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. Thenabster says:

    Didn’t he say he had a bit of Scottish?

  2. follers says:

    He’s just Jewish. Polish and Russian is Jewish, of course, and then he just threw in Scottish for some reason. Maybe his Jewish ancestors passed through Scotland for a generation, like Carter Jenkins’ passed through Wales.

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