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Michael Gladis

by stlucas on April 24, 2017

Birth Name: Michael James Gladis

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 30, 1977

Ethnicity: Slovak and/or Czech (paternal grandfather), Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandfather), English, Irish, German

Michael Gladis is an American actor.

Michael is the son of Pamela Julia (Morrison) and Peter Paul Gladis. His father had Slovak and/or Czech, and English and Irish, ancestry. Michael’s maternal grandfather was Jewish, and Michael’s maternal grandmother was Catholic, and of English, Irish, and German descent.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was George G. Gladis (the son of Peter Gladis/Gladish and Ilona/Julia Sedora). Peter was the son of Andrew Gladis/Gladish and Anna Knat/Hnath, who were from Malý Lipník, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia).

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Marie McGarry (the daughter of Francis McGarry and May Roletter). May was the daughter of George Washington Roletter and Emma Rebecca Simon.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Archie Aaron Morrison (the son of Robert Moroshan/Morrison and Sadie/Sara C. Lichtenthal). Robert was the son of Julius Moroshan/Moroshanu and Rebecca Feder, who were Jewish emigrants from Iași, Romania. Sadie was the daughter of Nathan Lichtenthal and Yetta, who were Austrian Jewish immigrants.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Julia Theresa Steel (the daughter of William Steel, Jr. and Julia Ford). William was the son of William Steel and Rebecca Campbell-Quigley. Michael’s great-grandmother Julia was the daughter of Patrick Ford and Julia Kelly.

Sources: Genealogy of Michael Gladis –

Birth record of Michael Gladis –

Genealogy of Michael’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Emma Rebecca Simon –

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Wesley Strick

by stlucas on April 13, 2017

Birth Name: Wesley Earl Strick

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

Date of Birth: February 11, 1954

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Wesley Strick is an American screenwriter.

Wesley is the son of Racelle (Kessler) and Louis Strick. Both of his parents are Jewish.

Wesley’s paternal grandparents were Charles/Charlie Strick and Rosalind Rosen. Charles and Rosalind were born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Wesley’s maternal grandfather was Harry M. Kessler. Harry was born in Russia.

Wesley’s maternal grandmother was Marlye Rothstein (the daughter of Mayer Rothstein and Eva Wagner). Mayer was born in Belarus, the son of Abraham Rothstein and Bella Gordon. Eva was born in Galicia, Austria (now Ukraine), the daughter of Solomon/Sulim/Simon Wagner and Rosie/Rifke Lachs.

Sources: Genealogy of Wesley Strick –

Wesley’s paternal grandparents, Charles/Charlie Strick and Rosalind Rosen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Wesley’s maternal grandfather, Harry M. Kessler, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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David Benioff

by stlucas on April 11, 2017

Birth Name: David Friedman

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

Date of Birth: September 25, 1970

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

David Benioff is an American novelist, screenwriter, television producer, and director. He is known for being the co-creator and showrunner of HBO series Game of Thrones, along with D. B. Weiss.

David is the son of Barbara (Benioff) and Stephen “Steve” Friedman, who was Director of the National Economic Council, from 2002 to 2005, and Chairman of the U.S. President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, from 2005 to 2009. David has two sisters, Susan and Caroline.

David is married to actress Amanda Peet. Through his mother, David is a distant cousin of entrepreneur and author Marc Benioff.

David’s parents are Jewish. All of his great-grandparents were Jewish immigrants, from Romania, Austria, Russia, Poland/Germany, and Ukraine.

David’s paternal grandfather was Maurice Friedman (the son of Jonas Friedman and Ray). Jonas and Ray were from Romania.

David’s paternal grandmother was Hilda Kaufman (the daughter of Jacob Kaufman and Clara). Jacob was from Romania. Clara was born in Austria.

David’s maternal grandfather was Shim/Simon Benioff (the son of Isaac Benioff and Ida Edith Bayliss/Baylis). Isaac and Ida were born in Russia. Isaac was born in Kiev, then in the Russian Empire, the son of Benjamin Benioff and Bertha Scheidt/Cohn.

David’s maternal grandmother was Florence Annette Edelson (the daughter of Samuel H. Edelson and Bessie Wender). Samuel and Bessie were born in either Germany or Poland.

Sources: David’s paternal grandfather, Maurice Friedman, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of David’s paternal grandfather, Maurice Friedman –

David’s paternal grandmother, Hilda Kaufman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of David’s paternal grandmother, Hilda (Kaufman) Friedman –

Genealogy of David Benioff (focusing on his mother’s side) –

David’s maternal great-grandfather, Isaac Benioff, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of David’s maternal grandmother, Florence Annette (Edelson) Benioff –

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Jeffrey Katzenberg

by stlucas on April 8, 2017

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

Date of Birth: December 21, 1950

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jeffrey Katzenberg is an American film producer, film studio executive, and businessperson.

Jeffrey is the son of Anne M. (Stern) and E. Walter Katzenberg. His family is Jewish.

Jeffrey’s paternal grandparents were Berny/Burney/Berney B. Katzenberg (the son of Meyer C. Katzenberg) and Selma Heyn (the daughter of Herman Heyn and Matilda West). Berny was born in Maryland, to a father from Germany and a mother from Maryland. Selma was born in Indiana, to parents from Germany. Matilda was the daughter of Aaron Westheimer and Nanette Rosenthal.

Jeffrey’s maternal grandparents were Carl J. Stern and Ellen. Carl was born in Austria. Ellen was born in New York.

Sources: Genealogy of Jeffrey Katzenberg (focusing on his father’s side) –

Jeffrey’s father, Walter Katzenberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jeffrey’s uncle (father’s brother), Herbert M. Katzenberg –

Jeffrey’s mother, Anne M. Stern, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jeffrey’s mother, Anne M. (Stern) Katzenberg –

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Josh Stamberg

by stlucas on March 27, 2017

Birth Name: Joshua Collins Stamberg

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: January 4, 1970

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Josh Stamberg is an American actor. He is the son of radio journalist Susan Stamberg (born Susan P. Levitt) and Louis Collins Stamberg. Josh is married to actress Myndy Crist.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Louis Mann Stamberg (the son of Morris Stamberg and Sonya/Sara Kravitsky). Louis was a prominent lawyer in the U.S. He was born in Ukraine, to Jewish parents.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Pauline Collins (the daughter of Louis Collins and Fanny Molly Reichblum). Lillian was born in Pennsylvania. Louis was a Jewish immigrant, from Russia or Poland. Fanny was born in Ohio, to Austrian Jewish parents.

Josh’s paternal step-grandmother, Josh’s grandfather’s second wife, was Marjorie S. (Salinger) Bing Stamberg. Marjorie was a founder of the Allentown League of Women Voters, and a champion of public housing for Allentown’s low-income people.

Josh’s maternal grandparents were Robert I. Levitt and Anne Rosenberg.

Sources: Obituary of Josh’s father, Louis Collins Stamberg –

Marriage record of Josh’s paternal grandparents, Louis Mann Stamberg and Lillian Pauline Collins –

Obituary record of Josh’s paternal grandfather, Louis Mann Stamberg –

Biographical listing of Josh’s paternal grandfather, Louis Mann Stamberg –

Josh’s paternal grandmother, Lillian Pauline Collins, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Lillian Pauline Collins on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Josh’s paternal step-grandmother, Marjorie S. (Salinger) Bing Stamberg –

Josh’s mother, Susan P. (Levitt) Stamberg, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Josh’s maternal grandmother, Anne (Rosenberg) Levitt –

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