They say that the Jews are much more intelligent, smarter and more inventive in life than non-Jews. It is not possible to absolutely assert this, but there is no point in refuting it either. Anyway, the fact that there are the bests among the Jews is known not by hearsay.
Throughout the whole world, famous Jews enjoy a well-deserved popularity. Who are them? These are actors of the cinema, these are singers, artists, sportsmen and famous directors.
The most famous Jews of the world are always heard by millions of their admirers. In this article, we will observe the well-known Jews (of the currently living) who have Jewish nationality by maternal line.
Famous Jews of the world.
Who does not know Scarlett Johansson or Natalie Portman, Adam Sandler or Joaquin Phoenix? All of them are movie actors and Jews by their belonging to their ancient people.
Such a star as Woody Allen perhaps is topping the list, which can be called “the most famous Jews of the world.”
Woody Allen (Allan Stewart Koenigsberg), was born in Brooklyn on December 1, 1935. The most talented director, actor, screenwriter, producer and even composer. Not possessing a bright appearance, he has been reminding of himself and making millions of his talent’s fans love his works for decades.
The director often emphasizes his Jewry in the plots of films or the roles that he plays just brilliantly! In one of his most famous films “Take the Money and Run”, Allen exposed many features of a Jewish character.
Vanessa Paradis playing the role of a Jewish widow in the movie “Fading Gigolo” spent several days in a closed society of an orthodox Jewish family at the insistence of Woody Allen. In his opinion, this was the only way to express the true image of a Jewish woman.
We can freely count Jake Gyllenhaal to the rank of Hollywood’s Jewish actors. The full name of this truly handsome actor is Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal. Jake’s mother – Naomi Foner (Ax), grew up in a family of Russian immigrants- Jewish. The parents forced their son to understand what it’s like to work hard to earn a living from his early childhood. Jacob Benjamin had a Bar Mitzvah.
American actors Jews such as Adam Sandler and Adrien Brody were born in the US, but the roots of both go to Eastern Europe. Adam Sandler’s wife – actress Jackie Titown, converted to Judaism before the wedding in 2003.
Adrien Brody played a Jewish musician living in Nazi Poland in the film “The Pianist”. The picture was shot on a documentary basis. The actor has an extraordinary appearance with memorable sad eyes.
Such famous Jewish actors, or rather actresses, as Natalie Portman and Woody Allen’s favorite – Scarlett Johansson, are both American women.
Natalie Portman was born in Israel and was originally Nathalie Hershlag. Her husband, Benjamin Milpier, is a French Jew, and the son of Natalie and Benjamin was named Aleph – the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
The French Jew Eva Green (36 years old) often plays oriental beauties in Hollywood cinema. Her mother, Marlene Jober, a daughter of Jews living in Algeria, was a famous French actress, too.
Jennifer Connelly (46 years old) is also Jewish by her mother’s line: her grandparents were Polish-Russian Jews. She attended the Catholic school in her childhood and baptized her children, therefore we can say her descendants will no longer have anything to do with Judaism.
Scarlett Johansson (born in 1984) has Jewish roots from her mother, who in her turn was from a family with Belorussian and Polish roots. According to the actress, every year she celebrates Judaic Hanukkah, although Christmas is also celebrated in the family. Scarlett collaborated with the Israeli campaign SodaStream.
Sasha Baron Cohen (45 years old) is another name on the honorary list of famous Jewish artists. Danielle Naomi Baron Cohen – Sasha’s mother, was born in Israel. The actor’s wife, Ayla Fisher, converted to Judaism and changed her name to Jewish. Sasha Baron Cohen is said to eat only kosher food, and he also regularly attends synagogues.
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (59 years old), is an adherent of the Stanislavsky system, and apparently, therefore, has three “Oscars”. Handing an Oscar for the best man’s role three times was never repeated again and to no one. The roots of the Jewish mother came from Latvia and Poland. Although Judaism is transmitted by the mother’s blood, Day-Lewis claims that he does not observe Jewish rites and is an agnostic.
Joaquin Phoenix (42), born in Puerto Rico, received Jewish roots from his mother Arlene Sharon Phoenix, whose family was from Russia and Hungary. In addition to being listed as a famous Jewish actor, he is also an acknowledged musician who can draw well, too. A convinced vegan.
Gal Gadot (31 years)- “Miss Israel” 2004. In recent years, she actively acts in Hollywood. She was born and grew up in Israel. Her grandfather Jew was a prisoner of a concentration camp during the Second World War. With her husband, the Israeli, Yaron Versano, the couple has a child.
Perhaps, we can count the British actress Rachel Weisz (46 years old) to the number of those who can be called “the most famous Jews”. She was born in London, to a family of Jewish parents, who had Hungarian, Austrian and Italian roots. Her husband – famous Daniel Craig.
Other Famous Jews
Among non-actors, there are also many others who are called the most famous Jews of the world. A striking example – the famous film director Steven Allan Spielberg (70 years). Spielberg’s both parents come from Ukrainian Jews. Since 8 years Steven had the nickname “man – camera”.
The famous “Schindler’s List”, shot by Steven Spielberg, took 7 Oscar awards, all the rental fees went to the Shoah Foundation (preservation of the documents of the Holocaust).
Among the musicians, the most famous Jews are Bob Dylan (75 years old), was given the name Robert Allen Zimmermann at birth. The roots of Jewishness were obtained from Lithuanian Jews on the maternal line and Russian – on the paternal. The founder of country-rock won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016.
Kelvin Klein (74 years old) is a famous fashion designer, born in a Jewish family. His parents did everything so that their son had whatever he wished and he studied fashion and design. He was married twice, lived with a boyfriend – actor of porn movies several years ago.
Daren Aronofsky (47 years old) is an American film director, born in a family of Jewish teachers. Has a son with actress Rachel Weiss.
Sergey Brin – the developer of Google, is the 13th in the list of the richest people in the world. He was born in a Moscow family, his both parents are Jews – successful mathematicians. They left to the USA from Russia in 1979.
Michael Rubens Bloomberg (74 years) is an American businessman, owner of the information agency Bloomberg. His ancestors from Belarus were Jews. Bloomberg is a former mayor of New York.
Novelist and screenplay whiter David Benioff (46) and his wife, actress Amanda Peet (45). David’s parents are both Jews. Friedman is his fathers;s last name, and Benioff (Benev) is from mother’s side, which he took for professional activities.
Special recognition and fame David received for the adaptation of the books of George RR Martin for the series “The Game of Thrones”.
Amanda Pete is Jewish from her mother’s side. The couple has two daughters and a son, lives in Beverly Hills and in Manhattan.
Famous Jewish Comedians
Did you know that around 70% of American comedians are Jewish? They have been entertaining the American population for generations and it’s high time to know them in the face!
Albert Lawrence Brooks (Einstein) is an immensely known American comedian, writer, and director of a Jewish origin in both maternal and paternal lines. This great man was born in 1947 in the US yet his blood is definitely Jewish!
Ben Stiller is another mega-popular comedian in the States. Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born in 1965 in a Jewish family the ancestors of which had emigrated from Galicia and Poland. By the way, Ben’s mother converted to Judaism before marrying Ben’s father.
Bette Midler, also known as The Divine Miss M, is a fantastic songwriter, actress, singer, comedian, and movie producer. Born in 1945, in one of the very few Jewish families (Bette’s mother Ruth was a housewife and her father Fred Midler was a painter) in the Asian neighborhood of Honolulu, Bette started her brilliant career in Off-Off-Broadway plays.
Famous Jewish Singers
Adam Levine from “Maroon 5” sincerely considers himself Jewish. Adam Noah Levine was born in 1979 in a family with Jewish roots. His father and maternal grandfather were both Jewish yet The Jewish Chronicle stated Adam refused the formal religious practice thus giving his preference to a more spiritual way of life.
Another celebrity you may be surprised to reveal has Jewish blood is Pink. Alecia Beth Moore (Pink) was born in 1979 in the family of a Jewish mother and a Catholic father. However, Pink doesn’t seem to accept she is Jewish, yet she plans on visiting Israel.
The Most Famous Jewish Sportsmen
Jordan Farmar is a popular basketball player born in 1986 in a Jewish family. When the boy was two years old, he moved to live in Tel Aviv with his mother after the divorce of his parents. However, Jordan’s stepfather is Jewish, too. The sportsman had his Bar Mitzvah in California.
Perhaps the most famous Jewish baseball player is Ryan Braun. This guy, however, received Jewish roots, not from his maternal line. Ryan’s mother is a Catholic and his father is Jewish. He immigrated from Israel to the US with his family when he was a little child. Ryan Braun considers himself a real Jewish and the Jewish Daily Forward considers this sportsman as one of the most significant Jewish Americans.
Taylor Mays was born in Texas in 1988. This famous football player got his Jewish roots from his mother while his father is an African-American. Taylor even attended Hebrew school twice a week when he was a child. This sportsman not only had his bar mitzvah but also always celebrates Passover, Chanukah, and Yom Kippur.
The world is full of talented, interesting and creative Jewish people. All those mentioned here were only a part of them, yet these were perhaps the most widely-known ones in the US.