Birth Name: Robert Peter Cohon
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 10, 1941
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish
Peter Coyote is an American actor, author, director, screenwriter, and narrator of films, theatre, television and audiobooks.
Peter is the son of Ruth (Fidler) and Morris Cohon. He has two children.
His father was of Russian Jewish, Dutch Jewish, German Jewish, French Jewish, and Tunisian Jewish descent, including Sephardi Jewish ancestry. His mother was a Jewish emigrant. She was from either Poland or Russia, depending on the census.
Peter practices Buddhism.
Peter’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin Jack Cohon (the son of Louis Cohon and Rose Zachi). Benjamin was a Russian Jewish emigrant, from Kirov. Rose was from Vilnius.
Peter’s paternal grandmother was Rachel/Ray Silver/DaSilva (the daughter of Morris Silver and Caroline “Carrie” Aarons/Aaron). Rachel was born in New York, to Jewish parents from England. Morris was born in Whitechapel, London, England, the son of Samuel Meijer/Myer Zilver/Silver and Shprintsa/Priscilla Salomon Proops, who were Dutch Jews, with Ashkenazi and Sephardi ancestry, and German Jewish, French Jewish, Alsatian Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Austrian Jewish ancestry farther back. Caroline was the daughter of Charles/Carl Gottlieb Aarons/Aron, a German Jew, and of Rachael/Rachel/Ray Aria Willis Beleiss/Belais/Beilas, a French Jew, from Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, with Sephardi ancestry from Tunisia.
Peter’s maternal grandfather was Nathan Fidler (the son of Richmeyer/Rachmael/Rachmail/Richman Fidler/Fiedler and Bertha/Bryna Weiner/Winer). Nathan was an Eastern European Jewish immigrant.
Peter’s maternal grandmother was named Rose Adler (the daughter of Pinkas Adler and Yenta). Rose was an Eastern European Jewish immigrant.
Genealogy of Peter Coyote – https://www.geni.com
Peter’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Peter’s paternal grandmother, Rachel/Ray Silver/DaSilva, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Peter’s paternal great-grandparents, Morris Silver and Caroline “Carrie” Aarons, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Peter’s paternal great-grandfather, Morris Silver – https://www.geni.com
Birth record of Peter’s paternal great-grandfather, Morris Silver – https://www.familysearch.org
Peter’s paternal great-grandfather, Morris Silver, on the 1861 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Morris Silver on the 1871 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Peter’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org