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. MettaWorkPlease says:

    He’s very white & 100% Italian, yet some idiots still say Italians aren’t white. They’re many dark British, French, German, Dutch, Irish people, but they never say those nationalities aren’t white.

  2. musicfangirl says:

    Trento, Italy used to me a ruled under Austria that might explane his mother maiden name

  3. andrew says:


    the son of Italian immigrants Bruna (née Reich), a homemaker, and Pierino Facinelli, a waiter.[2][3] His parents are from the Val di Non valley, which is located in Trentino, Northern Italy. His father is from Revò, while his mother is from Spormaggiore.[4] He was raised Roman Catholic.

    His mom has a Germanic surname coz the region is bilingual

    His mom has a German su

    • follers says:

      I submitted something about his mother here, but it is not yet up.

      “The surname “Reich” is of Germanic origin. However, in Peter’s familiy’s case, it traces back in Italy as far as Peter’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandpa, Tomaso Reich, who was born in Spormaggiore, Trento, Italy, c. 1606.

      Peter’s maternal grandparents were Giuseppe Reich (the son of Pompeo Reich and Teresa) and Ersilia Bottamedi (the daughter of Bortolo Bottamedi and Maria Catellan).”

  4. Cheyenne says:

    I love Peter!!! I’m Italian too! ;) he’s soo sexii

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