Robert Altman

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Altman in 1999, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Robert Bernard Altman

Date of Birth: February 20, 1925

Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: November 20, 2006

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*father – German, Swiss-German
*mother – English, Scottish, Dutch, 1/512th Mowhawk Native American

Robert Altman was an American director, screenwriter, and producer.

Robert was the son of Helen (Matthews) and Bernard Clement Altman, a wealthy insurance salesman and amateur gambler. Robert was married to Kathryn Reed, until his death. He had a daughter with his first wife, LaVonne Elmer; two children with his second wife, Lotus Corelli; and three children with Kathryn.

Robert’s nephew (sister’s son) is film and television director, and actor Deran Sarafian.

On his father’s side, Robert was of German descent, including one quarter Swiss-German. On his mother’s side, Robert had English, as well as Scottish, Dutch, and 1/512th Mohawk Native American, ancestry.

One of Robert’s maternal eighth great-grandmothers, Ack-toch Caniachkoo, who was born c. 1613, was a Mohawk Native American, who married a Dutch immigrant, Pieter Adriaensen Van Woggelum. MMA fighter, actress, and model Gina Carano is also descended from the couple.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Frank Gerhardt Altman/Altmann (the son of Clement Altmann and Wilhelmina Rolling/Roling). Frank was born in Illinois, to German parents, his father from Schleswig-Holstein and his mother from Hanover, Lower Saxony. Wilhelmina was the daughter of Johan Wilhelm Roling and Anna Catharina Kramer.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Annette Matilda Bolt (the daughter of Benjamin Bolt and Mary Elizabeth Smith). Annette was born in Illinois, to a German father, from Bavaria, and a Swiss mother.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was Elisha Matthews (the son of James Matthews and Ellen). Elisha was born in Illinois.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Gatie/Kittie L. Strawn (the daughter of Jacob Strawn and Mary Jane Patterson). Gatie was born in Illinois. Jacob was the son of Jacob Strawn, known as “The Cattle King,” and of Phoebe Emerson Gates. Mary Jane was the daughter of Franklin Patterson and Catherine Gest.

Sources: Genealogy of Robert Altman –

Genealogy of Robert Altman (focusing on his father’s side) –

Robert’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Robert Altman (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Robert’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Jacob Strawn –

Genealogy of Robert’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Isaiah Strawn (through Isaiah’s brother, John Strawn) –

Genealogy of Robert’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Phoebe Emerson Gates (through Phoebe’s sister, Maria Gates) –

Genealogy of Robert’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Samuel Hale Gates –

Genealogy of Robert’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Susanna Emerson –

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