Eric Christian Olsen
Place of Birth: Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 31, 1977
Eric Christian Olsen is an American actor. He has stated that he is of “100% Norwegian” descent.
Eric is the son of Jeanne, a non-denominational chaplain, and Paul V. Olsen, a college professor and coach. Eric is married to actress and model Sarah Wright Olsen, with whom he has three children. Eric’s brother is stuntperson David Paul Olsen; David is married to actress Daniela Ruah.
Eric’s paternal grandfather was Rolf Gerhard Olsen (the son of Engel Olai Helgesen/Olsen and Gunda Marie Lund). Rolf was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents. Engel was born in Sandviken, Bergen, Hordaland, the son of Helje Olsen and Karen Oline Madsdatter. Gunda was born in Christiania, the daughter of Ellert Evensen Lund and Virgine Hansdatter.
Eric’s paternal grandmother was Borghild V. Fjelsted (the daughter of Severin S. Fjelsted and Sofie/Sophie Anna Gulliksen). Borghild was born in Wisconsin. Severin was born in Wisconsin, to Norwegian parents, Caspar/Caspaer Olson/Olsen Fjeldsted, from Fjell, Flatanger, Nord-Trøndelag, and Christianna/Kristiana Israelsdatter, from Fleskmoen, Målselv, Troms. Sofie was born in Wisconsin, to Norwegian parents, Ole Gullickson/Gulliksen, from Mørk, Hedenstad, Øvre Sandsvær, Kongsberg, Buskerud, and Kari Larsdatter/Olsen, from Olesrud, Gransherad, Notodden.
Eric’s maternal grandfather was Curtis Jerome Donstad (the son of Joseph Andreas/Andrew Donstad and Caroline Louise Bailey). Curtis was born in Wisconsin. Joseph was born in Wisconsin, of Norwegian descent, the son of John Halvor/Halvorsen Donstad and Guro “Julia” Twethen. Caroline was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Anders Anbjornsen/Andrew Bailey/Bale/Baley, who was Norwegian, and of Thura/Julia Nelson, who was of Norwegian descent.
Eric’s maternal grandmother was Thelma Amelia Byom (the daughter of Albert Byom and Johanna/Hannah Jetmundsdatter Sperla/Spierly/Sperley). Thelma was born in Wisconsin. Albert was born in Wisconsin, the son of Norwegian parents, Andreas/Anders/Andrew Martin Pedersen/Pederson/Peterson/Byom, from Søndre Land, Oppland, and Mari/Mary Johansdattter, from Fluberg, Oppland. Johanna was born in Jostedal, Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, the daughter of Gjetmund Larsen Sperla and Anna Andersdatter Espe.
Sources: Genealogy of Eric Christian Olsen – https://www.geni.com
Obituaries of Eric’s maternal grandparents, Curtis Jerome Donstad and Thelma Amelia (Byom) Donstad – http://www.findagrave.com
Eric’s maternal grandfather, Curtis Jerome Donstad, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Eric’s maternal grandfather, Curtis Jerome Donstad – http://wheelanpressly.com
Eric’s maternal great-grandfather, Albert Byom, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org