Birth Name: Zachary Edward Snyder
Place of Birth: Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 1, 1966
Ethnicity: German, English
Zack Snyder is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer. He has directed the films Dawn of the Dead (2004), 300, Watchmen (2009), Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Sucker Punch, Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and Army of the Dead. He also co-wrote his 300, Sucker Punch, and Army of the Dead, as well as 300: Rise of an Empire. He co-founded production company The Stone Quarry, formerly Cruel and Unusual Films.
Zack is the son of Marsha Manley (Reeves), a painter and photography teacher, and Charles Edward Snyder, an executive recruiter. He was raised in Riverside, Connecticut. He grew up in Christian Science.
Zack is married to producer Deborah Snyder (née Johnson). He has had four children with his former wife Denise Weber; two children with his former partner, line producer Kirsten Elin; and two children with Deborah. Four of his children were adopted.
Zack’s paternal grandfather was named Henry L. Snyder (who likely was the son of Charles Snyder and Emma Hibler). Henry was born in New Jersey.
Zack’s paternal grandmother was Harriett Weidner (the daughter of David Crawford Weidner and Meta A. Roes). Harriett was born in New York. David was the son of Charles Hermon Weidner and Harriet Melinda Holyoke. Meta was born in Germany, the daughter of John Roes and Adelheide Schrieff.
Zack’s maternal grandfather was Edgar Earl Reeves (the son of Edgar/Edward Roger/E. Reeves and Catherine Derby). Zack’s grandfather Edgar was born in Tupper Lake, New York. Zack’s great-grandfather Edgar was the son of Joseph Reeves and Adeline “Addie” Hickok. Catherine was the daughter of George Monroe Derby and Amelia S. Sheffield.
Zack’s maternal grandmother was Helen Danforth Manley (the daughter of John R. Batchelder Manley and Jennie Minerva Danforth). Helen was born in Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, United States. She was a Mayflower descendant. John was the son of John Batchelder Manley and Ellen Biscoe Lord. Jennie was the daughter of Oliver Harwood Danforth and Sarah Hills.
Marriage record of Zack’s maternal grandparents, Edgar Earl Reeves and Helen Danforth Manley – https://www.familysearch.org
Birth record of Zack’s maternal grandmother, Helen Danforth Manley – https://www.familysearch.org