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Shaike Ophir is a Actor and Scriptwriter Israelien born on 4 november 1929 at Jerusalem (Israel)

Shaike Ophir

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Nationality Israel
Birth 4 november 1929 at Jerusalem (Israel)
Death 17 august 1987 (at 57 years) at Tel Aviv (Israel)

Shaike Ophir (November 4, 1929 – August 17, 1987; Hebrew: שייקה אופיר‎) was an Israeli film actor and comedian, and the country's first mime.


Yeshayahu (Shaike) Goldstein-Ophir was born in Jerusalem. His family roots in the city go back to the mid-19th century.

He studied acting as an adolescent, but left school in the 1940s to join the Palmach. During Israel’s War of Independence he escorted convoys to the besieged city of Jerusalem, and took part in naval battles.
Ophir, a heavy smoker, died from lung cancer in 1987.

Ophir was married twice and had two children, one from each spouse. His daughter, Karin Ophir, is also an actress.

Usually with

Menahem Golan
Menahem Golan
(10 films)
Yoram Globus
Yoram Globus
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Shaike Ophir (16 films)

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Sleeping Beauty
Genres Fantasy
Themes Political films, Children's films, Films about royalty
Actors Morgan Fairchild, Tahnee Welch, Nicholas Clay, David Holliday, Jonny Phillips, Sylvia Miles
Roles the Master Elf
Rating57% 2.859792.859792.859792.859792.85979
A childless Queen (Morgan Fairchild) is given a magical potion by a kindly elf (Kenny Baker). When the lovely Princess Rosebud is born, all the fairies are invited to bestow gifts upon the child. However, the fearsome Red Fairy is left off the guest-list because there are only eight special golden dinner plates and nine fairies in the kingdom. Enraged, she crashes the christening ceremony and curses Rosebud to a premature death from the prick of a spindle. The wise White Fairy, who was tardy and therefore unable to bestow her gift, remedies the curse by changing the death to a hundred years sleep, and the awakening of Rosebud with the kiss of true love. In the meanwhile, all spindles are banned from the kingdom, except for one which is hidden and seemingly forgotten.
America 3000, 1h24
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Laurene Landon, William Wallace, Shaike Ophir, Galyn Görg, Camilla Sparv
Rating42% 2.110062.110062.110062.110062.11006
Quelque part au Colorado, 900 ans après une guerre thermonucléaire, l'humanité est revenue aux sources, à l'âge de pierre. La société est dirigée par un groupe d'amazones et les hommes sont partagés en deux catégories : les "seeder", c'est-à-dire les reproducteurs assurant la pérennité des guerrières, et les "macho" dont la condition tient davantage de l'esclavagisme. Korvis et un de ses amis parviennent à s'échapper et à fonder une nouvelle tribu…
The Delta Force, 2h5
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Motocyclette, Political films, Dans un avion, Films about hijackings
Actors Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Kim Delaney, Robert Forster
Rating56% 2.802422.802422.802422.802422.80242
The film opens up on Operation Eagle Claw, the American operation to rescue American hostages being held at the U.S. embassy to Tehran. The operation is being aborted after a fatal helicopter crash, with the U.S. Delta Force evacuating to their C-130 transports. Among them is Captain Scott McCoy, who, against orders, rescues his wounded comrade Pete Peterson from the burning helicopter before the team finally evacuates. McCoy expresses his disgust for the politicians and military hierarchy that forced the mission to launch despite the risks, and announces he is resigning his commission.
King Solomon's Mines, 1h40
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies, Shaike Ophir, Bernard Archard
Rating52% 2.6042752.6042752.6042752.6042752.604275
Jesse Huston (Sharon Stone) hires Allan Quatermain to find her father, believed lost on an expedition to find the fabled King Solomon's Mines. Together with his companion, the mysterious Umbopo, they penetrate unknown country, following a map believed to be genuine. It transpires that Professor Huston has been captured by a German military expedition on the same quest, led by Bockner (Herbert Lom), a single-minded knackwurst-munching, bald-headed Colonel and a ruthless Turkish slave-trader and adventurer, Dogati (John Rhys-Davies). Huston is being forced to interpret another map, also believed to be genuine.
The Magician of Lublin, 1h45
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin Israel
Genres Drama
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Alan Arkin, Louise Fletcher, Shelley Winters, Valerie Perrine, Lou Jacobi, Zachi Noy
Rating58% 2.90952.90952.90952.90952.9095
Yasha Mazur (Alan Arkin) is a turn-of-the-20th-century Jewish stage magician, womaniser, conman, and mystic. His great ambition is to figure out how to fly - an ambition he eventually achieves but not as a magic trick. He tours the western reaches of the old Russian Empire.
The Fox in the Chicken Coop, 1h30
Directed by Ephraim Kishon
Origin Israel
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Shaike Ophir, Sefi Rivlin, Mosko Alkalai
Roles Amitz Dolniker
Rating73% 3.6762353.6762353.6762353.6762353.676235
Amitz Dolniker, an aging Israeli Parliament member known for his high-winded babbling and tireless lecturing, is told he needs to take a break from politics after he collapses during a speech. Fainting, he starts out on a dream trip to spend some weeks in a far-away, backward Israeli village that has little contact with civilization. The farmers’ bucolic and carefree life repels him at first (and especially the fact that they have never heard of him), but then he decides to introduce some “order” to the innocent society. As none of the villagers agree to become the village head (they don’t want the trouble), Dolniker hires a local horse and buggy and puts it at the service of the village barber, declaring him village head “de facto”. The barber objects at first, but as he becomes used to the perks that come along with the position, his grip on power tightens. This leads to a rivalry with other villagers (especially the cobbler) who think themselves equally worthy of becoming the village head (with free horse-and-buggy, of course), which is what Dolniker has expected. He suggests an election to determine the leader. The result, however, bears no resemblance to the orderly political process he is used to, and Dolniker finds himself entangled in silly power struggles, taxes imposed on 3-door closets, corruption, petty bureaucracy, and a ruination of the simple way of life the village once knew. Dolniker comes back to his senses, mildly laughing about himself.
Operation Thunderbolt, 2h4
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin Israel
Genres Drama, Thriller, Documentary, Action, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism, Dans un avion, Films about hijackings
Actors Yehoram Gaon, Gila Almagor, Assi Dayan (אסי דיין), Sybil Danning, Klaus Kinski, Shaike Ophir
Rating66% 3.344573.344573.344573.344573.34457
In July 1976, Air France flight 139 from Tel Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked by four terrorists, two of whom are West Germans named Wilfried Boese (Klaus Kinski) and Halima (Sybil Danning), and the other two are Palestinians. After landing to refuel in Libya, the four hijackers force the plane to take off and to land thousands of miles away at the airport in Entebbe, Uganda, at the invitation of the Ugandan leader Idi Amin (Mark Heath). The two Germans and two Arab hijackers are joined at the Entebbe Airport by at least three more Palestinian terrorists. The Jewish passengers are separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit, under the command of Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu (Yehoram Gaon), to raid the airfield and release the hostages. The film is based on fact and follows the events following the flight's takeoff until the hostages' return to Israel.
Diamonds (1975)
, 2h
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Robert Shaw, Richard Roundtree, Barbara Hershey, Shelley Winters, Yosef Shiloach, Shaike Ophir
Rating51% 2.567242.567242.567242.567242.56724
Charles Hodgson is a British aristocrat who decides to become a thief as a way of getting at his twin brother, Earl, a security expert who has built a supposedly impregnable vault in Tel Aviv, which holds a cache of diamonds. For the caper, Charles enlists Archie, a heist expert, and Sally. He also becomes acquainted with an American woman, Zelda Shapiro, who is in Israel looking for a new husband.
The House on Chelouche Street, 1h50
Directed by Moshé Mizrahi
Origin Israel
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Gila Almagor, Michal Bat-Adam, Yosef Shiloach, Shaike Ophir
Rating66% 3.334373.334373.334373.334373.33437
The film tells the story of a Sephardi family of Egyptian Jewish immigrants from Alexandria that settle in 1947 Tel Aviv. The family consists of a 33-year-old widowed wife, Clara, (played by Gila Almagor, one of the most prominent actresses in Israel for the last three decades) and her four children. They live in a working-class neighborhood surrounded by their extended family, including Clara's mother Mazal, Clara's uncle Rafael, and Sultana, his wife. The plot centers on the firstborn, Sami, his transition from a shy 15-year-old to a working man and an activist in the "Irgun" (a resistance movement that acted mainly against the military forces of the British), and the romantic attachment he develops with a 25-year-old Russian immigrant librarian (Michal Bat Adam, now a director). In addition to this, Clara struggles between social pressure to take a husband and her own complex feelings surrounding this, complicated by another Sephardi Egyptian, played by Yosef Shiloach, who has strong feelings for her.
The Policeman, 1h27
Directed by Ephraim Kishon
Origin Israel
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Shaike Ophir, Yosef Shiloach
Roles Constable Sgt. Abraham Azulai
Rating74% 3.7342453.7342453.7342453.7342453.734245
Officer Avraham Azoulay is a patrolman in Tel-Aviv's district of Jaffa. He is an honest man, though extremely naive, and because of his character, has never been promoted during his twenty years in the force. He is married to a dull woman (played by veteran actress Zaharira Harifai); the couple have no children.
The Big Dig, 1h35
Directed by Ephraim Kishon
Origin Israel
Genres Comedy
Actors Shaike Ophir, Mosko Alkalai, Uri Zohar, Ephraim Kishon
Roles the police officer
Rating76% 3.8297053.8297053.8297053.8297053.829705
A lunatic with a digging compulsion (Blaumilch) escapes from an asylum, steals a jackhammer and proceeds to open up a main street and traffic artery in Tel Aviv (Allenby Street). Rather than question his actions, the police, as well as city officials, assume he is operating under the municipality’s orders and aid him as much as they can. Complaints from local residents, whose lives become a living hell due to the noise and traffic jams, lead to infighting amongst city departments. To speed up the work, so that it would be completed before the start of the municipal elections, the city sends armies of construction workers and heavy equipment to help the lone compressor, turning a mere annoyance into a full blown disaster.
Ervinka (1967)

Directed by Ephraim Kishon
Genres Comedy, Crime, Romance
Actors Chaim Topol, Mosko Alkalai, Gila Almagor, Shaike Ophir, Ephraim Kishon, Yossi Banai
Roles the Police Sergeant
Rating67% 3.370013.370013.370013.370013.37001
Ervinka is a young man living in Tel Aviv of the 1960s. He does not believe in work, morality, law and order, and settling down. He ekes out a living as a petty con man by charging parking fees to a lot that doesn’t belong to him, stealing electricity from his neighbors, eating for free in family events he is not invited to, and extorting money from movie directors by revving up his moped engine near their film sets. He also finds ways to con the authorities, taking advantage of the stupidity, laziness, and inefficiency of bureaucrats (a favorite subject of Kishon's work). Ervinka even ingratiates himself with the local underworld by getting them out of trouble with the law over a robbery. His only dream is to win the lottery so he would not have to get by on his wits anymore.