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 – http://jewishjournal.com
Lee’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Lee’s paternal grandparents, Lewis S. Unkrich and Gladys H. Stone – http://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Lee Unkrich (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Lee’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Lee’s maternal great-grandparents, Emil Leuchtag and Ethel Kurcz/Kirtz – http://www.familysearch.org
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