Eric Balfour

Balfour in 2010, image via kathclick/

Birth Name: Eric Salter Balfour

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 24, 1977

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Eric Balfour is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in the films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Shattered Image, Hell Ride, Cell 213, and Backcountry, and on television’s 24, Six Feet Under, Haven, and The OC.

Eric’s parents are both Jewish, of Romanian Jewish, Polish Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Belarusian Jewish descent. Eric’s grandfather had changed the family surname to Balfour; Eric’s great-great-grandfather, Arron, was born with the surname Begel, Begelfer, or Begalfur, the spelling varies.

Eric is married to fashion designer Erin Chiamulon. Chiamulon is a Greek surname; Erin’s father is of part Greek descent and her mother is Jewish. The couple has two children.

Eric’s paternal grandfather was Sanford/Sandford Begel Balfour (the son of Morris Begal and Bessie/Bertha Burstein). Sanford was a Romanian Jewish immigrant. Morris was the son of Arron Begalfur.

Eric’s paternal grandmother was Rose F. Shubert (the daughter of Charles Shubert and Bertha Fishman). Rose was born in Ohio, to Polish Jewish parents.

Eric’s maternal grandfather was Frank Salter (the son of Gordon Isaac Salter and Bertha Koffman). Frank was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Russian Jewish parents.

Eric’s maternal grandmother was Rose Solnit (the daughter of Harry Solnit and Anna/Anne Golda Fabeszewicz/Fabisiewicz/Fabe). Rose was born in Los Angeles, California, to Jewish emigrants, her father from Brest, Belarus, and her mother from Poland. Harry was the son of Abraham Solnit and Fejga Kirsner. Anne was the daughter of Chaim Fabeszewicz/Fabe, from Żyrardów, and of Ester/Esther Inowlocki.

Sources: Eric mentions being Jewish –

Genealogy of Eric Balfour (focusing on his father’s side) –

Eric’s paternal grandmother, Rose F. Shubert, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Eric’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Eric’s maternal grandmother, Rose (Solnit) Salter –


Curious about ethnicity

7 Responses

  1. pure-brain says:

    his father & mother both had part horse ancestry,
    so that would make him half-horse half-human…

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