Jonathan Paul Katz (born December 1, 1946) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He is known for his role as Dr. Katz in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Katz won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" in 1995.
Early life and education[change | change source]
Career[change | change source]
Katz is a close friend of playwright David Mamet, with whom he attended Goddard College. Katz co-wrote "House of Games]" with Mamet and had small roles in the Mamet-directed films "Things Change," "Homicide," "The Spanish Prisoner," and "State and Main".
Originally a musician and songwriter, Katz fronted a rhythm and blues group called "Katz and Jammers" before serving as the musical director for Robin Williams' 1979 standup tour. In 1998, he released Brandon Project, a blues album.
Health[change | change source]
In 1996, Katz was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The initial symptoms began that year: "I was working on a TV show called "Ink" with Ted Danson, and after every episode we would take a curtain call and I noticed that I needed a head-start."
Hiding his condition became too much of a burden for Katz and he eventually disclosed it. He began speaking publicly as part of a tour sponsored by a manufacturer of medications used to treat MS.
"People have been pretty supportive; nobody ever had me in mind for an action film because of the kind of work I do -- mostly in the world of animation, which is not a big issue because as a person, I can't run that fast; as a cartoon character, I can fly -- literally."
Katz, who now gets around with the help of a motorized scooter and performs onstage with the aid of a cane, says he doesn't regret his decision: "One of the reasons I disclosed my condition is because it is much easier to live with MS than to pretend you don't have it. If I could convince everyone of that, my job here is done."
Personal life[change | change source]
Katz is married to Suzan Katz. They have two children.
References[change | change source]
- "Jonathan Katz". Emmy.com. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Epstein, Lawrence J. The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America ISBN 978-0786724925 - Publisher: PublicAffairs - Date: Aug 2008
- "The World According to David Mamet". ABC News. 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
- "Dr. Katz Receives His Degree". National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
- "Official Website of Jonathan Katz - Bio". jonathankatz.com. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
- "Jonathan Katz - President Street Productions" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-24.
- "Brandon Project by Jonathan Katz". MTV Artists. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
- "Comedian Jonathan Katz on His Life with MS". EverydayHealth.com. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
- "CNN.com - Comedian turns multiple sclerosis into a laughing matter - Oct. 10, 2003". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
- "Anne Carlini - Exclusive Magazine". www.annecarlini.com. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jonathan Katz.|
- Explosion Bus starring Jonathan Katz
- WKATZ, home of Hey We're Back
- Jonathan Katz's Official Website
- Jonathan Katz on IMDb