Stephen Lang

2011 Fox All-Star Party

Lang in 2011, photo by

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 11, 1952

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Irish, some German

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, Raymond Cham, Jr., Noah Emmerich, Lily James, Jessica Lange, Logan Lerman, Robert Morley, Brett Pierce, Ben Rosenfield, Andy Samberg, and Wallace Shawn, musicians Tom Cochrane, Paula Cole, and Alex Pall, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are others whose grandparents were born in four individual countries.


Stephen’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Stephen’s paternal grandparents, Dezso/Daniel Lang and Ida Ruth Kaslowitsky/Kaslow/Caslow –

Stephen’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Stephen’s maternal grandparents, Albert W. Volmer/Volmar and Lucy Eveline/Evelyn Mortimer, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Stephen’s maternal grandfather, Albert W. Volmer/Volmar –

Stephen’s maternal grandfather, Albert W. Volmer/Volmar, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. bablah says:

    Mother on a census:

    Maternal grandparents were Albert Volmer/Volmar and Lucy Evelyn.
    Lucy was from King’s County, Ireland.

    On this census it says Albert’s parents were from New York and England:

    These are his parents Albert Volmer (German) and Theresa Flynn (born in England to Irish parents):

    Mary was most likely Theresa’s mother, not Albert’s. Albert’s parent’s weere Albert and Elizabeth from Hesse-Kassel, Germany.

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