Richard Dean Anderson

Anderson in 2008, photo by cvanwagoner/

Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: January 23, 1950

Ethnicity: Finland-Swedish (paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, French-Canadian, Irish

Richard Dean Anderson is an American actor and producer. He is known for starring on the 1980s show MacGyver and in the Stargate franchise.

Richard is the son of Jocelyn Rhae, an artist, and Stuart Jay Anderson, a teacher. He was raised in Roseville, Minnesota. Richard has a daughter.

Richard has stated that he has Mohawk Native American ancestry on his mother’s side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was John Irenus Anderson (the son of John Anderson and Sophia Silvart). Richard’s grandfather John was born in Wisconsin, to Finland-Swedish (ethnic Swedes from Finland) parents. Richard’s great-grandfather John was the son of Andrew Anderson and Susanna Johandotter. Sophia was the daugther of Jacob Silvart and Susanna Gunard.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Verna Jane Hall (the daughter of Charles Frederick Hall and Jennie Margaret McGeorge). Verna was born in Wisconsin, to parents who were born in New Brunswick, Canada, and was of English, Scottish, and Irish descent. Charles was the son of George Stillman Hall and Hannah E. Knight, who was born in Maine. Richard’s great-grandmother Jennie was the daughter of Peter McGeorge, who was Scottish, and of Eleanor Kelly, whose father was Irish.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Thomas Carter (the son of Francis Marion Carter and Otilia/Otellia Emilie/Amelia “Tillie” Gust). Ralph was born in Missouri. Francis was the son of Thomas Henry Carter and Cynthia Ann Trenary. Otilia was German.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was Hazel Marie Rodd (the daughter of Richard Edward Rodd and Clara Bell Gray). Hazel was born in Iowa. Richard’s great-grandfather Richard was the son of Charles A. Rodd, who was of French-Canadian descent, and of Susanna Steffers, who was German. Clara was the daughter of David W. Gray, who was Canadian, and of Mary Elizabeth Hammer, whose father was German.

Sources: Genealogies of Richard Dean Anderson (focusing on his father’s side) –

Richard’s paternal grandparents, John Irenus Anderson and Verna Jane Hall, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Richard’s paternal grandfather, John Irenus Anderson –

Genealogy of Richard’s maternal grandfather, Ralph Thomas Carter (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Richard’s maternal grandmother, Hazel Marie Rodd –

4 Responses

  1. Ursus says:

    Richard Dean Anderson is my 11th cousin

  2. andrew says:

    the first link is about a 1500s genealogy

    delete it

  3. madman says:

    I couldn’t find his mother on a census, so I hope the genealogy was correct. Would be good if someone could verify it.

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