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Brett Novek

by stlucas on September 10, 2018

Brett Novek – 5th Annual Independent Television Festival Opening Night – Arrivals – Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatre – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos

Birth Name: Brett Michael Novek

Place of Birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 26, 1984

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Brett Novek is an American model and actor.

Brett is the son of Robin and David Novek. He was raised Jewish.

Brett’s paternal grandfather was Charles “Chuck” Novek (the son of Isidore/Isadore Novek and Dora). Charles was born in Pennsylvania. Isidore was born in Russia. Dora was born in Pennsylvania.

Brett’s paternal grandmother was Irma Gerson (the daughter of Louis Gerson and Mollie/Mallie). Irma was born in Pennsylvania. Louis was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Russia. Mollie was born in either Pennsylvania or Romania.

Sources: Obituary of Brett’s father –

Obituary of Brett’s paternal grandfather, Charles Novek –


Beth Dover

by stlucas on July 3, 2018

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

Date of Birth: August 29, 1978

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish (mother)

Beth Dover is an American actress.

Beth is the daughter of Diane (Nelson) Brown and Edward Michael Dover. They are pictured here and here.

Beth’s father was born in Illinois, and is of Austrian Jewish, Romanian Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Ukrainian Jewish, descent. Beth’s mother is from Alabama, and is mostly of English and Irish ancestry.

Beth is married to actor Joe Lo Truglio, with whom she has a son.

Beth’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Marcus Dover (the son of Mandel Dover and Rachel Schoenfield). Samuel was born in Illinois. Mandel was from Austria. Rachel was born in Odessa, Russia (now Ukraine).

Beth’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Michaels (the daughter of Isadore Michaels and Sara/Sarah Frank). Beatrice was born in New Jersey. Isadore was born in Bucharest, Romania, the son of Max Michaels. Sara was also from Romania.

Beth’s maternal grandfather was Fred C. Nelson (the son of John H. Nelson and Alcie Smith). John was born in Alabama, the son of Margret. Alcie was born in Alabama, the daughter of George Washington Smith and Annette Miranda “Nettie” Smith.

Beth’s maternal grandmother was Doris/Dorris Ledlow (the daughter of Lester Ledlow and Ann “Annie” McLaughlin). Doris was born in Alabama. Lester was born in Alabama, the son of Allen Ledlow and Ellen/Hattie Layton. Ann was also born in Alabama.

Sources: Birth record of Beth’s father –

Obituary of Beth’s maternal great-uncle (grandfather’s brother), John Nelson Junior –

Obituary of Beth’s half-brother, Chad Adam Prestridge –

Marriage record of Beth’s maternal grandparents, Fred C. Nelson and Doris/Dorris Ledlow –

Obituary of Beth’s maternal grandmother, Doris (Ledlow) Nelson –

Photo by DFree/


Nelson Franklin

by stlucas on June 19, 2018

Birth Name: Nelson Leopold Franklin

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 2, 1985

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*French, possibly other (mother)

Nelson Franklin is an American actor.

Nelson is the son of Catherine (Deshayes) and screenwriter Howard Franklin (born Howard William Franklin). Nelson’s father is Jewish. Nelson’s mother’s surname is of French origin. Nelson is married to actress Georgia Mischak.

Nelson’s paternal grandfather was Marvin Allan Frankenstein/Franklin (the son of Benjamin “Ben/Benj” Frankenstein and Tillie Gertrude Glassman). Marvin was born in California. Benjamin was born in Illinois, to parents from Germany, Wolf Frankenstein/Frankenstern and Ray Bluestein. Tillie was born in Missouri, the daughter of Jacob Glassman and Mary S. Nimmer.

Nelson’s paternal grandmother was Regina Irene Wolf (the daughter of Jules H. Wolf and Frieda/Freeda Rubinstein). Regina was born in Colorado. Jules was born in Texas, the son of Nathan Wolf, who was from Poland, and of Fanny Levy. Frieda was born in California, the daughter of Jacob Rubenstein, who was from Romania, and of Annie/Fanny Victor, who was from Germany.

Sources: Marriage record of Nelson’s parents –

Genealogy of Nelson Franklin (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Nelson’s paternal grandparents, Marvin Allan Frankenstein/Franklin and Regina Irene Wolf –

Genealogy of Nelson’s paternal grandfather, Marvin Allan Frankenstein/Franklin (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Photo by kathclick/


Joseph Schildkraut

by madman on June 19, 2018

Date of Birth: 22 March, 1896

Place of Birth: Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Austria)

Date of Death: January 21, 1964

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Joseph Schildkraut was an Austrian-American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Life of Emile Zola (1937).

Joseph was the son of Erna (Weinstein) and Rudolph Schildkraut (Rudolf Maximillian Schildkraut), who was an Austrian film and theatre actor. His father was born in Constantinople, the Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey), and grew up in Romania. His mother was born in Sučany, Slovakia.

Joseph was married to Marie McKay, until her death, and to Leonora Rogers, until his death.

Joseph’s paternal grandparents were Isac Leib Schildkraut and Rosa. Rosa was born in Romania.

Joseph’s maternal grandparents were Salomon Weinstein and Katti Neuberger.

Source: Genealogy of Joseph Schildkraut –


Hale Appleman

by stlucas on June 15, 2018

Hale Appleman – “In Secret” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Arclight Hollywood – Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Janice Ogata /

Birth Name: Hale Isaac Appleman

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

Date of Birth: January 17, 1986

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish, English (mother)

Hale Appleman is an American actor.

Hale is the son of Ara T. Fitzgerald and Richard D. Appleman. His cousin (father’s sister’s daughter) is actress Gillian Zinser. Hale’s father is Jewish. Hale’s mother is of Irish and English descent.

Hale’s paternal grandfather was Irving Lawrence Appleman (the son of Harron Appleman and Anna Weisman). Irving was born in New York. Harron was born in Romania, the son of Ela Appleman. Anna was from Poland.

Hale’s paternal grandmother was Harriet B. Birkenholtz (the daughter of Samuel “Sam” Birkenholtz/Birkenhotz and Ray Hornig). Samuel was born in Galicia, Austria, the son of Simon Birkenholtz and Fanny Levon. Ray was born in Galicia, the daughter of Hav Hornig and Rose Herbst.

Hale’s maternal grandfather was Warren A. Fitzgerald (the son of Corinne/Corine). Corinne was the daughter of Ara.

Hale’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Streeter “Betty” Tabor (the daughter of Elwood/Ellwood Gordon Tabor and Mildred Streeter). Elwood was the son of Thomas Jefferson Tabor and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hutchinson, who was Irish. Mildred was the daughter of Lewis R. Streeter, who was English, and of Helena/Helina A. Fidler.

Sources: Marriage record of Hale’s parents –

Hale’s paternal grandfather, Irving Lawrence Appleman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Hale’s paternal grandfather, Irving Lawrence Appleman –

Obituary of Hale’s maternal grandfather, Warren A. Fitzgerald –

Obituary of Hale’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Streeter “Betty” (Tabor) Fitzgerald –