Gabe Kaplan Biography: Net Worth, Wife, Children, Age, Parents, Movies, Wikipedia, Family

May 27, 2024 0 Posted By Lorenza Nicholas


Gabriel Weston Kaplan (born 31 March 1945), widely known as Gabe Kaplan, is a renowned American actor, comedian, and professional poker player. 

He gained fame for his role as the titular teacher in the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Later, Gabe Kaplan transitioned to a career in professional poker, where he also served as a commentator for the series “High Stakes Poker” on PokerGO, demonstrating his expertise and insight into the game.

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Gabriel Weston Kaplan
Stage Name: Gabe Kaplan
Born: 31 March 1945 (age 79 years old)
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Nationality: American
Education: New Utrecht High School
Height: 1.82 m
Parents: Charles Kaplan, Dorothy Kaplan
Siblings: Mikhal Kaplan, Sam Kaplan, Leo Kaplan, Martin Kaplan, Madeline Kaplan
Spouse: Not Married
Girlfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Rachel Kaplan
Occupation: Actor • Comedian
Net Worth: $50 million (USD)

Early Life & Education

Gabe Kaplan is an American comedian, actor, and professional poker player, born on March 31, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York, to Charles Kaplan and Dorothy Kaplan

Gabe Kaplan is the youngest of six siblings, with four brothers—Mikhal KaplanSam KaplanLeo Kaplan, and Martin Kaplan—and one sister, Madeline Kaplan. He attended New Utrecht High School before embarking on his career in entertainment.


Gabe Kaplan, born on March 31, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York, has enjoyed a diverse and successful career spanning stand-up comedy, acting, and professional poker. Initially aspiring to be a professional baseball player, Kaplan turned to comedy after failing to make a minor league team. He honed his comedic skills in New York City, performing at venues like Cafe Tel Aviv.

Kaplan gained recognition in the early 1970s with multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” His big break came with creating the sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” where he played the lead role of Gabe Kotter, a wisecracking high school teacher. The show, which ran from 1975 to 1979, was a major success and marked the television debut of John Travolta.

While Gabe Kaplan continued to act, he also developed a passion for poker. He participated in the World Series of Poker in 1978 and won the main event at Amarillo Slim‘s “Super Bowl of Poker” in 1980, solidifying his status as a top poker player. Kaplan went on to win several major poker events and became a respected figure in the poker community, hosting poker shows such as “High Stakes Poker” and the “National Heads-Up Poker Championship.”

In addition to his acting and poker careers, Gabe Kaplan has been a radio host and authored a book, “Kotter’s Back – E-mails from a Faded Celebrity to a Bewildered World,” detailing his pranks and humorous anecdotes.

Kaplan‘s multi-faceted career includes his role as the title character in “Welcome Back, Kotter,” which he co-created based on his experiences as a teacher.

Awards & Nominations

2 TV Land Awards

  • 2006: Teacher of the Year (Welcome Back, Kotter)
  • 2003: Classic TV Teacher of the Year (Welcome Back, Kotter)

Social Media

  • Twitter: Gabe Kaplan (@GabeKaplan)

Personal Life

Gabe Kaplan, the American actor, comedian, and professional poker player, has kept his personal life private, including details about his dating history. However, it is known that he has a daughter named Rachel Kaplan, born in 1990. There has been no public information about Rachel‘s mother or the circumstances of her birth, but Kaplan clearly takes pride in his role as a father.

Gabe Kaplan has not publicly discussed relationships or marriages, leading to much speculation and rumour. One notable rumour emerged from Kaplan’s expressed interest in gay marriage on his official Twitter account, prompting speculation about his own sexuality. Despite the rumours, Kaplan has neither confirmed nor denied any claims regarding his personal life.


TV Shows

  • Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979)as Gabe Kotter
  • Lewis & Clark (1981–1982) as Stewart Lewis
  • The Love Boat (1976) as Stan Nichols
  • Police Story (1977) as Paul Cazenovia
  • Fast Break (1979) as David Greene
  • Nobody’s Perfekt (1981) as Dibley
  • Tulips (1981) as Leland Irving
  • Murder, She Wrote (1984) as Freddy York
  • The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (1984) as Anthony DePalma
  • The Grand (2007) as Seth Schwartzman
  • BoJack Horseman (2018) (voice) as Abe Ziegler


  • Groucho (1983) as Groucho Marx
  • Jack the Dog (2001) as Richie

Net Worth

Gabe Kaplan is an American comedian, actor, poker commentator, and professional poker player with a net worth of $50 million. He has earned this wealth through his successful career in entertainment and poker. His talents and hard work have allowed him to achieve financial success and establish himself as a highly respected figure in the industry.

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