Birth Name: Erik Weisz
Date of Birth: March 24, 1874
Place of Birth: Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Date of Death: October 31, 1926
Place of Death: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Harry Houdini was an American illusionist and stunt performer. He is noted for his sensational escape acts.
He was born in Budapest, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Hungary), the son of Cecília (Steiner) and Rabbi Mayer Sámuel Weisz/Weiss. His father was born in Nagykanizsai, Zala County, Hungary. The family moved to the U.S. in 1878, settling in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Harry’s paternal grandfather was Moshe Zvi Halevi Weisz.
Harry’s maternal grandparents were Herman Steiner and Hannah Heller.
Sources: Genealogy of Harry Houdini – https://www.geni.com
Pictures of, and information about, Harry’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com