Charles Grodin

NEW YORK-SEP 27: Actor Charles Grodin is seen filming "While We'

Grodin in 2013, photo by Debby Wong/

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 21, 1935

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Charles Grodin is an American actor, comedian, writer, and talk show host. He is from a Jewish family (from Poland, Russia, and Belarus). His father, Theodore Isadore Grodin, was born in Pennsylvania. His mother, Lena (Singer), was born in Yanov, Tatsinsky District, Russia.

Charles is married to writer Elissa Durwood. Elissa’s father, Stanley Durwood, co-founded AMC Theatres. Elissa is also Jewish. Charles has a daughter, comedian Marion Grodin, with his former wife, Julie Ferguson; and a son with Elissa.

Charles’s paternal grandparents were Charles Grodinsky and Rachel Trilluch. They were born in Poland and/or Russia.

Charles’s maternal grandfather was named Nachman/Nathan Singer/Chotz. Nachman was born in Brest, Belarus.

Charles’s maternal grandmother was Jennie Singer (the daughter of Schnaeer Zalmon Zynger). Jennie was born in Poland.

Source: Genealogy of Charles Grodin –

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