Jesse Eisenberg

2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Arrivals

Eisenberg in 2011, photo by

Birth Name: Jesse Adam Eisenberg

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

Date of Birth: October 5, 1983

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jesse Eisenberg is an American actor, author, playwright, and humourist. He played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the film The Social Network (2010), and was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for the performance. His roles also include Zombieland, and its sequel, The Squid and the Whale, Now You See Me, The End of the Tour, Adventureland, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Jesse is the son of Amy, a professional clown, and Barry Eisenberg, a college professor. His parents are both Jewish. His sisters are Kerri and former actress Hallie Eisenberg. Jesse is married to Anna Strout, with whom he has a son. Anna is also Jewish.

Jesse has said:

[while not raised in a religious home], I found my Judaism through cultural things like comedy, social justice work, stuff that I didn’t associate with the religion but is inherent in it and is practiced by Jewish people in modern life… Like many Jews, I found my own way to being Jewish. It’s a religion of curious, questioning people, and there are as many ways of practicing it as there are Jews.

One of Jesse’s paternal great-grandfathers was named Sam Eisenberg. He was from Poland.

Jesse’s maternal grandfather was Joseph “Joe” Fishman (the son of Isadore/Isador Fishman and Dora/”Nora” Greenblatt/Nesenblatt). Joseph was born in New York, to parents who were Russian Jews.

Jesse’s maternal grandmother was Renee Mendelsohn (the daughter of Hyman “Herman” Mendelsohn and Yetta Tarkon). Renee was born in New York, to Jewish emigrant parents. The 1930 U.S. Census lists Hyman as born in Poland and Yetta as born in Russia, while the 1940 U.S. Census states that Hyman and Yetta were both born in Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Jesse Eisenberg (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Jesse’s maternal grandfather, Joseph “Joe” Fishman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jesse’s maternal grandmother, Renee Mendelsohn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Renee Mendelsohn on the 1940 U.S. Census –


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22 Responses

  1. SmartAss says:

    He was great in Zombieland. xD

  2. andrew says:


    there is an actor of Danish descent, with a surname similar to Skarsgård, who played a Jewish character in “An Education”. He’s Peter Sarsgaard.

  3. ethnic says:

    there seems to be a wave of trolls coming on this site and calling people “racist” without any real reason to do so. pretty sad.

  4. levangelista36 says:

    Of course.

  5. I love you, Roger Scientist says:

    He played Mark Zuckerberg in Social Network.

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