Zak Orth

Orth in 2015, photo by Debby Wong/

Birth Name: Adam Zachary Orth

Place of Birth: Libertyville, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 15, 1970

Ethnicity: German, smaller amounts of English and French-Canadian

Zak Orth is an American actor.

Zak is the son of Jane, a piano teacher, and Robert Orth, an opera singer.

Zak’s paternal grandfather was Carl Phillip Orth (the son of Carl/Karl Phillip Orth and Caroline/Karoline/Carolina Pfaff). Zak’s grandfather Carl was born in Banja Luka/Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to ethnic German parents. Zak’s great-grandfather Carl was the son of Friedrick/Friederich Orth and Phillipina/Philippine Bieber. Caroline was born in Budapest, the daughter of Peter Pfaff and Elisabeth/Elizabeth Butscher/Butcher.

Zak’s paternal grandmother is the daughter of Carl Michael Sohn and Elizabeth Johanna Kreuz. Carl was born in Marborn, Germany, the son of Jacob Sohn and Margareta Peter. Elizabeth was born in Illinois, the daughter of Ernst Carl/Charles Kreuz and Anna Margarete Backenhaus, who were German.

Zak’s maternal grandfather was Charles Edward Oehms (the son of Henry Christian Oehms and Edith Eliza Evans). Charles was born in Illinois. Henry was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Germany. Edith was born in Illinois, to parents from England.

Zak’s maternal grandmother was Ellen Lillian Menard (the daughter of Edward Emile Menard and Clara Anne Marie Oehldrich). Ellen was born in Illinois. Edward was the son of Toussaint Samuel Maynard, who was French-Canadian, and of Lucy C. Cottin/Cotton, whose parents were Canadian. Clara was the daughter of William/Wilhelm Earnest Oehldrich, whose parents were German, and of Anna Fenn, whose father was English, from Essex, and whose mother was German.

Sources: Zak’s maternal grandfather, Charles Edward Oehms, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Zak’s maternal grandmother, Ellen Lillian (Menard) Oehms –

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