Connor Paolo

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Paolo in 2014, photo by prphotos

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 11, 1990

*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish
*father – possibly German

Connor Paolo is an American actor. His roles include the films Alexander (2004), World Trade Center (2006), Snow Angels, Camp Hell, Stake Land, and its sequel; Friend Request, and Distancing Socially, and television’s One Life to Live, Gossip Girl, and Revenge.

He is the son of Colin Paolo, a writer, and Julia Mendelsohn, a voice teacher. Connor’s father’s original surname is Pahlow. Pahlow is usually a German surname. Connor’s mother is Jewish, of Russian Jewish, German Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Hungarian Jewish descent. Connor participated in the Birthright Israel program.

Connor’s maternal grandfather was Raymond H. Mendelsohn (the son of Arthur Mendelsohn and May/Mae Hirshfield). Raymond was born in New Jersey. Arthur was the son of Russian Jewish parents, Max Mendelsohn and Edith Cohen. May was born in New York, the daughter of Jacob Hirshfield, who was born in Canada, to German Jewish parents, and of Annie/Anna/Ann Liberstein, who was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents.

Connor’s maternal grandmother is Violet Fixler (the daughter of Salamon/Solomon Liepschitz Fixler and Gizella/Gizela Stern). Violet was born in Hungary, to a Jewish family, from Kisvárda, Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg. Her family moved to the U.S. in the 1930s. Salamon was born in Gemzse, Tisza, Szabolcs, Hungary, the son of Abraham Liepschitz and Mari Margita Fikszler/Frichter/Fuxler/Fixler. Gizella was born in Kisvárda, the daughter of Samuel Stern.

Sources: Connor’s maternal grandfather, Raymond H. Mendelsohn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Connor’s maternal great-grandparents, Arthur Mendelsohn and May/Mae Hirshfield –

Connor’s maternal great-grandmother, May/Mae Hirshfield, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
May/Mae Hirshfield on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Connor’s maternal grandmother, Violet Fixler, on the 1940 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

10 Responses

  1. vitordesouza says:

    he looks Italian.

    • NOTREALLY says:

      literally…WHAT? … nothing you said makes any sense, northern Italians don’t come from northern Spaniards or any Spaniards at all, southern Italy was part of the crown of Aragón, it was a “military” soujorn, a ruling class, not so much mixing involved among commoners let alone nobility, there must be someone with Spanish ancestry from that era but that isn’t the norm, also just generally he could perhaps pass for Italian but that’s be a northen Italian, he looks nothing like a southern, too pale

  2. phaedra says:

    I thought he was Irish. He was convincing with his Irish accent in Alexander.

  3. Freerk says:

    “Pahlow” is not a German, but a Slavic name (like all “German” “-ow”-ending names), so it depends on the definition of German. He is most probably either of Eastern German ancestry, what means usually a Slavic-German mixture, or the descendant of Polish people who migrated to the Ruhr region. But under ethnic criteria, German descendancy should be right.

  4. musicfangirl says:

    Paolo is an Italian surname

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