Birth Name: Timothy David Olyphant
Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 20, 1968
Ethnicity: English, Scottish, one eighth Ashkenazi Jewish, small amounts of German, Dutch, and Irish, remote French Huguenot
Timothy Olyphant is an American actor. He is known for his roles on the series Deadwood and Justified and in the films Scream 2, Go, and Hitman, among many other projects.
Timothy was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was raised in Modesto, California. His parents are from the continental U.S. He is the son of Katherine and J. V. Bevan Olyphant, who worked as vice president of production at Gallo Winery. One of Timothy’s maternal great-grandfathers was a Russian Jewish immigrant. The rest of Timothy’s family lines have been in the United States for many generations; their roots include mostly English, as well as German, Scottish, Dutch, Irish, and remote French Huguenot, ancestry. Timothy is married to Alexis Knief, with whom he has three children.
Timothy’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, Dr. David Olyphant, was a Scottish immigrant. He was director-general of the Southern hospitals during the American Revolutionary War.
A DNA test taken by Timothy stated that his genetic ancestry is approximately:
*15% Ashkenazi Jewish
Timothy added that his mother tested at approximately 23% Ashkenazi Jewish.
Timothy’s paternal grandfather was John Kensett Olyphant, Jr., a banker (the son of John Kensett Olyphant and Nannie Humphreys Heilman). Timothy’s grandfather John was born in New York. Timothy’s great-grandfather John was the son of Robert Morrison Olyphant and Anna Vernon; Robert was a prominent businessperson, and was the son of businessperson David Olyphant. Timothy’s great-great-grandmother Anna was a great-granddaughter of Richard Ward, who was Governor of Rhode Island. Timothy’s great-grandmother Nannie Heilman was the daughter of Horace Binney Heilman and Nannie Humphreys.
Timothy’s paternal grandmother was Adele Sloane Hammond (the daughter of John Henry Hammond and Emily Vanderbilt Sloane). Adele was born in Manhattan, New York, and was the sister of prominent music producer John Hammond. Timothy’s great-grandfather John Hammond was the son of John Henry Hammond, a Civil War general, and of Sophia Vernon Wolfe. Timothy’s great-great-uncle, Ogden H. Hammond, was a U.S. Ambassador to Spain. Timothy’s great-grandmother Emily Vanderbilt Sloane was an author, philanthropist, and socialite, and was the daughter of William Douglas Sloane and Emily Thorn Vanderbilt; Timothy’s great-great-grandmother Emily was an heiress, whose father, businessperson William Henry Vanderbilt, doubled the Vanderbilt family fortune.
Timothy’s maternal grandfather was David Bickford Getman-Gideon (the son of Abraham Getmon/Getman-Gideon and Edith Mary Young). David was born in Manila, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines, to parents from the continental U.S. Abraham was a Russian Jewish emigrant, born in Toula (Tula), Russia, and was the son of Myron O. Getmon/Getman/Getsman/Gideon and Reba Rubens. Edith was born in New York, to parents surnamed Young and Bickford.
Timothy’s maternal grandmother was Virginia Lyon (the daughter of Horace Dinsmore Lyon and Katherine/Catharine Hamilton Sickels). Virginia was born in New York. Horace was the son of Edward Holden Lyon and Francis Collins “Fannie” Dinsmore. Katherine was the daughter of Henry D. Sickels and Ellen/Ella Frances Botts.
Timothy is a great-great-great-great-grandson of industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877). Timothy is also a ten times great-grandson of Anthony Janszoon van Salee (1607-1676), who was born in Cartagena, Spain, to a Dutch father and a mother who is sometimes stated to have been of Moroccan or Moorish background. Through his Vanderbilt line, Timothy is a third cousin, once removed, of journalist Anderson Cooper, and a fourth cousin of filmmaker James Vanderbilt. Timothy’s three times paternal great-grandparents, William Henry Vanderbilt and Maria Louisa Kissam, were also the two times maternal great-grandparents of Anderson Cooper and the three times paternal great-grandparents of James Vanderbilt.
Sources: Family history of Timothy Olyphant – http://www.countyhistorian.com
Marriage announcement of Timothy’s parents – http://newspaperarchive.com
Genealogy of Timothy Olyphant – https://www.geni.com
Genealogies of Timothy’s paternal grandparents, John Kensett Olyphant, Jr. and Adele Sloane (Hammond) Olyphant) – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Timothy’s paternal grandmother, Adele Sloane Hammond – https://www.wikitree.com
Birth record of Timothy’s paternal grandmother, Adele Sloane Hammond – https://www.familysearch.org
Birth record of Timothy’s maternal grandfather, David Bickford Getman-Gideon – https://www.familysearch.org
Timothy’s maternal grandfather, David Bickford Getman-Gideon, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org