Steve Carell

Carell in 2007; Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Steven John Carell

Place of Birth: Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 16, 1962

*father – Italian, German
*mother – Polish

Steve Carell is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. His roles include The Office, Anchorman, and its sequel, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine, Over the Hedge, Evan Almighty, Horton Hears a Who!, Date Night, Dinner for Schmucks, Crazy, Stupid, Love; The Way, Way Back; Foxcatcher, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Beautiful Boy, and Vice, among many others.

Steve was born in Concord, and raised nearby in Acton, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet Theresa (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His uncle Stanley Koch worked with scientist Allen B. DuMont to invent cathode ray tubes. His father’s original surname, Caroselli, was shortened to Carell. On his father’s side, Steve is of Italian and German ancestry. On his mother’s side, Steve is of Polish descent. He was raised Catholic. Steve is married to actress, comedian, and writer Nancy Carell, with whom he has two children.

While Steve has played several Jewish characters (including in three consecutive major films, a rarity for a major star of any background), he is not of Jewish heritage.

Steve’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Caroselli (the son of Amanzio Caroselli and Marianna/Marsanina/Marcasciano Ricco). Ernest was an Italian emigrant, born in Bari, Apulia, Italy.

Steve’s paternal grandmother was Marie G. Egle (the daughter of August W. Egle and Mary A. Boullay). Steve’s grandmother Marie was born in New York. August was a German immigrant. Steve’s great-grandmother Mary Boullay was born in New York, the daughter of German immigrant parents, Nicholas Boullay and Jo Hanna.

Steve’s maternal grandfather was Zygmont/Zigmund/Zygmond/Sigmund Koch (the son of Joseph Koch and Mary/Crestene/Custene Porcheskey/Pascoff). Zygmont is listed as born in Russia in one record and in Vilnius, Lithuania in another record, and was possibly of ethnic Polish descent. The name Pascoff may have been misspelled on records.

Steve’s maternal grandmother was Frances Victoria Tolosky (the daughter of Tuffield/Tebfis/Tropin Theophilo/Theophile Tolosky and Mary/Martiana Brunnwyko/Burranaski/Burnak/Burnika). Frances was born in New York, to Polish parents.

Sources: Genealogies of Steve Carell –

Marriage record of Steve’s paternal grandparents, Ernest Caroselli and Marie G. Egle –

Steve’s paternal grandfather, Ernest Caroselli, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Steve’s paternal grandmother, Marie G. Egle, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Steve’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage records of Steve’s maternal grandparents, Zygmont/Zigmund/Zygmond/Sigmund Koch and Frances Victoria Tolosky –

Steve’s maternal grandparents, Zygmont/Zigmund/Zygmond/Sigmund Koch and Frances Victoria Tolosky, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of Steve’s maternal grandfather, Zygmont/Zigmund/Zygmond/Sigmund Koch –

Steve’s maternal grandmother, Frances Victoria Tolosky, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Steve’s maternal grandmother, Frances Victoria (Tolosky) Koch –


Curious about ethnicity

68 Responses

  1. nickidewbear says:

    Is it possible that Steve Carell is also of Jewish descent? My own family comes from both openly-Jewish and secretly Jewish families; and one side tried to pass as Poles, etc. for multiple reasons.

  2. Oaken05 says:

    I’m confused. His maternal grandfather seems to be half German with a name like Koch. Wouldn’t this make his mother a 1/4 German, then?

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