Paul Rudd


Rudd in 2012, photo by prphotos

Birth Name: Paul Stephen Rudd

Place of Birth: Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 6, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Paul Rudd is an American actor, writer, producer, and comedian. Among his many roles, he plays Scott Lang / Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Paul’s parents, Gloria Irene (Granville) and Michael Rudd, both Jewish, were born in England, his father being from Edgware and his mother from Surbiton. Paul had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. His ancestors were Jewish emigrants from Eastern Europe (Poland, Belarus, and Russia) to England. Paul was raised partly in Lenexa, Kansas. He is married to publicist and writer Julie Yaeger, with whom he has two children.

Paul has said:

My whole family is Jewish; my wife, Julie, is Jewish – there isn’t anyone in my family who isn’t Jewish. I was bar mitzvahed Reform; we were pretty laid back, but it’s like, oh yeah, I went to synagogue. I know what it’s like to look for matzoh [laughs]. I know the culture and I know the food. I know what a Haggadah is!… We have a lineage that is so many thousands of years old, that you just relate. It is a tribe; it’s like, “Oh, yeah, that’s my team,” and I feel that for sure.

Paul’s parents were second cousins. Paul’s paternal great-grandmother, Etia/Etla/Ethel Gejer/Gayer, was the sister of Paul’s maternal great-grandfather, Isaac Gayer/Gejer.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was David Rudd (born Davis Rudnitsky, the son of Shmuel/Samuel Aryeh Nehemov Rudnitsky/Rudnjtsky and Esther/Ester Schustan). Davis was born in St George in the East, London. Shmuel was born in Kholmich, Belarus, the son of Sura. Esther was the daughter of Itzhak/Yitzhak Schustan and Dvora.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Bessie Milafsky/Barnett (the daughter of Boruch Symcha “Barney” Miliawski/Milafsky/Barnett and Etia/Etla/Ethel Gejer/Gayer). Bessie was born in Łódź, Poland.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Louis Granville (born Louis Goldsztejn/Goldstein, the son of Kopel/Charles Goldsztejn/Goldstein and Mariam “Millie”/”Minnie” Schneiderman). Louis was born in Mile End Old Town, London. Kopel was from Kraków, Poland. Mariam was from Łódź, Poland, and was the daughter of Label Schneiderman.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Minnie Gayer (the daughter of Isaac Gayer/Gejer and Beila “Betsy” Berenstein/Bernstein). Minnie was born in Bethnal Green, London. Isaac was born in Wlodawa, Poland. Beila was likely from Łódź.

Sources: Information about Paul’s ancestry –

Genealogies of Paul Rudd –

Paul’s paternal grandfather, Davis Rudnitsky, on the 1911 England and Wales Census –


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10 Responses

  1. LadyNikkitten says:

    he is sooo beautiful! and funny!

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    would not guessed he is jewish, he looks british and irish all the way.

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