Matthew Ziff

by stlucas on January 1, 2018

04/15/2015 – Matthew Ziff – WeRehearse Premiere and Launch Party at Vaucluse Lounge in West Hollywood on April 15, 2015 – Vaucluse Lounge, 8210 Sunset Boulevard – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: B. Rene Norman / – Contact (1-866-551-7827) – Portrait Face Count: 1

Place of Birth: Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 24, 1991

*50% Ashkenazi Jewish
*37.5% Italian (including Sicilian)
*12.5% Polish

Matthew Ziff is an American actor, producer, and model.

Matthew is the son of actress Lorraine Ziff (born Lorraine Bencivengo) and philanthropist Laurence F. “Larry” Ziff. Matthew has a brother, Adam.

Matthew’s paternal grandfather is the son of Charles Ziff and Helen Weinfeld. Charles was born in New York, the son of Lithuanian Jewish parents, Joseph Ziff and Sarah Brenner. Helen was the daughter of Esther.

Matthew’s paternal grandmother is the daughter of Jacob Sandler and Dorothy Sternberg. Jacob was a Jewish emigrant from Latvia. Dorothy was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Jewish emigrants, Philep Sternberg, who was born in Romanatu, Gorj, Romania, and Lena Grunfield, who was born in Russia.

Matthew’s maternal grandfather was Charles V. Bencivengo, Sr. (the son of Charles Bencivenga and Helen Zwierzynski). Matthew’s grandfather Charles was born in New York. Matthew’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Italian parents, Francesco Bencivengo and Vinsensue Crillo. Helen was born in New York, the daughter of Polish parents, Alexander/Alex Zwierzynski, from Krasna, and Katherine Lulyk, from Podhorodyscze.

Matthew’s maternal grandmother was Theresa Patricia Mercurio (the daughter of Giacomo Mercurio and Florence Argentieri). Theresa was born in New York, to a father from Palermo, Sicily, Italy and a mother from Abruzzo, Italy. Florence was the daughter of Cesira.

Sources: Obituary of Matthew’s aunt (mother’s sister), Dolores Bencivengo –

Obituary of Matthew’s maternal grandfather, Charles V. Bencivengo, Sr. –


Marc Scibilia

by Manila on December 23, 2017

Birth Name: Marc Antony Scibilia

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

Date of Birth: June 20, 1986

*Italian (father)
*Syrian Arab (maternal grandfather)
*Lebanese Arab (maternal grandmother)

Marc Scibilia is an American singer and songwriter.

His father, Robert Francis Scibilia, is of Italian descent. His mother, Jeannine A. (Sawma), is of Lebanese and Syrian descent.

Marc is married to Mindy Skelton.

Marc’s paternal grandfather was Anthony J. “Tony” Scibilia (the son of Francesco “Frank” Scibilia and Anna Antonuccio). Frank was an Italian emigrant, from Messina, Sicily, and was the son of Antonio “Anthony/Tony” Scibilia and Maria “Mary” Carilli. Anna was the daughter of Italian emigrants, Giuseppe “Joseph/Joe” Antonuccio and Antonina “Nancy” Bessina.

Marc’s paternal grandmother was Jeanette A. Desiderio (the daughter of Camillo Desiderio and Giustina Paolini). Camillo was an Italian emigrant, from Moscufo, Pescara, Abruzzo, and was the son of Antonio Desiderio and Filomena Di Clemente. Giustina was also an Italian emigrant, from Moscufo, and was the daughter of Nicola Paolini and Serafina Tebo.

Marc’s maternal grandfather was Tafe Joseph Sawma (the son of Moses Sawma and Kaffa Esmer). Moses and Kaffa were Syrian emigrants.

Marc’s maternal grandmother was Jeanette Aboujaoude (the daughter of Assad Aboujaoude and Saleme Koury). Jeanette was a Lebanese emigrant, from Brummana, Mount Lebanon.

Sources: Marc’s paternal grandfather, Anthony J. Scibilia, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Marc’s paternal great-grandparents, Francesco Scibilia and Anna Antonuccio –

Marc’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna Antonuccio, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Marc’s paternal grandmother, Jeanette A. (Desiderio) Scibilia –

Marriage record of Marc’s paternal great-grandparents, Camillo Desiderio and Giustina Paolini –

Birth record of Marc’s paternal great-grandfather, Camillo Desiderio –

Birth record of Marc’s paternal great-grandmother, Giustina Paolini –

Marriage record of Marc’s maternal grandfather, Tafe Joseph Sawma, to Rose Ross –

Obituary of Marc’s maternal grandfather, Tafe Joseph Sawma –

Obituary of Marc’s maternal grandmother, Jeanette (Aboujaoude) Sawma –

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Lyle Brocato

by stlucas on December 18, 2017

Lyle Brocato – “A Bad Moms Christmas” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Regency Village Theatre – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: /

Birth Name: Lyle Nicholas Brocato

Place of Birth: Patterson, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 30, 1979

*Italian/Sicilian (father)
*French, Scottish (mother)

Lyle Brocato is an American actor.

Lyle is the son of Loretta (Nezat) and Michael Gerard “Mike” Brocato, Sr. Lyle’s father is ofItalian/Sicilian ancestry. Lyle’s mother is mostly of French and Scottish descent. Lyle is married to actress Angelena Swords.

Lyle’s paternal grandfather was Anthony J. “Tony” Brocato (the son of Sam Brocato and Angelina). Anthony was born in either Arkansas or Louisiana, to parents from Cefalù, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

Lyle’s paternal grandmother was Angelina/Angeline Catherine “Angie” Drago (the daughter of Peter Drago and Angelina Nicosia). Peter was born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Lyle’s great-grandmother Angelina was born in Louisiana, to parents from Italy. Her surname is Sicilian.

Lyle’s maternal grandfather was Howard “Pee-Wee” Nezat (the son of René Andre Nezat and Celonise Morain). René was the son of Alexis Nezat and Marie Constance “Eucestance” Lalonde.

Lyle’s maternal grandmother was Rosemary Moreau (the daughter of Joseph Lawrence Moreau and Beatrice Kerr). Beatrice was the daughter of Albert Arthur Kerr and Mary Ellia St. Cyr.

Sources: Obituaries of Lyle’s paternal grandparents, Anthony J. “Tony” Brocato and Angelina/Angeline Catherine “Angie” (Drago) Brocato –

Lyle’s paternal grandfather, Anthony J. “Tony” Brocato, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Lyle’s paternal grandmother, Angelina/Angeline Catherine “Angie” Drago, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lyle’s paternal grandmother, Angelina/Angeline Catherine “Angie” (Drago) Brocato –

Obituary of Lyle’s maternal grandfather, Howard “Pee-Wee” Nezat –

Obituary of Lyle’s maternal grandmother, Rosemary (Moreau) Nezat –

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Nick Zano

by stlucas on December 17, 2017

Nick Zano – “Magic Mike Live Las Vegas” Grand Opening – Arrivals – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: PRN / 

Birth Name: Nicholas Scott Crapanzano

Place of Birth: Nutley, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 8, 1978

Ethnicity: Italian/Sicilian, possibly Irish

Nick Zano is an American actor.

Nick is the son of Linda Ann Calise. Nick’s mother is pictured here. Nick is said to have Italian/Sicilian and Irish ancestry. His surname is Sicilian.

Nick has a son with his partner, Canadian actress and singer Leah Renee Cudmore.

Nick’s paternal grandfather was named Albert “Al” Crapanzano. Albert is pictured here. He was likely the son of Michael Crapanzano/Crapangno and Anna.

Sources: Nick’s paternal grandfather, Albert “Al” Crapanzano, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Jay Thomas

by stlucas on December 9, 2017

Birth Name: Jon Thomas Terrell

Date of Birth: July 12, 1948

Place of Birth: Kermit, Winkler, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: August 24, 2017

Place of Death: Santa Barbara, California, U.S.

*English, Irish (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Jay Thomas was an American actor, comedian, and radio personality.

Jay was the son of Kathryn/Katharine/Katherine (Guzzino) and Timothy Harry Terrell, Sr. Jay was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jay was married to Sally Michelson, with whom he had two children. Jay was also the biological father of country music songwriter J. T. Harding.

Jay’s paternal grandfather was Timothy Franklin Terrell (the son of Timothy Franklin Terrell and Endemia Elizabeth Andrews). Jay’s great-grandfather Timothy was the son of John Thompson Terrell and Ann Baker.

Jay’s paternal grandmother was Vallie Churchill (the daughter of Alfred Lee Churchill and Addie Lela Gholson). Alfred was the son of Alfred Churchill and Martha Jane Copeland. Addie was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Gholson and Jane Adeline Langford.

Jay’s maternal grandfather was Santo Guzzino (the son of Leonardo Guzzinoa and Vincentia Rosina). Santo was born in Caccamo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

Jay’s maternal grandmother was Maria/Mary Balsamo/Balsano (the son of Joseph Balsamo and Catarine Di Loretto). Maria/Mary was born in Gibellina, Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Sources: Genealogy of Jay Thomas –

Birth record of Jay Thomas –

Genealogy of Jay Thomas (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Jay’s mother –

Photo by kathclick/

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