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Jolson’s greatest claim to fame was his starring role in “The Jazz Singer,” the first… [More] full-length “talkie,” aka talking motion picture. His father was a famous cantor in Washington, D.C. Although Jolson never served in the Army (he was turned down when he tried to enlist during the Spanish American War for being too young) Jolson was an active participant in Bond Drives during subsequent wars. He also entertained the troops during World War I and Korea. In fact, he died after a trip to Korea in 1950. [Less]
1964: Lenny Kravitz
Kravitz is an American rocker/songwriter/producer/fashion designer. Kravitz’s mother,… [More] actress Roxie Roker of the hit show “The Jeffersons,” was of Bahamian and African-American descent, and his father, Sy Kravitz, was a Jewish NBC television news producer and later became a jazz promoter. His parents were together during the 1960s — at a time when interracial couples were rare and the civil rights movement was at its peak. The singer has often explored his dual-race dual-faith background. [Less]
1971: Matt Stone
Stone is an American actor, voice actor, animator, screenwriter, producer, musician, best known for… [More] being the co-creator of South Park along with his creative partner and best friend, Trey Parker. Stone’s mother is Jewish and his father was of Irish descent. He was an interviewee for Michael Moore’s docu-film “Bowling for Columbine” because he grew up in Littleton, where the mass shooting occurred that gave the impetus for Moore’s film. [Less]