Summer Bishil

Bishil in 2016, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Summer Yasmine Bishil

Place of Birth: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 17, 1988

*father – Indian
*maternal grandfather – German, English, distant Dutch
*maternal grandmother – Mexican

Summer Bishil is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Towelhead, Crossing Over, Mooz-lum, The Last Airbender (2010), and Under the Silver Lake, and on television’s Return to Halloweentown, 90210, Lucky 7, and The Magicians. In Towelhead, she played the lead, a character of Lebanese descent growing up in the U.S. during the Gulf War in 1991. The film deals with racial attitudes toward Middle Eastern people in the U.S.

Her father is of Indian descent, and has Saudi Arabian citizenship. Her mother is of half European [German, English, and distant Dutch] and half Mexican ancestry. In 1991, her family moved to Saudi Arabia, and later Bahrain. They returned to the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks, living in San Diego and Arcadia, California.

Summer’s maternal grandfather is the son of Harry Thomas Rimer and Clara Mae Spears. Harry was the son of Harry Delvin Rimer and Julia Broomfield. Clara was the daughter of James William Spears and Lucy Coffman.

Summer’s maternal grandmother is the daughter of Manuel Rivera and Ramona Mejia.


Genealogy of Summer Bishil (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

18 Responses

  1. A-Sammy says:

    Her father is Arabs from sudia Arabia, you moron

  2. favfan86 says:

    She considers herself American and states not even her Grandmother had been to India.

  3. favfan86 says:

    Washington Post was wrong.

  4. favfan86 says:

    I’ve completed several celebrity genology backgrounds and Summer’s is really interesting. Her mothers family (both sides) have been in the US since the early 1700’s. She is of English, Scottish, French, Spanish, Cherokee, and her fathers from what I can find is of East Indian background.

  5. Stephen says:

    Summer Bishil is of English, Scottish, French, German, Mexican, Cherokee and Indian descent.

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