David Strathairn

David Strathairn

Strathairn in 2004, photo by PrPhotos.com

Birth Name: David Russell Strathairn

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 26, 1949

*father – Scottish, Irish, Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Azorean Portuguese
*mother – Scottish, English

David Strathairn is an American actor. He is known for his role in the films Good Night, and Good Luck., Lincoln, and Matewan, among many others.

He is the son of Mary Frances (Frazier) and Thomas Scott Strathairn. David is married to nurse Logan Goodman, with whom he has two children.

David’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Scott Strathairn, Sr. (the son of George Strathairn and Julia Fanny Scott). Thomas was born in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, to a father who was born in Scotland and a mother who was born in Ireland. George was the son of George Strahorn/Strathearn and Margaret Aird.

David’s paternal grandmother was Jessie/Josephine Lei Victoria Alana (the daughter of James Anthony K. Alana and Rita Keola Marie Morris). Jessie was born in Hilo, Hawaii. James was born on Makawao, Maui, and his father was Chinese. Rita was born on Oahu. Her father was Portuguese, from the Azores. It appears that both James’s mother and Rita’s mother, who were born in Hawaii, were of Native Hawaiian descent.

David’s maternal grandfather was Russell George Frazier (the son of John Robert Frazier and Lelia Adelia/Adelaide George). Russell was born in Qahirah, Fraziers Bottom, Putnam, West Virginia. John was the son of Christopher Columbus Frazier and Abigail Ball. Lelia was the daughter of James George and Emeline Catherine Hereford.

David’s maternal grandmother was Elva Tryphana Irene Johnson (the daughter of Thomas Stoder Johnson and Margaret/Maggie Fiddes/Feddis). Elva was born in Bruce, Ontario, Canada. Thomas was the son of English parents, John Johnston and Hannah Banks, who was born in Yorkshire. Margaret was the daughter of William Fiddes and Helen Minty, who were Scottish, from Aberdeenshire.

Sources: Genealogies of David Strathairn – http://familypedia.wikia.com

Discussion of David’s paternal ancestry – http://www.genealogue.com

David’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

David’s paternal grandmother, Jessie/Josephine Lei Victoria Alana, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

David’s paternal great-grandparents, James Anthony K. Alana and Rita Keola Marie Morris, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

7 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    he’s a textbook example of “olive skin”, for those who don’t know what it is.

  2. Devotion says:

    He can easily pass as a full Syrian or Lebanese.

  3. California says:

    He looks Mexican.

  4. Jello says:

    I always thought that he might be half Indian. I guess not.

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