Jeremy Piven

Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2012 - Arrivals

Piven in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Jeremy Samuel Piven

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 26, 1965

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jeremy Piven is an American actor and producer.

He is the son of actors and acting teachers Joyce Adrian Hiller (née Goldstein) and Byrne Piven. His sister is Shira Piven, a director, actress, and producer; Shira is married to filmmaker and comedian Adam McKay.

Jeremy’s parents are/were both Jewish (their families were from Russia and the Ukraine). He was Bar Mitzvah in Reconstructionist Judaism.

Jeremy’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Piven (the son of Pinelos Piven and Sarah Polinsky). Samuel was a Jewish emigrant from Volhynia, then in the Russian Empire.

Jeremy’s paternal grandmother was Katie/Kate/Gittel Balaban (the daughter of David Balaban and Miriam/Mary Kitzes/Kutzen). Katie was a Russian Jewish immigrant. David and Miriam were both born in Yampol, Russia. Miriam was the daughter of Jacob Kitzes, who was born in Tulchin, Ukraine, and of Rose Bindermax. Miriam’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Kitzes, was a rabbi.

Jeremy’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Lionel Goldstein (the son of Jacob Goldstein and Rose Trustin). Samuel was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents. Rose was born in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, the daughter of Martin Trustin and Golda Cherniss.

Jeremy’s maternal grandmother was named Blanche Goodman/Guttman. Depending on the census, Blanche was either a Russian Jewish immigrant, or was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish immigrants.

Sources: Genealogy of Jeremy Piven –

Genealogy of Jeremy’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Jeremy’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

2 Responses

  1. J.J. says:

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

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