Jacob Lee "Jake" Epstein (born January 16, 1987) is a Canadian actor and singer, perhaps best known for playing Craig Manning, a bipolar musician, on Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Epstein was born in Toronto, Ontario. His mother, Kathy Kacer, is a Norma Fleck Award-winning writer of children's stories about the Holocaust, and his father, Ian Epstein, is a lawyer. He has an older sister, Gabi, an actress and jazz singer. Epstein is Jewish and was raised in Conservative Judaism. He attended Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto and then continued in the Claude Watson program in Earl Haig Secondary School. He attended Camp Gesher in Cloyne, Ontario for a few years.
Epstein was the lead actor in several of his school's plays and musicals, the most notable one being the Emcee in Cabaret. He started acting on screen in 1999, appearing in several made-for-television films and television series, including The Zack Files, Quints, Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire and an episode of Real Kids, Real Adventures.
He became well known after being cast in a lead role as Craig Manning on Degrassi: The Next Generation, joining the cast in 2002, in the second season of the show and continued to star in the show as a regular through seasons 2–5. After being absent from the show for the latter half of season five, he returned in season six in a guest appearance for two episodes and has made guest appearances through seasons 6–8. Jake did not appear in Season 9, but appeared in the "Degrassi Goes Hollywood" movie, that aired after the finale of Season 8.
Epstein made his professional theatrical debut in a Soulpepper Theatre Company production of Our Town. Jake has also appeared in Radio Free Roscoe.
Epstein attended the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal and graduated in 2008. His biggest passion is music, and he has been a member of several bands, such as Mind the Gap, and Funkasaurus Rex, playing many musical instruments, including the guitar and drums. Epstein also starred in The Dream, alongside a bunch of friends for the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2007. Epstein also had a small role in the 2008 movie Charlie Bartlett, with a guest appearance from former Degrassi cast member, Aubrey Graham.
Epstein starred in a Ross Petty production of Cinderella, at Elgin Theatre (Toronto), from November 28, 2008 until January 4, 2009, the production also starred fellow Degrassi: The Next Generation actress Paula Brancati.
Epstein replaced Kyle Riabko as Melchior Gabor in the First National Tour of Spring Awakening, officially beginning his run on July 7, 2009.
In late 2009, he and fellow Degrassi star Jake Goldsbie guest-starred in an episode of the Canadian series Being Erica.
From November 25, 2010 through January 2, 2011, Epstein starred in Ross Petty's Beauty & The Beast: The Savagely Silly Family Musical at the Elgin Theatre (Toronto).
From January 20, 2011 to January 29, 2011, Epstein will be co-starring with his sister, Gabi Epstein in Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond's "Dani Girl" at the Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie, Ontario.
In July 2011, Epstein is set to play Billy's older brother in the Toronto run of Billy Elliot The Musical at the Canon Theatre.
Beginning in December 2011, Epstein will be starring as Will in the First National Tour of Green Day's American Idiot (musical).
(born September 9, 1966) is a Jewish American actor, comedian, screenwriter, musician, and film producer. Well know for his funny antics and casting the same people in a majority of his movies.
is a Jewish American actor whose career as both a child and adult has included television series and theatrical films. He is known for his roles in the 2009 indie film (500) Days of Summer, a supporting role in the 2010 science fiction film Inception, and for starring in the 2011 drama 50/50
is a Jewish American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at age ten. He has appeared in diverse roles since his first lead role in 1999's October Sky, followed by the 2001 indie cult hit Donnie Darko, in which he played a psychologically troubled teen and onscreen brother to his real-life sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.
is a Jewish American actor, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. Hill is best known for his roles in Superbad, Knocked Up, Funny People, Get Him to the Greek, and Moneyball. He made his theatrical debut in I Heart Huckabees, alongside Jason Schwartzman and Dustin Hoffman.
is a Jewish American actor who became known among younger audiences for his part in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens and made his film debut in Holes (2003). In 2007, he starred as the leads in Disturbia and Transformers.
Allen is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author, and playwright. Allen's films draw heavily on literature, sexuality, philosophy, psychology, Jewish identity, and the history of cinema. He is also a jazz clarinetist who performs regularly at small venues in Manhattan.
Bobo is a Jewish American Actor who was born in New York. He was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home.
Gordon was born and raised in Southern California. He is Jewish, from a practicing family. His résumé includes many television appearances, such as All of Us, and How I Met Your Mother. He has also appeared in Desperate Housewives and 24.
Raised Jewish, he is active in his religion and the Jewish youth group USY. Gould is an American television actor and voice artist. He is best known for his role as Shane Botwin on the Showtime TV series Weeds and for having provided the voice of Nemo in Pixar's Finding Nemo.
Lerman was born in Beverly Hills, California. Logan and his family are Jewish. Logan's family had left Europe in the 1930s, because of the Nazi regime, and settled in California in the 1940s. Well known for his role in the western 3:10 to Yuma and the thriller The Number 23.