Stephen McKinley Henderson

Henderson in 2007, photo by Prphotos

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

Date of Birth: August 31, 1949

Ethnicity: African-American

Stephen McKinley Henderson, also credited as Stephen Henderson, is an American actor. He has appeared in Lincoln, Lady Bird, Native Son, and Dune, as well as in many stage, and television, productions.

He is the son of Ruby Naomi and Elihue Henderson. His parents were both black.

Stephen’s paternal grandfather was named Anderson Valentine. Anderson was born in South Carolina.

Stephen’s paternal grandmother was named Cara. Cara was born in South Carolina.

Stephen’s maternal grandfather was named McKinley Johnson. McKinley was born in Oklahoma.

Stephen’s maternal grandmother was named Sallie. Sallie was born in Arkansas.


Stephen’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Stephen’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

5 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Well, obviusly that’s not it. He looks at least 37%(a full white grandparent and great-grandparent), he could be biracial (any pic of his parents?), but the safest bet is really something around 37%…

    • Oaken05 says:

      What’s “not it?” I’m 38% European, and my last full-blood white ancestor is a 2nd great-grandparent.

      Really, we’re not going to keep having this discussion or proving anything to anyone. African American is an ethnicity in the United States; it’s an ethnic group of (mostly) mixed-race people. No one has to like how we define ourselves.

      • jonasbttencourt says:

        Not saying a mixed-race american person can’t identifie as african-american, and this gentleman obviusly has a prevalence of sub-saa-african genes, it’s possible that one of his parents were biracial, whatever, i understand that “african-american” is more of a cultural thing, it’s related to the “african-american experience”, it’s more of a political afirmation in american society than a proper, genetically uniform ethnic group of people. I just pointing out that it’s odd to put just one thing in the profile of a obviusly mixed-race person, in a site that essentialy ofers a more clear insight on the ethnic origin of famous people. I think it would be reasonable to add “some european” to it…

  2. bablah says:

    Stephen’s maternal grandparents were named McKinley Johnson and Sallie.

  3. bablah says:

    Might be his father (it says grandchild on the image, not granddaughter):

    That would make his great-grandparents Frank Kelley and Harriet Woody.

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