me Mexican German, Cherokee and Italian. However I am much closer to my Mexican American culture as it was something that was there for me when I was a kid. I am very passionate, intense and very family loving person. I speak some Spanish as a result of my Mexican grandmother. I am very close to my Mexican American culture as well.
It is not clear if Damian’s Italian and Cherokee Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. No recent Italian ancestry appears on his father’s side.
Damian’s paternal grandfather was Jesus Benavides Chapa (the son of Enrique Chapa and Carmen Benavides Garza). Jesus was born in Cerralvo, Nuevo León, Mexico. Enrique was born in Cerralvo, the son of Antonio Chapa Morales and Eduviges Gonzalez. Carmen was born in Cerralvo, the daughter of José Luciano Benavides and María de Jesús Garza del Bosque.
Damian’s paternal grandmother was named Juanita Gonzales/Gonzalez (the daughter of a father surnamed Gonzales/Gonzalez, and of Elma P. Garcia). Juanita was born in Texas. Her race was listed as “Mexican” on the 1930 U.S. Census. Elma was born in Texas.
Source: Genealogy of Damian’s father – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Damian’s father – http://www.legacy.com
Damian’s paternal grandparents, Jesus Benavides Chapa and Juanita Gonzales/Gonzalez, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Damian’s mother – https://www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com