Birth Name: Eric Anthony Roberts
Place of Birth: Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 18, 1956
Ethnicity: English, German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, remote French
Eric Roberts is an American actor.
Eric is the son of Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, who were actors and playwrights. He is the brother of actresses Lisa Roberts Gillan and Julia Roberts (Julia Fiona Roberts). Eric is married to actress Eliza Roberts, who is the daughter of screenwriter David Rayfiel and radio host Lila Garrett. Eric is the father of actress Emma Roberts, with his former partner Kelly Cunningham.
Eric’s father’s family has lived in the American South for many generations; his ancestry includes English, German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and remote French.
Eric’s paternal grandfather was Walter Thomas “Tom” Roberts (the son of John Pendleton Roberts and Jimmie Glen Corbitt). Walter was born in Georgia. John was the son of Rhoda/Rodie Suttles. Jimmie was the daughter of Thomas C. Corbitt and Josephine “Josie”/Jodie Gherkey.
Eric’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice M. Beal (the daughter of William Edward Beal and Pearl F. Dooley). Beatrice was born in Georgia. William was the son of John Frank Beal and Martha Ann.
Eric’s maternal grandfather was Wendell John Bredemus (the son of John Math/Mathias/Matheus/Mathews Bredemus and Elin Maria “Eleanor” Johansdotter/Johnson). Wendell was born in Minnesota. Eric’s great-grandfather John was the son of Mathias/Mathew Bredemus, who was German, and of Elizabeth Steffens/Stevens, who was of German descent. Elin was Swedish, born in By församling, Värmlands län, Sweden, the daughter of Johan/John Jansson/Johnson and Emma Kristina Carlsdotter/Karlsdotter.
Eric’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ellen Billingsley (the daughter of James Henry Billingsley and Nellie Hutchings). Elizabeth was born in Indiana. James was the son of John James Warren Billingsley and Elizabeth P./A. Hymer/Hyner. Nellie was the daughter of Dolphin/Dalphin/Dalphon Hutchings and Ellen Greenlee/Matkin/Matkins.
Sources: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s article about Eric and Julia’s ancestry, at The Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Genealogy of Eric Roberts (through Eric’s sister, Julia Roberts) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogies of Eric’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Eric’s paternal great-grandfather, John Pendleton Roberts – http://www.findagrave.com
Marriage record of Eric’s maternal great-grandparents, James Henry Billingsley and Nellie Hutchings – https://familysearch.org