Birth Name: Douglas Darrien Walker
Place of Birth: Naples, Campania, Italy
Date of Birth: 17 November, 1981
Ethnicity: German, Polish, some Dutch, likely some English
Doug Walker, known as Nostalgia Critic, is an American comedian, film critic, actor, filmmaker, and YouTuber. He created, and stars in, the satirical review web series named after his alter ego; the character is known for his mock-anger. He co-created the web site That Guy With The Glasses/Channel Awesome, on which both his and others’ work appears.
Nostalgia Critic was born in Naples, Italy, the son of American parents, Sandra, a therapist, and Barney Walker, a musician, who was in the U.S. Navy at the time. He was partly raised in Rhode Island, Washington, Jacksonville in Florida, and finally Chicago, Illinois. He is married to Robin Poage.
Nostalgia Critic’s paternal grandfather was Sidney Russell Walker (the son of Frederick Cecil Walker and Elsie Philomena Richert). Frederick was the son of Samuel Walker and Katherine. Elsie was the daughter of Jacob Richert and Salome Mugler, who were of ethnic German heritage, with roots in Imbsheim, Bouxwiller, Bas-Rhin, Grand Est, France.
Nostalgia Critic’s paternal grandmother was Adeline Antoinette Slamkowski (the daughter of Leon Slamkowski and Antoinette Gerowska). Adeline was of Polish descent.
Nostalgia Critic’s maternal grandfather was Marvin Roy Polkow (the son of William Polkow and Martha Warzonek). Marvin was born in Brown, Minnesota, and was a frozen food pioneer. William was born in Maywood, Illinois, to German parents, Wilhelm Ludwig Christian Polkow and Maria Sophia Elizabeth Schutt, who were from Mecklenburg. Marvin was said to have been descended from German composer Heinrich Schütz.
Nostalgia Critic’s maternal grandmother was Elaine M. Sipchen (the daughter of John Henry/George Sipchen and Marie Van Dusen). Elaine was born in Illinois. John was born in Escanaba, Michigan, the son of Peter John Sipchen, whose parents were Dutch; and of Florence Veronica Roemer. Marie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of George W. Vandusen and Mabel Herndon.
Sources: Genealogy of Nostalgia Critic – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy and obituary of Nostalgia Critic’s mother – https://www.findagrave.com