Christopher Guest

by Lil Vacha on April 21, 2010

Christopher Guest

Birth Name: Christopher Haden-Guest

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 5, 1948

*English, Ashkenazi Jewish, more distant Scottish and Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, is an American and British (dual citizen) actor, writer, director, comedian, composer, and musician. He was a Member of the House of Lords as Baron Haden-Guest, from April 8, 1996 to November 11, 1999.

Christopher’s father, Peter Haden-Guest, 4th Baron Haden-Guest, was from an upper-class family of British Jews, of English (non-Jewish), Dutch Jewish, and distant German Jewish, Czech Jewish, Italian Jewish, Spanish Jewish, Moroccan Jewish, Turkish Jewish, and Scottish, descent. Christopher’s mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes), was from a Russian Jewish family. His brother is actor Nicholas Guest.

Christopher is married to actress Jamie Lee Curtis, with whom he has two children.

Christopher’s paternal grandfather was Leslie Haden Haden-Guest, 1st Baron Haden-Guest (the son of Alexander Haden-Guest and Catharine Anna Johnson). The 1st Baron Haden-Guest was born to a family of English descent. He converted to Judaism when marrying Christopher’s paternal grandmother. He later “renounced” Judaism. Alexander was the son of William Guest and Sophia Smith. Catharine was the daughter of John Johnson and Amelia.

Christopher’s paternal grandmother was Muriel Ethel Carmel Goldsmid (the daughter of Colonel Albert Edward Williamson Goldsmid and Ida Stewart/Stuart Hendriks).

Colonel Albert Edward Williamson Goldsmid was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, the son of Henry Edward Tsebi Hirsch Goldsmid and Jessie/Jessy Sarah Goldsmit/Goldsmid. Henry was the son of Edward Moses-Goldsmid and Rose Joachim, both of whom were Jewish, and of Dutch Jewish and German Jewish descent, with Rose having been born in Amsterdam. Jessie was the daughter of Lionel Prager Goldsmid, who was of Dutch Jewish and German Jewish descent, and of Eliza Frances Campbell. Eliza was American. Eliza’s maternal grandfather, David Salisbury Franks, was Jewish (of German Jewish, and some Italian Jewish, Spanish Jewish, Moroccan Jewish, and Turkish Jewish, descent), although it is clear that Eliza’s other grandparents were of (non-Jewish) English and Scottish descent.

Colonel Albert Edward Williamson Goldsmid, Christopher’s paternal great-grandfather, was raised a Christian. Albert formally converted to Judaism while he was in his 20s. Albert’s wife, Ida Stewart/Stuart Hendriks, Christopher’s paternal great-grandmother, was born to a Jewish-born father, Frederick Hendriks (from a family of Dutch Jews and German Jews, and the son of Herman Hendriks and Abigail Rosetta Levien), and a Christian mother (of English descent), Hortense Campbell Littler. Ida was herself raised as a Christian. Ida formally converted to Judaism when she married Albert.

Christopher’s maternal grandparents were Albert George Hindes (the son of George Hindes and Peshe) and Margaret “Freda”/”Frieda” Friedman. Albert and Margaret were Russian Jewish immigrants.

Sources: Genealogy of Christopher Guest –

Genealogy of Christopher Guest (focusing on his father’s side) –

Christopher’s maternal grandparents, Albert George Hindes and Margaret “Freda”/”Frieda” Friedman, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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madman April 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Ashkenazi Jewish, English, small amounts of Sephardi Jewish and Scottish

For specificity’s sake, I would add this summary of his ethnicity:

Christopher’s paternal grandfather was of English (non- Jewish) descent and Christopher’s mother was from a Russian Jewish family. Christopher’s paternal grandmother’s father was of 13/16ths Jewish (Dutch Jewish, with some German Jewish, Czech Jewish, and Sephardi Jewish ancestry) and 3/16ths (non-Jewish) English and Scottish descent (his non-Jewish ancestors were American), and her mother was of half Dutch Jewish and half (non-Jewish) English ancestry. In total, this makes Christopher of roughly two thirds Jewish descent.

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