Josh Charles

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Birth Name: Joshua Aaron Charles

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 15, 1971

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*German, English, Scottish (mother)

Josh Charles is an American actor.

His father is Jewish, and Josh has described himself as Jewish. His mother has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Josh is married to artist Sophie Flack (Sophie’s mother is Jewish). The couple has two children.

Josh’s paternal grandparents were Aaron Charles and Lillian Matz (the daughter of Harry Matz and Sarah). Lillian was born in Maryland. Harry was born in New York, to parents from Russia. Sarah was born in Riga, Latvia, to parents from Latvia and Russia.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Wilbur Woodrow Heckscher (the son of Robert J. Heckscher and Mary Glass). Wilbur was born in New Jersey. Robert was born in New Jersey, to German parents.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Pansy/Pamela Laurine “Pam” Lowery (the daughter of Percy McGee Lowery and Ruby Jewel/Jewell Gibson). Pansy was born in Texas. Ruby was the daughter of Gaston Celkirk Gibson and Polly Ann Thurmond.

Sources: Josh’s paternal grandmother, Lillian Matz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Josh’s paternal grandmother, Lillian (Matz) Charles –

Genealogy of Josh Charles (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Josh’s maternal grandfather, Wilbur Woodrow Heckscher, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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  1. bablah says:

    Paternal grandparents: Lillian Matz (daughter of Sarah and Harry Matz) and Aaron Charles. Harry was born in New York to parents from Russia and Sarah was born in Riga, Latvia to parents from Latvia and Russia.

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