Matthew Perry

Perry in 2010, image via Featureflash /

Birth Name: Matthew Langford Perry

Place of Birth: Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 19, 1969

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, English, Irish, German, Swiss-German

Matthew Perry is an American and Canadian actor and writer. He starred on the show Friends and in the film The Whole Nine Yards.

His father, actor John Bennett Perry, who is American-born, has English, Irish, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. His mother, Suzanne Marie (Langford), who is Canadian-born, has English, Irish, and French-Canadian roots. She was a press secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Matthew’s stepfather is Keith Morrison, who was an investigative reporter for NBC Dateline.

Matthew’s patrilineal line can be traced to John Perry, who was born, c. 1588, in Hampshire, England.

Matthew’s paternal grandfather was Alton L. Perry (the son of Carl Schurz Perry and Mary Ann Gillick). Alton was born in Vermont. Carl was born in Readsboro, Vermont, and had English ancestry, the son of Crosby Alpheus Perry and Ida B. Cutler. Mary Ann was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents, Patrick Gillick and Mary A.

Matthew’s paternal grandmother Maria Schaefer Bennett (the daughter of Ralph Stone Bennett and Lydia Hannah Schaefer). Matthew’s grandmother Maria Schaefer was born in New York. Ralph was born in Homer, New York, and had English ancestry, the son of Augustus Henry Bennett and Emma Gertrude Pratt. Lydia was born in New York, to a German father, Johannes Schaefer, and a mother, Emilie Schlachter/Schluchter, who was born in Lugano, Switzerland, of Swiss-German descent.

Matthew’s maternal grandfather was James Silas Warren Langford (the son of James Roy Warren Langford and Mary Ann Batterton). Matthew’s grandfather James was born in Ontario, Canada. Matthew’s great-grandfather James was born in Ironside, Hull, Québec, and had English and Irish ancestry, the son of Silas Samuel Langford and Emma Mary Rogan. Matthew’s great-grandmother Mary Ann was born in Ottawa, of Irish descent, the daughter of Thomas Batterton, who was born in County Wexford, Ireland, and of Mary Jane Barrett.

Matthew’s maternal grandmother was Marie Gabrielle Lucille Coupal (the daughter of Joseph Theodore Coupal and Bérangère Layeux). Marie Gabrielle was born in Québec, and was of French-Canadian ancestry. Joseph was the son of Amable Coupal and Marie Zoe Hebert. Bérangère was the daughter of Hormidas/Hormisdas Layeux and Eliza/Elisa Dallaire.

Sources: Genealogy of Matthew Perry –

Genealogy of Matthew Perry (focusing on his father’s side) –

Matthew’s paternal grandmother, Maria Schaefer Bennett, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

19 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Yes, someone added it to Wikipedia, I think in the summer of 2010, and it stayed on for enough months to inspire the likes of Hollowverse. That’s how the internet works.

  2. andrew says:

    Emilie Schlachter, who was born in Lugano, Switzerland, of Swiss-German an Italian town. Cool

  3. pookerella says:

    Keith Morrison, investigative reporter of NBC Dateline fame, is married to Matthew’s mother and is, therefore, his stepfather.

  4. roman2886 says:

    He has no Native American in him he is primarily English Irish Swiss German and French Canadian.

    • cdonorab says:

      You are correct. I was wrong he does not have native American ancestry.

      • roman2886 says:

        Not all Americans have English ancestry not even a drop some Americans only Irish and German ancestry just 2 european ancestry not enough too be Euromutts 4 European ancestries and above is enough too be a Euromutt is there any Americans that only have Irish Swiss and German ancestry without a drop of English ancestry.

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