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: Assyrian

John Kassir is an American actor, voice actor, and stand-up 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. He has stated that his family is Assyrian. His father was born in Mosul, Iraq. His mother was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Mardin, Turkey. His family was Catholic.

John’s paternal grandfather was named Andria Kassir.

John’s paternal grandmother was named Noria.

John’s maternal grandfather was named Elias Michael Kuselias.

John’s maternal grandmother was named Mary Rahab Khello.

Sources: Immigration record of John’s father – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of John’s uncle (father’s brother) – http://www.staufferfuneralhome.com

John’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Mary Rahab (Khello) Kuselias – https://familysearch.org

14 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    He is not Arab.

    Nonsense.

    • passingtime85 says:

      Isn’t southern Iraq on the Arabian peninsula?

      • passingtime85 says:

        Nvm Mosul is super far north.

      • andrew says:

        Should we call “Arab” the Kurds and other ethnicities of Arab world too? Nonsense.

        • passingtime85 says:

          That part of the world has fairly defined groups that are distinct from one another. But if you use geography to classify or designate whole groups, technically if their traditional territory is on the Arabian peninsula, then by technicality people can call them, Arabian/Arab, correct?

          Or you could classify it by ethnicity, and use the old Arab tribes as the root, or you could use the Arabic language as a signifier. Or some people take into account that Arab merchants spread Islam, and so Arab genetics somehow spread along with the religion.

          It’s all a little blurry. Really depends in what makes the most sense to you.

    • Oaken05 says:

      Was he listed as Arab until you posted this? Because as of me typing this, he’s listed as Assyrian. In any case, I’m always first interested in how a person self-identifies. He most likely self-identifies as Assyrian knowing the preference of that group, but a minority define themselves as Assyrians within a larger Pan-Arab group.

  2. andrew says:

    Ain’t “Arab” lol.

  3. 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.

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