Birth Name: Paul Leonard Newman
Date of Birth: January 26, 1925
Place of Birth: Shaker Heights, Ohio
Date of Death: September 26, 2008
Place of Death: Westport, Connecticut
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
Paul Newman was an American actor, film director, businessperson, racing driver and team owner, environmentalist, activist, and philanthropist. He was one of the greatest Hollywood stars. Paul was married to actress Joanne Woodward, until his death.
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 grandparents were Simon Newman (the son of Joseph Newman and Hannah) and Hannah Cohn (the daughter of Selig Cohn and Bena). Simon was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant. Paul’s grandmother Hannah Cohn was a Polish Jewish immigrant.
Paul’s maternal grandparents were Štefan/Stephen Fecko/Fetsko (the son of George Fetsko and Mary Orgvanyi) and Mária/Mary Polinak/Polenak (the daughter of Stephen Polinak and Mary Urban). Paul’s maternal grandparents were both ethnic Slovaks. They were 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