Ran Danker

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Ran Danker
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Danker during a show in Tel Aviv, August 2007
Background information
Birth name Khalil Danker[1]
Born (1984-01-07) January 7, 1984 (age 30)
Virginia, United States[1]
Genres Pop
Occupations Actor, singer model
Years active 2007–present (music)
2004–present (film)
2004–present (television)
Website randanker.com

Ran Danker (Hebrew: רן דנקר‎; born Khalil Danker[1] on January 7, 1984) is an Israeli actor, singer and model. He is the son of Israeli actor Eli Danker. He has sung such songs as "אני אש" ("I am Fire"). He has also starred in the hit Israeli series HaShir Shelanu. Ran Danker also starred in the 2009 Israeli film Eyes Wide Open as the Yeshiva student Ezri, who has feelings for a married, orthodox Jewish father, Aaron (Zohar Strauss).

Early life[edit]

Danker was born in Virginia, United States.[1] He went to Israel with his mother when he was 2 years old. He grew up in the Bavli neighborhood in Tel Aviv. During that time he was a member of the Ha-Horesh tribe choir of the scouts youth movement. Towards his Junior High year, Ran and his mother moved to Poleg, Netanya. Between high school and his army service, Ran participated in a few TV commercials: a promo of Channel 10; a commercial of Bank Leumi; and the cell phone company Cellcom. As a teenager, Ran was a delivery boy for Domino's Pizza in Netanya.[2]

Career[edit]

He starred in Restless in 2008 and from 2004, three seasons in the hit musical TV series HaShir Shelanu (Our Song). He was also in two children's shows, a musical production of The Sound of Music in Tel Aviv and later Haifa and the Festigal (an annual Hanukkah song festival) in 2004 and 2005.[2] He also models for Diadora.[2]

In The Sound of Music he played Rolf the Nazi postman who fell in love with Liesl, the oldest daughter of the von Trapp family. Ran performed in 40 shows until he left for Festigal 2005.

He was part of a much publicized relationship and breakup with fellow HaShir Shelanu star Ninet Tayeb. Danker also contributed his voice to the main character of Walt Disney's animated movie Chicken Little.

In 2007, he came out with his debut album, Shavim (Hebrew: שווים, "equal"), with guitarist Ilai Botner.

He has been described as a "heart-throb",[3] and as one of the two most talked-about male stars in Israel (along with Yehuda Levi).[2]

He plays, with the actor Zohar Strauss, the main role, as a gay lover, in the 2009 Israeli drama film Eyes Wide Open.[4]

In 2008, started filming the musical daily drama "Danny Hollywood", which began its second season not long ago. Danker plays the main character, Danny. The show deals with time travel.

In 2011, started filming the weekly drama "Gordin Cell", which began its broadcasts in January 2012. Danker plays the main character, Eyal "Alik" Gordin.

Awards and distinctions[edit]

In December 2005, Ran won the Gold Screen Award as the best actor, for his role in Our Song. On January 2006, he won the Kids Channel Award, for the same category.

Also, readers of the popular "Pnai Plus" TV digest awarded him actor of the year in 2006,[2] and most eligible bachelor in 2007.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Levi Musan, Lital. "Ran Danker" (in Hebrew). Bamarom.co.il. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Ran and Yehuda: An unavoidable war, Raviv Golan, Ynetnews, July 2, 2006
  3. ^ Celebrity Grapevine, Jerusalem Post, Greer Fay Cashman, March 5, 2006
  4. ^ the film "Eyes Wide Open" in IMDB
  5. ^ Israel's most eligible bachelors, Ynetnews, Hagit Ginsburg, February 14, 2008

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