Famous Israeli Film & Theater Personalities

Find out more about the greatest Israeli Film & Theater Personalities, including Natalie Portman, Gal Gadot, Yael Grobglas, Ayelet Zurer and Yigal Amir

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 1 Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rosh Haayin, Israel

From Miss Israel to Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot has made heads turn and take notice of her. Serving two years in Israeli Army as a combat trainer surely helped Gadot in her movie career, where she is known for playing strong, action-oriented roles. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2018.

 2 Bar Refaeli

Bar Refaeli
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hod Hasharon, Israel
One of the highest-paid Israeli models, Bar Refaeli topped Maxim’s Hot 100 in 2012 and has worked for GQ and Elle. She has also hosted Germany's Next Top Model, The X Factor Israel, and the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. She faced criticism for avoiding Israel’s mandatory military service recruitment.

 3 Inbar Lavi

Inbar Lavi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israel

Inbar Lavi is an Israeli actress best known for her performance in the American comedy-drama TV series Underemployed. Lavi is also credited with playing important roles on other American TV series like Gang Related, Prison Break, and Lucifer. Her popularity increased when she landed the lead role in the dark comedy television series Imposters where she played Maddie.

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 4 Odeya Rush

Odeya Rush
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Odeya Rush is an Israeli model and actress best known for playing lead roles in American films like The Giver, The Bachelors, and Let It Snow. In 2016, Rush was honored at the Young Artist Awards with the Best Performance in a Feature Film award. In 2017, she received the Awards Circuit Community Award for her performance in Lady Bird.

 5 Yael Grobglas

Yael Grobglas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

Yael Grobglas is an Israeli actress known for her performance in the popular American satirical telenovela Jane the Virgin. After appearing in a couple of Israeli films, Grobglas achieved international recognition when she played Shir in a horror film titled Rabies. She then established herself in the American TV and film industry by appearing in projects like Jane the Virgin.

 6 Keren Peles

Keren Peles
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Famous As: Singer
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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 7 Oded Fehr

Oded Fehr
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Famous As: Stage actor, Film actor
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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 8 Ayelet Zurer

Ayelet Zurer
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Stage actor
Birthdate: June 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

Ayelet Zurer is an Israeli actress best known for playing the female lead in the American mystery thriller film Angels & Demons. A celebrated actress in Israel, Zurer has won many prestigious awards, such as the Israeli Film Academy Award and Israeli Television Academy Awards. In 2003, she was honored with the Best Actress award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

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 9 Chaim Topol

Chaim Topol
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 10 Alona Tal

Alona Tal
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Famous As: Actress best known to audiences for her roles on the television series Supernatural and Cult
Birthdate: October 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Herzliya, Israel

Alona Tal is an Israeli actress known for playing supporting roles in popular American TV series like Veronica Mars and Supernatural. Tal is also known for her singing skills; she has recorded a song with popular Haitian rapper and musician Wyclef Jean. She has also appeared in several American films like Half Past Dead 2, Broken City, and Opening Night.

 11 Vince Offer

Vince Offer
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Israel

Vince Offer is an Israeli-American writer, director, infomercial pitchman, and comedian. He is credited with directing the 1999 comedy film The Underground Comedy Movie, which is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever. Vince Offer owns and produces several household products like kitchen utensils and liquid cleaners. He also appears in commercials, promoting his products.

 12 Ralph Bakshi

Ralph Bakshi
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Famous As: Director of Animated Films
Birthdate: October 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haifa
Animation filmmaker Ralph Bakshi revolutionized the domain of animation through adult-oriented projects. He started his career with Terrytoons and eventually launched his own studio. Some of his features include Fritz the Cat, the 1978 version of The Lord of the Rings, and the series Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.

 13 Jeff Wilbusch

Jeff Wilbusch
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 14 Avi Arad

Avi Arad
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Famous As: CEO and founder of Marvel Studios
Birthdate: April 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israelr

Avi Arad is an Israeli-American businessman and film producer. He became a prominent business figure as the CEO of the company Toy Biz in the 1990s. He then proceeded to become the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment and founded Marvel Studios. In 2006, he resigned from his Marvel positions and formed his own production company, Arad Productions. 

 15 Ronen Rubinstein

Ronen Rubinstein
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Famous As: best known for his roles as Nathan in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black
Birthdate: November 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rehovot, Israel

 16 Haim Saban

Haim Saban
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Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: October 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Haim Saban is an Israeli-American investor, media proprietor, and film producer. He is credited with founding Saban Entertainment which produces children's television programs like Power Rangers. For his achievements in the TV industry, Saban was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also a philanthropist, Haim Saban donated $14 million for the completion of a children's hospital.

 17 Yossi Ghinsberg

Yossi Ghinsberg
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Yossi Ghinsberg is an Israeli adventurer, entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, and humanitarian. He is best known for his survival story which happened in 1981 when he was stranded in the Amazon jungle for three weeks. The story inspired the 2017 Australian biographical film Jungle and was featured in Discovery Channel's popular documentary series I Shouldn't Be Alive.

 18 Bar Paly

Bar Paly
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Model
Birthdate: April 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ural

Bar Paly is an actress and model best known for her role in the crime drama TV series NCIS: Los Angeles. She was born in the Soviet Union and moved to Israel as a child. She later immigrated to USA, where she entered the entertainment industry. She started out as a model and then began acting as well.   

 19 Lior Raz

Lior Raz
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Famous As: Actor
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. 

 20 Ofra Haza

Ofra Haza
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Famous As: Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Died: February 23, 2000

Ofra Haza was an Israeli actress and singer who achieved great popularity in the Western world where she came to be known as the Madonna of the East. An influential cultural figure in Israel, Ofra Haza played a major role in popularizing the Mizrahi culture. During her illustrious singing career, Haza earned several gold and platinum discs.

 21 Iddo Goldberg

Iddo Goldberg
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Famous As: Actor
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. 

 22 Neil Druckmann

Neil Druckmann
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Famous As: Best known for his work on the Uncharted and The Last of Us video game franchises
Birthdate: December 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Israel

 23 Moran Atias

Moran Atias
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Famous As: She gained fame in the Italian films Gas, Oggi sposi, and Mother of Tears
Birthdate: April 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Moran Atias is an Israeli-American actress and model who has appeared in numerous Italian films. She began acting as a teenager and then took up modeling as well. After a successful stint as a model, she once again turned to acting and appeared in TV shows and films across USA, Italy, and Israel. She is also engaged in humanitarian work.  

 24 Sasha Roiz

Sasha Roiz
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Famous As: Actor
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. 

 25 Nehemiah Persoff

Nehemiah Persoff
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Famous As: Painter
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. 

 26 Mili Avital

Mili Avital
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Mili Avital is an Israeli actress, writer, and director who has been active in the entertainment industry for three decades. She studied acting at the Circle in the Square Theatre School and soon made her film debut. She began her career in Israel and now appears in international projects as well. She is the recipient of one Israeli Academy Award. 

 27 Etan Cohen

Etan Cohen
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Israel

Etan Cohen is an American film director and screenwriter. He is credited with writing scripts for many popular films like Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Tropic Thunder, and Men in Black 3. In 2007, his short film My Wife Is Retarded won the Comedy Festival Award for Best Short Film at the US Comedy Arts Festival.

 28 Raviv Ullman

Raviv Ullman
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 29 Mark Ivanir

Mark Ivanir
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 30 Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Politician, Actor, Television presenter
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.

 31 Haya Harareet

Haya Harareet
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Famous As: Former Actress, Screenwriter whose major film roles was playing Esther, Ben Hur's love interest in the 1959 Hollywood-made film Ben-Hur
Birthdate: September 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
Died: February 3, 2021

Haya Harareet was an Israeli screenwriter and actress best remembered for her portrayal of Esther in the 1959 religious epic film Ben-Hur. Among her works as a screenwriter is the 1967 British drama film Our Mother's House, which was directed by Jack Clayton. She was an international star; she appeared in Israeli, Italian, British, and American films.

 32 Yvan Attal

Yvan Attal
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Famous As: Actor, Director
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.    

 33 Jonah Lotan

Jonah Lotan
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 34 Arnon Milchan

Arnon Milchan
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Famous As: Film producer, Entrepreneur, Screenwriter, Businessperson
Birthdate: December 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rehovot

Arnon Milchan is an Israeli film producer and businessman. He is credited with founding a production company named Regency Enterprises, which was produced popular films like The Revenant and Fight Club. He has received two Academy Award nominations for producing The Revenant and L.A. Confidential. A former spy, Milchan served as an Israeli intelligence operative between the 1960s and '80s.

 35 Mordechai Vanunu

Mordechai Vanunu
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Famous As: Technician
Birthdate: October 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marrakech

Mordechai Vanunu is an Israeli peace activist and former nuclear technician. In 1986, he revealed details of Israel's nuclear weapons program to the British press and was subsequently imprisoned for 18 years. Internationally, he is known as a whistle-blower, while in Israel, he is considered a traitor. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1987.   

 36 Amir Blumenfeld

Amir Blumenfeld
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Famous As: American-Israeli Comedian
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.

 37 Esti Ginzburg

Esti Ginzburg
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Television presenter
Birthdate: March 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

Esti Ginzburg is an Israeli model, television host, and actress. One of the most popular faces in Israel, Ginzburg has taken part in international campaigns, modeling for fashion brands like Tommy Hilfiger and FCUK. Ginzburg was also featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three consecutive years starting from 2009. Also a philanthropist, Ginzburg works with the Hayim Association.

 38 Rula Jebreal

Rula Jebreal
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Famous As: Journalist and novelist
Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Rula Jebreal is a Palestinian journalist, foreign policy analyst, novelist, and screenwriter. Her first novel Miral was adapted into a film of the same name. Directed by Julian Schnabel, Miral had Freida Pinto playing the title role.

 39 Ashraf Barhom

Ashraf Barhom
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Famous As: actor, actor
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).

 40 Oren Peli

Oren Peli
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Famous As: film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor, writer, engineer, actor
Birthdate: March 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ramat Gan

Oren Peli is an Israeli-American film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the 2007 American supernatural horror film Paranormal Activity. He is also credited with co-creating a supernatural adventure horror TV series titled The River. A former computer software programmer, Oren Peli was one of the developers of a bitmap graphics editor called Photon Paint.

 41 Tzachi Halevy

Tzachi Halevy
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Famous As: TV Actor, Singer
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.

 42 Daliah Lavi

Daliah Lavi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shavei Tzion, Israel
Died: May 3, 2017

Daliah Lavi was an Israeli actress, model, and singer. Throughout her career, Lavi played important roles in several European and American productions. As she was fluent in many languages, she acted in English, Italian, Spanish, German, and French-language films. Thanks to her impressive physique, she was also popular for playing a femme fatale in many films.

 43 Noa Tishby

Noa Tishby
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Famous As: actor, singer, model, television presenter
Birthdate: May 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ramat Aviv

Noa Tishby is an Israeli actress, producer, writer, and activist. She achieved popularity after appearing in the 2005 science fiction film, The Island, which starred Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. As a producer, Tishby is credited with co-producing the Peabody Award-winning series In Treatment. A popular activist, Tishby was named among the 50 Most Influential Jews by the Jerusalem Post.

 44 Alon Abutbul

Alon Abutbul
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Famous As: Actor
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. 

 45 Gideon Raff

Gideon Raff
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Famous As: Film director, screenwriter best known for his creation of the Channel 2 thriller drama series Prisoners of War
Birthdate: September 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jerusalem

Gideon Raff is an Israeli film director, writer, and screenwriter. He is credited with creating the popular Israeli television drama series Prisoners of War. He then went on to co-develop the American version of the thriller TV series Homeland. Over the course of his illustrious career, Gideon Raff has won several prestigious awards like Primetime Emmy Award and Edgar Award.

 46 Menahem Golan

Menahem Golan
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 31, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tiberias
Died: August 8, 2014

Menahem Golan was an Israeli screenwriter, film producer, and director best remembered for co-owning The Cannon Group, which comprised many companies including the popular film production company Cannon Films. By the time of his death, Golan had produced more than 200 films featuring popular actors like Sean Connery. He had also won eight Kinor David awards and the Israel Prize.

 47 Ninet Tayeb

Ninet Tayeb
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Stage actor
Birthdate: October 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kiryat Gat

Ninet Tayeb is an Israeli musician, composer, singer-songwriter, DJ, actress, and model. Regarded as one of the most famous people in the entertainment industry in Israel, Tayeb is also renowned for her International collaborations; in 2015, she was named among the hottest new artists to enter the American entertainment industry. She has won a couple of MTV Europe Music Awards.

 48 Angel Bonanni

Angel Bonanni
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 49 Avi Lerner

Avi Lerner
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: October 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Haifa

Avi Lerner is an Israeli-American film producer known for producing popular action films like The Expendables, Rambo, and The Expendables 3. He has also executive produced successful movies like Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Mechanic. Lerner is credited with founding Millennium Films where he also serves as the CEO.

 50 Ronit Elkabetz

Ronit Elkabetz
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Famous As: Actress, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beersheba, Israel
Died: April 19, 2016

Ronit Elkabetz was an Israeli actress, film director, and screenwriter. A critically acclaimed actress and director, Elkabetz received several prestigious awards during her lifetime. She received three Ophir Awards as well as the Cannes Film Festival's France Culture Award. In 2010, she received a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to Israeli cinema from the Israeli Film Academy.