Omri Katz is a retired American actor who grew popular after appearing in the soap opera ‘Dallas’. He began his acting career when he was just seven and won the Soap Opera Digest Award for his portrayal as John Ross Ewing III in ‘Dallas’. Following the success of his first show, Katz received more TV series offers and was seen as a guest actor in ‘Simon & Simon Boy’, ‘The Torkelsons’, and ‘Zorro’. He received his first leading role with the NBC series ‘Eerie, Indiana’ in 1991 as Marshall Teller. Despite its short run, the series grew popular and remained a hit on Disney’s channels. He made his film debut with the hit ‘Matinee’, but his second film ‘Hocus Pocus’ became a cult hit and continues to be mentioned and remembered by many today. His other works include guest roles in ‘Freaks and Geeks’ and ‘General Hospital’ and a recurring role in ‘The John Larroquette Show’. He marked his final appearance on the big screen in 2002 with a short film and announced his retirement from acting. Since then, Katz has been working as a hairdresser in a Los Angeles salon.
Omri Katz embarked upon his career in acting after debuting as John Ross Ewing III in the soap opera ‘Dallas’ in 1983 when he was seven. The drama revolves around oil baron J.R. Ewing’s life and his corrupt methods of gaining power. Katz was promoted to the main cast in the middle of the series and played the role until 1991, when the series ended after airing for 13 seasons. He was seen in 149 episodes and his character became quite popular. In the second year of the series’ airing, Katz won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Youth Actor in a Prime-Time Soap Opera. He was nominated for the same award later in 1986. After getting his break in ‘Dallas’, Katz was seen in several other series and movies. In 1984, he guest started in the episode titled ‘Yes, Virginia, There is a Liberace’ of the show ‘Simon & Simon Boy’.
In 1991, Katz appeared in the NBC series ‘Eerie, Indiana’ as Marshall Teller, a leading character. Despite airing for only one season, the series became popular and inspired a spin-off as well. Katz was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a TV series for this role. Despite the show’s initial fame and Katz’s acclaimed acting, he was not included in the sequel. Later in 1991, he starred as Jack Adams in an episode of ‘Zorro’ titled ‘The Man Who Cried Wolf’. He also portrayed the role of Timmy in the 1991 TV movie ‘Adventures in Dinosaur City’. In 1992, he appeared as Jason in the series ‘The Torkelsons’ in its ‘Double Date’ episode. He made his feature film debut in 1993 with the comedy drama ‘Matinee’ as Stan. Next came Katz’s most famous film, the 1993 release ‘Hocus Pocus’. The American comedy fantasy was directed by Kenny Ortega and starred the likes of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.
Despite the initial disappointment and mixed reviews when the film was released, it gained popularity after being aired on TV and subsequently gathered a cult following. Katz was nominated for a Young Artist Award for this role. Later in 1993, he was roped in to play the role of Tony Hemingway in the sitcom ‘The John Larroquette Show’. He had a recurring role and was only seen in six episodes of the series until 1995.
In 1996, he reprised his role in the TV movie adaptation of ‘Dallas’ titled ‘Dallas: J. R. Returns’. Despite an early break and successful career as a young actor, Katz did not receive roles of his choice, and his breaks between projects grew bigger.
He was next seen in the popular series ‘Freaks and Geeks’ as Brad in the episode ‘Tests and Breasts’ in 1999. Since then, his only other notable TV appearance was for the long-running series ‘General Hospital’ as a tattoo artist in 2000. His final role as an actor was in the short film ‘Journey into Night’ in 2002. He announced his retirement from acting in the same year and decided to focus on his other interests. He currently works as a hairdresser in an upscale salon.
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Family & Personal Life
Omri Haim Katz was born on May 30, 1976 in Los Angeles, California. His parents Rina and Yoram Katz are Jewish immigrants. He has two siblings: an older brother, Michael, and an older sister, Lali. Katz lived in Israel for a year while growing up. He was previously in a relationship with Danielle Harris, but they separated in 1992. He has not revealed any information about his current relationship status, and he prefers to stay out of the limelight. He loves playing the drums in his spare time.