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Sasson Gabai is a Actor Israelien born on 24 november 1947 at Baghdad

Sasson Gabai

Sasson Gabai
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Nationality Israel
Birth 24 november 1947 (73 years) at Baghdad

Sasson Gabai (Hebrew: ששון גבאי Arabic: ساسون جاباي‎; born 24 November 1947) is an Israeli actor. Winner of an Ophir Award, Asia Pacific Screen Award, European Film Awards and Jerusalem Film Festival in 2007 as Best Actor in a highly acclaimed Israeli film "The Band's Visit".


Gabai was born in Baghdad in 1947 to an Iraqi Jewish family. During his childhood he immigrated together with his family to Israel. After serving his mandatory military service in the Israeli Defense Forces he studied theater and psychology at the Tel Aviv University. After graduating he began playing in the Khan Theater in Michael Alfreds group. Afterwards he played in several stage productions at the Hacameri Theater, the Be'er Sheva Theater and the Beit Lessin Theater, in which he currently is one of the permanent staff. Among the many plays he participated in were "Servant of Two Masters", "Catch 22", "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?", and "Rain Man". Gabai also played in the 1989 children's musical "Peter Pan" as Captain Hook.

Through the years Gabai played in various Israeli and international films: "Sipurei Tel-Aviv","Time for Cherries", for which he won an Ophir award, "Rambo III", the "Escape from Saudi Arabia", "Made in Israel", "Aviva, My Love" and many others.

Through the years Gabai also played in the various productions in the Israeli television. Among others he played in series "The Haim Neighborhood" (שכונת חיים), "Siton" (סיטון), "Late Night Stories" (סיפורים לשעת לילה מאוחרת), and in the drama series "The Kastner Trial" (משפט קסטנר) in which he played Rudolf Kastner, he was a host in the comedy series "Zehu Ze!", and played a cameo role in the popular comedy series "Krovim Krovim", in addition to many other productions.

In 2007 Gabai starred in the critically acclaimed film "The Band's Visit", a role for which he won an Ophir Award and a European Film Award.

In 2008 he played the role of Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr in the American TV mini-series "House of Saddam".

In 2009 Gabai began to play the lead role in the TV series "Polishuk", a role for which he won an Israeli Television Academy Award in the category of best actor in a comedy series.

In 2011 he played the lead role in a film "Restoration", a role for which he was nominated for an Ophir Award.

Gabai resides in Tel Aviv, is married and has five children.

Best films

Rambo III (1988)
Not Without My Daughter (1991)

Usually with

Monia Chokri
Monia Chokri
(1 films)
Moshe Ivgy
Moshe Ivgy
(4 films)
Uri Gavriel
Uri Gavriel
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Sasson Gabai (19 films)

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A Brother’s Love, 1h57
Directed by Monia Chokri
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Patrick Hivon, Evelyne Brochu, Sasson Gabai, Micheline Bernard (actrice canadienne), Magalie Lépine-Blondeau
Roles Hichem
Rating67% 3.391283.391283.391283.391283.39128
Montréal. Sophia, jeune et brillante diplômée sans emploi, vit chez son frère Karim. Leur relation fusionnelle est mise à l’épreuve lorsque Karim, dragueur invétéré, tombe éperdument amoureux d’Eloïse, la gynécologue de Sophia…
The Kind Words
Origin Israel
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Sasson Gabai
Rating68% 3.428083.428083.428083.428083.42808
À la mort de leur mère, une jeune femme israélienne et ses deux frères découvrent qu'elle avait enfoui un important secret. La quête de la vérité va les entraîner jusqu'en France, dans un voyage qui provoquera un chaos sans nom, tour à tour tragique et hilarant, au milieu duquel Dorona, Natanel et Shai s'interrogeront sur leur identité, sur la vérité et sur l'amour.
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, 1h55
Directed by Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Origin France
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Menashe Noy, Ze'ev Revach, Sasson Gabai, Keren Mor
Roles Shimon Amsalem
Rating76% 3.846533.846533.846533.846533.84653
The film explores a troubled marriage that is complicated by the traditions and religious beliefs of the couple who are immigrants to Israel from Morocco. It revolves around the process of Jewish religious divorce which is known as a 'Gett', a process which must be granted by the husband and is sought through the religious court, as opposed to the secular government court. The movie gradually reveals subtle, and sometimes vengeful, nature of marital discontent. The story is told through multiple brief courtroom scenes, over the period of the trial, involving the personalities of all involved, sometimes relegating the litigants to minor roles.
Hunting Elephants, 1h47
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Sasson Gabai, Moni Moshonov, Patrick Stewart, Yaël Abecassis, Moshe Ivgy
Roles Elijah
Rating63% 3.199383.199383.199383.199383.19938
Jonathan's father, Daniel (Tzvika Hadar), dies of a heart attack in his workplace, with Jonathan present but unable to help him. The bank manager, Dedi (Moshe Ivgy), refuses to pay compensation because the contract with the insurance company doesn't cover such events. Jonathan's mother, Dorit (Yael Abecassis), starts going out with Dedi because she needs the money, leaving Jonathan in an elderly home with his grandfather Eliyahu (Sasson Gabai).
Kidon (2013)
, 1h37
Directed by Emmanuel Naccache
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Tomer Sisley, Bar Refaeli, Kev Adams, Hippolyte Girardot, Élodie Hesme, Sasson Gabai
Roles Yair Itzhaki
Rating50% 2.544522.544522.544522.544522.54452
18 février 2010. Le monde entier découvre à la une de tous les journaux les photos d’agents du Mossad israéliens pris en flagrant délit d’assassinat de Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, un responsable du Hamas palestinien, un mois plus tôt à Dubaï. Contre toute attente, ce sont les dirigeants du Mossad qui sont les plus surpris par cette révélation, sachant avec certitude que les responsables de l’opération ne font pas partie de leurs rangs. Une enquête s’engage alors afin de découvrir les intentions de ces mystérieux assassins. L’objectif final des "4" de Dubaï se révélera encore plus surprenant et original…
When Pigs Have Wings, 1h38
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about animals, Films about religion, Films about pigs, Films about Islam, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Sasson Gabai, Ulrich Tukur, Baya Belal, Lotfi Abdelli, Manuel Cauchi
Roles Jafaar
Rating69% 3.4965153.4965153.4965153.4965153.496515
Jaafar, a Palestinian fisherman unfortunate, caught in his nets a Vietnamese pig. Torn between his Muslim faith and his desire to improve the lives of his wife, pay debts and the reality of the conflict, Jaafar decides to undertake with his pig one of the most unusual trade with a young Russian-Israeli settler, Yelena. Indeed, she raises pigs and having no male pig, she asked Jafaar to bring him the seed of his pig
Origin Israel
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Sasson Gabai, Sarah Adler
Roles Yaakov Fidelman
Rating67% 3.379743.379743.379743.379743.37974
The film concerns a small furniture-restoration business in downtown Tel Aviv, Malamud & Fidelman. As the film begins, one of the partners (Malamud, played by Rami Danon) has died, and bequeathed his share in the business not to his longtime partner Yaakov Fidelman (Sasson Gabai), but to Yaakov's son Noah Fidelman (Nevo Kimhi).
Hello Goodbye, 1h39
Directed by Graham Guit
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Fanny Ardant, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Benguigui, Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus, Manu Payet, Lior Ashkenazi
Roles Police chief
Rating51% 2.5784352.5784352.5784352.5784352.578435
Gisèle et Alain Gaash forment un couple de quinquagénaires bourgeois parisiens, Juifs assimilés. À la demande de Gisèle et à la stupeur de leur famille et amis, ils décident du jour au lendemain de faire leur alya en Israël.
The Band's Visit, 1h27
Directed by Eran Kolirin
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about religion
Actors Saleh Bakri, Ronit Elkabetz, Sasson Gabai, Uri Gavriel
Roles Tewfiq Zakaria
Rating74% 3.7478753.7478753.7478753.7478753.747875
The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, consisting of eight men, arrive in Israel from Egypt. They have been booked by an Arab cultural center in Petah Tiqva, but through a miscommunication (Arabic has no "p" sound, and regularly replaces it with "b"), the band takes a bus to Bet Hatikva, a fictional town in the middle of the Negev Desert. There is no transportation out of the city that day, and there are no hotels for them to spend the night in. The band members dine at a small restaurant where the owner, Dina (Ronit Elkabetz) invites them to stay the night at her apartment, at her friends' apartment, and in the restaurant. That night challenges all of the characters.
Djihad (TV series)
Origin France
Themes Political films
Actors Saïd Taghmaoui, Adel Bencherif, Ofer Shechter, Marianne Denicourt, Thierry Frémont, Serge Avédikian
Rating66% 3.304483.304483.304483.304483.30448
The lives and destinies of five French characters intersect during the Iraq War. Three young French Arabs (Cherif, Karim, and Youssef) each for a different reason joins a jihadi group to fight against the Americans. Delphine LeGuen, a 40-something French woman running an NGO in Baghdad at the outbreak of the war, gets kidnapped and held by the jihadi insurgents. Meanwhile, a mid-level French diplomat, Hugo Bessieres, uncovers French corruption of the UN Oil for Food program while gathering evidence to support his country's effort to prevent the war.
Aviva, My Love
Origin Israel
Genres Drama
Actors Sasson Gabai, Dana Ivgy
Roles Oded Zar
Rating70% 3.537493.537493.537493.537493.53749
The Order
The Order (2001)
, 1h29
Directed by Sheldon Lettich
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about religion, Political films
Actors Jean-Claude Van Damme, Charlton Heston, Sofia Milos, Brian Thompson, Vernon Dobtcheff, Ben Cross
Roles Yuri (as Sasson Gabay)
Rating47% 2.3547152.3547152.3547152.3547152.354715
The film opens in 1099 at the end of the First Crusade, depicting Christian Crusaders sacking Jerusalem and slaughtering the local population. One of the Christian knights, Charles Le Vaillant (Jean-Claude Van Damme), becomes demoralized by the horrors of war, and decides to create a new religious order. This new order brings together members from the three main religions of the region: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. As a self-imposed leader and messiah, Charles writes the sacred texts of the Order. He is subsequently accused of heresy by the Christian church, who attack his stronghold, killing Le Vaillant. During the attack, the last chapter from their religious text becomes lost in the desert after he buried it in a secret place.
Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol, 1h33
Directed by Joseph Zito
Origin USA
Genres Action
Actors Mike Norris, Bentley Mitchum, John Rhys-Davies, Ze'ev Revach, Sasson Gabai, Uri Gavriel
Roles Minister Oman
Rating27% 1.386431.386431.386431.386431.38643
An elite commando unit must rescue a captured peacekeeping force from a ruthless international arms dealer.
The Patriots, 2h18
Directed by Éric Rochant
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Yvan Attal, Richard Masur, Allen Garfield, Yossi Banai, Nancy Allen, Maurice Bénichou
Roles Cop 1 Israel
Rating72% 3.6327153.6327153.6327153.6327153.632715
Ariel Brenner, un jeune juif parisien de 18 ans, décide de partir pour Israël pour vivre dans un kibboutz. Il est plus tard recruté par les services secrets. Tout d'abord candidat pour entrer au Mossad, il est finalement recruté par un service indépendant appelé Unité 238.