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Famous People From Israel

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.

Ibrahim Abu-Lughod and Ali Nassar are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Israel?" or "Which celebrities were born in Israel?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    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 position from  ...more

    #57 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#38 of 99 Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked#17 of 51 The Most Important Politicians Of 2019

  • Yitzhak Rabin

    Dec. at 73 (1922-1995)

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    NationalityIsrael

    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 Israel,  ...more
  • Shlomo Argov

    Dec. at 73 (1929-2003)

    BirthplaceJerusalem, 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 to  ...more
  • Daliah Lavi

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceShavei Tzion, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Daliah Lavi (born Daliah Lewinbuk or Levenbuch; Hebrew: דליה לביא‎; 12 October 1942 – 3 May 2017) was an Israeli actress, singer, and model.  ...more
  • Jamie Heaslip

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceTiberias, Israel

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    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 his  ...more
  • Guy Oseary

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    NationalityUnited States of America, Israel

    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

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    NationalityJordan, 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. Kennedy  ...more
  • Salah Khalaf

    Dec. at 58 (1933-1991)

    BirthplaceJaffa, 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 Organization,  ...more
  • Judea Pearl

    Age: 85

    BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    NationalityUnited States of America, 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 development of  ...more
  • Dec. at 67 (1935-2003)

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    NationalityUnited States of America, State of Palestine, 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 public intellectual,  ...more
  • Age: 69

    BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    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 co-inventor  ...more
  • Matt Schwartz

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceHaifa, Israel

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Israel, England

    Matt Schwartz (born 26 October 1971) is an Israeli-British record producer, songwriter, composer, arranger, programmer, sound engineer, mixing engineer and DJ.  ...more
  • Shirly Brener

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceHaifa, Israel

    NationalityUnited States of America, Israel

    Shirly Brener is an Israeli and American actress, producer, show host, art connoisseur and writer.  ...more
  • Elie Tahari

    Age: 69

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    NationalityIsrael

    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.  ...more

    #102 of 154 The Most Influential People in Fashion#91 of 122 The Best Designers for Ballet Flats#31 of 32 The Best Women's Shoe Designers

  • Age: 73

    BirthplaceGivatayim, Israel

    NationalityUnited States of America, 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 creative  ...more
  • Ralph Bakshi

    Age: 83

    BirthplaceHaifa, Israel

    NationalityUnited States of America, 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

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    NationalityUnited States of America, 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.  ...more
  • Nir Z

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceIsrael

    NationalityIsrael

    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

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceIsrael

    NationalityUnited States of America, 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 Black 3.  ...more
  • Shay Raviv

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceHaifa, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Shay Raviv (Yishay Rabinowicz) is a Los Angeles-based record producer, songwriter and music creative.  ...more
  • Eyal Sela

    Project manager at the Israeli Internet Association & ‎W3C‎‏‎ • Author of ProductiveWise: productivity, social media, & Internet blog ‎  ...more
  • Emanuel Vardi

    Dec. at 96 (1915-2011)

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    NationalityUnited States of America, Israel

    Emanuel Vardi was a violist and film score composer.  ...more
  • BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    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 Tel  ...more
  • BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    NationalityUnited States of America, Israel

    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 other  ...more
  • Simcha Jacobovici

    Age: 68

    BirthplacePetah Tikva, Israel

    NationalityCanada, Israel

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