Updated M/W/F
Latest Profile
» Semyon Gitler
Random Profile
» Surprise Me!
Archive Profile
» Death
  • Actors
  • Actresses
  • Artists
  • Athletes and Coaches
  • Businesspeople
  • Comedians
  • Directors
  • Fictional Characters
  • Historical Figures
  • Media
  • Musicians and Singers
  • Politicians
  • Religious Figures
  • Scientists
  • Sociopaths
  • Writers
  • [Uncategorized]

    List by Name
    List by Score
    List by Date
    About the Jew Score
    Suggestion Box
    Ray Mala

    Jew Score:



    (Ray Wise)
    December 27, 1906 – September 23, 1952

    It's safe to say we've exceeded all expectations for our little website. The number of profiles is ten times what we thought we would get to. Heck, we even found that elusive Jewish Eskimo!

    But why stop at one? Ray Mala now joins John Baker. And, unlike Baker, where "Barely a Jew" was a generous verdict, Mala was half Jewish by birth. He was born Ray Wise in Alaska to a Russian Jewish father and an Eskimo mother.

    Wise went on to join Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen on his search for native folklore, and then made his way to Hollywood. First a cameraman, he then because the industry's first non-white leading man, starring in "Igloo" and "Eskimo". The latter, a tale of a simple Eskimo (clever title, we grant you) that learns to mistrust the white man, won the 1933 Oscar for Film Editing.

    Wise (now renamed Mala) continued to play various native parts, not limiting himself to Eskimos (there were also Native Americans, Mexicans, and even Tahitians). He then returned to the back of the camera, becoming a cinematographer, and even married a Russian princess (which would make his children Jewish Eskimo royalty!).

    So, what other expectations are we yet to exceed? Well, not many. Although that Jewish Martian counter is still stuck at zero...

    Verdict: Borderline Jew.

    July 14, 2011

    See Also

    John Baker

    Emil Bessels

    Solomon Bibo

    The Cherokee

    Peter Freuchen
    © Jew or Not Jew, 2006-2024.