Most people wonder what happened to the Dennisons and Sanderson sisters from the 1993 “Hocus Pocus” film hit, in which award-winning American actor Omri Katz played the role of Max Dennison.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Omri Haim Katz was born under the Gemini zodiac sign on 30 May 1976, in Los Angeles, California, which makes him 45 years old as of 2021. He was raised in his hometown together with his elder siblings, sister Lili and brother Michael, by their parents Rina Katz and Yoram Katz, who migrated from Israel to the USA before he was born. His parents are of the Jewish-Israeli ancestries, and when Omri was about six years old, they went back to Israel for about a year before they returned to Los Angeles.
Omri went to a local high school, where he joined the school’s football team. Although he hasn’t revealed the experiences that made him aspire to become an actor, it’s well-known that he grew up with a knack for acting, having participated in most of the plays the school held, and was a key member of the drama club. On top of this, from the age of 15 he was a band member who enjoyed playing drums. He matriculated from high school in 1994 and rather than enrolling at college, chose to follow his acting interests; he joined a local theatre, where he sharpened his acting skills.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
Omri is very social and enjoys learning new languages; he speaks Hebrew and English fluently, and also knows basic German and French.
The award-winning artist’s last name means “a priest’s descendant” in Hebrew, while his first name means “sheaf of grains.”
Since he was a teenager, Omri has enjoyed playing drums – he asked his father to buy him his first drum set when he was in high school.
He loves traveling, and has toured several Asian destinations including Japan and Thailand, as well as many US states, such as New York, Florida and Texas.
Katz is an animal lover who has two pet dogs, and loves walking them along the beach.
He enjoys surfing.
When he’s not working, Omri enjoys watching movies such as “Riddick,” “Divergent,” and “The First and the Furious” film sequel; his favourite actors are Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.
Career, Awards, and Social Media Presence
Omri began appearing on TV as a toddler, and by the time he was seven had featured in several commercials. His official TV series debut was in “Dallas,” portraying John Ross. “Dallas” is a drama show that began airing in 1978 and is about Ewing’s wealthy family who own cattle ranches and a massive oil empire; it’s been among prime time’s longest lasting TV dramas in the US. He featured in 1984’s “Simon & Simons” detective series’ episode “Yes, Virginia, There Is Liberace”, in which he played The Boys. The show was a success and was nominated for several awards, which included Primetime Emmys.
In 1991, Omri starred in the “Eerie, Indiana” comedy series, also starring Margaret Humes and Justin Shenkarow. In the same year, he was selected for a guest starring role in “Zorro’s” “The Man Who Cried Wolf” episode as Jack.
He featured in his first film, “Adventurers in Dinosaur City” (1991), before making appearances in other films and TV series such as 1992’s ” The Torkelsons,” “Matinée” in the year that followed, “Hocus Pocus,” “The John Larroquette Show,” “Freaks and Geeks” (1999), 2002’s “General Hospital” and “Journey Into Night” in the same year, among others.
In 2002, Katz announced that he would be retiring from showbiz because he wanted to focus on other things. Currently, he works in a high-end salon as a hairdresser.
Accolades and Awards
Omri bagged several awards for his praised performance in “Dallas”, such as Outstanding Youth Actor’s Soap Opera Digest Award in a Prime Time Soap Opera (1984), Best Young Actor in Night-time or Daytime Television Series (for a Young Artist Award in 1985). He was also nominated for 1986’s Outstanding Young Actress/Actor on Prime Time or Daytime Serial Soap Opera Digest Award and Exceptional Performance by Young Actor’s Young Artist Award, for his performances in 1987’s “Dallas.” His roles in “Eerie, Indiana” and “Hocus Pocus” also saw him nominated for Best Youth Actor’s Young Artist Awards in 1992 and 1994 respectively.
Social Media Presence
Omri is inactive on almost all social media handles. He was last active on Facebook a few years ago, when there was a rumor circulating that there was a possibility of “Hocus Pocus 2”, but as soon as it died down, his account became inactive. He doesn’t have Instagram or Twitter accounts.
Personal Life, Relationship, and Speculations
Katz has kept his mouth sealed when it comes to his personal life. However, he’s rumored to have been in at least two relationships – he uploaded a picture of himself and Michele Walters kissing during Valentine’s Day, and captioned it mentioning that he loved her very much and that he was the luckiest man ever for having her.
He also dated Danielle Harris, an established actress who featured in 2007’s “Halloween.” According to sources, the duo met in the ’90s and started dating, but Omri hasn’t revealed the circumstances. They broke-up after a few years of togetherness, for unknown reasons; Danielle moved on with her life, and is now married to David Gross, with whom she shares two children.
Omri is speculated to be single as of 2021, and is allegedly focussing most of his time on his career. After his fans and followers found out that he had remained single for a very long time after his breakup, some started spreading rumours that his sexual orientation wasn’t straight.
He hasn’t confirmed the allegations, but is now free of any speculation, and there are no rumours that he is gay. He is currently living in Woodland Hills, California.
Weight, Height, and Body Measurements
Omri is American of white ethnicity who weighs approximately 162lbs (71kgs) and is 5ft 10ins (1.80m) tall, with an athletic body, blonde hair and blue eyes. He hasn’t revealed his shoe size or his vital statistics.
The retired actor joined showbiz as a child and has earned a modest fortune during his career, his net worth estimated at $2 million as of mid-2021. According to sources, he currently earns a salary of approximately $30,000 from his profession as a hairdresser.