Erin Cardillo

Erin Cardillo – CBS, CW and Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party – Arrivals – Pacific Design Center – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Birth Name: Erin Beth Cardillo

Place of Birth: White Plains, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 17, 1977

*Italian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Erin Cardillo is an American actress, producer, and television writer.

She is married to actor Joe Towne, with whom she has a son.

Erin has said:

I’m not a religious person-I’m half Catholic and half Jewish, and generally very cynical…

Erin’s paternal grandfather was Arnold Umberto Cardillo (the son of Arnaldo/Arnold Umberto Cardillo and Carmella Sullo). Erin’s grandfather Arnold was born in New York. Erin’s great-grandfather Arnaldo was from Italy. Carmella was born in New York, to parents from Italy.

Erin’s paternal grandmother was named Rose Theresa D’Ambrosio. Rose was of Italian descent.

Erin’s maternal grandfather’s surname may have been Zatzkin.

Sources: Erin’s paternal grandfather, Arnold Umberto Cardillo, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Erin’s paternal grandfather, Arnold Umberto Cardillo –

7 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:


    Should I have added the “correction” to make you guys notice her claim of being Jewish? Or is it that her ancestry is well mapped out enough, that her claim is clearly unsubstantiated, and it required no response, clarification, or addition to the profile?

  2. passingtime85 says:

    Maybe she is Jewish?

    “Magically, things started happening after that that really felt like God’s hand. Side note: I’m not a religious person—I’m half Catholic and half Jewish, and generally very cynical, but the key for me there was to stop resisting and start embracing the opportunities that were presenting themselves.”

  3. Thenabster says:

    I think she might be Jewish, as she seems to celebrate Passover according to her Instagram.

  4. madman says:

    Metro and Anna spoke “Russian”. Maybe that means they were Rusyn. We need bablah on this.

    • bablah says:

      Whenever there’s a man called Mitro or Dmitro, there’s 99,9% chance they’re either Rusyn or Ukrainian. What that man definitely isn’t is Slovak or Czech.

      Anyway, yes, you’re right, they’re Rusyn.

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