Birth Name: José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal
Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile
Date of Birth: April 2, 1975
Ethnicity: Chilean – including Spanish [Andalusian, Asturian, Canary Islander, Castilian, Catalan, Extremaduran, Galician], Basque, Indigenous, 1/16th French, 1/64th Welsh, remote Portuguese, as well as Argentinian, Bolivian, Mexican, Panamanian, Peruvian
Pedro Pascal is a Chilean-American actor. His roles include the shows Game of Thrones, Narcos, The Mandalorian, and The Last of Us, and the films The Adjustment Bureau, Bloodsucking Bastards, The Great Wall, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Prospect, The Equalizer 2, If Beale Street Could Talk, Triple Frontier, Wonder Woman 1984, We Can Be Heroes, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, and The Bubble. In his early work, he was credited as Pedro Balmaceda and Alexander Pascal.
Pedro was born in Santiago, Chile, the son of Verónica Pascal Ureta, a child psychologist, and José Pedro Balmaceda Riera, a fertility doctor. His family was upper-class. He has deep roots in Latin America, particularly Chile. His father’s surname, Balmaceda, is Basque. His mother’s surname, Pascal, originates with a French maternal great-great-grandfather.
Pedro is a maternal second cousin, once removed, of Chilean Marxist dissident Andrés Pascal Allende, who was leader of the militant left Movement of the Revolutionary Left. Andrés was a nephew of Chilean President Salvador Allende, to whom Pedro is not directly related. Pedro’s parents were supporters of Salvador, and left the country after his murder and the arrival of the military dictatorship of ruler Augusto Pinochet; they sought refugee in the Venezuelan embassy in Santiago nine months after Pedro’s birth, later moving to Denmark, and then to the U.S. Pedro spent much of his childhood in Orange County, California and San Antonio, Texas. In 1995, his father was indicted by a federal grand jury for malfeasance at his fertility clinic, and most of the family returned to Chile.
His sister is actress and transgender activist Lux Pascal, who is mostly active in Chile.
Pedro’s paternal grandfather was José Balmaceda Bergasa (the son of Paulino Balmaceda and Petronila Bergasa). José was born in Valparaíso.
Pedro’s paternal grandmother was Juanita/Juana Riera Bauzá (the daughter of Melchor Riera Caldentey and Juana Bauzá Bauzá). Melchor was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the son of Melchor Riera and Juana Caldentey. Juana was the daughter of Guillermo Bauzá and Sebastiana Bauzá.
Pedro’s maternal grandfather was Luis Eduardo Gastón Pascal Vigil (the son of Luis Eduardo Armando Pascal Valdés and Inés Vigil Olate). Pedro’s grandfather Luis was born in Viña del Mar, Valparaíso Province, Valparaiso, Chile. Pedro’s great-grandfather Luis was born in San Pedro de Tacna, Tacna, Peru, the son of Pierre Gastón Pascal Thierry, who was born in Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France, and of Leonor Valdés/Valdéz Vizcarra, who was Peruvian. Pedro’s great-grandmother Inés was born in Valparaíso, the daughter of Eduardo Vigil Zañartu and María Josefa Sabina Olate Aldunate.
Pedro’s maternal grandmother was Carmen Ureta Varas (the daughter of Federico Guillermo Ureta Cox and Olga Varas Izquierdo). Carmen was born in Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile. Federico was the son of Raimundo Ureta Echazarreta and Adelina Cox Méndez, whose own grandfather, Agustín Nathaniel Miers Cox Lloyd, was Welsh, from Grosmont, Monmouthshire, and was a prominent doctor. Olga was the daughter of Francisco Javier Varas Pérez and Remedios Izquierdo Varas.
Pedro is a fourth cousin of Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín. Pedro’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, Tadeo Izquierdo Izquierdo and Remedios Varas Guzmán, were also Pablo’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents.
Genealogy of Pedro Pascal – https://www.geni.com
Biographical sketch of Pedro’s paternal grandfather, José Balmaceda Bergasa – http://diccionariobiograficodechile.blogspot.ca
Genealogy of Pedro’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://www.genealogiachilenaenred.cl