Matt Bomer

Bomer in 2012, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: Matthew Staton Bomer

Place of Birth: Webster Groves, Greater St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 11, 1977

Ethnicity: English (predominantly), Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Swiss-German, German, remote French

Matt Bomer is an American actor, producer, director, and singer. His roles include In Time, Magic Mike, The Normal Heart, White Collar, The Boys in the Band, Doom Patrol, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.

Matt is the son of Elizabeth and John Bomer, who was a Dallas Cowboys draft pick. He was raised in Spring, Texas.

Much of Matt’s ancestry is English. His maternal great-great-grandmother was of Swiss-German descent. Matt also has more distant Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and German, roots, as well as remote French ancestry, in the late 1500s.

Matt is married to publicist Simon Halls, with whom he has three children.

Matt’s patrilineal line leads to John Bomar, who was born, c. 1660, in Devonshire, England.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was John O’Neill Bomer III (the son of John O’Neill Bomer, Jr. and Lamar Gertrude Ryals). Matt’s grandfather John was born in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee. Matt’s great-grandfather John was the son of John O’Neill Bomer, who was Mayor of Brownsville, TN, and of Blanche G. Anderson. Lamar was the daughter of John B. Ryals and Emma L. Mobley.

Matt’s paternal grandmother is Mary Jane Moore (the daughter of James Rawlins Moore and Hannah Neal Hunter). Mary Jane was born in Tennessee. James was the son of Joseph Burney Moore and Mattie Lee Coppedge. Hannah was the daughter of Samuel Thompson Hunter and Mary Frances Edwards.

Matt’s┬ámaternal grandfather was Victor Bruce Staton (the son of┬áVictor Bryant Staton and Anne/Annie Elizabeth Howard). Matt’s grandfather Victor was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. Matt’s great-grandfather Victor was the son of Napoleon/Napolean B. Staton and Pattie/Patty/Polly Harton. Annie was the daughter of William/Willie James Howard and Mary L. Riley.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Martha Alice Macy (the daughter of Ishmael Wilford Macy and Fanny Elizabeth Heller). Martha was born in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana. Ishmael was the son of Edward Burton Macy and Bessie Lou Hocker, whose grandparents were all Swiss. Matt’s great-grandmother Fanny was the daughter of John Hebert Heller and Martha Alice Peterson.

Sources: Genealogies of Matt Bomer –

Genealogy of Matt’s paternal grandfather, John O’Neill Bomer III (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Obituary of Matt’s paternal grandfather, John O’Neill Bomer III –

Matt’s paternal grandmother, Mary Jane Moore, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Matt’s maternal great-grandparents, Victor Bryant Staton and Anne/Annie Elizabeth Howard –

Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-grandmother, Fanny Elizabeth Heller –

Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Martha Maria Dorwin (focusing on her father’s side) –

38 Responses

  1. Tyler Durden says:

    So many good looking American celebrities of British ancestry. Yet so many claim the British have bad genetics haha.

  2. cwm85 says:

    Imagine going to bed looking next to him every night. His partner is lucky.

  3. M-oneill-14 says:

    It is Scotch-Irish or Ulster Scots not “Northern Irish”, his O’Neill descent would be real northern Irish, the Scotch-Irish protestants were only in north Ireland a few generations when they moved to America.
    The O’Neills came from right in the center of modern Northern Ireland

  4. Marseille says:


  5. Janet Cooper says:

    Matt was born in Spring, Texas (or as he pronounces it, “Spraaang”). There is an interview from the Ellen Degeneres show from January 2011 where he states this, and also talks about how the drama department at Carnegie-Mellon worked to bust his Texas accent out of hum: “To beyyy ir not to beyyy just doesn’t sound rahhht…”
    YOU are the one who is incorrect and you are too much of a jerl to go look iy up. WIKIPEDIA DOES NOT LIE!!!!!

    Matthew Staton Bomer
    October 11, 1977 (age 35)[1][2][3]
    Spring, Texas

    I believe you have Matt mixed up with his character, Neal Caffrey, who (according to “White Collar” series canon) WAS born in St. Louis… Link to Ellen clip

    • follers says:

      In the clip, Ellen asks him where he is “from”, and he answers “Spring, Texas”. He doesn’t say he was born there, and there’s definitely a difference. And he wasn’t born there. Perhaps Neal Caffrey’s birthplace is a tribute to Matt’s own birthplace.

      BTW, I think Matt Bomer looks like Evan and Jaron Lowenstein. That is why I brought them up yesterday.

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