Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 11, 1952
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish, some German (mother)
Stephen Lang is an American actor and playwright.
He is known for his roles in the films Gettysburg, Avatar, and Don’t Breathe and its sequel, among many others. He is the son of Theresa (Volmer) and Eugene Lang (Eugene Michael Lang), a prominent businessperson and philanthropist, who founded the REFAC Technology Development Corporation in 1951; he donated much of his net worth to charity.
Stephen’s father was Jewish. His mother was Catholic, and was of three quarters Irish and one quarter German ancestry. His sister, Jane Lang, is a lawyer, arts philanthropist, and arts education promoter.
Stephen is married to costume designer and teacher Kristina Watson, with whom he has four children.
Stephen’s paternal grandfather was Dezso/Daniel Lang (the son of Samuel Lang and Fanny Rusznyak). Dezso was a Hungarian Jewish emigrant, who was born in Bodony.
Stephen’s paternal grandmother was Ida Ruth Kaslowitsky/Kaslow/Caslow (the daughter of Max Kaslowitsky/Kaslountsky and Anne Cohen/Kahn). Ida was born in France or in Minsk, Russia, to German Jewish parents.
Stephen’s maternal grandfather was Albert W. Volmer/Volmar (the son of Albert Volmer and Theresa Flynn). Stephen’s grandfather Albert was born in New York. Stephen’s great-grandfather Albert was born in New York, to German parents, from Hesse-Kassel, and was the son of Albert Volmer and Elizabeth. Theresa was born in England, to Irish parents, with her mother’s name being Mary.
Stephen’s maternal grandmother was Lucy Eveline/Evelyn Mortimer (the daughter of Charles Mortimer and Jane Anne Callanan). Lucy was from King’s County, Ireland.
Each of Stephen’s grandparents was born in a different country, something that is fairly rare. Actors Remy Auberjonois, Hart Bochner, Noah Emmerich, Jessica Lange, Logan Lerman, Robert Morley, Brett Pierce, Ben Rosenfield, Andy Samberg, and Wallace Shawn, singer and songwriter Paula Cole, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are others whose grandparents were born in four distinct countries.
Stephen’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Stephen’s paternal grandparents, Dezso/Daniel Lang and Ida Ruth Kaslowitsky/Kaslow/Caslow – https://www.familysearch.org
Stephen’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Stephen’s maternal grandparents, Albert W. Volmer/Volmar and Lucy Eveline/Evelyn Mortimer, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Birth record of Stephen’s maternal grandfather, Albert W. Volmer/Volmar – https://familysearch.org
Stephen’s maternal grandfather, Albert W. Volmer/Volmar, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org