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Donny Osmond

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Donny Osmond

Singer, Actor and Dancer


Who is Donny Osmond?

Donny Osmond is an American singer, actor, and dancer. In the 1960s and 1970s, he and four of his elder brothers formed a musical group known as The Osmonds. The group is said to have sold over 100 million albums. In the late 1970s, Donny Osmond teamed up with his sister Marie Osmond for a musical variety show known as the Donny & Marie show. In 1998 the two would team up again to host a talk show also called Donnie & Marie.

In 1992 he made his stage debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. After over 2,000 performances onstage, Donny was chosen by Webber to appear in the film version of the show.

Famous Kin

In addition to his immediate family, Donny Osmond's family tree includes fellow singers Avril Lavigne and Shirley Temple. Family connections to other celebrities include Clint Eastwood, Dick Van Dyke, Lucille Ball, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Damon, Anthony Perkins, and Sigourney Weaver. Presidential kin include Franklin Pierce, Rutherford B. Hayes, Millard Fillmore, Benjamin Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, and a number of others.

Family Facts

Middle Duffryn Colliery Disaster

The Middle Duffryn Colliery was a coal mine located in Aberdare, Glamorganshire, Wales. In May 1852, an explosion within the mine killed close to 60 miners. Nine were said to have survived the explosion only to be killed when a wooden platform on which they were trying to escape collapsed sending the men to their deaths at the bottom of the pit. One of the miners killed that day was David Jenkins, 3rd great-grandfather of Donny Osmond.

Hero of Tippecanoe

Major General Joseph Bartholomew was the 4th great-grandfather of Donny Osmond. He was a general in the Indiana Militia and served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Black Hawk War.

In 1811 he took part in the famous Battle of Tippecanoe near present day Lafayette, Indiana. The battle was between the Indiana Militia under the command of Governor William Henry Harrison, and Native American warriors under the command of the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. With a rank of Colonel at the time, Joseph Bartholomew was wounded early in the battle when he took a rifle ball in the arm breaking both bones.

Although wounded, Col. Joseph Bartholomew remained with his command and continued to direct and encourage the troops until the close of the battle. As a reward for his services in this battle, he was promoted to the rank of Major General. The county of Bartholomew in Indiana would be named after him.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Donny Osmond

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Hiram Bingham

69th Governor of Connecticut

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Robert White

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Thomas Weld

(c1595 - 1660/1)
William & Francis passenger 1632

9th great-granduncle
via Edmund Weld

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Frank G. Allen

51st Governor of Massachusetts

10th cousin 1 time removed
via William Heath

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Edmund Weld

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Shelley Fabares

TV and Movie Actress

10th cousin 1 time removed
via John Johnson

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

6th cousin 4 times removed
via John Johnson

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Joe Keery

TV and Movie Actor

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert White

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William B. Washburn

28th Governor of Massachusetts

6th cousin 4 times removed
via John Johnson

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Emory Washburn

22nd Governor of Massachusetts

5th cousin 5 times removed
via John Johnson

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Peter T. Washburn

31st Governor of Vermont

6th cousin 4 times removed
via John Johnson

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Winfield Scott Hammond

18th Governor of Minnesota

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Harris

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John Johnson

(c1588 - 1659)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

9th great-grandfather

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Elizabeth Banks

TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 2 times removed
via William Manning

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William Manning

(c1592 - c1666)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

9th great-grandfather

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Kristen Wiig

TV and Movie Actress

10th cousin 2 times removed
via John Johnson

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Frederick Law Olmsted

Landscape Architect

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Robert White

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Henry Hastings Sibley

1st Governor of Minnesota

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas Harris

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Vanessa Hudgens

TV, Movie and Stage Actress

10th cousin 3 times removed
via John Johnson

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Francis H. Underwood

Founder of the Atlantic Monthly

8th cousin 2 times removed
via John Johnson

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Judith Hoag

TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 1 time removed
via William Manning

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Elmer Underwood

Pioneers, Stereoscopic and News Photography

8th cousin 2 times removed
via John Johnson

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Bert Underwood

Pioneers, Stereoscopic and News Photography

8th cousin 2 times removed
via John Johnson

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Michael Strahan

NFL Player and TV Personality

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Harris

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Sarah Palin

9th Governor of Alaska

11th cousin 1 time removed
via Robert White

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Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator from Colorado

11th cousin 1 time removed
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