Matt Lanter

by follers on May 23, 2013

Matt Lanter

Birth Name: Matthew Mackendree Lanter

Place of Birth: Massillon, Ohio

Date of Birth: April 1, 1983

Ethnicity: Polish, English, Austrian, Scottish, German, with distant Irish and Ashkenazi Jewish-Sephardi Jewish

Matt Lanter is an American actor and model.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Kenley Mackendree Lanter (the son of Robert Hayes Lanter and Elizabeth Sheftall MacKendree). Robert was the son of Austin Andrew Lanter and Phyllis Perry. Elizabeth was the daughter of Seaborn Marshall MacKendree and Daisy Mary Jane Sheftall.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Jessie Mae Fudge (the daughter of Joseph Franklin Fudge and Mattie Mae Everret). Joseph was the son of William David Fudge and Clara M. Cory.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Richard Norbert Wincek (the son of John Wincek and Frances/Francis Ann Sentz). John was born in Ohio, to George Wincek and Annie Kurteka, who were both Polish immigrants, as were all of John’s grandparents (Paul Wincek, Rosa Kaklewiez, Jacob Kurteka, and Mary Brodi). Frances was born in Michigan, to Steve Sentz and Katie Rebinski, who were immigrants from Austria. Katie likely had Polish ancestry.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Marilyn June Ware (the daughter of John Ellis Ware and Ruth Irene Mobley). John was the son of Wilbur William F. Ware and Mary May Ellis. Ruth was the daughter of John M. Mobley and Anna Pauline Matasky. Anna’s parents, Ignatz/Ignace Mataski and Florentia Hudinski, were Polish.

Matt’s five times paternal great-grandfather, Emanuel Sheftall, was Jewish. Emanuel’s parents, Levi Sheftall (born Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, 1739) and Sarah De La Motta (born St Croix, Virgin Islands, 1754), were both Jewish. Emanuel’s paternal grandfather, Benjamin Sheftal, was a Prussian Jew, while Emanuel’s paternal grandmother, Hannah Solomons, was a Dutch Jew. Emanuel was of both Ashkenazi Jewish and Sephardi Jewish descent, and had Danish Jewish ancestors on his mother’s side. Levi’s brother, Mordecai Sheftall, was a Colonel in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Mordecai was the highest ranking Jewish officer of the Colonial forces. Mordecai is thus Matt’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-uncle. A picture and biography of Mordecai can be found here.

Sources: Genealogies of Matt Lanter –

Genealogy of Matt’s paternal grandfather, Kenley Mackendree Lanter (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Matt’s paternal grandmother, Jessie Mae Fudge, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Matt’s maternal great-great-grandparents, George Wincek and Annie Kurteka –

Matt’s maternal great-grandmother, Frances/Francis Ann Sentz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Matt’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Steve Sentz –

Matt’s maternal great-grandparents, John Ellis Ware and Ruth Irene Mobley, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Matt’s maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Irene Mobley, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Ruth Irene Mobley on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Photo by DFree/

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

cdonorab October 28, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Correction he has Danish ancestry as well. Sarah De la Matta who was married Levi sheftall was the daughter of a Danish man name Isaac delamotta.

follers October 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Isaac DeLamotta was a Sephardi Jew.

cdonorab October 29, 2016 at 7:14 am

That makes sense. All the information from all the trees say he and his father were born in Denmark though. Do you have info for Isaacs wife Sarah canter? From some info I’ve seen her family came from Denmark.

follers October 30, 2016 at 12:05 am
celebfan December 23, 2015 at 10:42 am

He reminds me of Seth Gabel.

cwm85 September 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm


hesh123 August 2, 2015 at 4:50 am

The sad sack eyes tipped me off

ashash January 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm

His great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Emanuel Sheftall, was Jewish. That is so cool. He reminds me of Olivia Wilde, Cara Delevingne, Callan McAliffe, Max Thieriot, and Damian Lewis. They all have distant Jewish ancestry. It’s remarkable how most of them come from British roots, too.

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