Monday, April 27, 2009


In scanning through the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, I have encountered lists of almost every imaginable thing. One that I found intriguing was a list of famous people who are Jewish. While most on the list are people everybody knows are Jewish like Sammy Davis Jr. (but not Sammy Davis Sr.) or Golda Meir or Sen. Joe Lieberman. My focus is on people who are not so obvious. Many of the following are converts and others have one Jewish parent, and many may be non-observant, and some are deceased, but all are documented with footnotes on their Wikipedia sites.

This list is not intended to further the pernicious aims of anti-Semites who assert that Jews are attempting to control the world, but rather to illustrate that the Jews, a small minority, have pretty much assimilated in American society.

Campbell Brown, CNN anchor, Converted when she married Republican consultant, Daniel Senor.

Kate Capshaw, actress. Converted when she married moviemaker Steven Spielberg.

Nell Carter, singer, actress. Converted.

Connie Chung, news anchor. Converted when she married Maury Povich.

Jim Croce, singer, songwriter. Converted.

Soleil Moon Frye, actress (Punky Brewster).

Mary Hart, TV personality (Entertainment Tonight). Converted, married to producer Bert Sugarman.

Carolyn Jones, actress. (Addams Family). Converted.

Marilyn Monroe, actress. Converted when she married playwright Arthur Miller.

Elizabeth Taylor, actress. Converted when she married producer Michael Todd.

Ivanka Trump, TV personality and daughter of non-Jewish Donald Trump. Converting.

Ike Turner, singer and alleged former husband of Tina Turner. (He always asserted that they were not legally married.) Converted.

Jackie Wilson, R & B Singer. Converted.

Dara Torres, Olympic swimmer. Converted although father Edward Torres was Jewish.

Bob Dylan, singer, songwriter.

Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer.

Camille Pissarro, French Impressionist painter.

Saatchi & Saatchi, British advertising agency.

Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist.

Diego Velasquez, Spanish painter. Family was Jewish conversos during Inquisition.

Jamie Lee Curtis, actress. Daughter of Tony Curtis, f/k/a Bernard Schwartz.

Kate Hudson, actress. Daughter of actress Goldie Hawn.

Leonard Nimoy, actor. (Star Trek).

River Phoenix and Joaquin Phoenix, actors. Mother is Jewish.

Ayn Rand, f/k/a Alisa Rosenbaum, author.

Scarlett Johansson, actress. Mother is Jewish.

Jennifer Connelly, actress. Mother is Jewish and attended the Yeshiva.

Gwyneth Paltrow, actress. Father, Bruce Paltrow is Jewish.

Paula Abdul, actress and singer. Father, Harry Abdul is a Syrian Jew, raised in Brazil. Mother is also Jewish.

Patricia Arquette, actress. Mother is Jewish, Father is a convert to Islam.

Robert Downey Jr., actor. Father, Robert Sr., is half Jewish.

Daryl Hannah, actress.

Sean Penn, actor. An agnostic, although his father Leo Penn is Jewish.

Katie Couric, TV anchor. Mother is Jewish, but she was raised Presbyterian.

Harrison Ford, actor. Mother is Jewish.

Whoopi Goldberg, f/k/a Caryn Johnson, actress, comedian. Mother is Jewish.

Arlo Guthrie, folk singer and son of legendary Woody Guthrie. His Bar Mitzvah tutor was activist Rabbi Meir Kahane who founded the Jewish Defense League, moved to Israel, served in the Knesset there, and was later assassinated.

You may be dismayed to learn that Mel Gibson is not on the list, and I'm fairly certain that he is not Jewish. Nor is Sen. John Kerry, whose paternal grandparents from Austria, the Kohns, converted to Catholicism in 1901. Sen. Kerry's brother, Cameron, however, is Jewish.

Madonna is not Jewish although she is a serious student of Jewish Kabbalah and has donated large sums of money to build a Kabbalah school for children.

On the sports front, 3 players in last year's Baseball All-Star Game are Jewish. The American League featured Red Sox first baseman, Kevin Youkilis and Rangers second baseman, Ian Kinsler. The National League had Brewers' outfielder Ryan Braun. In football, the Chicago Bears have at least two, new quarterback Jay Cutler and kicker Robbie Gould.

That's enough information overload for today!

KENNETH SUSKIN P.S. I apologize--I confused Jay Cutler with another quarterback, Jay Fiedler who is Jewish. Also, despite her periodic remarks that she is half Jewish and half Catholic, Whoopi Goldberg is NOT Jewish. She took the name Goldberg, claiming that her mother was Jewish--her grandmother's name was Rachel Freedman, which sounds like a Jewish name, but in fact is not.



Blogger Barbara said...

i had no idea some of these people were Jewish. learn something new each day

March 13, 2010 at 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


January 10, 2011 at 12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thers nothin wrong of being jewish ,but the human being inside YOu determines WHO U REALLY ARE.

January 10, 2011 at 12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas Jefferson is Jewish via DNA.
Kenneth Vivian Thimann is part Jewish due to his Jewish father Israel Felix Thimann (Israel became a Christian before Kenneth was born.)
Frederick Madison Roberts is Jewish by Jefferson's DNA.

April 12, 2011 at 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i always just assume everybody who is famous is jewish, and feign surprise when i find out they're not...

July 25, 2011 at 10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack Webb of Dragnet is part Jewish. His father was Jewish, his mother was Irish-Native American.

January 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger evan said...

Cutler is not Jewish, he seems totally goyish, and his middle name is Christopher.(not that it matters)
Why are so many of us Jews hung up on who's Jewish or not?
I understand it is a great source of pride for our small minority being leaders in every field,- we've done it and we continue to do it, so you can relax and have a nosh.

March 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas Jefferson isnt Jewish, his mothers maiden name was Randal, but fast forward in the family tree to the 1960's when his great great grand daughter or neice married a Jewish man, and yes, his off spring is Jewish.

March 31, 2012 at 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Addrienne Gusoff said...

Whoopi Goldberg is not Jewish. Not at all. No Jewish blood anywhere. (She sometimes says her mother is Jewish, but that's just wishful thinking on her part)

And these converts to Judaism...they may be PRACTICING Jews, but they are not culturally or genetically Jewish. It's not as if Marilyn Monroe or Liz Taylor grew up speaking Yiddish at home!

-Adrienne Gusoff
author of Dirty Yiddish Slang, which you should buy immediately because it's really funny!

January 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger kenneth suskin said...

I couldn't verify that Jay Cutler is Jewish, and I apparently confused him with another quarterback Jay Fiedler who is Jewish.

Regarding Whoopi Goldberg, when she took the name "Goldberg" she claimed to be half Jewish and half Catholic. Her grandmother's name was Rachel Freedman; she was Black, but not Jewish. Apparently Wikipedia corrected its entry also.

January 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Addrienne Gussoff,

Jewish is not an ethnicity. Judaism is a religion. There are black, white, and brown Jews. They are not an ethnicity. Judaism is a RELIGION that CLAIMS to be a race. It doesn't make it true.

Moreover, most Jews (Ashkenazis) are not even related to the Ancient Israelite Hebrews. They CONVERTED to Judaism in the 8th Century in Khazaria, Eastern Europe.

So 90% of all Jews are "converts".

February 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Addrienne! Judaism is a religion - nothing to do with race
(but to anonymous, there is not much evidence that most Ashkenazim came from the Khazars - the Khazars were a very small group, they joined the Ashkenazim but are not the whole of them)

September 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are no famost holywood actors who are not jewish!!! Few Exceptions are clint eastwood, arnold schwarzeneger and some others, who helped to earn the fortune for their empire. And that is the fact.

December 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Half of these people are not Jewish in reality.

It is ridiculous to call all quarter or half Jewish person as Jewish.

Most of them are just White, they can be taken Jewish only if they follow Judaism.
Simply acknowledging their quarter/half Jewish ancestry won't make them Jewish.

January 14, 2014 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly anonymous (December 30, 2013) Everyone in Hollywood IS Jewish!!! There are too many Jews for my liking!!! In Hollywood and every other field for that matter!

June 30, 2014 at 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must agree with the previous post. The only thing that makes you a Jew is a Jewish mother. Barring that, you're not a Jew. If your father is a Jew, you are not a Jew. The tribal affiliation is direct matrilineal descent. Period.

Yes, you can convert. It's a difficult process and even then the wider Jewish community may not accept such a person as a Jew.

July 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Judaism, a person is Jewish if their mother is Jewish or if they convert. People with a Jewish father are not considered to be Jewish.

August 11, 2014 at 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Gary Anderson said...

Inner Kabbalah is satanic, and is involved in an eternal right of ISrael which goes past the Torah. The Torah prophets say that the New Zion would be established by Messiah, not by atheistic Zionists with the same general goal, world domination, according to Israel Shahak, that Kabbalah also seeks. Clearly, Ben-Gurion had that atheistic world vision, gnostic in scope.

September 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Chuck FiftyFive said...

The man's religion is his own business.

September 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many if not most of these aren't practicing Jews. If you're putting up Christmas trees, you're out of the club. An advertising agency has a religion? Is that from the Romney corporations are people too school? And many are converts.. Cuz daddy's family won't accept the shikse. I hope the kids are being raised Jewish. If your dad is Jewish, you're not legally Jewish unless you convert. Of your mom is Jewish but you don't observe any Jewish holidays or raise your kids Jewish, does that make you Jewish. For example, despite her last name, people like Whoopi dont practice Judaism... Others are technically born to Jewish mothers & while the Nazis would gas them, they don't consider themselves Jews. . The Gyllenhaals are missing from this list

October 4, 2014 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger Grifflon Randle said...

Being Jewish has nothing to do with Color. There are all kinds of races that are Jewish don't be fooled by T.V

January 3, 2015 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Grifflon Randle said...

Being Jewish has nothing to do with color, there are all kinds of Jews black, white, brown, chiness, Asian, Hispanic, so if somebody is Jewish because they are not whites its normal. I love all Jews no mater what color.

January 3, 2015 at 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

January 11, 2015 at 3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlo Guthrie's mother was Jewish, but he converted to Catholicism and is now a practicing Christian.

February 19, 2015 at 4:23 AM  
Blogger Shirley Adams said...

A lot of groups do this. Also, neo-Nazi websites (such as claim that everyone who has just committed a crime is Jewish (Joran van der Sloot who murdered Natalee Holloway in Aruba a few years ago is an example). He is certainly not Jewish. They continually call George Zimmerman Jewish when both parents are Catholic. Zimmerman is not even a Jewish name. The majority of Zimmermans in Germany are Catholic, as is George Zimmerman's father. Lutheran is next and only a few Jewish families in Germany changed their names to Zimmerman. George Zimmerman's mother is also Catholic. Van der Sloot and Zimmerman are 0% Jewish, but many websites lie about this and uneducated people don't even question this. This is one of the many reasons Jews like to claify who's Jewish.

May 24, 2015 at 3:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Lots of people claim Jewish heritage but again Jewish means those practicing Judaism and nothing more. The fact is that (for those who read the Torah) Ashkenaz was a son of Japheth. The actual Hebrews came from the family line of Shem which is where the term anti Semite comes from. However a third of all people came from Shem including the Arabs. So technically if you're going to call someone an anti Semite then you would have to be against a third of all mankind.

Furthermore since Ashkenaz was a son of Japheth that would in fact make Jewish people converts because they don't come from the actual Hebrew bloodline. The fact is that most of the descendants of the Hebrews today are the blacks, native Indians and Hispanics in the Americas even though they don't realize it. They fit the curses outlined in the Torah in Deut 28.

Not hating on anyone because we all should practice peace among all people no matter what there race, creed or culture is. Just wanted to state some facts however that can be verified with research. And even if the Jewish people were in fact the Hebrews one has to ask where are the other ten tribes that went into excile in 867 b.c. Those were Hebrews as well but yet the focus is only on Judea which was taken down in 70 a.d. Again just stating facts that can be research. Surely we cannot forget about the northern tribes.

Finally Jewish means that you are like or similar to a jew or Hebrew. That's what ish means in the English language. An actual Israelite was a Hebrew by ethnicity, not a Jew. Jew only denotes being from the line of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob. They were all Hebrews by ethnicity and Israelites by nationality.

Again research for yourself. This stuff is not made up. And for those who would claim anti Semitism, my mother has Jewish ancestry if you still believe that Jewish is an ethnicity. If it is an ethnicity then I'm Jewish as well. Just saying.

December 3, 2015 at 5:39 AM  
Blogger iconoclast said...

"It is ridiculous to call all quarter or half Jewish person as Jewish."

Antisemites have always done exactly that just like racists have done with blacks. A quarter or less of Jewish blood was enough to make you a victim of a pogrom or a holocaust throughout history. Even though Obama is half-white, he'll forever remain exclusively black for coneheads.

February 25, 2016 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger king davif said...

Dna is forever Jewish if you convert Outside of Judaism you be come Christian your birthright is sold like selling your soul to hasatan

August 17, 2016 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous bubala said...

If you eat a corned beef sandwich on white bread you are not Jewish.

September 11, 2016 at 5:22 PM  

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