Birth Name: Tanoai Daniel Reed
Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 10, 1974
Ethnicity: Irish, Samoan, Norwegian, Swedish, possibly other
Tanoai Reed is an American stuntperson and actor. He is the stunt man for actor, producer, businessperson, professional wrestler, and professional football player Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whom he is said to be related to.
His father is of half Samoan, and likely of half European, descent. His mother has Irish, Norwegian, and Swedish ancestry. He is married to stuntperson Suzanne Reed, with whom he has one child.
Tanoai’s paternal grandfather was named Thomas Lee “Leo” Reed. Thomas was born in Carrollton, Illinois, and is said to have been adopted by Peter Pierce Parish Reed and Louisa Ellen Reece.
Tanoai’s paternal grandmother was Vaita’i “Marjory/Margie” Tuala Tanoa’i (the daughter of Tautua Tuala Tanoai and Felita Savea Satele). Vaita’i was born in Ulumoega, Upolu, Samoa. Tautua was born in Savai’i, Samoa, the son of Tulo Seumanutafa Faletanoai and Taigafi Tuala. Felita was born in Tuālāuta, American Samoa, the daughter of Tuiuli Satele and Taaitulagi Tago.
Tanoai’s maternal grandfather was Robert Fletcher Warde (the son of Daniel Maurice Warde and Laura Frances Landers). Robert was born in California. Daniel was born in California, to Irish parents, Michael Warde and Margaret Twohey. Laura was born in Manitoba, Canada, to American parents, John D. Landers and Mary Anna Ryan, whose parents were Irish.
Tanoai’s maternal grandmother was Helen Elizabeth Mjoseth (the daughter of Bernhard Kokk “Cook” Mjoseth and Eva Ingeborg Nilsson). Helen was born in Texas. Bernhard was born in Årnes, Akershus, Norway, the son of Johan Olsen Mjoseth/Mjøset and Henriette Regine Klæboe. Eva was born in Ostra Karup, Skane, Halland, Sweden, the daughter of Emelia.
Sources: Genealogy of Tanoai’s paternal grandparents, Thomas Lee “Leo” Reed and Vaita’i “Margie” Tuala Tanoa’i – http://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Tanoai Reed (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://geni.com
Marriage record of Tanoai’s maternal grandparents, Robert Fletcher Warde and Helen Elizabeth Mjoseth – http://familysearch.org