Birth Name: Brandon Joseph Barash
Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 4, 1979
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Brandon Barash is an American actor. His roles include the series Gilmore Girls, General Hospital, Major Crimes, Timeless, and Days of Our Lives, and the made-for-tv movie The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story. He has been a member of rock group Port Chuck, along with General Hospital co-stars Bradford Anderson, Steve Burton, and Scott Reeves.
He is the son of Susan and Jerry L. Barash, president and CEO of Sysco Food Services of Ventura. Brandon is married to Isabella Devoto. He has a daughter with his former wife, actress Kirsten Storms; and a son with Isabella.
Brandon’s patrilineal line can be traced to his great-great-great-grandfather, Abraham Barash, who was born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine.
Brandon’s paternal grandfather was Harold Barash (the son of Louis/Lewis Barash and Rebecca/Rebecka “Becky” Hershman). Harold was born in Missouri, to Russian Jewish parents. Louis was the son of Joseph/Judel B. Barash and Ida Levine. Rebecca was the daughter of Louis Hershman and Slavia Baraban.
Brandon’s paternal grandmother is Rose “Rosie” Jacobs (the daughter of Louis Jacobs and Helen Patowsky). Rose was the daughter of Polish Jewish parents. Louis was the son of Pesach Leib Jakubowski and Chawa Giwer Berlinski.
Brandon’s maternal grandfather was Wilbert M. Gale/Galitsky (the son of Moses Israel Galitzky and Dora Azorsky). Wilbert was born in Missouri, to Russian Jewish parents. Moses was the son of Welvel Galitzky and Tzisy. Dora was the daughter of Velva Cohen Azorsky and Anna Zirul.
Brandon’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Liebman (the daughter of Samuel Liebman and Josephine Wedeles). Shirley was born in Missouri, to a Jewish family. Samuel was the son of Sigmund Liebman, who was from Hesse, Germany, and of Rosie Kahn, who was from Austria. Josephine was the daughter of Morris Wedeles and Sophie Spitz, who were from Rokycany, Bohemia, now Czech Republic.
Sources: Genealogy of Brandon Barash – http://www.geni.com
Marriage announcement of Brandon’s half-sister – http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com
Brandon’s paternal grandfather, Harold Barash, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Brandon’s paternal step-grandfather, Sidney Carr – http://www.kcjc.com
Birth record of Brandon’s maternal great-grandmother, Josephine Wedeles – http://www.familysearch.org