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. He has appeared in the films Do the Right Thing, Poetic Justice, Panther (1995), and Final Destination, among many other roles.

Roger is the son of Helen Marie (Guenveur), a dentist, and Sherman Wendell Smith, a judge. His parents were both African-American. He is married to LeTania Kirkland Smith. He has four children, including three with LeTania.

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 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 –

28 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Remove “likely” in Lula Jane Boone paragraph, considering her ancestors appear in the book “Hertford County, North Carolina’s Free People of Color and Their Descendants”

    They were Melungeons, that is a different culture from African-American.

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    Of course this guy has more than just sub-saa african ancestry. It would be reasonable to add “likely some European or Indignous”.

    • reese00 says:

      every African-American (should just be Afro-American) has a significant amount of non sub saharan heritage in their ancestry. On average, its roughly 20-30% Northern European with a slight percentage of Amerindian. Afro-American isn’t synonymous to sub-saharan (bantu) Africans, just decendants of them

  3. archer says:

    He looks like a white guy with a tan.

    • Mixed Kidd says:

      That’s possible, I don’t know why this site doesn’t like to add the other ancestry AA has even when they do take DNA tests but they will add every single region of Italy, Germany for some and then add all of the Filipino ancestry they have even if it’s like 1% Spanish.

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