Samberg was born in Berkeley, California on August 18, 1978. His mother, Marjorie Isabel "Margi" (Marrow), is an elementary school teacher, and his father, Joe, is a photographer. He has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow. Samberg was raised in a Jewish family, and describes himself as "not particularly religious. " In a 2019 episode of Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. , Samberg discovered that his mother Marjorie, who was adopted, is the biological daughter of a Sicilian father (Salvatore Maida) who immigrated in 1925, and a German Jewish refugee mother (Ellen Philipsborn), who had come to the U. S. in 1938; they met in San Francisco. Samberg's adoptive grandfather was industrial psychologist and philanthropist Alfred J. Marrow, through whom he is a third cousin to U. S. Senator Tammy Baldwin.
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