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Dick Durock

by bablah on June 22, 2017

Birth Name: Richard Durock

Place of Birth: South Bend, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 18, 1937

Place of Death: Oak Park, California, U.S.

Date of Death: September 17, 2009

Ethnicity: Serbian

Dick Durock was an american actor. He is known for his portrayal of Swamp Thing. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, to Serbian parents, Sadie (Medich) and David Durock.

Sources: Dick Durock on the 1940 U.S. census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Dick Durock – https://www.findagrave.com

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Peter Bogdanovich

by stlucas on May 28, 2017

Birth Name: Petar Bogdanović

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

Date of Birth: July 30, 1939

Ethnicity:
*Serbian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Peter Bogdanovich is an American director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian.

Peter is the son of Herma (Robinsohn/Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich.

Peter’s father was an Orthodox Christian artist from Yuma, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). Peter’s mother was born in Vienna, Austria, to a Jewish family, and later moved to Croatia.

Peter’s paternal grandparents were Antonije Bogdanović and Mara.

Peter’s maternal grandfather was Heinrich “Henry” Robinsohn/Robinson (the son of Schmuel Robinson and Taube Weisenfreund). Heinrich was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

Peter’s maternal grandmother was Rudolfine “Finny” Zwilling (the daughter of Hersch Leib/Hermann Zwilling and Anna Chane Reiza Schmidt). Rudolfine was born in Vienna, Austria, to a father from Lviv, Ukraine, and a mother from Warka, Poland. Hermann was the son of Moses Israel Zwilling and Malie Rize Pordes. Anna Chane was the daughter of Mendel Schmidt and Rechel Moskowicz.

Source: Genealogy of Peter Bogdanovich – http://www.geni.com

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Bojana Novaković

by stlucas on May 16, 2017

Place of Birth: Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia (now Belgrade, Serbia)

Date of Birth: July 12, 1981

Ethnicity: Serbian

Bojana Novaković is a Serbian-born Australian actress.

Bojana is the daughter of Biljana and Radovan Novaković, who are Serbian. She has a sister, Valentina, who is also an actress. The family moved to Australia when Bojana was seven years old.

Bojana’s parents are pictured here.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au

Photo by s_bukley/www.bigstockphoto.com

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Laura Benanti

by stlucas on May 9, 2017

Birth Name: Laura Ilene Vidnovic

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

Date of Birth: July 15, 1979

Ethnicity: Serbian, German, English, Irish

Laura Benanti is an American actress and singer.

Laura is the daughter of Linda (Wonneberger) and Martin Vidnovic. Laura was raised by her mother and stepfather, Salvatore Benanti, in Kinnelon, New Jersey.

Laura’s father has Serbian ancestry. Laura’s mother is of half German descent, and also has English and Irish ancestry. Laura is also said to have Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Laura’s paternal grandparents were Burke Vidnovic (the son of Božo Vidnjević/Vidnovic and Smilyna/Cecilia Devic) and Marge/Mary M. Bozo and Smilyna were from Ponikve, Yugoslavia.

Laura’s maternal grandfather was William Karl Wonneberger (the son of Oswald Wonneberger and Louise). Oswald was born in Germany. Louise was born in New York, to parents from Germany.

Laura’s maternal grandmother was Elsie Ilene Jones (the daughter of Ertie Lee “Casey” Jones and Mary Elizabeth Byrne). Ertie was the son of William Fleming “Wild Bill” Jones and Mary Jane Norris.

Sources: Obituary of Laura’s uncle (father’s brother), Nicholas Charles Vidnovic – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary os Laura’s great-uncle (paternal grandfather’s brother), Nick Vidnovic – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Laura’s uncle (mother’s brother), Robert Karl Wonneberger – http://www.legacy.com

Laura’s maternal grandfather, William Karl Wonneberger, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Laura’s mother, Linda Wonneberger (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

http://www.boomsbeat.com

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Alex Pall

by Manila on April 23, 2017

Birth Name: Alexander Jo Pall

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

Date of Birth: May 16, 1985

Ethnicity:
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English (maternal grandfather)
*Serbian or Croatian and/or German (maternal grandmother)

Alex Pall is an American music producer. He is one-half of the duo The Chainsmokers, along with Andrew Taggart.

Alex’s father, William “Bill” Blatt Pall, was American, of Jewish descent. Alex’s mother, Margaret Olivia (Wolstenholme) D’Agostino, is an English immigrant, from London.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was David Boris Pall (the son of Adolph Pallant, later Pall, and of Masha “Mary” Donner). David was a Canadian chemist, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, who founded Pall Corporation, and invented the Pall filter used in blood transfusions. Adolph and Mary were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, from Melitopol, Zaporizhia Oblast.

Alex’s paternal grandmother was Josephine Harriet “Josie” Blatt (the daughter of Velvel “William” Moshe/Moses Blatt and Lucy Romberg). Velvel was the son of Polish Jewish immigrant Yosef Tavi Blatt, later Joseph Henry Blatt, of Wrocław, and of Louise Singer, whose father, Isidor Singer, later Isidore Singer, was a Polish Jewish immigrant, from Poznań, and whose mother, Pauline Abrams, was a German Jewish immigrant. Alex’s great-grandmother Lucy was a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant, from Kharkiv, and was the daughter of Chanoch Henich “Henry” Chaimovych Romberg and Esther Malka/Mollie Solomovna Levinskaya/Levinsky.

Alex’s maternal grandfather was Sir Gordon Ethelbert Ward Wolstenholme (the son of Ethelbert George Wolstenholme and Clementina Ward). Gordon was English. Ethelbert was the son of Alfred Wolstenholme and Elizabeth Dickins. Clementina was the daughter of Herbert Ward and Elizabeth Allen.

Alex’s maternal grandmother was Lady Dušanka Messinger. Dušanka’s name is of Serbian or Croatian origin. Her surname is German.

Sources: Genealogy of Alex Pall – https://www.geni.com

Obituary of Alex’s father – http://www.nytimes.com

Obituary of Alex’s paternal grandfather, David Boris Pall – http://www.nytimes.com

Birth record of Alex’s paternal grandmother, Josephine Harriet Blatt – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Alex’s paternal great-grandparents, Velvel “William” Moshe/Moses Blatt and Lucy Romberg – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Alex’s mother – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Alex’s maternal grandparents, Sir Gordon Ethelbert Ward Wolstenholme and Lady Dušanka Messinger – https://familysearch.org

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