Welsh-Americans :)

by Hmj_22 | created - 24 Oct 2011 | updated - 24 Oct 2011 | Public

I was interested to see how many (or few) Americans had Welsh Ancestery so here is the list. :) I most likely won't have put all well known Welsh-Americans but I will try!

1. Dean Cain

Actor | Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Dean Cain was born Dean George Tanaka in Mount Clemens, Michigan, to actress Sharon Thomas Cain and Roger Tanaka. His mother married his adoptive father, director Christopher Cain, when Dean was three. Though he grew up in Malibu and attended Santa Monica High School, his career plans favored ...

2. Tom Cruise

Actor | Top Gun

In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. ...

3. Bette Davis

Actress | All About Eve

Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but...

4. Thomas Dekker

Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Thomas Dekker was born to parents who possess very artistic and theatrical characteristics. His mother is an acting coach, actress, singer and concert pianist, while his father was an artist, set designer, opera singer and actor. His maternal grandfather was famed Welsh radio actor Alun Williams.

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5. Sara Evans

Soundtrack | Where the Heart Is

Sara Evans was born on February 5, 1971 in New Franklin, Missouri, USA as Sara Lynn Evans. She has been married to Jay Barker since June 14, 2008. She was previously married to Craig Schelske.

6. Glenn Ford

Actor | Superman

Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school...

7. D.W. Griffith

Director | Orphans of the Storm

David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually mold his black-and-white, ...

8. Teri Hatcher

Actress | Tomorrow Never Dies

Teri Lynn Hatcher was born in Palo Alto, California, the only child of Esther (Beshur), a computer programmer, and Owen Walker Hatcher, Jr., a nuclear physicist and electrical engineer. She has Syrian (from her immigrant maternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Czech ancestry. Teri grew up in ...

9. Bob Hope

Actor | The Ghost Breakers

Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England, the fifth of seven sons of Avis (Townes), light opera singer, and William Henry Hope, a stonemason from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. His maternal grandmother was Welsh. Hope moved to Bristol before emigrating with his parents...

10. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, ...

11. Isham Jones

Soundtrack | Tomorrow Never Dies

While his name may have begun to slip from public consciousness, many of the songs written by Isham (pronounced "Eye-sham") Jones continue to live on. He put out more than a hundred, many of them musical standards, like "It Had To Be You", "Swinging Down the Lane", "How Many Tears Must Fall", "I'll...

12. Tommy Lee

Soundtrack | Barb Wire

Tommy Lee was born on October 3, 1962 in Athens, Greece as Thomas Lee Bass. He was previously married to Pamela Anderson, Heather Locklear and Elaine Margaret Starchuk.

13. Blake Lewis

Self | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Blake Lewis was born on July 21, 1981 in Redmond, Washington, USA as Blake Colin Lewis. He is an actor and writer, known for American Idol (2002), Durarara!! (2010) and Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003).

14. Juliette Lewis

Actress | Natural Born Killers

Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as "Danielle Bowden" in Cape Fear (1991). To date, she has worked with some of the most revered ...

15. Harold Lloyd

Actor | The Sin of Harold Diddlebock

Born in Buchard, Nebraska, USA to Elizabeth Fraser and 'J. Darcie 'Foxy' Lloyd' who fought constantly and soon divorced (at the time a rare event), Harold Clayton Lloyd was nominally educated in Denver and San Diego high schools and received his stage training at the School of Dramatic Art (San ...

16. Myrna Loy

Actress | The Best Years of Our Lives

Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905 in Helena, Montana, to Adelle Mae (Johnson) and David Franklin Williams. Her paternal grandparents were Welsh, and her mother was of Scottish and Swedish descent. Myrna was raised in Helena and nearby Radersburg. Her father, a rancher, was ...

17. Ray Milland

Actor | The Lost Weekend

Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor.

Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred ...

18. Leslie Nielsen

Actor | Airplane!

Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of ...

19. Chris Pine

Actor | Star Trek

Chris Pine was born in Los Angeles. His parents are actors Robert Pine and Gwynne Gilford, and his maternal grandparents were Max M. Gilford, a president of the Hollywood Bar Association, and actress Anne Gwynne. His sister, Katherine Pine, has also acted. Chris's ancestry is Russian Jewish (from ...

20. Gena Rowlands

Actress | The Notebook

Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American film, stage, and television actress, whose career in the entertainment industry has spanned over six decades. A four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, she is known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes ...

21. Susan Sarandon

Actress | Thelma & Louise

Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, NY, to Lenora Marie (Criscione), no profession, and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, an advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention, there ...

22. Alan Osmond

Soundtrack | Where the Red Fern Grows

Alan Osmond was born on June 22, 1949 in Ogden, Utah, USA as Alan Ralph Osmond. He has been married to Suzanne Pinegar since July 16, 1974. They have eight children.

23. Jay Osmond

Actor | Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre

Jay Osmond was born on March 2, 1955 in Ogden, Utah, USA as Jay Wesley Osmond. He is a producer and actor, known for Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963), Marie (1980) and The Gift of Love (1978). He has been married to Karen Randall since May 21, 2014. He was previously married to ...

24. James A. Osmond

Soundtrack | Fame

James A. Osmond was born on April 16, 1963 in Canoga Park, California, USA as James Arthur Osmond. He is a producer, known for Fame (1982), Jocks (1986) and The Gift of Love (1978). He has been married to Michelle Larson since June 7, 1992. They have four children.

25. Merrill Osmond

Producer | Mel & Susan Together

Merrill Osmond was born on April 30, 1953 in Ogden, Utah, USA as Merrill Davis Osmond. He is a producer and actor, known for Mel & Susan Together (1978), Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963) and Dr. Shrinker (1976). He has been married to Mary Carlson since September 17, 1973. They ...

26. Wayne Osmond

Music_department | Land of the Lost

Wayne Osmond was born on August 28, 1951 in Ogden, Utah, USA as Melvin Wayne Osmond. He is known for his work on Land of the Lost (1974), Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963) and Dr. Shrinker (1976). He has been married to Kathlyn Louise White since December 13, 1974. They have five ...

27. Marie Osmond

Soundtrack | Donny and Marie

Marie Osmond was born on October 13, 1959 in Ogden, Utah, USA as Olive Marie Osmond. She is a producer and actress, known for Donny and Marie (1975), Almost Perfect (1995) and Movie Stars (1999). She was previously married to Brian Blosil and Steve Craig.

28. Tom Osmond

Producer | Donny and Marie

Tom Osmond was born on October 26, 1947 in Ogden, Utah, USA as Thomas Rulon Osmond. He is a producer, known for Donny and Marie (1975), The Gift of Love (1978) and Jerry Visits (1971). He has been married to Carolyn since August 16, 1989. They have four children. He was previously married to Lyn ...

29. Virl Osmond

Producer | The Gift of Love

Virl Osmond was born on October 19, 1945 in Ogden, Utah, USA as George Virl Osmond Jr. He is a producer, known for The Gift of Love (1978), Jerry Visits (1971) and The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984). He has been married to Christopher Marie Carroll since December 21, 1968. They have seven children. He ...

30. Donny Osmond

Soundtrack | Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Donald Clark "Donny" Osmond was born December 9, 1957 in Ogden, Utah, to Olive Osmond (née Davis) and George Osmond on . He was the seventh of eight brothers and has one sister. When Donny was young, his family went to see Lawrence Welk in California. They were unable to meet with him so they ...