Josh Peck

Peck in 2011, photo by

Birth Name: Joshua Michael Peck

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 10, 1986

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Josh Peck is an American actor, comedian, and YouTube personality. He is known for his roles in the films Snow Day, Max Keeble’s Big Move, The Wackness, and Thirteen, and on the shows Turner & Hooch and Grandfathered, among a multitude of other credits.

Josh was raised in the Jewish faith, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. He was brought up by his single mother, Barbara, who is Jewish. Her surname is Peck, and the original family name is Peckerman. It is not publicly known who Josh’s biological father is. He was also Jewish.

Josh is married to cinematographer Paige O’Brien, with whom he has two children. Paige is the daughter of professioanl football player, quarterback Ken O’Brien.

A 23andMe DNA test whose results Josh read on YouTube stated that Josh’s genetic ancestry is:

*100% Ashkenazi Jewish

Josh’s maternal grandfather was named Jack Peckerman (the son of Itzhak/Isidore/Izzy Usher Peckerman and Dora/Dorothy). Jack was born in New York, to parents from Poland. Itzhak was the son of Usher Zeilik Peckerman, who was from Antnofka, Kiev.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Mae Weinberger/Weinberg (the daughter of Naten/Nathan Weinberg and Yetta Rosha/Rosser). Mae was born in New Jersey. Naten was born in Kielce, Russia, the son of Isaac Weinberg and Rose. Yetta was born in Warsaw, Poland, the daughter of Morris Rosha/Rosser and Anna.


Josh’s maternal grandfather, Jack Peckerman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Josh’s maternal grandmother, Mae (Weinberger/Weinberg) Peckerman Schwartzman –


Curious about ethnicity

19 Responses

  1. Thenabster says:

    I do wonder who the identity of his dad was…he died around 2012 at around 88

  2. Yeravam says:

    Josh doesn’t look Indian. He looks Levantine.

    Because, well, he *is* Levantine.

    The only non-Levantine thing about his face is probably the eye shape.

    • andrew says:

      He looks Levantine ahahaha LMFAO

      Man how can you be so delusional??

      • Yeravam says:

        “He looks Levantine ahahaha LMFAO

        Man how can you be so delusional??”

        OK, you win. All Ashkenazi Jews look like Europeans and are clearly alien to the Levant, and anyone who thinks otherwise is a delusional Zionist troll.

        Happy, antisemite?

        • andrew says:

          If you think this guy looks Levantine you have serious troubles.

          • Vik27 says:

            He does look Levantine, many Palestinians, Syrians, Samaritans and Christian Lebanese have lighter complexion and light eye color , look at Gigi Hadids father Muhammed Hadid or Ahed Tamimi or look at Bashar Al Assad or PAlestinians in the city of Nablus (Shechem) who also have red hair there, Many Levantines have blue and green eyes too especially in Lebanon , Syria and Palestinians. Ashkenazim originate in the Levant and after our EXILE we first settled and mixed with Graeco-Roman women this is why we overlap with Levantine and Middle Eastern population on the Male line , while the female line in Ashkenazim is close to Southern Italians, Sicilians , Sardinians, central italians , Cretans, Cypriots . Before Ashkenazim lived in Germany we lived in Italy and Judea.
            The Jewish side of my family is also pretty dark , some are brown skinned and some olive skinned, my great grandfather looked Arabian , my grandfather and his sister looked southern Italian / Greek. My dad and me and my dads siblings we look like olive skinned Italians from the South of Italy. Ashkenazim can be dark and swarthy, some look like Mulattos, some look Indian (like jeremy stoppelman or Aaron Swartz) , some look Italian like (David Proval or Mark Margolis or Abe Vigoda or James Caan) and some still have a middle eastern look Nev Schulman, Idan Raichel , Miri Ben Ari , Ari Lesser, Psoy Korololenko, Ben Bernanke, Adam Shapiro, Adam Tsekhman, Amir Arison, David HaIvri, Gila Almagor, Abbie Hoffman, Sasha Baron Cohen, etc.

          • Thenabster says:

            Except that he kinda does

    • aw omg ty bb says:

      even his eyes can look levantine!

  3. Check7t says:

    Looks like Frank Sinatra.

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