Kat Dennings

by ethnic on January 2, 2009

Birth Name: Katherine Victoria Litwack

Place of Birth: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 13, 1986

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Kat Dennings is an American actress.

Kat’s parents are both Jewish (their families immigrated from Russia). She has stated

[I’m] a billion percent Jewish… I don’t think I have any relatives who aren’t Jewish…

In the film Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008), Kat played a Jewish high school student who mentioned the Jewish concept of tikkun olam (heal the world) in one of the scenes. Kat has said that she needed help to pronounce the Hebrew words correctly.

At some point, Kat’s father’s surname was changed to Litwack.

Kat’s paternal grandfather was named David Lytell/Litwack. David was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents.

Kat’s paternal grandmother was Edith Jean Berkman (the daughter of Jacob Berkman and Ada). Edith was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents.

Kat’s maternal grandfather was Joel Schatz (the son of Julius Schatz and Gussie Katz). Joel was born in New York. Julius and Gussie were both Russian Jewish immigrants. Gussie was the daughter of Jacob Katz and Ida.

Kat’s maternal grandmother is named Ruth.

Sources: Genealogy of Kat Dennings – https://www.geni.com

Kat’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Kat’s maternal grandfather, Joel Schatz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

image via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant May 12, 2018 at 3:50 pm

I cried hours and days due to cancellation of TWO BROKE GIRLS

what shall I do know without the two ?

Pegzi May 24, 2017 at 7:21 am

Looks somewhat like Rose McGowan

neiltennant May 12, 2018 at 3:50 pm
neiltennant June 7, 2015 at 2:50 am

she looks like the younger GWEN STEFANI

neiltennant June 7, 2015 at 2:49 am

she looks very special

especially her lips and eyes are special.

i cannot believe that hollywood people first said that she might not have a chance cause she is not the girl from next door

that was wrong

she can play funny waitresses but on the other hand also high school beloved girls

Anja Hex September 13, 2014 at 1:23 pm

sooo gorgeous and she’s sassy |:)

ashash October 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

She looks typically Jewish. Gorgeous.

neiltennant June 7, 2015 at 2:46 am

you are so stupid

streisand, michael douglas, ofra haza, kat dennings, jerry seinfeld, billy joel all are jews but where is the typical thing ?

Justin Bieber December 24, 2011 at 8:50 am


danaeSUCKS January 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Jews are both an ethnicity and a religion.

Adam January 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Absolutely stunning–she could play sisters with Emmy Rossum.

Mia July 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

She looks a bit french

meagan March 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm

i pick Kat Dennings she is cool and a good actress and beautiful.

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