Adrian Zmed

STUDIO CITY, CA - AUGUST 13: Adrian Zmed at "Comedy Central's Ro

Zmed in 2006, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Adrian George Zmed

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

Date of Birth: March 14, 1954

Ethnicity: Romanian

Adrian Zmed is an American actor, singer, and television personality. He is known for having starred in the films Grease 2, The Final Terror, and Bachelor Party, and the television series T.J. Hooker, among other roles.

Adrian is the son of Persida (née Golub; later Sadie Smith) and George Zmed (later George Zmed-Smith). His father was a Romanian Orthodox archpriest, who was born in Illinois, to parents from Comlosu Mare, Timisoara, Romania, and who later lived there again. His mother was from Cerneteaz, Romania.

Adrian is married to Lyssa Lynne Baker. He has two children, rock musicians Zachary and Dylan of rock band The Janks and the Bird Dogs, with his former wife Barbara Fitzner.

Adrian’s paternal grandfather was Nicolae Zmed (the son of Vincent Zmed and Máriá Poppesco).

Adrian’s paternal grandmother was Paraschiva/Chiva Bălan (the daughter of Ion Bălan and Ioana Petromoneat/Petromăneanț).

Sources: Birth record of Adrian’s father –

Passenger record of Adrian’s family –

Ship manifest record of Adrian’s paternal grandfather, Nicolae Zmed –

Death record of Adrian’s paternal grandmother, Paraschiva/Chiva (Bălan) Zmed –


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2 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Somebody already wrote about his parents on wiki. They made the mistake of thinking preoteasă is his mother’s name, but it just means priest’s wife in Romanian.

    Here’s his father:

    His family arriving to US:

    His grandfather on the ship manifest:

    His grandmother:

    Her parents were Ion Balan and Ioana Petromoneat (probably Petromăneanț).

    Adrian’s mother is from Cerneteaz, Romania.

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