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This page is a list of people identified as Jews, either by themselves or by others. " Jewishness" has the meanings both of "adherence to the religion of Judaism" and "membership in the ethnic group ' Jews.'" People of both groups are listed here. By other criteria, these people may be listed under other nationalities as well.
This page does not differentiate between Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Jews. It also does not take into account whether those listed acknowledge their Jewish identity or origins. Jewish tradition defines a Jew as a person with a Jewish mother. Most Jews would not agree with listing someone who was not brought up Jewish, or who does not adhere to Jewish beliefs as "Jewish."
Many listed here may have spent their lives disguising their Jewish origins, and married gentile (non-Jewish) spouses. In many cases the individuals listed may have only one Jewish parent. They may have never practiced Judaism, and may even have adopted another faith, or may be secular or atheist.
Actors / Actresses Anouk Aimee, French actress Woody Allen, US actor, film director Jason Alexander, US actor, known from ; born Jason Greenspan Seinfeld David Arquette, US actress (Jewish mother) Patricia Arquette, US actress (Jewish mother) Rosanna Arquette, US actress (Jewish mother) Bea Arthur, US actress, known from and Maude The Golden Girls Leon Askin, Austrian actor, known from Hogan's Heroes Ed Asner, US actor Hank Azaria, US actor Lauren Bacall, US actress Barbara Bain, US actress, known from Mission Impossible John Banner, Austrian-born US actor, Sargeant Schultz from Hogan's Heroes Theda Bara, US actress David Barnes, US actor Sacha Baron Cohen, British actor, known from Da Ali G Show Roseanne Barr, US TV actress Richard Belzer, US actor and comedian Sandra Bernhard, US actress Sarah Bernhardt, French actress and dancer Joey Bishop, US actor, member of the Rat Pack Jack Black, US actor and rock musician Mel Blanc, US cartoon voice actor Selma Blair, US actress Yasmine Bleeth, US actress (Jewish father) Orlando Bloom, English actor (Jewish father) Lisa Bonet, US actress, known from (Jewish mother) The Cosby Show Ernest Borgnine, US actor Alex Borstein, US actress (Jewish father) Tom Bosley, US actor Matthew Broderick US actor (Jewish mother) Adam Brody US actor Albert Brooks, US actor Mel Brooks, US comedian, filmmaker Brooke Burke, US actress (Jewish mother) Steve Buscemi, US actor (converted to Scientology) James Caan, US actor Dyan Cannon, US actress Kate Capshaw, US actress (converted) Nell Carter, US actress (converted) Robert Clary, French-born US actor, Cpl Louis Lebeau from Hogan's Heroes Jill Clayburgh, US Oscar-nominated actress Lee J. Cobb, US actor Mindy Cohn, US television actress on The Facts of Life Joan Collins, British actress, known from (Jewish father) Dynasty Jennifer Connelly, US actress (Jewish mother) Paulo Costanzo, US TV actor (mother Jewish) Billy Crystal, US actor and comedian Jamie Lee Curtis, US actress (Jewish father- see below) Tony Curtis, US actor Larry David, US actor and comedy writer Sammy Davis Jr., US actor and performer (converted) Daniel Day-Lewis, British actor (Jewish mother) Kirk Douglas Michael Douglas, US actor, (Jewish father), son of Kirk Douglas Rachel Dratch, US actress known for Saturday Night Live Richard Dreyfuss, US actor Fran Drescher, US actress (Jewish father) David Duchovny, US actor (Jewish father) Lisa Edelstein, US actress Peter Falk, US actor Itzik Feffer, Russian Yiddish actor Corey Feldman, US actor Norman Fell, US actor Harvey Fierstein, US actor Fyvush Finkel, US actor Carrie Fisher, US actress, (father Jewish), star of Star Wars movies Harrison Ford, US actor, (mother Jewish) John Forsythe, US Actor, Born Nathan Freund Al Franken, US actor and comedy writer Bonnie Franklin, US actress, known from One Day at a Time Allen Funt, US TV personality, creator of Candid Camera Dan Futterman, US actor Brad Garrett, US actor Sarah Michelle Gellar, US actress Jami Gertz, US actress Estelle Getty, US actress, known from Golden Girls Melissa Gilbert, US actress, known from Little House on the Prairie Judith Godrèche, French actress Adam Goldberg, US actor (father Jewish) Jeff Goldblum, US actor Seth Green, US actor Lorne Greene, Canadian actor Jennifer Grey, US actress Joel Grey, US actor Charles Grodin, US actor Steve Guttenberg, US actor Jake Gyllenhaal, US actor (Jewish mother) Maggie Gyllenhaal Laurence Harvey, Lithuanian-born British actor Nina Hartley, US pornographic film actress (parents converted to Zen Buddhism) Goldie Hawn, US actress (Jewish mother) Steven Hill, US actor best known on Law & Order Judd Hirsch, US actor Dustin Hoffman, US actor Judy Holliday, US Oscar-winning actress John Houseman, Romanian-born US actor Leslie Howard, UK actor, born Hungary,"Pygmalion", Ashley in "Gone with the Wind". Kate Hudson, US actress, daughter of Goldie Hawn (Jewish mother) Oliver Hudson, US actor, son of Goldie Hawn (Jewish mother) Amy Irving, US actress (raised Baptist) Ron Jeremy, US pornographic and mainstream actor Scarlett Johansson, US actress Al Jolson, US singer, actor, early sound film star Carolyn Jones, US actress, known from The Addams Family (converted) Madeline Kahn, US actress Gabriel Kaplan, US actor Chris Kattan, US actor and comedian. Parents practiced Buddhism. Andy Kaufman, US actor and comedian, known from "SNL" and "Taxi" Julie Kavner, US actress, known from The Simpsons Lesli Kay, US soap opera actress Danny Kaye, US actor, dancer, and singer Harvey Keitel, US actor Mia Kirshner, Canadian actress Werner Klemperer, German-born US actor, Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes (Jewish father) Jack Klugman, US actor Véra Korène, French actress and singer Yaphet Kotto, US actor Lisa Kudrow, US actress Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-born US actress Rikki Lake, US actress Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-born US actress Michael Landon US Actor (Jewish father) Juliet Landau, US actress Martin Landau, US actor Piper Laurie, US actress Linda Lavin, US actress Shia LeBoeuff, US actor Jennifer Jason Leigh, US actress Eugene Levy, Canadian actor Al Lewis, US actor, Grandpa on The Munsters Shari Lewis, US actress, known as companion of Lambchop Hal Linden, US actor Jonathan Lipnicki, US child actor Peggy Lipton, US actress, known from the Mod Squad Peter Lorre, US actor Tina Louise, US actress Jon Lovitz, US actor and comedian Natasha Lyonne, US actress Ali MacGraw, US actress Marlee Matlin, US Oscar-winning deaf actress Walter Matthau, US actor Debra Messing , TV actress (Wiull and Grace) Solomon Mikhoels, Russian Yiddish actor Bette Midler, US singer and actress Marilyn Monroe, US actress (converted) Rick Moranis, Canadian actor Bess Myerson, US TV entertainer Judd Nelson, US actor, member of the Brat Pack Anthony Newley, British actor and singer Laraine Newman, US actress, known from Saturday Night Live Paul Newman, US actor (Jewish father) Leonard Nimoy, US actor, known from Star Trek Sharon Osbourne, TV talkshow host, Reality Show alumni Gwyneth Paltrow, US actress (Jewish father) Sara Jessica Parker, US actress (Jewish mother) Sean Penn, US actor (Jewish father) Rhea Perlman, US actress David Petersen, Philanthropist Jeremy Piven, US actor Suzanne Pleshette, US actress Kevin Pollak, US actor Tracy Pollan, US actress Natalie Portman, Israeli-born, US actress Rachel, French actress Gilda Radner, US actress, known from Saturday Night Live Harold Ramis, US actor Molly Ringwald, Former Bratpacker , actress Eden Riegel, US soap opera actress Doris Roberts, US actress Edward G. Robinson, Romanian-born US actor Winona Ryder, US actress (Jewish father) Daryl Sabara, US actor Andrew Sachs, British actor, known from Fawlty Towers Emma Samms, British actress, known from Dynasty Adam Sandler, US actor, comedian David Schwimmer, US actor Peter Sellers, British actor William Shatner, Canadian actor, known from Star Trek Harry Shearer, US actor, several voices on The Simpsons Ally Sheedy, US actress Dinah Shore, US actress Simone Signoret, French actress Jonathan Silverman, US actor Sarah Silverman, US actress Rena Sofer, US actress Jill St. John, US actress Howard Stern, US radio personality Ben Stiller, US comic actor Jerry Stiller, US comic actor and comedian Barbra Streisand, US actress and singer David Suchet, British actor Elizabeth Taylor, British-born US actress (converted) Boris Thomashevsky, star of Yiddish theater Al Waxman, Canadian actor Rachel Weisz, British actress Gene Wilder, US comic actor Mare Winningham, US actress (converted, reported to be quite devout) Shelley Winters US actress -Oscars for (1959) and Diary of Anne Frank, , (1965) A Patch of Blue Noah Wyle, US actor Nikki Schieler Ziering, US actress, (converted for marriage and remained Jewish after divorce)
Comedians Woody Allen, US comedian Dave Attell, US comedian David Baddiel, British comedian Roseanne Barr, US comedienne Richard Belzer, US actor and comedian Jack Benny, US comedian Milton Berle, US comedian Mel Brooks, US comedian David Brenner, US comic Fanny Brice, US comedienne Lewis Black, US comedian Lenny Bruce, US satirist George Burns, US comedian Sid Caesar, US comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay, US comedian David Cross, US actor and comedian Billy Crystal, US actor and comedian Rodney Dangerfield, US comedian, born Jacob Cohen Fran Drescher, US comedienne Marty Feldman, British comedian Larry Fine, US actor and comedian, Larry of the Three Stooges Whoopie Goldberg US comedian Gilbert Gottfried, US comedian Gary Gulman, US standup comedian Buddy Hackett, US comedian Jerome Howard, US actor and comedian, Curly of the Three Stooges Moses Howard, US actor and comedian, Moe of the Three Stooges Shmuel Howard, US actor and comedian, Shemp of the Three Stooges Sid James, British comedian Jenny Jones, US comedienne and talk show host Andy Kaufman, US comedian, actor, performance artist Alan King, US Show business personality and comic Richard Lewis, US comedian Jerry Lewis, US actor and comedian Bill Maher, US comedian Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian Chico Marx, US vaudeville and film comic actor Groucho Marx, US vaudeville and film comic actor Harpo Marx, US vaudeville and film comic actor Zeppo Marx, US vaudeville and film comic actor Anne Meara, US comedienne and actress (converted) Dave Osborne, US comic Kevin Pollak, US actor and comedian Freddie Prinze Sr., US comedian (Jewish father) Gilda Radner, US comedianne Tony Randall, US comedian, The Odd Couple Carl Reiner, US comedian, writer, actor, director Don Rickles, US comic, actor Joan Rivers, US comedienne John Safran, Australian comedian Bob Saget, US comedian, actor Mort Sahl, US comedian Adam Sandler, US comedian, actor Alexei Sayle, UK comedian, actor Jerry Seinfeld, US comedian Robert Schimmel, US comedian Garry Shandling, US comedian, actor Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian Sarah Silverman, US comedian, actor Bobby Slayton, US comedian, actor, radio host Jon Stewart, US comedian Jerry Stiller, US radio comic, actor Soupy Sales, US comedian Raymond Teller, US comedian, magician Ovadia A. Vaknin, Israeli comedian
Directors Darren Aronofsky, US director Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, US writer-producer-director team George Cukor. US director Jules Dassin, American director Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet director of Aleksander Niefsky and Ivan the Terrible John Frankenheimer, US director Sam Fuller, US director and screenwriter Henry Jaglom, US director Jim Jarmusch, US director Spike Jonze, US director Stanley Kubrick, US director Fritz Lang, German director Ernst Lubitch,Europe-US director ,"To Be or not To Be", Sidney Lumet, US director Branko Lustig, US-Croatian film director Leo Penn, US director and actor Roman Polanski, Polish-born US director (Jewish father) Sydney Pollack, US director Abraham Polonsky, US director Otto Preminger, Austrian-born US director John Schlesinger, British director Steven Spielberg, US director Oliver Stone, US director Edgar G. Ulmer, German-born US director Billy Wilder, Austrian-born US director Michael Winner, British director Robert Wise, US director Rob Reiner,US director ("Princess Charming"," Harry/Sally") Zucker brothers,US parody directors
Artists Diane Arbus, US fashion photographer Richard Avedon, US portrait photographer Doris Bloom, South African-born Danish artist and sculptor Wallace Berman, US (Los Angeles-born) artist Ross Bleckner, US painter Marc Chagall, Russian-French painter and stained glass artist Judy Chicago, US feminist painter; ( The Dinner Party) Robert Frank, Swiss-American photographer; ( The Americans) Frank Gehry, Canadian-US architect, art museum designer Rube Goldberg, US cartoonist, sculptor, and author; ( Rube Goldberg machine) Al Hansen, US/German member of the Fluxus art movement Al Hirschfeld, US caricaturist, featured in New York Times Max Jacob, French artist (converted to Catholicism) Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, friend of Leon Trotsky, (Jewish father, Catholic mother) Louis Kahn, US architect Pinchus Kremegne, Russian-born French sculptor and painter Michel Kikoine, Russian-born French painter John Lautner, US architect, worked under Frank Lloyd Wright Daniel Libeskind, Polish-born US architect, designer of new World Trade Center; ( Freedom Tower) Roy Lichtenstein, US popular art painter Peter Max, German-born Israeli-US artist Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor Helmut Newton, German photographer of nudes Jules Pascin, Bulgarian-French Expressionist artist Camille Pissarro, French painter, "Father of Impressionism" Man Ray, US-French surrealist photographer and film director H.A. Rey and Margret Rey, German-US illustrators; ( Curious George) Larry Rivers, US abstract expressionist painter Chaim Soutine, Russian-born French expressionist painter William Steig, US cartoonist and illustrator, "King of Cartoons"; ( Shrek) Weegee, Austrian-Polish-born US photographer and photojournalist; ( Naked City)
Cartoons & Comics Al Capp, US cartoonist; creator of Li'l Abner Will Eisner, US cartoonist; ( The Spirit) Mark Evanier, US comics and animated cartoons writer for Disney and Hanna-Barbera Max Fleischer, US animated cartoonist; ( Popeye, Superman) Bob Kane, US cartoonist; creator of Batman Gil Kane, Latvian-born US comics artist. First to draw Silver Age Green Lantern and the Atom. Jack Kirby, US comics and animated cartoons creator; co-creator of Captain America, ( Fantastic Four, Hulk) Stan Lee, US cartoon writer and creator of Marvel Comics and its heroes Harvey Pekar, US comic book writer; ( American Splendor) Julius Schwartz, US comic book and magazine editor; ( The Flash; Green Lantern). Joe Shuster, Canadian-US comics artist; co-creator of Superman Jerome Siegel, US comics artist; co-creator of Superman Joe Simon, US cartoonist; co-creator of Captain America Art Spiegelman, Swedish-US comic-book artist; creator of Maus Matt Stone, Co-creator of South Park Mort Weisinger, US comic book and magazine editor; ( Superman, Supergirl)
Business Roman Abramovich, Russian billionaire Steve Ballmer, US CEO of (Jewish mother) Microsoft Boris Berezovsky, Russian billionaire Michael Bloomberg, US politician, founder of Bloomberg News Sergey Brin Russian-born US co-founder of Google Samuel Bronfman, Ukrainian-born Canadian founder of Seagrams Distilleries Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Canadian original owner of Seagrams Distilleries Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Canadian-US owner of Vivendi Universal Isaac Carasso, Spanish founder of group Danone Andre Citroen, French automaker of Citroen Joshua Lionel Cowen, US toy inventor and manufacturer Jack Cohen, British businessman, founder of supermarkets Tesco Mark Cuban, US billionaire owner of Dallas Mavericks Marcel Dassault, French industrialist Michael Dell, US founder of Dell Inc. Larry Ellison, US CEO of Oracle Corporation Mikhail Fridman, Russian billionaire Alan Greenspan, US economist, chairman of the US Federal Reserve Andrew Grove, Hungarian-born US co-founder of Intel Vladimir Gusinsky, Russian billionaire Peter Ivany, Australian Media Mogul, earned his fortune running Hoyts cinemas world wide Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russian billionare Henry Kravis, American financier Lev Leviev, Russian-born Israeli diamond billionaire Daniel M. Lewin, Israeli Internet entrepreneur Alfred Lowenstein, Belgian soldier, aviator, sportsman, entrepreneur Moses Haim Montefiore, English financier and Zionist Roy Neuberger, US art dealer of Neuberger & Berman Harry Oppenheimer, South African diamond and gold mines billionare, (became Christian) William Paley, US billionaire who built CBS Ron Popeil, US inventor Mike Klein, Canadian born investment magnate Sumner Redstone, US CEO of Viacom Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German banker, first of the Rothschild family Nathan Mayer Rothschild, British financier and philanthropist William Rosenberg, US founder of Dunkin Donuts David Sarnoff, General Manager of corporation RCA Ron Sommer, CEO of Deutsche Telekom George Soros, Hungarian-born US billionaire, investor, philanthropist Laurence Tisch, US billionaire, owned CBS Ted Turner, Founder of CNN
Victor Vekselberg, Russian billionaire
Crime Yigal Amir, Israeli assassin (of Rabin) David Berkowitz, "Son of Sam", US serial killer, (adopted by Jews, became Christian) Ivan Boesky, US insider trader, swindler Mickey Cohen, US gangster Moe Dalitz, US gangster Ira Einhorn US political activist and killer Baruch Goldstein, US-born Israeli killer Meyer Lansky, US gangster Leopold and Loeb, US killers Michael Milken, US "junk bond' king, swindler, philanthropist Kevin Mitnick, US hacker Jackie Presser, US labor leader, embezzler Joseph Prushinowski, The "Robin Hood Rabbi", stole an estimated $200 million from banks and insurance companies from 1960-1987 and sent the money to Hasidic groups all over the globe. Arnold Rothstein, US gangster Jack Ruby, US assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald Dutch Schultz, US gangster Bugsy Siegel, US gangster Serge Stavisky, Russian born French swindler Salomon Morel, Russian death camp commander
Victims Menahem Mendel Beilis, Russian victim of Russian blood libel mistrial Stephen Belson, New York City firefighter, 9/11 Alan Berg, US radio personality, killed by neo-Nazis Nick Berg, US entrepreneur, beheaded by Iraqi terrorists Alfred Dreyfus, French army officer falsely accused of treason Efraim Elrom, Israeli consul was murdered by condemned turkish terrorists Alan Feinberg, New York City firefighter, 9/11 Anne Frank, Dutch teenage Holocaust victim and writer Leo Frank, lynched in Georgia, USA. Jeremy Glick, United Flight 93 Hero, 9/11 Ronald Goldman, murdered together with Nicole Brown Simpson. O.J. Simpson was found guilty for his wrongful death and ordered to pay $8.5 million to the Goldman family Herschel Grynszpan, Holocaust victim, assassinated Ernst vom Rath, which initiated Kristallnacht Chandra Levy, US intern, mysteriously murdered in Washington, DC Mel Mermelstein, Holocaust survivor who sued for damages Edgardo Mortara, Jewish Italian child kidnapped by Catholics Daniel Pearl, US Wall Street Journal journalist, decapitated by Islamic terrorists Darin Howard Pontell, US Navy Lieutenant, Pentagon, 9/11 Jay Sebring, US hairdresser, victim of the Manson Family Nancy Spungen, Murder victim and girlfriend of Sid Vicious Rudolf Vrba, escaped from Auschwitz and told the world about it David Weiss, New York City firefighter, 9/11 Abraham Zelmanowitz, US programmer, World Trade Center hero, 9/11
Law Rosalie Abella, Canadian Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, US Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, US Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo, US Supreme Court Justice Arthur Chaskalson, Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa Marcia Clark, US lawyer, prosecutor in the trial of O.J. Simpson Zelman Cowen, Australian legal scholar and Governor-General Alan Dershowitz, US lawyer Abe Fortas, US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, US Supreme Court Justice Richard Goldstone, South African judge, international war crimes prosecutor Isaac Isaacs, Australian High Court Justice and Governor-General Stanley Mosk, US jurist, California Supreme Court Justice and Attorney General Louis Nizer, British born American jurist Barry Scheck, US lawyer, known for the trial of O.J. Simpson Robert Shapiro, US lawyer, known for the trial of O.J. Simpson Jerry Sheindlin, husband of Judith Sheindlin, former New York State Supreme Court justice Judith Sheindlin, former New York family court judge, host of Judge Judy Laurence H. Tribe, Professor of Law, Harvard University
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