Philip Seymour Hoffman

by ethnic on May 5, 2010

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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 had three children with his partner, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell.

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

Genealogy of Philip Seymour Hoffman (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.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 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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andrew November 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm
Freerk February 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

“Loucks” looks like a Dutch name (“ou” doesn’t appear in German but often in Dutch names, “ck” usually wouldn’t appear in German after a diphthong (though a number of exceptions), but in Dutch; “-s” is a Dutch/Frisian/Northern German morpheme meaning “son of (Louck)” resp. the genitive ending – “of Louck”); the German version being Lau(c)ks(en)); in 2008 there were about 5 people in Germany with Loucks, 61 with Laucks, 261 with Lauks, 634 with Lauk, 1114 with Lauck. Not so often; but, of course, the spelling could have been anglicized.

http://www.verwandt.de/karten/absolut/lauks.html

guyinsf December 10, 2015 at 11:48 pm

1/1024 Polish? LOL

Alice February 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Very sad. An amazing talent but a tortured soul. A lot of actors especially hugely talented ones like Seymour appear to have a problem with depression. He was brilliant in Capote and deserved his Best Actor Oscar for the role.

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