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.
With an HPI of 62.53, Natalie Portman is the most famous Israeli Actor. Her biography has been translated into 107 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. She has had a prolific film career since her teenage years and has starred in various blockbusters and independent films, receiving multiple accolades, including an Academy 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 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, graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She reduced her number of acting roles, but continued 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 the 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 further advanced 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), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), which established her as one of 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.
With an HPI of 58.57, Gal Gadot is the 2nd most famous Israeli Actor. Her biography has been translated into 78 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 in the Israel Defense Forces for two years as a combat fitness instructor, whereafter she began studying at IDC Herzliya while building her modeling and acting careers.Her first international film performance was as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious (2009), a part she reprised in the sequels Fast Five (2011) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013). Gadot went on to achieve global stardom for her portrayal of Wonder Woman in the films of the DC Extended Universe, including Batman v Superman (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Wonder Woman 1984 (2020), Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) and Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023). 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.
With an HPI of 57.26, Haya Harareet is the 3rd most famous Israeli Actor. Her biography has been translated into 26 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.
With an HPI of 55.82, Chaim Topol is the 4th most famous Israeli Actor. His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.
Chaim Topol (Hebrew: חיים טופול; September 9, 1935 – March 8, 2023), also spelled Haym Topol, mononymously known as Topol, was an Israeli actor, singer, and illustrator. He is best known for his portrayal of Tevye, the lead role in the stage musical Fiddler on the Roof and the 1971 film adaptation, performing this role more than 3,500 times from 1967 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. Topol was 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 served as chairman of the board. In 2015 he was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement.
With an HPI of 54.58, 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.
With an HPI of 51.40, Yvan Attal is the 6th most famous Israeli Actor. His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.
Yvan Attal (Hebrew: איוואן אטל; born (1965-01-04)4 January 1965) is a French actor, scriptwriter and director.
With an HPI of 48.63, Gila Almagor is the 7th most famous Israeli Actor. Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Gila Almagor Agmon (Hebrew: גילה אלמגור אגמון; born Gila Alexandrowitz; July 22, 1939) is an Israeli actress, film star, and author. In Israel, she is known as "queen of the Israeli cinema and theatre".
With an HPI of 48.06, Hiam Abbass is the 8th most famous Israeli Actor. Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages.
Hiam Abbass (Arabic: هيام عباس, Hebrew: היאם עבאס; born 30 November 1960), also Hiyam Abbas, is a Palestinian actress and film director.
With an HPI of 47.94, Ayelet Zurer is the 9th most famous Israeli Actor. Her biography has been translated into 29 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 (2015–2018).
With an HPI of 47.81, Oded Fehr is the 10th most famous Israeli Actor. His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.
Oded Fehr (Hebrew: עודד פהר; born (1970-11-23)23 November 1970) is an Israeli actor 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 Laconte in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and Deuce Bigalow: European 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.
Pantheon has 24 people classified as actors born between 1919 and 1997. Of these 24, 19 (79.17%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living actors include Natalie Portman, Gal Gadot, and Chaim Topol. The most famous deceased actors include Haya Harareet, Daliah Lavi, and Nehemiah Persoff. As of April 2022, 3 new actors have been added to Pantheon including Gila Almagor, Iddo Goldberg, and Yon Tumarkin.
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