Mark Harelik

by stlucas on December 13, 2017

Mark Harelik – “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” with Cherry Jones Cast Photocall – 32 East 31st Street – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Birth Name: Marcus Frank Harelik

Place of Birth: Hamilton, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 5, 1951

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Mark Harelik is an American television, film, and stage actor, and playwright.

Mark is the son of Geraldine Lee (Finkelstein) and Milton Joseph Harelik. Mark’s parents were Jewish. Mark is married to actress/writer Spencer Kayden, with whom he has one child.

Mark’s paternal grandparents were Haskell Chatzkel Harelik and Matley Paley. Haskell was born in Belarus (under Russian Empire), the son of Max/Mottel/Mordecai Harelik and Bailey M. Gorelik. Matley was also from Russia.

Mark’s maternal grandparents were Samuel M. “Sam” Finklestein (the son of Frank Finklestein and Sophia) and Rose Dean. Frank and Sophia were from Poland. Rose’s parents were from Germany.

Sources: Genealogy of Mark Harelik (focusing on his father’s side) –

Birth record of Mark Harelik –

Mark’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –


Damon Lindelof

by stlucas on December 13, 2017

Damon Lindelof – “Tomorrowland” European Premiere – Arrivals – Odeon, Leicester Square – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Damon Laurence Lindelof

Place of Birth: Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 24, 1973

*likely Swedish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Damon Lindelof is an American screenwriter and producer. Damon is known for being the co-creator of television series Lost, alongside Jeffrey Lieber and J. J. Abrams.

Damon is married to Heidi Mary Fugeman, with whom he has one child.

Damon is the son of Susan L. (Klausner) and David H. Lindelof. David’s father had Scandinavian ancestry. Damon’s mother is Jewish. Damon had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.



Spencer Ludwig

by stlucas on December 11, 2017

Birth Name: Spencer Robert Valencia Ludwig

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 24, 1990

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Filipino (mother)

Spencer Ludwig is an American trumpeter, singer, and songwriter.

Spencer is the son of Maria Rita “Mia” (Valencia) and Allan Sterling Ludwig. Spencer’s father is Canadian and has Russian Jewish ancestry. Spencer’s mother is from Washington, D.C., and has Filipino roots.

Spencer’s maternal grandfather was A. L. Valencia. He was from Mindoro, the Philippines.


Birth record of Spencer Ludwig –

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Ilsey Juber

by stlucas on December 11, 2017

Ilsey Juber – Niche Media Michigan Avenue Launch Party hosted by Cindy Crawford at The James Hotel in Chicago – September 20, 2008 – The James Hotel – Chicago, IL, USA – Photo Credit: Adam Bielawski / PR Photos

Birth Name: Ilsey Anna Juber

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 17, 1986

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ilsey Juber is an American singer and songwriter.

Ilsey is the daughter of Hope (Schwartz) and English musician Laurence Juber (born Laurence Ivor Juber). Ilsey’s parents are Jewish. Ilsey has a brother, Nico.

On her mother’s side, Ilsey is the granddaughter of television producer Sherwood Schwartz, and the niece of television producer Lloyd J. Schwartz. She is also the great-niece of writers Al Schwartz and Elroy Schwartz.

Ilsey’s paternal grandfather is Nathan/Norman S. Juber (the son of Isaac Juber and Fay Posner). Fay was the daughter of Harris Posner.

Ilsey’s paternal grandmother was Doreen Marcus (the daughter of Aubrey Marcus and Marie Schwartz). Marie was the daughter of Jacob Schwartz.

Ilsey’s maternal grandfather was Sherwood Schwartz (born Sherwood Charles Schwartz, the son of Herman Schwartz and Rose Kaplan). Herman and Rose were from the Russian Empire, with Rose having been born in Upyna, Lithuania. Rose was the daughter of Aaron Kaplan, who was born in Tarvik/Taurage, and of Dora Schneider.

Ilsey’s maternal grandmother is Mildred Seidman (the daughter of Irving Seidman and Rose Cook). Irving was born in Austria, the son of Jacob Seidman and Sarah Wainfeld. Rose was born in Tysmenytsia, Austria (now Ukraine), the daughter of Lippi/Lipa Cook and Rachel Sohwack.

Sources: Genealogy of Ilsey Juber –

Birth record of Ilsey Juber –

Birth record of Ilsey’s father –

Marriage record of Ilsey’s paternal grandparents, Nathan/Norman S. Juber and Doreen Marcus –

Ilsey’s maternal grandfather, Sherwood Schwartz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Olivier Assayas

by Manila on December 11, 2017

Olivier Assayas – 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival – Closing Ceremony – Palais des Festivals – Cannes, France – Photo Credit: Laurent Koffel /

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 25 January, 1955

*Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Hungarian (maternal grandfather)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandmother)

Olivier Assayas is a French film director, screenwriter, and film critic.

Olivier’s father, Raymond Assayas (alias Jacques Rémy), was a Turkish-born director and screenwriter, from Constantinople (now Istanbul), and was of Greek Jewish descent. Olivier’s mother, Katalin Pólya (later Catherine de Karolyi), was a Hungarian Protestant, from Budapest, and was of part Romanian Jewish descent.

He has a daughter with his former partner, director, screenwriter, and actress Mia Hansen-Løve.

Olivier’s maternal grandfather was Tibor Pólya (also known as Theodor Pólya, the son of Béla Pólya and Irma Vanek). Béla was the son of Bálint Pólya and Teréz Veres.

Olivier’s maternal grandmother was Szeréna Arányi (the daughter of Dezső Goldberger, later Arányi, and of Emília Lange, later Lányi). Dezső was a Romanian Jewish opera singer, from Satu Mare, Satu Mare, and was the son of Mór Goldberger (later Arányi) and Aranka Eckstein.

Source: Genealogy of Olivier Assayas –