Walt Gorney

Birth Name: Walter Gorney

Date of Birth: April 12, 1912

Place of Birth: Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Austria)

Date of Death: March 5, 2004

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

Ethnicity: Polish

Walt Gorney was an American actor. He is known for playing Crazy Ralph in the Friday the 13th films.

He was born in Vienna, to Zofia/Katrina (Kania) and Jan/John Górny. His parents were of Polish descent. His family moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S., when he was a child.

Walt’s paternal grandfather was Stanisław Górny (the son of Jan Górny and Katarzyna Matlak). Stanislaw was born in Lipowa.

Walt’s paternal grandmother was Anna Tarnawa (the daughter of Józef Tarnawa and Zofia Migdal). Anna was born in Buczkowice. Józef was the son of Tomasz Tarnawa and Ewa Jęrzysik. Zofia was the daughter of Maciej Migdał and Anna Gluza.

Walt’s maternal grandfather was Jan Kania (the son of Szymon Kania and Marianna Gluza). Jan was born in Buczkowice. Szymon was the son of Józef Kania and Katarzyna Wrona. Marianna was the daughter of Tomasz Gluza and Katarzyna Gruszecka.

Walt’s maternal grandmother was Marianna Gebala (the daughter of Jakub Gębala and Anna Gluza). Marianna was born in Meszna. Jakub was the son of Tomasz Gębala and Marianna Stachura. Anna was the daughter of Wojciech Gluza and Marianna Grygiel.

Sources: Genealogy of Walt Gorney – https://www.geni.com

Walt Gorney on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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