Denise Richards

Richards in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Denise Lee Richards

Place of Birth: Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 17, 1971

Ethnicity: German, French-Canadian, Irish, English, Welsh, distant Dutch

Denise Richards is an American actress and model. She became known in the late 1990s, after a string of films that highlighted her sex appeal, including Starship Troopers, Wild Things, The World Is Not Enough, and Valentine, among others.

Denise is the daughter of Joni and Irv Richards. Her family surname was originally Reichert. Her ancestry is German, French-Canadian, Irish, English, Welsh, and distant Dutch.

Several web sites have stated that Denise’s mother was of Croatian descent. This is not accurate.

Denise is married to Aaron Phypers. She has three children, including two with her former husband, actor Charlie Sheen.

Denise’s paternal grandfather was Irving Bernard Richards (the son of Theodore Reichert/Edward Richards and Theresa Cormier). Irving was born in Illinois. Theodore was born in Illinois, the son of Adam Reichert, a German immigrant, and of Frances Mary Breternitz/Preteinitz, who was born in Illinois, of German descent. Denise’s grandfather was born with the surname Reichert; the surname was later changed to Richards. Denise’s great-grandmother Theresa was also born in Illinois, the daughter of Albert Cormier, who was French-Canadian, and of Annie O’Neill, who was born in Illinois, to Irish parents.

Denise’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy M. Herron (the daughter of Fred Wesley Herron and Marguerite/Margaret A. Dando). Dorothy was born in Illinois. Fred was born in Illniois, the son of Simon Wesley Herron and Charlotte Lucretia Sperry, and was of mostly English ancestry, along with some distant Dutch roots. Marguerite was also born in Illinois, the daughter of Albert I. Dando and Margaret Loretta “Maggie” Broderick. Denise’s great-great-grandfather Albert’s parents, Meshack/Meshach Dando and Martha Swanborough, were born in Gloucester, England, and Aberystruth, Monmouthshire, Wales, respectively, while Denise’s great-great-grandmother Margaret’s parents, Richard Broderick and Mary Ann Gallagher, were Irish, with Richard being from Galway.

Denise’s maternal grandfather was James Donald Braden (the son of Robert Ernest Bradin and Rose Maude Baldwin). James was born in Michigan. Robert was the son of Robert F./Y. Bradin/Braden and Mary Welch. Rose was the daughter of Charles Albert “Bert” Baldwin and Lillian Viola Harris.

Denise’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Ann Kirkpatrick (the daughter of Mack/Mac Kirkpatrick and Florence Harriet Verta/Vietta/Vieta Parr). Shirley was born in Michigan. Mack was the son of Ephrim/Ephraim Kirkpatrick and Lydia Ida Graffins, who were from Pennsylvania. Florence was born in Canada, to English parents, James Parr and Mary Ann Cotterell.

Sources: Genealogies of Denise Richards (focusing on her father’s side) –

Birth record of Denise’s paternal grandfather, Irving Bernard Reichert/Richards –

Genealogies of Denise’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Simon Wesley Herron and Charlotte Lucretia Sperry –

Obituary of Denise’s maternal grandmother, Shirley Ann (Kirkpatrick) Braden Lehmann –


Curious about ethnicity

73 Responses

  1. A user says:

    Really? I thought she looked british.

  2. smiley says:

    So she’s 1/8th German, 1/16th French-Canadian, and the rest is British Isles with the exception of the distant dutch (though we don’t know who her maternal grandfather is).

  3. Dontchaknowanything says:

    Denise Richards is part black. Kaboom!

    • Adamina says:

      Couldn’t agree more. When I first saw Doutzen at the 2013 or 2012 (can’t really remember) Victoria’s secret fashion show for a second I thought it was Denise.. they really look alike

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