Matthew Broderick

by ethnic on December 25, 2007

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

Date of Birth: March 21, 1962

*Irish, one quarter English (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Matthew Broderick is an American actor and singer. He is famous for playing the title character in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He is married to actress Sarah Jessica Parker, with whom he has three children.

Matthew’s father, James Broderick, was a stage and screen actor. James’s most famous role was probably the father in the 1970s drama series, Family. He was also in the films Alice’s Restaurant and Dog Day Afternoon, and was a prolific stage actor. Matthew’s mother, Patricia (Biow), was a playwright.

His father was of three quarters Irish and one quarter English descent. His mother was of German Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. Matthew has stated that he was not brought up in a religious home, but considers himself Jewish. He also regularly visits Ireland and owns a house near the ocean there.

Matthew’s paternal grandfather was James Joseph Broderick (the son of James Joseph Broderick and Ellen Maria Shanley). Matthew’s grandfather James was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents. Ellen was the daughter of Michael Shanley and Ellen Gilmore.

Matthew’s paternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth “May” Martindale (the daughter of William H. Martindale and Mary Ellen Jane Hickey). Matthew’s grandmother Mary Elizabeth was born in New York. William was of English descent, the son of Robert Martindale and Charlotte Proctor. Matthew’s great-grandmother Mary Ellen was Irish.

Matthew’s maternal grandfather was Milton Harry Biow (the son of Harry Louis Biow and Lena Deckinger). Milton was born in New York. Harry was born in New York, the son of German Jewish parents, Gabriel Louis Biow and Marianna Neiderthal, whose families had roots in Neukyhna and Lissa, respectively. Lena was born in New York, the daughter of German Jewish parents, Moses Deckinger, whose family was from Dinkelsbühl and Thalmässing, and Julia Taubert/Tanbert.

Matthew’s maternal grandmother was Sofie/Sophia/Sophie Taub (the daughter of Max Taub and Millie Schneider). Sofie was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Matthew Broderick –

Genealogy of Matthew Broderick (focusing on his father’s side) –

Matthew’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Matthew’s paternal grandfather, James Joseph Broderick, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Matthew’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Matthew’s maternal grandfather, Milton Harry Biow, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Matthew’s maternal grandmother, Sofie/Sophia/Sophie Taub, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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andrew October 12, 2017 at 12:19 pm
bearboy April 26, 2017 at 3:31 pm

I think Mathew Broderick should be listed as 50% Ashkenazi Jewish, 37.5% Irish, 12.5% English.

andrew June 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm
pookerella July 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Matthew’s father was James Broderick, stage and screen actor. His most famous role was probably the father in the 1970s drama, “Family.” He was also in “Alice’s Restaurant” and “Dog Day Afternoon” and was a prolific stage actor.

pookerella July 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Drama series, that is.

none April 29, 2013 at 10:31 pm


Anony Moose October 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm

They say Jewish because it’s an ethnoreligion. Do read some more and stop bitching about this.

Ashford September 21, 2011 at 8:14 am

There are many Jewish people in all races and countries of the world.

Anonymous June 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

Jewish is an ethnoreligion.

pookerella July 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

It’s not a race, but it is as ethnic as saying someone is Italian or Irish. It’s due to the fact that someone’s religion in the Middle East is more important than which country you’re from. The Islamic religion is the same way. It doesn’t matter if you are from Egypt, Iran, Pakistan or Malaysia. You are Islamic. Same thing for Jews. It’s different here in the US, as Western Civilizations are more concerned with where you are from. But it is an ETHNICITY. NOT A RACE.

Anonymous September 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Yo in da eightyz dis nigga killed mad heads in a car crash

pookerella July 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Yup. 2 people. He wasnt drunk or on drugs. Need for speed.

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