Hank Azaria

Azaria in 2011, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Hank Albert Azaria

Place of Birth: Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 25, 1964

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish

Hank Azaria is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is known for his voice performances on the television sitcom The Simpsons. His main roles on the show include Moe, Chief Wiggum, and Apu.

Hank was born to Sephardi Jewish parents, whose families lived in Salonika in northern Greece. Some of his family were also Sepahrdi Jews from Turkey. His family speaks Ladino, a language spoken by Sephardi Jews. Many Sephardi Jews descend from Spanish Jews who left Spain during the Inquisition. Hank is married to actress Katie Wright, with whom he has a son.

Hank’s paternal grandfather was named Haim/Hymen Azaria (the son of a father surnamed Azaria, and of Esmirna Doudoun). Haim was born in Thessalonika, Central Macedonia, Greece.

Hank’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Corkidi (the daughter of Isidoro Corkidi and Clara Jaffe). Sarah was born in Bergama, Bergama, Izmir, Turkey. Isidoro was the son of Hayim Moshe Moreno Korkidi.

Hank’s maternal grandfather was Albert Isaac Altchek (the son of Isaac Altcheck and Rebecca Seixas). Albert was born in Thessalonika.

Hank’s maternal grandmother was Esther Pitchon (the daughter of Isaac Pitchon and Rachel Levy). Esther was born in Thessalonika.

Source: Genealogy of Hank Azaria (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com


Curious about ethnicity

7 Responses

  1. mycarf123123 says:

    Sephardic Jews from Muslim/Arab countries (such as Turkey) are considered Mizrahi Jews as well.

    Add that ‘Mizrahi Jewish’ tag.

  2. Capricious says:

    I kinda find him handsome.

  3. VeRoni says:

    wow every day i learn something new * *

  4. ethnic says:

    José , thanks for the interesting but of info. I wonder how close it is to Spanish.

  5. José says:

    They are Sephardic jews meaning spanish jews. His parents spoke spanish and ladino an archaic spanish that the spanish jews kept after they left Spain.

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