Max Greenfield

The Alliance for Children's Rights Dinner Honoring Kevin Reilly - Arrivals

Greenfield in 2012, photo by

Place of Birth: Dobbs Ferry, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1979

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – English, Irish [likely converted to Judaism]

Max Greenfield is an American actor.

His father is from a Jewish family, from Poland and Russia. His mother has Irish and English ancestry, and likely converted to Judaism. Max was raised Jewish, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Max is married to casting director Tess Sanchez, with whom he has two children.

Max’s maternal step-grandmother was prominent artist Jean Baird Buckley, who was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Max’s paternal grandfather was Theodore Greenfield (the son of Joseph Grunfeld and Yetta “Yenta” Kanner). Theodore was a Polish Jewish immigrant who moved to the U.S. in 1923. Joseph was the son of Moshe Leib Elias Grunfeld, from Trzeboś, Subcarpathia, and of Toba Leah Kieselstein, from Sokolow Malopolski. Yetta was from Żołynia, Poland, and was the daughter of Moshe Yaakov Kanner and Rochel Leah Wurtzel.

Max’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Zones (the daughter of Samuel Zones and Anna/Hannah Fingold/Feingold). Lillian was a Russian Jewish immigrant who moved to the U.S. in 1928.

Max’s maternal grandfather was Frank J. Buckley (the son of Joseph Buckley and Nina Holden). Frank was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, or in Massachusetts, to English-born parents. Joseph was the son of Joseph Buckley and Louisa Jackson. Nina was the daughter of John Holden and Amelia Twindells.

Max’s maternal grandmother was Mary Will Holman (the daughter of James William Holman and Lela R./A. Riley). Mary was born in New Mexico. James was the son of Alfred D. Holman and Mary Belle Richardson. Lela was the daughter of William Wight Riley and Sarah Josephine “Sallie” Herndon.

Sources: Genealogy of Max Greenfield (focusing on his father’s side) –

Max’s paternal grandfather, Theodore Greenfield, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Max’s paternal grandmother, Lillian Zones, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Max’s maternal step-grandmother, Jean Baird Buckley –

1 Response

  1. bablah says:

    He might be related to Freddy Wexler through Kanner line.
    Yetta Kanner was from Żołynia, Poland.

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