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Sapir was Jewish-American anthropologist-linguist, widely considered to be one of the most… [More] important figures in the early development of the discipline of linguistics. Among his major contributions to linguistics is his classification of Indigenous languages of the Americas, which he elaborated for most of his professional life. He played an important role in developing the modern concept of the phoneme, greatly advancing the understanding of phonology. Before Sapir it was generally considered impossible to apply the methods of historical linguistics to languages of indigenous peoples because they were believed to be more primitive than the Indo-European languages. Sapir was the first to prove that the methods of comparative linguistics were equally valid when applied to indigenous languages. [Less]
1925: Paul Newman
Newman, whose father was Jewish, was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian,… [More] professional racing driver, and auto racing team owner. One of the most charismatic, handsome actors of his time, some of his most memorable roles were in the famous movies Exodus, Cool Hand Luke, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, three Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy award, and many honorary awards. He also won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing. Newman was also a co-founder of Newman’s Own, a food company from which Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. He was also happily married to the actress Joan Woodward for many years. [Less]
1929: Jules Feiffer
Feiffer is a Jewish-American syndicated cartoonist, most notable for his long-run comic strip titled… [More] Feiffer. He has created more than 35 books, plays and screenplays. In 1986, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartooning in The Village Voice. [Less]