Birth Name: Simon Timothy Roth
Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England, U.K.
Date of Birth: 14 May, 1961
Ethnicity: Irish, English
Tim Roth is a British actor and director. He is the son of Ann, a teacher and painter, and Ernie, a journalist and painter.
His father was born in New York, U.S., of Irish descent, and changed his surname from “Smith” to “Roth”. Tim has said:
My dad… when he change[d] his name, I think it was to remove himself somewhat from his family, and the name he chose was a Jewish name, I think in tribute to all the Jews who died during the war… My dad always considered the struggle against the Nazis to be a humanist one, and in many ways a class war, as well. He said “Remember, the camps were full of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and many other groups of people that the Nazis just sort of randomly decided were ‘undesirable.’ This will come again, and there will always be (Fascists) like the Nazis who think that this will be the solution.” So he really made my sister and me very aware of history, politics, how societies around the world functioned.
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