Miles Teller

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Teller in 2011, photo via PR photos

Birth Name: Miles Alexander Teller

Place of Birth: Downingtown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 20, 1987

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), Irish, Polish, English, German, 1/16th African-American

Miles Teller is an American actor and musician. His roles include the films Rabbit Hole, Footloose (2011), 21 & Over, The Spectacular Now, That Awkward Moment, Whiplash, War Dogs, Bleed for This, and Thank You for Your Service, among others.

Miles is the son of Merry and Michael Teller. Miles’s paternal grandfather was of Russian Jewish/Ukrainian Jewish descent, while Miles’s paternal grandmother was of half Irish and half Polish (Catholic) ancestry. Miles’s mother has English, Irish, German, and one eighth African-American, ancestry. It appears that Miles was raised Christian; he was part of a church group in high school.

Miles was raised in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Citrus County, Florida.

Miles is married to model Keleigh Sperry.

Miles’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin Teller (the son of Carl Teller and Jennie Celander/Celender). Benjamin was born in Pennsylvania. Carl was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Benjamin Teller/Tilisky and Esther Rachel Goldsmith, who were Jewish emigrants, from Fastiv, Ukraine. Jennie was also born in Pennsylvania, also to Russian Jewish parents, Bernard/Barney Celander/Celender and Martha/Mary Pikarsky/Barioski.

Miles’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Jean Benson (the daughter of John Benson and Catherine Stancavage). Dorothy was born in Pennsylvania, and was a devout Catholic. John’s parents, John A. Benson and Phoebe Galvin, were both the children of emigrants, from either England or Ireland, depending on the census; it is likely that John and Phoebe were of Irish Catholic background. Catherine’s parents, Dominic/Dominick T. Stankiewicz/Stancavage and Josephine Zubritski/Zabriski/Zubrycki, were of Polish (Catholic) descent.

Miles’s maternal grandfather is Jesse G. Flowers (the son of Wells Paul Flowers/Cronk and Miriam R. Ashenbrenner). Wells was the son of Wells Cronk and Margaret. Miriam was the daughter of Anthony Aschenbrenner, who was from Berlin, Germany, and of Elizabeth Mae Davies/Davis.

Miles’s maternal grandmother is Leona Gertrude (the daughter of James J. Dean and Eldora/ldora M. “Dora” LeCount). James likely had Irish heritage. Eldora’s father, Miles’s great-great-grandfather Thomas A. LaCount/LeCount, was born in Maryland, and was black; he was the son of William Le Count/LeCount and Sarah Coulson, both of whom were black as well. Eldora’s mother, Mary Sagairs/Sagers, was born in New Jersey, and was white. Mary was listed as Thomas’ servant on a U.S. Census.

Sources: Genealogy of Miles Teller –

Marriage record of Miles’s paternal grandparents, Benjamin Teller and Dorothy Jean Benson –

Marriage record of Miles’s paternal great-grandparents, Carl Teller and Jennie Celander/Celender –

Miles’s paternal great-grandparents, Carl Teller and Jennie Celander/Celender, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Miles’s paternal great-grandfather, Carl Teller, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Miles’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy Jean Benson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Miles’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy Jean (Benson) Teller –

Miles’s paternal great-grandmother, Catherine Stancavage, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Miles’s maternal great-grandfather, James J. Dean –

Miles’s maternal great-grandmother, Eldora/ldora M. “Dora” LeCount, on the 1905 New Jersey State Census –

Miles’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Thomas A. LaCount/LeCount and Mary Sagairs/Sagers, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Miles’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Thomas A. LaCount/LeCount, on the 1860 U.S. Census –
Thomas A. LaCount/LeCount on the 1930 U.S. Census –

22 Responses

  1. Pegzi says:

    He’s smoking hot!

  2. bablah says:

    Stancavage was originally Stankiewicz.
    Catherine on census:

  3. rafe says:

    He’s got to be a trans man, or something like that.

  4. Adamina says:

    He is a really good actor

  5. Kimmel says:

    One of the most plainest men you’ll ever see. I also cannot see any specific ethnic features, which, again, points to how plain-looking he is.

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