William Levy

Levy in 2012, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: William Gutiérrez Levy

Place of Birth: Cojimar, Havana, Cuba

Date of Birth: August 29, 1980

*75% Cuban/Spanish-Cuban
*25% Jewish

William Levy is a Cuban and American actor and model.

William was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to Florida during his teen years, where he was raised by his mother, Bárbara Levy. William’s maternal grandfather was Jewish. It appears that the rest of William’s ancestry is Cuban/Spanish-Cuban. William was raised in a household without religion. He has practiced Catholicism since the late 2000s.

William has two children with his former partner, Mexican-American model and actress Elizabeth Gutiérrez.

William has said:

My grandfather went to Cuba when he was a little boy. He was Jewish. My grandmother was from Spain. They met. My grandfather didn’t care if he was Jewish. He fell in love with her and he married her… My grandfather is a very great man. He was the one who did everything for me because I didn’t have my dad next to me. I grew up with my mom, with my grandmother and him.

William’s maternal grandmother is named Eusebia Noguera.

Source: William talks about his Jewish background (in Spanish) – http://www.oem.com.mx

22 Responses

  1. Oaken05 says:

    It’s my understanding that his name is “William Guiterrez Levy,” which would make sense since the paternal surname has to come first. You need a paternal and maternal surname in Cuba to register a birth, and it’s my understanding that that is regardless of whether or not the father is known or involved.

    What I’m curious about is whether the paternal “Gutierrez” surname comes from? Was it the actual father’s surname, or maybe the mother’s maternal surname? Maybe it’s just one she chose to register the birth?

    Anyway, here is his mother: https://www.zimbio.com/photos/William+Levy/Univision+Premios+Juventud+Awards+Arrivals/I6pJkpVUh2e

  2. TB says:

    Specifically European Jewish since it’s an ethnicity as well. Either Ashkenazi or Sephardic.

  3. TB says:

    I don’t know why he didn’t specify where his Jewish grandfather was from ? Many Jews from eastern Europe fled to Cuba as a halfway point to eventually immigrate to the U.S. Mainly in 1930s through 40s when Anti-Semitism and Nazism was on the rise. This has contributed to why South Florida has the third largest Jewish community in the U.S.

  4. Mixed Kidd says:

    Looks 100% European to me.

  5. bablah says:

    Maternal grandmother is Eusebia Noguera.

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