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List of famous people from Israel, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Israel, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Israel you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Israel, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Benjamin Netanyahu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 69

Birthplace: Eurasia, Israel, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District

Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין נְתַנְיָהוּ ; born 21 October 1949) is an Israeli politician who has been Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, having previously held the ...more

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Yitzhak Rabin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Israel
Dec. at 73 (1922-1995)

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Yitzhak Rabin (; Hebrew: יִצְחָק רַבִּין, IPA: [jitsˈχak ʁaˈbin] (listen); 1 March 1922 – 4 November 1995) was an Israeli politician, statesman and general. He was the fifth Prime Minister of ...more
Shlomo Argov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Israel
Dec. at 74 (1929-2003)

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Shlomo Argov (Hebrew: שלמה ארגוב‎‎; 14 December 1929 – 23 February 2003) was a prominent Israeli diplomat. He was the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom whose attempted assassination led ...more
Daliah Lavi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 76

Birthplace: Shavei Tzion, Israel

Daliah Lavi (born Daliah Lewinbuk or Levenbuch; Hebrew: דליה לביא‎; 12 October 1942 – 3 May 2017) was an Israeli actress, singer, and model.
Jamie Heaslip is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 35

Birthplace: Tiberias, Israel

James Peter Richard Heaslip (born 15 December 1983) is an Irish rugby union former player who played for Leinster and Ireland. He played as a number 8. Heaslip earned 95 caps for Ireland during ...more
Guy Oseary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 46

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Guy Harley Oseary (Hebrew: גיא עוזרי‎; born October 3, 1972) is an American talent manager, investor, writer and businessman who began his career in entertainment at 17 at what was to become ...more
Sirhan Sirhan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 74

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Sirhan Bishara Sirhan (; Arabic: سرحان بشارة سرحان‎ Sirḥān Bišāra Sirḥān, born March 19, 1944) is a Palestinian with Jordanian citizenship who mortally wounded United States Senator Robert F. ...more

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Salah Khalaf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Israel
Dec. at 58 (1933-1991)

Birthplace: Jaffa, Israel

Salah Mesbah Khalaf (Arabic: صلاح مصباح خلف‎), also known as Abu Iyad (أبو إياد) (born 1933 – January 14, 1991) was deputy chief and head of intelligence for the Palestine Liberation ...more
Judea Pearl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 82

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Judea Pearl (born September 4, 1936) is an Israeli-American computer scientist and philosopher, best known for championing the probabilistic approach to artificial intelligence and the ...more
Edward Said is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Israel
Dec. at 68 (1935-2003)

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Edward Wadie Said (; Arabic: إدوارد وديع سعيد‎ [wædiːʕ sæʕiːd], Idwārd Wadīʿ Saʿīd; 1 November 1935 – 24 September 2003) was a professor of literature at Columbia University, a ...more
Adi Shamir is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 66

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Adi Shamir (Hebrew: עדי שמיר‎; born July 6, 1952) is an Israeli cryptographer. He is a co-inventor of the Rivest–Shamir–Adleman (RSA) algorithm (along with Ron Rivest and Len Adleman), a ...more
Matt Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 47

Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Matt Schwartz (born 26 October 1971) is an Israeli-British record producer, songwriter, composer, arranger, programmer, sound engineer, mixing engineer and DJ.
Shirly Brener is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 40

Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Shirly Brener is an Israeli and American actress, producer, show host, art connoisseur and writer.
Elie Tahari is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 67

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Elie Tahari is an Israeli-American luxury fashion designer of men and women's clothing. Elie Tahari, Ltd., the company he founded, has annual revenue of more than $500 million.

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Avi Arad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 70

Birthplace: Giv'atayim, Israel

Avi Arad (; Hebrew: אבי ארד‎; April 18, 1948) is an Israeli-American businessman and film producer who became the CEO of the company Toy Biz in the 1990s and soon afterward became the chief ...more
Ralph Bakshi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 77

Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Ralph Bakshi (born October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and live-action films. In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and ...more
Modi Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 48

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Modi Rosenfeld (born April 29, 1970, in Tel Aviv, Israel as Mordechai Rosenfeld), known professionally as Modi (stylized as MODI) is a stand-up comedian and actor.
Nir Z is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Israel
Nir Z Age: 51

Birthplace: Israel

Nir Zidkyahu is a well-established studio-session drummer, and the brother of Blackfield's drummer Tomer Z. He played the drums for eight songs on Genesis' 1997 album, Calling All Stations, and ...more
Etan Cohen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 44

Birthplace: Israel

Etan Cohen (Hebrew: איתן כהן‎; born March 14, 1974) is an American screenwriter and film director best known for writing the scripts to Tropic Thunder, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Men in
Shay Raviv is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 36

Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Shay Raviv (Yishay Rabinowicz) is a Los Angeles-based record producer, songwriter and music creative.
Eyal Sela is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Israel

Birthplace: Israel

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Emanuel Vardi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Israel
Emanuel Vardi Dec. at 96 (1915-2011)

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Emanuel Vardi was a violist and film score composer.
Avi Mograbi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 63

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Avi Mograbi (Hebrew: אבי מוגרבי‎; born 1956) is an Israeli documentary filmmaker. Mograbi’s distant relative founded The Mograbi Cinema (Kolnoa Mograbi), an Art Deco movie theatre in downtown ...more
Ayelet Waldman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 54

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Ayelet Waldman (Hebrew: איילת ולדמן‎, born December 11, 1964) is an Israeli-American novelist and essayist. She has written seven mystery novels in the series The Mommy-Track Mysteries and four ...more
Simcha Jacobovici is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Israel
Age: 65

Birthplace: Petah Tikva, Israel

Simcha Jacobovici (; born April 4, 1953 in Petah Tikva, Israel) is an Israeli-Canadian film director, producer, freelance journalist, and writer.