Dennis Miller

2004 NBC Winter Press Tour Party

Miller in 2004, photo by

Birth Name: Dennis Michael Miller

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 3, 1953

Ethnicity: German, Scottish, English, one eighth Bohemian Czech, possibly distant Irish

Dennis Miller is an American stand-up comedian, talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, and actor. He has had leading roles in the films The Net and Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood.

In a 1994 comedy show, Live from Washington, D.C. – They Shoot HBO Specials, Don’t They?, he stated, “I’m of Scottish extraction, very frugal people…,” 13 minutes into the comedy routine.

His mother, Norma, was a dietitian.

Dennis is married to Canadian model Caroline Espley, with whom he has two children.

Dennis’ paternal grandfather was Harold Zach Miller (the son of Oscar Miller and Mary M. Snyder). Harold was born in Pennsylvania. Oscar was the son of John Miller and Eusebia Angeline Johnson, and was of mostly or entirely German heritage. Mary was the daughter of German parents, Joseph C. Snyder and Ann.

Dennis’ paternal grandmother was named Margaret Barr. Margaret was born in Pennsylvania.

Dennis’ maternal grandfather was Elmer Charles Houck (the son of John Houck and Caroline Prasky/Prawsky). Elmer was born in Pennsylvania, to a German father and a mother from Bohemia, Czechia.

Dennis’ maternal grandmother was Maybelle Harris (the daughter of James John Harris and Amanda Jane Spencer). Maybelle was born in Michigan. James was born in New York, to parents from Devon, England, John James Harris and Mary Ann Bater. Amanda was the daughter of Ira Denis Spencer and Malinda Jane Parker, and had Colonial American (English ancestry).

2 Responses

  1. Mr. Postman says:

    Dennis’ mother was Norma Houck:
    I found her obituary on Newspapers but you need a subscription to see it.

    Dennis’s maternal great-grandfather, John Houck, emigrated from Germany. His maternal great-grandmother, Caroline Prasky/Prawsky, emigrated from Bohemia, Czech Republic:

    Dennis’ maternal grandmother, Maybelle Harris, was of English descent with roots in Colonial America:

    One of Dennis’ maternal fourth great-grandmothers was named Olive Casey. Casey is typically an Irish name:

    On the death certificate of Dennis’ paternal great-great grandfather, John Miller, John’s parents are listed as being born in Germany. My research indicates they were probably born in Pennsylvania. But Dennis great-grandfather, Oscar, who filled out the certificate believed them to have been born in Germany so they were probably German:

    Dennis paternal grandmother was named Margaret Barr. Barr is typically a Scottish name:

  2. Timothy Wayne Thomas says:

    His father is possibly James Louis Miller possibly the Son of Walter E Miller and Pauline Dowlak and Walter Es parents were William Henry Miller and Myrtle Blanche Yoder and his parents were Michael Miller and Hannah Beneigh and Michael Millers parents were Michael Miller and Mary Rever and his parents were Adam Miller and Eva Rummell…

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