Philip Nozuka

Nozuka in 2013, pic by Prphotos

Birth Name: Philip Hiromitsu Nozuka

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

Date of Birth: June 5, 1987

*father – Japanese
*mother – English, as well as distant Dutch, Scottish, and German

Philip Nozuka is a Canadian-American actor.

He is the son of Holly Sedgwick Stern and Hiromitsu Nozuka. His father is Japanese. His mother was raised in Canada, the daughter of American parents, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V and Helen Phillips Burroughs, who were both of New England WASP ancestry.

Philip is the brother of George Nozuka, an R&B singer, Justin Nozuka, a musician and actor, and Henry Nozuka, a musician. His uncle is American jazz guitarist Mike Stern, who is his mother’s brother, his aunt is actress Kyra Sedgwick, who is his mother’s half-sister, and his cousin is actress Sosie Bacon, who is Kyra’s daughter.

Both of Philip’s maternal grandparents remarried to Jewish spouses. Philip’s grandfather’s re-marriage to Patricia Rosenwald produced Kyra, and Philip’s grandmother re-married to Philip Maurice Stern, an author, philanthropist, and Rockefeller fellow, who adopted Philip’s mother Holly and uncle Mike. Their surname was changed to Stern. Philip Stern was the son of New Orleans civic leader Edgar B. Stern Sr, and the grandson of Julius Rosenwald, the prominent businessperson and philanthropist who was a part-owner and leader of Sears, Roebuck and Company.

Philip’s six times maternal great-grandfather, William Ellery (1727-1820), signed the Declaration of Independence.

Philip’s maternal grandfather was Henry Dwight Sedgwick V (the son of Robert Minturn Sedgwick and Helen Peabody). Henry was born in Massachusetts, to a New England WASP family with deep roots in the area. Robert was the son of Henry Dwight Sedgwick III, an attorney and author; and of Sarah May Minturn, whose own father, Philip’s great-great-great-grandfather Robert Bowne Minturn, Jr., was a shipping magnate, who was Vice President of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Henry’s parents were first cousins. Philip’s great-grandmother Helen was the daughter of The Rev. Endicott Peabody, a minister, who founded the Groton School for Boys, and of Fanny/Frances/Fannie Peabody. Helen’s parents were first cousins. The Rev. Endicott’s maternal grandfather founded investment bank, Lee, Higginson & Co. Philip’s great-grandmother Helen Peabody’s brother, Philip’s great-great-uncle, was Malcolm E. Peabody, who served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, from 1942 to 1960. Philip’s first cousin, twice removed, was Endicott Peabody, a Democratic politician, who was Governor of Massachusetts, from January 3, 1963 to January 7, 1965.

Philip’s maternal grandmother was Helen Stern, a sculptor and art patron (born Helen Phillips Burroughs, the daughter of Robert Phillips Burroughs and Dorothy Hall Wellman). Helen was born in New Hampshire. Robert was a prominent lumber executive, and was the son of Sherman Everett Burroughs and Helen Sophie Phillips. Dorothy was the daughter of James Albert Wellman and Florence Vincent.

Sources: Partial genealogy of Philip’s mother (through her half-sister, Kyra Sedgwick) –

Marriage record of Philip’s maternal grandparents, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V and Helen Phillips Burroughs –

Genealogy of Philip’s maternal grandfather, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V –

Marriage record of Philip’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert Phillips Burroughs and Dorothy Hall Wellman –

Obituary of Philip’s maternal great-grandfather, Robert Phillips Burroughs –

Genealogical information about Philip’s maternal great-great-aunt, Wellman, Harriet V. (the sister of Philip’s maternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Hall Wellman) –

Genealogy of Philip’s maternal step-grandfather, Philip Maurice Stern –

3 Responses

  1. olu says:

    dutch, and german are wasp, really?

    • follers says:

      Americans with distant or even somewhat recent German and Dutch ancestry can be considered WASP, certainly, also depending on socio-economic background and other things.

      There’s a certain WASP association among old Dutch New Yorkers in particular, which is probably why, say, the lead character in Gossip Girl got a “Van” name.

    • Oaken05 says:

      I mean, obviously the WASP is describing the overhwhelming English ancestry, primarily. Not sure why this caught your attention. That part of his family has deep WASPy roots; that much is obvious.

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