Jewish actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach won an Emmy Award for best supporting actor in comedy-drama series The Bear at Monday night’s ceremony.
The actor plays Richie, a 45-year-old divorced father who grapples with his life purpose in the comedy-drama series, since 2022. As he accepted his award for the show’s first of two seasons at the delayed ceremony at the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles, Moss-Bachrach told the audience: “This job is such a gift, it’s such a privilege to work with these wonderful actors.”
Born in Massachusetts, Moss-Bachrach is the son of Renee Moss and Eric Bachrach, who founded a community music school, and has starred as Desi Harperin in Girls and David Lieberman in The Punisher.
His star turn in The Bear also won him a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor in a series, and a nomination for the Critics' Choice Awards for best supporting actor in a comedy series. Moss-Bachrach is also currently nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be presented on 24 February.
Christopher Storer’s tense and compelling The Bear, whose two seasons about a fine dining chef who takes over his brother’s sandwich shop in Chicago are available to stream on Disney Plus, led the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards alongside Succession with six prizes each. Jeremy White Allen, who bears uncanny resemblance to Jewish actor Gene Wilder but is unrelated, took the best actor prize for a comedy series.
As well as taking the best drama prize, hit HBO’s drama series Succession won awards for actors Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Matthew Macfadyen, writer Jesse Armstrong and director Mark Mylod.
Other Jewish-themed nominees were The Marvellous Mrs Maisel for best comedy series, whose Alex Borstein had a nod for supporting actress as manager Susie Myerson, and Fleishman Is In Trouble which received five nominations including for best limited or anthology series. The miniseries, about hepatologist Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg) in Manhattan going through an acrimonious divorce, also received nominations for its writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner and actress Lizzy Caplan who plays old friend Libby.
Daniel Radcliffe was nominated for best lead actor in a limited or anthology series for his role in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, while other Jewish nominees were Jason Segel for Shrinking, and Natasha Lyonne for Poker Face.
Supporting actor in a comedy series was the award most represented by Jews, with nominations for Brett Goldstein in Ted Lasso and Henry Winkler in Barry.
The Primetime Emmy Awards, honouring the best of TV from 2022 to 2023, took place a week after the Golden Globes, having been delayed by four months after its usual September date due to the Hollywood writers’ strike.