A list of Jewish Actors (and entertainers) in America

March 29, 2006

Below is a list of some of the american actors that are jewish. Have a look through and see who you though was anglo-saxon. e.g. Micheal Douglas is jewish. If you want to see the list of comedians, tv actors, musicians, dancers, film directors, film composers, magicians, producers and creators, singers and songwriters, tv and radio presenters, theatre, professional wrestlers, music producers then go to this website.


  • Bud Abbott, actor (Jewish mother)
  • Jack Albertson, actor
  • Broncho Billy Anderson, first major cowboy movie actor
  • Alan Arkin, actor
  • Tom Arnold, actor (converted to Judaism; some distant Jewish maternal ancestry)
  • Alexis Arquette, David, Patricia & Rosanna Arquette, actors (Jewish mother)
  • Mili Avital, Israeli-born actress
  • Hank Azaria, actor
  • Lauren Bacall, actress
  • Barbara Bach, actress, model (Jewish father)
  • Carroll Baker, actress (converted to Judaism)
  • Bob Balaban, actor
  • Martin Balsam, Oscar-winning actor
  • Theda Bara, actress, vamp
  • Ellen Barkin, actress
  • Barbara Barrie, actress
  • Gene Barry, actor
  • Randall Batinkoff, actor
  • Richard Benjamin, actor
  • Robby Benson, actor
  • Marisa Berenson, actress (Jewish father)
  • Peter Berg, actor (Jewish father)
  • Polly Bergen, actress (converted)
  • Elizabeth Berkley, actress
  • Corbin Bernsen, actor (Jewish father)
  • Craig Bierko, actor (Jewish mother)
  • Rachel Bilson, star of "The O.C." (Jewish father)
  • Thora Birch, actress (Jewish paternal grandfather)
  • Joey Bishop, actor, member of the Rat Pack
  • Jack Black, actor, rock musician
  • Karen Black, actress (mother of child actor Hunter Carson)
  • Mel Blanc, cartoon voice actor
  • Selma Blair, actress
  • Jonah Bobo, child actor
  • Richard Boone, actor (Jewish mother)
  • Zach Braff, actor
  • Michael Brandon, actor
  • Matthew Broderick actor (Jewish mother)
  • Adam Brody, actor
  • Adrien Brody, Oscar-winning actor (Jewish father)
  • Albert Brooks, actor, writer, director
  • Mel Brooks, actor, writer, director
  • Red Buttons, Oscar-winning actor
  • Amanda Bynes [1] "Amanda Bynes… sets up the premise behind the hour, and tells us that knowledge of different religions is cool (she's half-Jewish and half-Catholic)"
  • James Caan, actor
  • Scott Caan, actor, son of James Caan
  • Susan Cabot, actress
  • Neve Campbell, Canadian-born actress (Sephardic Jewish ancestry on mother's side; identifies as Jewish and Catholic)
  • Dyan Cannon, actress (Jewish mother)
  • Eddie Cantor, actor
  • Kate Capshaw, actress (converted)
  • Nick and Aaron Carter, actors & singers (Jewish father; not raised Jewish)
  • Seymour Cassel, actor
  • Phoebe Cates, actress (Jewish father & half-Jewish mother)
  • Jeff Chandler, actor
  • Josh Charles, actor
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui, Canadian-born actress
  • Jill Clayburgh, actress
  • Lee J. Cobb, actor
  • Didi Conn, actress
  • Jennifer Connelly, Oscar-winning actress (Jewish mother)
  • Harry Connick, Jr., actor (Jewish mother)
  • Hans Conried, actor
  • Jackie Cooper, actor (Jewish father)
  • Ricardo Cortez – silent film star [2] "Though his professional name was suggestive of a Latin Lover type, actor Ricardo Cortez was actually an Austrian Jew, born Jacob
  • Krantz. He arrived in Hollywood in 1922, at a time when the Rudolph Valentino craze was at its height."
  • Peter Coyote, actor
  • Billy Crystal, actor
  • Jamie Lee Curtis [3] "Curtis is half-Jewish and celebrates what she nicknames "Chronikah", which, she points out, equals pure pressure." [4] "I’m a Hungarian Jew. My grandmother, God rest her soul, was a Hungarian Jew. I am my grandmother now."
  • Tony Curtis, actor; father of Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Howard Da Silva, actor
  • Sammy Davis Jr., all-around entertainer (converted)
  • Stephen Dorff, actor (Jewish father)
  • Kirk Douglas, Oscar-winning actor
  • Melvyn Douglas, Oscar-winning actor (Jewish father)
  • Michael Douglas, actor (Jewish father)
  • Robert Downey, Jr., actor (Jewish paternal grandfather; identifies as "half Jewish")
  • Fran Drescher, comic actress
  • Richard Dreyfuss, Oscar-winning actor
  • David Duchovny, actor (Jewish father)
  • Herb Edelman, film and TV actor
  • Hallie Kate Eisenberg, actress
  • Jesse Eisenberg, actor
  • Douglas Fairbanks, actor (Jewish father)
  • Peter Falk, actor
  • Jon Favreau, actor, director (Jewish mother)
  • Corey Feldman, actor
  • Marty Feldman, comic actor
  • Tovah Feldshuh, actress
  • Harvey Fierstein, actor, playwright
  • Jeanna Fine, erotic actress & dancer
  • Fyvush Finkel, actor
  • Carrie Fisher, actress (Jewish father)
  • Isla Fisher, (convert to Judaism)
  • Harrison Ford, actor (Jewish mother)
  • Ben Foster, U.S. actor
  • James Franco, actor (Jewish mother)
  • Paul Frees, cartoon voice actor
  • Dan Futterman, actor, screenwriter
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor and Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born actresses (Jewish mother; father's family potentially of converted Jewish descent)
  • John Garfield, actor
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress
  • Gina Gershon, actress
  • Jami Gertz, actress
  • Jack Gilford, actor
  • Scott Glenn, actor (convert to Judaism)
  • Paulette Goddard, actress (Jewish father)
  • Adam Goldberg, actor (Jewish father; raised Jewish)
  • Jeff Goldblum, actor
  • Leo Gorcey, actor ("Dead End Kids")
  • Keith Gordon, actor
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor
  • Elliott Gould, actor
  • Harold Gould, actor
  • Lee Grant, Oscar-winning actress
  • Seth Green, actor
  • Bryan Greenberg, actor
  • Jennifer Grey, actress
  • Joel Grey, Oscar-winning actor
  • Charles Grodin, actor
  • Christopher Guest, Lord Haden-Guest, 5th Baron of Saling; actor (Jewish mother)
  • Steve Guttenberg, actor
  • Maggie & Jake Gyllenhaal, actors (Jewish mother)
  • Corey Haim, Canadian-born former child actor
  • Billy Halop, actor ("Bowery Boys"); brother of Florence Halop
  • Alyson Hannigan, actor
  • Nina Hartley, porn actress (Jewish mother)
  • Goldie Hawn, Oscar-winning actress (Jewish mother, raised & identifies)
  • Dan Hedaya, actor
  • Barbara Hershey, actress (Jewish father)
  • Judd Hirsch, Oscar nominee
  • Dustin Hoffman, Oscar-winning actor
  • Judy Holliday, Oscar-winning actress
  • John Houseman, Oscar-winning actor (Jewish father)
  • Kate Hudson, actress (Jewish maternal grandmother; raised Jewish)
  • Helen Hunt, Oscar-winning actress (Jewish paternal grandmother)
  • Tab Hunter, actor (Jewish father)
  • Amy Irving, US actress (Jewish father; possibly converted upon marrying Steven Spielberg)
  • Sam Jaffe, movie and TV actor
  • David Janssen, actor (Jewish father)
  • Ron Jeremy, erotic actor
  • Scarlett Johansson, actress (Jewish mother)
  • Al Jolson, singer, actor, early sound film star
  • Madeline Kahn, actress
  • Carol Kane, actress
  • James Karen, actor
  • Chris Kattan, actor (Jewish father)
  • Omri Katz, Israeli-born actor
  • Lainie Kazan, actress, singer
  • Danny Kaye, actor
  • Harvey Keitel, movie actor; married to actress Daphna Kastner
  • Tawny Kitaen, actress (Jewish father; raised Jewish)
  • Kevin Kline, actor (Jewish father; raised Catholic)
  • Jack Klugman, actor
  • Yaphet Kotto, actor
  • Martin Kove, actor
  • Lisa Kudrow, actress
  • Shia LaBeouf, actor (Jewish mother; raised Jewish)
  • Bert Lahr, actor
  • Ricki Lake, actress
  • Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-born actress
  • Martin Landau, Oscar-winning movie actor
  • Robert Lansing, U.S. actor (convert to Judaism)
  • Jack Larson, actor (Jewish mother)
  • Louise Lasser, actress
  • Piper Laurie, actress
  • Linda Lavin, actress
  • Marc Lawrence, actor
  • Michele Lee, actress, singer
  • Ron Leibman, actor; formerly married to Linda Lavin
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, actress
  • Donovan Leitch Jr., actor (Jewish mother)
  • Michael Lembeck, actor
  • Michael Lerner, actor
  • Oscar Levant, actor
  • Same Levene, actor
  • Ted Levine, actor
  • Eugene Levy, Canadian-born actor
  • Hal Linden, actor, singer
  • Alex D. Linz, child actor
  • Jonathan Lipnicki, child actor
  • Peggy Lipton, actress
  • Herbert Lom, Czech-born actor
  • Peter Lorre, German-born actor
  • Jon Lovitz, German-born actor
  • Paul Lukas, Oscar-winning actor
  • Natasha Lyonne, actress
  • Ali MacGraw, actress (Jewish mother)
  • Gabriel Macht, actor
  • Joshua Malina, actor
  • Howie Mandel, Canadian born actor
  • Tony Martin, actor & singer
  • Marx Brothers, comic actors
  • Marlee Matlin, Oscar-winning actress
  • Walter Matthau, Oscar-winning actor
  • Debi Mazar, actress (Jewish father)
  • Monet Mazur, actress (Jewish father)
  • Elaine May, actress, writer
  • Debra Messing, actress
  • Ed Metzger, actor and writer
  • Dina Meyer, actress
  • Bette Midler, actress, singer
  • Sylvia Miles, actress
  • Larry Miller, actor & comedian
  • Marilyn Monroe, actress (convert to Judaism)
  • Mandy Moore, actress & singer (Jewish maternal grandfather)
  • Rick Moranis, Canadian-born actor and comedian
  • Vic Morrow, actor; father of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Zero Mostel, actor
  • Paul Muni, Oscar-winning actor
  • Judd Nelson, actor, member of the "Brat Pack"
  • Tim Blake Nelson, actor & director
  • Bebe Neuwirth, actress
  • Paul Newman, actor (Jewish father)
  • Leonard Nimoy, actor
  • Jerry Orbach, actor, (Jewish father)
  • Lilli Palmer, German-born movie actress
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, actress (Jewish father); identifies as Jewish
  • Eleanor Parker, actress (convert to Judaism)
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, actress (Jewish father)
  • Estelle Parsons, actress
  • Adam Pascal, actor
  • Mandy Patinkin, actor, singer
  • Sara Paxton, actress
  • David Paymer, actor
  • Amanda Peet, actress (Jewish mother, identifies)
  • Sean Penn, actor (Jewish father)
  • Rhea Perlman, actress
  • Ron Perlman, actor
  • Joaquin, (late) River & Summer Phoenix, actors (Jewish mother)
  • Molly Picon, actress (Yiddish-speaking)
  • Rebecca Pidgeon, actress and singer-songwriter (convert to Judaism)
  • Jeremy Piven, actor
  • Suzanne Pleshette, actress
  • Kevin Pollak, actor
  • Natalie Portman, actress
  • Sophie Okonedo, actrees (Jewish mother)
  • Mae Questel, cartoon voice actress
  • Gilda Radner, original cast member of Saturday Night Live
  • Luise Rainer, Oscar-winning actress (born in either Düsseldorf or Vienna)
  • Harold Ramis, actor & director
  • Tony Randall, comedic actor (born Leonard Rosenberg)
  • John Randolph, all-media actor
  • Michael Rapaport, TV and movie actor
  • Nikki Reed, actress (Jewish father)
  • Paul Reiser, U.S. actor
  • Tommy Rettig, child actor (Jewish father)
  • Simon Rex, actor & model (Jewish mother)
  • Peter Riegert, actor & comedian
  • Ritz Brothers, comedians
  • Doris Roberts, actress
  • Tanya Roberts, actress (Jewish mother)
  • Edward G. Robinson, actor
  • Mimi Rogers, actress (Jewish father)
  • Michael Rosenbaum, actor
  • Emmy Rossum, actress
  • Paul Rubens, actor
  • Paul Rudd, actor
  • Jeff Rudom, actor & basketball player
  • Winona Ryder, actress (Jewish father; identifies as Jewish)
  • Daryl Sabara, child actor
  • Adam Sandler, actor, comedian
  • Ben Savage, actor
  • Fred Savage, actor
  • Rob Schneider, actor, comedian (Jewish father)
  • Liev Schreiber, actor (Jewish mother)
  • Jason Schwartzman, actor (Jewish father)
  • David Schwimmer, actor
  • Steven Seagal, actor (Jewish father; Seagal later became Buddhist)
  • Kyra Sedgwick, actress (Jewish mother; raised Jewish)
  • George Segal, actor
  • Peter Sellers, actor (Jewish mother)
  • Jane Seymour, British-born actress (Jewish father)
  • Wallace Shawn, actor
  • Norma Shearer, Oscar-winning actress (convert to Judaism)
  • Ally Sheedy, actress (Jewish mother)
  • Pauly Shore, actor & comedian
  • Sylvia Sidney, legendary star of the 1930s/1940s
  • Ron Silver, actor, activist
  • Jonathan Silverman, actor
  • Alicia Silverstone, actress
  • Lori Singer, actress, sister of Marc Singer
  • Marc Singer, actor
  • Ione Skye, actress (Jewish mother)
  • Helen Slater, actress
  • Leelee Sobieski, U.S. actress (Jewish maternal grandfather; raised partially Jewish)
  • Rena Sofer, actress
  • Marla Sokoloff, actress
  • Bahar Soomekh, actress
  • Tori Spelling, actress; daughter of Aaron Spelling
  • Rod Steiger, actor
  • Jon Stewart, actor & TV host
  • Daniel Stern, actor
  • Fisher Stevens, U.S. actor (Jewish father)
  • Ben Stiller, comedic actor
  • Jerry Stiller, comedic actor
  • Jill St. John, actress
  • Lee Strasberg, actor and Method acting instructor
  • Susan Strasberg, actress
  • Peter Strauss, actor
  • Meryl Streep, Oscar-winning actress (father of Sephardic Jewish heritage)
  • Barbra Streisand, Oscar-winning actress, singer, director
  • Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar-winning actress (converted)
  • Renee Taylor, actress
  • George Tobias, actor
  • Topol, actor
  • Michelle Trachtenberg, actress (Jewish father)
  • Michael Tucker, actor
  • Michael Vartan French-born US actor (Jewish mother)
  • Abe Vigoda, actor
  • Erich von Stroheim, German-born actor
  • Eli Wallach, actor
  • Sam Wanamaker, actor
  • Lesley Ann Warren, actress
  • Mae West, actress (Jewish mother)
  • Jack Weston, actor
  • Cornel Wilde, actor
  • Gene Wilder, actor
  • Mara Wilson, actress (Jewish mother; raised Jewish)
  • Debra Winger, actress
  • Henry Winkler, actor
  • Mare Winningham, actress (convert to Judaism, reported to be quite devout)
  • Alex Winter, actor
  • Dame Shelley Winters, Oscar-winning actress
  • Scott Wolf, actor
  • Evan Rachel Wood, actress, (Christian father, mother who converted to Judaism)
  • Noah Wyle, actor (Jewish father; raised Jewish)
  • Ed Wynn, actor, father of Keenan Wynn
  • Keenan Wynn, actor, son of Ed Wynn (Jewish father; raised Catholic)
  • Harris Yulin, actor
  • Efrem Zimbalist Jr., actor; father of Stephanie Zimbalist

10 Responses to “A list of Jewish Actors (and entertainers) in America”

  1. Dee Says:

    For future reference:
    Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Skylar Astin, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal.

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable.

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz.

    Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

  2. V.E.G. Says:

    Jack Albertson’s real name was Harold Bernard Albertson.

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  4. V,E.G. Says:

    Edward Percival Acona is the only Emmy Award winner that is a Color Consultant, was Italian-Jewish!

  5. Carol Says:

    Bernie Kopell should be on the list, too.

  6. Susan Kessell Says:

    I believe that Rod Steiger wasn’t Jewish (?)

  7. clare Says:

    Most are khazarian descendants, which means they are not of the houses of israel or judah.

  8. Mary Burnett Says:

    Gee whiz, people, have you forgotten Jack Benny? He was Jewish and so was Mary Livingstone. So was George Burns, Jack’s best friend and peer in vaudeville.

  9. Benjamin Bello Says:

    I would love to know of what impotence it is that these actors are Jewish. Why do so many Jewish people place such an enphasis on being Jewish?

  10. mtj Says:

    I would love to know IMPOTENCE of these jewish actors.

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