Eugene Levy as Dr Allan Pearl in Waiting for Guffman

When you have an unusual surname like mine – Perlgut – it is a bit of thrill to find it reflected in popular culture.  And here is the only feature film I have found it so far:  Dr. Allan Pearl, a Jewish dentist played by Eugene Levy in the film Waiting for Guffman (directed by Christopher Guest, 1996) refers to his “grandfather Chaim Perlgut”, and shows a photo.  My guess is that Levy, who is originally from Chicago, is a probably Perlgut relative – from the Chicago branch of the family.  View the clip below:


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