Joel Schumacher

Schumacher in 2011, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Joel T. Schumacher

Date of Birth: August 29, 1939

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

Date of Death: June 22, 2020

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

*father – German, English, possibly other
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Joel Schumacher was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for his many thriller and action films, including The Lost Boys, The Client, Batman & Robin, and Phone Booth.

Joel was the son of Marian/Marion (Kantor/Kanter) and Francis W. “Frank” Schumacher/Shuhmacher. His father, from Tennessee, was Baptist. His mother was born in Illinois, to a Russian Jewish father and a Swedish Jewish mother. His maternal grandparents both lived in Sweden before coming to the U.S.

Joel was raised in Long Island City, Queens.

Joel’s paternal grandfather was named Marsten Smith.

Joel’s paternal grandmother was named Amenda Schumacher.

Joel’s maternal grandfather was named Joseph/Josef Kantor. Joseph was a Russian Jewish/Polish Jewish immigrant.

Joel’s maternal grandmother was named Toby/Tobia Margolis (the daughter of Samuel Jacob Margolis). Toby was born in Karlskrona, Blekinge, Sweden, to a Jewish family. She had roots in Kalvarija, Lithuania. Samuel was the son of Abraham Margolis and Rocha.


Joel Schumacher on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Joel’s parents on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Joel’s father –

Genealogy of Joel Schumacher (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Joel’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Joel’s maternal grandparents, Joseph/Josef Kantor and Toby/Tobia Margolis, on the 1880-1930 Sweden, Household Examination Books –

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