Joseph Schildkraut

by madman on June 19, 2018

Date of Birth: 22 March, 1896

Place of Birth: Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Austria)

Date of Death: January 21, 1964

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Joseph Schildkraut was an Austrian-American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Life of Emile Zola (1937).

Joseph was the son of Erna (Weinstein) and Rudolph Schildkraut (Rudolf Maximillian Schildkraut), who was an Austrian film and theatre actor. His father was born in Constantinople, the Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey), and grew up in Romania. His mother was born in Sučany, Slovakia.

Joseph was married to Marie McKay, until her death, and to Leonora Rogers, until his death.

Joseph’s paternal grandparents were Isac Leib Schildkraut and Rosa. Rosa was born in Romania.

Joseph’s maternal grandparents were Salomon Weinstein and Katti Neuberger.

Source: Genealogy of Joseph Schildkraut –


Jacob Pitts

by stlucas on June 19, 2018

Jacob Pitts – FXX Network Fall 2013 Launch Party and “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” and “The League” Los Angeles Premieres – Arrivals – Lure – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jacob R. Pitts

Place of Birth: Weston, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 20, 1979

Ethnicity: English, possibly other

Jacob Pitts is an American actor.

Jacob is the son of Arlene J. and Joseph Rives Pitts.

Jacob’s paternal grandfather was William Howard Pitts (the son of Oscar Drew Pitts and Helen Louise Childrey). William was born in Virginia. Oscar was the son of William Henry Pitts and Henrietta Rebecca Carter. Helen was the daughter of John Howard Childrey and Helen Margaret Robinson.

Jacob’s paternal grandmother was Julia Margaret “Maggie” Rives (the daughter of John Joseph Rives and Julia Ella Potter). Jacob’s grandmother Julia was born in West Virginia. John was the son of Benjamin Franklin Rives and Mary Ann Marsh. Jacob’s great-grandmother Julia was the daughter of Louis Alexander Potter and Ella Ruth/Rives Fish.

Source: Genealogy of Jacob Pitts (focusing on his father’s side) –


David Twohy

by stlucas on June 18, 2018

David Twohy – “Riddick” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Regency Village Theater – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: David Neil Twohy

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 18, 1955

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, Swiss-German

David Twohy is an American film director and screenwriter.

David is the son of Virginia Lee (Hall) and Richardson Thomas Twohy.

David’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Eustace Twohy (the son of Eustace John Twohy and Rose Blocklinger/Blocklin). David’s great-grandfather Eustace was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Henry D. Twohy, who was from Plymouth, England, and of Jane Sutherland Malcolmson, who was Scottish. Rose was born in Iowa, to parents from Switzerland, Godfrey Joseph Blocklinger and Ursula Hilti.

David’s paternal grandmother was Doris Leutitia Richardson (the daughter of Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Richardson and Ida Belle Jones). Benjamin was the son of George R. Richardson, who was English, and of Elizabeth Ann Liddle, whose parents were English. Ida was the daughter of Noah Jones and Letitia Paullin.

David’s maternal grandfather was Frank Walliston Hall (the son of William Hall and Ella Walliston). Frank was born in Maine.

David’s maternal grandmother was Hazel Gladys Smith (the daughter of Charles Warren Smith and Evaline Jennie Howard). Charles was the son of Parker Smith and Louvisa Christiana Clark. Evaline was the daughter of Charles W. Howard and Mariette C. Putney.

Sources: Birth record of David Twohy –

Marriage record of David’s parents –

Obituary of David’s mother –


Garrett Neff

by stlucas on June 18, 2018

Birth Name: Garrett W. Neff

Place of Birth: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 12, 1984

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish

Garrett Neff is an American model.

Garrett is the son of Deborah Davenport (Wiggin) and Wheeler K. Neff.

Garrett’s paternal grandfather was William Edward Neff (the son of Warren S. Neff and Anna Edna “Annie” Anthes). William was born in Kansas. Warren was born in Michigan, the son of Ozeil H. Neff, who was Canadian, and of Anna/Annetta S. Eggert. Garrett’s great-grandmother Anna was born in Canada, the daughter of Jonas Anthes, whose father was born in Alsace, France, and of Susannah J. Near.

Garrett’s paternal grandmother was Judith Mitchell (the daughter of Abner Wheeler Mitchell and Ella Mae Kenyon). Judith was born in Connecticut. Abner was the son of Elnathan Buckingham Mitchell and Jessie Dickinson.

Garrett’s maternal grandfather was John Philip “Jack” Wiggin (the son of Herbert Ellsworth Wiggin and George Dewey Kennedy). John was born in New York. Herbert was the son of Ervin L. Wiggin and Fannie/Fanny Aurilla Lyman. Georgia was the daughter of William Riley Kennedy and Julia Ann Rice.

Garrett’s maternal grandmother was Barbara T. Murphy (the daughter of John F. Murphy and Anna Henrietta Friedrich). Barbara was born in Massachusetts. John was born in Connecticut, to Irish parents. Anna was born in Massachusetts, to German parents, Louis Friedrich and Rosa Heyer.

Sources: Obituary of Garrett’s paternal grandfather, William Edward Neff –

Obituary of Garrett’s paternal grandmother, Judith (Mitchell) Neff –

Obituary of Garrett’s maternal grandfather, John Philip Wiggin –

Obituary of Garrett’s maternal grandmother, Barbara T. (Murphy) Wiggin –

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Brandon Beemer

by stlucas on June 18, 2018

Brandon Beemer – Private New Year’s Eve 2017 Kickback Hosted by Gregori J. Martin, Kristos Andrews and Chad Duell – Private Residence – North Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Brandon Richard Beemer

Place of Birth: Eugene, Oregon, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 27, 1980

Ethnicity: German, Irish

Brandon Beemer is an American actor.

Brandon is the son of Richard Gene “Dick” Beemer. Brandon has said:

I’m German and Irish. I think I have a little bit of Native American in me as well. I’m a mutt, basically.