Jewish People in Show Business

by archerboy58 | created - 03 Jan 2016 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

1. Bud Abbott

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. He himself worked in carnivals while still a child and dropped out of ...

2. Mason Adams

Actor | Son in Law

Mason Adams was well known for playing Pepper Young on the popular radio soap opera series Pepper Young's Family throughout the 1940 and 1950s. He was also heard on most of the successful radio programs during radio's "Golden Age." In the 1970s, Adams was frequently heard on Himan Brown's CBS ...

3. Jay Adler

Actor | The Killing

Jay Adler was born on September 26, 1896 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Killing (1956), Cry Danger (1951) and The Big Combo (1955). He died on September 23, 1978 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

4. Luther Adler

Actor | D.O.A.

The actor and Broadway director Luther Adler was born into a Yiddish theatrical dynasty. One of the six children born to Jacob P. and Sara Adler, he made his debut in the world in New York City on May 4, 1903, originally billed as Lutha J. Adler. His full siblings Charles, Jay, Julia, and Stella (...

5. Charlie Adler

Actor | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Charles is an Emmy Award winning Dialogue Director, Annie Award Acting Nominee, Dramalogue Winning Actor, Helen Hayes Award Acting Nominee and Casting Director. Successfully going from genre to genre, he has lent his Dialogue Direction talents to the remake of "The Nutty Professor" starring legend ...

6. Jack Albertson

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

A former song-and-dance man and veteran of vaudeville, burlesque and Broadway, Jack Albertson is best known to audiences as "The Man" in the TV series Chico and the Man (1974), for which he won an Emmy. In 1968 Albertson, the brother of actress Mabel Albertson, won the Oscar for Best Supporting ...

7. Jason Alexander

Actor | Seinfeld

Jason Greenspan adopted the stage name Jason Alexander while still in high school in New Jersey. He was soon appearing in Broadway plays and movies, then in the hit TV series, Seinfeld (1989), from 1990 to 1998. Alexander also directs and produces films.

8. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

9. Morey Amsterdam

Actor | The Dick Van Dyke Show

Born in Chicago, Morey Amsterdam started in vaudeville at the age of 14, as a straight man for his piano-playing brother. His father, a concert violinist who worked with the Chicago Opera and the San Francisco Symphony, wanted Morey to pursue a career in classical music but Morey had other plans. ...

10. Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson

Director | The Son-of-a-Gun

American actor-director-writer-producer Gilbert M. Anderson, father of the movie cowboy and the first Western star, was born Maxwell Henry Aronson in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents, Esther (Ash) and Henry Aronson, were from New York. His father was from a German Jewish family, and his mother ...

11. Judd Apatow

Producer | Girls

Judd Apatow was born on December 6, 1967 in Syosset, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Girls (2012), Knocked Up (2007) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005). He has been married to Leslie Mann since June 9, 1997. They have two children.

12. Allan Arbus

Actor | M*A*S*H

Allan Arbus was born on February 15, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA as Allan Franklin Arbus. He was an actor, known for M*A*S*H (1972), The Electric Horseman (1979) and Working Stiffs (1979). He was married to Mariclare Costello and Diane Nemerov. He died on April 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, ...

13. Adam Arkin

Actor | Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

Adam Arkin was born on August 19, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Chicago Hope (1994) and Northern Exposure (1990). He has been married to Michelle Dunker since September 2, 2017. He was previously married ...

14. Alan Arkin

Actor | Argo

Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer.

He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946, the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to ...

15. Sig Arno

Actor | The Palm Beach Story

Sig Arno was born on December 27, 1895 in Hamburg, Germany as Siegfried Aron. He was an actor and director, known for The Palm Beach Story (1942), Die Nacht ohne Pause (1931) and Manon Lescaut (1926). He was married to Kitty Mattern, Barbara Kiranoff and Caroline Dahms. He died on August 17, 1975 ...

16. Tom Arnold

Actor | True Lies

Tom Arnold was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Linda (Graham) and Jack Arnold. After his parents divorced, he was raised by his father. In 1983, he got his first taste of stand-up comedy when he performed at open microphone nights at the University of Iowa. Tom's comedy career had its ups and downs over ...

17. Richmond Arquette

Actor | Zodiac

Richmond Arquette was born on August 21, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Broken Blood (2013).

18. David Arquette

Actor | Scream 3

The youngest of five, David Arquette was born in Winchester, Virginia and is part of the illustrious Arquette family, whose work has spread over several generations. His parents, Lewis Arquette, an actor, and Brenda Denaut (née Nowak), an acting teacher and therapist, had 4 other children: Rosanna ...

19. Edward Asner

Actor | Up

Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts him tied with Mary Tyler Moore, both of whom rank second to their "Mary Tyler Moore (1970) Show" co-star, Cloris Leachman who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 nods for a ...

20. Artie Auerbach

Actor | The Jack Benny Program

Artie Auerbach was born on May 17, 1903 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Jack Benny Program (1950), Here Comes Elmer (1943) and Some Time Soon (1937). He was married to Doris and Cleo Morgan. He died on October 3, 1957 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

21. Jean-Pierre Aumont

Actor | Lili

Another in the long line of dramatically handsome foreign imports who made an immediate impact on WWII Hollywood was debonair French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont. The epitome of grace and sophistication, the stylish leading man went on to have a long and respectful career on stage, film and TV, both ...

22. Hank Azaria

Actor | The Simpsons

Hank Azaria was born on April 25, 1964 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Henry Albert Azaria. He is an actor, known for The Simpsons (1989), Free Agents (2011) and The Birdcage (1996). He was previously married to Helen Hunt.

23. Carl Ballantine

Actor | Love, American Style

Part of the motley crew commandeered by Ernest Borgnine on the popular 1960s TV series McHale's Navy (1962), tall, gangly, beady-eyed, bulb-nosed comic actor Carl Ballantine was better known in other ports as the ultimate "magician". Billed as "The Amazing Ballantine," "The Great Ballantine" and "...

24. Martin Balsam

Actor | All the President's Men

Martin Henry Balsam was born on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, New York City, to Lillian (Weinstein) and Albert Balsam, a manufacturer of women's sportswear. He was the first-born child. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and his mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. ...

25. John Banner

Actor | Hogan's Heroes

John Banner, who achieved television immortality for his portrayal of the Luftwaffe POW camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series Hogan's Heroes (1965). He was born on Tuesday, January 28th, 1910 in Vienna. Vienna was the capital of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The 28-year-old ...

26. Gene Barry

Actor | The War of the Worlds

With effortless class and elegant charm Gene Barry took 50's and 60's TV by storm, after a rather lackluster start on the musical stage and in films. Born Eugene Klass in New York City on June 14, 1919, to Martin (an amateur violinist), and Eva (an amateur singer), he showed a gift at an early age ...

27. Sandy Becker

Actor | Captain America

Sandy Becker was born on February 19, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA as Sanford George Becker. He is known for his work on Captain America (1966), Robert Montgomery Presents (1950) and King Leonardo and His Short Subjects (1960). He was married to Cherie. He died on April 9, 1996 in ...

28. Terry Becker

Director | The Thirsty Dead

Terry Becker was born on August 5, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA as Solomon Becker. He is known for his work on The Thirsty Dead (1974), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) and Mission: Impossible (1966). He was married to Erlinda C. Smith and Jeanetta M. Lewis. He died on December 30, ...

29. Michael Bell

Actor | The Transformers: The Movie

Michael Bell was born on July 30, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Transformers: The Movie (1986), Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) and Sonic the Hedgehog (1993). He has been married to Victoria Carroll since January 1, 1968. They have one child.

30. Richard Belzer

Actor | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

A social misfit, was kicked out of every school he ever attended, due to his uncontrollable wit. His mother (Frances) died of breast cancer when Richard was 18. His father (Charles) committed suicide when he was 22. A dedication is written to him in Richard Belzer's "UFO's, JFK, and Elvis: ...

31. H. Jon Benjamin

Actor | Archer

H. Jon Benjamin was born on May 23, 1966 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Archer (2009), Home Movies (1999) and Wet Hot American Summer (2001).

32. Jack Benny

Actor | The Jack Benny Program

The son of a saloonkeeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school and joined...

33. Paul Ben-Victor

Actor | Daredevil

Actor Paul Ben-Victor has built a career on the small and big screen with rolls in over 60 films like Get Hard with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell, Grudgematch with Robert De Niro, Daredevil with Ben Affleck, A Civil Action with John Travolta, The Rookie directed by Clint Eastwood, Houseguest, The ...

34. Abraham Benrubi

Actor | George of the Jungle

Abraham Benrubi was born on October 4, 1969 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi. He is an actor, known for George of the Jungle (1997), Open Range (2003) and Without a Paddle (2004).

35. Robby Benson

Actor | Beauty and the Beast

Robby Benson was born on January 21, 1956 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Robin David Segal. He is an actor and director, known for Beauty and the Beast (1991), Friends (1994) and One on One (1977). He has been married to Karla DeVito since July 11, 1982. They have two children.

36. Milton Berle

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Milton Berle was born Milton Berlinger on July 12, 1908, in New York City. He was educated at New York Professional Children's School and began performing at age 5. His first stage appearance was in "Florodora" in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He appeared at the Palace Theater in New York in 1931, ...

37. Warren Berlinger

Actor | The Cannonball Run

Warren Berlinger was born on August 31, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for The Cannonball Run (1981), Thunder Alley (1967) and That Thing You Do! (1996). He was previously married to Betty Lou Keim.

38. Shelley Berman

Actor | You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Shelley Berman began studying acting shortly after he was honorably discharged from the US navy. He enrolled as a drama student at Chicago's Goodman Theater, where he met Sarah Herman, another aspiring thespian. They fell in love and were married in 1947. After graduating from the Goodman Theater, ...

39. Herschel Bernardi

Actor | Peter Gunn

The character actor Herschel Bernadi was born into a theatrical family on October 30, 1923 in New York, New York. The Yiddish-language theater in the United States was centered in New York City's Lower East Side, on Second Avenue, and the Bernardi family were stage people who plied their craft in ...

40. Joe Besser

Actor | Let's Make Love

Joe Besser was born on August 12, 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri. Short, chubby, balding, childish character actor who began his career on the vaudeville circuit before breaking into films in the early 1930s. He was a frequent foil of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in their films and played Stinky on ...

41. Turhan Bey

Actor | Night in Paradise

Popular leading man in 1940's Hollywood who, with his suave demeanor, exotically handsome looks and well-modulated voice, was first called upon to portray mysterious or villainous characters. Soon he would be teamed with other "exotics" (e.g. Maria Montez and Sabu) in a series of escapist ...

42. Theodore Bikel

Actor | The Defiant Ones

Theodore Bikel is one of the most versatile and respected actors and performers of his generation. A master of languages, dialects and accents, he has played every sort of film villain and semi-bad guy imaginable, and always adds depth, dimension and even sympathy to characters that would end up as...

43. Joey Bishop

Actor | The Joey Bishop Show

Perpetually glum standup comedian Joey Bishop was born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb on February 3, 1918, in the Bronx, New York. He was the youngest of five children of Chana "Anna" (Siegel) and Jacob Gottlieb, a bicycle repairman. His father was an Austrian Jewish immigrant and his mother was a ...

44. Jack Black

Actor | The School of Rock

Jack Black was born Thomas Jacob Black in Santa Monica, California, to Judith Love (Cohen) and Thomas William Black, both satellite engineers. He is of British-German (father) and Russian Jewish (mother) ancestry. Black attended the University of California at Los Angeles. While at UCLA, he was a ...

45. Mel Blanc

Actor | Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Mel Blanc, known as "The Man of Thousand Voices" is regarded as the most prolific actor to ever work in Hollywood with over a thousand screen credits. He developed and performed nearly 400 distinct character voices with precision and a uniquely expressive vocal range. The legendary specialist from ...

46. Noel Blanc

Actor | Family Guy

Noel Blanc was born on October 19, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Noel Barton Blanc. He is an actor, known for Family Guy (1998), Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) and Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005). He has been married to Katherine Hushaw since May 31, 1998. He was previously married ...

47. Steve Blum

Actor | Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira

With hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of "Spike Spiegel" from Cowboy Bebop, "Wolverine" from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more),...

48. Larry Blyden

Actor | On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Genial, dark-haired, often bespectacled Ivan Lawrence Blieden (pronounced Blee-den), better known as actor Larry Blyden, was born in Houston, Texas, the son of a lawyer. He developed an early interest in acting, appearing in various theater productions as a teen but never entertained the notion of ...

49. Jonah Bobo

Actor | Zathura: A Space Adventure

Jonah Bobo was born on January 24, 1997 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), Crazy Stupid Love (2011) and Disconnect (2012).

50. Sorrell Booke

Actor | The Dukes of Hazzard

Sorrell Booke was born in Buffalo, New York in 1930, the son of a local physician. He found his calling early in life, like most actors, when his family encouraged him to entertain relatives by doing impressions and telling jokes. He went on to study at Yale and Columbia University, and mastered ...

51. Richard Boone

Actor | The Richard Boone Show

Richard Allen Boone was born in Los Angeles, California, to Cecile Lillian (Beckerman) and Kirk Etna Boone, a wealthy corporate lawyer. His maternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, while his father was descended from a brother of frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Squire Boone.

Richard was a...

52. Tom Bosley

Actor | The Back-up Plan

Tom Bosley was born on October 1, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Thomas Edward Bosley. He was an actor, known for The Back-up Plan (2010), Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) and Happy Days (1974). He was married to Patricia Carr and Jean Eliot. He died on October 19, 2010 in Palm Springs, California, ...

53. Zach Braff

Actor | Garden State

Zach Braff was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, to Anne Hutchinson (Maynard), a clinical psychologist, and Harold Irwin Braff, a trial attorney. His father is from Russia and Austria, while Zach's mother, who is from a family with deep roots in New England. Zach attended Columbia High ...

54. Michael Bowen

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Michael Bowen was born on June 21, 1953 in Houston, Texas, USA as Michael Alexander Bowen. He is an actor, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Walking Tall (2004) and Jackie Brown (1997). He is married to Kristin Joy Jacobson. They have four children.

55. Matthew Broderick

Actor | The Producers

A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick (née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from...

56. Adrien Brody

Actor | The Pianist

Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the ...

57. Adam Brody

Actor | The O.C.

Adam Jared Brody was born and raised in San Diego, California, the son of Valerie Jill (Siefman), a graphic artist, and Mark Alan Brody, a lawyer. His parents, both originally from Michigan, are both from Jewish families (from Russia and Poland). Adam spent a lot of his teen years hanging out with ...

58. J. Edward Bromberg

Actor | The Mark of Zorro

J. Edward Bromberg was a founding member of the legendary Group Theatre. His appearance being rather short and stocky, Bromberg from the start was known as a character actor who was very respected by his peers. He was primarily a stage actor but in the mid-thirties made his way into film where he ...

59. Albert Brooks

Actor | Drive

Albert Brooks was born on July 22, 1947 in Beverly Hills, California, USA as Albert Lawrence Einstein. He is an actor and writer, known for Drive (2011), Defending Your Life (1991) and Broadcast News (1987). He has been married to Kimberly Shlain since March 15, 1997. They have two children.

60. Mel Brooks

Actor | Spaceballs

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...

61. William Bryant

Actor | Battlestar Galactica

William Bryant was born on January 31, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as William Robert Klein. He is known for his work on Battlestar Galactica (1978), Simon & Simon (1981) and Gable and Lombard (1976). He was married to Patricia. He died on June 26, 2001 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

62. George Burns

Actor | Oh, God!

George Burns was born on January 20, 1896 in New York City, New York, USA as Nathan Birnbaum. He was an actor and producer, known for Oh, God! (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and Going in Style (1979). He was married to Gracie Allen and Hannah Siegel. He died on March 9, 1996 in Beverly Hills, Los...

63. Pesach Burstein

Actor | Havu Banot L'Eilat

Pesach Burstein was born on April 15, 1896 in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire as Pesach-ke Burstein. He was an actor, known for Havu Banot L'Eilat (1964) and De Mike Burstyn show (1978). He was married to Lillian Lux. He died on April 6, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA.

64. Red Buttons

Actor | The Poseidon Adventure

Although Red Buttons is best known as a stand-up comic, he is also a successful songwriter, an Academy Award-winning actor (and has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards) and an accomplished singer. Born Aaron Chwatt in New York City's Lower East Side, Buttons (who got his name from a uniform ...

65. James Caan

Actor | The Godfather

A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred.

He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) ...

66. Sid Caesar

Actor | Grease

Comedian, saxophonist, composer, actor and musician, he performed within the orchestras of Charlie Spivak, Shep Fields and Claude Thornhill as saxophonist. Later, as super-hip jazz musician "Cool Cees" in television skits, he played tenor saxophone, and sang with the satirical trio "The Hair Cuts" ...

67. Howard Caine

Actor | Hogan's Heroes

At the age of 13 Howard Caine (family name Cohen) moved with his family from his hometown of Nashville, TN, to New York City, where he began studying acting. Learning to erase his Southern accent, he went on to became a master of 32 foreign and American dialects. After service in the Navy during ...

68. Eddie Cantor

Soundtrack | Kid Millions

Singer, songwriter ("Merrily We Roll Along"), comedian, author and actor, educated in public schools. He made his first public appearance in Vaudeville in 1907 at New York's Clinton Music Hall, then became a member of the Gus Edwards Gang, later touring vaudeville with Lila Lee as the team Cantor &...

69. Morris Carnovsky

Actor | Cyrano de Bergerac

Morris Carnovsky was one of the more prominent victims of the Hollywood blacklist, being named as a Communist party member by both Elia Kazan -- the most infamous of the informers who sang before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the era blacklistee Lillian Hellman called the "Scoundrel...

70. Jack Carter

Actor | History of the World: Part I

Jack Carter was born on June 24, 1922 in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Jack Chakrin. He was an actor and director, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), McCloud (1970) and Alligator (1980). He was married to Roxanne Wander, Paula Stewart and Joan Mann. He died ...

71. Jeff Chandler

Actor | Broken Arrow

Jeff was born in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus High School. After high school, he took a drama course and worked in stock companies for two years. His next role would be that of an officer in World War II. After he was discharged from the service, he became busy acting in radio drama's and comedies...

72. Maury Chaykin

Actor | My Cousin Vinny

The award-winning Canadian-American character actor Maury Chaykin was born on July 27, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Professor Irving J. Chaykin and his wife Clarice. Irving Chaykin, an American citizen, taught accountancy at the City College of New York. The former Clarice Bloomfield, his...

73. Dane Clark

Actor | Destination Tokyo

Dane Clark was born Bernard Elliot Zanville in Brooklyn, New York City, to Rose (Korostoff) and Samuel Zanville, who were Russian Jewish immigrants. He graduated from Cornell University and St. John's Law School (Brooklyn). When he had trouble finding work in the mid-1930s he tried boxing, baseball,...

74. Robert Clary

Actor | The Bold and the Beautiful

Born in France, Robert Clary early suffered the pangs of war, being interned in a Nazi concentration camp as a child. After WWII he became a singing star in France, and in 1949 came to the United States to promote his career. He appeared on The Ed Wynn Show (1949); still learning English he ...

75. Andrew Dice Clay

Actor | The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

Andrew Dice Clay was born on September 29, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Andrew Clay Silverstein. He is an actor and producer, known for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990), Blue Jasmine (2013) and Entourage (2015). He has been married to Valerie Silverstein since February 14, 2010. He was ...

76. Lee J. Cobb

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Lee J. Cobb, one of the premier character actors in American film for three decades in the post-World War II period, was born Leo Jacoby in New York City's Lower East Side on December 8, 1911. The son of a Jewish newspaper editor, young Leo was a child prodigy in music, mastering the violin and the...

77. Irwin Corey

Actor | The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost Authority," was born on July 29, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York. He and his five siblings were wards of the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum, and during the Great Depression, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp. Possessing brawn as well as brains, ...

78. Rod Colbin

Actor | Torchlight

Rod Colbin was born on December 23, 1923 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor, known for Torchlight (1985), John Hus (1977) and Remington Steele (1982). He was married to Annemarie. He died on February 4, 2007 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

79. Ricardo Cortez

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

Ricardo Cortez was born Jacob Krantz in New York City, New York, the son of Sarah (Lefkowitz) and Moses/Morris Krantz, Austrian Jewish immigrants who moved to New York just before he was born. His brother was cinematographer Stanley Cortez, who also changed his surname. Cortez worked a number of ...

80. Peter Coyote

Actor | Bitter Moon

Peter Coyote was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Robert Peter Cohon to Ruth (Fidler) and Morris Cohon, an investment banker. He is an actor, known for Bitter Moon (1992), Sphere (1998) and Patch Adams (1998). Coyote was previously married to Stefanie Pleet and Marilyn McCann.

81. David Cross

Actor | Arrested Development

David Cross was born on April 4, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Arrested Development (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Megamind (2010). He has been married to Amber Tamblyn since October 6, 2012. They have one child.

82. Billy Crystal

Actor | Forget Paris

Billy Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in Long Beach, Long Island, New York. He is the youngest of three sons born to Helen (Gabler) and Jack Crystal. His father was a well-known concert promoter who co-founded Commodore Records and his mother was a homemaker. His family were Jewish immigrants ...

83. Tony Curtis

Actor | Some Like It Hot

Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only ...

84. Howard Da Silva

Actor | 1776

Howard da Silva was one of 324 actors, writers and directors who fell victim to the Hollywood blacklisting of the early 1950s, and had his career halted in the blink of an eye. Originally was a steelworker before making his stage debut at age 20 in New York. He made a name for himself on Broadway ...

85. Rodney Dangerfield

Actor | Back to School

Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Dorothy "Dotty" (Teitelbaum) and Phillip Cohen, who performed in vaudeville under the name Phil Roy. His father was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, and ...

86. Larry David

Writer | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David was born on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Gene David. He is a writer and producer, known for Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Whatever Works (2009) and Seinfeld (1989). He was previously married to Laurie Lennard.

87. Ray Danton

Actor | I'll Cry Tomorrow

Handsome and smooth natured leading man who often played oily individuals, Ray Danton was born in New York and dramatically trained at Carnegie Tech. First debuted on-screen as a moody Native American in Chief Crazy Horse (1955) and regularly guest-starred in many 1950s TV shows including Playhouse...

88. Sammy Davis Jr.

Actor | The Cannonball Run

Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world".

He was born in Harlem, Manhattan, the son of dancer Elvera Davis (née Sanchez) and vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr.. His father was African-American and his mother was of Puerto Rican ancestry. Davis Jr. was known as ...

89. Jason Davis

Actor | Rush Hour

Jason Davis was born on October 14, 1984 in the USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Rush Hour (1998), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) and The Blue Star of India.

90. Jack DeLeon

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Jack DeLeon was born on December 19, 1924 in New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Temptress (1995) and Allyson Is Watching (1997). He died on October 16, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

91. Don Devlin

Producer | The Witches of Eastwick

Born February 26, 1930, The Bronx, N.Y. He was a graduate of De Witt Clinton High School, Bedford Park, Bronx, N.Y. He served in United States Army service 1947-1948. He was a member of Greenwich Village Dramatic Workshop, 1950; actor 1955 to 1960; was writer-producer 1960 to 1990. Father of ...

92. Don Diamond

Actor | Zorro

Brooklyn-born Don Diamond's most famous role is probably that of the scheming and ambitious, but inept and somewhat cowardly, underling Crazy Cat to Frank DeKova's Chief Wild Eagle in the cult western comedy series F Troop (1965). By the time he got that role he had been an actor for quite some ...

93. Dustin Diamond

Actor | Saved by the Bell

Attended Zion Lutheran School in Anaheim, California. While in fifth grade, he portrayed 8th-grader Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television series Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987), which evolved into Saved by the Bell (1989) and its various television movies and spin-offs. Also appeared in the ...

94. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

95. Richard Dreyfuss

Actor | The Goodbye Girl

Richard Dreyfuss is an American leading man, who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers.

He was born Richard Stephen Dreyfus in Brooklyn, New York, to Geraldine (Robbins), an activist, and Norman Dreyfus, a restaurateur and attorney. His paternal grandparents ...

96. Zac Efron

Actor | High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Zachary David Alexander Efron was born October 18, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California, to Starla Baskett, a secretary, and David Efron, an electrical engineer. He has a younger brother, Dylan. The surname "Efron", which is Hebrew and a Biblical place name, comes from Zac's Polish Jewish paternal ...

97. Jesse Eisenberg

Actor | The Social Network

Curly haired and with a fast-talking voice, Jesse Eisenberg is a movie actor, known for his Academy Award nominated role as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film The Social Network. He has also starred in the films The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland, The Education of Charlie Banks, 30 Minutes or ...

98. Danny Elfman

Music_department | The Nightmare Before Christmas

As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's ...

99. Biff Elliot

Actor | I, the Jury

Biff Elliot was born on July 26, 1923 in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA as Leon Shalek. He was an actor, known for I, the Jury (1953), PT 109 (1963) and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). He was married to Constance K. Bandy and Elizabeth A. Dole. He died on August 15, 2012 in Studio City, Los Angeles, ...

100. Michael Emerson

Actor | Lost

Michael Emerson was born on September 7, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. He is an actor, known for Lost (2004), Saw (2004) and Person of Interest (2011). He has been married to Carrie Preston since September 5, 1998.



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