Robby Benson

Birth Name: Robin Devid Segal

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 21, 1956

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Robby Benson is an American actor, director, singer, and teacher. He is a ’70s/’80s teen idol.

He was born Robin David Segal, the son of Freida/Freda Ann (Benson) and Gerald Charles Segal. His family is Jewish. All eight of his great-grandparents were Eastern European Jews (one from Romania, the other seven from Russia/Poland).

Robby is married to actress Karla DeVito (who has Italian and English ancestry). Their children, Zephyr Benson and Lyric Benson, have also acted.

Robby’s paternal grandparents were Samuel “Sam” Segal (the son of Abraham Theodore Segal and Tillie Shear) and Denie Weinstein. Samuel was born in Canada, to a Romanian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother. Denie was born in Texas, to Russian Jewish parents.

Robby’s maternal grandparents were Benjamin “Ben” Benson and Selma Schlachter (the daughter of Jake Schlachter). Benjamin was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Selma was a Jewish immigrant from either Russia or Poland (depending on the census).

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

Robby’s maternal grandparents, Benjamin “Ben” Benson and Selma Schlachter, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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