Peter Facinelli

Facinelli in 2011, s_bukley /

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

Date of Birth: November 26, 1973

Ethnicity: Italian

Peter Facinelli is an American actor, producer, and director. His roles include Can’t Hardly Wait, Nurse Jackie, and the Twilight films.

His parents, Bruna (Reich) and Pierino Facinelli, are Italian emigrants. His father is from Revò, and his mother is from Spormaggiore, which are in Trentino, Northern Italy. His niece is Italian road and track cyclist Letizia Paternoster. In 2019, he acquired Italian citizenship through jus sanguinis. Peter has three children with his former wife, actress Jennie Garth; and a son with his fiancée, actress Lily Anne Harrison.

The surname Reich is of Germanic origin. However, in Peter’s family’s case, it traces in Italy as far as Peter’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Tomaso Reich, who was born, c. 1606, in Spormaggiore.

Peter’s paternal grandmother was named Corinna.

Peter’s maternal grandfather was Giuseppe Reich (the son of Pompeo Reich and Teresa Vicenza Sartori di Cosotto). Pompeo was the son of Giovanni Battista Reich and Margherita Del Sas di Cavedago.

Peter’s maternal grandmother was Ersilia Eugenia Bottamedi/Bottemedi (the daughter of Bortolo Bottamedi and Maria Catellan).


Genealogy of Peter Facinelli (focusing on his mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

25 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Peter Facinelli may have Ladin heritage:

    According to last Censuses, 25% and 35% of his parents’ hometowns inhabitants self-indentified as Ladin-speakers:

    The dialect spoken in his parents’ valley is considered kin to Ladin language by local scholars/historians, a couple of whom are named Facinelli indeed:

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    With these pale skin, light eyes, and thin lips and nose, not to mention his straight and thin hair, he’s almost certainly northern italian. People there, especially in Turin and Bergamo tend to be much lighter than those italians in the south of the country, because they are closer to Austria and Germany, so they usually have a lot of germanic blood.

  3. andrew says:

    Peter’s paternal grandmother is named Corinna

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