Alon Abutbul, 2007
28 May 1965
Kiryat Ata, Israel
|Years active||1979 – present|
After graduating from the Thelma Yellin High School in 1983 Abutbul played in the Israeli film "Hapnimiyah". In 1985 Abutbul starred in the film "51 Bar" alongside Mosko Alkalai and Smadar Kilchinsky, and took part in the Israeli film "Battle of the Chairmanship" in which he played alongside the popular Israeli comedy group HaGashash HaHiver. In 1986 Abutbul played in the film "Malkat Hakitah".
Abutbul's first role in a big popular film was in 1986 when he was cast in the Israeli film "Shtei Etzbaot Mi'Tzidon" ("Two Fingers from Sidon"), a film which took place in the 1982 Lebanon War. For his performance in this film Abutbul was later awarded the "Best Actor" award at the Jerusalem Film Festival. That year he also played in the American-Israeli co-production "Every Time We Say Goodbye" in which he played alongside Gila Almagor. In 1987 Abutbul played in the Israeli "Photo Roman". A year later, Abutbul played in the Israeli film "Makom L'Yad Hayam" alongside Anat Tzachor and in the American film "Rambo III" alongside Sylvester Stallone.
In 1989, after playing in a short film called "Ha-Kluv" and in the Israeli-American coproduction "Streets of Yesterday", Abutbul played in the Israeli film "Ehad Mishelanu" ("One of Us"), alongside Dan Toren and Sharon Alexander. For his performance in the film Abutbul wasn awarded the "Best Actor" award in the Jerusalem Film Festival.
In 1991, Abutbul played in the American film "Killing Streets". A year later, in 1992, Abutbul starred in the Israeli film "Roked Al Hahof". In 1993 Abutbul played in the Israeli film "Ha-Yerusha" alongside Avi Toledano. In 1993 Abutbul played in the direct to video American action film "Deadly Heroes" directed by Menahem Golan in which he played alongside Uri Gavriel.
In 1995, Abutbul produced Gur Bentwich's film "Ha-Kochav Hakachol" in which he played the leading role. In 1995 Abutbul played in the Israeli film "Leylasede" alongside Gila Almagor and Anat Waxman, and also played in the Israeli film "Ha-Khetzi HaSheni" alongside Orna Banai. In 1998 Abutbul played in the Israeli TV film "Mazal dagim" and the Israeli film "Gentila." In 1999 he participated in the Israeli film "Ahava Mimabat Sheni".
In 2000, Abutbul won the "Film actor of the decade" award at the Haifa International Film Festival.
In 2001, Abutbul played in the film "The Order" alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme and Charlton Heston among others. That same year he participated in the Isralei films "Mars Turkey" and "A Five Minutes Walk".
In 2005, Abutbul played alongside Moni Moshonov and Yuval Segal in the Israeli film "Dance", and participated in the American film "Munich" directed by Steven Spielberg. In 2006 Abutbul played in the award-winning Israeli film "Beaufort" directed by Joseph Cedar. In 2007 Abutbul played alongside Mili Avital and Anat Waxman in the film "Noodle" directed by Ayelet Menahemi and starred in the Israeli film "Rak Klavim Ratzim Hofshi" alongside Lior Ashkenazi, Ayelet Zurer and Assi Dayan.
In 2008, Abutbul played in the Israeli film "Shiva", and in the American film "Body of Lies" directed by Ridley Scott in which he played alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. In 2009 Abutbul starred in Yigal Burstein's film "Hand of God" alongside Moshe Ivgy and Dorit Bar-Or. In July 2008 Abutbul and Moshe Ivgy were awarded the Best Actor Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival for their roles in this film.
In 2012, Abutbul appeared in The Dark Knight Rises, as an original character, Dr. Leonid Pavel. The film was released in theaters in North America on 20 July 2012.
Throughout the years, Abutbul played many theater shows, mostly in the Habima Theatre, which included among others: "Hamlet", "Caviar and Lentils", "Blood Brothers", "Closer" and "Forgiveness".
Abutbul also played in the Haifa Theater in various plays which included among others "King Lear", "Andorra", "Yair" and "Ben-Shitrit's Baby".
In 1997, Abutbul played alongside the Israeli actress Tinker Bell and Sivan Shavit in the Israeli drama A Speck on the Eyelash. In 1998 Abutbul played in the Israeli drama series "Campaign". That same year he starred alongside Rivka Michaeli in the Israeli TV film "Im Hukim". Since 1999 Abutbul began playing in the award-winning Israel drama series "Shabatot VeHagim", alongside Dror Keren, Merav Gruber, Lior Ashkenazi and Yael Abecassis. The series lasted five seasons until 2004. Abutbul also directed one episode of the series.
In 2004, Abutbul participated in the Israeli TV movie "Egoz". In 2005 Abutbul played alongside Yigal Adika in the Israeli drama series "Melanoma My Love" which aired on the Israeli Channel 2. In 2006 Abutbul starred alongside Maya Dagan and Orna Banai in the Israeli Drama series "Ima'le" which was broadcast on the Israeli channel 2.
In 2007, Abutbul participated in the third season the reality show Dancing with the Stars which was broadcast on the Israeli Channel 2 and in addition to that he played in the Israeli drama series "Lost and Found". In 2009 Abutbul participated in the third season of the Israeli telenovela Ha-Alufa.
Today, Abutbul lives in Los Angeles and is the partner of director Shir Bilya with whom he has four children.
His younger brother, was a singer and actor, who later became a Hasidic Jew. He died of cancer in 2012.
Abutbul is known for his social and political involvement: During the 2006 elections Abutbul supported the Israeli Labor Party. During that time he wrote a special column in the Israeli web portal Walla! and the popular Israeli news website Ynet and in addition he composed a special song which dealt with corruption in the Israeli society and the leadership.
Alon has been vocal in stating he has never gotten over the fact that Aidan Gillen perished in one of his scenes in The Dark Knight Rises, and that one day he hopes to track him down and apologise for refusing Big guy's offer in favor of his.
- A Place in Heaven (2013)
- The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
- Body of Lies (2008)
- Out of the Blue (2008)
- Shiva (2008)
- Rak Klavim Ratzim Hofshi (2007)
- Noodle (2007)
- Beaufort (2007)
- The Belly Dancer (2006)
- Munich (2005)
- Nina's Tragedies (2003)
- The Order (2001)
- A Five Minutes Walk (2001)
- Mars Turkey (2001)
- Ahava Mimabat Sheni (1999)
- Egoz (1999)
- Gentila (1998)
- Mazal dagim (1998)
- Im Hukim (1998)
- Itha L'Netza (1997)
- A Speck on the Eyelash (1997)
- Campaign (1997)
- Marco Polo: The Missing Chapter (1996)
- Ha-Khetzi HaSheni (1996)
- Leylasede (1995)
- Wasserman – Der singende Hund (1995)
- Ha-Kochav Hakachol (1995)
- Deadly Heroes (1993)
- Ha-Yerusha (1993)
- Roked Al Hahof (1992)
- Killing Streets (1991)
- Streets of Yesterday (1989)
- Ha-Kluv (1989)
- Ehad Mishelanu (1989)
- Rambo III (1988)
- Makom L'Yad Hayam (1988)
- Photo Roman (1987)
- Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986)
- Shtei Etzbaot Mi'Tzidon (1986)
- Ha-Krav Al HaVa'ad (1986)
- Kol Ahuvatai (1986)
- Malkat Hakitah (1986)
- 51 Bar (1985)
- Hapnimiyah (1983)
- Kohav Hashahar (1980)