Drew Van Acker
Birth Name: Andrew Gregory Van Acker
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 2, 1986
Ethnicity: German, English, one eighth Belgian [Flemish], smaller amount of Irish
Drew Van Acker is an American actor, model, and producer. His roles include Pretty Little Liars, Tower Prep, Devious Maids, and Training Day. He was raised in Medford, New Jersey.
Drew’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Raymond Van Acker, Sr. (the son of Raymond Edmond Van Acker and Marie Burke). Raymond was the son of Belgian emigrants, from the Flanders region, Aloysious Van Acker, from Clerken, and Marie Hoste. Drew’s great-grandmother Marie was the daughter of Edward Joseph Burke, whose parents were Irish, and of Magdalena Theresa Brauch, whose parents were German, from Baden.
Drew’s paternal grandmother was Shirley Anne Diekemper (the daughter of Cleophas Henry Diekemper and Amelia Anna Marie Bretz). Cleophas was the son of Bernard Diekemper and Anna Elizabeth Schroeder, who were the children of German parents. Amelia was the daughter of John Bretz, a German immigrant, and of Mary Noll, whose parents were also German.
Drew’s maternal grandfather was Glenn William Walsh (the son of William Peter Walsh, Jr. and Elizabeth Ickes). Glenn was born in Kansas. Drew’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Peter Walsh, Sr. and Mary Anne Walsh, who were emigrants from Newfoundland, Canada. Elizabeth was an ethnic German emigrant, from Russia.
Drew’s maternal grandmother was Marilyn Olive Roberts (the daughter of Ivan Lester Roberts and Harriett M. Blum). Marilyn was born in Kansas. Ivan was the son of Albert Freeman Roberts and Irma Esther Constant, and had deep roots in the U.S. Harriett was the daughter of Stephen Douglas Blum, whose parents were German, and of Olive Adelaide Cole, who also had deep American roots.
Sources: Obituary of Drew’s paternal grandmother, Shirley Anne (Diekemper) Van Acker – https://www.legacy.com
Genealogy of Drew’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Drew’s maternal grandmother, Marilyn Olive (Roberts) Walsh – https://www.legacy.com
Drew’s maternal grandmother was Marilyn Olive Roberts (the daughter of Ivan Lester Roberts and Harriett M. Blum). Marilyn was born in Kansas. Ivan was the son Albert Freeman Roberts and Irma Esther Constant, and had deep roots in the U.S. Harriett was the daughter of Stephen Douglas Blum, the son of German emigrants, Olive Adelaide Cole, who had deep lines in America.