Frankie Grande

Grande in 2008, photo by

Birth Name: Frank James Michael Grande Marchione

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

Date of Birth: January 24, 1983

Ethnicity: Italian

Frankie Grande is an American dancer, musical theatre actor and singer, producer, television host, and YouTube personality. He is the older half-brother of singer and actress Ariana Grande.

Frankie is the son of Joan Grande and Vitor Marchione. His mother has been CEO of the family firm, a manufacturer of communications and safety equipment. Marchione is an Italian surname, possibly of Sicilian origin. A picture of Frankie’s parents can be seen here. A picture of Frankie’s half-sister Ariana, with their maternal grandparents, can be seen here. Frankie is married to Hale Leon. He is also an Italian citizen.

Frankie’s maternal grandfather was Frank Anthony Grande (the son of Antonio “Anthony” Grande and Filomena/Felmino “Philomena”/”Phyllis” Lavenditti). Frankie’s grandfather Frank was born in New York, to Italian parents. Antonio was born, c. 1900, the son of Raffaela/Raffaele V. Grande (b. 1876) and Sabato/Rose Cardalisca (b. July 1877, in Lanciano, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy), and moved to the U.S. in May 1903. Frankie’s great-grandmother Filomena was the daughter of Francesco Lavenditti/La Venditti and Benedetta Perrotti. Frankie’s grandfather also had roots in Bojano and Gildone, in Campobasso.

Frankie’s maternal grandmother is Marjorie M. Damico (the daughter of John Viovanni Damico/D’Amico and Felomina F. “Minnie” Gigante). Marjorie was born in New York, to Italian parents, with roots in San Fele, Potenza, Basilicata.

Sources: Genealogies of Frankie Grande (focusing on his mother’s side) –

History of Frankie’s maternal grandparents, Frank Anthony Grande and Marjorie M. Damico –

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