Actor Jeff Goldblum was rumored to have died
the same day as Michael Jackson, but reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. His days are numbered, though, so I did some work on his obituary.
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born 22 Oct. 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Dr. Harold L. and Shirley S. (Temeles) Goldblum. His father (whose obituary may be read here
) was the son of Joseph and Lillian (Leventon) Goldblum of Pittsburgh. Dr. Goldblum's mother's maiden name was suggested by this article
about his brother, which mentions an uncle Max Leventon, Census records confirm that Lillian and Max were siblings, children of Russian immigrants Harry and Sarah Leventon. Note also that Max Leventon witnessed Joseph Goldblum's petition for naturalization
Jeff's paternal grandfather sought to stymie future genealogists by changing his name to "Goldblum," but it didn't work. Joseph Goldblum was born Josef Povartzik, 15 May 1896 in Tinkowitz, Minsk, Russia (now Timkovichi, Belarus), and arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, 25 Nov. 1911 aboard the S.S. Rhein
. (His surname was also spelled "Powarczyk," "Powarczik," etc.) Joseph's father was Zelik Povartzik, who arrived in Philadelphia
aboard the S.S. Koln
, 23 Mar. 1911, and submitted his own petition for naturalization
Jeff Goldblum's maternal ancestry was no less Eastern European. His mother was born in West Virginia in 1926, the daughter of Samuel Louis and Anna G. (Katz) Temeles. Samuel was born 26 Feb. 1894 in Zloczów, Galicia (now Zolochiv, Ukraine), and died 18 Sept. 1939 in Weirton, West Virginia (his death certificate
). His parents were Abraham and Beila (Shapiro) Temeles, both natives of Podkamien, Galicia. Samuel arrived in New York
aboard the S.S. Amerika
, 28 May 1910. His father, Abraham, came by way of Montreal, Quebec
, in August 1911, with his mother arriving at Ellis Island
two months later.
Corrections and additions are welcome in the comments.