Tyrone Power

publicity photo of Tyrone Power c. early 1940s

Birth Name: Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr.

Date of Birth: May 5, 1914

Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: November 15, 1958

Place of Death: Madrid, Spain

Ethnicity: Irish, English, German, French-Canadian/French Huguenot, distant Dutch

Tyrone Power was an American actor. His roles included Nightmare Alley (1947), Blood and Sand, The Black Swan, Captain from Castile, Prince of Foxes, The Black Rose, Marie Antoinette (1938), The Mark of Zorro (1940), and Witness for the Prosecution.

He was the son of Helen Emma and actor Tyrone Power, Sr. (born Frederick Tyrone Edmond Power). His father, who was from London, England, had Irish, English, and French Huguenot ancestry. His mother, who was American, had French-Canadian, German, English, and distant Dutch, ancestry.

Tyrone was married to Deborah Minardos Power, until his death. He had two children, singer and actress Romina Power and actress Taryn Power, with his former wife, Mexican actress Linda Christian; and a son, actor Tyrone Power, Jr., with Deborah.

Tyrone’s paternal grandfather was Harold Littledale Power (the son of William Gratton Tyrone Power and Anne Gilbert). Harold was born in Hyde Park, Middlesex, London, and was a singer, actor, and merchant. Tyrone’s great-grandfather William, born in Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, Ireland, was an actor and comedian, under the name Tyrone Power. He was the son of William Power and Marie/Maria Maxwell. Anne was the daughter of John Gilbert and Frances Thomas.

Tyrone’s paternal grandmother was Ethel Lavenu (born Eliza Lavenu, the daughter of Lewis Henry Lavenu and Julia Blosset). Ethel was born in Chelsea, Middlesex, London, and was a noted stage actress. Tyrone’s great-grandfather Lewis was a composer, conductor, musician, and impresario, who was the son of publisher Lewis Lavenu (Lewis Augustus Lavenu) and Eliza Mary Brooks. Tyrone’s great-grandmother, Julia Blosset, was the daughter of soldier Col. John Blossett and Elizabeth Ashton.

Tyrone’s maternal grandfather was Charles William Reaume (the son of Anthony/Antoine Reaume and Jane Cary). Charles was born in Michigan. Antione born in Canada, the son of Antoine Réaume and Mary Joseph Chaput.

Tyrone’s maternal grandmother was Mary Adelaide Schuster (the daughter of Paul Schuster and Amanda Eleanor Brazee). Mary was born in Ohio. Paul was an ethnic German from Strasburg, Alsace-Lorraine, France. Amanda was the daughter of Henry Peter Brazee and Mary Eliza Osborne.

Sources: Genealogies of Tyrone Power – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Tyrone Power (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Tyrone’s father on the 1871 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Tyrone’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

19 Responses

  1. jonassjr says:

    definitely looked a bit too dark for a guy with a white ass background like that

  2. andrew says:

    His paternal grandmother was mostly French: https://gw.geneanet.org/tdowling?lang=en&amp=tyrone+edmund&pz=timothy+michael&nz=dowling&ocz=0&p=romina+francesca&n=power&oc=0&type=tree


    “Lavenu” is also French (though not documented) as well as “Brazee” (mother’s side).

    • follers says:

      How could Ethel be “mostly” French when her grandmothers most likely weren’t of French descent, and her other half probably wasn’t entirely French, either? And the Brazee line traces back to a Hendrik Bresee from the Netherlands.

      And what, precisely, is the source on Leigh-Anne Pinnock?

      • andrew says:

        Agree that Brooks and Ashton do not sound French, unlike all the rest though. Yes Bresee traces back to Netherlands but it’s mixed French Huguenot/Dutch.

        There are pics of Leigh Ann’s maternal grandparents on her mother’s IG.

  3. andrew says:

    he looked classically Mediterranean, not gypsy. You fool…

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