Leah Remini

by ethnic on July 30, 2011

Birth Name: Leah Marie Remini

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 15, 1970

*Italian/Sicilian (father)
*Austrian Jewish (mother)

Leah Remini is an American actress, producer, author, and comedian. She is known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on the sitcom The King of Queens.

Her father’s background is Sicilian (and Catholic). Her mother is Jewish (of Austrian Jewish descent). Leah is married to Puerto Rican actor Angelo Pagán, with whom she has a daughter.

Leah was baptized Catholic. She practiced Scientology, before leaving the group and becoming anti-Scientology activist. In 2015, she stated that she is exploring Catholicism.

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tUMAGA July 27, 2018 at 2:16 pm

actually all of the three main actors from king of queens are jewish


neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

She is another Jewish person with a non-Jewish surname.

cwm85 July 17, 2015 at 10:36 pm

She’s part Italian, too.

neiltennant July 23, 2015 at 4:57 am

yes i know and i did not ignore it

but people are stupid

they see the italian name and call her ITALIAN AMERICAN

the same thing with LEO DICAPRIO

but they ignore that he is 3/4 something else

JSSNY2015 August 7, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Um why shouldn’t someone with an Italian father not be called Italian? I have an Italian father and a Jewish mother, so does the fact my mom’s a Jew mean I should change my last name and not be called an Italian? My father is a real Italian, by the way, from Italy, not this Italian American crap, so I’m guessing I’m more Italian than you…

Gurrl August 8, 2015 at 1:11 am

Your mother is Jewish so i’m sure people would view you more as Jewish than anything else (unless you personally identify more with your Italian side)

JSSNY2015 August 8, 2015 at 8:01 pm

@ Gurrl, why would people see me more as Jewish than Italian when I am half both? This is like biracial people are only black…Yes, I’m Jewish and happily so. My family came here as war refugees who went through hell, but people have a right to define themselves however they want to and to not have others define them. To make it as if a person with an Italian father and a non Italian mother should somehow be disqualified is silliness…It sounds ethnocentric and racist, quite frankly.

JSSNY2015 August 7, 2015 at 8:24 pm

PS Mr. educated, the only surnames that are actually Jewish are ones associated with a tribe such as Cohen or Levi and their variants. The names I think you are referring to are German surnames Ashkenazi Jews were forced to take during the Middle Ages so that we could be taxed by the German Empire. So those aren’t “Jewish surnames” either. But you’re so educated, I bet you knew that already, eh?

follers August 7, 2015 at 8:31 pm

There are other Jewish surnames like “Efron” and “Elgort”.

There are also people of non-Jewish German descent called “Levi”, interestingly enough (not “Levy”).

JSSNY2015 August 7, 2015 at 11:49 pm

People live together, names get exchanged…There is many variants of Levi, Levy, Levine etc.

DAngelo November 7, 2014 at 4:38 am

Beautiful girl.

shobohunter August 16, 2014 at 12:19 am

looks white…

WTF January 17, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Not fully. She appears to have African and Native American admixture. Even for an Italian, she is too exotic. I still don’t believe she’s fully white. She looks quadroon or octaroon with Native American influences. In fact, she looks like she could be Mariah Carey’s sister.

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

She is famous for tanning because did somebody see her on HOW IS THE BOSS or some FRIENDS episodes ?

she looked very white and with light brown hair. But with the time she became more exotic

on the first episodes of KING OF QUEENS she looked like a girl from the next door

ectag January 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

You need to get out more.

She looks like a typical Mediterranean.

WTF August 15, 2014 at 7:27 pm

i was sure she had a little black in her. she has that mariah carey look.

fuzzybear44 August 16, 2014 at 3:18 am


(i was sure she had a little black in her)

Who says she doesn’t?

DK1x October 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm
Angelalibohova January 15, 2013 at 5:53 am

She looks Austrian to me..

Christian March 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

beautiful woman

i see the italian in her face

she has also similarities to JENNIFER LOPEZ

COOLGUY2012 September 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm


rafael October 29, 2012 at 1:25 am

have you seen pauly d?

tipsy July 11, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Jennifer Lopez is not a black latina. Both her parents are white, her grandparents are European that settled in P.R…Cristina Milian, Tatyana Ali. LaLa Anthony are Black latinas. You probably think Rita Ora is black too SMH

blacklatina July 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I guess tipsy says a lot about your comment

DK1x October 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Many Italian women look like Leah Remini. I’m Italian and I grew up with a lot of Italians so I should know. You’re right that Italians don’t look like Jennifer Lopez.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 1:48 am

Beautiful mix.

She grew up into a pretty woman.

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