Birth Name: Eric T. Melvin
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States
Date of Birth: November 9, 1972
Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, Russian Jewish, Austrian Jewish, Finnish
Eric Dane is an American actor.
Eric is the son of Leah (Cohn) and William Melvin. He has English, German, Scottish, Russian Jewish, Austrian Jewish, and Finnish ancestry. Eric was raised in the Jewish faith of his mother and step-father (he was Bar Mitzvah).
Eric is married to actress Rebecca Gayheart, with whom he has two children.
Eric’s paternal grandfather was George Francis Melvin (the son of David Holmes Melvin and Laura Mack Johnson). George was born in Florida. David was the son of Joseph Melvin and MaryAnn Elizabeth Holmes. Laura was the daughter of Washington Perry Johnson and Sarah Frances Hill. Joseph Melvin’s great-grandfather, Daniel Melvin, was Scottish.
Eric’s paternal grandmother was Lonnie Mae Matthews (the daughter of John Wesley Matthews and Eva Elizabeth Ward). Lonnie was born in Florida. John was the son of Isom Burell Matthews and Elon Morriel. Eva was the daughter of Henry Hubard Ward and Sharlotte Elizabeth Roberts. Eva’s father was born in Germany. Eric’s father also had English ancestry.
Eric’s maternal grandfather was Maurice Dave Cohn (the son of Henry Cohn and Frances Zimet). Maurice was born in California. Henry was a Russian Jewish immigrant, the son of Isador Aaron Cohn and Ethel. Frances was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents.
Eric’s maternal grandmother was Rachel Helen “Rae” Wirtanen (the daughter of John R. Wirtanen and Tyyne Sillanpaa or Bak). Rachel was born in California, to Finnish parents.
Sources: Eric talks about his Jewish religion – http://www.interfaithfamily.com
Genealogy of Eric’s paternal grandfather, George Francis Melvin (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Eric’s paternal grandfather, George Francis Melvin, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Eric’s paternal grandmother, Lonnie Mae Matthews, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Eric’s maternal grandfather, Maurice Dave Cohn, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Eric’s maternal grandmother, Rachel Helen “Rae” Wirtanen, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Article about Eric’s wife, Rebecca Gayheart (mentions Eric’s Jewish faith) – http://rebeccagayheartfan.com