Austrian Jewish

Don Rickles

by madman on January 7, 2017

Birth Name: Donald Jay Rickles

Place of Birth: Queens, New York, United States

Date of Birth: May 8, 1926

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Don Rickles is an American comedian, actor, and voice actor.

Don is the son of Etta (Feldman) and Max Sidney Rickles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant. His mother was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents.

Don’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Rickles and Frances Richters.

Don’s maternal grandparents were Harry Feldman and Clara Landsberg (the daughter of David Landsberg).

Source: Genealogy of Don Rickles

Marriage record of Don’s parents

Don’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census

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Ronan Farrow

by celebfan on December 25, 2016

Birth Name: Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow

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

Date of Birth: December 19, 1987

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, Scottish (mother)

Ronan Farrow is an American activist, journalist, lawyer, and U.S. government advisor. He was the host of the show Ronan Farrow Daily from 2014 to 2015.

Ronan is the son of director, writer, and actor Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow. His father is Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Russia, Lithuania, and Austria). His mother has English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.

Ronan’s paternal grandfather was Martin Koenigsberg (the son of Isaac Koenigsberg and Jennie Copplin). Isaac and Jennie were Jewish immigrants, and were born in Russia. Isaac was the son of Schmuel/Samuel Koenigsberg and Bella. Martin also had Lithuanian Jewish ancestry.

Ronan’s paternal grandmother was Nettie Cherry (the daughter of Leon Cherry/Scherry and Sarah Hoff). Leon and Sarah were both Austrian Jewish immigrants.

Ronan’s maternal grandfather was John Farrow (John Villiers Farrow, the son of Joseph Farrow and Lucy Savage). John was an Australian director. Joseph was the son of English parents, James Farrow and Jane Maria Canham, with James being from County Norfolk and Jane being from West Lynn, Norfolk. Lucy was the daughter of George Savage, who was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to English parents, from Buckinghamshire, and of Emily Piggott, who was English, from Manchester, Lancashire.

Ronan’s maternal grandmother was Maureen O’Sullivan (the daughter of Charles Joseph O’Sullivan and Evangeline Lovatt “Mary Eva” Frazer). Maureen was an Irish actress, born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland, and had Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Charles was born in Cork, County Cork, Ireland, the son of Daniel Vincent O’Sullivan and Mary Teresa “Minnie” Scannell. Evangeline was born in Tientsin, China, the daughter of John Lovat Frazer, who was from County Sligo, Ireland, and had Scottish ancestry, and of Mary Eva Kennett, who was from St. Marylebone, London, England.

In 2013, Ronan’s mother stated, perhaps not in total seriousness, that Ronan’s biological father could be singer Frank Sinatra, who was married to Mia many years before Ronan’s birth. For a number of reasons (see for example this and this), the idea appears to be unlikely.

Sources: Genealogies of Ronan Farrow –

Family history and religious background of Ronan’s father –

Ronan’s paternal grandfather, Martin Koenigsberg, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Ronan’s paternal grandmother, Nettie Cherry, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Ronan Farrow (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Ronan’s mother –

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Tom Steyer

by follers on December 8, 2016

NEW YORK-APR 29: Environmentalist Tom Steyer attends the Time 10

Birth Name: Thomas Fahr Steyer

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

Date of Birth: June 27, 1957

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*German, English (mother)

Tom Steyer is an American hedge fund manager, environmentalist, and philanthropist.

Tom is the son of Marnie (Fahr) and Roy Henry Steyer. His brother is Jim Steyer, an author, professor, attorney, and children’s advocate.

His father was Jewish and his mother was Episcopalian. Tom married his wife in a ceremony officiated by both a Rabbi and a Presbyterian minister. He became involved in the Episcopal church in his late 30s.

Tom’s paternal grandparents were Herman Steyer and Augusta “Gussie” Simon (the daughter of Rafael Simon and Hanna R. Kugel). Herman was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Augusta was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was George Edmeston Fahr (the son of Charles M. Fahr and Margaret/Maggie R./A. Edmeston/Edmuton). Charles was German. Margaret was the daughter of David R. Edmeston and Margaret J. Peak.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Alice Hume Pearson (the daughter of George Pearson and Helen/Hellen Hester Hume). George was the son of Johnson Pearson and Sarah Jane Templeton. Helen was the daughter of Bedford Hume and Mary Charlotte “Lottie” Kidder.

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Annie Leibovitz

by stlucas on October 31, 2016

2016 Pirelli Calendar by Annie Leibovitz - News Conference and Photocall

Birth Name: Anna-Lou Leibovitz

Place of Birth: Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S

Date of Birth: October 2, 1949

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Annie Leibovitz is an American photographer.

Annie is the daughter of Marilyn Edith (Heit) and Samuel Leibovitz. Her father’s parents were Romanian Jews who spoke Yiddish at home. Her mother was born in New York City, of Austrian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent.

Annie’s maternal grandparents were Louis R. Heit and Anne. Louis was born in Austria. Anne was born in New York, to parents from Russia.


Annia’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Jack Kirby

by follers on October 29, 2016

Birth Name: Jacob Kurtzberg

Date of Birth: August 28, 1917

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States

Date of Death: February 6, 1994

Place of Death: Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jack Kirby was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor. Along with Joe Simon, he created the superhero Captain America (Steve Rogers). Along with Stan Lee, he created the Marvel Comics characters the X-Men, Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. Along with Lee, Stan’s brother Larry Lieber, and Don Heck, he created the superhero Iron Man (Tony Stark).

Jack was the son of Rose (Bernstein) and Benjamin Kurtzberg. His parents were Austrian Jewish immigrants.

Sources: Jack Kirby on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Jack Kirby on the 1930 U.S. Census –