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Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Charlton Heston, James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Lancaster at the Civil Rights March in Washington, DC on August 28, 1963.   

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On the Guest List

President and Mrs. Ford and King Hussein and Queen Alia greeted their guests before sitting down to dinner. Among those they shook hands with in the receiving line were heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali and actor Charlton Heston.

As usual at the Fords’ state dinners, the individuals invited to the White House represented diverse fields. Other guests included recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations William Scranton, CIA Director George Bush, fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt, stock car racer Richard Petty, Chase Manhattan Bank Chairman David Rockefeller, and Wellesley College President Barbara Newell.

Heroic or Badass Jewish Movie Characters

David Greene (School Ties) - Brendan Frasier

Avner Kaufman (Munich) - Eric Bana

Tuvia Bielski (Defiance) - Daniel Craig

Magneto (X-Men) - Sir Ian McKellan, Michael Fassbender

Kitty Pryde (X-Men) - Ellen Page

The Thing (Fantastic Four) - Michael Chiklis, Jamie Bell

Ben Hur (Ben Hur) - Charlton Heston

Moses (Ten Commandments, Exodus: Gods and Kings) - Charlton Heston, Christian Bale

Ace Rothstein (Casino) - Robert DeNiro

Jonathan (Everything is Illuminated) - Elijah Wood

David Aronson (Once Upon A Time in America) - Robert DeNiro

Mariane Pearl (A Mighty Heart) - Angeline Jolie

Sigmund Freud (A Dangerous Method) - Viggo Mortenson

Notice something about the actors on this list? None of them are Jewish. What about Jewish actors who play explicitly Jewish characters? Well we’ve got: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, Woody Allen, Billy Crystal, Jerry Stiller, Gene Wilder, Alison Brie, Matthew Broderick, Adam Goldberg, Mel Brooks

Comedians. Jews are allowed to portray ourselves only if we’re funny or pathetic. If we’re heroic, strong, or have any real agency, then they cast a gentile (with a few exceptions).

Think about that, next time somebody says Jews are overrepresented in Hollywood.