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When it comes to showbiz, Gabe Kaplan can almost be described as an all-rounder. He is a comedian, an actor, and a poker player. It doesn’t end there; he is also a poker game commentator. Gabe Kaplan graced the screens in the 70s as an actor and gained popularity with a series of appearances in movies and TV series. Later on, he went into poker, playing and eventually doing commentaries in the game. It would be interesting to find out more about the entertainer. Here are lesser-known facts about him.
Gabe Kaplan Bio
He was born on March 31, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York. Although he was inclined to sports, Gabe Kaplan also had a strong flair for arts. Baseball was his first option at sports but after some failed attempts to become a professional, he tilted his focus towards the performing arts. He started out as a comedian, after learning the tricks of the trade from comedians who performed at a New Jersey hotel where he worked as a bellman.
From watching and learning from the comedians, Gabe began his own journey in the business in 1964 when he started performing at bars and cafe. Gradually, he started gaining momentum and proceeded to embark on tours. Kaplan also went on to record comedy albums. He grew massively in the entertainment industry with his exploits, exceeding even his own expectations.
Being on a reputable pedestal in the industry also drew him a lot of attention from stakeholders. Gabe Kaplan for his amazing records, worked on the popular American sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter’, alongside its producers Alan Sacks and Eric Cohen. He was of great help in the production and casting of the show which he also starred in. Gabe was part of the cast from 1975 till it ended in 1979.
The comedian joined the ABC celebrity athletic competition Battle of the Network Stars. As a representative of ABC, he led the network to a great win, gloriously defeating other contenders from NBC and CBS. Other shows also followed afterward and Kaplan made remarkable appearances in them. As an actor and comedian, he worked with a lot of stakeholders in the industry and was indeed a force to reckon with.
Gabe Kaplan later picked interest in the game of poker and started making significant moves in the financial market as well. He participated in World Series of Poker in Las Vegas 1978; his first-ever appearance at a poker tournament. He rose to prominence in the game when he won the main event at Amarillo Slim’s Super Bowl of Poker and continued to make it to the finals of Super Bowl’s main event. The poker player also made a lot from the game as you will soon find out.
His Net Worth
Gabe Kaplan sits on a very high pedestal with regards to his financial status. According to some sources, the comedian, actor and poker guru has a net worth estimated at a whopping $30 million. Kaplan’s fortune comes from his on-screen stints as well as his exploits as a poker player.
In his very active days in the game, Kaplan would win over $250,000 on poker tours. It can be recalled that in 2004, he won over $250,000 at the World Poker no-limit ‘Texas hold ’em’ event. In 2005, he also bagged 222,515 in the World Series of Poker $5,000 Limit Hold ‘Em event. These winnings, as well as his exploits in the entertainment industry, sum up to a mouthwatering financial status.
Gabe Kaplan’s Family
The comedian was born as Gabriel Weston to Charles Kaplan, his father and Dorothy Kaplan his mother. His parents were Jewish and brought him up with Jewish values. It cannot be said with certainty whether the comedian has brothers and sisters. But we do know that Gabe is a father to Rachael Kaplan, his daughter.
The poker star is quite private when it comes to his personal life. This is why there is no information about the mother of his daughter or his past and present relationship.
Other Facts About The Comedian
1. As of 2017, the renowned poker player had his total winnings from live tournaments recorded as $1,991,248. He also went on to win more afterward.
2. Gabe Kaplan stands at a height of 5 ft. 11 in. (1.8m) and has a proportional weight to go with it.
3. Kaplan used to be linked to the late actress Marcia Strassman in the 70s. It was rumored at the time that the two were dating but the rumors were never confirmed.