Alessandro Nivola

by ethnic on March 25, 2010

Alessandro Nivola

Birth Name: Alessandro Antine Nivola

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 28, 1972

*25% Italian/Sardinian
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish
*50% English/British Isles

Alessandro Nivola is an American actor and producer. He is married to English actress Emily Mortimer, with whom he has two children.

Alessandro’s paternal grandfather was Costantino Nivola (the son of Nicola/Nicolò Nivola and Giovanna Mele). Constantino, a prominent sculptor, was Italian, and was from Orani, a small village in Sardinia.

Alessandro’s paternal grandmother was Ruth Guggenheim (the daughter of Samuel Guggenheim and Magnia Brochis). Ruth was born, c. 1917, in Munich, Germany, to a German Jewish father and a mother of Russian Jewish descent. Samuel was a neurologist.

Alessandro’s maternal grandparents were Thomas J. Davis (the son of Thomas Jefferson Davis and Jane J. Brown) and Shirley Ross. Alessandro’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of Mitchell G. B. Davis.

Sources: Genealogy of Alessandro Nivola –

Genealogy of Alessandro Nivola (focusing on his father’s side) –

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andrew October 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm
madman August 9, 2017 at 3:46 am

Italian —> Italian/Sardinian

andrew October 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Ruth Guggenheim was born c. 1917 in Munich, Germany, to Samuel Guggenheim and Magnia Brochis, of Russian Jewish descent. Samuel was likely related to famous Guggenheim family.

andrew September 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Samuel Guggenheim was a neurologist

andrew October 7, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Costantino Nivola (the son of Nicola Nivola and Giovanna Mele) was a sculptor

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