Who is Steve Janowitz?
Steve is an American celebrity, who rose to prominence as the husband of American actress, writer and comedienne Joy Behar.
Steve Janowitz Bio: Age, Childhood, and Education
Steve Janowitz was born on 1 December 1942, in New York City, USA. He hasn’t revealed the names of his parents, but according to some sources, his grandparents are Italian immigrants, which makes him of part Italian ancestry.
He hasn’t disclosed his educational background, but it’s believed that he matriculated from a local high school in New York, after which he enrolled at college, from which he obtained a bachelor’s degree in the ‘60s.
Steve is a former high school teacher; after graduating, he found employment at a local high school in New York City, and held the job for the next 45 years, after which he retired.
He doesn’t like the media buzz created around his wife, and avoids public appearances; he hasn’t made a single appearance on TV since his wife became a popular TV show host.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
The former high school teacher and Joy Behar’s husband has grey hair and brown eyes.
He stands at a height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m), while he weighs approximately 150lbs (68kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, though he has an average figure.
Personal Life, Relationship with Joy, Marriage, Children
Steve and Joy met in the early ‘80s, and their romance bloomed despite her being busy building a name for herself in the entertainment world; she still found time for a new romance. They dated for over 25 years before they made the step further and married.
They were first engaged in 2009, but after high media coverage of their engagement and all the stories created about them, Joy was forced to call off the engagement, stating that she wasn’t ready to take such a big step forward. Instead, the two continued to date, and married two years later.
They have apparently been living a blissful married life, and though they don’t have children together, Steve is step-father to Joy’s daughter from her first marriage, and the duo is grandparents as Joy’s daughter has a child of her own.
Steve Janowitz Wife, Joy Behar Biography
Born Josephine Victoria Behar on 7 October 1942, in New York City USA, she’s the only daughter of Gino Occhiuto, a truck driver for Coca-Cola, and his wife Rose, a seamstress.
After high school, Steve’s wife enrolled at Queens College, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1964, while in 1966 she obtained an MA in English education from Stony Brook University.
Before launching a career in the entertainment industry, Joy taught English on Long Island at Lindenhurst Senior High School in Lindenhurst, from the late ‘60s until the early ‘70s.
Her career in show business began in the early ‘80s as a receptionist, and later as a producer of the show “Good Morning America”. Her first on-screen appearance was in “The New Show” in 1984, created by Lorne Michaels but which was short-lived.
Three years later, she was the host of the variety talk show “Way Off Broadway”, alongside Larry David as a writer and performer. To speak further of her early accomplishments, she was the host of the show “Live from Queens”, and was a regular in the show “Baby Boom”.
She continued to feature in variety talk shows as a host and guest star until the late ‘90s, when she was chosen as one of the original panelists of the ABC daytime talk show “The View” (1997-2022), which celebrated her as a TV host.
She created her own segment within the show, entitled “Joy’s Comedy Corner”, in which she would present stand-up comedians who are already popular with the public, but also those budding comedians ready to take over the comedy scene.
After years of consecutive nominations for a Daytime Emmy Award in the category for Outstanding Talk Show Host, she and her co-stars, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara won the award.
She has also hosted her own “The Joy Behar Show” (2009-2011), and the “Joy Behar: Say Anything Show” from 2012 to 2013.
Behar is also an accomplished actress. After portraying Helga Von Haupt in the sitcom “Baby Boom” (1988-1989), she switched to film roles, including the part of Dottie in “Cookie” (1989), and then as Ruby in the drama film “This Is My Life” (1992), starring Julie Karver Samantha Mathis and Gaby Hoffman, while in 1993 she appeared in the BAFTA-nominated mystery comedy film “Manhattan Murder Mystery”, written and directed by Woody Allen, who also starred in the film next to Diane Keaton and Jerry Adler.
Her next appearance was in the romantic comedy film “Love Is All There Is”, with such stars as Lainie Kazan, Paul Sorvino and Angelina Jolie among others.
As her career as a TV host expanded, she forewent her acting career, but occasionally appeared in various TV series, including as herself in the TV series “Spin City” in 2000, and the TV series “Bette” the following year.
Moreover, she appeared as herself in the TV series “30 Rock”, and in the comedy crime-drama film “Made Goes to Jail”.
In 2011, she was Dr. Lucy in the film “Hall Pass”, while in 2012 she voiced Eunice in the animated film “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift”.
She next worked with Woody Allen on his comedy TV mini-series “Crisis in Six Scenes”, co-starring Allen, Miley Cyrus, and Elaine May, and most recently, featured in the Podcast series “Just Headlines” (2022), that deals with the recent events in the world, including the possibility of World War III, while she’s also working on the television movie “Lilly”, in which she is set to portray Dr. Karen Kline; the film is yet to receive its release date.
According to sources, Joy Behar’s net worth has been estimated to be around $30 million, as of early 2022, earned through her successful career in the entertainment industry.
Before Steve, Joy was married to college professor Joy Behar from 1965 to 1981, with whom she has a daughter Eve Behar Scotti.
The family lives now in The Hamptons, while Steve and Joy also own a home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.