Matt Amodio

Birth Name: Matthew Benjamin Amodio

Place of Birth: Medina, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 4, 1990

*Italian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Matt Amodio is an American game show contestant. He is known for his run on Jeopardy!, where he holds the record for third-most number of consecutive games won, 38, and for winning the third-highest amount of prize money in regular-season play.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Abraham Solowitch (the son of Sol Solowitch and Bessie Harris). Abraham was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Ukrainian Jewish parents. Sol was the son of Yitzchak Solowitch. Bessie was born in Odessa.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Esther Kapelnick (the daughter of Beryl/Ben Kapelnick and Malka/Mollie Lea Scheinwald). Esther was born in Ohio, to Ukrainian Jewish/Russian Jewish parents. Beryl was the son of Moshe Kapelnick. Malka was the daughter of Mordechai Scheinwald/Schoenwald and Sura/Sarah Rivka Swartz.

Matt’s paternal grandparents likely were named Anthony Amodio and Theresa.

Sources: Obituary of Matt’s maternal grandfather, Abraham Solowitch –

Matt’s maternal grandmother, Esther Kapelnick, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Matt’s maternal grandmother, Esther (Kapelnick) Solowitch –

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