Joseph Schildkraut

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 –

Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid – 2012 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference – Walter Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Tel Aviv, Israel

Date of Birth: 5 November, 1963

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Yair Lapid is an Israeli journalist and politician. He is the chairman of the Yesh Atid Party. He was also Minister of Finance, from 2013 and 2014.

Yair is the son of Shulamit Lapid, a novelist and playwright, and Tommy Lapid, a radio and television presenter, playwright, journalist, politician, and government minister.

Yair’s father was born in Novi Sad, Serbia (then Kingdom of Yugoslavia), to a Hungarian Jewish family; Yair’s paternal grandfather was killed by the Nazis in 1945. The family moved to Israel in 1948. Yair’s mother was born in Tel Aviv.

Yair is married to journalist Lihi Lapid. He has a son with his former wife, Tamar Friedman, and two children with Lihi.

Yair’s maternal grandfather was Yechiel David Gilaadi (the son of R’ Shlomo Zalman Klein, A.B.D. Szilagy-Cseh, and of Feiga Schwartz). David was born in Transylvania, and was a journalist, novelist, and translator, who co-founded the newspaper Maariv. Shlomo was born in Oradea, Municipiul Oradea, Județul Bihor, Romania, the son of Rabbi Moshe Martin Klein, A.B.D. Szilágycseh (Cehu Silvaniei), and of Sarah Sheindel Deutsch. Feiga was the daughter of Yekusiel Schwartz.

Yair’s maternal grandmother is Helen Joseph (the daughter of Moses Joseph).

Source: Genealogy of Yair Lapid –

Lee Unkrich

Birth Name: Lee Edward Unkrich

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 8, 1967

*English, German (father, who converted to Judaism)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Lee Unkrich is an American director, film editor, and screenwriter.

Lee is the son of Emilie (Leuchtag) and Robert Unkrich. His father, who has English and German ancestry, converted to Judaism. His mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family. Lee had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Lee is married to Laura Century, who is also Jewish. The couple has three children.

Lee’s paternal grandfather was Lewis S. Unkrich (the son of Julius H. Unkrich and Edith M. Carter). Julius was the son of German parents, Simon Unkrich and Sophia. Edith was the daughter of Fred L. Carter, whose own mother was English, and of an English mother.

Lee’s paternal grandmother was Gladys H. Stone (the daughter of Hubert J. Stone and Cora/Corra Ada Kibby). Hubert was the son of Canadian parents. Cora was the daughter of Halium D. Kibby and Martha.

Lee’s maternal grandfather was Leo Leopold Leuchtag (the son of Emil Leuchtag and Ethel Kurcz/Kirtz). Emil was born in Hungary, the son of Herman Leuchtag and Augusta Hutz. Ethel was also born in Hungary, the daughter of Leopold Lipot Kirtz and Rosa Hollander, who were from Huncovce and Hrabušice, Slovakia.

Lee’s maternal grandmother was Helen Francis Schuster (the daughter of Isaac Schuster and Martha Jacobs). Martha was the daughter of Jacob Jacobs and Hannah Frank.

Sources: Interviews with Lee Unkrich –

Lee’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Lee’s paternal grandparents, Lewis S. Unkrich and Gladys H. Stone –

Genealogy of Lee Unkrich (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Lee’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Lee’s maternal great-grandparents, Emil Leuchtag and Ethel Kurcz/Kirtz –

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Greg Rucka

Greg Rucka – “Whiteout” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Mann’s Village Theater – Westwood, CA. USA – Keywords: Greg Rucka – False – – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Birth Name: Gregory A. Rucka

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 29, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Greg Rucka is an American comic book writer and novelist.

Greg is the son of Corrina J. “Corry” (Schnitzer/Schnitze) and Noel/Noel Michael Rucka. Greg’s parents were Jewish.

Greg’s paternal grandparents were Arthur “Art” Rucka and Nettie L. Arthur was born in Czechoslovakia.

Greg’s maternal grandfather was Bernard/Bernad Schnitzer (the son of Benjamin “Benny” Schnitzer and Jeanetta “Jenny” Rosenthal). Benjamin was from Hungary. Jeanetta was from Austria.

Greg’s maternal grandmother was Mary Breitbart (the daughter of Hersch/Harry Breitbart and Bessie). Mary was born in Austria. Hersch was born in either Austria or Kozova, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine, the son of Bernard Shimon Dov Breitbart.

Sources: Genealogy of Greg Rucka (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Birth record of Greg Rucka –

Marriage record of Greg’s parents –

Obituary of Greg’s father –

Death record of Greg’s paternal grandfather –

Greg’s maternal grandfather on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Greg’s maternal grandmother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Willie Garson

Birth Name: William Garson Paszamant

Place of Birth: Highland Park, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 20, 1964

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Willie Garson is an American actor.

Willie is the son of Muriel (Schwartz) and Donald M. Paszamant. Willie’s parents were Jewish. Willie has a son.

Willie’s paternal grandfather was John/Jeno Paszamant/Pazamont/Paszomant/Peszamant (the son of David Peszamant and Lina Sterks). John was from Aranyosmeggyes, Hungary (now Medieșu Aurit, Romania).

Willie’s paternal grandmother was Adele/Adel Weiszfeld (the daughter of Zernabh Weiszfeld and Rose Zerger). Adele was born in either Budapest, Hungary, or Nagyszombat, Hungary (now Trnava, Slovakia).

Willie’s maternal grandparents were David M. Schwartz and Edith Sachsman. David was from Austria. Edith was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Sources: Willie’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Willie’s paternal grandparents, John/Jeno Paszamant/Pazamont/Paszomant/Peszamant and Adele/Adel Weiszfeld –

Obituary of Willie’s paternal grandmother, Adele/Adel Weiszfeld –

Willie’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Willie’s mother –

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