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Top 50 Hottest Jewish Men of 2014 (50-41)

Join Shalom Life in celebrating the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and beautiful Jewish men of the year.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: December 24th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Welcome to Shalom Life’s 3rd annual JILF list. Over the past 5 days, we have honored the 50 most beautiful Jewish women in the world, but what about all the male Hebrew hotties? Let us celebrate them as well with another 5 days of Jewlicious beauties.

We understand that beauty is oft times indescribable, inexpressible, and ineffable, and always in the eye of the beholder. Some people focus entirely on physical attractiveness, while others delve a little deeper, finding attraction in intellect, talent, personality, and a certain “je ne sais quoi”.

Allow us to present the 50 Hottest Jewish Men of 2014! Check back in every day as we unveil 10 at a time, beginning with #50-41 below.

50. MICHAEL VARTAN

Age: 46

Hometown: Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Known for: Never Been Kissed, Alias, Hawthorne

Why he's a JILF: Michael may have been born and raised in France, but he’s actually the child of a Polish Jewish mother and Bulgarian father. After living back and forth between France and the U.S, he moved to Los Angeles permanently at 18 to pursue the arts and avoid military service. He began his acting career in European films, eventually becoming a success in Hollywood with popular films including Never Been Kissed and Monster-in-Law. Michael became a household name while playing Michael Vaughan on J.J. Abrams’ Alias in the mid-2000’s. He continues to guest star on several TV shows including Bates Motel and Satisfaction and can next be seen in the feature film Crawlspace.

49. SKYLAR ASTIN

Age: 27

Hometown: New York, New York

Known for: Spring Awakening, Pitch Perfect, 21 & Over

Why he's a JILF: Skylar was raised in New York to Meryl and Barry Lipstein. At the age of 15, while pursuing an acting career, his agent recommended he drop his last name, selecting his middle name Astin as his new surname. While attending the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, he was cast in Tony-Award winning musical Spring Awakening. His last performance in the show was in 2008, and Skylar has since established a blossoming off-stage acting career with roles in Hamlet 2, Stage Brew, House, and Girls. He shot to fame in 2012 with his character Jesse in Pitch Perfect, and can next be seen in Flock of Dudes, and of course, Pitch Perfect 2.

48. SCOOTER BRAUN

Age: 33

Hometown: New York, New York

Known for: Discovering Justin Bieber, founder of Schoolboy Records, Philanthropist

Why he's a JILF: Prior to discovering the world’s most beloved pop singer, Scooter was a young Jewish boy attending high school in Connecticut. While there, he entered a video documentary contest for National History Day, submitting a piece exploring Jews in Hungary before, during and after the Holocaust. The short film won in regional and state competitions, and even got the attention of Steven Spielberg who submitted it to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Braun has said that Spielberg’s response was one of the most inspirational moments in his life. Moving forward (and to Atlanta), Scooter began his career organizing and promoting parties and concerts. His impressive skills landed him a position at So So Def Records at the age of 19, and was promoted to Executive Director for Marketing by Jermaine Dupri by 20. After leaving to start a private venture, he discovered the 12-year old boy that would launch him to superstardom: Justin Bieber. In addition to the Biebs, Scooter also reps Psy, Asher Roth, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ariana Grande, The Wanted, and Cody Simpson.

47. SACHA BARON COHEN

Age: 43

Hometown: London, England

Known for: Borat, Da Ali G Show, Bruno, The Dictator, Les Miserables

Why he's a JILF: Sacha was born in London to an Israeli mother and Welsh father in a Jewish household. He doesn’t consider himself a religious Jew, but he speaks fluent Hebrew, lived on a Kibbutz, tries to keep kosher, and occasionally attends synagogue. Sacha’s acting career began while attending Cambridge University, appearing in several plays including Fiddler on the Roof and Cyrano de Bergerac. After university, Sacha worked as a fashion model until he landed a gig as a television presenter for Channel 4 with a video audition in the character of fictional television reporter, Kristo (later developed into Borat). After playing several other characters including Bruno and Ali G on Channel 4’s The 11 O’Clock Show, he was given Da Ali G Show. Ali G’s interviews with famous public figures (Ralph Nadar, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, and Gore Vidal, to name a few) garnered a lot of controversy and international fame for Sacha. Although he is best known for the stunts his alter ego’s pull, Sacha is a talented comedian, performer, and family man. Catch him next in Grimsby and Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.

46. ANDY COHEN

Age: 46

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Known for: Watch What Happens: Live, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

Why he's a JILF: Andy is one of America’s most popular television personalities… and for good reason! Intelligent, informed, charismatic (and good looking), he’s been heavily involved in journalistic endeavors and reality programming for over 20 years. From The Early Show and 48 Hours to his current gig as the nightly host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise, Andy continues to be one of the most influential people in television. Check out his recently released book entitled The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.

Check out #45-41 on the next page!

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