Jaime Ray Newman is an American actress, singer, and producer.
The 42-year-old is an Academy Award-winning producer of the 2019 drama short, Skin, along with her husband.
She has also appeared opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 biographical crime movie, Catch Me If You Can, and starred in numerous TV shows, most notably, the Marvel/Netflix superhero series, The Punisher.
Here is all you should know about Jaime Ray Newman:
Her Age, Height, Parents, and Education
Jaime Ray Newman was born on April 2, 1978, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The daughter of Ashkenazi Jewish parents Marsha Jo and Raphael Newman, her sister, Beth Nicole is a public relations director at the apparel brand, J Brand.
Newman attended the elementary school, Jewish Hillel Day School in Detroit, and later, Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
While at Cranbrook, Newman's passion and talent for acting flourished. She would perform at competitions and almost always bag the first place. At 16, she also founded the Apollo Theatre Productions, serving as producer and director.
Upon her graduation in 1996, she attended Boston University College of Fine Arts before transferring to Northwestern University, where she would get her major in English and Drama.
Mother of Two Daughters with Husband, Guy Nattiv
Newman has been married since 2012 to the Israeli filmmaker, Guy Nattiv. They tied the knot on April 2, 2012, coinciding with Newman's 34th birthday.
After five miscarriages, Newman and Nattiv turned to surrogacy and finally had a daughter born via a surrogate mother on September 18, 2018, named Alma Ness Newman Nattiv.
Their second daughter, Mila Nico Newman Nattiv, was also born via surrogacy on October 3, 2019.
Played Sarah Lieberman in The Punisher
The Punisher is a Netflix superhero series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name: a vigilante with access to military-grade weaponry who wages war on crime in Hell's Kitchen, New York after his wife and two children are murdered in a mob shootout.
Jon Bernthal plays Frank Castle/Punisher and is joined by Ben Barnes as Billy Russo / Jigsaw, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Daniel Webber as Lewis Wilson, Paul Schulze as William Rawlins / Agent Orange, and Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein.
Likewise, it also stars Jonathan Bernthal in the lead.
Newman joined the main cast of the Netflix superhero series, The Punisher, as Sarah Lieberman, the wife of David Lieberman / Micro (played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach).
The Punisher premiered on Netflix on November 17, 2017, with a second season that premiered on January 18, 2019. The series has since been canceled.
Academy Award Winner with Husband for the Drama Short, Skin
Among her other distinctions, Newman is an Academy Award-winning producer for the 2018 drama short, Skin; she shares the award with her husband, Guy Nattiv.
The 20-minute short is a commentary on the racism still persistent in America and won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short.
The short was followed up by an eponymous -- albeit unrelated -- full-length feature film with Nattiv helming as the director. The movie starred Jamie Bell, Vera Farmiga, and Danielle Macdonald, among others, with Newman having a small role as Nurse Melissa Frye. The movie debuted at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, with a theatrical release on July 26, 2019.
Was a Jazz Singer Before Before Making Acting Debut
Newman had begun singing as early as six years old, performing at Bar-Mitzvah parties.
Before she established herself on the screens, Newman as a singer in a jazz quartet while living in Chicago.
Despite finding widespread recognition for her work on-screen, Newman concurrently continued her music career, founding the cover band, School Boy Crush. The band performed cover versions of a diverse genre of music, ranging from funk to soul to rock to R&B.
Starring Television Roles in Eastwick, Red Widow, Mind Games, and Wicked City
Newman has been a leading lady on television since very early on in her career.
She starred as Katherine Gardener, alongside Paul Gross, Lindsay Price, Rebecca Romijn, and her future The Punisher co-star, Jon Bernthal in the short-lived ABC fantasy comedy-drama series, Eastwick. The show ran from September 23 to December 30, 2009.
Newman also starred as Katrina "Kat" Petrova in the ABC drama series, Red Widow -- this one didn't fare much better either: getting canceled after its first season.
She starred in another doomed ABC project, the comedy-drama series, Mind Games. She played Samantha "Sam" Gordon and starred alongside Steve Zahn, Christian Slater, and Megalyn Echikunwoke, among others. The show ran from February 25 to March 25, 2014.
Newman also starred in another short-lived ABC series, Wicked City. She played Allison Roth in the crime-procedural drama series. ABC pulled the plug on the series after only three episodes had aired, but Hulu aired the remaining episodes.
Estimated Net Worth of $2.5 Million
Jaime Ray Newman is estimated to be worth $2.5 million. Her wealth comes from her extensive career in showbiz, not just acting, but also singing and producing.
She made her on-screen debut in 1999 with a small role in the movie, Full Blast.
Jamie landed her first big role as a series regular in the long-running daytime medical soap opera, General Hospital, as Kristina Cassadine -- a role that she would play from 2002 to 2003.
She went on to star in numerous TV shows including Eastwick, Red Widow, Mind Games, and Wicked City, although none of the shows could last very long, and was canceled, usually after its first season.
She also played Sarah Lieberman in the Marvel/Netflix superhero series, The Punisher during its run from November 17, 2017, to January 18, 2019.
Her notable movie appearance includes the role of Monica in the Steven Spielberg-directed 2002 biographical crime movie, Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
She is also known for her work behind the camera, most notably for producing the 2018 drama short, Skin, with her husband. The short went on to win the 2019 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short.
While continuing to act, Jamie furthered her singing career, founding the cover band, School Boy Crush; a band that covered extensive genres of music.