Place of Birth: Tampa Bay, Florida, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 5, 1990
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*maternal grandfather – Italian, Polish
*maternal grandmother – Irish
James Morosini is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his film I Love My Dad, which he wrote, directed, and starred in, about himself and his father. He has appeared on the shows Foursome and The Sex Lives of College Girls, among others.
James is the son of Deborah Morosini and Claudio Lichtenthal, a ski instructor. His father is an Argentinian Jewish immigrant. He uses his mother’s maiden name. His aunt and uncle (mother’s sister and her husband, respectively) were actors and disability activists Dana Reeve (born Morosini) and Christopher Reeve.
James’ paternal grandfather was Sigfriedo/Sigfrido Lichtenthal (the son of Meschulim/Máximo/Max Lichtenthal and Adela/Adele Brecher). Sigfriedo was a German Jew, who was born in Berlin. He left Germany in the late 1930s, to escape the Nazis. Meschulim was born in Vienna, Austria. Adele was born in Berlin.
James’ paternal grandmother is Roma Elpern (the daughter of Abraham Elpern and Regina Muszkatblit). Roma was a Polish Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, whose parents were killed by the Nazis, in Auschwitz. She moved to the U.S. in 1946.
James’ maternal grandfather was Charles Joseph “Chuck” Morosini (the daughter of Charles Joseph Morosini, Sr. and Pearl Pauline Zagorski/Zagorskis/Zygorsky). James’ grandfather Charles was born in Pennsylvania. James’ great-grandfather Charles was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Costantino “Constant/Constantine” Morosini and Theresa Boncompagna, who were from Dorno, province of Pavia, Lombardia, Italy. Pearl was born in New Jersey, to Polish parents, Jan “John” Zagórski/Zagorskis and Łucja “Lucy.”
James’ maternal grandmother was Helen C. Simpson (the daughter of William J. Simpson and Mary Donnelly/Donelly). Helen was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents. William was born in Fermanagh, the son of John Simpson and Sarah McManus. Mary was the daughter of John Donnelly and Ellen Gormley.
Sources: Genealogy of James’s mother – https://www.geni.com
James’ maternal grandfather, Charles Joseph “Chuck” Morosini, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of James’ maternal grandfather, Charles Joseph “Chuck” Morosini – http://legacy.com
James’ maternal great-grandfather, Charles Joseph Morosini, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Birth record of James’ maternal great-grandfather, Costantino “Constant/Constantine” Morosini – https://familysearch.org
James’ maternal great-grandmother, Pearl Pauline Zagorski/Zagorskis/Zygorsky, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’ maternal grandmother, Helen C. (Simpson) Morosini, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituaries of James’ maternal grandmother, Helen C. (Simpson) Morosini – http://query.nytimes.com
Marriage record of James’s maternal great-grandparents, William J. Simpson and Mary Donnelly – https://familysearch.org
James’s maternal great-grandfather, William J. Simpson, on the 1901 Irish Census – http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie
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