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Our 15 Favorite Famous Jewish Dads

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In honor of Father’s Day, we rounded up some of our favorite famous Jewish dads. This is our list:

1. Jerry Seinfeld. Besides being the creator of the classic hit-show “Seinfeld,” he’s also a hilarious standup comedian. Here are some of his funniest jokes that he performed while on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” He’s such an adorable, and thoughtful, dad that he helped work a lemonade stand with his kids.

2. Jon Stewart. Stewart is one of our favorite smart, yet funny, guys. He’s famous for his commentary on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” which he recently left. Below, he spoke to CBS about what his life is like after the show (hint: He’s working on his family farm now). 

3. Paul Rudd. Who doesn’t like Paul Rudd? From “Clueless” to “This Is 40,” we know him best for his charming, nerdy guy roles–although now he’s breaking the mold in his superhero role as “Ant Man.” Before he was famous, he was even a bat mitzvah DJ. Here’s one of my favorite scenes from “Clueless,” where Rudd plays Josh:

4. Jack Black. Jack Black is the ultimate funny man, because he’s not afraid to poke fun at himself–and he’s also in a parody band called Tenacious D. He’s kind of like your best friend from high school who was obsessed with classic rock, which you can totally see in his role “School of Rock.” 

5. Matthew Broderick. Broderick became one of America’s heartthrobs after his quintessential role in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” which I’ve watched a dozen times at this point. These days, he’s been largely known for his stage work, most recently in “Shining City.” Whether he likes it or not, though, he’ll forever be known for his boyish charm as Ferris:

6. Lenny Kravitz. Lenny Kravitz is a triple threat: a musician, fashion icon, and actor. He’s acted in “The Hunger Games” series, is known for his hit song “Fly Away,” and you know, the dad of budding actress Zoe Kravitz. He’s probably the coolest guy on this list.

7. Sacha Baron Cohen. Cohen is probably one of the most absurd comedians around right now, known for his outrageous mockumentary “Borat.” His publicity stunts typically cause controversy (his latest being for showing up pantless on the red carpet while promoting “The Brothers Grimsby“). He and his wife Isla Fisher also recently donated $1 million to the Syrian refugees.

Here’s a video showcasing his most provocative characters:

8. Michael Douglas. Douglas, an iconic and versatile actor, is also the son of the famous actor Kirk Douglas. Douglas has starred in films like “Fatal Attraction” and “Wall Street.” Besides acting, he is known for being an advocate and philanthropist, such as donating his $1 million prize, awarded by the Genesis Prize Foundation, to raise awareness about inclusion and diversity in Jewish life. Here’s an interview with Douglas and his dad:

9. Ben Stiller. Stiller, like many others on this list, is skilled at being funny. From “Meet the Parents” to “Zoolander,” he’s known for making families laugh–and well. At this “Zoolander 2” premiere, his son did an amazing “blue steel” impression, giving his dad a run for his money. Here’s some of Stiller’s best moments in “Zoolander”:

10. Adam Sandler. Sandler won my heart over in “The Wedding Singer,” and since then, he’s had countless hits, including the serious “Punch Drunk Love.” He’s also famous for his “Hanukkah Song” iterations. He even helped Drew Barrymore convert to Judaism. Here’s a sweet scene from “The Wedding Singer”:

11. Judd Apatow. While I admit that I don’t always love Apatow’s film, he’s the director behind “Freaks and Geeks,” and underrated, but ’90s cult classic TV show. This is also the show that started James Franco’s career. He’s most known for “Superbad,” which also starred Jewish actor Seth Rogen. Listen to some of his standup below:

12. Larry David. Larry David, who co-created “Seinfeld” and is known for his show “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” is your favorite annoying jerk. Because, let’s be real, Larry David is a bit of a jerk. Here’s one of my favorite scenes below:

13. Jerry Stiller. Jerry Stiller, the famous dad of actor Ben Stiller, was funny before Ben was even born. Stiller is most known for playing as Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld” and starring in the sitcom “The King of Queens.” Festivus, anyone?

14. Nate Berkus. The Jewish interior designer and star of NBC’s “The Nate Berkus Show” has made the news in the past few years for major life events. Most notably, his wedding to Jeremiah Brent made Oprah cry–and he also designed the best nursery for his daughter, which you can see below:

15. Eugene Levy. Besides having the best eyebrows in the biz (let’s be real), he’s also multitalented, as he’s a comedian, producer, director, musician and writer. Best known for his role in the comedy “American Pie,” he’s also an advocate for autism treatment. He recently appeared on “Today” to talk about his new show “Schitt’s Creek“:


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