Rafi Gavron

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Gavron in 2009, image via Prphotos

Birth Name: Raphael Pichey Gavron

Place of Birth: Hendon, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 24 June, 1989

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – French-Canadian, Austrian or Austrian Jewish

Rafi Gavron is a British actor. He is known for his roles in the films Breaking and Entering, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Inkheart, Celeste and Jesse Forever, The Cold Light of Day, Mine Games, Snitch (as The Rock’s character’s son), Tracers, The Land, A Star Is Born, and Books of Blood, and on television’s Life Unexpected, Catch-22, and Godfather of Harlem.

Rafi is the son of Simon Gavron, a British-born publisher, and Martha Pichey, an American-born writer. He has stated that he was raised in a Jewish household. His paternal grandparents were born in London, England, and Tel Aviv, Israel, respectively, both of them to Ashkenazi Jewish families. The family surname was originally spelled Gavronsky. Rafi’s maternal grandfather was from a French-Canadian (Catholic) family. Rafi’s maternal grandmother is of Austrian or Austrian Jewish background.

His father’s half-sister is director Sarah Gavron.

Rafi’s paternal grandfather was Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron (born Israel Gavron, the son of Nathan/Natie Gavron and Lily/Lilly Ettman). Robert was a printing millionaire, philanthropist, and Labour Life Peer. He was born in Hampstead, London, England, to a Jewish family with ancestors who lived in Lithuania, Moravia, Belarus, Germany, and Poland. Nathan was the son of Israel Gavronsky, who was born in Klikole, Lithuania, and of Esther Katz. Lily was the daughter of Lazar Etman and Jenny Jawitz/Yaabetz Zusman.

Rafi’s paternal grandmother was Hannah Fyvel (the daughter of T. R. Fyvel, Tosco Raphael Fyvel, and of Mary Kirschner). Hannah was a sociologist and academic, and was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, which was then part of the British Mandate for Palestine. Rafi’s great-grandfather T. R. was an author, journalist, and literary editor, and was born as Raphael Joseph Feiwel in Cologne, Germany. T. R.’s father was a Moravian-born Jew, Berthold Feiwel, who was executive director of a Keren Hayesod, the Israeli fundraising agency. T. R.’s mother, a Belarusian Jew, was Sterna Schneersohn, who was from the Lubavitcher-Schneerson dynasty, and whose own father was a rabbi. Sterna’s uncle, Rafi’s great-great-great-great-uncle, was Zionist thinker and essayist Ahad Ha’am. Rafi’s great-grandmother Mary was born in Benoni, South Africa, to Lithuanian Jewish parents, Nikolai Kirschner and Rosie Hillman.

Rafi’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Raymond Pichey (the son of Joseph Albert Pichey/Piché and Yvonne Couture). J. Raymond was born in Massachusetts, to French-Canadian parents. His family was Catholic. Rafi’s great-grandfather Joseph was the son of Joseph Piché and Delima Guyon/Young. Yvonne was the daughter of Octave Couture and Luce/Lucie Maltais.

Rafi’s maternal grandmother was born Alberta Ann Meyer. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, likely to Austrian parents, Frank Meyer and Theresa. It is unclear if she is of Austrian and/or Austrian Jewish background.

Sources: Interviews with Rafi Gavron – http://www.mykindaplace.com

Genealogy of Rafi Gavron (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Rafi’s father’s family – http://www.craiglevin.com

Rafi’s maternal grandfather, Joseph Raymond Pichey (“Raymond Piche”), on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Rafi’s maternal grandfather, Joseph Raymond Pichey – http://www.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Rafi’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Albert Pichey/Piché and Yvonne Couture – https://www.familysearch.org

Possibly Rafi’s maternal grandmother, Alberta Ann Meyer, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Rafi’s maternal great-grandfather, Frank Meyer – https://www.newspapers.com

25 Responses

  1. Capricious says:

    He looks half Maori/Islander

  2. thomas1987 says:

    no he does not look black
    he looks Jewish.

  3. Connerfromvine says:

    I really think this is what the Jewish people who were alive during Jesus times would have looked like.

    • Rednose says:

      Mizrahi Jews have lived continuously in Israel since the time of Jesus.

      Caucasians from the Levant have very often the same look as people from Europe, especially Southern Europe.

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