The Most Famous

ACTORS from Israel

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This page contains a list of the greatest Israeli Actors. The pantheon dataset contains 10,030 Actors, 21 of which were born in Israel. This makes Israel the birth place of the 31st most number of Actors behind South Africa and Hungary.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Israeli Actors of all time. This list of famous Israeli Actors is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Israeli Actors.

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1. Natalie Portman (1981 - )

With an HPI of 71.06, Natalie Portman is the most famous Israeli Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 105 different languages on wikipedia.

Natalie Portman (born Natalie Hershlag, Hebrew: נטע-לי הרשלג, (1981-06-09)June 9, 1981) is an Israeli-born American actress. With an extensive career in film since her teenage years, she has starred in various blockbusters and independent films, for which she has received multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. Portman began her acting career at age twelve, when she starred as the young protégée of a hitman in the action drama film Léon: The Professional (1994). While in high school, she made her Broadway debut in a 1998 production of The Diary of a Young Girl and gained international recognition for starring as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). From 1999 to 2003, Portman attended Harvard University for a bachelor's degree in psychology, while continuing to act in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002, 2005) and in The Public Theater's 2001 revival of Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull. In 2004, Portman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for playing a mysterious stripper in the romantic drama Closer. Portman's career progressed with her starring roles as Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta (2005), Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), and a troubled ballerina in the psychological horror film Black Swan (2010), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to star in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached (2011) and portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic Jackie (2016), which earned her a third Academy Award nomination. Portman has also featured as Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), which established her among the world's highest-paid actresses. Portman's directorial ventures include the short film Eve (2008) and the biographical drama A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015). She is vocal about the politics of the United States and Israel, and is an advocate for animal rights and environmental causes. She is married to dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, with whom she has two children.

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2. Haya Harareet (1931 - )

With an HPI of 67.22, Haya Harareet is the 2nd most famous Israeli Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Haya Harareet (Hebrew: חיה הררית) (20 September 1931 – 3 February 2021) was an Israeli actress and screenwriter. One of her major film roles was playing Esther, Ben Hur's love interest in the 1959 Hollywood-made film Ben-Hur.

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3. Gal Gadot (1985 - )

With an HPI of 66.37, Gal Gadot is the 3rd most famous Israeli Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 76 different languages.

Gal Gadot-Varsano (Hebrew: גל גדות [ˈɡal ɡaˈdot]; born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat fitness instructor, whereafter she began studying at IDC Herzliya while building her modeling and acting careers.Gadot's first international film role came as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious (2009), a role she reprised in several subsequent installments of the film franchise. She went on to achieve global stardom for portraying Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, including in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Wonder Woman (2017). She has since starred in the Netflix action-comedy film Red Notice (2021) and the mystery film Death on the Nile (2022). Dubbed the "biggest Israeli superstar" by local media outlets, Gadot was included on the list of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2018, and has placed twice in annual rankings of the world's highest-paid actresses.

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4. Chaim Topol (1935 - )

With an HPI of 65.84, Chaim Topol is the 4th most famous Israeli Actor.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Chaim Topol (Hebrew: חיים טופול; born September 9, 1935), also spelled Haym Topol, mononymously known as Topol, is an Israeli actor, comedian, singer, film producer, author, and illustrator. He is best known for his portrayal of Tevye the Dairyman, the lead role in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, on both stage and screen, having performed this role more than 3,500 times in shows and revivals from the late 1960s through 2009.Topol began his acting career during his Israeli army service in the Nahal entertainment troupe, and later toured Israel with kibbutz theatre and satirical theatre companies. He was a co-founder of the Haifa Theatre. His breakthrough film role came in 1964 as the title character in Sallah Shabati, by Israeli writer Ephraim Kishon, for which he won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer—Male. Topol went on to appear in more than 30 films in Israel and the United States, including Galileo (1975), Flash Gordon (1980) and For Your Eyes Only (1981). He was described as Israel's only internationally recognized entertainer from the 1960s through the 1980s. He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his 1971 film portrayal of Tevye, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor for a 1991 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. He is a founder of Variety Israel, an organization serving children with special needs, and Jordan River Village, a year-round camp for Arab and Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses, for which he serves as chairman of the board. In 2015 he was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement.

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5. Daliah Lavi (1942 - 2017)

With an HPI of 64.54, Daliah Lavi is the 5th most famous Israeli Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Daliah Lavi (born Daliah Lewinbuk or Levenbuch, Hebrew: דליה לביא [ˌdalja laˈvi]; 12 October 1942 – 3 May 2017) was an Israeli actress, singer, and model.

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6. Yvan Attal (1965 - )

With an HPI of 61.55, Yvan Attal is the 6th most famous Israeli Actor.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Yvan Attal (Hebrew: איוואן אטל; born (1965-01-04)4 January 1965) is a French actor, scriptwriter and director.

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7. Ayelet Zurer (1969 - )

With an HPI of 60.87, Ayelet Zurer is the 7th most famous Israeli Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Ayelet Zurer (Hebrew: איילת זורר; born (1969-06-28)28 June 1969) is an Israeli actress. She was nominated for awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Israeli Academy Awards and the Israeli Television Academy Awards. She won Best Actress awards for her roles in the Israeli film Nina's Tragedies and Betipul. She also portrays Vanessa Fisk in Marvel Television's Netflix series Daredevil (2015–18).

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8. Oded Fehr (1970 - )

With an HPI of 60.77, Oded Fehr is the 8th most famous Israeli Actor.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Oded Fehr (Hebrew: עודד פהר; born (1970-11-23)23 November 1970) is an Israeli actor, currently based in the United States. He is known for his appearance as Ardeth Bay in the 1999 remake of The Mummy and its sequel The Mummy Returns, as well as Carlos Olivera in Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction and Todd/Clone Carlos in Resident Evil: Retribution, Faris al-Farik in Sleeper Cell, Antoine in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, the demon Zankou in the TV series Charmed and Eli Cohn on the TV series V. He also portrayed Eyal Lavin, a Mossad agent on the TV series Covert Affairs, as well as Beau Bronn on the TV series Jane by Design and Mossad Deputy Director Ilan Bodnar on NCIS. Additionally he has been the voice of Osiris in the Destiny 2 video game since its Curse of Osiris expansion in 2017. Since 2020, Fehr has appeared in Star Trek Discovery as Fleet Admiral Charles Vance.

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9. Nehemiah Persoff (1919 - )

With an HPI of 59.68, Nehemiah Persoff is the 9th most famous Israeli Actor.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Nehemiah Persoff (August 2, 1919 – April 5, 2022) was an American character actor and painter. He appeared in more than 200 television series, films, and theatre productions and also performed as a voice artist in a career spanning 55 years, beginning after his service in the United States Army during World War II. Persoff got his first part as an extra in The Naked City (1948). He is best known for roles as Leo in The Harder They Fall (1956), as Little Bonaparte in Some Like It Hot (1959), as Rebbe Mendel in Yentl (1983), and as the voice of Papa Mousekewitz in the animated film An American Tail (1986) and its sequels. He also made appearances on episodes of The Twilight Zone, Gilligan's Island, Hawaii Five-O, and Law & Order.

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10. Hiam Abbass (1960 - )

With an HPI of 58.39, Hiam Abbass is the 10th most famous Israeli Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Hiam Abbass (Arabic: هيام عباس, Hebrew: היאם עבאס; born 30 November 1960), also Hiyam Abbas, is a Palestinian actress and film director.

Pantheon has 21 people classified as actors born between 1919 and 1997. Of these 21, 18 (85.71%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living actors include Natalie Portman, Haya Harareet, and Gal Gadot. The most famous deceased actors include Daliah Lavi, Juliano Mer-Khamis, and Ronit Elkabetz. As of October 2020, 1 new actors have been added to Pantheon including Shira Haas.

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Newly Added Actors (2020)

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