Fredric March

Birth Name: Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel

Date of Birth: August 31, 1897

Place of Birth: Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Death: April 14, 1975

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*father – German
*mother – English, Scottish, Dutch, remote German, Belgian [Flemish], and Norwegian

Fredric March was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), tying with Wallace Beery for The Champ (1931). He won the award again for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

Fredric was the son of Cora Brown (Marcher), a schoolteacher, and John Frederick Bickel, a Presbyterian Church elder. His father was of German ancestry. His mother was of English, as well as Scottish and Dutch, and remote German, Belgian (Flemish), and Norwegian, descent.

Fredric was married to actress Florence Eldridge, until his death. The couple had two children, who were adopted.

Fredric’s paternal grandfather was John Bickel (the son of Ludwig Bickel and Susanna Reigner). John was born in Bavaria, Germany, to American parents of German descent. Ludwig was the son of Jacob Bickel and Mary Elizabeth Schidler.

Fredric’s paternal grandmother was Regina Vetter (the daughter of Johann Georg Vetter and Christine Catharine Weidner). Regina was German, born in Huchenfeld, Pforzheim, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg. Christine was the daughter of Georg Friedrich Weidner and Anne Barbara Vetter.

Fredric’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Scott Marcher (the son of George Henry Marcher and Elizabeth Delia Wilson). Thomas was born in New York. George was English, born in North Shields, Northumberland, England, and also had some Scottish ancestry. He was the son of James Marcher and Hannah Kerr. Elizabeth was the daughter of John L. Wilson.

Fredric’s maternal grandmother was Cynthia/Samantha Van Deusen (the daughter of Robert Van Deusen and Anne Hortley). Cynthia was born in Pennsylvania. Robert was the son of Daniel Van Deusen and Lora Bagley.

Sources: Genealogy of Fredric March –

Genealogies of Fredric March (focusing on his mother’s side) –

2 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

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