Ruby Modine

Modine in 2017, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Ruby Wylder Rivera Modine

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 31, 1990

*father – English, some Swedish, Scottish, German, Dutch, likely 1/16th Danish
*mother – Puerto Rican [Spanish, African, possibly other]

Ruby Modine is an American actress, singer, and dancer.

Ruby is the daughter of Caridad (Rivera) and actor Matthew Modine. She has a brother, Boman. Her paternal great-aunt was actress Nola Fairbanks.

Ruby’s father is of English, one eighth Swedish, some Scottish, German, and Dutch, and likely 1/16th Danish, descent. Ruby’s mother is Puerto Rican.

Ruby has said:

I am very proud [of my descent]… Many people don’t believe that I am of black, Puerto Rican and Caucasian descent. That is why you cannot assume that you know what people are about based on what they look like. We are all a unique mix of races… My mom was born and raised on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, aka Alphabet City… My grandmother, Aida, was born in Puerto Rico, then moved to New York City with my grandfather, Manuel. They raised my mom and my six aunts there.

Ruby’s paternal grandfather was Mark Alexander Modine (the son of Alexander Revard Modine and Zella Vonola Fairbanks). Mark was born in California. Ruby’s great-grandfather Alexander was the son of Andrew Daniel Andreassan Modine, who was Swedish, born in South Hokaslatt, Slatthag, Kokaboda, and of Margaret Josephine Campbell. Zella was the daughter of Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks and Celestia Adelaide Johnson, who were LDS (Mormon) pioneers. Ruby’s great-great-grandfather Ralph Fairbanks was a noted prospector, who established several towns in the Death Valley area of California.

Ruby’s paternal grandmother was Dolores Lillian Warner (the daughter of Lloyd Webster Warner and Lillian Augusta Bogart). Dolores was born in California. Lloyd was the son of William A. Warner and Bertha May Smith. Ruby’s great-grandmother Lillian was the daughter of William Arthur Bogart, whose father likely was Danish, and of Ethel Fara Newell.

Ruby’s maternal grandparents are named Manuel Rivera and Aida.

Sources: Interview with Ruby Modine –

Genealogy of Ruby Modine (focusing on her father’s side) –

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

Ruby’s paternal grandfather, Mark Alexander Modine, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Ruby’s paternal grandmother, Dolores Lillian Warner, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Ruby’s paternal great-great-grandfather, William A. Warner –

Ruby’s paternal great-grandmother, Lillian Augusta Bogart, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Likely Ruby’s paternal great-great-grandfather, William Arthur Bogart, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

4 Responses

  1. boxingandmmaguy says:

    she so exotic

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