How well do you know Omri Katz? He is a former American screen star who came into the limelight following his appearances in movies such as Hocus Pocus, Adventures of Dinosaur City, and Dallas, to mention a few. The actor was active in the American movie industry for 19 years (1983 – 2002). After his appearance in the 2002 short film, Journey Into Night, he decided to call it quits in his acting career.
Since he went off the acting grid, his teeming fans have been curious to find out the whereabouts of their favorite actor; nevertheless, their efforts were futile. Here, we have gathered all the interesting facts you need to know about the actor, including his bio and why he bowed out of acting.
Omri Katz – Bio
The talented actor was born as Omri Haim Katz on the 30th of May 1976 in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Rina and Yoram Katz who are Jewish immigrants to the United States. He was raised along with his two siblings, a brother named Michael and an elder sister named Lali.
At a very young age, Omri developed a keen interest in the performing arts and by the time he was seven, he had already started appearing in movies. He is well educated; however, the details of his educational background are currently not known. The much we know is that he also attended acting classes in order to sharpen his skills.
Acting Career and Achievements
Omri Katz made his first film appearance in 1983 when he was cast in the CBS TV soap opera, Dallas. From 1983 to 1991, he portrayed the role of John Ross Ewing III, the son of the main character J.R. Ewing (played by Larry Hagman) and Sue Ellen Ewing (played by Linda Gray) on the show. Later on, he also appeared in the show’s sequel, Dallas: J.R. Returns in 1996. In 1984, he made a guest appearance in the American detective series, Simon & Simon which starred Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney.
In the early ‘90s, the actor was seen playing the role of Marshall Teller in Eerie, Indiana from 1991 to 1992. He guest starred in an episode of The Family Channel series, Zorro, as well as in the TV film, Adventures in Dinosaur City in 1991. In the year that followed, he portrayed the role of Jason in an episode of The Torkelsons alongside Olivia Burnette and Connie Ray.
Omri got his big break in 1993 when he portrayed the character of Max Dennison in the fantasy horror comedy film, Hocus Pocus. Later in the same year, he also portrayed Stan in Joe Dante’s comedy film, Matinee. Next, he played a recurring role of Tony Hemingway in The John Larroquette Show from 1993 to 1995. His other acting credits include Freaks and Geeks (1999), and General Hospital (2000). The 2002 film, Journey Into Night, was his last screen appearance before his retirement.
For his outstanding performance in the CBS Soap Opera, Dallas, Omri Katz was honored with a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Youth Actor in a Prime-Time Soap Opera in 1984.
Like we mentioned earlier, Omri Katz was born into a Jewish family. His parents – Rina and Yoram Katz were Israeli immigrants to the United States. Upon arrival in the US, they settled in Los Angeles, California where Omri and his siblings were born. There isn’t a lot of information regarding his parents including if they are still married and what they do for a living. The much we know is that while Omri was growing, he reportedly spent some time in Israel. Just like Omri, his two siblings – Michael and Lali are also successful in their different fields of endeavors; nevertheless, there is no much information about them available to the public.
Regarding his love life and relationships, Omri Katz was previously in a relationship with actress, Danielle Harris. The duo had a brief relationship which came to an end sometime in 1992. Presently, details regarding their relationship and why they broke up are scarce. Since their breakup, there has not been any news of Omri’s subsequent relationships to date. Perhaps, he decided to keep such details away from the prying eyes of the media.
As for Danielle, she went on to other relationships and in 2014, she got hitched to a man named David Gross. Since then, they have been enjoying a happy marital life and there is no sign of break up between them.
Where Is He Now?
The former child star, Omri Katz, had a very impressive acting career. Although acting was his first love, it wasn’t his only area of interest. After starring as Sean in the 2002 film, Journey Into Night, Omri decided to retire from acting; hence pursuing a new career in one of his other interests. Since his retirement, Katz has been working as a hairdresser in an upscale salon located in Los Angeles, California.