German Jewish

Bud Abbott

by follers on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: William Alexander Abbott

Date of Birth: October 2, 1897

Place of Birth: Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: April 24, 1974

Place of Death: Woodland Hills, California, U.S.

*English, possibly Welsh, and other (father)
*German [likely German Jewish] (mother)

Bud Abbott was an American actor, producer, and comedian. He was straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello.

His parents were Rae/Ray (Fisher) and Harry/Henry Wilburn/C. Abbott. They worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Bud’s father had English, and likely Welsh, and other, ancestry. Bud’s mother was born in Maryland, the daughter of German immigrants, who were likely Jewish.

Bud’s paternal grandfather was Charles William Abbott (who likely was the son of John G. Abbott and Nancy Agnes Allen). John was the son of Nathan G. Abbott, who was English, and of Anna Johanna Gibson.

Bud’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca Williams.

Bud’s maternal grandparents were Alexander/Aleck Fisher and Frederica/Fredericka/Rebecca/Reyka Buxbaum. Alexander was from Prussia. Frederica was from Bavaria.

Sources: Genealogies of Bud Abbott –

Marriage record of Bud’s parents –

Bud’s mother on the 1860 U.S. Census –
Bud’s mother on the 1870 U.S. Census –
Bud’s mother on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Bud’s maternal grandmother, Frederica/Fredericka/Rebecca/Reyka Buxbaum, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


Dave Frankel

by stlucas on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: David Marshall Frankel

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

Date of Birth: April 2, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Dave Frankel is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Dave is the son of Tobia Simone (Brown) and journalist Max Frankel. David’s siblings are Margot and Jon.

Dave’s father was born in Gera, Thuringia, and raised in Weißenfels, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, before moving to New York. David’s mother is from Brooklyn, New York. They are both Jewish.

Dave’s paternal grandfather was Jakob Fränkel (the son of Isaak Fränkel). Jakob was born in Busk, Galicia, Poland (now Ukraine).

Dave’s paternal grandmother was Mary Katze. She was born in Sokal, Galicia, Poland (now Ukraine).

Dave’s maternal grandfather was Harold M. Brown (the son of Maurice Brown and Ida). Harold was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Dave’s maternal grandmother was Pauline Kessler. Pauline was born in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

Sources: David’s father’s memoir, The Times of My Life and My Life with The Times (1999) –

Obituary of Dave’s mother, Tobia Simone (Brown) Frankel –

David’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurice Brown and Ida, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dave’s maternal grandmother, Pauline (Kessler) Brown –

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Satya Bhabha

by stlucas on May 24, 2017

Birth Name: Satya Sorab Bhabha

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

Date of Birth: 13 December, 1983

*Parsi Indian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Satya Bhabha is a British-born American actor.

Satya is the son of lecturer Jacqueline Bhabha (born Jacqueline M. Strimpel) and professor Homi K. Bhabha. Satya’s siblings are Ishan and Leah.

Satya’s father was born in Mumbai, India, to a Parsi-Zoroastrian family. Satya’s mother was also born in Mumbai, to German Jewish refugee parents, and was raised in Milan, Italy.

Satya’s maternal grandparents were Paul Moritz Strimpel and Mathilde Rosenthal. They both worked in academia. Mathilde was Professor of English at the University of Milan.

Sources: Birth record of Satya Bhabha –

Marriage record of Satya’s parents, Homi K. Bhabha and Jacqueline M. Strimpel –

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Corbin Bernsen

by stlucas on May 18, 2017

Birth Name: Corbin Dean Bernsen

Place of Birth: North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 7, 1954

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, Scottish, distant Welsh (mother)

Corbin Bernsen is an American actor and director.

Corbin is the son of actress Jeanne Cooper (born Wilma Jeanne Cooper) and Harry Ike Bernsen, Jr., a producer. Corbin has a brother, Collin, and a sister, Caren. Corbin is married to English actress Amanda Pays.

Corbin’s father was Jewish. His surname was originally spelt “Bernstein”. Corbin’s mother had English, Irish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, Scottish, and distant Welsh, ancestry. Corbin’s mother was said to have Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Corbin is a practicing Christian.

Corbin’s paternal grandfather was Harry Ike Bernstein/Bernsen, Sr. (the son of Victor William Bernstein and Regina Summers/Sommer). Harry was born in Illinois, to parents from Germany.

Corbin’s paternal grandmother was Pearl Bloch/Block (the daughter of Emil Bloch/Block and Nettie Weinberg). Pearl was born in Ohio, to a father from France and a mother from Germany.

Corbin’s maternal grandfather was Albert Troy Cooper (the son of Carroll Allen Cooper and Sarah Malona “Lona” Smith). Carroll was the son of William Riley Cooper and Malinda Elvira Dawson. Sarah was the daughter of James Leroy Smith and Sarah “Sally” Robertson.

Corbin’s maternal grandmother was Sildeth Evelyn Moore (the daughter of Jesse Calvin Moore and Sildeth Evelyn McGuire). Jesse was the son of John Callaway Moore and Martha Evelyn/Eveline Patty. Corbin’s great-grandmother Sildeth was the daughter of John Jackson McGuire and Paulina Jane Anderson.

Sources: Birth record of Corbin Bernsen –

Obituary of Corbin’s father, Harry Bernsen, Jr. –

Marriage record of Corbin’s paternal grandparents, Harry Ike Bernstein/Bernsen and Pearl Bloch/Block –

Corbin’s paternal grandmother, Esther Bloch/Block, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Corbin Bernsen (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Corbin’s mother, Wilma Jeanne Cooper –

Birth record of Corbin’s mother, Wilma Jeanne Cooper –

Obituary of Corbin’s mother, Wilma Jeanne Cooper –

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Richard Speight, Jr.

by stlucas on May 18, 2017

Birth Name: Richard Dobbs Speight, Jr.

Place of Birth: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1970

Ethnicity: English, German, 1/8 Ashkenazi Jewish

Richard Speight, Jr. is an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer.

Richard is the son of Barbara (Friedlob) and Richard Dobbs Speight, Sr.

Richard’s father is mostly of English and German descent. Richard’s mother has English, German, Polish Jewish, and German Jewish ancestry.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was Walter Peterson Speight (the son of Walter Peterson Speight and Annie Malena/Marena James). Richard’s great-grandfather Walter was the son of William Wesley Speight and Rebecca Hoffler. Annie was the daughter of William Cornelius James and Anna Elizabeth Briton.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Kate Leocadia Perry.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Isaac George Friedlob (the son of Samuel “Sam” Julius Friedlob and Rosa/Rose Vivian Derry). Samuel was born in Tennessee, the son of Jewish parents, Julius Frydlop/Friedlob, who was born in Chorzele, Poland, and Babette/Bettie Felsenthal, who was born in Bavaria, Germany. Rosa was the daughter of Richard William Derry, who was born in England, and of Eliza Jane “Molly” Hall.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was Bessie Jo Moore (the daughter of John Wesley Moore and Anna Belle Fuller).

Sources: Obituary of Richard’s uncle (father’s brother), Walter Peterson Speight, Jr. –

Obituary of Richard’s paternal great-grandfather, Walter Peterson Speight –

Genealogies of Richard’s maternal grandfather, Isaac George Friedlob –

Genealogy and obituary of Richard’s maternal grandfather, Isaac George Friedlob –

Genealogy of Richard’s maternal great-grandfather, Samuel “Sam” Julius Friedlob (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy and obituary of Richard’s maternal grandmother, Bessie Jo Moore –

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