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William Friedkin

by stlucas on May 28, 2017

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

Date of Birth: August 29, 1935

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

William Friedkin is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.

William is the son of Raechael/Rachael “Rae” (Green) and Louis Friedkin. They were both Jewish.

William’s father was born in Illinois, U.S. William’s mother was born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

William’s paternal grandparents were David Friedkin and Lena Cohen. David and Lena were from Russia.

William’s maternal grandparents were Morris Green and Eva Lovenberg. Morris and Eva were from Russia.

Sources: Birth record of William Friedkin –

Marriage record of William’s parents, Louis Friedkin and Raechael/Rachael “Rae” Green –

William’s mother, Raechael/Rachael “Rae” Green, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of William Friedkin –

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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

*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 –

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Dave Frankel

by stlucas on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: David Marshall Frankel

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

Date of Birth: April 2, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Dave Frankel is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Dave is the son of Tobia Simone (Brown) and journalist Max Frankel. David’s siblings are Margot and Jon.

Dave’s father was born in Gera, Thuringia, and raised in Weißenfels, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, before moving to New York. David’s mother is from Brooklyn, New York. They are both Jewish.

Dave’s paternal grandfather was Jakob Fränkel (the son of Isaak Fränkel). Jakob was born in Busk, Galicia, Poland (now Ukraine).

Dave’s paternal grandmother was Mary Katze. She was born in Sokal, Galicia, Poland (now Ukraine).

Dave’s maternal grandfather was Harold M. Brown (the son of Maurice Brown and Ida). Harold was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Dave’s maternal grandmother was Pauline Kessler. Pauline was born in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

Sources: David’s father’s memoir, The Times of My Life and My Life with The Times (1999) –

Obituary of Dave’s mother, Tobia Simone (Brown) Frankel –

David’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurice Brown and Ida, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dave’s maternal grandmother, Pauline (Kessler) Brown –

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Brett Ratner

by stlucas on May 16, 2017

Birth Name: Brett Shai Ratner

Place of Birth: Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 28, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Brett Ratner is an American film producer, entertainment businessperson, and director.

Brett is the son of Marsha (Presman) and Ronald Michael Ratner. They are both Jewish.

Brett’s father is American. Brett’s mother was born in Cuba, to parents from Poland and Ukraine/Russia.

Brett’s paternal grandfather was Leonard Lee Ratner (the son of Morris/Maurice Ratner and Ida Bailine). Leonard was born in Illinois, to a father from Russia and a mother from Poland.

Brett’s paternal grandmother was Esther Richmond (the daughter of Joseph Richman/Richmond and Rose). Esther was born in Illinois, to a father from Illinois, whose own parents were from Poland, and a mother from Poland.

Brett’s maternal grandfather was Mieczyslaw “Mario” Pressman/Presman. Mieczyslaw was born in Poland.

Brett’s maternal grandmother was Fanita Stone (the daughter of Mayor Stoenko/Stone and Bertha Chercasie). Mayor was from Ukraine/Russia, and was the son of Moshe Mendel Stoenko and Esther Malke Kapzan. Bertha was born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

Sources: Genealogy of Brett Ratner –

Brett’s paternal grandfather, Leonard Lee Ratner, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Brett’s paternal grandmother, Esther Richmond, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Brett’s great-uncle (paternal grandmother’s brother), James Richmond –

Obituary of Brett’s maternal grandfather, Mieczyslaw “Mario” Pressman/Presman –

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Jamie Patricof

by stlucas on May 11, 2017

Birth Name: James D. Patricof

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

Date of Birth: January 14, 1976

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jamie Patricof is an American movie and television producer.

Jamie is the son of Susan (Hatkoff) and Alan Joel Patricof. Jamie’s family is Jewish.

Jamie’s paternal grandfather was Martin Patricof (the son of Joseph Patricof and Clara Rosenfeld). Martin was born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

Jamie’s paternal grandmother was Dorine Glass (the daughter of Isidore B. Glass and Bessie Ripkin). Dorine was born in Russia.

Jamie’s maternal grandfather was Leon Hatkoff (the son of Charles Hatkoff and Anna Levitt). Anna was the daughter of Charles Levitt and Ella Wilentz, who were born in Russia.

Jamie’s maternal grandmother was Doris Wildove (the daughter of Louis Wildove and Edythe/Edith Ida Briller). Louis was from Lithuania.

Sources: Marriage record of Jamie’s paternal grandparents, Martin Patricof and Dorine Glass –

Obituary of Jamie’s maternal grandmother, Doris (Wildove) Hatkoff –

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