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Gause was a Jewish corporal in the Union Army during the American Civil War and a recipient of the highest… [More] military decoration for valor in combat—the Medal of Honor—for having distinguished himself near Berryville, Virginia. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. [Less]
1897: Hermione Gingold
Gingold was a Jewish-English actress known for her eccentric persona (an image enhanced by her sharp nose and… [More] chin) as well as her deepening voice, a result of vocal nodes which her mother reportedly encouraged her not to remove. She starred on stage, on radio, in films, on television and in recordings. She also appeared on the NBC interview program Here’s Hollywood. [Less]
1916: Kirk Douglas
Born Issur Danielovitch, Douglas is a Jewish-American stage and film actor, film producer and author — and… [More] one of the last surviving actors from Hollywood’s “golden age.” His popular films include Out of the Past (1947), Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Lust for Life (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Vikings (1958), Spartacus (1960), Lonely Are the Brave (1962), The Heroes of Telemark (1965) and Tough Guys (1986). He is No.17 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest male American screen legends of all time, making him the highest-ranked living person on the list. [Less]