David Schwimmer

Schwimmer in 2011, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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/Galicia, 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, to Jewish emigrants. Louis was born in Sambir, L’vivs’ka Oblast, at the time under Austrian rule, now Ukraine, the son of Nathan Schwimmer and Rebecca Klein. Rose was born in Russia.

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). Max’s parents were Jewish emigrants, from the Russian Empire.

David’s maternal grandmother was Syd Sherman (the daughter of Jacob Sherman and Rebecca Jaffe). Syd’s parents were Jewish emigrants, from Minsk, Belarus.

Sources: Genealogy of David Schwimmer – https://www.geni.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


Curious about ethnicity

25 Responses

  1. joko says:

    Sambir, L’vivs’ka Oblast, Ukraine, – it used to be POLAND, Ukraine it is only now…

  2. andrew says:

    He kinda looks like Bearboy, doesn’t he?

    • jackson9 says:

      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?

  3. ssempre says:

    he could pass for middle eastern when he was younger (during the time he was on FRIENDS)

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