Marisol Nichols

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Nichols in 2012, photo by

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 2, 1973

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Mexican [Spanish, Indigenous]

Marisol Nichols is an American actress.

Marisol was raised by her mother, Maria, who is a Texan of Mexican/Spanish-Mexican descent, and her stepfather Randy. Her biological father, a Flamenco dancer, is Jewish, from a family from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Hungary.

She has a daughter with her husband, cinematographer and director Taron Lexton.

Marisol’s paternal grandfather was Elmer Wallace Falkenhof (the son of Solomon/Salomon/Sol/Saul Falkenhof and Helen/Nellie Rosenberg). Elmer was born in Ohio. Solomon was a Jewish emigrant from Germany, and was the son of Isaac Falkenhof and Rebecca Popert. Helen was born in Michigan, to Jewish parents from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Henry Rosenberg and Rose Buchsbaum.

Marisol’s paternal grandmother was Rose Fried (the daughter of Dazio/Daniel/Jack Fried and Irene Israel/Izrael). Rose was born in Ohio, to Jewish emigrant parents. Dazio was born in Hungary, and was the son of Jacob Fried and Rosa Fried. Irene was born in Nagyvarad, later Oradea, in Hungary or Romania, and was the daughter of Franz Israel and Sarah Greenbaum.

Sources: Marisol’s paternal grandfather, Elmer Wallace Falkenhof, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Marisol’s paternal great-grandparents, Solomon/Salomon/Sol/Saul Falkenhof and Helen/Nellie Rosenberg –

Marisol’s paternal grandmother, Rose Fried, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Marisol’s paternal great-grandparents, Dazio/Daniel/Jack Fried and Irene Israel/Izrael –

12 Responses

  1. vcrpro3 says:

    The late Robert Falkenhof was my cousin and we had the same grandparents in Irene and Dazio. Robert was 10 years my senior The Hungarian Romanian ethnicity comes from the fact , prior to 1920 what is now Hungary and most of the area of Romania was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The town our grandmother was born in was named ‘Nagyvarad’ which was later renamed ‘Oradea’ when the national entity of Romania was created after WW1. So while nationality-wise we could be called ‘Romanian’, ethnically, the Izrael family was Hungarian. Yes, i know this an old thread i am commenting on.

  2. vcrpro3 says:

    A possible cousin…

  3. Girll says:

    Appears mixed, her mother looks Spanish/Amerindian to me.

    And about her biological father, she said he was Hungarian and Romanian. Did she mean Hungarian/Romanian Jewish?

    • follers says:

      Most likely. I’ve seen many people of Jewish descent put it that way (including the oft-discussed David Duchovny, by the way). He even did a commercial in Russia about it.

  4. Eyecansee says:

    I decided to look up Robert Falkenhof(Ashkenazi Jew) on Facebook. I enlarged his profile picture. Marisol Nichols has an almost identical smile to Falkenhof. She has a very thin top lip and a full bottom lip just like he does, which is a very common trait among Ashkenazi Jews. Not only that, they have the exact same mouth shape.

    • Ohmeter says:

      Robert Falkenhof is Marisol Nichols biological father and was there when she was born……And I am Robert Falkenhof and my background is Austrian Jew on my father’s side and Hungarian Jew on my mother’s side my maternal grandparents were legal Hungarian immigrants in 1903 ……So that makes Marisol Mexican American and Austrian Hungarian Jew ….no Romanian involved at all

  5. passingtime85 says:


    Where exactly is the information regarding the identity of her father? The only thing I’ve found was her dad’s name is Randy Pachnik.

    • follers says:

      Randy Pachnik is her stepfather.

      I don’t know if I should say more…

      • passingtime85 says:

        Well, unless you have some more concrete information to share, maybe you should strike the identity of her father from this profile. Or not w/e.

        • follers says:

          Robert Falkenhof often posts on Nichols’ facebook and says he’s her birth father.

          Nichols has said that her birth father (who wasn’t involved in her life growing up) is from a family from Hungary and Romania. Given that Falkenhof’s background matches that exactly, I thought it made sense to post it here, but add “likely” as opposed to certainly.

          • passingtime85 says:

            Compared to the quality of traceable lineage posted on other profiles, using the Facebook posts as proof, is pretty shoddy.

            I don’t particularly mind myself, but if I were running things, I wouldn’t even mention it.

          • follers says:

            I don’t think it’s shoddy at all, given that the age and the exact background fit.

            What percentage of the U.S. population has both Hungarian- and Romanian-born ancestors? (whether Jewish or not).

            Probably well under 1%.

            Given that and the lack of other candidates for her birth father, I’d say it’s definitely worth mentioning, at least with the use of “likely”.

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