Latvian Jewish

Lewis Pullman

by follers on March 15, 2018

Birth Name: Lewis James Pullman

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 29, 1993

Ethnicity:
*25% British Isles [English, Scottish, Northern Irish]
*25% Dutch
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% Norwegian

Lewis Pullman is an American actor. He is the son of actor Bill Pullman and modern dancer and artist Tamara Hurwitz.

Lewis’s paternal grandfather was James Pullman (the son of James Pullman and Mabel Ross Brazier). Lewis’s grandfather James was born in New York. Lewis’s great-grandfather James was the son of The Rev. Joseph Pullman, who was a Protestant minister, from Skerries, County Dublin, Ireland, and of Mary Elizabeth Cooke, who was English. Mabel was from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was the daughter of Henry Brazier and Elizabeth/Eliza McCallum.

Lewis’s paternal grandmother was Johanna Blaas (the daughter of Albertas Gysbertus Blaas and Helena Rookus). Johanna was born in New York, to Dutch parents. Albertas was the son of Hendrikus Blaas and Johanna Maria Bernardina van Wijk. Helena was the daughter of Johan Rookus and Carolina/Caroline/Cornelia Henrietta Beeke.

Lewis’s maternal grandfather was Albert “Al” Hurwitz (the son of Benjamin/Boris Hurwitz and Rachel/Ray Pushkin). Albert was born in Maryland, to Jewish immigrants. Benjamin was born in Usviaty, Vitebsk reg, Russia, the son of Shmuel Gurevich and Dina Zak, from Krustpils, Latvia. Rachel was born in Viciebsk, Vitebsk province, Belarus.

Lewis’s maternal grandmother was Helen Olga Trilhus (the daughter of Miller A. Trilhus and Hannah E. Windloss). Helen was born in Iowa. Her immigrant grandfather homesteaded in exchange for service in the Civil War. Miller was born in Iowa, to Norwegian parents. Hannah was born in North Dakota, also to Norwegian parents, Osmund H. Windlos/Windloss and Anne Margarette Eriksdatter Bjerke, who was from Røsaasen, Hurdal, Akershus.

Sources: Genealogy of Lewis Pullman – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Lewis’s father – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Marriage record of Lewis’s paternal great-grandparents, James Pullman and Mabel Ross Brazier – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Lewis’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Johanna Maria Bernardina van Wijk – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Lewis’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Johan Rookus – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Lewis Pullman (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Lewis’s maternal grandmother, Helen Olga Trilhus, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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Greg Pritikin

by stlucas on February 9, 2018

Birth Name: Gregory B. Pritikin

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Greg Pritikin is an independent filmmaker.

Greg is the son of Barbara C. (Demovsky) and James B. “Jim” Pritikin. Greg’s parents were Jewish.

Greg’s paternal grandfather was Stanley “Stan” Pritikin (the son of Joseph Pritikin and Kate/Rebecca Wertel). Joseph and Kate were from Russia.

Greg’s paternal grandmother was named Ann/Anne Schwartz.

Greg’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Demovsky (the son of Herman Demovsky and Bessie Serlin). Herman was born in Grodno, Russia (now Belarus), the son of Ruben Demovsky. Bessie was from Yalowska, Russia.

Greg’s maternal grandmother was Betty Kallish (the daughter of Joseph Kallish and Ella Cohen). Joseph was born in Ukraine. Ella was born in Latvia.

Sources: Genealogy of Greg Pritikin – http://www.geni.com

Obituary of Greg’s maternal grandmother, Betty (Kallish) Demovsky – http://obittree.com

Photo by s_bukley/www.bigstockphoto.com/

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Joel Grey

by madman on January 10, 2018

Joel Grey – 65th Annual Tony Awards – Arrivals – Beacon Theatre – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Wild1 / PR Photos

Birth Name: Joel David Katz

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 11, 1932

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Joel Grey is an American actor, singer, dancer, and photographer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Cabaret (1972).

Joel is the son of Goldie “Grace/Grayce” (Epstein) and Mickey Katz (Meir/Meyer Myron Katz), an actor, comedian, and musician. He has two children, including actress Jennifer Grey, with his former wife, Jo Wilder.

Joel’s paternal grandfather was Menachem/Max Mandel Katz. Menachem was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Joel’s paternal grandmother was Johanna/Anna Sarah Herzberg (the daughter of Joseph/Josel Herzberg and Yetta L. Josephson). Johanna was born in Courland, Latvia. Joseph was the son of Jacob Herzberg and Tillie.

Joel’s maternal grandfather was Morris Epstein (the son of Louis Epstein and Hinda Howitz). Morris was born in Russia.

Joel’s maternal grandmother was Fanny Bordovsky/Bodofsky/Vorodosky (the daughter of Gedelia Bordovsky/Bodofsky and Buly Korloitsky). Fanny was born in Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Joel Grey – https://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Joel’s parents – https://www.familysearch.org

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Matthew Ziff

by stlucas on January 1, 2018

04/15/2015 – Matthew Ziff – WeRehearse Premiere and Launch Party at Vaucluse Lounge in West Hollywood on April 15, 2015 – Vaucluse Lounge, 8210 Sunset Boulevard – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: B. Rene Norman / PRPhotos.com – Contact (1-866-551-7827) – Portrait Face Count: 1

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

Date of Birth: March 24, 1991

Ethnicity:
*50% Ashkenazi Jewish
*37.5% Italian (including Sicilian)
*12.5% Polish

Matthew Ziff is an American actor, producer, and model.

Matthew is the son of actress Lorraine Ziff (born Lorraine Bencivengo) and philanthropist Laurence F. “Larry” Ziff. Matthew has a brother, Adam.

Matthew’s paternal grandfather is the son of Charles Ziff and Helen Weinfeld. Charles was born in New York, the son of Lithuanian Jewish parents, Joseph Ziff and Sarah Brenner. Helen was the daughter of Esther.

Matthew’s paternal grandmother is the daughter of Jacob Sandler and Dorothy Sternberg. Jacob was a Jewish emigrant from Latvia. Dorothy was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Jewish emigrants, Philep Sternberg, who was born in Romanatu, Gorj, Romania, and Lena Grunfield, who was born in Russia.

Matthew’s maternal grandfather was Charles V. Bencivengo, Sr. (the son of Charles Bencivenga and Helen Zwierzynski). Matthew’s grandfather Charles was born in New York. Matthew’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Italian parents, Francesco Bencivengo and Vinsensue Crillo. Helen was born in New York, the daughter of Polish parents, Alexander/Alex Zwierzynski, from Krasna, and Katherine Lulyk, from Podhorodyscze.

Matthew’s maternal grandmother was Theresa Patricia Mercurio (the daughter of Giacomo Mercurio and Florence Argentieri). Theresa was born in New York, to a father from Palermo, Sicily, Italy and a mother from Abruzzo, Italy. Florence was the daughter of Cesira.

Sources: Obituary of Matthew’s aunt (mother’s sister), Dolores Bencivengo – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Matthew’s maternal grandfather, Charles V. Bencivengo, Sr. – http://www.afterlife.co

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Jack Dylan Grazer

by stlucas on December 7, 2017

Jack Dylan Grazer – The Paley Center for Media’s 11th Annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Los Angeles – CBS “Me, Myself and I” TV Series Premiere – Arrivals – The Paley Center for Media – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 3, 2003

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandmother), German, Irish, English, likely French

Jack Dylan Grazer is an American actor. He is known for his role as Eddie in the film It (2017).

Jack is the son of Angela Lafever and filmmaker, actor, and musician Gavin V. Grazer. Jack’s uncle (father’s brother) is film and television producer Brian Grazer. His great-uncle, by marriage, was director Bernard L. Kowalski.

Jack’s mother and maternal grandfather are pictured here.

Jack’s paternal grandfather was Albert Thomas Grazer (the son of Albert Vincent Grazer and Helen Frances O’Grady/Grady). Jack’s grandfather Albert was born in California, and was raised Catholic. Helen was of mostly or entirely Irish descent, and was the daughter of Thomas F. Grady and Hanorah/Elenora/Nora Partridge.

Jack’s paternal grandmother was Arlyne/Arlene Becker (the daughter of Jack Becker and Sonia F. Neisloss). Arlyne was born in New York, and was Jewish. Sonia was the daughter of Barnet Beryl Dov Neisloss, who was born in Dvinsk, Daugavpils, Latvia, and of Ida Zimerman, who was also from the Russian Empire.

Jack’s maternal grandfather is Howard Jack Lafever (the son of Lillard/Lilard Lee Lafever/Lofaver and Della Fisher). Lillard was born in Tennessee, the son of Lee Stokes Lafever and Amanda Washington Carter. Della was the daughter of James Neeley/Neely “Jim” Fisher and Mary Ann Johnson.

Jack’s maternal grandmother was Edna Krien Carter (the daughter of Willis Carter and Edna). Jack’s grandmother Edna was born in Tennessee.

Sources: Genealogy of Jack’s father – http://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Jack’s paternal grandparents, Albert Thomas Grazer and Arlyne/Arlene Becker – https://familysearch.org

Jack’s paternal great-grandmother, Helen Frances O’Grady/Grady, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Jack’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Helen (Regan) Partridge – https://www.familysearch.org

Jack’s paternal grandmother, Arlyne/Arlene Becker, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Jack’s paternal grandmother, Arlyne/Arlene (Becker) Grazer – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Jack’s maternal grandparents, Howard Jack Lafever and Edna Krien Carter – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jack’s maternal great-uncle (grandfather’s brother), Herbert Hoover Lafever – http://www.findagrave.com

Obituary of Jack’s maternal grandmother, Edna Krien (Carter) Lafever – http://herald-citizen.com

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