Date of Birth: July 23, 1967
Place of Birth: Rochester, New York, U.S.
Date of Death: February 2, 2014
Place of Death: Greenwich Village, New York
Ethnicity: Irish, English, German, Dutch, 1/1024 Polish
Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Capote (2005).
He was the son of Marilyn O’Connor (née Loucks), a lawyer and family court judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, who worked for Xerox. His brother, Gordy Hoffman, is a screenwriter and director.
Philip’s paternal grandfather was Gordon Orville Hoffman (the son of Orville Hoffman and Fannie M. Phillips). Philip’s great-grandfather Orville was born in New York, to German immigrant parents, Johann Adam Hoffman and Barbara Kleinhans. Fannie was the daughter of John E. Phillips and Abbey/Abbie Hapeman.
Philip’s paternal grandmother Geraldine J. Stowell (the daughter of Charles Henry Stowell and Lulu Grant Humes). Geraldine’s ancestry included English and Dutch. Through Gerladine, Philip was also descended from a Polish immigrant named Albrecht Zabriskie, which means that Philip had 1/1024 Polish ancestry. Charles was the son of Charles N. V. Stowell and Lola Mildred Parmenter. Lulu was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Humes and Augusta Margaret Harrison.
Philip’s maternal grandfather was Seymour N. Loucks (the son of Avery Moses Loucks and Nellie E. Darling). The “Loucks” family in New York appears to originate with either Dutch or German immigrants. Philip’s maternal grandfather also had English ancestry. Avery was the son of Moses Avery Loucks and Mary Ellen Laub. Nellie was the daughter of Frank Darling and Jennie/Jane A. Finch.
Philip’s maternal grandmother was Helen Louise O’Conner (the daughter of Patrick T. O’Conner/O’Connor and Anna McNicholas). Helen was born in New York. Patrick and Anna were both Irish immigrants. Patrick was the son of Thomas O’Connor and Bridget Lavell. Anna was the daughter of Patrick McNicholas and Mary O’Brien.
Sources: Genealogy of Philip Seymour Hoffman – http://www.geni.com
Philip’s paternal grandfather, Gordon Orville Hoffman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Philip’s paternal great-grandfather, Orville Hoffman, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Philip’s paternal grandmother, Geraldine J. Stowell, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Philip’s paternal great-grandmother, Lulu Grant Humes (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Philip’s maternal grandmother, Helen Louise O’Conner, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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