Josh Lucas

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Birth Name: Joshua Lucas Easy Dent Maurer

Place of Birth: Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 20, 1971

Ethnicity: Polish, Czech/Bohemian, French, other

Josh Lucas is an American actor. His roles include A Beautiful Mind, Hulk, and Glory Road, among many other films.

Josh is the son of Michele (LeFevre) and Don Maurer, an ER physician. He has a son with his former wife, writer Jessica Henriquez.

Josh is a second cousin, once removed, of Nobel Prize-winning physiologist Brian Kobilka.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Ervin Wenzel Maurer (the son of Wenzel/Wenzil Henry Maurer and Franziska/Frances/Francis Kobilka). Ervin was born in Minnesota. Josh’s great-grandfather Wenzel was Bohemian Czech. Franziska was born in Minnesota, the daughter of Czech parents, John P. Kobilka/Kobylka and Anna Hoffhansel/Hoffhansal/Hofhanzlova.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Helen Marie Wilk (the daughter of Alexander Paul “Alex” Wilk and Catherine/Katy E. Chudy). Helen was born in Arkansas. Alexander was Polish, the son of Paul Wilk and Tekla. Catherine was born in Arkansas, the daughter of Polish parents, Michael M. Chudy and Marcella/Marcyanna Lech.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was surnamed LeFevre.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was named Betty May/Mae Thomas.

Josh has said that his parents gave him the middle names Easy Dent because they were living on a Native American reservation when he was born.

Josh is a third cousin of actress Sarah Steele. Josh’s paternal great-great-grandfather, John P. Kobilka/Kobylka, was a brother of Sarah’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Thomas Wenzel Kobilka.

Sources: Josh’s paternal great-grandmother, Franziska/Frances/Francis Kobilka, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Josh’s paternal great-grandmother, Franziska/Frances/Francis (Kobilka) Maurer –

Josh’s paternal grandmother, Helen Marie Wilk, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Helen Marie Wilk on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituaries of Josh’s paternal grandmother, Helen Marie (Wilk) Maurer –


Curious about ethnicity

17 Responses

  1. Oaken05 says:

    Maurer sounds very germanic and not particularly. Perhaps/Probably, Wenzel was descended of the many Germans who used to live in the West Slavic countries.

    • andrew says:


      See below

      Forgotten ethnicity

      • Oaken05 says:

        I’ve made my thoughts known about this. Unless we’re talking about the old Baltic group, there is no such things as “Prussians,” anymore. They would simply be German. Real Prussian people were assimilate and mixed into Germanic peoples many, many centuries ago.

        What I feel pretty confident of saying is that Wenzel/Wenzil Henry Maurer was most likely a Sudeten German giving that he was born in Bohemia. Germans had been in Bohemia since at least the 12th or 13th century.

        • andrew says:

          “Sudeten German” was also my option, but I cited “Prussian” because that is how his notable relative’s ancestors are described.

          Carla Bruni’s biological father Maurizio Remmert is also cited as being from a family of Prussian origin who settled in Turin in mid 1800s.

          • 55Delray says:

            I know for a fact that the family was Sudeten German, not Prussian. This Maurer family lived in the Jindřichův Hradec District of South Bohemia since before 1700.

  2. andrew says:

    Josh Lucas and Brian Kobilka are second cousins, once removed

    Josh’s paternal great-great-grandparents, John P. Kobilka and Anna Hoffhansel, were also Brian’s paternal great-grandparents

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