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Sam Raimi

by stlucas on April 28, 2017

Birth Name: Samuel M. Raimi

Place of Birth: Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 23, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sam Raimi is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.

Sam is the son of Celia Barbara (Abrams) and Leonard Ronald Saimi. He was raised in Conservative Judaism in Birmingham, Michigan. His brother is actor Ted Raimi. Sam is married to Gillian Greene, the daughter of actor Lorne Greene.

Sam’s paternal grandparents were Samuel “Sam” Raimi (the son of Beryl Reingewertz and Golda Grosbard) and Rosa/Rose/Roiza Grossbard (the daughter of Simcha Grossbard). Samuel and Rosa were born in Poland. Simcha was the son of Schumuel Lieb Grossbard and a woman whose surname was Neimark.

Sam’s maternal grandparents were Isadore Richard Abrams and Rose Greenspon (the daughter of Aaron Greenspan and Rose/Rachel Kaldezar). Richard was born in Michigan, to parents from Russia. Rose was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Hungary. Sam’s great-grandmother Rose was the daughter of David Kaldezar and Pessel.

Sources: Genealogy of Sam Raimi –

Sam’s father, Leonard Raimi, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Sam’s mother, Celia Abrams, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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William Fox

by follers on April 19, 2017

Birth Name: Wilhelm Fried and/or Fuchs

Date of Birth: January 1, 1879

Place of Birth: Tolcsva, Hungary

Date of Death: May 8, 1952

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

William Fox was an American motion picture executive.

He founded the Fox Film Corporation in 1915, and the Fox West Coast Theatres chain in the 1920s. He lost control of these businesses in 1930.

His surname is still carried by 20th Century Fox, 21st Century Fox, Fox TV network, Fox News, and Foxtel, among many others.

William was born in Tolcsva, Hungary, the son of Hannah/Hanna Fried and Michael Fuchs. The family moved to the U.S. during William’s early childhood, settling in New York City. He later changed his surname to Fox.


Paul Feig

by stlucas on April 1, 2017

Birth Name: Paul Samuel Feig

Place of Birth: Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 17, 1962

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father, who converted to Christian Science)
*English, Scottish (mother)

Paul Feig is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter.

Paul is the son of Elaine Elizabeth (Artingstall) and Sanford William Feig.

Paul’s father was raised Jewish. He later converted to Christian Science. Paul’s mother was of English and Scottish descent.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was Pesach/Philip Meir/Meyer Feig (the son of Jacob David or Sholom Volfe Feig and Frumet/Frimma Pollak). Pesach was born in Nagy Bocska, Marrmoroz, Hungary (Velykiy Bychkiv, Ukraine). Jacob was the son of Peiszech Majer Feig and Szaszje.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Chaya/Chaika “Clara” Goldenberg (the daughter of Samuel Goldenberg and Sara/Sarah Heinick/Hajnik/Haynick). Chaya was born in Missouri. Samuel was born in Hungary, the son of Sholom/Shurley Goldenberg and Sizie/Sophia. Sara was born in Romania, the daughter of Shoil/Saul Haynick/Haing and Dobrish/Dora, who was from Russia.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Artingstall (the son of Geoffrey/Jeffrey Artingstall and Anne/Ann Rayson). Geoffrey was son of Samuel Artingstall and Kate/Catherine Bunn. Anne was the daughter of Miles Rayson and Catherine McDougal, who was Scottish.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Ethel Hinton Whitehead (the daughter of Benjamin/Ben Whitehead and Elizabeth Henrietta).

Sources: Genealogies of Paul Feig –

Paul’s father, Sanford Feig, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Paul’s maternal grandparents, Samuel Artingstall and Ethel Hinton Whitehead –

Christening record of Paul’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Artingstall –

Paul’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Artingstall, on the 1901 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of Paul’s maternal great-grandparents, Geoffrey/Jeffrey Artingstall and Anne/Ann Rayson –

Christening record of Paul’s maternal great-grandfather, Geoffrey/Jeffrey Artingstall –

Marriage record of Paul’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Samuel Artingstall and Kate/Catherine Bunn –

Paul’s maternal great-grandmother, Anne/Ann Rayson, on the 1851 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of Paul’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Miles Rayson and Catherine McDougal –

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Jake Kasdan

by stlucas on April 1, 2017

Birth Name: Jacob Norman Kasdan

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 28, 1974

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jake Kasdan is an American television and film director and actor.

Jake is the son of Meg (Goldman), an actress and writer, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Jake’s brother, Jon, is also a writer and director. His parents are Jewish.

Jake’s paternal grandfather was Clarence Norman Kasdan/Kusden (the son of Robert Kasdan/Kusden and Mary). Clarence was born in New Jersey, to parents from Russia.

Jake’s paternal grandmother was Sylvia Sarah Landau (the daughter of Leonard Landau and Anna). Sylvia was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Poland.

Jake’s maternal grandfather was Irving E. Goldman (the son of Harry Goldman and Bertha/Bert Allan). Harry was born in Michigan, to parents from Poland and/or Russia, Hyman L. Goldman, whose father was from Lithuania, and of Ethel Hattie Ruth. Bertha was born in New York, to a father from Russia and a mother from Poland.

Jake’s maternal grandmother was Doris Lee Rothberg (the daughter of Jacob “Jack” Rothberg and Marion). Jacob was born in Missouri, to parents from Russia. Marion was born in Missouri, to a father from Hungary and a mother from Missouri.

Sources: Jake’s paternal grandfather, Clarence Norman Kasdan/Kusden, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Jake’s paternal grandfather, Clarence Norman Kasdan/Kusden, on the 1915 New Jersey State Census –

Jake’s paternal grandmother, Sylvia Sarah Landau, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jake Kasdan (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Jake’s maternal grandfather, Irving E. Goldman –

Jake’s maternal great-grandfather, Harry Goldman, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jake’s maternal great-grandfather, Jacob “Jack” Rothberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Harvey Weinstein

by stlucas on April 1, 2017

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

Date of Birth: March 19, 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Harvey Weinstein is an American film producer and film studio executive.

Harvey is the son of Miriam (Postel/Postal) and Max Weinstein. His younger brother, Bob, is also a film producer. Their company “Miramax” was named after their parents. They were raised Jewish.

Harvey is married to English fashion designer Georgina Chapman.

Harvey’s paternal grandparents were Benjamin Weinstein and Helen. Benjamin was born in Ohio, to parents from Russia. Helen was originally from Hungary.

Harvey’s maternal grandparents were Joseph “Joe” Postel/Postol/Postal and Sarah. They were originally from Poland.

Sources: Genealogy of Harvey Weinstein –

Harvey’s father, Max Weinstein, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Harvey’s mother, Miriam Postel/Postal, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Harvey’s mother, Miriam (Postel/Postal) Weinstein –

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