Ashkenazi Jewish

Wallace Shawn

by madman on April 21, 2018

Birth Name: Wallace Michael Shawn

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

Date of Birth: November 12, 1943

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Wallace Shawn is an American actor, comedian, playwright, and essayist.

He is the son of Cecille (Lyon) and William Shawn (William Chon), a magazine editor. His brother is composer Allen Shawn.

Wallace’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin William Chon (the son of William Louis Cohen/Chon and Esther Elizabeth Singer). Benjamin was born in either New York, United States, to Polish Jewish parents, or in Warsaw, Poland.

Wallace’s paternal grandmother was Anna/Annie Bransky (the daughter of Morris Bransky and Minna Levy). Anna was born in England, to Polish Jewish parents.

Wallace’s maternal grandfather was named William Lyon/Lyons. William was born in Russia.

Wallace’s maternal grandmother was Rose Levinson (the daughter of Simon Levinson and Rachel/Rachael). Rose was born in Carlstadt, Sweden, to Russian Jewish parents.

Each of Wallace’s grandparents was born in a different country, something that is fairly rare. Actors Noah Emmerich, Jessica Lange, and Logan Lerman are others whose grandparents were born in four distinct countries.

Sources: Genealogy of Wallace Shawn –

Genealogy of Wallace Shawn (focusing on his father’s side) –

Wallace’s parents on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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

Wallace’s paternal grandparents, Benjamin William Chon and Anna/Annie Bransky, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Benjamin William Chon and Anna/Annie Bransky on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Benjamin William Chon and Anna/Annie Bransky on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Wallace’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Wallace’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Wallace’s maternal grandparents, William Lyon/Lyons and Rose Levinson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
William Lyon/Lyons and Rose Levinson on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Wallace’s maternal grandmother, Rose (Levinson) Lyon –

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Josh Rosen

by follers on April 18, 2018

Birth Name: Joshua Ballinger Lippincott Rosen

Place of Birth: Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 10, 1997

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, as well as distant French Huguenot and Welsh (mother)

Josh Rosen is an American football quarterback. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins.

He is the son of Liz Lippincott, a journalist, and Charles Rosen, an orthopedic spine surgeon. His father is Jewish. His mother is a Quaker, with deep roots in the Quaker communities of Pennsylvania. Josh had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Josh is likely named after his maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Joshua Ballinger Lippincott, who founded publishing house J. B. Lippincott & Co., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, later incorporated as J. B. Lippincott Company. The Lippincott family traces back to Restore Lippincott, who was born, c. 1653, in Stonehurst, Plymouth, Devon, England.

Another of Josh’s maternal great-great-great-grandfathers was industrialist Joshua Wharton, who worked in mining, manufacturing, and education, co-founded the Bethlehem Steel company, founded the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and co-founded Swarthmore College. Joshua Wharton’s mother, Deborah Fisher Wharton, was a prominent Quaker minister, suffragist, and social reformer.

Josh’s paternal grandparents are named Robert Rosen and Shirley.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Barton Hirst Lippincott (the son of Joshua Bertram Lippincott, Jr. and Elsie/Elisabeth DuPuy Graham Hirst). Barton was born in Rhode Island, and was a publisher. Joshua was the son of Joshua Bertram Lippincott and Joanna Wharton. Elsie was the daughter of Barton Cooke Hirst and Elizabeth DuPuy Graham.

Josh’s maternal grandmother is Beatrice Woolsey Bronson (the daughter of Francis Woolsey Bronson and Helen Louise Silkman). Beatrice was born in New York. Francis was the son of Addison Woolsey Bronson and Clara Howard West. Helen was the daughter of Theodore Hannibal Silkman and Mary Virginia Oakley.

Josh’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Frances Slany, who was born, c. 1582, in Essex, England.

Sources: Genealogy of Josh Rosen –

Obituary of Josh’s maternal grandfather, Barton Hurst Lippincott –

Genealogy of Josh’s maternal grandmother, Beatrice Woolsey Bronson (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Marriage record of Josh’s maternal great-grandparents, Francis Woolsey Bronson and Helen Louise Silkman –

Genealogy of Josh’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Arme Catlin –


Michael Landon

by celebfan on April 16, 2018

Birth Name: Eugene Maurice Orowitz

Date of Birth: October 31, 1936

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

Date of Death: July 1, 1991

Place of Death: Malibu, California, U.S.

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish (mother)

Michael Landon was an American actor, writer, director, and producer.

Michael was the son of Peggy (O’Neill), a dancer and comedian, and Eli Maurice Orowitz. His father was Jewish and his mother was of Irish descent. Michael was raised Jewish and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Michael was married to makeup artist Cindy Clerico, until his death. He had two children with his former wife, Dodie Levy-Fraser; five children with his former wife, Marjorie Lynn Noe, and two children with Cindy. He was the father of screenwriter Christopher Landon (with Marjorie) and actress Jennifer Landon (with Cindy).

Sources: Genealogy of Michael Landon –

Genealogy of Michael Landon (focusing on his father’s side) –

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Peter Sollett

by stlucas on April 13, 2018

Peter Sollett – “Freeheld” San Francisco Special Screening – Arrivals – Castro Theatre – San Francisco, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Jonathan Shensa / PR Photos

Birth Name: Peter Sean Sollett

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

Date of Birth: January 9, 1976

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Peter Sollett is an American film director and screenwriter.

Peter is the son of Helene Wendy (Kandler) and Robert Myles “Rob” Sollett. Peter’s parents are Jewish.

Peter’s maternal grandfather is named Steven Ian “Steve” Kandler.

Source: Marriage record of Peter’s parents –


Jeremy Luke

by stlucas on April 12, 2018

Jeremy Luke – 2013 TCA Summer Press Tour – TNT’s 25th Anniversary Party – The Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Keywords: 2013 Summer Television Critic Association’s Press Tour – Day 1 Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos 

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

Date of Birth: March 23, 1978

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish

Jeremy Luke is an American actor.

Jeremy Luke is the son of Esther (Cruz) Hannan. He has a sister, Denise. He has been described as being of Puerto Rican, Italian, and Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

Sources: Marriage record of Jeremy’s mother and stepfather, Joseph G. Hannan and Esther Cruz Bernstein –