Tony Kushner

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Kushner in 2013, photo by

Birth Name: Anthony Robert Kushner

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

Date of Birth: July 16, 1956

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Tony Kushner is an American playwright and screenwriter.

He is the son of Sylvia, a clarinetist, and William David Kushner, a bassoonist and conductor. His father was born in Louisiana. His mother was born in New York. Tony was raised mostly in the seat of Calcasieu Parish, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is married to journalist and author Mark Harris.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Tony’s genetic ancestry is:

*97.5% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
*2.2% Nonspecific European
*0.1% Finnish
*0.1% Scandinavian
*0.1% Nonspecific East Asian
*<0.1% Central and South African
*<0.1% No Match

Tony’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Kushner (the son of Ezrael Kushner and Hannah Packman). Samuel was born in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Ezrael was born in Russia, the son of Louis Kushner and Cecilia. Hannah was born in Lithuania.

Tony’s paternal grandmother was Lily/Lilly Donn (the daughter of David Wolf/William Donn and Mary Kessler). Lilly was born in New York. David was the son of Eli Donn.

Tony’s maternal grandfather was David Ber/Benjamin Deutscher (the son of Pinchas Deutscher and Chany/Hannah Sumer/Zimmer). Benjamin was born in Nadvirna, Ivano-Frankivs’ka oblast, Ukraine. Chany was the daughter of Chaim Meier Sumer/Zimmer and Dwora Ruchel.

Tony’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Judes Bard (the daughter of Salomon/Schlome Mendel Bard and Ruchel “Rose” Gehlman/Gillman). Sarah was born in Khorostkiv, Husyatyns’kyi district, Ternopil’s’ka oblast, Ukraine. Salomon was the son of Schaje Bard and Sosie. Rose was the daughter of Schaje/Schaja Gehlman and Lea.

Source: Genealogy of Tony Kushner –

3 Responses

  1. bearboy says:

    He is part Finnish and Scandinavian.

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