Erik von Detten

Erik Von Detten

von Detten in 2004, photo by Joe Seer/

Birth Name: Erik Thomas Von Detten

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 3, 1982

Ethnicity: German, Ashkenazi Jewish, English, distant Scottish and Irish, remote Dutch

Erik von Detten is an American actor. A prolific child actor and teen idol in the 1990s and early 2000s, his roles include the films Top Dog, as the voice of Sid in Toy Story, as Wallace “Wally” Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver (1997), Recess: School’s Out, The Princess Diaries, American Girl, National Lampoon’s Barely Legal, and Smile (2005); the made-for-tv movies Escape to Witch Mountain (1995), Christmas Every Day, Brink!, and Replacing Dad; and the series Days of Our Lives, The Pinocchio Shop, Recess, Odd Man Out, So Weird, Dinotopia, and Complete Savages.

Erik is the son of Volker and Susan von Detten, a photographer. His father is a German immigrant and Erik’s mother is American-born. Erik’s maternal grandfather was of Russian Jewish descent, and Erik’s maternal grandmother had English, German, distant Scottish and Irish, and remote Dutch, ancestry.

Erik is married to real estate agent Angela, with whom he has three children. Angela is Taiwanese-American.

Erik’s maternal grandfather was Phillip/Philip Farber (the son of Abraham Farber and Bertha Nachbaum). Phillip was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Abraham was the son of Louis Farber and Annie.

Erik’s maternal grandmother was Violet Marie Carmichael (the daughter of Lloyd Franklin Carmichael and Myrtle Jessie Hubbard). Violet was born in Wichita, Kansas. Lloyd was born in Kansas, the son of Solomon Ensley Carmichael and Martha Mary Bottjer, who was of German descent. Myrtle was born in Kansas, to a father from Indiana, Joseph Hubbard, and a mother from Missouri, Sarah Quintilla Newkirk.

Sources: Genealogy of Erik von Detten (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Erik’s maternal grandfather, Phillip/Philip Farber, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Erik’s maternal grandmother, Violet Marie Carmichael (through her sister) –

Erik’s maternal grandmother, Violet Marie Carmichael, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Erik’s maternal grandmother, Violet Marie (Carmichael) Farber –

9 Responses

  1. LizzieLana says:

    Philip’s full name was Philip Charles Farber.

  2. LizzieLana says:

    Change it to :

    father: German
    mother: Ashkenazi Jewish, English, distant Scottish

  3. LizzieLana says:

    Looks like he tanned himself.

  4. neves says:

    do you just use the ugliest pictures of people that you can find?

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