Pedro Pascal

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Birth Name: José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal

Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile

Date of Birth: April 2, 1975

Ethnicity: Chilean [Spanish, Basque, possibly other], 1/16th Peruvian

Pedro Pascal is a Chilean-American actor. He is known for portraying Oberyn Martell on the HBO series Game of Thrones and Javier Peña on the Netflix series Narcos.

Pedro was born in Santiago, Chile, the son of Veronica Pascal and José Pedro Balmaceda Riera, a medical professional. He spent much of his childhood in Orange County, California and San Antonio, Texas, because his parents opposed the military dictatorship of Chilean ruler Augusto Pinochet. His brother is actor Lucas Balmaceda.

His father’s surname, Balmaceda, is Basque. Pedro has said that his grandfather was Basque and one of his grandmothers was from Mallorca, Spain.

Pedro’s paternal grandfather is José Balmaceda Bergasa (the son of Paulino Balmaceda and Petronila Bergasa). José was born in Valparaíso.

Pedro’s paternal grandmother is Juanita/Juana Riera Blanco del Campo (the daughter of Simón Riera and Juana Blanco del Campo). Pedro’s grandmother Juanita was born in Santiago. Pedro’s great-grandmother Juana was the daughter of José Blanco de La Lastra, who was from Lima, Perú, and of María Campo Lantadilla Venegas.

Sources: Articles about Pedro’s father –

Biographical sketch of Pedro’s paternal grandfather, José Balmaceda Bergasa –

Genealogy of Pedro’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

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