Gabe Kaplan
Gabe Kaplan
Real Name/Full Name Gabriel Weston Kaplan
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Gabe Kaplan
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 31 March 1945
Age/How Old: 79 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 182 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
Weight: In Kilograms – 93 Kg
In Pounds – 205 lbs
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Dark brown
Parents Name: Father – Charles Kaplan
Mother – Dorothy Kaplan
Siblings: N/A
School: New Utrecht High School
College: N/A
Religion: Jewish
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Single
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: N/A
Kids/Children Name: Rachel Kaplan
Profession: Comedian, professional poker player, actor
Net Worth: $60 million
Last Updated: May 2024

Gabe Kaplan is a comedian, actor, and professional poker player from the United States. He is famed for his role in the 1970s series titled Welcome Back, Kotter, where he played the role of the eponymous teacher. He also plays professional poker, and he went ahead and became a commentator in the series High Stakes Poker, which aired on GSN.

Well, how well do you know about Gabe Kaplan? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Gabe Kaplan’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Gabe Kaplan to date.

Biography and Early Life

He was born Gabriel Weston Kaplan in Brooklyn, New York on 31 March 1945. His parents are Dorothy Kaplan and Charles Kaplan who were Jewish. There is very scanty information about his childhood as well as his background.

In his youth, he wanted to be a basketball player but unfortunately, he did not make it to the minor league team roster. He did some minor jobs including being a hotel bellman. It was at that time that he used to see comedians perform in the hotel, and he decided to try his hand on comedy.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Gabe Kaplan in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Gabe Kaplan’s age is 79 years old as of today’s date 20th May 2024 having been born on 31 March 1945. Though, he is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 182 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 205lbs in Pound and 93 kg in Kilograms.


Kaplan attained his education from New Utrecht High School. After graduating he did not go to college and instead decided to have a career as a comedian.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Gabe is one of the most secretive celebrities whose private life is hardly known to the public. On his marital status, the comedian is single and there is no information of any relationship he has been to. He is, however, a father to a one-grown daughter by the name of Rachel Kaplan. There is no information whatsoever, about whom Rachel’s mother is or was.

Is Gabe Kaplan Gay?

Although there is no information on the love life of Gabe, there is no indication of him being gay. He is straight as far as his sexual orientation is concerned and there has never been gossip or rumor on his sexuality.

Professional Career

Kaplan started off his career as a comedian in 1964, and he mostly used to perform at Café Tel Aviv in New York City. After some years of struggling he finally became successful, and he started touring the whole country. He also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring John Carson repeatedly.

It was at the same time that he recorded a comedy album titled Holes and Mello-Rolls. The album consisted mainly of his high school days among other topics and it was well-received. Most of his comedies were on his personal experiences as well as routines and they made him earn a lot of fans.

His comedy acts led to the creation, development, and release of the series Welcome Back, Kotter. In the series, he played the part of Gabe Kotter, a teacher who returns to teach in the same school he was a student. The famous catchphrase “up your nose with a rubber hose” from the show gained a lot of popularity and it leads to the release of the comedy record Up Your Nose, by Elekta Records.

When he was still acting, he got involved in poker and within a short time he became a professional. He first played in the World Series Poker in 1978 and after a couple of years he had already made a name for himself in poker. He was awarded after emerging the winner of the Super Bowl of Poker in an event held at Amarillo Slim. He also made it to the finals two more times.

During the 2004 World Poker Tour, he finished in the third position and bagged$250,000. Later in 2005 he finished in second place during the World Series of Poker and won$222,515. During this time he was also the TV commentator for WSOP events both in 1997 and 2002.

In addition, Gabe has also authored a book titled Kotter’s Back: E-mails from a Faded Celebrity to a Bewildered World. In the book, he has made some absurd claims which have led to sharp reactions from the readers.


Gabe has not received any award so far as a comedian or actor. In his career as a professional poker player, however, he has won several titles as well as live tournament winnings. As of 2017, he had won almost$ 2 million in live tournaments.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Gabe Kaplan in ’2024’

Gabe Kaplan Net Worth
Gabe Kaplan Net Worth

Gabe started off as an actor and comedian before venturing in poker, where he became a professional. Through these careers, he has managed to accumulate a net worth of $60 million as of 2024. Most of his earnings are from his acting were after his appearance in the series Welcome Back, Kotter bought an expensive mansion.

Kaplan had dreams of becoming a professional basketball player but after failing to make to the team he changed his mind to become a comedian. His choice did not disappoint as he is one of the most celebrated comedians of all time. He also became a professional poker player where he is ranked among the very best.


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