Ruben Fleischer

Fleischer in 2009, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Ruben Samuel Fleischer

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: October 31, 1974

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Welsh, Ukrainian or Rusyn (converted to Judaism)

Ruben Fleischer is an American film director and producer, television producer, music video director, and commercial director.

Ruben is the son of Karen and David Fleischer. His father is from a Jewish family. Ruben’s mother, who is of Welsh and Ukrainian or Rusyn descent, converted to Judaism. Ruben is married to Holly Shakoor.

Ruben’s paternal grandfather was named Jack Fleischer (the son of Ruben/Rubin Fleischer and Rose/Fanny). Jack was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.

Ruben’s paternal grandmother was Irma Lee Zimmerman (the daughter of David Elliot/Elliott Zimmerman and Esther Segal). Irma was born in Kentucky. David was the son of Max/Mordecai Chesler Zimmerman, who was from Lithuania, and of Esther Sussie Fleischman, who was from Poland. Ruben’s great-grandmother Esther was the daughter of Abraham Segal and Rachel Kudysch/Kudisch, who were from Kiev, Ukraine.

Ruben’s maternal grandfather was Haydn/Haydon Samuel/Samuels (the son of Haydn/Hayden J. Samuel/Samuels and Hattie/Harriet Crandon). Ruben’s grandfather Haydn was born in Pennsylvania. Ruben’s great-grandfather Haydn was the son of Rees/Reese Samuels, who was Welsh, and of Rachel Jones, whose parents were Welsh. Hattie was the daughter of William Thomas Crandon and Mary C. Thomas, who were from Tredegar and Bedwellty, Monmouth, Wales, respectively.

Ruben’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Natishyn (the daughter of Alexandrew “Alex” Natishyn/Notteskin and Mary Lesavage/Savage). Dorothy was born in Pennsylvania, to parents who were born in either Poland or Austria. The surname Natishyn/Hnatyshin/Gnatyshyn (Гнати́шин) likely has origins in the Ukrainian portion of Bukovina, in Central Europe (now Ukraine). The family was either Ukrainian or Rusyn.

Sources: Genealogy of Ruben Fleischer (focusing on his father’s side) –

Ruben’s paternal grandfather, Jack Fleischer, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Ruben’s paternal grandfather, Jack Fleischer –

Obituary of Ruben’s paternal grandmother, Irma Lee (Zimmerman) Fleischer –

Genealogy of Ruben Fleischer (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Marriage record of Ruben’s maternal grandparents, Haydn/Haydon Samuel/Samuels and Dorothy Natishyn –

Marriage record of Ruben’s maternal great-grandparents, Haydn/Hayden J. Samuel/Samuels and Hattie/Harriet Crandon –

Ruben’s maternal great-grandfather, Haydn/Hayden J. Samuel/Samuels, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Ruben’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Natishyn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Ruben’s maternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother) –

5 Responses

  1. follers says:

    He looks like Emmanuel Macron.

  2. madman says:

    Welsh, likely Ukrainian —> Welsh, Polish

    Yes, Natishyn appears to be common in Ukraine in different variations. But Alex and Mary are listed as Polish-born, and also both spoke Polish. And they were both Catholics as well, whereas Ukrainians tend to be Orthodox. Maybe the name had Ukrainian origins further back.

    • bablah says:

      Ukrainians in the US and Canada are mostly Greek Catholic, not Orthodox. Dorothy’s sister Mary was born in Galicia, Ukraine according to her obituary (census has her as being born in Pa, marriage record as born in Poland). The only other Natishyn in that cemetery has a Ukrainian first name. Her brother Walter was a member of a Greek Catholic church.
      I’m 100% sure these were Eastern Slavic people (Ukrainian or Rusyn).

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