Roger Guenveur Smith

Roger Guenveur Smith – “The Birth of a Nation” Los Angeles Premiere – Inside Arrivals – ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome, 6360 Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2016 – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Place of Birth: Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 27, 1955

Ethnicity: African-American

Roger Guenveur Smith is an American actor, director, and writer.

Roger is the son of Helen Marie (Guenveur), a dentist, and Sherman Wendell Smith, a judge. His parents were both African-American.

Roger’s paternal grandfather was named Frank Louis Smith. Frank was born in Virginia.

Roger’s paternal grandmother was Lula Jane Boone (the daughter of John Boone and Martha Sarah Nickens). Lula was born in North Carolina. John was the son of Thomas Boone and Eliza Jane Chavis. Martha was the daughter of William Nickens and Sarah “Sallie” Weaver. Lula’s ancestors were likely free people of colour in Hertford County, North Carolina.

Roger’s maternal grandfather was Edward Leon Guenveur/Guonereau (the son of Joseph Paul Guenveur/Guonereau and Eugenia Florence Whiting). Edward was born in South Carolina. Joseph was the son of Ulysses/Ullyses Guenveur/Guonereau. Eugenia was the daughter of Edward Whiting and Margaret Felder.

Roger’s maternal grandmother was named Lauretta Bell Goodall (the daughter of Emma L. Bell). Lauretta was born in South Carolina. Emma was the daughter of William C. Bell and Maria Bolds.

Sources: Roger’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Roger Guenveur Smith (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Roger’s mother on the 1930 U.S. census –

Genealogy of Roger’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) (through her sister, Dr. Florence Guenveur Streat) –

Roger’s maternal grandfather, Edward Leon Guenveur/Guonereau, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Roger’s maternal grandfather, Edward Leon Guenveur/Guonereau –

Death record of Roger’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Paul Guenveur/Guonereau –

Roger’s maternal grandmother, Lauretta Bell Goodall, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Roger’s maternal great-grandmother, Emma L. Bell –

22 Responses

  1. archer says:

    He looks like a white guy with a tan.

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