Famous Israeli Actors

Find out more about the greatest Israeli Actors, including Yael Grobglas, Ayelet Zurer, Yigal Amir, Semion Mogilevich and Oded Fehr.

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Keren Peles
(Singer)

Keren Peles
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Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yavne'el, Israel

Keren Peles is an Israeli pianist, singer-songwriter, and poet. Over the course of her songwriting career, Peles has contributed immensely to the success of other popular singers like Shiri Maimon and Miri Mesika by writing the lyrics of some of their hit songs. She has also found success as a singer as many of her albums have been certified gold.  

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Oded Fehr
(Stage actor, Film actor)

Oded Fehr
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Birthdate: November 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venezuela

Oded Fehr is an Israeli actor best known for playing Ardeth Bay in the 1999 film The Mummy. Fehr went on to reprise his role in the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns. His portrayal of Ardeth earned him similar roles in films like Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Over the years, he has also established himself as a TV actor in America.

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Chaim Topol
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Birthdate: September 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Israeli actor Chaim Topol is best known for his Golden Globe-winning titular role in Sallah Shabati. He began his career with Israeli theater and later co-founded Haifa Theatre. He also earned an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe for playing Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof.
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Jeff Wilbusch
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Birthdate: November 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Jeff Wilbusch is an Israeli-German actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Moishe Lefkovitch in a drama television miniseries titled Unorthodox for which he was honored at the 25th Satellite Awards with the Best Supporting Actor award under the Series, Miniseries or Television Film category.

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Ronen Rubinstein
(best known for his roles as Nathan in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black)

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Birthdate: November 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rehovot, Israel

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Lior Raz
(Actor)

Lior Raz
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Birthdate: November 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Lior Raz is an Israeli actor and screenwriter best known for playing the role of Doron Kavilio in the political thriller TV series Fauda. As a young man, he served in the Israel Defense Forces as a commando. He later pursued an acting career on TV, eventually branching out into films as well. He often appears in thrillers. 

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Iddo Goldberg
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Birthdate: August 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haifa

Iddo Goldberg is an Israeli-British actor best known for his roles in the drama TV series  Secret Diary of a Call Girl and horror TV series Salem. Born in Israel, he moved to London as a child. He began his acting career in the 1990s with small roles in TV shows. As of today, he appears in films as well. 

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Sasha Roiz
(Actor)

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Birthdate: October 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Sasha Roiz is an Israeli-born Canadian actor best known for his role of Sam Adama in the science fiction TV series Caprica. He was trained at the Guildford School of Acting in Guildford. He began his acting career in the early 2000s and appeared in several TV shows. Since then, he has ventured into cinema as well. 

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Nehemiah Persoff
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Birthdate: August 2, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Nehemiah Persoff is a retired actor and painter. In an extensive career spanning over half a century, he appeared in more than 200 films, TV shows, and stage productions. As a young man, he served in the US Army. He then began his acting career in the New York theater and started acting in films and TV shows as well. 

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Raviv Ullman
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Birthdate: January 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eilat, Israel

The Phil of the Future star Raviv Ullman irked netizens when, in 2017, he posted an old picture of him kissing Kim Kardashian, from an unsold pilot, adding the hashtag #kanyegotmysloppyseconds. Ullman is also a skilled musician, has been part of several bands, and hosts a podcast, too.

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Mark Ivanir
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Birthdate: September 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Mark Ivanir is a Ukrainian-Israeli actor best known for playing supporting roles in popular American films like Schindler's List, The Good Shepherd, What Just Happened, and A Late Quartet. Mark Ivanir’s portrayal of Valentin Mironov in the 2006 spy film The Good Shepherd was honored at the Berlin Film Festival with the prestigious Silver Bear Award.

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Yair Lapid
(Journalist, Writer, Politician, Actor, Television presenter)

Yair Lapid
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Birthdate: November 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

Yair Lapid is an Israeli politician who has been serving as the prime minister of Israel since June 2021. He is also the current Minister of Foreign Affairs in Israel. He is credited with founding the centrist Yesh Atid party. A former journalist, Lapid was also known for his skills as a writer before entering politics in 2012.

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Jonah Lotan
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Birthdate: July 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jerusalem

Jonah Lotan is an Israeli actor known for playing important roles in popular TV series like 24, Foyle's War, and Hostages. Lotan is also known for his contribution to the theater; he played the role of Joel Singer in J. T. Rogers' Tony award-winning play Oslo at the Royal National Theatre's Lyttelton Stage in September 2017.

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Yvan Attal
(Actor, Director)

Yvan Attal
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Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Yvan Attal is an Israeli-French actor, director, and screenwriter best known for his work in the film My Wife Is an Actress, for which he received a Cesar Award nomination. He acted in one segment of the film New York, I Love You, and directed another. He also dubs and has dubbed for Tom Cruise’s character in many films.    

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Amir Blumenfeld
(American-Israeli Comedian)

Amir Blumenfeld
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Birthdate: January 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Afula, Israel

Amir Blumenfeld is an Israeli-American actor, television host, comedian, and writer. He is one half of the popular comedy duo, Jake and Amir. His performance in a web series titled Jake and Amir earned him a Webby Award in 2010. Blumenfeld has also appeared in a couple of TV shows and films.

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Ashraf Barhom
(actor, actor)

Ashraf Barhom
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Birthdate: January 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ma'alot-Tarshiha

Ashraf Barhom is an Israeli-Arab actor who has played prominent roles in popular films like Paradise Now, The Kingdom, and The Syrian Bride. After achieving international recognition for his portrayal of Col. Faris Al-Ghazi in the American action thriller film The Kingdom, Ashraf Barhom landed roles in such films as Clash of the Titans (2010) and Coriolanus (2011).

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Tzachi Halevy
(TV Actor, Singer)

Tzachi Halevy
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Birthdate: March 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Petah Tikva, Israel

Tzachi Halevy is an Israeli actor and singer best known for his portrayal of Ephraim in the 2018 biblical drama film, Mary Magdalene. He has also played important roles in popular TV series, such as Fauda and Mossad 101. As a singer, Halevy is known for his association with Mayumana troupe, a dance troupe that combines song, percussion, and dance.

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Alon Abutbul
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Birthdate: May 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kiryat Ata, Israel

Alon Abutbul is an Israeli actor. He attended the Thelma Yellin High School of Arts and started acting soon after his graduation. After appearing in minor roles in many films, he finally bagged a major role in the film Shtei Etzbaot Mi'Tzidon. He acted in several hit films in the ensuing years and is the recipient of many awards. 

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Angel Bonanni
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Birthdate: February 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Angel Bonanni is an Israeli model and actor. He is known for playing important roles in popular American TV series like Absentia and Condor. One of the most popular models in Israel, Bonanni has appeared in fashion campaigns for major designers like Donna Karan and Jean Paul Gaultier. He has also appeared in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar.

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Eliad Cohen
(Actor, Model, and the co-founder of Gay-ville)

Eliad Cohen
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Birthdate: May 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Acre, Israel

Eliad Cohen is an Israeli producer, actor, and model. After completing his mandatory army service, he began modeling and found considerable success. He then starred in several music videos, gaining further fame. He is openly gay and founded Gay-ville, a gay-friendly vacation rental service. He is one of the most popular homosexual Israeli celebrities. 

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Joel Basman
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Birthdate: January 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Joel Basman is a Swiss actor. He began his career as a teenager with a role in the weekly soap opera Lüthi und Blanc. A few years later, he gained much fame for playing an autistic boy in the film Jimmie. While pursuing his acting career, he also completed his training at the European Film Actor School.  

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Elia Suleiman
(Film director)

Elia Suleiman
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Birthdate: July 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel

Elia Suleiman is a Palestinian film director. His 2002 film Divine Intervention won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Early in his career, he co-directed the experimental documentary Introduction to the End of an Argument.  He has also directed many feature films. In addition to his entertainment career, he is a professor at the European Graduate School.  

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Ivan Urgant
(Actor, Television presenter)

Ivan Urgant
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Birthdate: April 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Yigal Naor
(stage actor, film actor)

Yigal Naor
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Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Givatayim

Yigal Naor is an Israeli actor known for portraying Saddam Hussein in the four-episode TV docudrama House of Saddam. He was born in Israel to Mizrahi Jewish parents from Iraq. He began his career in the late 1980s and appeared in a string of small roles in films like Deadline and The Seventh Coin before finding his footing

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Makram Khoury
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Birthdate: May 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine

Makram Khoury is a Palestinian-born Arab-Israeli actor. He began his studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem but dropped out to pursue acting. He then studied at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and began his career as a stage actor. He eventually became active in films and TV as well. He is a recipient of the Israel Prize. 

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Saleh Bakri
(Film actor)

Saleh Bakri
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Birthdate: March 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Born to a well-known actor and director, Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri's initially aspiration was to become a painter. Later, he started acting, beginning his career with theatre, performing in plays like Death and the Maiden, directed by Juliano Mer-Khamis. Eventually he switched to films, starring in multiple productions, including the Oscar nominated movie, The Present.

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Yigal Amir
(Criminal)

Yigal Amir
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Birthdate: May 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Herzliya

Yigal Amir is an Israeli murderer and right-wing extremist. He assassinated Yitzhak Rabin who was serving as the prime minister of Israel at the time of his murder. He is currently serving his life sentence at a prison in Israel. Yigal Amir’s life inspired a documentary film titled Beyond the Fear which was premiered on July 8, 2015, in Jerusalem.

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Assi Dayan
(Film Director)

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Birthdate: November 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nahalal, Israel
Died: May 1, 2014

Assi Dayan was an Israeli actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He was the son of Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan and peace activist Ruth Dayan. He began his career as an actor and appeared in many TV shows and films. He then made his directorial debut and gained acclaim in the field of direction as well.  

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Kamel El Basha
(Film director)

Kamel El Basha
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Birthdate: March 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Kamel El Basha is a Palestinian actor and theater director. He is best known for his portrayal of Yasser Abdallah Salameh in the 2017 Lebanese legal drama film The Insult for which he was honored at the 74th Venice International Film Festival with the prestigious Volpi Cup for Best Actor. He also works as a professor in many Palestinian universities.

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Kais Nashef
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Birthdate: June 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tayibe, Israel

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Yehuda Barkan
(Director)

Yehuda Barkan
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Birthdate: March 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Netanya, Israel
Died: October 23, 2020

Yehuda Barkan was an Israeli actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known for producing and directing a series of prank films in the 1980s; he filmed these films using a hidden camera. A multi-talented personality, Barkan also had a brief music career when he was part of a band named Dizengoff Command Band, which consisted of military veterans.

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Juliano Mer-Khamis
(Actor and Filmmaker Known for Establishing 'The Freedom Theatre')

Juliano Mer-Khamis
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Birthdate: May 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel
Died: April 4, 2011

A passionate believer in the Palestinian cause, Juliano Mer-Khamis was an Israeli-Palestinian actor, theatre director and filmmaker, known especially for his 2004 documentary film, Arna's Children. Also the founder of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, he was a symbol of the bi-national dream, advocating cooperation between Palestine and Israel. Assassinated in 2011, he stood firmly against religious dogma and gender oppression.

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Mahmoud Shalaby
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Birthdate: July 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Acre, Israel

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Max Rhyser
(Model)

Max Rhyser
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Birthdate: July 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Born to an American-Israeli mother and a Danish father in the Netherlands, Max Rhyser grew up in places such as France and Denmark. He began a career in commercials and theater during her teens. He has also been part of movies such as Homeland and the web series In Between Men.