Birth Name: David L. Schwimmer
Place of Birth: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 2, 1966
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
David Schwimmer is an American actor, director, and producer. He was one of the stars of the comedy series Friends.
His parents, Arlene Coleman and Arthur Schwimmer, are both Jewish (they descend from Jewish emigrants from Ukraine, Austria, Russia, Germany, and Belarus). He has a daughter with his wife, British artist and photographer Zoë Buckman. Zoë is also of Jewish heritage.
David’s paternal grandfather was Bertram Schwimmer (the son of Louis Schwimmer and Rose Scherusky). Betram was born in New York. Louis was a Jewish emigrant, from Sambir, L’vivs’ka Oblast, Ukraine, and the son of Austrian Jews, Nathan Schwimmer and Rebecca Klein. Rose was a Russian Jewish immigrant.
David’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice P. Osgood (the daughter of David Maxwell Osgood and Rose “Rosie” Grant). Beatrice was born in New York. David was born in Massachusetts, to Jewish parents from either Germany or Russia. Rose was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, to a German Jewish father, Harry Grant, and a Russian Jewish mother, Katharina “Katie.”
David’s maternal grandfather was Max S. Colman (the son of Abraham Colman and Sarah Kramer). Abraham and Sarah were Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire.
David’s maternal grandmother was Syd Sherman (the daughter of Jacob Sherman and Rebecca Jaffe). Jacob and Rebecca were Jewish emigrants from Minsk, Belarus.
Sources: Genealogy of David Schwimmer – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of David Schwimmer (focusing on his father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
David’s paternal grandmother, Beatrice P. Osgood, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Beatrice P. Osgood 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
He kinda looks like Bearboy, doesn’t he?
I guess Ashkenazi Jews and Norwegians/Irishman have a similar appearance. I was told I look like other Ashkenazi Jews with dark appearances such as James Franco, James Maslow, and Jack Griffo recently. I don’t see it. I always thought I was pale skinned?
he could pass for middle eastern when he was younger (during the time he was on FRIENDS)
We’re do you think we jews come from Einstein ? Surprise it isn’t Europe but the Middle East.
“he looks very Jewish”
That IS Middle Eastern, smart guy.
His father is of Austrian-Russian Jewish and English descent! http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I399332
Not necessarily English. His great-grandmother Rose Grant, who was born in England, had a German-born father and a Russian-born mother.
As for his great-grandpa, David Maxwell Osgood, who was born in Boston; his parents were from Germany or Russia.