Jonah Hill

by follers on October 23, 2012

Birth Name: Jonah Hill Feldstein

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 20, 1983

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jonah Hill is an American actor, filmmaker, writer, producer, and comedian. His sister is actress Beanie Feldstein (Elizabeth Greer Feldstein).

His parents are both Jewish (of Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent). Jonah had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony in a Reform temple.

Jonah is one of three males born in 1980 or after to have received more than one Academy Award nomination for acting (Ryan Gosling and Eddie Redmayne are the other two). He is the first one of the three to receive more than one such nomination.

Jonah’s paternal grandparents were Daniel “Danny” Feldstein and Claire Rafkin (the daughter of Victor Rafkin and Tillie Bernstein). Claire’s brother, Jonah’s great-uncle, was actor, director, and producer Alan Rafkin (born Alfred Irwin Rafkin). Victor and Tillie were Russian Jewish immigrants. Victor was the son of Louis Rafkin and Freda Cureyon. Tillie was the daughter of Abraham Bernstein and Anna Sinaf/Senata.

Jonah’s maternal grandfather was Richard “Dick” L. Chalkin (the son of Irving Chalkin and Hannah Spitz). Hannah was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents from Galicia, Hyman Spitz and Jannie Wind.

Jonah’s maternal grandmother was Audrey M. Galin (the daughter of Herman Galin and Gertrude “Gertie” Ross). Herman was a Russian Jewish immigrant, the son of Jacob Galinsky and Eva Moskowitz.

Sources: Interview with Jonah Hill – http://www.nytimes.com

Genealogy of Jonah Hill – http://www.geni.com

Jonah’s paternal grandmother, Claire Rafkin, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jonah Hill (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://levinsongenealogy.org

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