Birth Name: Michael Anthony Richards
Place of Birth: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: July 24, 1949
*Scottish, English (father)
Michael Richards is an American actor, writer, television producer, and comedian. He played Kramer on the sitcom Seinfeld. Michael is the son of Philomena/Phyllis (Nardozzi, also spelled Nardozza) and William Richards.
His father had Scottish and English ancestry, and his mother’s family was Italian. Michael was not brought up in any particular religion. He is a Freemason, a fraternal organization.
Michael has occasionally been incorrectly referred to as Jewish. He is not of Jewish ancestry, nor has he converted to Judaism.
Michael’s maternal grandparents were Anthony Nardozza (the son of Michele/Michael Nardozza/Nardozzi and Filomena Capadano) and Theodosia Degosta. Anthony and Theodosia were both Italian immigrants. Filomena was born in Rionero in Vulture, Province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy.
Sources: Genealogy of Michael’s maternal grandfather, Anthony Nardozza – http://records.ancestry.com
Some notes on Michael’s mother’s family – http://appledoesntfallfar2.blogspot.ca
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