Jeff Wadlow

Wadlow in 2005, photo by Starfrenzy/

Birth Name: Jeffrey Clark Wadlow

Place of Birth: Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 2, 1976

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandmother), English, Scottish, German, Swiss, 1/32 French/Breton

Jeff Wadlow is an American film writer, producer, and director. He has helmed Cry Wolf, Never Back Down, and Kick-Ass 2, among other films.

Jeff is the son of Emily Couric and Raymond Wadlow. His mother was a Democratic politician, who was a Virginia State Senator, from Charlottesville, from January 10, 1996 to October 18, 2001. Her sister, Jeff’s aunt, is television personality Katie Couric. The sisters were raised Presbyterian.

Jeff’s paternal grandfather was Raymond Claude Wadlow (the son of Roy Claude Wadlow and Ella Ida Thompson). Raymond was born in Kansas. Roy was the son of Samuel Perry Wadlow and Cynthia A. Wadlow.

Jeff’s paternal grandmother was Elise Katheron Clark (the daughter of Frank Isaac Clark and Alice Mary Pollock). Elise was born in Missouri. Frank was the son of John Thornton Clark and Katheron S. Popplewell. Alice’s father was German and her mother was Swiss.

Jeff’s maternal grandfather was John Martin Couric (the son of John Martin Couric and Wildie Churchill Hibbler). The surname Couric is Breton, from France. Jeff’s grandfather John was born in Georgia. He was of French, Scottish, English, and German ancestry. Jeff’s great-grandfather John was the son of Alfred Alexis Couric, who was born in Alabama, to French parents, from Lorient, Brittany and Saintes, Charente-Maritime, respectively; and of Sarah Sophia/Sopia Shorter “Sallie” McKleroy. Jeff’s great-grandmother Wildie was the daughter of James Edmund Hibbler and Ida Hill Ivy.

Jeff’s maternal grandmother was Elinor Tullie Hene (the daughter of Berthold B. “Bert” Hene and Clara L./H. Frohsin). Elinor was born in Nebraska. Berthold was born in Iowa, to German Jewish parents, Aaron Hene, from Bavaria, and Matilda/Mathilda E. Meyer. Jeff’s great-grandmother Clara was born in Alabama, the daughter of German Jewish parents, Isaac Frohsinn/Frohsin and Emma Hagedorn, from Brakel, Hoxter, Nordrhein-Westfalen, and Giershagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, respectively. Elinor had more distant Czech Jewish ancestry, as well.

Jeff’s matrilineal line can be traced to his great-great-great-great-grandparents, Zachariah Rosenbaum, who was born, c. 1785, and to Zachariah’s wife, Betty, who was born, c. 1795, both of them in Würzberg, Hessen, Germany.

Sources: Jeff’s paternal grandfather, Raymond Claude Wadlow, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jeff’s paternal grandmother, Elise Katheron Clark, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jeff Wadlow (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Jeff’s mother (through her sister, Katie Couric) –

1 Response

  1. stlucas says:


    Samuel’s parents were Elijah Franklin Wadlow and Eliza Ruth Legate. Cynthia’s parents were John Wesley Wadlow and Cynthia A. Thorp.

    Jeff’s PATERNAL grandmother was Elise Katheron Clark.

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