Steven E. de Souza

de Souza in 2019, photo by kathclick/

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 17, 1947

*father – Sephardi Jewish, likely some English
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Steven E. de Souza is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. He is known for writing blockbuster action films such as Commando (1985), Die Hard (1988), and Judge Dredd (1995), among others.

His brother is producer, editor, and actor Daniel de Souza. He is married to writer and producer Jeri Barchilon. Among his children is casting director Amy de Souza, and producer and writer David de Souza.

His father was mostly of Sephardi Jewish ancestry, with recent ancestors born in Jamaica, Curaçao, Barbados, and England, who had deeper roots in Portugal and Spain. He also likely had some English (non Jewish) ancestry. One of his paternal ancestors is said to have been Jewish pirate Moses Cohen Henriques.

His mother was of Russian Jewish descent.

Steven’s paternal grandfather was Hedley/Headley Henriques de Souza (the son of Elisha Henriques de Souza and Hortensia Silveira/Silvera da Costa). Hedley was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Hortensia was born in Kingston, the daughter of Jacob Rodrigues da Costa and Selina Jane Roberts, who likely was of English descent.

Steven’s paternal grandmother was Edith Grace Alexander (the daughter of Uriah Montefiore Alexander and Amanda de Souza). Edith was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Uriah was born in Kingston, the son of Melmouth Joseph Alexander and Grace Lopes da Fonseca. Amanda was born in Jamaica, the daughter of Joseph Henriques de Souza and Rebecca Pereira.

Steven’s maternal grandfather likely was named Harry E. Green. Harry was born in Russia.

Steven’s maternal grandmother likely was named Pearl. Pearl was born in Russia.

Sources: Information on Steven’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Jacob Rodrigues da Costa and Selina Jane Roberts –

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