Birth Name: John Robert Hyams
Place of Birth: U.S.
Date of Birth: March 16, 1969
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Italian
John Hyams is an American screenwriter, film director, and cinematographer.
John is the son of George-Ann and screenwriter, film director, and cinematographer Peter Hyams. John’s father is Jewish and John’s mother has Italian ancestry. Among John’s siblings are actors Nick Hyams and Chris Hyams.
John’s paternal grandfather is Barry Hyams (the son of Phineas/Finies Hyams/Heims and Fannie/Fani Gold). Barry was born in New York. Phineas was born in Poland, the son of Man Heims and Rebeka Bang. Fannie was born in Poland, the daughter of Abraham Gold and Ester Glaskenas.
John’s paternal grandmother is Ruth Hurok (the daughter of Sol Hurok and Mary Shapiro). Ruth was born in New York. Sol was born Solomon Isaievich Hurok in Pogarsky District, Russia, and was an impresario in the U.S. Mary was born in either Ukraine or Russia.
John’s maternal grandfather is George Richard “Louis/Lewis” Spota (the son of Thomas Spota/Spotta and Esther DeFeis). George was born in New York, to parents from Italy.
John’s maternal grandmother is Marie/Mary Carletti (the daughter of Olinto/Olindo Carletti and Anna/Anne Sovani). Marie was born in Pennsylvania. Olinto was born in Montemerano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy, the son of Carluccio Carletti and Eletta Rossi. Anna was born in Pitigliano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy, the daughter of Pietro Sovani and Maria Pelatta.
Source: Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Marie (Carletti) Spota – http://www.legacy.com