Mark Ivanir

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Mark Ivanir
Born (1968-09-06) 6 September 1968 (age 48)
Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present

Mark Alexandrovich Ivanir (Hebrew: מארק איווניר; Ukrainian: Марк Олександрович Іванір; Russian: Марк Александрович Иванир; born on 6 September 1968) is a Ukrainian-born Israeli actor who began his career in Israel, in 1985.

Early life and work[edit]

Ivanir was born in Chernovtsi (now Chernivtsi), Ukrainian SSR, on September 6, 1968. His family emigrated to Israel in 1972. His father, Alexander "Sasha", was an English teacher, and his mother Malka, a German teacher. His maternal grandfather Meshulem Surkis was a Yiddish writer, journalist, actor, and a theater critic, a well known activist in the Yiddish cultural world.

Ivanir speaks seven languages: English, Hebrew, Russian, French, Yiddish, Ukrainian and Arabic.

His road to Hollywood was circuitous at best. While serving in the Israeli military, he participated in the then clandestine mission to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel. His military experience and expertise has been tapped for various TV and film roles. After completing his stint in the Military, Ivanir turned down several job offers from Israel's Secret Service, and gave up studying medicine to pursue a higher vocation-clowning. He completed two years in a Circus school, traveled throughout Europe performing on the streets, and ended up working in a Parisian Circus. After leaving the circus, Ivanir entered into formal theatrical training, studying at Israel's top acting school Nissan Nativ, later co-founding a theatre company made up of actors from the former USSR called Gesher Theatre.

Within two years, Gesher became Israel's top theatrical outfit and was hailed by the London Times as "one of the six best theatre companies in the world." Ivanir performed many different roles, translated and adapted eight plays for the company and performed everywhere from Lincoln Center to the National Theatre in London as well as major stages in Paris, Rome, and Berlin.

After being cast by Spielberg in Schindler's List, Ivanir moved to London to study with Philippe Gaulier and the actors of the Theater De Complicite. During this stint, he landed roles in The Man Who Cried (with Johnny Depp) and A Secret Affair which encouraged him to relocate to Hollywood. Tapping his command of Russian, English, French, Arabic, German and Hebrew, Ivanir has been working consistently in major studio film and television projects in eclectic roles spanning from a Russian spy to an Israeli producer to a German elephant trainer. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.


His first major film role was in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar-winning epic Schindler's List. He rejoined with Spielberg twice thereafter, first for a cameo appearance in The Terminal, then again for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Mark held a pivotal role in Robert De Niro's 2006 film, The Good Shepherd, later landing a role in Barry Levinson's What Just Happened, this time acting alongside De Niro.

In 2011, he appeared in Universal's Johnny English Reborn (starring Rowan Atkinson), Universal's Big Miracle (starring Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, John Krasinski) and 360 (co-starring Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster).

He has recently wrapped a lead role in Universal's thriller The Fourth State. His biggest part to date was on the critically acclaimed A Late Quartet, released from RKO pictures in the United States, in fall 2012. The film was voted as one of the New York Daily News 10 top films of the year. Ivanir plays Daniel Lerner, the first violin of the string quartet, whose other members are played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken.

Mark has an extensive television resume, having booked over 40 guest star and guest lead roles on television shows such as: 24, Monk, CSI: NY, Law & Order, Fringe, CSI: Miami, Nikita and scores of others. He is currently recurring on USA's Royal Pains. In 2015 he had a recurring role on Homeland as Russian intelligence agent Ivan Krupin.

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Fourth State Aslan
A Late Quartet Daniel
Big Miracle Dimitri
2011 Johnny English Reborn Artem Karlenko, a former KGB spy
360 (film) "The Boss"
2010 Holy Rollers Mendel Gold
The Human Resources Manager The HR Manager
Undisputed III: Redemption Gaga
2007 The Hunting Party Boris
When Do We Eat? Rafi
2006 The Good Shepherd Valentin Mironov #2
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing Gaga
2004 The Terminal Cab driver
1993 Schindler's List Marcel Goldberg
1988 Iron Eagle II Balyonev


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Homeland Ivan Krupin, Russian intelligence agent of SVR Recurring role
2014 Crisis Boris makarov Episode: How far would you come
2014 The Mentalist (season 7) Jan Nemic
2014 The Blacklist (season 1) Ivan
2014 Braquo (season 3) Levani Jordania
2012 Transporter: The Series Sergei Zarov Appear in Episode # 2 "Payback"
2012-2014 The Gordin Cell Yaakov "Yasha" Lundin Season 1: Main Antagonist
Season 2: Supporting character
2011 "Grimm" Boris Myshkin Season 3, Episode 9
2010 Fringe Roland David Barrett Episode:"Marionette"
2009 Dollhouse Cyril Episode:"The Gray Hour"
2008 The Cleaner
2001 Walker Texas Ranger French Mercenary Episode:"Blood Diamonds"
1992 Inyan Shel Zman

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