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Hollywood Now: Brody’s Baby, Garber’s Wedding and Jeopardy!’s Big Winner

Adam Brody
Adam Brody and Leighton Meester. Credit: Andrew H. Walker

Adam Brody, who is Jewish, and Leighton Meester, who is not Jewish, welcomed daughter Arlo Day on August 4th. The former O.C. and Gossip Girl actors married in February 2014. Brody has several projects in the works including a big screen remake of the ’70s TV series CHiPs, opposite Dax Shepard and Michael Peña as California Highway Patrol motorcycle cops Jon and Ponch.

Jeopardy!‘s Big Winner

Matt Jackson
Matt Jackson. Credit: Jeopardy!

Matt Jackson won $411,612 in 13 games on Jeopardy!, finishing his winning streak on October 14 – the fourth highest total in the game show’s history. Jackson is a 23-year-old paralegal from Washington, D.C. who revealed he is bi-racial and interfaith to host Alex Trebek. Jackson’s mother is white and Jewish, and his father is African-American and not Jewish. Jackson’s broad knowledge and big Daily Double bets have made most games runaway wins for him. He wasn’t able to top Ken Jennings’ 74-game streak, but he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the Tournament of Champions.

Victor Garber Gets Married

Victor Garber and Rainer Andreesen
Rainer Andreesen and Victor Garber. Credit: Rainer Andreesen @rainerarts/Instagram

Veteran actor Victor Garber (Alias, Titanic, Argo) wed his longtime boyfriend, artist Rainer Andreesen, on October 10. The son of Russian-Jewish parents, Garber and the non-Jewish Andreesen married in Garber’s native Canada after 16 years together. They have shared a home in New York’s Greenwich Village for the past thirteen years. Garber, who has a recurring role on The CW’s The Flash as Dr. Martin Stein/Firestorm, will reprise the role in a spinoff series called Legends of Tomorrow

Gerri Miller

Gerri Miller wrote and reported from Los Angeles about celebrities, entertainment and lifestyle for The Jewish Journal, The Nosher, Hadassah and others. A New York native, she spent a summer working at Kibbutz Giv’at Brenner in Israel and attended High Holy Day services at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood every year.


Author: Gerri Miller