Alexis Denisof

Spring 2003 WB Winter Press Tour Party

Denisof in 2003, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 25, 1966

*father – Russian, French, Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Irish

Alexis Denisof is an American actor. He is known for playing Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel. Alexis is married to actress Alyson Hannigan, with whom he has two children.

Alexis’s father’s ancestry is Russian, French, and Ashkenazi Jewish. Alexis’s mother has Irish ancestry.

Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Victor Alexis Denisof (the son of Simon Denisof and Anna Yudin). Victor was born in Moscow, Russia.

Alexis’s paternal grandmother was Madeleine Irene Severac (the daughter of Georges Severac and Marie Raiziss). Madeleine was born in Paris, France. Marie was born in Russia, and was Jewish. Marie’s parents were Wenjamin Raiziss and Olga Budnik.

Alexis is a first cousin, twice removed, of poet and critic Sonia Raiziss, whose father, biochemist George Wenjamin Raiziss, was Alexis’s great-grandmother Marie’s brother. Marie Raiziss Severac was also a scientist.

Sources: Genealogy of Alexis Denisof (focusing on his father’s side) –

Alexis’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Alexis’s paternal grandparents, Victor Alexis Denisof and Madeleine Irene Severac –


Curious about ethnicity

2 Responses

  1. follers says:

    bablah, what do you think of Denisof’s ancestry? Was his paternal grandfather of fully ethnic Russian descent?

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