Steven Zaillian

by stlucas on August 31, 2017

Birth Name: Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian

Place of Birth: Fresno, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 30, 1953

*Armenian (father)
*German, possibly other (mother)

Steven Zaillian is an American screenwriter, director, film editor, and producer.

Steven is the son of Alvina/Elvina (Schmidt) and James “Jim” Zaillian. He is married to Elizabeth, with whom he has two children.

Steven’s paternal grandparents were Nishan George Zallian and Hosanna Tatunjian/Tutunjian. Nishan and Hosanna were from Turkey, and were of Armenian descent.

Steven’s maternal grandmother’s surname was Sharp.

Sources: Birth record of Steven Zaillian –

Birth record of Steven’s father –

Death record of Steven’s father –

Birth record of Steven’s mother –

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Alexandra Hedison

by stlucas on August 30, 2017

Birth Name: Alexandr Mary Hedison

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 10, 1969

*Armenian (father)
*English, Italian (mother)

Alexandra Hedison is an American photographer, director, and actress.

Alexandra is the daughter of Bridget Felicity (Mori) and film, television, and stage actor David Hedison (Albert David Hedison, Jr.). Alexandra is married to actress Jodie Foster.

Alexandra’s father is of Armenian descent. Alexandra’s mother was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and likely had English and Italian roots.

Alexandra’s paternal grandfather was Albert David Hedison/Heditisian (the son of David/Tavit Hedison/Heditisian and Sarma Sermalian). Albert was born in Harpoot (now Elazığ), Armenia.

Alexandra’s paternal grandmother was Rose/Rosie Boghosian/Bogohisan (the daughter of Taros Bogohisan and Mary). Rose was from Armenia.

Alexandra’s maternal grandmother was named Renee. Renee was born in England.

Sources: Genealogy of Alexandra Hedison (focusing on her father’s side) –

Birth record of Alexandra Hedison –

Alexandra’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Alexandra’s paternal grandmother, Rose/Rosie Boghosian/Bogohisan, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Alexandra’s mother –

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J. P. Manoux

by bablah on July 19, 2017

JP Manoux – ‘ER’ Finale Party – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jean-Paul Christophe Manoux

Place of Birth: Fresno, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 8, 1969

Ethnicity: Armenian, Dutch

J. P. Manoux is an American actor, voice actor, television personality, and comedian.

J.P.’s paternal grandparents were Nichan Manougian Bujuklian and Marguerite Ketchian (the daughter of Rupen Kedjian and Marian Selvian).

Source: Marriage record of J.P.’s parents –


Anita Sarkeesian

by wanderer on June 17, 2017

Anita Sarkeesian – Photo Credit: Debby Wong / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: 1984

Ethnicity: Armenian

Anita Sarkeesian is a Canadian-American feminist media critic, blogger, and public speaker. Her parents are Armenians from Iraq, who immigrated to Canada in the 1970s. She later moved to California, and identifies as Canadian-American.



Erik Palladino

by stlucas on June 9, 2017

Erik Palladino – 2nd Annual Children’s Institute Celebrity Poker Tournament Photo Credit: Tina Gill / PR Photos

Birth Name: Erik Vincent Palladino

Place of Birth: Yonkers, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 10, 1968

*Italian (father)
*Armenian (mother)

Erik Palladino is an American actor.

Erik is the son of Queenie and Peter C. Palladino. Erik has a brother, Chris.

Erik’s father has Italian ancestry. Erik’s mother is of Armenian descent.

Erik’s paternal grandmother is Italian.

Erik’s maternal grandfather moved from Armenia to the U.S. following the Armenian Genocide.