Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali

by follers on December 12, 2016

Birth Name: Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore

Place of Birth: Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 16, 1974

Ethnicity: African-American

Mahershala Ali is an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight (2016). He is the first Muslim male to have won an acting Oscar.

He is the son of Willicia (Goines) and Phillip Fredick Gilmore. He is named after Maher-shalal-hash-baz, the second mentioned prophetic-name child in Isaiah ch.7-9.

Much of his ancestry is rooted in Texas. He was raised Christian by his mother, a minister. He later converted to Ahmadiyya Islam. He changed his surname from Gilmore to Ali. Mahershala is married to Amatus-Sami Karim, with whom he has a daughter.

When winning a 2017 Screen Actors Guild Award, Mahershala said:

My mother is an ordained minister, I’m a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, you put things to the side. And I’m able to see her, and she’s able to see me. We love each other and the love has grown. And that stuff is minutia. It’s not that important.

Mahershala’s patrilineal line can be traced back to John Gilmore, who was born, c. 1834, in North Carolina.

Mahershala’s paternal grandfather was Clarence Hugh Gilmore (the son of Payne Gilmore and Bertha V. Owens). Payne was the son of Wallace D. Gilmore and Eglon Ards Taylor. Bertha was the daughter of Moses/Mose S. Owens and Nora Alice McCoy.

Mahershala’s paternal grandmother is the daughter of Wilson Maddox and Ella Mae Johnson. Wilson was the son of Wilson Maddox and Delcia Annie/Anna. Ella was the daughter of Robert Johnson and Minnie Ella Hadnot.

Mahershala’s maternal grandfather is Willie Goines (the son of Willie Goines and Jessie Peacock).

Mahershala’s maternal grandmother was Evia Mae Smith (the daughter of Pervy Lee Smith and Gertha/Girtha Poe). Gertha was the daughter of Tony/Toney J. J. Poe and Savanah/Savannah Smith.

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Martin Landau

by andrew on October 26, 2016

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Birth Name: Martin James Landau

Date of Birth: June 20, 1928

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

Date of Death: July 15, 2017

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Martin Landau was an American film and television actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Ed Wood (1994).

Martin was the son of Selma (Buchman) and Morris Landau. His father was born in Chortkiv, Ukraine, to a Jewish family. His mother was born in New York, of Russian Jewish descent. With his former wife, actress Barbara Bain, Martin’s daughters are actress Juliet Landau and producer, writer, and director Susan Landau Finch.

Martin’s father smuggled Jews out of Europe during World War II.

Martin’s paternal grandparents were Nathan Landau (the son of Kalman Landau and Beile Rachel) and Rose Goldeck/Goldrich or Rebecca Zuckerman. Nathan was born in Horodenka, Horodenkivs’kyi district, Ivano-Frankivs’ka oblast, Ukraine, to parents from Chortkiv. Rebecca was born in Austria.

Martin’s maternal grandfather was James Harris Buchman (the son of Hersch Buchman and Eva Schlachter). James was born in Russia or Germany.

Martin’s maternal grandmother was Berthe/Bertha Scheuer (the daughter of Sigmund Scheuer and Esther Meyer). Berthe was born in New York, to parents from Germany. Esther was the daughter of Wolf Meyer.

Sources: Genealogy of Martin Landau –

Martin Landau on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Martin’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Martin’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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Mark Rylance

by follers on October 6, 2015

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Birth Name: David Mark Rylance Waters

Place of Birth: Ashford, Kent, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 18 January, 1960

Ethnicity: English, Irish

Mark Rylance is an English actor, theatre director, and playwright. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies (2015).

He is the son of Elizabeth Anne (Skinner) and Thomas David R. Waters, teachers of English. His sister is opera singer and author Susannah Waters. His grandmother was Irish. He was raised partly in Connecticut and Wisconsin in the United States, where his father worked.

Mark is married to Claire Louise van Kampen, a director, composer, and playwright. His stepdaughter is actress Juliet Rylance.

Mark’s paternal grandparents were likely Thomas Fletcher Rylance Waters (the son of Thomas Fletcher Waters and Margaret Ellen Rylance) and Alice Isabel Mooney (the daughter of Alexander Patrick Mooney).

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Martin Balsam

by follers on October 20, 2014

Birth Name: Martin Henry Balsam

Date of Birth: November 4, 1919

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

Date of Death: February 13, 1996

Place of Death: Romy, Italy

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Martin Balsam was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for A Thousand Clowns (1965).

His father, Albert Balsam, was a Russian Jewish immigrant. His mother, Lillian (Weinstein), was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.

Martin’s daughter, with actress Joyce Van Patten, is actress Talia Balsam. Talia is married to actor John Slattery.

Martin’s paternal grandparents were Max Balsam and Rosie/Ruth/Rae Fleiser/Flaiser.

Martin’s maternal grandparents were Israel Weinstein and Sarah Weinstein.


Jason Robards

by follers on August 12, 2014

Birth Name: Jason Nelson Robards, Jr.

Date of Birth: July 26, 1922

Place of Birth: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

Date of Death: December 26, 2000

Place of Death: Bridgeport, Connecticut

Ethnicity: Swedish (maternal grandmother), English, Welsh, German, Irish, distant Scottish

Jason Robards was an American actor. He twice won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for All the President’s Men (1976) and Julia (1977).

He was the son of Hope Maxine (Glanville) and Jason Robards, Sr., an actor. He had six children, three with his first wife, Eleanor Pittman; a son, actor Sam Robards, with his third wife, actress and model Lauren Bacall; and two with his fourth wife, Lois O’Connor, to whom he was married until his death.

Jason’s maternal grandmother was Swedish, and his other roots were English, Welsh, German, Irish, and distant Scottish.

Jason’s paternal grandfather was Franklin “Frank” Pierce Robards (the son of James Nelson Robards and Catherine Hartman). James was the son of George Robards and Temperance Monroe.

Jason’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Loomis (the daughter of Royal Houghton Loomis and Naomi Dobson). Royal was the son of Royal Loomis. Naomi was English.

Jason’s maternal grandfather was Charles Oliver Glanville (the son of William Wright Glanville and Esther Isabel Swires). William was the son of Joshua Steven Glanville and Mary Wright. Esther was born in Ohio, the daughter of English parents, William Swires and Esther Steel, from Yorkshire.

Jason’s maternal grandmother was Mary Regina Pederson/Peterson (the daughter of Swen August Peterson and Inga Britta Dahlman). Mary Regina was born in Trollhattan, Sweden. Swen was the son of Peter Carl Fredrik Larsson and Maja Maria Christina Andersdatter. Inga was the daughter of Olof Dahlman and Catharina Jonsson.

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