Jeff Goldblum

by ethnic on December 26, 2008

Birth Name: Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum

Place of Birth: West Homestead, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 22, 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jeff Goldblum is an American actor. He starred in the films The Fly, Jurassic Park, and Independence Day, among many others. Jeff’s family is Jewish, and immigrated from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Austria. He was Bar Mitzvah in an Orthodox synagogue in Pittsburgh and attended Hebrew school. In 2012, an article stated that Jeff is a follower of “Eastern religions”.

Jeff’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Povartzik (the son of Zelik Povartzik) and Lillian “Lillie” M. Leventon (the daughter of Harry Leventon and Sarah Lewis Hytovitz). Joseph was a Jewish immigrant, from Tinkowitz, Minsk. Lillian was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents.

Jeff’s maternal grandparents were Samuel Louis Temeles (the son of Abraham Temeles and Beille/Bella/Beila Shapiro) and Anna/Ann G. Katz. Samuel was a Jewish immigrant from Zolochiv, now in Ukraine. Anna was born in Pennsylvania, to Austrian Jewish parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Jeff Goldblum –

Jeff’s maternal grandparents, Samuel Louis Temeles and Anna G. Katz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Ardor February 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Ashkenazi Jewish? Are you telling me that he has Eastern European roots?

Try Mizrahi or Sephardic Jewish.

Dildo (SE) September 7, 2015 at 4:25 am

Apalling looks and personality.

M July 27, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Looks Indian.

isaacder3i December 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm

He is of middle eastern descent. According to genetic studies (dozens of them), ashkenazi and sefaradi jews are the same, which makes our ancestors hebrews, thus we are middle eastern. We just have different surnames and customs.

His skin and racial features are the same as Emmanuel Chriqui, same race, just different religious denomination.

lelo4 August 4, 2016 at 9:38 pm

Yu are right saying Ashkenazi and Sefardi Jews are the same.

Aaron Mcdonnell Zellenburg November 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Aaron Mcdonnell Zellenburg November 16, 2013 at 9:21 am
andrew November 16, 2013 at 8:44 am

are u kidding??

andrew May 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I googled this name..honestly he doesnt look much like him but they share some facial expression

andrew May 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Actually it’s the contrary

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