Seth Green

Seth Green at the 2013 FOX Fall Eco-Casino Party, The Bungalow,

Green in 2013, photo via s_bukley/

Birth Name: Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green

Place of Birth: Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 8, 1974

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Seth Green is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. He has played Scott Evil in the Austin Powers films and Richie in Stephen King’s It (1990), among many other roles.

Seth is the son of Barbara and Herbert Green. Born Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green, he shortened his legal name to Seth Benjamin Green. He is of Russian Jewish, German Jewish, Ukrainian Jewish, and Latvian Jewish descent. He was attending a Reform Jewish congregation, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Seth is married to actress, producer, model, and singer Clare Grant.

Seth’s paternal grandfather was Allen/Allan Green (born Abraham Greenblatt, the son of David Greenblatt and Mollie/Molly Rosenfeld/Rosenfield). Allen was born in New York, the son of Russian Jewish parents. David was born in Odessa, the son of Haaron Shlome and Freide Zedlovitz. Mollie was the daughter of Abraham/Abram Rosenfeld and Lena or Devora.

Seth’s paternal grandmother was Rhoda Blatt (the daughter of David/Dana Blatt and Anna Lichblau/Lichtblau). Rhoda was born in New York. David and Anna were born in New York, both of them to German Jewish parents. Anna was the daughter of Hershel Lichtblau and Gussie.

Seth’s maternal grandfather was Benjamin Morton Gesshel (the son of Meyer/Meir Gesshel and Kaela/Kate Bor). Benjamin was born in Pennsylvania, to Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire. Meir was from Kraslava, Latvia. Kaela was from Dagda, Kraslava, Latvia, the daughter of Eli Isaac Bore and Dora.

Seth’s maternal grandmother was Pearl Schwartz (the daughter of Hershel/Harry Schwartz and Rivka/Reba/Ruth/Becky Cooperman). Pearl was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish immigrants. Harry was from Kiev.

Sources: Interview with the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia –

Seth’s paternal grandfather, Abraham Greenblatt, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Abraham Greenblatt on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituaries of Seth’s paternal grandfather, Allen/Allan A. Green –

Marriage record of Seth’s paternal great-grandparents, David Greenblatt and Mollie/Molly Rosenfeld/Rosenfield –

Seth’s paternal great-grandparents, David Greenblatt and Mollie/Molly Rosenfeld/Rosenfield, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Seth’s paternal grandmother, Rhoda Blatt, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Seth’s maternal grandfather, Benjamin Morton Gesshel, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Seth’s maternal grandmother, Pearl Schwartz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

42 Responses

  1. typepope says:

    Seth Green is listed at this link as of partial Scottish ancestry:

    List of Scottish Americans
    “Seth Green, American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. Of partial Scottish ancestry”

  2. passingtime85 says:

    Is it worth noting he changed his name legally to only Seth Benjamin Green?

  3. madman says:

    Rhoda. —> Rhoda Blatt (the daughter of David Blatt and Anna Lichblau). David and Anna were both born in New York, both of them to German Jewish parents.

  4. Aaron Mcdonnell Zellenburg says:

    He looks very Scottish.

    • andrew says:

      wikipedia quote:

      In European culture, prior to the 20th century, red hair was often seen as a stereotypically Jewish trait: during the Spanish Inquisition, all those with red hair were identified as Jewish.[16] In Italy, red hair was associated with Italian Jews, and Judas was traditionally depicted as red-haired in Italian and Spanish art.[17] Writers from Shakespeare to Dickens would identify Jewish characters by giving them red hair.[18] The stereotype that red hair is Jewish remains in parts of Eastern Europe and Russia.

      • follers says:

        Essau, the grandson of the first Jews, Abraham and Sarah, had red hair.

      • ashash says:

        People seem to associate red hair with the Irish these days.

        • sarahle says:

          right, but the country with the most people having red hair is actually scotland.

          • pookerella says:

            Red hair is Norway, Sweden, Iceland. (Erik the Red?) The Vikings brought it to England, Ireland AND Scotland. Just like all people with blue eyes are somehow related, so are all people who carry the redhead gene.

      • pookerella says:

        Very true Andrew. It is said that many Jews migrated North with the Romans to England, Scotland and Ireland. Whether they were redheads at the time is unknown. It is though that when the Vikings invaded, they brought the red hair with them and spread it over Europe. I don’t know if this is speculation or fact, but they are, somehow, related. One thing, I think it’s funny how people deem the English as “purebreds” — they are the biggest mutts in Europe.

    • pookerella says:

      I disagree, I think he looks very Jewish. Many, many Jews left with the Romans heading to England. On both sides of my family there is a T Haplogroup which is only traced back to deriving from England.

  5. J.J. says:

    correction; it should say jewish (Russian, Scottish and Polish)

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