Where is Omri Katz now? Wiki Bio
Omri Haim Katz was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 30 May 1976 – his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds American nationality. Omri is a retired actor, perhaps still best known for portraying John Ross Ewing III, one of the lead characters in the romantic drama series “Dallas”, which aired from 1978 to 1991, and which also starred Larry Hangman, Ken Kercheval and Patrick Duffy. The series is about J.R. Ewing who is working in the oil business in Texas, and who uses methods such as blackmail and manipulation to achieve his goals.
The series won 47 awards including a Golden Globe, while it was nominated for 82 others; Omri joined the cast in 1983, appearing in 149 episodes before the series ended.
Early life and education
Omri was raised alongside his older brother Michael and sister Lali in Los Angeles, by their Israeli-Jewish parents Yoram and Rina Katz. The family moved to Israel for a year when Omri was around six years old, but after realizing their life was better in the US, they moved back to Los Angeles. His parents divorced when he was 17, but he has stayed on good terms with both.
Omri attended a local high school, where he was physically active excelling in football, while he was also a member of the school’s drama club, and appeared in most plays performed there.
Upon matriculation in 1994, he didn’t enroll at a college, but rather joined the local theatre where he practiced his acting skills.
Career as an actor
Omri made his debut TV series appearance in 1983 when he starred in “Dallas” which is also the role that made him famous and for which he is probably remembered today. In 1984, he portrayed The Boy in the episode “Yes, Virginia, There is Liberace” of the detective series “Simon & Simon”, which starred Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney, the story of two brothers who want to run their private detective agency in different ways. The series was popular, and was nominated for six awards including two Primetime Emmys.
The year 1991 saw Omri star as Marshall Teller in the adventure comedy drama series “Eerie, Indiana”, which also starred Justin Shenkarow and Mary-Margaret Humes, and is about three teenagers Marshall Teller, Simon Holmes, and Dash X who are searching for paranormal activities in their small town; it ran for three seasons and 19 episodes. In the same year, Omri guest starred as Jack Adams in the episode “The Man Who Cried Wolf” of the action adventure drama series “Zorro”, before making his debut film appearance when he portrayed Timmy in the comedy drama movie “Adventures in Dinosaur City”.
In 1992, he starred as Jason in a single episode of the sitcom “The Torkelsons”, before being invited to play one of the main characters Stan in the 1993 period comedy movie “Matinee”, which also starred John Goodman and Cathy Moriarty, and which is about a film promoter working on the release of a horror movie during the Cuban Missile Crisis; the film won the director Joe Dante a Silver Raven Award at Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF). In the same year, Omri portrayed the supporting character Max Dennison in the comedy horror movie “Hocus Pocus”, before being invited to portray his first recurring character – Tony Hemingway – in the sitcom “The John Larroquette Show”, appearing in six episodes between 1993 and 1995.
He reprised his role as John Ross Ewing II in the drama movie “Dallas: J. R. Returns” in 1996, while some of his final roles before retiring from acting were in the episode “Tests and Breasts” of the teen comedy drama “Freaks and Geeks” in 1999, a single episode of the daytime medical drama series “General Hospital” in 2002, and the short drama movie “Journey Into Night” in 2002, about a gay man who wants to commit suicide, while his brother talks him out of it, stating that ‘being gay is okay’.
Upon retiring from acting, Omri began working as a hairdresser in Los Angeles.
Awards and Accolades
In 1984, Omri won a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Youth Actor in Prime Time Soap Opera for his performance in “Dallas”, and was then nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Daytime or Nighttime Television Series in 1985 also for “Dallas”. In 1986, he was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress on a Daytime or Prime Time Serial, as well as for a Young Artist Award for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Long Running Series Comedy or Drama in 1987 for “Dallas”.
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The year 1988 saw him become nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Drama series, and in 1992 he nearly won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series for his performance in “Eerie, Indiana”. His final nomination was in 1994 for a Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy, for his performance in “Hocus Pocus”.
Love life and relationships. Is he married or gay?
Omri hasn’t talked about any women he might have dated, but a rumor has it that he was in a one-year long relationship with the American actress and film director Danielle Andrea Harris sometime in the ‘90s.
The two met on the set of a TV series and began dating shortly after, however, they both kept their relationship away from the media’s attention, and never openly stated that they were together. Today, Danielle is married to David Gross and they have two sons together born in 2017 and 2018.
There are also rumors circulating the internet that Omri is gay, because he hasn’t talked about his relationships, and many of his fans believe that his alleged relationship with Danielle was just a masquerade created to hide his real sexual orientation. Several of Omri’s fans have even stated to have seen him being rather too close to a mysterious man at a local gay club in Los Angeles, but Omri hasn’t commented on any of these rumors.
As of today, he is single, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Omri became interested in playing the drums while attending high school – his father bought him his first drum set when he was 15 years old, and he joined the high school’s band the following year, and stayed with them until matriculation.
He likes learning new languages and is fluent in English and Hebrew, and knows basics of several others such as French and German – his first name means ‘sheaf of grain’ in Hebrew while his last name means ‘descendant of a priest’.
He is keen on travelling and has been to several US states to shoot for his movies and TV series, such as Florida, Texas, and New York while he has also travelled to several Asian countries such as Thailand and Japan.
Omri likes to watch movies in his spare time, and some of his favorite actors and actresses are Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Kate Winslet, while some of his favorite movies are the franchise “The Fast and the Furious”, “Riddick”, and “Divergent”.
Appearance and net worth
Omri is 43 years old. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, and weighs around 160lbs (72kgs). As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $1 million.