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Gillman was a Jewish-American football player, coach, executive, and innovator. His insistence on… [More] stretching the football field by throwing deep downfield passes, instead of short passes to running backs or wide receivers at the sides of the line of scrimmage, was instrumental in making football into the modern game that it is today. He was also inducted as a coach into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989 — the sole coach in the history of American football to have earned both honors. [Less]
1951: Julian Schnabel
Schnabel is a Jewish-American artist and filmmaker. He directed Before Night Falls, which became Javier… [More] Bardem’s breakthrough Academy Award-nominated role, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. He also wrote and directed Basquiat, a biopic on the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat (1996). Schnabel has won a Golden Globe, as well as BAFTA, a César Award, two nominations for the Golden Lion, and an Academy Award nomination. Also, in the 1980s, Schnabel received international media attention for his “plate paintings,” which were large-scale paintings set on broken, ceramic plates. Although Schnabel was born in Brooklyn, he grew up and spent his formative years in Texas. Interesting fact: His mother, Esta Greenberg, was president of the Brooklyn chapter of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization in America, in 1948. [Less]
1984: Sasha Cohen
Alexandra (“Sasha”) Pauline Cohen Cohen is a Jewish-American figure skater. She is… [More] the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World Championship medalist, the 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and the 2006 U.S. Champion. Her mother, an immigrant from the Ukraine, was a former ballet dancer. She is also known for difficult and creative positions in her spins, such as the “I” spin position which she popularized and which is sometimes informally referred to as the “Sasha spin.” [Less]