Gabriel Macht

Gabriel Macht

Gabriel is named for an angel, but in a starring role, he’s a spirit. Make that The Spirit, a dead cop who has come back to life to right some wrongs. The Spirit was first a character in a graphic novel by Jewish artist Will Eisner, who we wrote about here. Anyway, Gabriel already was in a show called Archangel!

Well, now he's in a new hit show and a movie... about hitting! The show is called Suits, which is a nickname for corproate types. Gabe plays Harvey Specter, a tippy-top lawyer who takes in a brilliant former (we hope) criminal as an underling.

And the movie is called A Bag of Hammers, which is part of an expression, "as dumb as a bag of hammers." How dumb is that, exactly? About as dumb as "a box of rocks"! In it, these two ding-dong, low-level criminals take in a kid, who turns out to be a genius, and teaches them a thing or two. And yes, there are hammers and bags in the movie.

In 2008, Gabriel was in White Out, a crime story set just before the sun sets in Alaska (and doesn’t rise against for six months!) He's in One Way to Valhalla, about a guy in a weird accident (Valhalla is the Viking heaven). And he's in Sam's Story, a romance with Neve Campbell.

But already, you can catch the DVDs of the family comedy Because I Said So . . . and The Good Shepherd, which is not about Little Bo Peep (who was not a good shepherd. Come on, she lost her sheep! How do you lose something as big and slow as a sheep?) but about the start of the CIA. He also was in The Recruit, about a new CIA agent.

This seems to be how Gabriel plays it - some romantic comedies, some tough guy roles. Behind Enemy Lines is a war movie . . . while Simply Irresistible with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Amanda Peet, and The Object of My Affection with Paul Rudd (and the object of his affection, Jennifer Aniston), are more about the battles of the sexes.

Gabriel, who has been acting since he was 8, has played some real-life people, too. He has played musician Gram Parsons, actor William Holden, and wild-west outlaw Frank James (brother of Jesse). And he still acts on stage, including in a play written by Steve Martin about a made-up friendship between Picasso and Einstein; Gabriel didn’t play either of those geniuses— he played Elvis!

TV-wise, Gabriel Macht was Mark Gabriel (gee, where’d they get that name?) on The Others. He’s been on an episode of Numb3rs, which we think has a 3 in the title for its 3 Jewish stars (Judd Hirsch, Rob Morrow, and David Krumholtz), and in Sex and the City, Spin City and Beverly Hills City. Oops - carried away, there! We mean Beverly Hills 90201.

Oh, and if you want to get on his good side, mention the Yankees. He was born in the Bronx and is a major fan.

Bonus:

Gabriel’s dad, Stephen, also is an actor; he was on an episode of The Others with Gabriel! He’s now on General Hospital. He’s been in other soap-y shows like Melrose Place and Knots Landing. Also sci-fi shows like Babylon 5 ,Star Trek: Deep Space 9, and Highlander.

But mostly crime shows, including many of the classics. He was a regular on Cagney and Lacey, and was in The Practice (with Jewish actress Camryn Manheim), JAG, Murder, She Wrote, Columbo, Quincy (starring Jewish actor Jack Klugman), Kojak, Serpico, Hill St. Blues . . . and even a show called Scarecrow and Mrs. King, about an agent with the codename Scarecrow and a mom who gets caught up in his case.

Stephen has played some Jewish roles, too, including in The Wedding Bells (a rabbi), DC 9/11 (US Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz), Samson and Delilah . . .

. . . and one of the greatest Israeli heroes ever, Lt. Col. Yonatan “Yoni” Netanyahu, in Raid on Entebbe, a TV version of an amazing Israeli rescue operation. In 1976, terrorists hijacked a planeload of 105 Jews and held them hostage in the African country of Uganda, in the capital city of Entebbe (en-TEH-bee). Israel sneaked in 200 top troops, who killed all eight hijackers and rescued all but two of the hostages! Only one Israeli solider fell during the raid— Yoni, their commander.

The historic rescue was made into a movie several times. This time, Uganda’s dictator, Idi Amin, was played by Yaphet Kotto, an African-American actor who is Jewish. (You might know about Idi Amin because Forrest Whitaker just won an Oscar for playing him.) In another version, Yoni was played by Richard Dreyfuss.

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