John Kassir

John Kassir – “Jack the Giant Slayer” Los Angeles Premiere, 2013 – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: John Edward Kassir

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 24, 1957

Ethnicity: Iraqi Arab, Syrian Arab

John Kassir is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian. Among his many roles and voice roles, he is known for playing the Crypt Keeper in the Tales from the Crypt franchise.

John is the son of Lillian and Matti Andria/Andrea Kassir. His father was born in Mosul, Iraq. His mother was born in Massachusetts, to Syrian parents, from Mardin, Turkey. His family was Catholic.

John’s paternal grandparents were named Andria Kassir and Noria.

John’s maternal grandparents were named Elias Michael Kuselias and Mary Rahab Khello.

Sources: Immigration record of John’s father –

Obituary of John’s uncle (father’s brother) –

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

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Mary Rahab (Khello) Kuselias –

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Ain’t “Arab” lol.

  2. Thenabster says:

    I have a feeling he is Assyrian (possibly Chaldean as his family was Catholic according to the uncle’s obit). Both of the cities his parents came from were Assyrian populated before the genocides.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.