Birth Name: Lawrence Gene David
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 2, 1947
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Larry David is an American comedian, actor, writer, playwright, and producer.
Larry is the son of Rose (born Regina Brandes) and Mortimer Julius David. His father was of German Jewish descent, with many of his ancestors having settled in the U.S. in the 1850s. His mother was born in Tarnopol, now in Ukraine.
Larry has two children with his former wife, environmental activist Laurie David. Laurie is also Jewish.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) stated that Larry’s genetic ancestry is:
*97.8% Ashkenazi Jewish
*0.1% East Asian
The DNA test found a close genetic relation between Larry and politician Bernie Sanders, to whom he is often compared. Such a genetic relation is common for people of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
Larry’s paternal grandfather was Frederick Gebhard “Fred” David (the son of Julius David and Henrietta Bernstein). Frederick was born in New York. Larry’s great-grandfather Julius was from Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, and was the son of Moses David and Minna Löwenstein. Larry’s great-grandmother Henrietta was born in Mobile, Alabama, the daughter of Hirsch “Henry” Bernstein, who was from Mittelfranken, Bayern, Germany, and of Bertha Pauline Heidelberger, who was from Binkosher, Baden, Bavaria. Larry’s great-great-grandfather Hirsch “Henry” owned slaves, and fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
Larry’s paternal grandmother was Caroline “Carrie” Levy (the daughter of Gabriel Levy and Miriam “Mary” Zacharias). Caroline was born in New York. Gabriel was born in New York, the son of German Jewish parents, Philip Levy, who was from Prussia, and Blume “Mena” Kamak. Miriam “Mary” was born in New York, the daughter of Elias/Ellias J. Zacharias and Paulina/Pauline Sperling, who were from Żerków, now in Poland.
Larry’s maternal grandfather was Leib “Louis” Brandes (the son of Izrael Brandes and Blume Bogner). Leib was born in Ternopil, Ternopil’s’ka oblast. Blume was the daughter of Moses Bogner and Marjem Elki/Elkl.
Larry’s maternal grandmother was Sara Golda “Sadie”/”Sali” Superfein (the daughter of Abraham Superfein and Chana/Chany Marmor). Sara was born in Ternopil, Ternopil’s’ka oblast. Chana was the daughter of Moses and Golda/Golde.
Sources: Information about Larry’s appearance on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) – http://www.thedailybeast.com
Genealogy of Larry David – http://www.geni.com
Family history of Larry David (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.recordclick.com
Larry’s paternal grandfather, Frederick Gebhard “Fred” David, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Larry’s paternal great-grandfather, Julius David – https://www.familysearch.org
Larry’s paternal great-grandmother, Henrietta Bernstein, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Larry’s paternal great-grandfather, Gabriel Levy, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Larry’s paternal great-grandmother, Miriam “Mary” Zacharias, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org