Eugene Levy

by ethnic on June 9, 2010

26th American Cinematheque Award Honoring Ben Stiller

Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: December 17, 1946

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Eugene Levy is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, musician, and writer. He is known for playing Jim’s dad in the American Pie films, among many other roles.

Eugene is the son of Rebecca “Betty” (Kudlats) and Joseph “Joe” Levy, a foreman at an automobile plant.

Eugene’s mother was born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, to Polish Jewish parents. Eugene’s father was born in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, to Jewish parents from Vidin, Bulgaria. Given that the Canadian census lists Eugene’s paternal grandparents as being from “Spain”, it is likely that they were Sephardi Jews. Much of Bulgaria’s Jewish population is Sephardi.

Eugene’s uncle, Harold Kudlats, was a music promoter who brought rockabilly music to Canada.

Eugene is married to Deborah Divine, with whom he has two children, actor, writer, producer, and television personality Dan Levy and actress Sarah Levy.

Eugene’s paternal grandfather was named Uziel/Israel Levy (the son of Mary).

Eugene’s paternal grandmother was named Vinucha/Vinncia/Venus Coen.

Eugene’s maternal grandfather was Louis Kudlatz (the son of Samuel/Szmul Gdala Kudlacz/Kudlatz and Nycha/Nicha “Nellie” Szmulewicz/Zemanski/Zelmanovitz). Louis was born in Nasielsk, Powiat Pułtuski, Poland. Samuel was the son of Lewek Kudlacz and Frimel. Nycha was the daughter of Herszek Szmulewicz and Ryfka.

Eugene’s maternal grandmother was Flora Raphael (the daughter of Joseph Raphael and Sarah/Annie/Dora/Rina/Rose Samuels/Levi/Goldberg). Flora was born in Poland. Joseph was born in Posen, the son of Samuel Raphael and Dora.

Sources: Interview with The Jewish Journal –

Interview with the Canadian Jewish News –

Eugene’s father on the 1911 Canadian Census –

Genealogy of Eugene Levy (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant June 29, 2016 at 3:44 am

he always plays stereotypical Jewish roles


follers June 29, 2016 at 3:56 am

I’ve never heard of a Huffman who was Jewish.

neiltennant June 23, 2018 at 5:10 pm


when ended your high school education ?

andrew November 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm
ethnic November 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

no problem, btw Matthias Schoenaerts profile is already up so I have deleted your submission.



andrew December 1, 2015 at 2:51 am

I had one idea Matthias was already on the site.

isaacder3i December 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm

His surname is also middle eastern. Levi is Hebrew.

neiltennant June 29, 2016 at 3:43 am

LEVY — this name can be find among Jews around the world

many Jews in europe changed their names after 1945 in Levy

isaacder3i December 24, 2014 at 9:22 pm

He is Hebraic.

Jan August 22, 2011 at 9:18 am

He looks Eastern European Jewish. Funny actor. I remember him from SCTV in the ’70s/’80s.

rafa June 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

he looks Irish

neiltennant June 23, 2018 at 5:11 pm

haha no way

follers July 4, 2018 at 3:00 am

Well, his mother was certainly Scottish, as it turns out.

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