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

Ethnicity: Swedish (maternal grandfather), Slovak, Austrian, 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. Paul was raised partly in New Canaan and Wilton, both in Connecticut. 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. “Carrie” 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/Pechie. Caroline was born in Austria, the daughter of Frank/Franc William Snyder and Anna/Annie/Anne 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 –

Marriage record of Paul’s maternal great-grandparents, Frank Jacob Pipp and Caroline I. “Carrie” Snyder –

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

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

11 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Nicholas Dano was born in West Bohemia (near Plzeň) so he was unlikely Slovak.

  2. andrew says:

    John Pipp and Mary Pechie (Pangrelic?) were probably Croats. Both Croatian surnames.

    Anything Austrian in that family (as usual for “Austrians”), except maybe Snyder.

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