Noah Baumbach

Baumbach in 2017, photo by excelentphoto/

Birth Name: Noah C. Baumbach

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 3, 1969

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – likely English

Noah Baumbach is an American filmmaker. He has directed the films Kicking and Screaming (1995), Highball, Mr. Jealousy, The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha, While We’re Young, Mistress America, The Meyerowitz Stories, Marriage Story, and White Noise (2022). He also wrote all of his films, except for Highball, Frances Ha, and Mistress America, the three of which he co-wrote; the latter two with his wife, actress and filmmaker Greta Gerwig. He also co-wrote the films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, and, also with Greta, Barbie (2023). He co-directed the documentary De Palma (2015). His works are often set in New York City.

Noah is the son of Georgia (Nelson) Brown, a film critic and fiction writer, and Jonathan Baumbach, an experimental fiction writer, film critic, university professor, and co-founder of publishing house Fiction Collective. Noah’s father was Jewish. Noah’s mother is Protestant. Noah has a son with his former wife, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh; and two children with his wife Greta Gerwig.

Noah’s paternal grandfather was Harold M. “Harry” Baumbach (the son of Isaac Baumbach/Bomback/Bombach and Anna/Annie Summer/Sommer). Harold was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. He was a noted painter and academic.

Noah’s paternal grandmother was named Ida Helen Zackheim (the daughter of Ison/Isaac Zackheim and Eva). Ida was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. She was a teacher.


Genealogy of Noah Baumbach (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Noah’s parents –

Noah’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Noah’s paternal grandfather, Harold M. Baumbach –

Obituary of Noah’s paternal grandfather, Harold M. “Harry” Baumbach –

Noah’s paternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother), on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Noah’s paternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother) –

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