Austrian Jewish

Greg Rucka

by stlucas on September 14, 2017

Greg Rucka – “Whiteout” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Mann’s Village Theater – Westwood, CA. USA – Keywords: Greg Rucka – False – – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Birth Name: Gregory A. Rucka

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 29, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Greg Rucka is an American comic book writer and novelist.

Greg is the son of Corrina J. “Corry” (Schnitzer/Schnitze) and Noel/Noel Michael Rucka. Greg’s parents were Jewish.

Greg’s paternal grandparents were Arthur “Art” Rucka and Nettie L. Arthur was born in Czechoslovakia.

Greg’s maternal grandfather was Bernard/Bernad Schnitzer (the son of Benjamin “Benny” Schnitzer and Jeanetta “Jenny” Rosenthal). Benjamin was from Hungary. Jeanetta was from Austria.

Greg’s maternal grandmother was Mary Breitbart (the daughter of Hersch/Harry Breitbart and Bessie). Mary was born in Austria. Hersch was born in either Austria or Kozova, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine, the son of Bernard Shimon Dov Breitbart.

Sources: Genealogy of Greg Rucka (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Birth record of Greg Rucka –

Marriage record of Greg’s parents –

Obituary of Greg’s father –

Death record of Greg’s paternal grandfather –

Greg’s maternal grandfather on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Greg’s maternal grandmother on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Simon Kinberg

by stlucas on September 14, 2017

Simon Kinberg – “X-Men: Apocalypse” Global Fan Screening – Arrivals – BFI IMAX Cinema, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Simon David Kinberg

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

Date of Birth: 2 August, 1973

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Simon Kinberg is a British-born American screenwriter, producer, and director.

Simon is the son of Monica E. (Menell) and Judson Eugene “Jud” Kinberg. Simon’s parents are Jewish. His father was born in New York. His mother was likely born in South Africa. Simon was raised in Los Angeles, California, U.S., from the age of six. Simon has two children with his wife, Mali Heled.

Simon’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin A. Kinberg (the son of Harris Kinberg and Leah Tuchsher). Benjamin was born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Simon’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Pearlman/Perlman (the daughter of William Perlman and Celia Baron). Lillian was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Sources: Birth record of Simon Kinberg –

Marriage announcement of Simon Kinberg –

Marriage record of Simon’s parents –

Simon’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Simon’s father –

Marriage record of Simon’s paternal grandparents, Benjamin A. Kinberg and Lillian Pearlman/Perlman –


Mageina Tovah

by stlucas on September 12, 2017

Mageina Tovah – HBO’s “Hung” Los Angeles Premiere Season 2 – Arrivals – Paramount Pictures Studio – Los Angeles, CA. USA – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Birth Name: Mageina Tovah Begtrup

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 26, 1979

*Norwegian (paternal grandfather)
*English, German (paternal grandmother)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Mageina Tovah is an American actress.

Mageina is the daughter of Barbara Helen (Goldblatt) and Robert Begtrup. Mageina’s father has Norwegian, English, and German roots. Mageina’s mother has Hungarian Jewish and Austrian Jewish ancestry.

Mageina’s paternal grandfather was Olaf Neumann Thune “Oley” Begtrup (the son of Oscar Nielsen Begtrup and Sophie Johanna Thune). Oscar born in Trondheim, Norway, the son of Olaf Nielsen/Jensen and Magdalene Susanna Begtrup. Sophie was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Norwegian parents, Lars Knudson Thune and Kari Endresdatter Boyum.

Mageina’s paternal grandmother was Julia Margaret “Peggy” Rinker (the daughter of George Ernest Rinker and Effie B. Sidles). George was the son of Robert Franklin Rinker, I and Julia Ann Brinkley. Effie was the daughter of John Alexander Sidles and Elvira Bradley.

Mageina’s maternal grandfather was Marvin Daryl Goldblatt (the son of William Goldblatt and Helen Klein). William was the son of Samuel Goldblatt and Pearl Schwartz, who were from Austria. Helen was the daughter of Yechiel Klein and Mulvina.

Mageina’s maternal grandmother was Elaine Rita Klein (the daughter of Armin Klein and Elsie Kovacz). Armin was born in Hungary, the son of Martin Klein and Betty. Elsie was also born in Hungary, the daughter of Adolf Kovacz and Rose Lustig.

Sources: Genealogy of Mageina Tovah –

Obituary of Mageina’s paternal grandfather –

Obituary of Mageina’s paternal grandmother –


Sandra Adair

by stlucas on September 12, 2017

Sandra Adair – 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards – Arrivals – The Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / /

Birth Name: Sandra B. Estrin

Place of Birth: Carlsbad, New Mexico, U.S.

Date of Birth: c. 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sandra Adair is an American film editor.

Sandra is the daughter of Rachel (London) and Herman Estrin.

Sandra’s paternal grandfather was Jacob/Yonkel Estrin (the son of Iche Labe Estrin and Zlotta Nurenberg). Jacob was born in California, to parents from Gomel, Belarus. Zlotta was the daughter of Mendel Nurenberg and Rachel.

Sandra’s paternal grandmother was Anna/Annie Bailen.

Sandra’s maternal grandfather was Samuel London (the son of Nochum Theodore London and Rochel Leah Kraus). Samuel was born in Warsaw, Poland (under Russian Empire). Nochum was the son of Solomon London and Rebecca Leah. Rochel was the daughter of Joseph Kraus and Chaje Kantowitz.

Sandra’s maternal grandmother was Jennie Kanarvogel (the daughter of Tzvi Hersh Karnavogel and Lotte Levy). Jennie was born in Austria. Tzvi was the son of Moshe Karnavogel and Lotte Glassman. Sandra’s great-grandmother Lotte was born in Lithuania.

Source: Genealogy of Sandra Adair –


Morgan Spector

by stlucas on September 3, 2017

Morgan Spector – “A View From the Bridge” Broadway Show Opening Night After Party – Arrivals – Espace, 635 West 42nd Street – New York City, NY, USA -Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Birth Name: Morgan Michael Douglas Spector

Place of Birth: Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 4, 1980

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish, possibly other (mother)

Morgan Spector is an American actor. Morgan is married to actress Rebecca Hall.

Morgan is the son of Jane (McDonough) and Stephen S. Spector. Morgan has a brother, Michael. They were raised in Guerneville, California.

Morgan has stated:

[My full name is] Morgan Michael Douglas Spector. Michael was my paternal great grandfather’s name, and the Douglas is for William O. Douglas, the great progressive Supreme Court justice. […] My grandma was an actress in the Yiddish Theatre here in New York. I would love to go back and see her do Shakespeare in Yiddish.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Herbert Spector (the son of Michael Spector and Esther Goldberg). Michael was born in New York, to parents from Russia, Jacob Spector and Beckie. Esther was also born in New York, to parents from Russia, Herman Goldberg and Sarah Marnanoff.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Sylvia Schachner (the daughter of Morris Schachner and Rose). Morris was from Boboitz, Bukovina, Austria/Poland. Rose was from Romania.

Source:s Birth record of Morgan Spector –

Marriage record of Morgan’s parents –

Morgan’s paternal grandfather on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Morgan’s paternal great-grandparents, Michael Spector and Esther Goldberg –

Obituary of Morgan’s paternal grandfather –

Morgan’s paternal grandmother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Morgan’s paternal grandmother –