Peter Bogdanovich

Bogdanovich in 2014, photo by kathclick/

Date of Birth: July 30, 1939

Place of Birth: Kingston, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: January 6, 2022

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*Serbian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Peter Bogdanovich was an American director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian. He directed the films Targets, The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, Mask (1985), and Texasville, among others, many of which he co-wrote.

Peter was the son of Herma (Robinsohn/Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, who was a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox, artist from Ruma, Yugoslavia, now Serbia. His mother was born in Vienna, Austria, to a Jewish family. His family came to New York, U.S., in 1939, on visitors’ visas for the World Fair, as the Nazis began dominating Europe.

Peter has two children with his former wife, producer, production designer, and writer Polly Platt.

Peter’s paternal grandfather was named Antonije Bogdanović. Antonije was born in Ruma, Srem District, Vojvodina, Serbia.

Peter’s paternal grandmohter was named Mara Panajotovic.

Peter’s maternal grandfather was Heinrich “Henry” Robinsohn/Robinson (the son of Schmuel Robinson and Taube Weisenfreund). Heinrich was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

Peter’s maternal grandmother was Rudolfine “Finny” Zwilling (the daughter of Hersch Leib/Hermann Zwilling and Anna Chane Reiza Schmidt). Rudolfine was born in Vienna, Austria, to a father from Lviv, Ukraine, and a mother from Warka, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland. Hermann was the son of Moses Israel Zwilling and Malie Rize Pordes. Anna was the daughter of Mendel Schmidt and Rechel Moskowicz.

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