George Montgomery

Birth Name: George Montgomery Letz

Date of Birth: August 29, 1916

Place of Birth: Brady, Montana, U.S.

Date of Death: December 12, 2000

Place of Death: Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ukrainian

George Montgomery was an American actor, painter, director, producer, writer, sculptor, furniture craftsman, and stuntperson.

His parents, Evdokia/Dena Edith (Policenko or Kolesnikova/Kolesnichenko/Kalisnachanco/Kolenchinco/Kolenchinko) and George S. Letz (born Hrehori Savelovich Letz), were Ukrainian. His father was born in Nikolaivka or Nikolievka, Crimea.

George had two children with his former wife, singer, actress, and television personality Dinah Shore.

George’s paternal grandfather was named Basil Letz.

George’s maternal grandfather was named Morris Kolenchinco/Kolenchinko.

George’s maternal grandmother was named Deloris.


Curious about ethnicity

7 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

  2. madman says:

    According to this genealogy, his father was born in Nikolaiev, Crimea, Russia as Hrehori Savelovich Letz.

    Bablah, was his father of Ukrainian descent?

    • bablah says:

      I checked and it’s not the big city of Mykolaiv (which isn’t even in Crimea) but Nikolaivka or Nikolievka that is listed on his Ellis Island records (whose image I can’t seem to find because their website sucks) and border crossings. It looks like Dena’s real name was Evdokia Kolesnikova or Kolesnichenko.
      I can tell you he had brown eyes and brown hair and a full beard, but not his ethnicity (it just says Russian everywhere). If they were indeed Lutheran, he might have been of German descent since Germans living there were Lutheran.

  3. Dave says:

    What makes you think he was Jewish? Wikipedia doesn’t mention it. And the Jewish population in Montana is literally under one thousand…

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