Richard Speight, Jr.

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Birth Name: Richard Dobbs Speight, Jr.

Place of Birth: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1969

Ethnicity: English, German, one eighth Ashkenazi Jewish

Richard Speight, Jr. is an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer.

He is married to dot-com executive Jaci Hayes, with whom he has three children.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was Walter Peterson Speight (the son of Walter Peterson Speight and Annie Malena/Marena James). Richard’s great-grandfather Walter was the son of William Wesley Speight and Rebecca Hoffler. Annie was the daughter of William Cornelius James and Anna/Annie Elizabeth Briton/Britton.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was named Kate Leocadia Perry.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Isaac George Friedlob (the son of Samuel Julius “Sam” Friedlob and Rosa/Rose Vivian Derry). Samuel was born in Tennessee, the son of Jewish parents, Julius Frydlop/Friedlob, who was born in Chorzele, Poland, and Babette/Bettie Felsenthal, who was born in Bavaria, Germany. Rosa was the daughter of Richard William Derry, who was born in England, and of Eliza Jane “Molly” Hall.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was Bessie Jo Moore (the daughter of John Wesley Moore and Anna Belle Fuller). Bessie was born in Brighton, Alabama.

Sources: Obituary of Richard’s uncle (father’s brother) –

Genealogies of Richard’s paternal great-grandaparents, Walter Peterson Speight and Annie Malena/Marena James –

Genealogies and obituaries of Richard’s maternal grandparents, Isaac George Friedlob and Bessie Jo (Moore) Friedlob –

Genealogy of Richard’s maternal great-grandfather, Samuel Julius “Sam” Friedlob (focusing on his own father’s side) –

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