Birth Name: James Joseph Wolk
Place of Birth: Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 22, 1985
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
James Wolk is an American actor.
James’s parents are both Jewish. His father’s family was from Poland and Russia, and his mother’s family was from Russia/Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. James was raised in Reform Judaism and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
He is married to Jae Lynch, with whom he has a son.
James’s paternal grandfather was David Lewis Wolk (the son of Jacob Wolk/Volk and Rose Greenberg). David was born in Ohio, to Polish Jewish parents. Jacob was born in Biała, Bialystok, the son of Shlomo Wolk.
James’s paternal grandmother was Shirley King (originally Khanovich, the daughter of David Khanovich/King and Julia Bluestein). Shirley was born in Michigan, to Russian Jewish parents. David was the son of Harry Kanowicz and Etta Sarack. Julia was the daughter of Israel Bluestein and Bella Zweiback.
James’s maternal grandfather was Harold Elson (the son of William Elson and Eva Kendler/Kantor). Harold was born in Michigan; his parents were Jewish emigrants, from either Poland/Lithuania or Russia/Latvia, respectively (depending on the record). William was the son of Ben Elson and Simmie. Eva was the daughter of Morris Kendler/Kantor and Celia.
James’s maternal grandmother is Thelma R. Pais (the daughter of Morris Pais and Mary/Ann Soroko). Thelma was born in Illinois, to Lithuanian Jewish parents. Mary/Ann was the daughter of Morris Soroko and Gesed.
Sources: Interview with James Wolk – http://www.theatermania.com
Genealogy of James Wolk – http://www.geni.com
James’s paternal grandfather, David Lewis “Dave” Wolk, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s paternal grandmother, Shirley King, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s maternal grandfather, Harold Elson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s maternal grandfather, Thelma R. Pais, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org