Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter at the "Arrested Development" Los Angeles Premier

Walter in 2013, photo by s_bukley/

Date of Birth: January 31, 1941

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

Date of Death: March 24, 2021

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jessica Walter was an American actress. Among her many roles was the film Play Misty for Me (1971) and the series Arrested Development.

Jessica was the daughter of Esther (Groisser) and David Warshawsky/Walter. Her father was a musician, who was a member of the NBC Symphony Orchestra and the NYC Ballet Orchestra. Her father was born in New York, to Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire. Her mother was a Jewish emigrant, who was born in Okna, Russia.

Screenwriter Richard Walter was her brother. Jessica was married to actor Ron Leibman, until his death. She had a daughter with her former husband, stage manager and television director Ross Bowman.

Jessica’s paternal grandfather was Harry/Hirsh Nota Warshawsky (the son of Jacob Jankel Warshawsky and Yetta Zelavitsky). Harry was born in Pereyeslav, Ukraine, or in Poland.

Jessica’s paternal grandmother was named Rose/Rosa Lazikoff/Losikoff (the daughter of Charles Lofikoff).

Jessica’s maternal grandfather was named Velvel Groisser.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother was named Majka/Mary Giterman/Gittlemen. Majka was born in Odessa.

Source: Genealogy of Jessica Walter –


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  1. andrew says:

    daughter of Esther (née Groisser) and David Walter.

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