Aharon Ipalé

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Aharon Ipalé
Aharon Ipale, Bel Air Film Festval 2014.jpg
Aharon Ipalé at the Bel Air Film Festival in 2014.
Born (1941-12-27)December 27, 1941
Died June 27, 2016(2016-06-27) (aged 74)
Tel Hashomer, Israel
Other names Ron Ipale
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963-2015
Spouse(s) Rachelle F. Ellison (1978-?)
Children 1

Aharon Ipalé (December 27, 1941 – June 27, 2016) was an Israeli-American actor, known for his roles in American and British film and television productions. His credits included Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Innocent Bystanders (1972), Raid on Entebbe (1977), Too Hot to Handle (1977), The Concorde ... Airport '79 (1979), The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980), Xanadu (1980), Who Dares Wins (1982), Eye of the Widow (1991), Son of the Pink Panther (1993), The Mummy (1999), and The Mummy Returns (2001).[1][2]

Ipalé was born in Morocco on December 27, 1941.[1] He arrived in present-day Israel with his family when he was just two years old as part of the early migration of Moroccan Jews to Israel.[1] Ipalé enrolled in a theater school in London following his service in the Israeli Army.[1] He began his acting career by appearing in British television series and theater productions, including the television mini-series, Christ Recrucified, in which he played the title role of Jesus Christ.[1]

Ipalé was cast as Joshua in the 1973-1974 British mini-series, Moses the Lawgiver, which starred Burt Lancaster as Moses. His work in Moses the Lawgiver earned attention from Hollywood and led to his later work in the United States.[1] His American television credits during the 1970s and 1980s included Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Kojak, The Love Boat, MacGyver, Miami Vice and Charlie's Angels.[1]

In 1985, Ipalé appeared in the British dramatic film, The Shooting Party, which starred James Mason and John Gielgud. That same year, Ipalé appeared in the Israeli film, Gesher Tzar Me’od (1985). Two years later, he co-starred in the 1987 film, Ishtar, which was a notorious critical and box-office failure.[1] More recently, Ipalé was best known for his recurring role as Pharaoh Seti I in The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns, both of which were directed by Stephen Sommers.[2] In 2007, he appeared in Charlie Wilson's War.[1]

Ipalé returned to Israel around 2012 after decades residing and working in London and Los Angeles.[1] However, he was unable to recreate the professional success in Israel that he had enjoyed abroad.

Aharon Ipalé died from cancer at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer on June 27, 2016, at the age of 74.[1] He was being treated for the disease for several months. Ipalé, who was survived by his daughter, was buried in Holon.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Madron Singer Uncredited
1971 Fiddler on the Roof Sheftel
1972 Innocent Bystanders Gabrilovitch
1976 Raid on Entebbe Maj. David Grut TV Movie
1977 Too Hot to Handle Domingo De La Torres
1978 The Immigrants Joseph Lavetta
1979 The Concorde ... Airport '79 French Reporter
1980 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood Raul
1980 Xanadu The Photographer
1982 Who Dares Wins Malek
1985 Gesher Tzar Me'od
1985 The Shooting Party Sir Reuben Hergesheimer
1987 Ishtar Emir Yousef
1988 Vibes Alejandro De La Vivar
1989 One Man Out The General
1991 Eye of the Widow Soltaneh
1993 American Ninja V Dr. Strobel
1993 Son of the Pink Panther Gen. Jaffar
1993 Invisible: The Chronicles of Benjamin Knight Petroff
1999 The Mummy Pharaoh Seti I
2001 The Mummy Returns
2006 The Ten Commandments: The Musical Seti
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Egyptian Defense Minister
2013 The Bible Pharaoh TV Mini-Series documentary
2016 The Promise Dr. Nazim (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Anderson, Nirit (2016-06-28). "Israeli Actor Aharon Ipalé Dies of Cancer at 74". Haaretz. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Greg (2016-06-28). "Aharon Ipalé Dies: 'The Mummy' Actor Was 74". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-07-16.

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