Sasson Gabai during Ophir Film Award Ceremony in 1997
|Born||24 November 1947|
|Other names||Sasson Gabay|
Sasson Gabai (Hebrew: ששון גבאי; born 24 November 1947) is an Israeli actor. Winner of an Ophir Award, Asia Pacific Screen Award (nominated), European Film Awards and Jerusalem Film Festival in 2007 as Best Actor in a highly acclaimed Israeli film The Band's Visit.
Gabai was born in Baghdad in 1947 to an Iraqi Jewish family. During his childhood he immigrated together with his family to Israel. After serving his mandatory military service in the Israeli Defense Forces he studied theater and psychology at the Tel Aviv University. After graduating he began playing in the Khan Theater in Michael Alfreds group. Afterwards he played in several stage productions at the Hacameri Theater, the Be'er Sheva Theater and the Beit Lessin Theater, in which he currently is one of the permanent staff. Among the many plays he participated in were Servant of Two Masters, Catch-22, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Rain Man. Gabai also played in the 1989 children's musical Peter Pan as Captain Hook.
Through the years Gabai played in various Israeli and international films: Sipurei Tel-Aviv,Time for Cherries, for which he won an Ophir award, Rambo III, the Escape from Saudi Arabia, Made in Israel, Aviva, My Love and many others.
Through the years Gabai also played in the various productions in the Israeli television. Among others he played in series The Haim Neighborhood (שכונת חיים), Siton (סיטון), Late Night Stories (סיפורים לשעת לילה מאוחרת), and in the drama series The Kastner Trial (משפט קסטנר) in which he played Rudolf Kastner, he was a host in the comedy series Zehu Ze!, and played a cameo role in the popular comedy series Krovim Krovim, in addition to many other productions. Gabai resides in Tel Aviv, is married and has five children.
- In 2007 Gabai starred in the critically acclaimed film The Band's Visit, a role for which he won an Ophir Award and a European Film Award.
- In 2008 he played the role of Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr in the American TV mini-series House of Saddam.
- In 2009 Gabai began to play the lead role in the TV series Polishuk, a role for which he won an Israeli Television Academy Award in the category of best actor in a comedy series.
- In 2011 he played the lead role in a film Restoration, a role for which he was nominated for an Ophir Award. He won the IFFI Best Actor Award (Male) at the 42nd International Film Festival of India.
- Gabai also played one of the leading roles in the highly acclaimed Israeli TV series Shtisel, which to date, has run for two seasons (2013-2015). Gabai played the role of Nuchem Shtisel, the paternal uncle of the main protagonist, Akiva Shtisel. Nuchem is also the brother of Shulem Shtisel and father of Libbi Shtisel, Akiva's first cousin, and love interest. Nuchem is an Antwerp-based travel agent who shows up at Shulem's apartment with his daughter Libby, at the beginning of Season 2. One of Nuchem's first lines in the show is when he explains why he is late, blaming the immigration/custom officials at Ben Gurion airport, and calling them Reshaim Arrurim (Yiddish vernacular for "accursed evil people"). Reshaim Arrurim is a line Nuchem reprises to great comedic effect, at the slightest perceived slight, throughout the season.
- It was initially announced on February 28, 2018 that Gabai would reprise his role as Tewfiq in the Broadway adaptation of The Band's Visit in the summer of 2018. The lead producer of The Band's Visit, Orin Wolf, confirmed the news in a press conference on June 10, following the 72nd Annual Tony Awards (in which The Band's Visit won ten awards, including Best Musical). The news was later confirmed by Broadway.com.
|1973||Or Min Hahefker||Shaya|
|1974||Hayeladim Meshchoonat Khaiyim||Sasson|
|1987||The Impossible Spy||General Haled|
|1991||Time for Cherries or Cherry Season||Choko||Original title: Onat Haduvdevanim|
|1991||Not Without My Daughter||Hamid|
|1992||Blink of an Eye||Khalil|
|1998||Escape: Human Cargo||Suliman Nasir Rasi||TV Movie|
|1999||Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol||Minister Oman|
|2006||Aviva My Love||Oded Zar|
|2007||The Band's Visit||Lt. Col. Tawfiq Zacharya||Original title: Bikur Ha-Tizmoret|
|2008||Hello Goodbye||Police chief|
|2008||House Of Saddam||President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr||TV drama|
|2009-2015||Polishuk||Minister Polishuk||TV series|
|2011||When Pigs Have Wings||Jafaar|
|2011||Restoration||Yaakov Fidelman||Original title: Boker Tov Adon Fidelman|
|2013||Hunting Elephants||Eliyahu||Original title: Latzud Pilim|
|2013-2016||Shtisel||Nukhem Shtisel||TV drama series|
|2014||Gett – The Trial of Viviane Amsallem|
|2018||The Angel||President Anwar Sadat|
|2018||The Other Story|
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- "INAUGURAL APSA NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
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- "Jonah Hill to Receive the Israel Film Festival's Achievement in Film Award". The Hollywood Reporter.
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