Thomas Haden Church

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Church in 2005, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Thomas Richard McMillen

Place of Birth: Woodland, Yolo, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 17, 1960

Ethnicity: English, Norwegian, Danish, Scottish, German

Thomas Haden Church is an American actor, writer, and director. He is known for playing Jack in the film Sideways, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor; and also, among other roles, for George of the Jungle, Spider-Man 3, and Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight.

Thomas is the son of Wanda Maxine (Sanders) and Carl/Carlos Richard McMillen. Born Thomas Richard McMillen, he used a stepfather’s surname, Quesada, during his early life, and later took on the stage name Thomas Haden Church. He was raised in Laredo, Texas, then in Harlingen, TX.

He has two children with his former partner Mia Zottoli.

Thomas’s paternal grandfather was William Hyrum McMillen (the son of Edward H. McMillen and Lula/Lola Almira Mower). William was born in Utah. Edward was born in Ohio, to Scottish parents, William E. McMillen and Mary. Lula was the daughter of Henry Mower and Ruvinia June/Jane Mount.

Thomas’s paternal grandmother was Maxine Petrina Skillingstad (born Maxine Peters, the daughter of Roy D. Peters and Lorena Andrea Lund). Maxine was born in Utah. Lorena’s father, Gustave Joseph Lund, was Norwegian, from Fredrikstad, Fredrikstad, Østfold, and Lorena’s mother, Petrena/Petrene Peterson/Petersen, was Danish, from Hørsted, Thisted Municipality, North Denmark Region. Lorena re-married to Ole Christian Skillingstad, whose parents were Norwegian.

Thomas’s maternal grandfather was John Thomas McKinney Sanders (the son of Thomas Richard “Tom” Sanders and Lillie May Stuckey). John was born in Arkansas. Thomas’s great-grandfather Thomas Sanders was the son of William Andrew/Alexander Sanders and Mary Bumgarder Payen. Lillie was the daughter of William Stuckey and Rebecca Jane Brown.

Thomas’s maternal grandmother was Thelma Lillian Donna Fulmer (the daughter of William Wesley Fulmer and Florence Ethel Carter). Thelma was born in Arkansas. William was the son of Thurston J. W. Fulmer and Lilian Ansley Kelsey. Florence was the daughter of James Solomon Carter and Idona Cora Robertson.

Thomas is a third cousin of DJ, record producer, and remixer Kaskade. Thomas’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Gustave Joseph Lund and Petrena/Petrene Peterson/Petersen, were also Kaskade’s paternal great-great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogy of Thomas Haden Church –

Genealogy of Thomas’s father –

Obituaries of Thomas’s father –

Genealogy of Thomas’s paternal grandfather, William Hyrum McMillen (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Thomas’s paternal grandfather, William Hyrum McMillen, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death records of Thomas’s paternal great-grandfather, Edward H. McMillen –

6 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    3rd cousin of DJ Kaskade, through Gustave Joseph Lund and Petrena Petersen.

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