Matthew Modine

Modine in 2017, photo by Starfrenzy/

Birth Name: Matthew Avery Modine

Place of Birth: Loma Linda, San Bernardino, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 22, 1959

Ethnicity: English, one eighth Swedish, some Scottish, German, and Dutch, likely 1/16th Danish

Matthew Modine is an American actor and filmmaker. His roles include the films Birdy, Vision Quest, Full Metal Jacket, Married to the Mob, Gross Anatomy, Pacific Heights, Short Cuts, Cutthroat Island, The Dark Knight Rises, 47 Meters Down, and Oppenheimer, the made-for-tv movies And the Band Played On and What the Deaf Man Heard, and the series Weeds, Proof (2015), and Stranger Things.

Matthew is the son of Dolores Lillian (Warner), a bookkeeper, and Mark Alexander Modine, who managed drive-in theatres. His paternal great-grandfather was a Swedish immigrant. His other ancestry includes English, and some Scottish, German, and Dutch, as well as likely 1/16th Danish. He was raised partly in Utah, and in Imperial Beach, California. Matthew is married to Caridad Rivera, with whom he has two children, including actress, dancer, and singer Ruby Modine. His aunt was actress Nola Fairbanks.

Matthew’s paternal grandfather was Alexander Revard Modine (the son of Andrew Daniel Andreassan Modine and Margaret Josephine Campbell). Alexander was born in Oklahoma. Matthew’s great-grandfather Andrew was Swedish, born in South Hokaslatt, Slatthag, Kokaboda, the son of Daniel Andreasson/Andreas Modane/Modén and Maja Mary Andersdotter. Margaret was the daughter of William E. Campbell and Rosa Lee Traylor.

Matthew’s paternal grandmother was Zella Vonola Fairbanks (the daughter of Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks and Celestia Adelaide Johnson). Zella was born in Utah. Ralph and Celestia were LDS (Mormon) pioneers. Ralph was a noted prospector, who established several towns in the Death Valley area of California. He was the son of William David Fairbanks and Susanna/Susan Mandeville. Celestia was the daughter of Philo Johnson and Experience Almeda Brown.

Matthew’s maternal grandfather was Lloyd Webster Warner (the son of William A. Warner and Bertha May Smith). Lloyd was born in Washington. William was the son of James Ward Warner and Ann/Anna/Annie Ross. Bertha was the daughter of Albert Bryant Smith and Betsey/Betsy Morris.

Matthew’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Augusta Bogart (the daughter of William Arthur Bogart and Ethel Fara Newell). Lillian was born in California. William’s father likely was Danish. Ethel was the daughter of Stephen/Steve D. Newell and Lillie A. Kent.

Sources: Genealogy of Matthew Modine –

Matthew’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Matthew’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Matthew’s maternal great-grandfather, William A. Warner –

Matthew’s maternal grandmother, Lillian Augusta Bogart, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Likely Matthew’s maternal great-grandfather, William Arthur Bogart, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

4 Responses

  1. Friedrik533 says:

    Strongly North European.

  2. bablah says:

    This is most likely William Bogart on 1900 census, since it says on his draft record that he’s from Geneva, NY, and Elliott and Mary also lived in Redlands, CA:

    It says he’s an adopted son of Elliott Bogart and Mary Rupert, and that his father was born In Denmark.

  3. andrew says:

    However is Dutch ancestry is not just on Bogart line but also consistent on his Fairbanks/Mandeville one:

  4. andrew says:

    >William Arthur Bogart. William’s parents were possibly Robert H. Bogart and Annie L.

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