Birth Name: William Oliver Stone
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 15, 1946
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
Oliver Stone is an American director, screenwriter, and producer. He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Director, for Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989).
Oliver’s father, Louis Stone (born Louis Silverstein), was an American Jewish soldier. Louis met Oliver’s mother, Jacqueline (Goddet), a French (Catholic) woman, in France. Oliver has a daughter with his wife, South Korean-born Sun-jung Jung; and two children with his former wife, film production assistant Elizabeth Burkit Cox.
Oliver was raised in the Episcopalian faith. He is a practicing Buddhist.
Oliver’s paternal grandfather was Joshua Silverstein (the son of Hyam/Henry Wolfe/William Shapiro/Silverstein and Elizabeth/Libby/Leah/Rosie Oppenheim). Joshua was born in New York, to Jewish parents from either Germany, Poland, or Russia. Henry was the son of Rabbi Osieja/Oseiey Josielowicz Szapir/Szapiera and Rachel/Chaja Osiejowa Aronowna. Elizabeth was the daughter of Joseph Oppenheim Chimelewsky and Rebecca Ginsberg.
Oliver’s paternal grandmother was Tillie/Mathilda Michaelson (the daughter of Abraham Michaelson and Hannah Rhein). Tillie was born in New York, to Jewish parents from either Germany, Poland, or Russia.
Oliver’s maternal grandparents were Jacques Goddet and Adele.
Sources: Notes on the religion of Oliver Stone, at Adherents.com – http://www.adherents.com
Genealogy of Oliver Stone – https://www.geni.com
Oliver’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Oliver’s paternal grandparents, Joshua Silverstein and Tillie/Mathilda Michaelson – https://familysearch.org
Oliver’s paternal grandfather, Joshua Silverstein, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org