jewish hollywood

Should Jewish roles in film and TV be played by Jewish actors?

Does it really matter if an actor isn't Jewish when they are hired to play a Jewish character?

By ALAN ZEITLIN
03/03/2022
  Mizrahi Jewish boy celebrates bar mitzvah in Israel

Revamped ‘Wonder Years’ revisits bar mitzvah 33 years after classic episode

Paul Pfeiffer's bar mitzvah made Jewish television history when "The Wonder Years" devoted an episode to it in 1989.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
14/01/2022
Helen Mirren

Before Helen Mirren, here are 7 actors who played Israeli prime ministers

It won’t be the first time that Meir has been portrayed in a big production. But Israeli prime ministers beyond Meir haven’t exactly hogged screen time in Hollywood productions over the years.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
10/04/2021

Five notable Jewish, Israeli nominees for 2021 Oscars

“Mank,” the black-and-white Netflix film about Jewish screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, earned 10 Oscar nods, including for best picture, making up nearly half of Netflix’s total nominations.

By EMILY BURACK/JTA
16/03/2021

The story behind ‘Mank:' 'Citizen Kane's Jewish screenwriter

It’s likely that only the most zealous of film buffs are aware of the Jewish sides to Mankiewicz’s story. Here’s some of that history.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
05/12/2020

25 years after 'Casino': a primer on some of Hollywood's Jewish gangsters

The film's protagonist is based on Frank Rosenthal, a real Jewish gambling expert from Chicago who had ties to the Chicago Outfit and eventually headed to Vegas to run casinos for them.

By STEPHEN SILVER/JTA
28/11/2020
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in a scene from the 1987 film "Dirty Dancing."

‘Dirty Dancing’ sequel starring Jennifer Grey announced

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed the news on Thursday.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
08/08/2020
A view of the iconic Hollywood sign

These 7 Jewish actresses shaped Hollywood as we know it

Jewish directors, producers and writers are credited with developing the Hollywood system as we know it today.

By HANNAH STEINKOPF-FRANK/JTA
28/02/2020
Actor Billy Crystal poses at a premiere in California, 2018.

Billy Crystal plays a rabbi for the first time in this indie drama

“Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey has a small role in the film, as does Scott Caan (son of Jewish actor James Caan).

By STEPHEN SILVER/JTA
08/02/2019

From Hollywood to the Holy Land

The legendary Ben Bard Drama School was for decades one of Hollywood’s most prominent and respected acting academies.

By YAKIR FELDMAN
07/02/2019
Subscribe for our daily newsletter
Subscribe for our daily newsletter

By subscribing I accept the terms of use and privacy policy