Simon Helberg

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Helberg in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Simon Maxwell Helberg

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 9, 1980

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Simon Helberg is an American actor, comedian, and musician. He is the son of Harriet, a casting director, and Sandy Helberg, an actor.

Simon was raised initially in Conservative Judaism, and later in Reform Judaism. He had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Simon’s father was born in Frankfurt, Allied-occupied Germany, to parents who were Holocaust survivors.

Simon is married to Jocelyn Towne, an actress, producer, and director, whose uncle (father’s brother) is screenwriter Robert Towne (who is also Jewish). The couple has two children.

Simon’s paternal grandfather was Sam/Samuel/Shmuel Helberg (the son of Moszek/Moses Pinkus Helberg and Rose Rachel/Ruchla Lask). Sam was born in Będzin, Silesia, Poland. Moshe was the son of Dawid Helberg.

Simon’s paternal grandmother was Tonya/Tonia/Tova Altman (the daughter of Shmuel/Szmul Altman and Tauba Kiwkowicz). Tonya was born in Będzin, Silesia.

Simon’s maternal grandfather was named Phillip Birnbaum (the son of Morris Birnbaum and Leah). Phillip was born in Russia.

Simon’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Radomsky (the daughter of Charles Radomsky and Esther Finkelstein). Lillian was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents. Charles was the son of Lazar Radomsky and Sarah. Esther was born in Radom.

Sources: Obituary of Sam’s paternal grandmother, Tonya/Tonia/Tova (Altman) Helberg –

Genealogy of Simon Helberg –

Simon’s maternal grandmother, Lillian Radomsky, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. J.J. says:

    correction; his eyes are grey/green

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