Jeff Goldblum decided to be an actor while studying for his bar mitzvah
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Jeff Goldblum decided to be an actor while studying for his bar mitzvah

Hollywood star reveals his inspiration on PBS celebrity genealogy show ‘Finding Your Roots’

Jeff Goldblum poses at the Disney + launch event promoting "The World According to Jeff Goldblum" at the London West Hollywood hotel on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)
Jeff Goldblum poses at the Disney + launch event promoting "The World According to Jeff Goldblum" at the London West Hollywood hotel on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)

Jeff Goldblum learned a lot from Hebrew school: how to fight back against bullies, and that he enjoyed performing in front of a crowd.

As he revealed in Tuesday’s episode of “Finding Your Roots,” the PBS celebrity genealogy show, Goldblum had a rough time at Hebrew school as a kid. He was bullied by a kid named David Schwartz.

So Goldblum’s mother told him, “You have to learn to fight.” She taught him the “element of surprise,” which Goldblum said he eventually used to punch Schwartz in the face.

Later, while preparing for his bar mitzvah, he first felt his “professional calling.” He recalled the time he spent learning his Torah portion fondly and that his mother lauded his performance.

Goldblum decided he liked performing as well, and the rest is Hollywood history.

 

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