Peter Berg

by andrew on October 23, 2014

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Birth Name: Peter Winkler Berg

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

Date of Birth: March 11, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (father, and maternal grandfather)

Peter Berg is an American actor, film director, producer, and writer. He is the son of Sally Ann (Winkler) and Laurence G. Berg.

Peter’s father was Jewish, as was Peter’s maternal grandfather. It appears that Peter’s maternal grandmother was Catholic.

Peter is a second cousin of writer Buzz Bissinger (who is Jewish). Peter’s maternal great-grandparents, Eli Winkler and Selma Louise Einstein, were also the parents of Buzz’s paternal grandmother, Gertrude Louise Winkler. Peter is also a fifth cousin, three times removed, of theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. Peter’s maternal seven times great-grandfather, Moyses Einstein, was also Albert’s paternal four times great-grandfather.

Peter’s paternal grandparents were Harry W. Berg and Ruth. Harry was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Ruth was also born in New York, also to Russian Jewish parents.

Peter’s maternal grandparents were Robert Eli Winkler (the son of Eli Winkler and Selma Louise Einstein) and Elizabeth G. (possibly “Grier”). Peter’s great-grandfather Eli was born in Ohio, to Isaac Winkler and Bertha Hess, and was of German Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent. Peter’s great-grandmother Selma was born in Ohio, to German Jewish parents, Leopold Einstein, from Buchau, Baden-Wurttemberg, and Bertha F. Rauh, from Bavaria.

Sources: Peter’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Peter’s maternal grandfather, Robert Eli Winkler (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Peter’s maternal grandfather, Robert Eli Winkler, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituaries of Peter’s maternal grandfather, Robert Eli Winkler –

Obituary of Peter’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth G. Winkler –

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vilgotaan March 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm

He somewhat reminds me of Tom Brady.

andrew May 28, 2016 at 7:25 am

75% Ashkenazi Jewish

andrew November 11, 2015 at 4:06 pm

maybe he’s related to Fonzie

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