Michael Richards

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Richards in 2003, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Michael Anthony Richards

Place of Birth: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 24, 1949

*father – Scottish, English
*mother – Italian

Michael Richards is an American actor, writer, television producer, and comedian. He played Kramer on the sitcom Seinfeld. Michael is the son of Philomena/Phyllis (Nardozzi, also spelled Nardozza) and William Richards. He is married to Beth Skipp, and has two children.

His father had Scottish and English ancestry, and his mother’s family was Italian. Michael was not brought up in any particular religion. He is a Freemason, a fraternal organization.

Michael has occasionally been incorrectly referred to as Jewish. He is not of Jewish ancestry, nor has he converted to Judaism.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Anthony Nardozza (the son of Michele/Michael Nardozza/Nardozzi and Filomena Capadano). Anthony was an Italian immigrant. Filomena was born in Rionero in Vulture, Province of Potenza, Basilicata.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was named Theodosia Degosta. Theodosia was an Italian emigrant, from Rionero.

Source: Some notes on Michael’s mother’s family – http://appledoesntfallfar2.blogspot.ca

Richards (left) with Alan Light in 1993, photo credit: Alan Light


Curious about ethnicity

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    correction: Rionero in Vulture, Province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy

  2. cloe says:

    His ethnicity is Italian, Scottish, and English. referece is at Wikipedia and Wikipedia has a reference.

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