Howard Deutch

Deutch in 2008, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Howard R. Deutch

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 14, 1950

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Howard Deutch is an American film and television director. He directed the films Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, and The Great Outdoors, among others.

Howard is the son of Pearl/Pamela (Wolkowitz) and Murray Deutch. Howard’s uncle (mother’s brother) is actor Robert Walden. With his wife, actress Lea Thompson, Howard is the father of actresses Madelyn Deutch and Zoey Deutch.

Howard’s paternal grandfather was named Hyman Deutch. Hyman was born in Russia.

Howard’s paternal grandmother was named Yetta Kolodny. Yetta was born in Russia.

Howard’s maternal grandfather was named Max Wolkowitz. Max was from Poland.

Howard’s maternal grandmother was named Hilda Winokur. Hilda was born in New York, to a father from Russia and a mother from Poland.

A 23andMe DNA test taken by Howard’s daughter Zoey stated that Zoey’s genetic ancestry is:

*51% Ashkenazi Jewish

Sources: Genealogy of Howard Deutch –

Howard’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Howard’s maternal grandparents, Max Wolkowitz and Hilda Winokur, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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