Lithuanian Jewish

Staci Keanan

by stlucas on November 14, 2017

Birth Name: Anastasia L. Sagorsky

Place of Birth: Devon, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 6, 1975

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, possibly other

Staci Keanan is an American actress.

Staci is the daughter of Jacqueline (Love) and Irving Saul “Irv” Sagorsky. Staci has a sister, Pilar. Staci’s father was Jewish.

Staci is married to actor and producer Guy Birtwhistle.

Staci’s paternal grandfather was Morton S. Sagorsky (the son of Isidor S. Sagorsky and Yetta/Yettie Moskowitz). Isidor and Yetta were from Lithuania.

Staci’s paternal grandmother was likely surnamed Levin.

Sources: Obituary of Staci’s father –

Obituary of Staci’s mother –

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Asher Angel

by follers on November 6, 2017

Asher Angel – “Beauty And The Beast” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Birth Name: Asher Dov Angel

Date of Birth: September 6, 2002

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Asher Angel is an American actor. He will star as Billy Batson in the superhero film Shazam.



Ruben Fleischer

by stlucas on November 1, 2017

Birth Name: Ruben Samuel Fleischer

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: October 31, 1974

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Welsh, Ukrainian or Rusyn (mother, who converted to Judaism)

Ruben Fleischer is an American film director and producer, television producer, and music video and commercial director.

Ruben is the son of Karen Lee (Samuel) and David Elliot Fleischer. Ruben’s father is Jewish. Ruben’s mother, who is of Welsh and Ukrainian or Rusyn descent, converted to Judaism. Ruben is married to Holly Shakoor.

Ruben’s paternal grandfather was Jack Fleischer (the son of Ruben/Rubin Fleischer and Rose/Fanny). Jack was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Ruben’s paternal grandmother was Irma Lee Zimmerman (the daughter of David Elliot/Elliott Zimmerman and Esther Segal). David was the son of Max/Mordecai Chesler Zimmerman, who was from Lithuania, and of Esther Sussie Fleischman, who was from Poland. Ruben’s great-grandmother Esther Segal was the daughter of Abraham Segal and Rachel Kudysch/Kudisch, who were from Kiev, Ukraine.

Ruben’s maternal grandfather was Haydn Samuel/Samuels (the son of Haydn/Hayden J. Samuel/Samuels and Hattie Crandon). Ruben’s great-grandfather Haydn was the son of Rees/Reese Samuels, who was Welsh, and of Rachel Jones, whose parents were Welsh. Hattie was the daughter of William Thomas Crandon and Mary C. Thomas, who were from Tredegar and Bedwellty, Monmouth, Wales, respectively.

Ruben’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Natishyn (the daughter of Alexandrew “Alex” Natishyn/Notteskin and Mary Lesavage). Alexandrew and Mary were born in either Poland or Austria. The surname Natishyn/Hnatyshin/Gnatyshyn (Гнати́шин) likely has origins in the Ukrainian portion of Bukovina, in Central Europe (now Ukraine). The family was either Ukrainian or Rusyn.

Sources: Genealogy of Ruben Fleischer (focusing on his father’s side) –

Ruben’s paternal grandfather, Jack Fleischer, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Ruben’s paternal grandfather, Jack Fleischer –

Obituary of Ruben’s paternal grandmother, Irma Lee (Zimmerman) Fleischer –

Genealogy of Ruben Fleischer (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Marriage record of Ruben’s maternal great-grandparents, Haydn J. Samuel/Samuels and Hattie Crandon –

Ruben’s maternal great-grandfather, Haydn/Hayden J. Samuel/Samuels, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Ruben’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Natishyn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Ruben’s maternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother), John Natishyn –

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Ben Miller

by madman on October 16, 2017

Ben Miller – EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 – Arrivals – Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Bennet Evan Miller

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

Date of Birth: 24 February, 1966

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, Welsh, likely English

Ben Miller is an English comedian, actor, and director. He is one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller, alongside Alexander Armstrong.

Ben is the son of Marion T. (Evans) and Michael J. Miller. His mother is Welsh. An article in the newspaper Daily Mail wrote that Ben’s paternal grandfather was “a Lithuanian-born tailor from the East End Read.” Ben has also referred to having “Jewish heritage.”

Ben is married to actress Belinda Stewart-Wilson, with whom he has a son.


Akiva Goldsman

by stlucas on October 5, 2017

Birth Name: Akiva J. Goldsman

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

Date of Birth: July 7, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Akiva Goldsman is an American film and television writer, director, and producer.

Akiva was previously married to film producer Rebecca Spikings-Goldsman, the daughter of British film producer Barry Spikings, until her death in 2010. Akiva is now married to Joann Richter, with whom he has two children.

Akiva is the son of Mira (Kowarski/Kowarsky) Rothenberg and Teveyeh Y. “Tev” Goldsman. Akiva’s parents were Jewish. Akiva’s father was born in Washington, D.C. Akiva’s mother was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and moved to the U.S. in 1939.

Akiva’s paternal grandfather was Akiva Moshe Holtzman, later known as Maurice C. Goldsman (the son of Yankev Osher Goldsman and Sorah Raizel Pomerantz). Maurice was born in Luninets, Russia (now Belarus). Yankev was the son of Teveyeh Yitzhak Holtzman and Rachel. Sorah was the daughter of Yekusiel Pomerantz and Baileh Sirota.

Akiva’s paternal grandmother was Bluma Mazier (the daughter of Nathan Naach Mazier and Chaya Sora Holtzman). Bluma was also born in Luninets, Russia (now Belarus).

Akiva’s maternal grandparents were Jacob Kowarski and Rose Joffe.

Sources: Genealogy of Akiva Goldsman (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary of Akiva’s father –

Obituary of Akiva’s mother –

Immigration record of Akiva’s father –

Photo by Joe Seer/