Paul Newman

Birth Name: Paul Leonard Newman

Date of Birth: January 26, 1925

Place of Birth: Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: September 26, 2008

Place of Death: Westport, Connecticut

Ethnicity:
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Slovak (mother)

Paul Newman was an American actor, film director, businessperson, racing driver and team owner, environmentalist, activist, and philanthropist. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Color of Money (1986). He was one of the greatest Hollywood stars.

Paul was married to actress Joanne Woodward, until his death. They had three children, including actresses Nell Newman and Melissa Newman. Paul also had three children with his first wife, Jackie Witte, including actor Scott Newman.

Paul’s father, Arthur Sigmund Newman, was Jewish (from a family from Hungary and Poland). Paul’s mother, Theresa (Fetsko, later Fetzer), who practiced Christian Science, was born to a Slovak Roman Catholic family at Homonna, Ptičie (formerly Pticsie) in the former Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Humenné in Slovakia). He was not religious for most of his life. In a 1982 interview with Time Magazine, he stated that he considered himself Jewish, because it is “more of a challenge”.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was Simon Newman (the son of Joseph Newman and Hannah). Simon was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Hannah Cohn (the daughter of Selig Cohn and Bena). Hannah was a Polish Jewish immigrant.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Štefan/Stephen Fecko/Fetsko (the son of George Fetsko and Mary Orgvanyi). Štefan was an ethnic Slovak. He born in either Hungary or Bohemia.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Mária/Mary Polinak/Polenak or Hoczman (the daughter of Stephen Polinak and Mary Urban). Mária/Mary was an ethnic Slovak. She born in either Hungary or Bohemia.

Sources: Genealogy of Paul Newman – http://www.geni.com

Pictures and genealogy of Paul’s family – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Paul Newman (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Death record of Paul’s father – https://www.familysearch.org

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