Frank Grillo

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Grillo in 2006, photo by

Birth Name: Frank Anthony Grillo

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 8, 1965

Ethnicity: Italian

Frank Grillo is an American actor. His roles, mostly in the action and thriller genres, include The Grey (2012), The Purge sequels, and Wheelman, among many others.

He is of Italian descent. He has said that his Calabrese grandparents only talked to him in Italian. His Calabrian roots are in Locri. Frank has a son with his former wife Kathy; and two children with his former wife, actress Wendy Moniz.

Frank’s maternal grandfather was Frank Tateo (the son of Paolo/Pavolo/Paul Tateo and Paolina/Pauline/Paola Castellanetta). Frank’s grandfather Frank was born in New York, to Italian parents, from Gioia del Colle, Bari, Apulia. Paolo was the son of Giovanni Tateo and Filomena Orfino. Paolina was the daughter of Giovanni Castellaneta and Maria Maddalena Linzalone.

Frank’s maternal grandmother was Jennie Aurrichio (the daughter of Luigi “Louis” Aurrichio/Auricchio and Rosina “Rose” Inglese). Jennie was born in New York, to Italian parents, from Roccadaspide, Salerno, Campania.

Source: Obituary of Frank’s maternal grandmother, Jennie (Aurrichio) Tateo –

21 Responses

  1. MettaWorkPlease says:

    Cool dude. Doesn’t matter what people say, Italians are the best. They also age well, like Frank here. British men & women age terrible, you’d think Jason Statham is the same age as Sylvester Stallone in the Expandables, but he’s 22yrs younger. Doesn’t matter if Italians aren’t white like ignorant people like to say, Italians are still the coolest, most interesting, best looking, classy Europeans. I’d rather be Italian than British or German

  2. stlucas says:

    He screams Italian. He looks like the stereotypical confident and talkative Italian.

  3. andrew says:

    He stated to be a second generation Italian-American and that his Calabrese grandparents talk to him only in Italian.

    Interview (in Italian):

  4. phaedra says:

    He’s kinda cute. I expected southern Europe. Looks more Slavic to me though (Serb/Croat).

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