David Byrne

David Byrne's "Ride, Rise, Roar" Film Launch London Photocall

Byrne in 2011, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Date of Birth: 14 May, 1952

Ethnicity: Scottish, Irish

David Byrne is a Scottish-born American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer, music theorist, and filmmaker. He was the lead singer and guitarist of new wave band Talking Heads. Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth were also members of the band.

David is the son of Emily “Emma” Anderson and Thomas Byrne. His parents were from Glasgow. David’s father was Catholic and his mother was Protestant. Catholics in Scotland usually have Irish ancestry, and David’s surname, Byrne, is often Irish. His maternal grandparents lived in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

At the age of two, David moved with his family to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and then to Arbutus, Maryland, U.S., around 1961. He lives in New York City.

David has a daughter with his former wife, costume designer, model, and actress Adelle Lutz. Adelle is the maternal aunt of actress and model China Chow.

David’s maternal grandfather was named William “Willie” Brown.

David’s maternal grandmother was named Sarah.

Source: Family history of David’s mother – http://davidbyrne.com

8 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Dark? Quite the contrary I think. Apart from his hair (when younger) and eyes, he is very pale.

    It is already mentioned that his father was Catholic. Now, given that fact, is it more likely that a Catholic man from Scotland with a most often Irish surname has Irish (Catholic) or Jewish ancestry?


  2. Pegzi says:

    He’s awesome! I loved his daughter in ‘Gifted’

  3. andrew says:

    You’re a troll.

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