Ashkenazi Jewish

Patricia Clarkson

by madman on January 16, 2018

Birth Name: Patricia Davies Clarkson

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 29, 1959

Ethnicity: 1/8th Basque, 1/8th Ashkenazi Jewish (matrilineal), as well as German, English, French, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, remote Dutch

Patricia Clarkson is an American actress. She is the daughter of Jackie Clarkson (born Jacquelyn Brechtel), a politician and councilwoman, and Arthur Alexander “Buzz” Clarkson, a school administrator.

Patricia’s father has German, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and remote Dutch ancestry. Her maternal grandfather was of French, Irish, German, and English descent, while her maternal grandmother’s ancestry was half Basque (from Spain) and half Russian Jewish or Lithuanian Jewish.

Patricia’s paternal grandfather was likely Arthur Alexander Clarkson (the son of Rutgers Clarkson and Lillian May Strunk). Rutgers was the son of Rutgers Clarkson and Margaret Ann McLeod.

Patricia’s paternal grandmother was likely Elizabeth D. Portner (the daughter of Robert Prichard Portner and Katherine “Katie” Hammond Beggae/Bigger). Robert’s father was German.

Patricia’s maternal grandfather was John Patrick Brechtel (the son of John Patrick Brechtel and Jennie M. Shinn). John was the son of Charles Joseph Brechtel and Annie Whelan/Whalen, who was Irish. Jennie was the daughter of John Burr Shinn and Eulalie Dupuis.

Patricia’s maternal grandmother was Sophie Berengher (the daughter of Joseph Whilliam Berengher and Sophie Bass). Joseph was born in Bilbao, Spain. Sophie was born in Russia or Lithuania, and was Jewish.

Sources: Genealogies of Patricia’s paternal great-grandfather, Rutgers Clarkson –

Patricia’s paternal grandmother, Elizabeth D. Portner, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s maternal grandfather, John Patrick Brechtel, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
John Patrick Brechtel on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Patricia’s maternal great-grandmother, Jennie M. Shinn (through Jennie’s sister, Eulalie Teresa Shinn) –

Patricia’s maternal grandmother, Sophie Berengher, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Sophie Berengher on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Kara Crane

by stlucas on January 14, 2018

Kara Crane – 2nd Annual “Fashion With a Passion” Teen Celebrity Fashion Show to Benefit Camp Ronald McDonald – Arrivals – Twentieth Century Fox Studios – Century City, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Tony Lowe / PR Photos

Birth Name: Kara Taylor Crane

Place of Birth: Fountain Valley, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 30, 1990

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Filipino (mother)

Kara Crane is an American actress.

Kara is the daughter of Celesie Elago (Fuentes) and Steven M. Crane. Kara’s father has Russian Jewish ancestry. Kara’s mother was born in Zamboanga City, the Philippines, and speaks Chavacano.

Kara’s paternal grandfather was Robert Allan Crane/Rosencranz (the son of Ben “Bennie” Rosencranz and Goldie Schwartz). Ben was born in Ohio, to parents from Russia, Moses Rosencranz and Rebecca. Goldie was born in Canada.

Kara’s paternal grandmother was Joanne Krasny (the daughter of Harry L. Krasny and Mitzi L. Zaslov/Zaslove/Zaslavsky). Harry was born in Ohio, the son of Peter Krasny and Dorothy Barratz. Mitzi was born in New York, to parents from Russia, Morris Zaslove/Zaslavsky and Jennie Sherman.

Kara’s maternal grandfather was Renato Fuentes (the daughter of Jose Fuentes and Filomena Guingona). Filomena was the daughter of Vicente Guingona and Francisca Javellana Jamora.

Kara’s maternal grandmother was named Cely Elago.


Birth record of Kara Crane –

Birth record of Kara’s father –

Marriage record of Kara’s paternal grandparents, Robert Allan Crane and Joanne Krasny –

Genealogy of Kara’s mother –

Marriage record of Kara’s parents –


Joel Grey

by madman on January 10, 2018

Joel Grey – 65th Annual Tony Awards – Arrivals – Beacon Theatre – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Wild1 / PR Photos

Birth Name: Joel David Katz

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 11, 1932

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Joel Grey is an American actor, singer, dancer, and photographer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Cabaret (1972).

Joel is the son of Goldie “Grace/Grayce” (Epstein) and Mickey Katz (Meir/Meyer Myron Katz), an actor, comedian, and musician. He has two children, including actress Jennifer Grey, with his former wife, Jo Wilder.

Joel’s paternal grandfather was Menachem/Max Mandel Katz. Menachem was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Joel’s paternal grandmother was Johanna/Anna Sarah Herzberg (the daughter of Joseph/Josel Herzberg and Yetta L. Josephson). Johanna was born in Courland, Latvia. Joseph was the son of Jacob Herzberg and Tillie.

Joel’s maternal grandfather was Morris Epstein (the son of Louis Epstein and Hinda Howitz). Morris was born in Russia.

Joel’s maternal grandmother was Fanny Bordovsky/Bodofsky/Vorodosky (the daughter of Gedelia Bordovsky/Bodofsky and Buly Korloitsky). Fanny was born in Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Joel Grey –

Marriage record of Joel’s parents –


Jolene Purdy

by stlucas on January 10, 2018

Jolene Purdy – Audi Celebrates the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Catch LA, 8715 Melrose Avenue – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit:

Birth Name: Jolene Aiko Purdy

Place of Birth: Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 9, 1983

*English, Scottish, Irish, German, at least 1/8 Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Japanese (mother)

Jolene Purdy is an American actress.

Jolene is the daughter of Cheryl A. (Sugimoto) and Donald Allen Purdy. Jolene’s father has German, English, Irish, and Scottish, as well as German Jewish and Polish Jewish, ancestry. Jolene’s mother has Japanese roots.

Jolene’s paternal grandfather was Carl Burdett Purdy (the son of Lawrence/Laurence William Purdy and Mabel Leona Livingston). Lawrence was the son of James Ira/Ira Rodgers Purdy and Sarah Elizabeth Mason. Mabel was the daughter of Chester M. Livingston and Martha Mickey.

Jolene’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Ann Schueler (the daughter of William A. Schueler and Naomi C. Mincer). William was the son of William Schueler and Augusta, who were from Germany. Naomi was the daughter of Oscar Joseph Mincer, whose parents were Polish Jews and German Jews, and of Lena Salina Hicks, who had English and Irish ancestry.

Jolene’s maternal grandparents were surnamed Sugimoto and Sugai.

Sources: Birth record of Jolene Purdy –

Birth record of Jolene’s father –

Birth record of Jolene’s mother –

Marriage record of Jolene’s parents –

Genealogy of Jolene’s paternal grandfather, Carl Burdett Purdy (through his own brother, Robert Lawrence Purdy) –

Obituary of Jolene’s paternal grandfather, Carl Burdett Purdy –

Jolene’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann Schueler, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jolene’s paternal great-grandmother, Naomi C. Mincer (through Naomi’s own brother, Norman Oscar Mincer) –


Michael Blaiklock

by stlucas on January 10, 2018

Michael Blaiklock – The Paley Center Presents “Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23” – Arrivals – The Paley Center – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich / PR Photos

Birth Name: Michael A. Blaiklock

Place of Birth: Ashland, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 14, 1983

*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Michael Blaiklock is an American actor and writer. Michael is also known as Mookie Blaiklock.

Michael is the son of Deborah “Debbie” Berch and Andrew T. “Andy” Blaiklock. Michael’s mother is Jewish.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Lawrence Berch (the son of Henry H. Berch and Bessie Gordon). Lawrence was born in Massachusetts, to a father from Ukraine and a mother from Poland.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Helen Kooris, the daughter of Morris Maishe Kooris/Kurz and Sarah/Sadie Schlofsky/Sholovsky.

Sources: Genealogy of Michael’s mother –

Marriage record of Michael’s maternal grandparents –

Obituary of Michael’s maternal grandfather, Lawrence Berch –

Obituary of Michael’s maternal grandmother, Shirley H. (Kooris) Berch –