Assi Dayan, 2007
23 November 1945|
Nahalal, Mandatory Palestine
|Died||1 May 2014
Tel Aviv, Israel
|Occupation||Director, actor, screenwriter|
Assi Dayan was the youngest son of Israeli general and defense minister Moshe Dayan and peace activist Ruth Dayan (née Schwartz). He had two siblings: politician and author Yael Dayan, born 1939, and sculptor Ehud (Udi) Dayan, born 1942. After military service and studying philosophy and English literature at Hebrew University, Dayan embarked on a career as film actor, which eventually also lead to directing.
He was married three times and had four children: New York gallery owner Amalia Dayan and Avner Dayan with first wife Aharona Melkind; writer Lior Dayan with second wife, actress Caroline Langford, daughter of Barry Langford, and Assia Neumann Dayan after a short affair with Augusta Neumann. In 1999, his third wife, ceramic artist Vered Tandler Dayan, made a documentary film about him, Living, Period.
In March 2009, Dayan was indicted on suspicion of drug use and beating his girlfriend. In the wake of an earlier conviction for possession of drugs, he received a suspended sentence and 200 hours of community work as part of a plea bargain. Dayan admitted at the time that he was in possession of cocaine for personal use.
In 1967, Dayan established himself as a film actor and Israeli icon in He Walked Through the Fields, Yossi Milo's adaptation of Moshe Shamir's novel and play by that name. That year, he appeared in Micha Shagrir's Scouting Patrol, about elite fighters on a mission to capture the commander of a fedayeen squad. In 1969 Dayan co-starred in the American movie A Walk with Love and Death, set in medieval France and directed by John Huston, in which he plays alongside Huston's daughter, Angelica. He portrayed Giora Geter, owner of a Tel Aviv pub whose life falls apart, in Eitan Green's Into the Night.
In 1984, Dayan had a supporting role as a prisoner in Uri Barbash's Beyond the Walls, described as an important milestone in Israeli political cinema. Other acting credits include Operation Thunderbolt, about the Israeli raid in Entebbe, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Dayan is the deputy of Yoni Netanyahu, played by Yehoram Gaon.
Dayan played the leading role of psychologist Reuven Dagan in the TV drama series BeTipul, which ran for two seasons on Israeli TV (2005 and 2008). The series was later adapted for the US market by HBO under the name In Treatment with Gabriel Byrne in the lead role.
By 2008 Dayan had acted in some 50 films and TV series episodes.
From 1973 until his death in 2014, Dayan directed 16 films.
In 1992, he wrote and directed Life According to Agfa, a film portraying life in a Tel Aviv pub. The film is a very harsh critique of Israeli society at the time and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival and won an Honourable Mention. In 1999, he was a member of the jury at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.
Dayan won the Israeli Academy Award as Best Actor for Mr. Baum. In 1998, he received a lifetime achievement award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. His role in Time of Favor was acclaimed by Israeli critics as his best screen role of his career.
- A Walk with Love and Death (1969)
- Scouting Patrol
- Promise at Dawn, 1970 (actor, as Romain)
- Halfon Hill Doesn't Answer, 1976 (director)
- Operation Thunderbolt, 1976 (actor, as Shuki)
- The Hit, 1979 (director)
- The Uranium Conspiracy (1979)
- Moments (1979)
- Beyond the Walls, 1984 (actor, as Assaf)
- Into the Night (1985)
- Life According to Agfa, 1992 (director)
- An Electric Blanket Named Moshe, 1995 (director)
- No Names on the Doors, 1997 (actor, as Uzi)
- The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum, 1997 (director, actor, as Mr. Baum)
- Things Behind the Sun
- Time of Favor (2000) (actor, as Rabbi Meltzer)
- Real Time
- My Father, My Lord / "Summer Vacation", 2007 (actor)
- BeTipul (television series), 2005
- "Bekarov, Yikre Lekha Mashehu Tov" / "Comrade", 2006 (actor)
- Dr. Pomerantz (2011, director, actor) - Dr. Yoel Pomerantz
- Online Encyclopedia: Dayan, Assi Retrieved 2011-09-23
- 'That you will remember your love for him', Haaretz
- IMDb bio Assi Dayan Retrieved 2011-09-23
- Grapevine: The Wedding Show[permanent dead link]
- Remand of actor Assi Dayan for domestic violence extended
- IMDb: Living, Period Retrieved 2011-09-23
- TA court charge Assi Dayan[permanent dead link]
- Dayan suffers heart attack
- Companion encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African film, Oliver Leaman
- Long night's journey into day, Uri Klein, Haaretz
- Film movement: Assi Dayan
- IMDb Assi Dayan filmography Retrieved 2011-09-23
- "Berlinale: 1993 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
- "Berlinale: 1999 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
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