Ashkenazi Jewish

Bud Abbott

by follers on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: William Alexander Abbott

Date of Birth: October 2, 1897

Place of Birth: Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: April 24, 1974

Place of Death: Woodland Hills, California, U.S.

*English, possibly Welsh, and other (father)
*German [likely German Jewish] (mother)

Bud Abbott was an American actor, producer, and comedian. He was straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello.

His parents were Rae/Ray (Fisher) and Harry/Henry Wilburn/C. Abbott. They worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Bud’s father had English, and likely Welsh, and other, ancestry. Bud’s mother was born in Maryland, the daughter of German immigrants, who were likely Jewish.

Bud’s paternal grandfather was Charles William Abbott (who likely was the son of John G. Abbott and Nancy Agnes Allen). John was the son of Nathan G. Abbott, who was English, and of Anna Johanna Gibson.

Bud’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca Williams.

Bud’s maternal grandparents were Alexander/Aleck Fisher and Frederica/Rebecca/Reyka Buxbaum.

Sources: Genealogies of Bud Abbott –

Marriage record of Bud’s parents –

Bud’s mother on the 1880 U.S. Census –


Paul Adelstein

by stlucas on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: Paul C. Adelstein

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 29, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Paul Adelstein is an American television and film actor.

Paul is the son of Doris May (Forgash) and Harvey M. Adelstein. Paul’s parents are Jewish. Paul was married to actress Liza Weil, with whom he has a daughter. Liza is also Jewish.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Louis Forgash. Louis was born in Austria.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Sally Berger (the daughter of Isaac Berger and Doris). Sally was born in either Austria or Poland.

Sources: Paul’s mother, Doris May Forgash, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Dave Frankel

by stlucas on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: David Marshall Frankel

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

Date of Birth: April 2, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Dave Frankel is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Dave is the son of Tobia Simone (Brown) and journalist Max Frankel. David’s siblings are Margot and Jon.

Dave’s father was born in Gera, Thuringia, and raised in Weißenfels, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, before moving to New York. David’s mother is from Brooklyn, New York. They are both Jewish.

Dave’s paternal grandfather was Jakob Fränkel (the son of Isaak Fränkel). Jakob was born in Busk, Galicia, Poland (now Ukraine).

Dave’s paternal grandmother was Mary Katze. She was born in Sokal, Galicia, Poland (now Ukraine).

Dave’s maternal grandfather was Harold M. Brown (the son of Maurice Brown and Ida). Harold was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Dave’s maternal grandmother was Pauline Kessler. Pauline was born in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

Sources: David’s father’s memoir, The Times of My Life and My Life with The Times (1999) –

Obituary of Dave’s mother, Tobia Simone (Brown) Frankel –

David’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurice Brown and Ida, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dave’s maternal grandmother, Pauline (Kessler) Brown –

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Alex Kurtzman

by stlucas on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: Alexander Hilary Kurtzman

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 7, 1973

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Alex Kurtzman is an American film and television writer, producer, and director.

Alex is the son of Jane Rhonda (Rubin) and Calman Kurtzman. Alex has a sister, Marisa. Alex’s family is Jewish.

Source: Birth record of Alex Kurtzman –

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Satya Bhabha

by stlucas on May 24, 2017

Birth Name: Satya Sorab Bhabha

Place of Birth: London City, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 13 December, 1983

*Parsi Indian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Satya Bhabha is a British-born American actor.

Satya is the son of lecturer Jacqueline Bhabha (born Jacqueline M. Strimpel) and professor Homi K. Bhabha. Satya’s siblings are Ishan and Leah.

Satya’s father was born in Mumbai, India, to a Parsi-Zoroastrian family. Satya’s mother was also born in Mumbai, to German Jewish refugee parents, and was raised in Milan, Italy.

Satya’s maternal grandparents were Paul Moritz Strimpel and Mathilde Rosenthal. They both worked in academia. Mathilde was Professor of English at the University of Milan.

Sources: Birth record of Satya Bhabha –

Marriage record of Satya’s parents, Homi K. Bhabha and Jacqueline M. Strimpel –

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