Peter Coyote

by Lil Vacha on April 22, 2010

Peter Coyote

Birth Name: Robert Peter Cohon

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

Date of Birth: October 10, 1941

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish

Peter Coyote is an American actor, writer, director, and narrator. His father was of Russian Jewish, Dutch Jewish, German Jewish, French Jewish, and Tunisian Jewish descent (including Sephardi Jewish ancestry). His mother was a Jewish immigrant (from either Poland or Russia, depending on the census).

Peter practices Buddhism.

Peter’s paternal grandparents were Benjamin Jack Cohon and Rachel Silver (the daughter of Morris Silver and Caroline “Carrie” Aarons). Benjamin was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Rachel was born in New York, to Jewish parents from England. Morris was the son of Samuel Meijer Silver and Priscilla Salomon Proops, both Dutch Jews, with Sephardi ancestry. Caroline was the daughter of Charles Aarons, a German Jew, and of Rachel Beleiss, a French Jew with Sephardi ancestry from Tunisia.

Peter’s maternal grandparents were Nathan Fidler (the son of Richmeyer/Rachmael Fidler and Bertha Weiner) and Rose Adler (the daughter of Pinkas Adler and Yenta). Nathan and Rose were both Eastern European Jewish immigrants.

Sources: Peter’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Peter’s paternal grandmother, Rachel Silver, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Peter’s paternal great-grandparents, Morris Silver and Caroline “Carrie” Aarons, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Peter’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Priscilla Salomon Proops (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Peter’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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