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carlisle96

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Jewish Game Show Hosts
« on: April 05, 2021, 01:58:19 PM »
A friend's son is making a list of Jewish entertainers and TV personalities for a school project and asked me if I knew whether Art James was Jewish and if Alex Trebek had any Jewish ancestry because he once talked about visiting a kibbutz. I really don't know about either of them...anyone out there have any more info? 

JMFabiano

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2021, 03:12:34 PM »
Oh, man, I can name Anna Roisman in two threads in one day!  LOL.

Jon Bauman qualifies, of course, too.
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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2021, 03:15:52 PM »
Let's see...there's Monty Hall, Groucho Marx, Bob Saget, Ben Stein, Howie Mandel, Marc Summers...

BillCullen1

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2021, 03:32:33 PM »
Going back in time, we had Robert Q Lewis, Larry Blyden and Bobby Van. According to Wiki, Art James was born to Russian immigrants.

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2021, 03:42:04 PM »
Bennett Cerf was born to Alsatian and German Jewish parents.
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BrandonFG

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2021, 06:55:02 PM »
William Shatner.
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Allstar87

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2021, 07:02:25 PM »
Buddy Hackett, host of the 1980 version of You Bet Your Life, was Jewish.

Brian44

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2021, 07:03:13 PM »
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mmb5

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2021, 07:40:36 PM »
Alex Trebek had no known Jewish roots.  His father was an Orthodox Ukrainian and his mother was French-Canadian.
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Robair

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2021, 07:43:13 PM »
Jan Murray ("Chain Letter"), genuinely funny man and longtime keeper of the flame at the Chabad telethon.
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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2021, 08:15:47 PM »
Jack Barry.

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2021, 09:55:47 PM »
Rod Serling.
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BrandonFG

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2021, 10:16:00 PM »
A few more:

-Lonnie Shorr of Dueling for Playmates.
-Jerry Springer, Baggage and Greed UK.
-If you wanna count his guest hosting Feud for one round, Sammy Davis, Jr.
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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2021, 11:40:59 PM »
I don't have any additional information about Art James or Alex Trebek, but I wanted to express my amusement at how, when the users of a game show message board see a Winner's Circle–esque thread title like "Jewish Game Show Hosts," they immediately go into list-giving mode.

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Re: Jewish Game Show Hosts
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2021, 11:51:11 PM »
I don't have any additional information about Art James or Alex Trebek, but I wanted to express my amusement at how, when the users of a game show message board see a Winner's Circle–esque thread title like "Jewish Game Show Hosts," they immediately go into list-giving mode.

All I can think of is...

"Would you like something to read?"
"Do you have anything light?"
"How about this leaflet... 'Famous Jewish Game Show Hosts'?"
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