Shalom Life | April 17, 2014

Top 50 Hottest Jewish Men (40-31)

Join Shalom Life in celebrating the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish men in the world

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: April 16th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Top 50 Hottest Jewish Men (40-31)

We just spent the last week honoring the 50 Hottest Jewish Women. Please join us over the next week in celebrating the 50 Hottest Jewish Men in the world.

Narrowing it down to only 50 took a lot of thought and consideration, but I think we finally nailed it. Over the next 5 days, Shalom Life will celebrate the most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish men, or JILF’s as we lovingly call them.


#40- BEN STILLER

Age: 46

Hometown: New York, New York

Known for: Reality Bites, Zoolander, Night At the Museum, Meet the Parents

Why he’s a JILF: Ben was born in New York to famous actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Although his mother converted to Judaism to marry his father, he was still raised with both Jewish and Christian holidays, stating that he is “half Jewish and half Irish Catholic.” Ben grew up on his parents’ film sets and made his acting debut in one of his mother’s TV series at the age of 10. Currently a member of the comedy troupe ‘The Frat Pack’, Ben began his comedy career as an opening act for cabaret legend Jadin Wong. After many roles on Broadway, small parts in various films and TV shows, and a couple comedic skits and mockumentaries that he wrote and produced, Ben landed his own TV show entitled The Ben Stiller Show in 1992. Over the last 20 years, Ben has written, starred in, directed, and/or produced over 50 films including There’s Something About Mary, Tropic Thunder, Zoolander, Dodgeball, Meet the Parents, and Greenberg. Look out for him in the upcoming Neighborhood Watch, While We’re Young, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.


#39- JOSH RADNOR

Age: 37

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Known for: How I Met Your Mother, happythankyoumoreplease, Everyday Life

Why he’s a JILF: Josh was raised in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio in a traditional Jewish family. He attended several Jewish days schools, including the Columbus Torah Academy. After graduating with a B.A in Drama, he received his Master’s in Acting from the famous Tisch School of the Arts. In 2001, Josh was cast as the lead in WB’s new series Off Centre but was replaced before the pilot aired. Instead, he tried his luck on Broadway, landing many lead roles including The Graduate alongside Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. Josh’s big break came in 2005 when he was cast as Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother. Josh continues to portray Ted to this day, but also branched out into directing and writing. Josh released happythankyoumoreplease, which garnered critical acclaim in 2012, and is currently completing his new film Liberal Arts co-starring Elizabeth Olsen.


#38- LIEV SCHREIBER

Age: 44

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Known for: Scream, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Salt, Goon

Why he’s a JILF: Liev had a very interesting childhood to say the least. Born in San Francisco to a “WASP” father and Brooklyn-born Jewish Communist mother, Liev endured quite a lot during his parents split. We aren’t talking about a regular custody battle here, Liev and his mother were trailed by private detectives, his father kidnapped him, his mother and him lived at various communes and Ashrams, and eventually his mother won custody, and they settled in a run-down apartment with no electricity, hot water, or beds in New York City. Although his childhood was difficult, Liev describes his mother as a “highly cultured eccentric” and appreciates his experiences and many of the choices his mother made. While in dram school, Liev was encouraged to switch his focus from screenwriting to acting. He landed several roles in indie flicks, but didn’t get his big break until the Scream trilogy. Liev has since starred in dozens of films, is a well-respected classical Shakespearean actor, lends his voice for narration to numerous documentaries and commercials, and stars in various Broadway shows.


#37- JEREMY PIVEN

Age: 46

Hometown: New York, New York

Known for: Entourage, Very Bad Things, Smokin’ Aces, Keeping Up with the Steins

Why he’s a JILF: Jeremy was born in Manhattan but grew up in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He was raised in a Jewish family by parents who were actors and drama teachers. His parents founded a drama school called The Piven Theatre Workshop that Jeremy and his siblings attended growing up. One of Jeremy’s closest childhood friends is John Cusack who is also a graduate of his parents’ drama school. Jeremy considers himself a Jewish Buddhist, which was detailed in a Travel Channel show entitled Jeremy Piven’s Journey of a Lifetime following his journey through India. Jeremy is perhaps best known for his portrayal of agent Ari Gold on Entourage, but his career began 12 years earlier as a regular cast member on HBO’s Larry Sanders Show. Jeremy has starred in numerous films including Grosse Pointe Blank, Very Bad Things, Heat, Old School, Runaway Jury, and Smokin’ Aces. Listen for his voice in the upcoming animated film, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.


#36- JONAH HILL

Age: 28

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Known for: Superbad, Moneyball, Get Him to the Greek, 21 Jump Street

Why he’s a JILF: Jonah was raised in a Jewish Los Angeles home to a costume designer mother and a father who was Guns N’ Roses tour accountant. After graduating high school, Jonah attended The New School in Manhattan. While in college, Jonah began performing plays that he’d written at a local bar. His plays developed a local following, which inspired him to pursue acting full-time. A stroke of luck came when he befriended Dustin Hoffman’s children who introduced him to their father. Dustin asked Jonah to audition for I Heart Huckabees, and the rest is history. Since then, he’s appeared in several films including The 40-Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Get Him to the Greek, and Funny People. Jonah is best known for his work in Judd Apatow directed and/or produced films, but he surprised audiences with his dramatic role in Brad Pitt’s Moneyball. He currently stars in the big screen remake of 21 Jump Street and can be seen later this year in Neighborhood Watch and Good Time Gang.

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