Birth Name: Ezra Matthew Miller
Place of Birth: Wyckoff, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 30, 1992
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – German, Dutch, possibly Ashkenazi Jewish
Ezra Miller is an American actor, model, singer, and musician. Ezra has had leading roles in the films Afterschool, City Island, Beware the Gonzo, Every Day, Another Happy Day, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Madame Bovary, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Trainwreck, and Dalíland, and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and DC Cinematic Universes, the latter as Barry Allen / The Flash; and appeared on television’s Royal Pains and The Stand (2021).
Ezra’s parents are Marta and Robert S. Miller. Ezra’s father worked at Hyperion Books and Workman Publishing, and Ezra’s mother is a modern dancer.
Ezra’s father is from a Jewish family; of German Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Austrian Jewish descent. Ezra’s maternal grandfather was of German and Dutch ancestry, while Ezra’s maternal grandmother’s parents were German immigrants. In an interview for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, 2012, Ezra stated that “I totally consider myself a Jew,” and “spiritual.”
Ezra has also said:
…my immediate family is amazing. I recently found out that on my mother’s side I may be descended from the Jewish who first invented the cold cut so I have the greatest lineage of all time because cold cuts are the greatest.
It is not clear what ancestor Ezra was referring to.
Internet rumours maintain that Ezra is related to Japanese rapper and personality Joji (George Kusunoki Miller). This does not appear to be accurate.
Ezra’s paternal grandfather was E. Matthew Miller (the son of Harry Miller and Jean/Jennie Kligman). Ezra’s grandfather Matthew was born in Pennsylvania. Harry and Jean were also born in Pennsylvania, both of them to Russian Jewish parents. Jean was the daughter of Frank Kligman and Chasa/Gussie/Hussart Chasid.
Ezra’s paternal grandmother was born Lois Ann Blankensee/Blanckensee (the daughter of Phillip/Philip Julius Blankensee and Sarah Gerton). Lois was born in Pennsylvania. Phillip’s parents, Louis/Lewis Blankensee and Rose Salinger, were both born in Pennsylvania. Ezra’s great-great-grandfather Louis’s parents, Julius Blankensee and Sarah, were German Jewish immigrants, as were Ezra’s great-great-grandmother Rose’s parents, John P. Salinger and Amelia. Ezra’s great-grandmother Sarah Gerton’s father, Morris Gerton, was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while Sarah’s mother was a Jewish emigrant from either Austria or Russia (depending on the census). Ezra’s grandmother Lois later married Max Kraus, whose son and daughter-in-law are both rabbis, and whose grandson is writer Gideon Lewis-Kraus.
Ezra’s maternal grandfather was William John Koch, Jr. (the son of William John Koch and Johanna “Josie” Van Dyk/VanDyk/Dyke). Ezra’s grandfather William was born in New Jersey. Ezra’s great-grandfather William was the son of German parents, William J. Koch and Sabella Farthing. Johanna was born in New Jersey, to a Dutch father, Aart “Orey” Van Dyk, who was born in Doornspijk, Elburg, Gelderland, and to a mother, Bertha Kornet/Van Der Heide/VanDerHeide, who was born in New Jersey, to Dutch parents, Johannes Kornet, from Den Bommel, Oostflakkee, Zuid-Holland, and Hendrikje Annie VanDerHeide/van der Heide, from Aperlo, Gelderland.
Ezra’s maternal grandmother was Astrid Regina Remmler (the daughter of Walter Karl Remmler and Louise/Louisa Salome Sturm). Astrid was born in New York, to German parents.
Sources: Genealogy of Ezra’s paternal grandfather, E. Matthew Miller (focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Ezra’s paternal grandfather, E. Matthew Miller, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Ezra’s paternal great-grandparents, Harry Miller and Jean/Jennie Kligman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Ezra’s paternal great-grandmother, Jean/Jennie Kligman, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Ezra’s paternal grandmother, Lois Ann Blankensee/Blanckensee, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ezra’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Louis/Lewis Blankensee, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ezra’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Rose Salinger, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ezra’s paternal great-grandmother, Sarah Gerton, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Engagement announcement of Ezra’s maternal grandparents, William John Koch and Astrid Regina Remmler – http://fultonhistory.com
Genealogy of Ezra’s maternal grandfather, William John Koch, Jr. (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com
Ezra’s maternal grandfather, William John Koch, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ezra’s maternal grandmother, Astrid Regina Remmler, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Ezra’s maternal grandmother, Astrid Regina (Remmler) Koch Bosworth Martin – https://www.rowefuneral.com
Death records of Ezra’s maternal great-grandparents, Walter Karl Remmler and Louise/Louisa Salome Sturm – http://www.findagrave.com