|Birth name||Khalil Danker|
January 7, 1984 |
Virginia, United States
|Occupation(s)||Actor, singer and model|
|Years active||2007–present (music)
Ran Danker (Hebrew: רן דנקר; born Khalil Danker on January 7, 1984) is an Israeli actor, singer and model. He is the son of Israeli actor Eli Danker. He has sung such songs as "אני אש" ("I am Fire"). He has also starred in the hit Israeli series HaShir Shelanu. Ran Danker also starred in the 2009 Israeli film Eyes Wide Open as the Yeshiva student Ezri, who has feelings for a married, orthodox Jewish father, Aaron (Zohar Strauss).
Danker was born in Virginia, United States. He went to Israel with his mother when he was 2 years old. He grew up in the Bavli neighborhood in Tel Aviv. During that time he was a member of the Ha-Horesh tribe choir of the scouts youth movement. Towards his Junior High year, Ran and his mother moved to Poleg, Netanya. Between high school and his army service, Ran participated in a few TV commercials: a promo of Channel 10; a commercial of Bank Leumi; and the cell phone company Cellcom. As a teenager, Ran was a delivery boy for Domino's Pizza in Netanya.
He starred in Restless in 2008 and from 2004,four seasons in the hit musical TV series HaShir Shelanu (Our Song). He was also in two children's shows, a musical production of The Sound of Music in Tel Aviv and later Haifa and the Festigal (an annual Hanukkah song festival) in 2004 and 2005. He also models for Diadora.
In The Sound of Music he played Rolf the Nazi postman who fell in love with Liesl, the oldest daughter of the von Trapp family. Ran performed in 40 shows until he left for Festigal 2005.
He was part of a much publicized relationship and breakup with fellow HaShir Shelanu star Ninet Tayeb. Danker also contributed his voice to the main character of Walt Disney's animated movie Chicken Little.
In 2008, started filming the musical daily drama Danny Hollywood, which began its second season not long ago. Danker plays the main character, Danny. The show deals with time travel.
In 2011, started filming the weekly drama Gordin Cell, which began its broadcasts in January 2012. Danker plays the main character, Eyal "Alik" Gordin.
Awards and distinctions
In December 2005, Ran won the Gold Screen Award as the best actor, for his role in Our Song. On January 2006, he won the Kids Channel Award, for the same category.
In July 2015, Danker came out as bisexual. He also stated that he has been in a relationship with a man for 3 years.
- Rabies (2010)
- Festigal (2004, 2005)
- HaShir Shelanu (2004–2007)
- Restless (2008)
- Danny Hollywood (2008–2009)
- Eyes Wide Open (2009)
- Gordin Cell (2012)
- Shavim (2007)
- Levi Musan, Lital. "Ran Danker" (in Hebrew). Bamarom.co.il. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
- Ran and Yehuda: An unavoidable war, Raviv Golan, Ynetnews, July 2, 2006
- Celebrity Grapevine, Jerusalem Post, Greer Fay Cashman, March 5, 2006
- the film "Eyes Wide Open" in IMDB
- Israel's most eligible bachelors, Ynetnews, Hagit Ginsburg, February 14, 2008