Our recent ourcry about the lack of profiled Katzes elicited a spirited response from our readers, who sent in an array of Katzes, Catzes, and Katses of various obscurity.
So here is one: Joel Katz, or, as he is better known, Joel Grey. He is a rather esteemed actor, with a Tony, an Oscar, and a Grammy to his name. (He was nominated for an Emmy as well, for a guest spot on the rather Jewy "Brooklyn Bridge". Alas, that EGOT was not not to be.)
Grey is even a veteran of Yiddish theater, directing a recent adaptation of (what else) "Fiddler on the Roof". (So, for those counting, Yiddish -> English -> Yiddish.) In doing so, he went back to the roots, as Grey's first ever stage performance was at the age of 16 as something called the "Borscht Capades"... a revue produced by his father, comedian Mickey Katz.
In fact, the family can count three generation of performers. You might have heard of Joel's daughter, "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer