Birth Name: Zachary Wolfe Galligan
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 14, 1964
Ethnicity: Irish (approximately 11/16ths), along with one eighth Ashkenazi Jewish, with the remainder being English, and distant Dutch and French
Zach Galligan is an American actor. He is known for starring in the blockbuster horror-fantasy films Gremlins (1984) and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), as well as the Waxwork films.
Zach is the son of Carol, a psychologist, and Arthur Galligan, a lawyer. His father’s ancestry is three quarters Irish, and his mother’s is five eighths Irish. One of his maternal great-grandfathers was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. The rest of his ancestry is English, with more distant Dutch and French.
Zach’s paternal grandfather was John Edward Galligan (the son of James Thomas Galligan and Ellen O’Donnell). John was born in New York. James was born in New York, to Irish parents, James Galligan and Margaret “Maggie” Gaffney. Ellen was Irish.
Zach’s paternal grandmother was Katherine Lauretta Turbush (the daughter of James Henry Turbush and Rose Frances Mallon). Katherine was born in New York. James was born in Connecticut, of English, and more distant Dutch and French, descent, and was the son of Joseph Henry Turbush and Anna B. Dauchy. Rose was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, Peter A. Mallon and Bridget Donlon.
Zach’s maternal grandfather was Albert Joseph Wolfe (the son of Charles Ignaz Wolfe and Mary/May Leahy). Albert was born in New York. Charles was an Austrian Jewish emigrant, from Vienna, the son of Samuel Wilhelm Wolf and Johanna Mühlhoffer. Mary was born in Pennsylvania, of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Patrick Leahy and Hannah O’Neill.
Zach’s maternal grandmother was Harriet Muriel Brady (the daughter of Charles Augustus Brady and Harriet C. “Hattie” Foley). Muriel was born in New York. Charles was born in New York, the son of Owen Brady, who was Irish, and of Francis/Frances Chapman, who was likely of English descent. Zach’s great-grandmother Harriet was also born in New York, also to Irish parents, John Foley and Ellen Quinlan.
Sources: Zach’s paternal grandfather, John Edward Galligan, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Zach’s paternal grandmother, Katherine Lauretta Turbush, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Birth record of Zach’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles Ignaz Wolfe – https://www.familysearch.org
Zach’s maternal grandmother, Harriet Muriel Brady, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Zach’s maternal great-grandparents, Charles Augustus Brady and Harriet C. “Hattie” Foley – https://www.familysearch.org