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Born in Moscow, Sprinzak was a leading Zionist activist in the first half of the 20th century, an Israeli… [More] politician, and the first Speaker of the Knesset, a role he held from 1949 until his death in 1959. [Less]
1911: Lee J. Cobb
Cobb was a Jewish-American actor best known for his performance in 12 Angry Men (1957), his Academy… [More] Award-nominated performance in On the Waterfront (1954), and one of his last films, The Exorcist (1973). He also played the role of Willy Loman in the original Broadway performance of Arthur Miller’s 1949 play Death of a Salesman under the direction of Elia Kazan. On television, Cobb costarred in the first four seasons of the popular, long-running western series The Virginian. [Less]
1925: Sammy Davis, Jr.
Davis was an American entertainer who was primarily a dancer and singer but was also known for his impersonations… [More] of actors and other celebrities. Davis started as a child vaudevillian who became known for his performances on Broadway and Las Vegas. He went on to become a world famous recording artist, television and film star. Davis was also a member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack. He converted to Judaism later in his life. His signature line, which he stated when he was asked to describe his handicap, was: “Handicap? Talk about handicap—I’m a one-eyed Negro Jew.” [Less]