Paul Dano

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Dano in 2013, image via

Birth Name: Paul Franklin Dano

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 19, 1984

*father – Slovak
*mother – Austrian, Swedish, some Bohemian Czech

Paul Dano is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and musician.

Paul is the son of Gladys and Paul Dano. His father is originally from Pennsylvania, and is of Slovak descent. His mother is of Austrian (including Bohemian (Czech)) and Swedish descent.

Paul has a daughter with his partner, actress and screenwriter Zoe Kazan.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was John Dano/Danno (the son of Nicholas Dano/Danno and Mary Matey). John was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovak parents.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Anna H. Herzo/Heras (the daughter of John Herzo/Heras and Mary Ivopetok). Anna was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovak parents.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Frank Jacob Pipp (the son of Frank Jacob Pipp and Caroline I. Snyder). Paul’s grandfather Frank was born in Michigan. Paul’s great-grandfather Frank was born in Michigan, to Austrian-born parents John Pipp and Mary Pangrelic. Caroline was born in Austria, the daughter of Frank Snyder and Anna Macek. The surname Macek likely indicates Bohemian (Czech) ancestry, as might the surname Pangrelic.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Gloria Charlotte Nilsson (the daughter of Okie Richard Nilsson and Elsie Anna Hanson). Gloria was born in Illinois. Okie was born in Sweden, the son of Johan Nilsson and Hella Gram. Elsie was of Swedish descent.

Sources: Paul’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Paul’s paternal grandparents, John Dano/Danno and Anna H. Herzo/Heras, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Paul’s maternal great-grandfather, Okie Richard Nilsson –

Obituary of Paul’s maternal great-grandfather, Okie Richard Nilsson –

8 Responses

  1. Morrigan Ni Boii says:

    Dano is a Slovak nickname for Hebrew name Daniel.

  2. follers says:

    Bablah, is Dano ethnically correct?

    • bablah says:

      From the available sources, yes. Andrew is right about the surname, and there is a ”Russian” Danyo family living near Scranton in Jermyn, but I couldn’t connect these two families, nor could I find any more info on Paul’s.

  3. andrew says:

    The surname “Daňo” can be Rusyn

  4. musicfangirl says:

    i was about to say that

  5. andrew says:

    correction: his eyes are green

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