Liev Schreiber

by ethnic on April 12, 2010

Birth Name: Isaac Liev Schreiber

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 4, 1967

*German, Swiss-German, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Belgian/Flemish, Scottish, and Welsh (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Liev Schreiber is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is the son of Heather (Milgram) and Tell Schreiber (Tell Carroll Schreiber III), an actor. His half-brother is actor Pablo Schreiber.

Liev’s mother is Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent). Liev’s father’s ancestry includes German (the origin of his surname), Swiss-German, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Belgian (Flemish), Scottish, and Welsh. Liev, himself, practices his mother’s Jewish religion.

Liev has two sons with his former partner, actress Naomi Watts.

Liev’s paternal grandfather was Tell Carroll Schreiber (the son of Tell Carroll Schreiber and Marie Louise Didrichsen). Liev’s great-grandfather Tell was the son of Louis Georg Adolf Schreiber, who was born in Cassel, Germany, and of Ida Laura Gebner, who was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Liev’s great-grandmother Marie Louise’s parents were William Gordon Nicholas Cornelius Franz Didrichsen, who was born in Denmark, and Marie Louise Van Zandt, who was born in New York, of Dutch, English, German, French, Norwegian, and Belgian (Flemish) descent.

Liev’s paternal grandmother was Pamela Dutton Prime (the daughter of William Albert Prime and Ruth Melville Shaw-Kennedy). Pamela was of mostly English descent, with more distant Scottish, Welsh, and Dutch, roots. Some of Pamela’s ancestral lines have been in the United States since the 1600s, and through her, Liev is descended from several Mayflower passengers. Through Pamela, Liev is also the great-great-great-great-grandson of James Shaw Kennedy, a British soldier and military writer. Liev’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Albert Prime and Marion Sands Dutton. Liev’s great-grandmother Ruth was the daughter of Vernon Hugh Primrose Shaw Kennedy, who was born in Kirkmichael, South Ayrshire, Scotland, and of Grace Dunlap Cummings.

Liev’s maternal grandfather was Alexander “Alex” Milgram (the son of Hirsh “Harry” Milgram and Fannie Zevin). Alexander was a Jewish emigrant from Lodz, Poland.

Liev’s maternal grandmother was Hazel Dubroff/Dubrovosky (the daughter of Isadore Dubroff/Dubrovosky and Esther Ernestine Weisblatt). Hazel was born in New York, to Russian Jewish immigrants. Isadore was born in Pryluky, now in Ukraine, the son of Morduch Dubovitzky and Ida Ruth Dubroff. Liev’s great-grandmother Esther was born in Łódź, Poland, the daughter of Josef/Joseph Weissblatt/Weisblatt, who was born in Warsaw, and of Hannah Heilbron or Roth, who was born in Wieruszów County.

Sources: Genealogies of Liev Schreiber –

Genealogies of Liev Schreiber (focusing on his father’s side) –

Birth record of Liev’s paternal great-grandfather, Tell Carroll Schreiber –

Liev’s paternal great-grandfather, Tell Carroll Schreiber, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Liev’s paternal great-grandmother, Marie Louise Didrichsen (“Marry Didrichsen”), on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Liev’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Marie Louise Van Zandt (through Marie Louise’s brother, Samuel Van Zandt) –

Genealogy of Liev’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Marie Louise (Van Zandt) Didrichsen (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Liev’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Thaddeus Avery Van Zandt and Sara Angeline Van Beuren/Buren –

Biography of Liev’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, James Shaw Kennedy, a British soldier and military writer, at Wikipedia –

Liev’s maternal grandfather, Alexander “Alex” Milgram, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Liev’s maternal grandmother, Hazel Dubroff/Dubrovosky, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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andrew October 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Genealogy of Liev’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandparents, Charles Augustus Van Zandt and Susannah Schenck –

they don’t work

andrew October 3, 2017 at 12:03 am
andrew October 3, 2017 at 12:10 am
andrew October 3, 2017 at 2:35 am
andrew October 2, 2017 at 11:57 pm
andrew June 19, 2016 at 3:39 pm
cwm85 September 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Basically he’s mixed with every European ethnic group lol. A lot of mixing there between Europe.

bearboy September 29, 2015 at 7:36 pm

No Irish however even though he plays Ray Donavan.

cwm85 September 30, 2015 at 12:49 am

He’s got everything else from united kingdom, english, scottish, welsh. Lol

lelo4 August 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

and also middle eastern.

neiltennant March 17, 2018 at 9:48 am

he looks like typical RUSSIAN guy

i could swear that i know tons of russians with that look

follers June 26, 2013 at 12:25 am

To pookerella – “His fa ther’s fa ther was Jewish. His fa ther’s mother was not.”

Liev’s paternal grandpa, Tell Carroll Schreiber, was the son of Tell Carroll Schreiber and Marie Louise Didrichsen.

Tell, the great-grandpa’s, brother, was named Julius Christian Schreiber. So there is certainly no reason to believe Tell and Julius’s German and Swiss immigrant parents were Jewish.

As for Marie Louise Didrichsen, she definitely wasn’t Jewish. Her dad was a Danish immigrant and her mother had a long line in New York, of various backgrounds, none of them Jewish.

[email protected] June 26, 2013 at 12:06 am

he seems to be a englishman with some german features in t

pookerella June 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm

His father’s father was Jewish. His father’s mother was not.

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

He is with Naomi Watts.

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm
nnnnn September 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Very often!!!

christian March 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm

he has this very interesting+ beautiful shape of eyes

nnnnn September 10, 2012 at 1:03 am

Why, “of course”? With a name Schreiber? But Liev was
really convincend as a russian mafioso in “salt”, although
he’s not russian. One can see, how unrelialibly is, to
choose a “look” as criterion

nnnnn September 11, 2012 at 12:05 am

Almost every “typically non-Jewish German name”
can be Jewish, too. Names like Schreiber, Zeiger,
Schwimmer, Springer are most Jewish.

nnnnn September 13, 2012 at 12:18 am

Anglo-Saxon and especially French people as well.

nnnnn September 13, 2012 at 12:25 am

Can you not read?

nnnnn September 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

They changed their names.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

He is Jewish.

zuzanna July 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm

but in interview about movie called “defiance” which was made in Poland and another one movie “jakob liar” which was also made in Poland exactly in Łódź he mentioned that his family was living there

ethnic July 22, 2010 at 8:55 am

thanks Zuzanna!

Büzo Zagavic May 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm

He is mixed up america does that. i am just Albanian

aps May 7, 2010 at 1:32 am

Yes, his mother is Polish-Ukrainian-German Jewish. :)

zuzanna May 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm

he is also Jewish-Polish

Schreiber’s mother, who now lives on an ashram in Virginia, was born into a Brooklyn working-class household of Jewish Communists, descended from immigrants from Poland, Ukraine and Germany.

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