Birth Name: Asher Dov Angel
Place of Birth: Paradise Valley, Arizona, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 6, 2002
*75% Jewish [Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish]
*25% British Isles [English, Scottish]
Asher Angel is an American actor and singer. He stars as Billy Batson in the film Shazam! (2019). The character was played by Michael Gray in the 1970s television series.
Asher is Jewish and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. His first and middle names are Hebrew, Asher meaning “happy” and Dov meaning “bear,” therefore, “happy bear.”
Asher’s paternal grandparents, and maternal grandfather, are from Jewish families, of Ashkenazi and Sephardi descent; his paternal great-grandfather was Sephardi. Asher’s maternal grandmother has English and Scottish ancestry, and may have converted to Judaism.
He is the brother of London Bleu and Avi Angel.
Asher’s paternal grandfather is Dennis Angel (the son of Sam/Samuel J. Angel and Dorothy Mildred Cohn/Colby). Dennis was born in California. Sam was born in Washington, to Jewish parents from Italy and/or Turkey, Jake/Jack Angel and Rachel Hasson. They were Sephardi Jews. Dorothy was the daughter of David Walter Cohn/Colby, who was born in New Jersey, to Russian Jewish parents, and of Silvia/Sylvia D. Sabolcsy, who was born in California, to Hungarian Jewish parents.
Asher’s paternal grandmother is Pamela Doshay (the daughter of Carl Doshay and Ann Fink). Pamela was born in California. Carl was born in New York, the son of a Russian Jewish father, Hersch Dashewsky/Harry Doshay, and of a Polish Jewish mother, Gussie/Gussia Citron/Sitron.
Asher’s maternal grandfather is art world figure Dennis Yares (the son of Samuel/Sam Isaac “Sol” Schoffman, and of Riva Yares, born Riva/Rivka Kilstok). Samuel was born in Latvia, the son of a Lithuanian Jewish father, Shneur Zalman/Salman/Salmon Schoffman, and of a Russian Jewish mother, Leah Minkoff. Asher’s great-grandmother Riva is a writer, publishing executive, and art dealer, known by her remarriage name Riva Yares. She founded The Riva Yares Gallery in 1964 in Scottsdale. She was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, the daughter of Fishel Kilstok and Sala Singer, who were Polish Jews.
Asher’s maternal grandmother is Juliet (the daughter of Forrest Irving Newbury and Leola Pearl Anderson). Juliet was born in California. Forrest was the son of Forrest Irving Newbury and Ruth Cleva Bruce. Leola was the daughter of Thomas Franklin “T. F.” Anderson and Jessie Sesonia/Seconia C. Wallis. Known as “Penny,” Asher’s great-grandmother had a professional singing career in the 1930s and 1940s in Phoenix.
Sources: Arizona Jewish Life profile of Asher Angel – http://azjewishlife.com
Marriage record of Asher’s paternal great-grandparents, Sam/Samuel J. Angel and Dorothy Mildred Cohn/Colby – https://www.familysearch.org
Asher’s paternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Mildred Cohn/Colby, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Asher’s paternal great-grandfather, Carl Doshay – https://www.geni.com
Asher’s paternal great-grandfather, Carl Doshay, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Asher’s paternal great-grandfather, Carl Doshay – https://www.tulsaworld.com
Marriage record of Asher’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Hersch Dashewsky/Harry Doshay and Gussie/Gussia Citron/Sitron – https://www.familysearch.org
Asher’s maternal great-grandfather, Samuel/Sam Isaac “Sol” Schoffman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Asher’s maternal great-grandmother, Leola Pearl “Penny” (Anderson) Newbury Ceasor – https://www.newspapers.com