Birth Name: Joel James Gretsch
Place of Birth: St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.
Date of Birth: December 20, 1963
Ethnicity: German, French-Canadian, possibly other
Joel Gretsch is an American actor.
Joel is the son of Barbara and Russell Gretsch. He was raised in Albany, Minnesota.
Joel is married to actress Melanie Shatner, whose father is actor William Shatner. Joel and Melanie have two children.
Joel’s paternal grandfather was named Joseph Gretsch.
Joel’s paternal grandmother was Maria/Mayme/Mamie Peltier (the daughter of Edward Adlaska Peltier and Cathrine/Catherine Dickhausen). Edward was born in Minnesota, to parents from Canada. Cathrine was born in Germany, the daughter of Henry Dickhausen and Louisa Brenner.
Sources: Marriage record of Joel’s paternal grandparents, Joseph Gretsch and Maria/Mayme/Mamie Peltier – http://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Joel’s aunt (father’s sister) – http://www.familysearch.org