Josh Gad

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Gad in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Joshua Ilan Gad

Place of Birth: Hollywood, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 23, 1981

Ethnicity: Afghan Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Josh Gad is an American actor, singer, and comedian.

Josh’s father was born in Afghanistan, and is of Afghan Jewish descent (Josh’s father moved from Afghanistan to Israel at the age of thirteen). Josh’s mother, who was born in Germany, is from a Polish Jewish family, and his maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Josh had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Of his father, Josh has said:

He came from a very religious family that was on a nomadic journey searching for a home… They went through India before finally settling in Afghanistan.

Josh is married to actress and writer Ida Darvish, with whom he has two children.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was named Joseph Greenblatt (the son of Gimpel Grunblatt, and of a mother surnamed Morowitz). Joseph was born in Łódź, Łódź Voivodeship, Poland. Josh’s great-grandmother was the daughter of Josek Mejer Morowitz and Chaja Sura/Sarah Rzeznik.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was named Evelyn Rosenberg. Evelyn was born in Będzin, Będzin County, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland.

A picture of Josh’s maternal grandparents can be seen here.

Source: Genealogy of Josh Gad –

5 Responses

  1. mycarf123123 says:

    Jews whose ancestors hail from Muslim/Arab countries are considered Mizrahi Jews as well.

    Add that ‘Mizrahi Jewish’ tag.

  2. andrew says:

    Jamie Roberts is the Welsh version of this guy

  3. ihatemostpeople says:

    Damn he has the smallest nose that I’ve ever seen.

  4. J.J. says:

    correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is virtually black (noiret)

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