Kevin Kline

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Kline in 2004, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Kevin Delaney Kline

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 24, 1947

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish (mother)

Kevin Kline is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for A Fish Called Wanda (1988).

Kevin’s father was from a German Jewish family, and Kevin’s mother was from an Irish Catholic family. Kevin was raised Catholic. He is married to actress, model, and entrepreneur Phoebe Cates. Their children are Owen Kline, who has also acted, and Frankie Cosmos (born Greta Simone Kline), a musician, singer, and songwriter.

Kevin’s paternal grandfather was Julius Kline (the son of Joseph Kline and Sophie Baer/Berry). Julius was born in Denver, Colorado, to German Jewish immigrants.

Kevin’s paternal grandmother was Clara Cahn (the daughter of Lee Cahn and Zerlina Dreyfoos). Clara was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lee was a Jewish immigrant from Bavaria, Germany. Zerlina was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Jewish parents from Aldingen, Germany, Samuel Dreyfoos/Dreyfus/Dreifuß and Dryka/Therese Pappenheimer.

Kevin’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Jeremiah Kirk (the son of Patrick J. Kirk, Sr. and Julia Brady). Joseph was born in Drumcah, County Louth, Ireland. Patrick was the son of Michael Kirk and Mary Kearney/Carney.

Kevin’s maternal grandmother was Agnes B. Delaney (the daughter of Peter J. Delaney and Jane “Jennie” Hickman). Agnes was born in Missouri, to a father from Ireland, and to a mother who was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Kline (left) with Tom Hanks in 1989, photo credit: Alan Light


Genealogy of Kevin Kline (focusing on his father’s side) –

Death records of Kevin’s parents –

Kevin’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Kevin’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Kevin’s maternal grandmother, Agnes B. Delaney, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

5 Responses

  1. ses101 says:

    He seems exactly what he is.

  2. gel says:

    He has such an Irish look – thats what I always think on seeing him.

  3. Freerk says:

    Just one comment for the great Kevin Kline?

    “Kline” is the English spelling of the German name (and attribute) “Klein”, what means “small”. The other way of assimilation is translation as with Rabbi Small (the protagonist of crime novels by Harry Kemelman).

  4. I love you, Roger Scientist says:

    He is a great actor. :]

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