Birth Name: Adrien Nicholas Brody
Place of Birth: Woodhaven, Queens, New York City, New York, United States
Date of Birth: April 14, 1973
*75% Ashkenazi Jewish
Adrien Brody is an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Pianist (2002).
Adrien’s father, Elliot Brody, is Jewish (from a family that immigrated from Poland).
Adrien’s mother, Sylvia Plachý, was born in Budapest, Hungary. Adrien’s maternal grandfather was Hungarian (of non-Jewish background). Adrien’s maternal grandmother was a Czech Jew, whose own parents were killed in the Holocaust. Adrien’s mother was raised a Catholic, and did not know about her own mother’s Jewish background until her teenage years. Sylvia’s mother was hidden by Sylvia’s father during the Holocaust.
Adrien has said that he was raised around both Judaism and Catholicism.
His mother’s surname, “Plachý”, means “shy” in Czech.
Adrien’s maternal grandfather was Willy Plachý (the son of Matild Ábrányi). Willy was born outside of marriage, and took on the surname of his stepfather, Zsigmond Plachý. Matild was the daughter of Ábrányi Lajos, a noted painter, and of Róza Vay.
Adrien’s maternal grandmother was ? Miklos (the daughter of Jahr Miklos and Iren Shvartz). Jahr was born in Kőrösmező, Czechoslovakia, to Shmuel. Adrien’s great-grandfather Jahr was killed in the Dachau concentration camp.
Sources: Interview with The Guardian newspaper http://www.guardian.co.uk
The New York Sun article about Adrien’s mother – http://www.nysun.com
The Foward article about Adrien’s mother – http://www.forward.com
Genealogy of Adrien’s maternal great-grandmother, Matild Ábrányi – http://www.macse.org
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