Alexis Denisof

by ethnic on February 24, 2010

Spring 2003 WB Winter Press Tour Party

Place of Birth: Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 25, 1966

Ethnicity:
*Russian, French, Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish (mother)

Alexis Denisof is an American actor. He is known for playing Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel. Alexis is married to actress Alyson Hannigan.

Alexis’s father’s ancestry is Russian, French, and Ashkenazi Jewish. Alexis’s mother has Irish ancestry.

Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Victor Alexis Denisof (the son of Simon Denisof and Anna Yudin). Victor was born in Moscow, Russia.

Alexis’s paternal grandmother was Madeleine Irene Severac (the daughter of Georges Severac and Marie Raiziss). Madeleine was born in France. Marie was born in Russia, and was Jewish. Marie’s parents were Wenjamin Raiziss and Olga Budnik.

Alexis is a first cousin, twice removed, of poet and critic Sonia Raiziss, whose father, biochemist George Wenjamin Raiziss, was Alexis’s great-grandmother Marie’s brother. Marie Raiziss Severac was also a scientist.

Sources: Alexis’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Alexis’s paternal grandparents, Victor Alexis Denisof and Madeleine Irene Severac – https://familysearch.org

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