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Born Murray Janofsky in The Bronx, New York City, Murray was a Jewish-American stand-up comedian,… [More] actor, and game show host who made his name on the Borscht Belt (a term for the summer resorts of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York that were a popular vacation spot for New York City Jews from the 1920s up to the 1970s). Murray’s film appearances included A Man Called Dagger, Thunder Alley, Tarzan and the Great River, Which Way to the Front?, and History of the World, Part I. [Less]
1916: Vitaly Ginzburg
Ginzburg was a Soviet theoretical physicist, astrophysicist, Nobel laureate, a member of the Soviet and… [More] Russian Academies of Sciences and one of the fathers of Soviet hydrogen bomb. Among his achievements are a partially phenomenological theory of superconductivity, or the Ginzburg-Landau theory, developed with Lev Landau in 1950; the theory of electromagnetic wave propagation in plasmas; and a theory of the origin of cosmic radiation. He was of Jewish heritage but an outspoken atheist. [Less]
1967: Liev Schreiber
Schreiber is a Jewish-American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. As well as being a main-stream actor,… [More] Schreiber is also a respected stage actor, having performed in several Broadway productions. In 2005, Schreiber won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor for his performance in the play Glengarry Glen Ross. That year, Schreiber also made his debut as a film director and writer with Everything Is Illuminated, based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Schreiber is in a relationship with Naomi Watts, with whom he has two children. [Less]