Tzachi Halevy Biography
Tzachi Halevy is an Israeli singer, songwriter, and actor, best known for playing Razi in the 2013 drama film, ‘Bethlehem.’ Halevy started his music career in 1999, when he became part of the Israeli song and dance troupe ‘Mayumana.’ He received his big breakthrough in 2012, when he was selected to appear in the first season of the reality television series ‘The Voice Israel.’ After doing well in the reality series, he came up with his maiden album titled ‘Kivvunim.’ Around the same time, Halevy also started his acting career, appearing in plays displayed at ‘Haifa Theater’ and ‘Habima Theatre.’ He made his feature film debut in 2013, playing a pivotal role in the Yuval Adler-directed movie ‘Bethlehem.’ Tzachi Halevy sparked public controversy in October 2018, when he married popular television personality Lucy Aharish.
- Tzachi Halevy was born on March 12, 1975 in Petah Tikva, Israel. He was born into a Jewish family and was raised in many countries, as his family kept moving because of his father’s work. His father, who was an 8th generation Sabra, worked in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. Halevy is of mixed origin as his father was an Israeli Jew, while his mother was a Moroccan Jew. After completing his education, Halevy joined the ‘Israeli Defense Forces’ to complete his mandatory service. During his three-year service, Halevy worked in a couple of undercover military operations. He first joined a special force called ‘Samson Unit,’ which conducts operations in the Gaza Strip. He then served as an officer in the ‘Duvdevan Unit,’ which is known for carrying out undercover operations in urban areas.
- After completing his mandatory service, Halevy joined the Israeli song and dance troupe ‘Mayumana’ in 1999. After gaining enough experience as a musician, he took part in the first season of the television reality series ‘The Voice Israel,’ which was aired in 2012. During the show, he was mentored by the popular Israeli vocalist Shlomi Shabat. Though Halevy did not win the competition, he did perform well and reached the finals. He then came up with his debut album ‘Kivvunim,’ which released in 2012. Around the same time, he started his acting career, appearing in plays at ‘Haifa Theater’ and ‘Habima Theatre.’ His acting skills earned him a major role in the 2013 drama film ‘Bethlehem,’ which marked his feature film debut. The movie, which was critically acclaimed, catapulted Halevy to fame as he won the ‘Ophir Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for playing a Shin Bet agent named Razi.
- He made his television acting debut in 2014, when he played Shlomi Daddon in the popular television series ‘Metim LeRega.’ In the same year, he appeared alongside actors like Maggie Azarzar and Sasson Gabai in another TV series titled ‘Betulot.’ In 2014, he also made his debut as a songwriter, when he wrote the French song ‘Petit Roi’ by collaborating with the popular musician Idan Raichel. In 2015, he started shooting for a political thriller television series titled ‘Fauda’ and also appeared as Rikki in the critically acclaimed drama film ‘The Kind Words.’ In 2017, he appeared in a couple of television series titled ‘Mossad 101’ and ‘Full Moon.’ In 2018, he first played Ephraim in the biblical drama film ‘Mary Magdalene’ and then portrayed Gadaffi in the Israeli-American spy thriller movie ‘The Angel.’
- Tzachi Halevy married an Israeli dancer named Una Holbrook. Halevy and Holbrook decided to go their separate ways after having a son together. Halevy then started dating an Israeli Arab television host and news anchor named Lucy Aharish. The couple dated for four years, but kept their relationship under wraps fearing harassment from public. Halevy and Aharish got married on October 10, 2018 in a private ceremony near Hadera. Their wedding was criticized by many as Muslim and Arab countries forbid weddings between Muslim women and men of other faiths. Their wedding also gave rise to heated debates among politicians and commoners. Fortunately, the two were also supported by many politicians and artists, who were of the opinion that love is beyond religion and race. Halevy currently lives in Tel Aviv, which is the second most populous city in Israel. He can speak five languages, namely English, Hebrew, Arabic, French, and Spanish.
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