Matt Besser

Birth Name: Matthew Gregory Besser

Place of Birth: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Date of Birth: September 22, 1967

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, French, Irish, Welsh, remote Swedish (mother)

Matt Besser is an American actor and comedian. He is the son of Diane Pettit and Sanford “Sandy” Michael Besser. Matt’s father was Jewish. His mother was of English, French, Irish, Welsh, and remote Swedish, descent.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Herbert Besser (the son of Isadore Besser and Celia Ripp). Herbert was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents. Isadore was the son of Lajzor/Eliezer Icek Besser and Ruchla/Rachel Rutkowska.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Ida Rubenstein (the daughter of Mordechai “Max” Reib and Fannie Rubenstein). Mordechai and Fannie were Jewish immigrants, possibly from Ukraine. Mordechai was the son of Menachem Nachum Reib. Fannie was the daughter of Yehoshua Rubenstein.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was William Franklin “Frank” Pettit (the son of Walter Spruce Pettit and Vena Belle Spear). Walter was the son of William Henry Pettit and Sallie F. Spruce. Vena was the daughter of William Roger Speer and Ellen Harriet Roark.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Maxine Center (the daughter of James Alexander “Jim” Center and Minnie Alice Mae “Ava Mae” Curtis). James was the son of William Massey Center and Elizabeth Caroline Fisher. Minnie was the daughter of John B. Curtis and Paralee Oregon Callen.

Source: Genealogy of Matt Besser (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Matt’s maternal grandfather, William Franklin “Frank” Pettit –

Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-great-grandfather, William Roger Speer –

Genealogies of Matt’s maternal grandmother, Maxine Center –

Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Paralee Oregon Callen –

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