Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Prinze, Jr. in 2004, Joe Seer/

Birth Name: Freddie James Prinze

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 8, 1976

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican (paternal grandmother), German, as well as Irish, English, Scottish, Austrian, Swiss-German

Freddie Prinze, Jr. is an American actor. He is known for starring in the films I Know What You Did Last Summer and its sequel I Still Know…, as well as She’s All That, Scooby-Doo, and The House of Yes, among others, and the show Freddie.

Freddie is the son of Kathy Elaine (Barber) and actor Freddie Prinze. Freddie is married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, with whom he has two children.

Freddie’s father was of German and Puerto Rican descent. Freddie’s mother has Irish, English, Scottish, German, Austrian, and Swiss-German ancestry.

Freddie was raised Catholic. He spent some of his childhood in Puerto Rico. There, he learned about Spanish and Puerto Rican culture, and speaks Spanish.

Freddie’s paternal grandfather was Edward Ferdinand Karl Pruetzel (the son of Friedrich Karl Prutzel and Eleanor Maria Magdelena Schultes). Edward was German. He was born, in 1914, in Berlin, Charlottenburg, Germany, and died, in 1979, in Encino, Los Angeles, California. He appears to have come to the U.S. in the early 1930s. It has sometimes been reported that Freddie’s paternal grandfather was a Romani, a Hungarian, a Hungarian Jew, a German Jew, or a German of partial Jewish ancestry. It does not appear that Freddie’s paternal grandfather had Romani or Hungarian ancestry, and, there is no particular reason to think he had Jewish ancestry, either, although it is possible.

Freddie’s paternal grandmother was María de Gracia “Mare” Graniela y Ramirez (the daughter of Ramón Antonio Graniela y Mercado and María Emilia Ramirez y Cáceres). Freddie’s grandmother María was born in Puerto Rico. Ramón was the son of Manuel Graniela y Arroyo and Carmen Mercado. Freddie’s great-grandmother María was the daughter of José Nicomedes Ramirez y Cruz and María Nicomedes Cáceres y Vasquez.

Freddie’s maternal grandfather was James Edward Barber (the son of James Dalton Barber and Alma/Almie L. Sirk). Freddie’s grandfather James was born in West Virginia. Freddie’s great-grandfather James was the son of John Henry Barber and Sarah F. Huffman. Alma was the daughter of Bernard Stanley Sirk and Delilah C. Cunningham.

Freddie’s maternal grandmother was Patty/Patricia Elizabeth Cochran (the daughter of Hanson Porter M. Cochran and Permilia/Termilia Jane “Millie” Arthur). Patty was born in West Virginia. Porter was the son of David Lee Cochran and Rachel Jane Cool. Permilia was the daughter of George Lee/Lynch Arthur and Rachel Elizabeth “Betty” Hosey.

In a 1999 interview, Freddie stated:

My mom is English, Irish and Native American. My grandma and grandpa, who raised me for the first few years, were straight-up English and Irish.

In a 2007 interview, Freddie stated that his mother is of Italian descent, and added:

I speak better Italian than any New Yorker in this town. They butcher the language so much. It makes my mom sick. My mom [speaks] fluent Italian and is very proud of her roots. Didn’t let me watch The Godfather until I was sixteen because she hated the fact that everyone thought Italians were mobsters – even though some of her family I think were. (laughs) Her brother. But I spoke Spanish and Italian before I spoke English. I didn’t learn English until I was like ten.

It is not clear exactly why Freddie stated that he has Italian ancestry, but his maternal grandparents, James Edward Barber and Patty/Patricia Elizabeth Cochran, were not of Italian descent. In any case, in 2014, Freddie twitted:

I’m Puerto Rican English Irish and [N]ative American.

It is unclear if Freddie’s Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Sources: Genealogy of Freddie Prinze, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Freddie’s paternal grandfather, Edward Ferdinand Karl Pruetzel –

Genealogies of Freddie’s maternal grandmother, Patty/Patricia Elizabeth Cochran –

Genealogy of Freddie’s maternal grandmother, Patty/Patricia Elizabeth Cochran (focusing on her father’s side) –

Freddie’s maternal great-grandparents, Hanson Porter M. Cochran and Permilia/Termilia Jane “Millie” Arthur, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Freddie’s maternal great-grandfather, Hanson Porter M. Cochran –


Curious about ethnicity

48 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Why he lied about having italian ancestry lol…

  2. JRose says:

    Part of Switzerland speaks Italian, it borders Italy. This could be where the Italian comes into play, perhaps that is the part his mother’s side came from. He looks exactly what he is though, hispanic and Central European. He does not look Italian. Sorry guys. I grew up around Italians my who life. His features are not Italian. Also Italians have many different hair and eye colors so that really means nothing.

  3. americansrallmixed says:

    Hey doesn’t look white his features say it: his brows, his little eyes, his nose and skin .
    Look to his chidren too they’re exotic.
    He’s ethnic af.
    Clearly hispanic.

  4. athelya says:

    god.. americans

  5. Capricious says:

    Looks 100% Spanish to me. His Puerto Rican side is definitely full European and not native.

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