David Schwimmer

by ethnic on March 15, 2010

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

Date of Birth: November 2, 1966

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

David Schwimmer is an American actor, director, and producer. He was one of the stars of the comedy series Friends.

His parents, Arlene Coleman and Arthur Schwimmer, are both Jewish (they descend from Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, Austria, Russia, Germany, and Belarus). His partner is British artist and photographer Zoë Buckman (Zoë is also of Jewish heritage).

David’s paternal grandfather was Bertram Schwimmer (the son of Louis Schwimmer and Rose). Betram was born in New York. Louis was a Jewish immigrant, from Sambir, L’vivs’ka Oblast, Ukraine, and the son of Austrian Jews, Nathan Schwimmer and Rebecca Klein. Rose was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

David’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice P. Osgood (the daughter of David Maxwell Osgood and Rose “Rosie” Grant). Beatrice was born in New York. David was born in Massachusetts, to Jewish parents from either Germany or Russia. Rose was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, to a German Jewish father, Harry Grant, and a Russian Jewish mother, Katharina “Katie”.

David’s maternal grandfather was Max S. Colman (the son of Abraham Colman and Sarah Kramer). Abraham and Sarah were Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire.

David’s maternal grandmother was Syd Sherman (the daughter of Jacob Sherman and Rebecca Jaffe). Jacob and Rebecca were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus.

Sources: Genealogy of David Schwimmer – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of David Schwimmer (focusing on his father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

David’s paternal grandmother, Beatrice P. Osgood, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Beatrice P. Osgood 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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ssempre July 6, 2014 at 1:51 pm

he could pass for middle eastern when he was younger (during the time he was on FRIENDS)

ann July 30, 2013 at 10:01 am

His father is of Austrian-Russian Jewish and English descent! http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I399332

follers July 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Not necessarily English. His great-grandmother Rose Grant, who was born in England, had a German-born father and a Russian-born mother.
http://www.geni.com/people/Rose-Osgood/6000000018318379698?through=6000000018318485131

follers July 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

As for his great-grandpa, David Maxwell Osgood, who was born in Boston; his parents were from Germany or Russia.
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MPNM-CWB
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNL4-PTH

Blubber October 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Genetic analysis has shown Ashkenazi Jews are NOT, I repeat NOT, of Khazarian heritage. Ashkenazi Jews are generally middle eastern – European intermediates. See here:

“Results: We find that the Jewish populations show a high level of genetic similarity to each other, clustering together in several types of analysis of population structure. Further, [statistical analyses] place the Jewish populations as intermediate between the non-Jewish Middle Eastern and European populations. Conclusion: These results support the view that the Jewish populations largely share a common Middle Eastern ancestry and that over their history they have undergone varying degrees of admixture with non-Jewish populations of European descent.”
http://www.toqonline.com/blog/the-weak-khazar-hypothesis/

Tatiana September 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

many Jewish surname looks German, like Klaus.

Rossa Pendergast April 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Ashkenazi, what makes them look different from Western European for examples is 2 things: (a) many of them descendant from Khazars which in themselves are European, although very Eastern European. And (b) inbreeding. Rabbis in Europe started to spead the message telling Jews to stop intermarrying with locals, and hence massive inbreeding started a few hundred years ago.

wtf April 18, 2011 at 5:11 am

@ Rossa

I’m no expert on this,but aren’t Khazars converts?

Me! July 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

who are White just like Rossa said.. all.. OK not all but most like 80% or 87% or even more of all Jews around the world are White and Ashkenazi..! (the same just the name of Whites in Jewish xD)

blurblar March 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm

many Jewish surnames do sound or are German. e.g. Zimmerman, schwartz, weiss

Anonymous March 16, 2010 at 12:46 am

Schwimmer is apparently a German surname.

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