7 November 1947|
Rishon LeZion, Israel
|Died||3 December 2013
Ramat Gan, Israel
|Spouse(s)||Rina (4 children)|
Yosef (Sefi) Rivlin born and grew up in Nahalat Yehuda (present-day Rishon LeZion). He born to Rivlin family. He studied acting at the Beit Zvi School for the Performing Arts. He was married to Rina, with whom he had four children.
Rivlin was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2007. In 2010, he announced that he was cured, but in 2012, he underwent further treatment that left him unable to speak. He died in Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan at the age of 66 although rumors of his death began to circulate earlier, after the death of Israeli singer Arik Einstein.
A memorial ceremony held at Habimah Theater in Tel Aviv on the morning of the funeral was attended by a large crowd of Israeli entertainers and politicians. Rivlin was buried in the old cemetery of Rishon LeZion.
Rivlin's acting debut was in 1973, when he appeared at the Khan Theater in Jerusalem in Servant of Two Masters, directed by the British-born director Mike Alfreds. He played the part of the Archie Bunker character in the Israeli version of All in the Family, and starred in the series Sefi, an Israeli version of Britain's Mr. Bean. He acted in musicals and often served as master of ceremonies at children’s festivals.Rivlin appeared on the long-running comedy show Zehu Ze. In the 1980s and 1990s, he appeared in a number of films, including director Avi Nesher's HaSodot.
|Full name||Yosef (Sefi) Rivlin|
|Hapoel Rishon LeZion F.C.|
|1962-1969||Hapoel Rishon LeZion F.C.|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
A supporter of the Likud party, he appeared in advertisements for the party in the 1984 national elections. He briefly served on the Rishon LeZion City Council. In 2008 he ran in the primaries to determine the Likud list for the Eighteenth Knesset, but was placed in an unrealistic place on the list.
Awards and recognition
A Jerusalem Post columnist who interviewed him said: "Watching him is very simply an audience with a comic artist - hour after hour, he creates comedy. In person, he is much funnier than he is on TV. Face to face, his bug eyes and mugging and comic airs, and, above all, his nonstop improvisatory ability, are explosively funny."
- Israeli actor and comedian Sefi Rivlin passes away at age 66
- Veteran Israeli comedian Sefi Rivlin dies at 66, Haaretz
- Comedian, actor Sefi Rivlin laid to rest after star-studded funeral, Haaretz
- Rivlin's last laugh
- Actor, comedian Seffy Rivlin dies at 66
- No Funny Business, Jerusalem Post
- Israeli comedian Sefi Rivlin dies at age 66
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