Samantha Mathis

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Mathis in 2012, photo by

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

Date of Birth: May 12, 1970

*English, some French (father)
*Austrian (mother)

Samantha Mathis is an American actress. She is the daughter of Austrian actress Bibi Besch (born Bibiana Köchert), who was born in Vienna, and Donald B. Mathis, who was American.

Samantha’s paternal grandfather was named Charles Beverly Mathis. Charles was born in Texas.

Samantha’s paternal grandmother was Nellie Mildred Pitts (the daughter of Hardy Wilson Pitts and Leah Lillie Over). Nellie was born in Texas. Hardy was the son of James Carroll Pitts and Martha Elizabeth Hague. Leah was the daughter of John Ebben Over and Bernadine Sophia Huret, who was French.

Samantha’s maternal grandfather was yacht racer Gotfrid/Gottfried Köchert (the son of Erich Köchert). Gotfrid was born in Vienna, Austria.

Samantha’s maternal grandmother was actress Gusti Huber (Auguste Huber). Gusti was born in Wiener Neustadt, Cisleithania, Austria-Hungary. Samantha’s step-grandfather was Joseph Besch.

Sources: Samantha’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Samantha’s father –

Genealogy of Samantha Mathis (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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