Birth Name: Derek Anthony Klena
Place of Birth: San Dimas, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: October 3, 1991
*75% Jewish [Ashkenazi, Sephardi]
Derek Klena is an American actor and singer. He is known for his role on the show Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, and for starring in the original Broadway productions of The Bridges of Madison County, Anastasia, and Jagged Little Pill.
He was raised in West Covina, California. His brother is actor Dillon Klena. Derek is married to Elycia Scriven, with whom he has a son.
Derek’s paternal grandfather was Anthony Klena (the son of Robert Klena and Albina Salaba). Anthony was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovak parents. Robert was the son of Mike Klena and Rosa. Albina was the daughter of Anton Salaba.
Derek’s paternal grandmother was Thea Dora De Leeuw (the daughter of Siegfried de Leeuw and Dorothea Johanna Polak). Thea was born in The Hague, The Netherlands, to Dutch Jewish parents. Siegfried was the son of Gerzon Salomon de Leeuw and Estella van Gelder. Dorothea was the daughter of Salomon Polak and Rosa Cahn.
Derek’s maternal grandfather was Sol Altman (the son of Joseph/Joe Altman/Aldiman and Lillian/Lillie Behar). Sol was born in New York, to Turkish Jewish parents. Joseph was the son of Solomon Altman and Simha Almeleh.
Derek’s maternal grandmother is Olga Wien (the daughter of Harry Wien and Etta Horwitz). Olga was born in California, to a German Jewish father and a Russian Jewish/Latvian Jewish mother. Etta was born in Kraslava, Latvia, the daughter of Harry Horwitz and Chava Gitel “Eva” Lifschitz.
Sources: Genealogies of Derek’s paternal great-grandparents, Siegfried de Leeuw and Dorothea Johanna Polak – https://www.geni.com
Marriage record of Derek’s maternal grandparents, Sol Altman and Olga Wien – https://www.familysearch.org
Derek’s maternal grandfather, Sol Altman, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Derek’s maternal grandfather, Sol Altman – https://www.legacy.com
Derek’s maternal grandmother, Olga Wien, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org