Aki Avni

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Aki Avni
Aki Avni.jpg
Born Yitzhak Avni
(1967-04-27) April 27, 1967 (age 48)
Rehovot, Israel
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 . Released with the rank of Sergeant.[1] 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[edit]

Aki Avni in The Fifth Heaven

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,Israeli version of The Price Is Right). In 1995 he hosted the Pre-Eurovision contest with Michaela Bercu, participated in the film Sachkanim (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. he hosted the Miss Israel Pageant and other beauty pageants Like: "New Models" "you are the model".

In February 2012, Avni led 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."[2]


Media offices
Preceded by
Nir Levy
Ophir Award Best Actor
Succeeded by
Lior Ashkenazi
Preceded by
Yael Abecassis
Miss Israel host
Succeeded by
Orna Datz


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