"My strongest link to my Jewish background is musical," he said. "I found myself drawn to Russian and Eastern European musical roots."
He worked aliens on "Men in Black," operated penguins in "Batman Returns"and helped bring the brontosaurus to life in the first "Flintstones" movie, but ace puppeteer Len Levitt says his most rewarding work was the children's show "Alef ... Bet ... Blast-Off!"