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    Joel Grey

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    (Joel David Katz)
    April 11, 1932 —

    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 Katz Grey...


    Verdict: Jew.

    January 18, 2021

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    Jennifer Grey


    Bernard Katz

    Mickey Katz

    Nathan Lane
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