Famous Strains

Though not a complete list of every person of achievement with Strain blood, here are a few Strains who have become well-known.


Dana Plato (1964 – 1999), born Dana Michelle Strain, was an American actress best known for her role in the television series, Diff’rent Strokes.


Rev. John Strain (1733?-1774), a 1757 graduate of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), was known as one of the most eloquent Presbyterian ministers of colonial Pennsylvania.


John Paul Strain (1955-), is a Nashville-born illustrator and artist known for the vivid realism of his paintings of Civil War scenes.


Julie Strain (1962-), is a model and actress known as “The Queen of the B-movies”.


Meryl Streep (1949-), perhaps the premier actress of stage and screen of this or any generation, is the great-granddaughter of Grace Strain, of County Donegal, Ireland.


Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (1890-1968), born Malcolm Strain in Greeneville, Tennessee, was a military officer and author of military and western-themed stories and novels, as well as founder of National Allied Publications, which eventually merged to become DC Comics.  Actress Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (1960-) is his granddaughter.




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