Nat Faxon

Nat Faxon – 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival – “The Way, Way Back” Premiere – Arrivals – Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: Nathaniel Wales Faxon

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 11, 1975

*English (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Nat Faxon is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter.

His maternal grandparents were German Jews who came to the U.S. in 1938.

Nat is married to Meaghan Gadd, with whom he has three children.

Nat’s maternal grandfather was Ewald Kersten (the son of Alfred Kersten and Maria Hauschild). Ewald was born in Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Alfred was born in Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, the son of Gustav Kersten and Minna Reichenbach. Maria was born in Saxony-Anhalt, the daughter of Ignatz Hauschild, from Tachau, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and of Bertha Neubauer, from Pechau, Magdeburg.

Nat’s maternal grandmother was Gertrud “Trude” Rosa Brinitzer (the daughter of Eugen Jacob Brinitzer and Henny/Jenny Kaplan). Gertrude was born in Hamburg-Altona. Eugen was born in Neiße/Nysa, Poland, the son of Karl/Carl Kallmann/Callmann Brinitzer, who was born in Städtel, Namysłów, and of Rosalie Fraenkel, who was born in Racibórz. Nat’s great-grandmother Henny was born in Riga, Latvia.

Sources: Genealogy of Nat’s mother –

Obituary of Nat’s maternal grandfather, Ewald Kersten –

Genealogy of Nat’s maternal grandmother, Gertrud “Trdue” (Brinitzer) Kersten (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Nat’s maternal grandmother, Gertrud “Trude” (Brinitzer) Kersten –

DJ Lethal

BONTIDA ROMANIA – JULY 16 2017: American hip hop band from Los Angeles California House of Pain performing a live show at Electric Castle festival

Birth Name: Leors Dimants (later Leor Dimant)

Place of Birth: Riga, Latvian SSR (now Latvia)

Date of Birth: December 18, 1972

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

DJ Lethal is a Latvian-American musician. He is the turntablist and producer for the hip hop group House of Pain and rap rock band Limp Bizkit.

DJ Lethal is the only son of Nina (Sologuba) and Grisha Dimant (or Dimants in Latvian).

DJ Lethal’s paternal grandparents were Vladimir Dimant and Genya Friedman.


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Lewis Pullman

Birth Name: Lewis James Pullman

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 29, 1993

*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. At least one of her immigrant grandfathers 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 –

Genealogy of Lewis’s father –

Marriage record of Lewis’s paternal great-grandparents, James Pullman and Mabel Ross Brazier –

Genealogy of Lewis’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Johanna Maria Bernardina van Wijk –

Genealogy of Lewis’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Johan Rookus –

Genealogy of Lewis Pullman (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Lewis’s maternal grandmother, Helen Olga Trilhus, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Greg Pritikin

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 –

Obituary of Greg’s maternal grandmother, Betty (Kallish) Demovsky –

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Joel Grey

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 –

Marriage record of Joel’s parents –