Joseph O'Neills of half-Irish and half-Turkish ancestry.
Joseph O'Neill was born in Cork, Ireland, on February 23, 1964, to Kevin (a construction manager) and Caroline (a teacher; maiden name, Dakad). O'Neill's parents moved around much in O'Neill's youth: O'Neill spent time in Mozambique as a toddler and in Turkey until the age of four, and he also lived in Iran. From the age of six, O'Neill lived in the Netherlands. Since 1998 he has lived in New York City.