German-Israeli actor Jeff Wilbusch portrayed the role Moishe — the intimidating cousin of Yanky Shapiro (Amit Rahav) — on “Unorthodox.” The two make the cross-Atlantic flight to hunt down and bring home the series’s protagonist, Esther “Esty” Shapiro, played by actress Shira Haas.
“This is my story”— Jeff could not help but utter those words upon hearing about Unorthodox, for the very first time.
Get to know below how exactly the character Jeff chose to play on Netflix’s four-part series was similar to him, even in real life.
Jeff Wilbusch On Netflix’s Unorthodox
On “Unorthodox” where Esty and Yanki — played by Israeli actors who did not know any of the Yiddish — Jeff Wilbusch, being a native speaker of the language, became quite a valuable asset to the project.
To add up, Jeff, like his onscreen role, also grew up in the Satmar community of Mea Shearim, in Israel. So, when he was called for an audition by a friend who thought they had just the apt native Yiddish-speaking German actor, Jeff was blown away by the opportunity to bring his community and it’s culture to life on the global screen.
Wiki — Parents, Siblings, Family
Jeff Wilbusch was born in Haifa, Israel and grew up in a very strict Ultra-Orthodox Chasidic community, which he left at the age of 13 to pursue acting in Germany.
He comes from comparatively a larger family; he Is the eldest of fourteen siblings. Further details on them and their parents were not available as of the date.
Bio — Age, Birthday, Religion
Raised in Jerusalem, Jeff Wilbusch now resides in Berlin, Germany. In regards to his religion, he mentioned at some point — that he would think twice about going out on the street (of Germany) wearing a kippah, a traditional Jewish skullcap because he found it “literally dangerous”.
Many members of his family were German Jews who had no other ways but to flee to Israel during the Nazi’s epoch.
Jeff was born in the year 1987. In 2019, the renowned actor celebrated his 32nd birthday.
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Net Worth, Movies / TV Shows
Jeff Wilbusch, as he completed his master’s degree in International Economics from the University of Amsterdam in 2011, went for acting studies at the Falkenberg School of Performing Arts in Munich, German.
Back in those days, Jeff was already an established stage actor in Germany. He appeared in many German as well as international movies and TV shows including the award-winning series Bad Banks and the British-American co-production, The Little Drummer Girl.
Meanwhile, years later, the polyglot who spoke all of German, English, Dutch, Hebrew, and Yiddish signed for another German TV show, Wild Republic after Unorthodox’s big success.
As of the time this writing, any scoops on his $400 thousand net worth remained completely anonymous.
Weight, Height, Physical Features
Reportedly, Jeff Wilbusch stands at a height of 5 feet and 10 inches (1.78 meters). During March 2020, his weight measured at 78 Kg (171 lbs).
Blessed with beautiful, brown hair and eyes of the same color, his shoe size in the US said number, 12.
Social Media Reach: IG, Facebook, Twitter
Up until the early-2020, Jeff Wilbusch enjoyed quite a small number of followers on his Facebook as compared to his 3.96K followers on Instagram account. Also, it seemed he was not as much engaged on Twitter.
Wife, Married, Children
Jeff Wilbusch was happy and in love with his wife, Anna Platen a.k.a. Anna Wilbusch who is also an actor, as of 2020’s early spring.
Anna studied acting in the famous Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. Additionally, she starred in several TV, feature and short films including Marie Brand und der Reiz der Gewalt, Soko Wismar, and Hannes.
As of March 2020, Jeff and wife Anna’s relationship timeline stayed off the public eyes. So did the fact if the pair had any children in their married life.
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