Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy Jordan

Jordan in 2012, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Jeremy Michael Jordan

Place of Birth: Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 20, 1984

*father – English, Scottish, Welsh, German
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Jeremy Jordan is an American actor and singer. His roles include the films Joyful Noise, The Last Five Years, American Son, and Hanukkah on Rye, and the shows Smash and Supergirl, as well as many acclaimed Broadway productions.

Jeremy is married to actress Ashley Spencer, with whom he has a daughter.

Jeremy’s father has English, Scottish, Welsh, and German, ancestry. Jeremy’s mother is Jewish, of Polish Jewish, Russian Jewish, Latvian Jewish, and Lithuanian Jewish descent. Jeremy has said:

I am Jewish. I grew up sort of in a sort of diverse household. So we had Jewish holidays and Christian holidays. I was the best of both worlds.

Jeremy’s paternal grandfather is Johnny/John Lonny Jordan (the son of Grady Corban Jordan and Orbie Louisa Lewis). Johnny was born in Mississippi. Grady was the son of William Aaron Jordan and Celia Jane White. Orbie was the daughter of Thomas David Lewis and Ethel Smith.

Jeremy’s paternal grandmother is Helen E. Gill (the daughter of Otto Bamber Gill and Retty/Rutie Mae McCloud). Helen was born in Mississippi. Otto was the son of The Rev. William Alexander Gill and Helen Virginia Cottrill. Retty was the daughter of Byous/Bias/Byron Elias McLoud/McLeod and Melissa Etheridge.

Jeremy’s maternal grandfather is Jay L. Stone (the son of Samuel Stone and Ida Tarasow). Jeremy’s great-grandfather Samuel Stone was an Orthodox rabbi. Ida was born in Poland, the daughter of Rabbi Simon Tarasow and Fannie Kaminetsky.

Jeremy’s maternal grandmother is Susan Carol Lifshutz (the daughter of Aaron “Archie” Lifshutz and Pearl Spitz). Susan was born in Texas. Aaron was born in Texas, the son of Solomon Lifshutz/Lifschutz, who was born in Russia, and of Pauline “Pola” Westerman, who was born in Baussca, Latvia. Pearl was born in Texas, the daughter of Abraham “Abe” Spitz and Sarah Langlaben/Longlabben, who were immigrants from Lithuania and Russia, respectively.


Genealogy of Jeremy’s paternal great-grandfather, Otto Bamber Gill (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jeremy’s maternal grandmother, Susan Carol Lifshutz (focusing on her mother’s side) –

7 Responses

  1. celebfan says:

    Does he often get confused with the other Jeremy Jordan?

  2. ashash says:

    He looks Turkish.

  3. J.J. says:

    correction; his eyes are green and his hair is dark brown (brunette)

  4. nnnnn says:

    Jordan isn’t only an english name. It’s a common european
    surname, like Thomas or Killian

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