April 27, 1967
|Spouse(s)||Sendi Bar (2001–2008)|
Yitzhak "Aki" Avni (Hebrew: יצחק "אקי" אבני; born April 27, 1967) is an Israeli actor, entertainer and television host. He appeared in the movie Free Zone with Natalie Portman. He also played the character Mohsen in the second season of the television series 24.
Avni was born and raised in Rehovot. While in school he began performing in various shows in his home town. When growing up he had a mediocre modeling career, and afterward served in the Israeli Air Force. Between 1987 to 1988 served in the army headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel Air Force, a salesman at the store. Released with the rank of Sergeant. He was married to Israeli model and actress Sendi Bar. They resided for several years in Los Angeles with their child. They separated after returning to Israel in 2008.
Entertainment and acting career
Following his military service, he joined an entertainment troupe at a hotel in Eilat, appeared in children's shows and commercials, and trained at Yoram Levinstein's acting studio. His breakthrough arrived when he was elected to be a co-host on Arutz 1's "Tossess" youth television program. In 1992 he co-starred in the musical Lelackek T'toot (Licking the Strawberry), alongside Aviv Geffen in Naarei Hachof (The Beach Boys) and played a young homosexual man in the film Chesed Mufla (Amazing Grace). In 1993 he appeared in the film Zarrim Balaila (Strangers in the Night).
In 1994, with the launching of Channel 2, Avni began hosting the dating show Stutz (Fling) and the musical Pachot o Yoter (More or Less). In 1995 he hosted the Pre-Eurovision contest, participated in the film Shachkanim (Actors), in the musical Grease, and starred in the play West Side Story alongside Noa Tishby. Avni has worked steadily since then in both Israeli and American television and film.
In February 2012, Avni lead the Public Diplomacy Ministry of Israel's "Faces of Israel" mission to the United States, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Great Britain and South Africa, which comprises 100 Israelis including "settlers, Arabs, artists, experts in national security, gay people, and immigrants from Ethiopia", in order to "represent and defend the state during Israel Apartheid Week."