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1 Chelsea Handler (born 1975) actress/comedian Handler — </ref> 43336
2 Elvis Presley's great-great-grandmother was Jewish. Elvis personally had a Star of David carved into his mother's grave. He also learned the Hebrew alphabet, donated to Jewish charities, had a Rabbi as his spiritual teacher, and he routinely wore a Chai necklace (meaning “Life/Living” in Hebrew) in order to celebrate his Jewish heritage. 25952
3 Pink, singer and songwriter 23597
4 Bob Dylan, singer, songwriter who revolutionized folk music with songs like Blowin' in the Wind and Like a Rolling Stone 22955
5 Jon Stewart, stand-up comedian, actor, author, who is the host, head writer, and producer of The Daily Show 18754
6 Guns N' Roses, Jewish members include Slash (lead guitarist, songwriter, real name Saul Hudson), Ron Thal aka "Bumblefoot" (lead guitarist, songwriter, producer), and Steven Adler (songwriter, drummer). 17165
7 Kiss, rock band with Jewish main members that include Paul Stanley (lead vocals, guitarist), Gene Simmons (lead vocals, bassist), Ace Frehley (lead guitarist), Bruce Kulick (lead guitarist), and Eric Singer (drummer) 16617
8 Adam Sandler (born 1966) actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and musician 15688
9 Paul Reubens, comedian, actor aka Peewee Herman 15200
10 Adam Lambert, singer, songwriter and actor 14463
11 Steven Spielberg, Oscar-winning director, screenwriter, producer 13706
12 Gene Simmons, bass player, main songwriter and singer for Kiss, who penned their song "Love it Loud" among many others. 13486
13 Judy Garland, (real name Frances Gumm), legendary and influential actress and singer, who through a career that spanned 45 of her 47 years, attained international stardom as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on the concert stage, and was respected for her versatility, and received a multiple awards including the Juvenile Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Cecil B. DeMille Award for her work in films, as well as Grammy Awards and a Tony Award 13281
14 Billy Joel, singer, songwriter known for his many #1 hits (aka The Piano Man) 13077
15 Barbra Streisand (born 1942) two-time Academy Award-winning singer, theatre and film actress, composer, film producer and director 11485
16 Larry Clark, independent film director, writer, producer, and photographer. 11194
17 Woody Allen (born 1935) Yiddish speaking Academy Award-winning film director, writer, actor, musician, and influential stand-up comedian who was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family 10841
18 Rob Reiner (born 1947) actor, director, producer, writer, political and anti-tobacco activist. 10208
19 Stanley Kubrick, legendary film director, screenwriter, producer, photographer of films 10140
20 Beastie Boys, all-Jewish NY rap/rock band consisting of Jewish members Michael Diamond, Adam Yauch, and Adam Horovitz. 10108
21 Megadeth seminal Thrash metal band with important Jewish members Dave Mustaine (lead singer/guitarist/songwriter), and Marty Friedman (lead guitarist) 9972
22 Dream Theater, acclaimed progressive rock band whose Jewish members include Mike Portnoy, and Jordan Rudess. 9866
23 Aaron Sorkin (born 1961) screenwriter, producer and playwright, creator of The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 9754
24 Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrochemist, author, and popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences, who wrote and presented the most widely watched PBS program in history; Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was based on his own books, and who also pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), among other things. 9467
25 David Cross, comedian, actor 9323
26 Jack Black (born 1969) actor, comedian, and musician 8987
27 Arthur Miller, playwright 8796
28 Ben Stiller (born 1965) comedian, actor, and film director 8786
29 Seth Rogen, comedian, actor, writer 8785
30 Courtney Love, singer and songwriter 8283
31 Howard Stern, radio shock jock, author, actor and producer 7842
32 Seth Green, actor, writer, producer, who is the "creator, head writer, and producer of the acclaimed stop motion animated television series" Robot Chicken, together with fellow Jewish co-Head Writers Douglas Goldstein, Matthew Senreich, and Tom Root, and who writes and provides voices on Family Guy 7508
33 Jonah Hill, comedian, actor, writer 7474
34 Oliver Stone, Oscar-winning film director and screenwriter 7353
35 Beck, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. 7228
36 Harry Houdini (real name Ehrich Weiss), the first ever illusionist/magician/escape artist in history. Widely known as The Father of Magic/Illusion. He was born to Orthodox Jewish parents, and his father was a rabbi 7165
37 Paul Rudd, actor, and screenwriter, who is the son of two devout Jewish immigrants from England 7131
38 Agent Orange, predominantly Jewish punk rock band led by Jewish frontman and songwriter Mike Palm, who pioneered the concept of mixing of punk rock with surf music. 6845
39 Bill Maher, ex-presenter of Politically Incorrect 6665
40 Idina Menzel, actress, singer & songwriter **** 6452
41 Dustin Hoffman (born 1937) two-time Oscar winning actor 6439
42 Adam Levine, lead singer and songwriter of Maroon 5 6431
43 Lou Reed, lead singer, composer, lyricist, often imitated avant-garde guitarist who with his band The Velvet Underground broke down many taboo barriers of what was possible or acceptable in rock music, both musically and lyrically, and thereby laid down the groundwork of all modern indie or DIY (Do it yourself) music. His songs include the anthemic "Perfect Day", "Venus in Furs", "Pale Blue Eyes", "Candy Says", "Femme Fatale", "Stephanie Says", "Sister Ray", and "Walk on the Wild Side", among many others 6306
44 Bad Religion, rock band with a predominantly Jewish membership that includes Brett Gurewitz (lead guitarist, songwriter, founding member), Greg Graffin (lead singer), Greg Hetson (lead guitarist, songwriter), Lucky Lehrer (voted the "best punk drummer of all-time" by fanzine, Flipside), Jay Ziskrout, Brooks Wackerman, Davy Goldman, Pete Finestone and Bobby Schayer. 6245
45 J.J. Abrams, writer and director 6244
46 Randy Newman, prolific singer/songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who is notable for his innovative, mordant, satirical, and often melodically sophisticated pop songs, as well for his many film scores (such as the Toy Story soundtrack). His classc songs include Short People, I Love L.A., Rednecks, God’s Song, Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear, You've Got a Friend in Me, In Germany Before the War, among many others. 6235
47 Michael Bolton, singer and songwriter 6196
48 Andy Samberg (born 1978) actor, comedian 6134
49 Uri Geller, psychic magician 6085
50 Regina Spektor, a Russian-born Jewish-American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East Village. 6002
51 Anthrax, thrash metal band with a strong Jewish membership that includes founding members, guitarists, and songwriters Scott Ian (guitarist, songwriter), Dan Lilker (lead guitarist, songwriter), and Dan Spitz (lead guitarist, songwriter) 5878
52 Paul Simon, singer, songwriter from the biggest selling duo in music history Simon and Garfunkel, and a solo artist 5797
53 Larry David, Emmy-winning writer, director, comedian, actor, producer, co-creator of Seinfeld and creator of Curb Your Enthusiasm 5713
54 Zach Braff (born 1975) television and film actor, director, screenwriter, and producer 5683
55 Sarah Silverman, stand-up comedian, actress, and writer 5657
56 Mel Brooks, director, writer, actor, producer, composer, lyricist, and stand-up comedian, who pioneered the much imitated comedy style and genre of mixing comedy with real historic events** 5555
57 Jerry Seinfeld, actor & writer 5492
58 Chris Cornell, lead singer/songwriter of the era-defining alternative rock band Soundgarden and also of Audioslave, who is known for his distinctive high octave range voice as well as for his songwriting 5363
59 Leonard Nimoy, film director, actor, writer, singer, songwriter, poet, and photographer 5363
60 Gene Wilder, comedic actor 5277
61 Bar Refaeli, Israeli Model 5228
62 Jerry Lewis (born 1926) comedian, singer, actor, film director, writer, film producer, and humanitarian, known for his slapstick humor and his charity fund-raising telethons, who wrote, directed, produced, and starred in his own classic films such as The Ladies Man (1961), The Errand Boy (1961), The Patsy (1964) and The Nutty Professor (1963), among many others 5088
63 Linda McCartney, married Paul McCartney and was a keyboard player and vocalist for his band Wings 5054
64 Judd Apatow (born 1968) screenwriter, television/film producer Apatow — [link]</ref> 5022
65 Josh Groban, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter 4954
66 Sammy Davis, Jr., actor (convert) 4907
67 Christopher Guest, comedian, screenwriter, composer, musician, film director, actor, and founding Spinal Tap member 4900
68 Michael Savage, KNEW radio host 4823
69 Sam Raimi, director 4767
70 Andy Kaufman, avant-garde comedian, who was the son of two devout Jewish parents. 4709
71 Nikki Reed (born 1988) screenwriter & actress (Thirteen) </ref> 4705
72 Phil Spector, songwriter, singer, and music producer, who influenced everyone from The Beatles and the Beach Boys to Bruce Springsteen. Best known for his knack for writing and producing defining pop songs and for his innovative production and songwriting on songs such as "Be My Baby", and his subsequent creation of the often imitated "Wall Of Sound" production technique. 4703
73 Paula Abdul, singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, and choreographer, who was the main choreographer of the Jacksons, Janet Jackson, and of many high profile films such as Coming to America, Action Jackson, Jerry Maguire, The Running Man, American Beauty (1999 film), Oliver Stone's The Doors, and the giant keyboard scene involving Tom Hanks’ character in Big. 4585
74 Matt Stone, animator, film director, screenwriter, actor, voice actor, and creator of South Park 4512
75 Steely Dan, both main members, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, are Jewish. Acclaimed for their high musicianship and songwriting. 4443
76 Darren Aronofsky (born 1969) film director, screenwriter and producer 4404
77 Spike Jonze, (real name Adam Spiegel), director and producer of film, television, and music videos 4391
78 Eli Roth (born 1972) film actor, director, producer and writer </ref> 4345
79 Brooke Burke, American television personality and model 4319
80 Jefferson Airplane, psychedelic folk rock band, has a predominantly Jewish membership that includes Marty Balin (lead singer), Jorma Kaukonen (lead guitarist), Paul Kantner (bass player), Jack Casady (guitarist, bass player), Spencer Dryden (drummer), David Freiberg (vocalist bass player) 4299
81 Danny Elfman, lead singer and chief songwriter of the new-wave band Oingo Boingo, and later a much praised film/TV composer; his scores include The Simpsons Theme, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Batman Returns, and the scores to other Tim Burton films 4262
82 Neil Diamond, singer, guitarist, and songwriter, of Sweet Caroline, among many others. He worked in the Brill Building and wrote all his own songs, as well as many songs for others such as I'm a Believer for The Monkees. Sometimes called “The Jewish Elvis” even though Elvis Presley was Jewish himself 4237
83 George Gershwin, quintessential 20th century classical composer who created an influential style of Klezmer (Jewish art music) influenced classical music through such works as Rhapsody in Blue. As well as a composer of popular songs (with his brother Ira Gershwin) such as "Summertime" and "Someone to Watch Over Me", among many others. 4201
84 Goldie Hawn, comedic actress in films and on television Laugh-In 4183
85 David Geffen, producer ** 4143
86 David Lee Roth, lead singer and principal songwriter of both the music and lyrics of Van Halen, as well as a successful and acclaimed solo artist 4081
87 Joan Rivers (born 1933) stage actress, writer, comedienne, talk show host, and celebrity 4070
88 Bette Midler, singer of The Rose and Wind Beneath My Wings 3949
89 The Cars, predominantly Jewish New Wave rock band, whose Jewish members include Ric Ocasek (singer, rhythm guitarist), Elliot Easton (real name Elliot Steinberg, lead guitarist, singer), Benjamin Orr (real name Benjamin Orzechowski, bass guitar player, vocalist), and Greg Hawkes (keyboardist) 3949
90 Jane's Addiction, Alternative rock band with strong Jewish membership that includes Perry Farrell (lead singer/songwriter), Eric Avery (bass), and Stephen Perkins (drums). 3943
91 Mandy Patinkin, actor & singer **** 3876
92 Barbara Walters (born 1929) media personality, a regular fixture on morning television shows (Today and The View), evening news magazines (20/20), and on The ABC Evening News, as the first female evening news anchor </ref> 3771
93 Glenn Danzig, singer, songwriter, musician, and entrepreneur, who is the founder of the bands the Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig 3767
94 Paul Stanley, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Kiss 3703
95 Katie Couric, presenter of The Today Show' 3627
96 Jerry Springer (born 1944) host of The Jerry Springer Show 3560
97 Jerry Bruckheimer, producer 3525
98 Tom Werner (born 1950) television producer and businessman 3517
99 REO Speedwagon, predominantly Jewish melodic rock band from the 1970s and 1980s 3492
100 Rodney Dangerfield, actor 3485
101 Howie Mandel, host of Deal or no Deal 3415
102 Stephen Sondheim, composer, songwriter, and lyricist of many acclaimed scores and songs including Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins. 3327
103 David Blaine, stunt performer, illusionist 3308
104 Ace Frehley, lead guitarist best known as an original member and lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss, who has inspired numerous up-and-coming rockers to pick up the guitar in the 1970s, and come the '90s, was listed by just about every contemporary rock guitarist (Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Pantera's Dimebag Darrell, etc.) as an important influence 3299
105 Phish, jam band that has a strong Jewish membership, and embraces its roots by playing "Yerushalayim Shel Zhahav" by legendary Israeli songwriter Naomi Shemer also known as "The First Lady of Israeli song", and "Avenu Malkenu" (another Hebrew song) in concert. 3299
106 Howard Cosell, sportscaster 3285
107 Carole King (real name Carole Klein), one of the most influential and successful female singer-songwriters of all time, who wrote the most #1 hits of all the writers from the Brill Building and who is revered for her chart topping solo album Tapestry, and for her songs ranging from classic standards such as You've Got a Friend, to early 60's dance songs such as the Loco-Motion, among many others 3271
108 Jason Alexander, comedian, actor, writer, and director known for playing the iconic character "George Costanza" and for directing episodes on Seinfeld 3186
109 Eddie Fisher, singer, entertainer and father of Carrie Fisher 3185
110 Bill Nye, comedian, television host, science educator and mechanical engineer, popularly known as "Bill Nye the Science Guy", who is best known as the host of the children's science show Bill Nye the Science Guy, and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator. 3177
111 NOFX, punk rock band whose Jewish main members include Fat Mike (lead singer, bassist, songwriter), and Eric Melvin (guitarist/songwriter/lead singer). 3106
112 Geddy Lee, Canadian lead singer, bassist, keyboardist, and chief songwriter for the progressive rock band Rush. He was born Gary Lee Weinrib and is the son of Jewish Holocaust survivors. His stage name, Geddy, was inspired by his mother's heavily-accented Yiddish pronunciation of his given first name, Gary. 3066
113 Barry Manilow, singer/songwriter/pianist who writes well-crafted pop songs, that include Mandy and I Write the Songs, "Copacabana" among many others 3061
114 Peter Steele (real name Petrus T. Ratajczyk), lead singer, and bassist for the Goth metal band Type O Negative 2878
115 Max Weinberg, drummer of the E Street Band, and as the leader of The Max Weinberg 7, the house band for Late Night with Conan O'Brien as well as the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, where the band will become Max Weinberg and the Tonight Show Band. 2864
116 Godspeed You! Black Emperor, predominantly Jewish membership including Efrim Menuck (also of the band A Silver Mt Zion), Thierry Amar (who also participates with Black Ox Orkestar, a Yiddish folk band), Aidan Girt, and Thea Pratt 2853
117 Leonard Bernstein, eclectic classical composer whose legacy includes poignant explicitly Jewish themed compositions, as well as a composer of works such as West Side Story, Candide, and On the Town 2853
118 Carly Simon, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist 2853
119 David Cronenberg, film maker, director, screenwriter, and actor. 2846
120 Social Distortion, predominantly Jewish rock band who were one of the leading bands of the 1980s hardcore punk explosion 2712
121 Billy Crystal (born 1947) actor, writer, producer, comedian and film director 2692
122 Jerry Stiller (born 1927) comedian and actor 2638
123 Cass Elliot, Mama Cass from The Mamas & the Papas 2614
124 Twisted Sister, heavy metal band with a predominantly Jewish membership that includes Dee Snider (lead singer, songwriter), Jay Jay French (lead guitarist, songwriter, real name John Segall), Mark Mendoza (bassist, songwriter, real name Mark Glickman) 2598
125 Otto Preminger, director 2585
126 Richard Marx, pop/rock singer, songwriter, and record producer, who placed himself in the record books by being the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the Top 5 on the US charts, and whose hit songs include "Endless Summer Nights", "Right Here Waiting", "Now and Forever", and "Hazard", among many others 2551
127 Lenny Bruce (1925–1966) Stand-up comedian, writer, social critic, satirist, and free speech martyr, who drastically revolutionized the stand-up comedy art form, </ref> 2493
128 Joey Ramone, lead singer and songwriter of punk rock pioneers the Ramones, whose classic songs include I Wanna Be Sedated and Rock 'n' roll High School, among many others. 2473
129 David Copperfield, world renown Israeli/American illusionist 2465
130 Judith Light, actress 2451
131 Gilda Radner, actress 2429
132 Simon Rex, American model, actor, MTV VJ 2428
133 Art Garfunkel, part of the biggest selling music duo in history with Jewish friend Paul Simon 2426
134 Alex Borstein (born 1971) actress, writer and comedian </ref> 2406
135 Lewis Black (born 1948) stand-up comedian, author, playwright, and actor </ref> 2371

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