Birth Name: Ryan Daniel O’Connell
Place of Birth: Ventura, California, United States
Date of Birth: September 2, 1986
Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Swiss-German, Welsh, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Dutch, distant French
Ryan O’Connell is an American writer, actor, director, comedian, LGBTQ activist, and disability advocate. He is known for writing the book I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, which was adapted into the Netflix series Special. He has cerebral palsy.
Ryan’s paternal grandfather was Robert Hollis O’Connell (the son of William Thomas O’Connell and Caroline L. Terwilliger). Robert was born in Nebraska. William was born in either Nebraska or Indiana, the son of Daniel O’Connell and Alice M. Delaney. Caroline was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Jerome Terwilliger and Mary Dorilla Powers.
Ryan’s paternal grandmother was Marguerite Loretta Sharpe (the daughter of John A. Sharpe and Alice Loretta Glassmire). Marguerite was born in Illinois. John was born in either England or Wales, the son of William Sharpe, who was born in England, and of Jane W. Williams, who was born in Wales. Alice was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of William Glassmire and Alice Loretta Little.
Ryan’s maternal grandfather was Theodore Anderson Record (the son of Francis Marion “Frank” Record and Beulah Mae Anderson). Theodore was born in Missouri. Francis was born in Oklahoma, the son of Francis Marion Record and Effie J. Reams. Beulah was born in Arkansas, the daughter of John Robert Anderson and Nancy Ann Epps.
Ryan’s maternal grandmother was Darlene/Darline Alice Voll (the daughter of Charles Voll and Lillian Rosemunde Petersen). Darline was born in California. Charles was born in Missouri, the son of John T. Voll and Alice Clementine Groves/Graves. Lillian was born in Minnesota, the daughter of Alfred Albrecht Petersen, whose father was German, and whose mother was the daughter of German parents; and of Emma Amelia Mielke, whose parents were also German.
Sources: Marriage record of Ryan’s paternal grandparents, Robert Hollis O’Connell and Marguerite Loretta Sharpe – http://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Ryan’s maternal grandparents, Theodore Anderson Record and Darlene/Darline Alice Voll – http://familysearch.org