Taylor Kitsch

"Lone Survivor" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

Kitsch in 2013, photo by Prphotos.com

Place of Birth: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: April 8, 1981

Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, other

Taylor Kitsch is a Canadian actor and model. His roles include the films John Tucker Must Die, Snakes on a Plane, The Covenant, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bang Bang Club, John Carter, Battleship, Savages, Lone Survivor, The Grand Seduction, American Assassin, Only the Brave, and 21 Bridges, and television’s Friday Night Lights, The Normal Heart, True Detective, Waco, The Defeated, and The Terminal List.

Taylor’s paternal grandfather was Rudolf/Rudolph Kitsch (the son of Philip Andrew Kitsch and Elizabeth/Elisabeth Caroline Phillips). Rudolf was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, to parents of ethnic German descent, from Zelenyi Yar, Ukraine. Philip was the son of Johann Philipp Kitsch and Katherina/Katharina Maria Elisabetha Schneider. Taylor’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of August Phillips and Caroline Keib.

Taylor’s paternal grandmother was Patricia Margaret Paisley (the daughter of William Paisley and Barbara McKrindle). Patricia was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, to Scottish parents. William was born in Maybole, Ayrshire. Barbara was the daughter of John Young and Jane Smith.

Taylor’s maternal grandfather was named Ken Green.

Taylor’s maternal grandmother was named Marjorie.

Sources: Genealogy of Taylor Kitsch – https://www.geni.com

Taylor’s paternal grandfather, Rudolf/Rudolph Kitsch, on the 1926 Canada Prairie Provinces Census – https://www.familysearch.org

26 Responses

  1. Erik1714 says:


    Obituary of Taylor maternal uncle, Kenneth Barry Green.

    I think Taylor’s maternal grandparents were named Kenneth Barry Green Sr. and Marjorie Elsie Biude, so he likely have some French-Canadian through his grandmother

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    Quite an underrated actor, he is very good in Lone Survivor. He does not look mostly Brittish btw, i would guess he is mostly german, his face is very western/central european, not be surprised If there’s some dutch, austrian or swiss ancestry in his background as well.

  3. bablah says:

    Taylor’s paternal grandfather was Rudolf Kitsch (the son of Philip…). Rudolf was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, to parents of German descent, from Zelenyi Yar, Ukraine.

    Taylor’s paternal grandmother was named Patricia Margaret Paisley.

  4. madman says:

    His great-grandparents were from Galicia, so they weren’t Austrian. Being listed as born in an empire doesn’t mean you were from the core area of that country. So Austrian can be removed, along with “They were both Austrian”.

    Is there a chance they were Jewish? Many Jews came from Galicia. And how usual is “Phillips” as a German surname? But I don’t know…

  5. bablah says:

    It’s not and stop being obsessed with Eastern European people.
    Kitsch is the most German sounding name ever.

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