Lewis Black

2015 National Board of Review Gala - Inside Arrivals

Black in 2016, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Lewis Niles Black

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: August 30, 1948

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Lewis Black is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic, and actor. He voiced Anger in the film Inside Out.

Lewis is the son of Jeannette, a teacher, and Sam Black, an artist and mechanical engineer. He was raised in Silver Springs, Maryland.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2021) stated that Lewis’s genetic ancestry is:

*100% Ashkenazi Jewish

Genetically, he was found to have common ancestors with comedian and actor Marc Maron.

Lewis’s paternal grandfather was Leib Blech/Louis Black (the son of Isidore Blech/Yisroel Saul Blach/Black and Rebecca Green/Rifka/Rosa). Lewis’s grandfather Leib was born in Russia.

Lewis’s paternal grandmother was Jennie Freyer (the daughter of Benjamin Freyer/Freier and Sadie Bierman/Charlotte). Jennie was born in Chornyi Ostriv, now Ukraine.

Lewis’s maternal grandfather was Israel Kaplan/Kosofski (the son of Nochum Kossowski/Nathan Kaplan and Rochl/Rachel/Ruchla/Rouchla Melnik). Israel was born in Białystok-Grodno, Russian Empire. The family lived in then-Palestine for a year, before moving to New York, U.S.

Lewis’s maternal grandmother’s father was named Abraham.

Source: Genealogy of Lewis Black (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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