Brett Gelman

Place of Birth: Highland Park, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 6, 1976

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Brett Gelman is an American actor and comedian. He is the son of Candace and Ira L. Gelman. Brett was raised Jewish.

Brett is married to writer, director, and photographer Janicza Bravo.

Brett’s paternal grandfather was Meyer “Mike” Gelman (the son of Jankel/Jacob Gelman and Anna Malkin). Meyer was born in Indiana, to parents from Vitebsk, Belarus. Jankel was the son of Eli Gelman and Hinda Levine/Lavin.

Brett’s paternal grandmother was Kaye C. Weiner (the daughter of Isaac Weiner/Mann and Fannie Rabinovitz). Kaye was born in Illinois. Isaac was born in Ostroh, Poland (now Ukraine), the son of Samuel Mann and Shmiel Spitzman. Fannie was born in Vitebsk, Belarus, the daughter of Koppel Rabinovitz and Sonya Bunya.

Sources: Obituary of Brett’s uncle (father’s brother), Andrew Joel Gelman –

Genealogy of Brett Gelman (focusing on his father’s side) –

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