Ike Barinholtz


Barinholtz in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Isaac Barinholtz

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 18, 1977

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – English, German, French, Scottish, Welsh [likely converted to Judaism]

Ike Barinholtz is an American comedian, actor, and screenwriter. He won the inaugural primetime season of Celebrity Jeopardy!

Ike’s father was born to an Ashkenazi Jewish family, from Russia and Ukraine. Ike’s mother has English, German, French, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. It is likely that Ike’s mother converted to Judaism. His brother is actor and comedian Jon Barinholtz. Ike was raised Jewish, and attended a Conservative Jewish day school.

He is married to accountant Erica Hanson, with whom he has three children.

Ike is said to be related to singer and pianist Michael Feinstein, through his paternal grandmother.

Ike’s paternal grandfather is Samuel/Sam Baron Barinholtz (the son of David Barinholtz/Brandholtz and Ethel Randall). Samuel was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents. Ethel was the daughter of Alex Eli/Elyehu Randell and Chaia-Sora/Sara Clara Wagner/Vugman.

Ike’s paternal grandmother is Miriam Feinstein (the daughter of Itzik “Harry” Feinstein and Manya “Mary” Zimbler). Miriam was born in Chicago, to Ukrainian Jewish parents, from Zhytomyr. Manya was the daughter of Edward Zimbler and Kate Tuchinsky.

Ike’s maternal grandfather was Loren Monroe Pyles (the son of John Loren Pyles and Alta Phylena Myers). Ike’s grandfather Loren was born in Ohio. John was the son of Allen Thomas Pyles and Sarah Amanda Vermillion. Alta was the daughter of Joseph Lewis Myers and Nancy Arizona Thornton.

Ike’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Allegra Harbaugh (the daughter of Rollo Elden Harbaugh and Fern Viola Andrews). Catherine was born in Ohio. Rollo was the son of John Cornelius Harbaugh and Margaret Elizabeth Gantz. Fern was the daughter of Charles Wesley Andrews and Catherine Studebaker.

Sources: Ike’s paternal grandfather, Samuel/Sam Baron Barinholtz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Ike’s paternal great-uncle, Bernard “Bernie” Feinstein (the brother of Ike’s paternal grandmother, Miriam Feinstein) – http://chicago.suntimes.com

3 Responses

  1. phaedra says:

    He looks like that Northern European indigenous group called Sami.

  2. Capricious says:

    He looks like a blondish eskimo, he looks an indigenous Norwegian.

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