Mark Pellegrino

2013 TCA Summer Press Tour - CBS/CW/Showtime Party - Arrivals

Pellegrino in 2013, photo by

Birth Name: Mark Ross Pellegrino

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 9, 1965

*father – German
*mother – Swedish, as well as Scottish, Irish, and English

Mark Pellegrino is an American actor. His roles include the series Lost, Supernatural, Dexter, Being Human, Quantico, and 13 Reasons Why.

Mark’s mother Carol had split up with her husband, William Pellegrino, and had a relationship with another man, conceiving Mark, before reuniting with her husband William, and divorcing during Mark’s early years. Mark discovered that William Pellegrino was not his biological father when he was twenty three. His biological father, Jerry, was a musician and bank president, and was said to have been of German descent. A DNA test taken by Mark indicated that he has no Italian ancestry.

He is married to Tracy Aziz.

William Pellegrino was the son of Dominic Joseph Pellegrino, who was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents, and of Helen/Helene Mary Palmer, who was born in Canada, to Russian parents.

Mark’s maternal grandfather was Lester Woodrow Felting (the son of Carl A. Felting and Charlotte/Carrollote Danielson). Lester was born in California, to Swedish parents.

Mark’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Jean Lamont (the daughter of George Henderson Lamont and Josephine Patricia Stanley). Dorothy was born in California. George was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and had Scottish ancestry. Josephine’s father was Irish.

Sources: Mark’s maternal grandfather, Lester Woodrow Felting, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Mark’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Jean Lamont, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

10 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    Additional information: paternal great-grandfather was Joseph Pellegrino as noted. He was the son of Francesco Pellegrino (1834) and Raffaela Isabella Nicastro (1834). Joseph and his parents were born in Calabria, Italy more specifically.
    paternal great-grandmother was Theodora Morrelli as noted and was the daughter of Bernardo Dominic Morelli and Carolina Barletta. Bernardo and Carolina were born in Como, Lombardo, Italy.
    Please tag Calabria and Lombardo as Italian regions.

  2. madman says:

    Bablah, you should take a look as Mark’s paternal grandmother.

    • bablah says:

      Sorry, nothing.
      Palmer sounds a lot like a Ukrainian last name Palamar (or Palamarchuk, Palamarenko). Nadrabas doesn’t sound like anything I know of, but Unafrey is likely from Onufriy, and that’s likely her father’s name. In any case, I believe they were Ukrainian or Rusyn (a lot of people in Canada with last name Palamar/chuk were), but I’ll have to wait for more info to claim that definitely.

      • madman says:

        William was born in Poland, according to the 1940 census.
        The 1920 and 1930 censuses both has William and Mary’s languages as Russian.
        Does lodgers and boarders provide clues for the rest of the household? In 1920, they had a Russian-born boarder named Alex Dunalsky, and in 1940 they had a Russian-born lodger named Alexander Lemberg.

  3. MettaWorkPlease says:

    His has an Italian nose. His look can be found in ell those nations he’s descendants are from

  4. lelo4 says:

    His pigmentation is Russian for sure. Ash blonde hair is very common in Russia, Swedes have more of a golden blonde hair.

  5. andrew says:

    he looks like one of those actors who play Russian roles, but he really has ancestry from Russia. It doesn’t mean his ancestors were ethnic Russians.

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