Jeff Goldblum

Goldblum in 2010, Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum

Place of Birth: West Homestead, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 22, 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jeff Goldblum is an American actor. He has starred in the films The Fly, Deep Cover, Jurassic Park, and Independence Day, among many others.

Jeff is the son of Shirley Jane (Temeles) and Harold Leonard Goldblum. Jeff’s family is Jewish, and emigrated from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Austria. He was Bar Mitzvah in an Orthodox synagogue in Pittsburgh. In 2012, an article stated that Jeff is a follower of “Eastern religions.”

Jeff is married to Canadian dancer, aerialist, and contortionist Emilie Livingston, with whom he has two children.

Jeff’s paternal grandfather was named Josef Povartzik/Joseph Goldblum (the son of Zelik/Zelig Povartzik and Pessia). Josef was a Jewish emigrant, from Tinkowitz, Minsk, with family in Starobin, in the Russian Empire. Zelik was the son of Morris Povartzik.

Jeff’s paternal grandmother was Lillian M. “Lillie” Leventon (the daughter of Harry Leventon and Sarah Lewis Hytovitz). Lillian was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents. Sarah was the daughter of Isaac Lewis.

Jeff’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Louis/Leo “Sam” Temeles (the son of Abraham Temeles and Beille/Bella/Belle/Beila Shapiro). Samuel was a Jewish emigrant, from Zloczow/Zolochiv, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now in Ukraine. Abraham was the son of Joel Temeles. Beila was the daughter of Szaja Shapiro and Ryfki.

Jeff’s maternal grandmother was Anna/Ann G. Katz (the daughter of Aaron Zelig Katz and Cecelia Katz). Anna was born in Pennsylvania, to Austrian Jewish parents. Aaron was the son of Jacob Katz. Cecelia was the daughter of Reuven Katz.

Sources: Genealogy of Jeff Goldblum –

Jeff’s maternal grandparents, Samuel Louis/Leo “Sam” Temeles and Anna/Ann G. Katz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

22 Responses

  1. americansrallmixed says:

    He’s indian/arab.

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