David Burtka

by stlucas on August 13, 2017

David Burtka – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6 Premiere Party – Arrivals – Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Janice Ogata / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: David Michael Burtka

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

Date of Birth: May 29, 1975

Ethnicity: Polish

David Burtka is an American actor and professional chef.

David is the son of Deborah A. “Debbie” (Zajas) and Daniel Burtka. David’s parents are both of Polish ancestry. He is married to actor Neil Patrick Harris, with whom he has two children.

David’s paternal grandfather was Walter Joseph Burtka (the son of Jozef/Joseph Burtka and Katarzyna/Katrina Kaminska). David’s great-grandfather Jozef was born in Poland, the son of Joseph Burtka and Catherine Sinta. David’s great-grandmother Katarzyna was born in Warsaw, Poland, the daughter of Frank Kaminski and Mary.

David’s paternal grandmother was Genevieve Bialy (the daughter of Frank Bialy and Josephine Baczewski). Genevieve was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Poland.

David’s maternal grandfather was Theodore S. Zajas (the son of Francis J. Zajas and Anna/Anne Ciuraj). Francis was born in Oświęcim, Poland. Anna was born in Michigan, to parents from Poland, Frank Ciuraj and Mary.

David’s maternal grandmother was Eleanore/Eleanor B. Szczesny (the daughter of Stanly/Stanley Szczesny and Helen Bercal). Stanly was born in Poland, the son of Alexander Szczesny and Mary Radzikowska. Helen was born in Michigan, of Polish descent.

Sources: Genealogy of David Burtka – http://www.geni.com

David’s paternal grandmother, Genevieve Bialy, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org


Brian Benben

by bablah on August 13, 2017

Birth Name: Brian Edward Benben

Place of Birth: Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 18, 1956

Ethnicity: Polish, likely German, other

Brian Benben is an American actor. He is married to actress Madeleine Stowe.

Brian’s paternal grandparents were Edward Benben (the son of John Benben and Tacyjana Baj) and Agnes Kozera/Kozyra (the daughter of Michael Kozyra and Mary Lesko). Edward was born in Stare Miasto, Poland. Agnes was also of Polish origin.

Sources: Marriage record of Brian’s paternal grandparents, Edward Benben and Agnes Kozera/Kozyra – https://familysearch.org

Brian’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Chad Stahelski

by stlucas on August 11, 2017

Chad Stahelski – “John Wick: Chapter 2” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Charles F. Stahelski

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

Date of Birth: September 20, 1968

Ethnicity: Czech (9/32s), Polish (one quarter), French-Canadian, Scottish, Irish, 1/32 Italian

Chad Stahelski is an American stuntman, actor, and film director.

Chad is the son of Kathleen (Diamond) and Gary Stahelski.

Chad’s paternal grandfather was Francis A. Stahelski (the son of Joseph Julius Stahelski and Valeria Ann Kissel). Joseph was born in Ruda, Podlaskie, Poland. Valeria was also Polish.

Chad’s paternal grandmother was Dorothea M. Gelly (the daughter of Earl/Earle T. Gelly and Mildred). Earl was the son of George E. Gelly, who was French-Canadian, and of Grace M. Marceau.

Chad’s maternal grandfather was Charles A. Diamond (the son of Charles J. Diamond and Irene May Kendrew). Chad’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles F. Diamond, whose own father was Irish and whose own mother was Scottish, and of Mary Cavanaugh, whose own parents were Irish. Irene’s father, Arthur Kendrew/Kendrow, was born in Czechoslovakia, to a Czech father, Frank Kendrew, and a mother from Italy, Johanna Massaria/Mararia/Massier. Irene’s mother, Rose L. Paul, was French-Canadian.

Chad’s maternal grandmother was Vlasta Leigner (the daughter of John Leigner and Elizabeth Strnad/Sternard). Vlasta was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic).

Sources: Chad’s paternal grandfather, Francis A. Stahelski, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Chad’s paternal grandfather, Francis A. Stahelski – http://obits.masslive.com

Chad’s maternal grandfather, Charles A. Diamond, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Charles A. Diamond on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Chad’s maternal grandfather, Charles A. Diamond – http://www.legacy.com

Chad’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Charles F. Diamond, on the 1880 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Chad’s maternal great-grandmother, Irene May Kendrew, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Irene May Kendrew on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Chad’s maternal grandmother, Vlasta Leigner, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org


Pete Ploszek

by stlucas on August 11, 2017

Pete Ploszek – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Regency Village Theatre – Westwood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / HollywoodNewsWire.net / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Peter D. Ploszek

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

Date of Birth: January 20, 1987

*Polish (paternal grandfather)
*Croatian (paternal grandmother)
*Slovak, Hungarian, German, Irish (mother)

Pete Ploszek is an American actor.

Pete is the son of Karen (Sofranko) and Michael “Mike” Ploszek.

Pete’s paternal grandfather was Charles Frances Ploszek, Jr. (the son of Charles Frances Ploszek, Sr. and Genoveva/Genevieve Magdalena/Magdalene Pankiewicz/Pankerwicz). Pete’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Illinois, to parents from Poland, Joseph Ploszek and Veronica/Weronika Hoppe. Pete’s great-grandmother Genoveva was also born in Illinois, to parents from Poland, Franciszek/Franciscus/Frank Pankiewicz and Magdalena/Magdalene/Magda Czubak.

Pete’s paternal grandmother was Rose Matias/Matijas (the daughter of Michael “Mike” Matijas/Matias and Maria/Mary Bjocich/Biocic/Brocia). Rose was born in Illinois, to parents from Yugoslavia, likely of Croatian descent. Michael was the son of Mihajlo Matijas and Maria.

Pete’s maternal grandfather was Eugene Michael “Gene” Sofranko (the son of John Emery Sofranko and Elizabeth M./Catharina Kish). John was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Imrich/Emro/John Sofranko and Mary/Maria Catherine/Kathryn/Katherine/Katarina Uhrin/Gretchko, who were from Spisská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of parents from Hungary, Stephen/Steven “Steve” Kish and Theresa Gulyas/Guyas/Goulish/Gulish.

Pete’s maternal grandmother was Betty Jane Kosman (the daughter of Anthony “Tony” Kosman and Helen B./Leona Weck). Anthony was born in Ohio, to parents from Hungary, John Kosman and Marie/Maria Schmotzer or Susan Schroll, who were ethnic Germans. Helen was also born in Ohio, the daughter of William Weck, whose parents were German, and of Mary Marshall Disley, whose parents were Irish.

Sources: Birth record of Pete’s paternal grandfather, Charles Frances Ploszek, Jr. – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Pete’s paternal grandfather, Charles Frances Ploszek, Jr. – http://www.legacy.com

Birth record of Pete’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Frances Ploszek – http://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Pete’s paternal great-grandmother, Genoveva/Genevieve Magdalena/Magdalene Pankiewicz/Pankerwicz – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogies of Pete’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Franciszek/Franciscus/Frank Pankiewicz and Magdalena/Magdalene/Magda Czubak – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Birth record of Pete’s paternal grandmother, Rose Matias/Matijas – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Pete’s paternal grandmother, Rose (Matias/Matijas) Ploszek – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Pete’s maternal grandparents, Eugene Michael “Gene” Sofranko and Betty Jane Kosman – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Pete’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Michael “Gene” Sofranko – http://www.loraincounty.com

Obituary of Pete’s maternal great-great-uncle (great-grandmother’s brother), Stephen J. Kish – http://www.morningjournal.com

Pete’s maternal great-grandfather, Anthony Kosman, on the 1920 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

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Craig Olejnik

by stlucas on August 9, 2017

Craig Olejnik – 26th Annual Gemini Awards – Arrivals – CBC Building – Toronto, Canada – Photo Credit: Robin Wong / PR Photos

Birth Name: Craig Anthony Olejnik

Place of Birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Date of Birth: June 1, 1979

Ethnicity: Polish, other

Craig Olejnik is a Canadian actor.

Craig is the son of Pam and Stan Olejnik. Craig has stated that he has partial Polish ancestry.

Craig’s paternal grandparents were Antoni Olejnik and Sophie.

Sources: http://www.accesshollywood.com

Obituary of Craig’s paternal grandmother, Sophie Olejnik – http://www.yourlifemoments.ca