Birth Name: Joseph Michael Kosinski
Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 3, 1974
*father – Polish
*mother – Irish, French-Canadian
Joseph Kosinski is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter. He has directed the films Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, Only the Brave, Top Gun: Maverick, and Spiderhead. He often works with complex special effects.
Joseph is the son of Patricia and Joel Kosinski. He was raised in Marshalltown, Iowa. He is married to Kristin.
Joseph’s paternal grandfather was named Joseph Albert Kosinski.
Joseph’s paternal grandmother was Sylvia S. Krowka (the daughter of Thomas Krowka and Anna Wynta). Sylvia was born in Illinois, to Polish parents. Thomas was the son of Mateusz Krowka and Sophie Kuzara.
Joseph’s maternal grandfather was Leo Henry Provost (the son of Henry Joseph Provost and Blanche S./Laura Fournier). Leo was born in Massachusetts. Joseph’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Joseph H. Provost, who was from Vermont, and of Mary A. Ryan, who was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents. Blanche was born in Massachusetts, to Canadian parents, Napoleon John Fournier and Dora Campbell, and was of almost entirely French-Canadian descent.
Joseph’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Julia Ryan (the daughter of Edward Augustine Ryan and Leontine Genevieve Mansur). Catherine was born in Wisconsin. Edward was born in Wisconsin, the son of William Ryan, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Irish parents, from County Limerick and County Galway, respectively; and of Julia Riley, who was from New York. Leontine was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Jean Joseph Evariste Mansur, who was French-Canadian, and of Elizabeth Maria McLaughlin, who was of Irish descent. The surname Mansur was originally spelled Manseau.
Sources: Joseph’s paternal grandmother, Sylvia S. Krowka, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Joseph’s paternal grandmother, Sylvia S. (Krowka) Kosinski – https://mpl.newspaperarchive.com
Obituary of Joseph’s maternal grandfather, Leo Henry Provost – http://glueckertfuneralhome.com
Joseph’s maternal great-grandmother, Blanche S./Laura Fournier, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Joseph’s maternal grandmother, Catherine Julia (Ryan) Provost – http://articles.chicagotribune.com