Paul Newman

by andrew on November 7, 2013

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

*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 –

Pictures and genealogy of Paul’s family –

Genealogy of Paul Newman (focusing on his father’s side) –

Death record of Paul’s father –

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew October 12, 2017 at 5:22 am
andrew October 22, 2016 at 7:24 pm
andrew July 15, 2016 at 5:13 pm

Hannah Cohn was possibly born in Germany

andrew June 14, 2016 at 5:11 pm
cwm85 November 13, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Andrew can you believe this? Lol ashash says Paul Newman parents were in an interracial marriage LOL I’ve heard it all…

ashash November 13, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Well, they were. I believe what they called it was “miscegenation.”

passingtime85 November 14, 2015 at 1:06 am

I do not believe those laws have ever effected Jewish individuals marrying “whites”. Maybe they couldn’t or wouldn’t be married by religious figures, priest, pastor, rabbi, etc, but a justice of the peace could perform the union in any state.

Jews although have been called a Semitic people, legally they were mostly known, in the past, as a “White Minority”, along with Italians and Poles, etc.

cwm85 November 14, 2015 at 9:55 am

Thank you. I could have responded to that person but I was so in disbelief of that comment… lol Jews from Europe are white. Jewish is not a race. Hitler created that nonsense with aryan race… blonde blue eyed. Newman’s paternal side are Jews from Europe.

bearboy October 12, 2017 at 7:36 am

I know Paul Newman’s Jewish ancestors were from Eastern Europe but he most likely has little to no ethnic ancestry from Hungary or Poland (at least from the Ashkenazi side of his family). Ashkenazi is more likely middle eastern, Roman, Greek and other ancestry if you back to before the second temple was destroyed (70 A.D.) Although it is important to keep in mind that the people living in the Levant pre-Islamic times were much closer in genetics to Europeans.

andrew November 14, 2015 at 3:32 am


I can’t reply to all the trolling comments.

cwm85 July 31, 2015 at 11:33 am

My friend who is a polish and hungrian jew favors him. No wonder lol.

neiltennant April 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm

there are so many american idiots /conservatives in the us

but PAUL NEWMAN was one of those good liberal americans with a great heart

many celebs make charity and spend only a few dollars
but he made 400 million dollars with his NEWMAN OWNS company

even in europe we buy his noted salad sauces

follers November 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm

His paternal grandfather looked somewhat like him.

That site has pictures of other relatives.

ashash November 12, 2015 at 4:45 pm

How were Paul’s parents able to get married? Interracial marriage was outlawed at the time …

cwm85 November 12, 2015 at 5:52 pm
ashash November 12, 2015 at 7:02 pm

Interracial marriage was illegal. Loving v. Virginia was a groundbreaking case.

How is that Paul’s parents were legally married??

cwm85 November 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Are you serious? Lol

cwm85 November 12, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Does Paul Newman look part black to you?

ashash November 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

No, he looks Jewish. His father was Jewish and his mother was a white woman. Therefore, his parents had an interracial marriage, which was illegal at the time in the U.S.

There are other nonwhite races besides black,you know.

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