David Chokachi

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Chokachi in 2016, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: David Coombs Al-Chokhachy

Place of Birth: Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 16, 1968

*father – Iraqi
*mother – English, Finnish

David Chokachi is an American actor. He is known for his role as Cody Madison on the series Baywatch, as well as for starring on the series Witchblade and Beyond the Break.

David is the son of Carolyn and Modhaffer Khalaf Al-Chokhachy. His father was born in Kadhimain, Iraq, and moved to the U.S. when he was sixteen. His mother was born in the U.S., of English and Finnish descent. David is married to Susan Brubaker, with whom he has one child.

Internet statements that David’s father is from Turkey are not correct.

David’s maternal grandfather was Elwin Warren Coombs (the son of Clarence E. Coombs and Georgiana Patterson). David’s grandfather Elwin was born in Massachusetts. Clarence was the son of William Addison Coombs and Julia Ann Warren Bisbee. Georgiana was born in Canada, the daughter of Andrew J. Patterson, who was English, and of Mary Burton.

David’s maternal grandmother was Empi Marie Hill (the daughter of Frank V. Hill and Matilda). Empi was born in Wyoming, to Finnish parents.

Sources: Obituary of David’s father – http://www.legacy.com

David’s maternal grandfather, Elwin Warren Coombs, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

David’s maternal grandmother, Empi Marie Hill, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of David’s maternal grandmother, Empi Marie (Hill) Coombs Peterson – https://www.newspapers.com


Curious about ethnicity

8 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    Change Iraqi —> Iraqi [Arab, Turkic] to make it more specific

  2. zachbickle says:

    His surname is turkish. Choka / Chokha is a kind of fabric. In modern turkish alphabet is written as “Çuha / Chuha”. “-chi / -chy” is a turkic suffix that gives the meaning of profession, habit, advocacy. So his surname roughly means clothier in turkish.

  3. andrew says:

    his father was an Iraqi Turk

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