Yehezkel Lazarov

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Yehezkel Lazarov (Hebrew: יחזקאל לזרוב Y'ḥezeqel Lazarov‎, born 8 February 1974, is an Israeli actor[1], director[2], and multidisciplinary artist.

Yehezkel Lazarov
יחזקאל לזרוב
Yehezkel Lazarov Mentalist.jpg
Yehezkel Lazarov promoting The Mentalist in 2017
Born (1974-02-08) 8 February 1974 (age 45)
OccupationActor, Director
Years active1982-Present


As a child, Lazarov performed as a professional tap dancer in musicals. After graduating from the High School of Arts as a ballet dancer and serving as a singer in a military band, he danced with the Batsheva Dance Company for four years. He studied theater at the Actors’ Centre in London before joining the Gesher Theatre and the Cameri Theatre as an actor.

His leading roles include Tevye in the 2018 Broadway National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof[3], Mack the Knife in The Threepenny Opera at the Gesher Theatre (winning the Israeli Theatre Award for best actor), Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Avigdor in Yentl, Alexander Pen in Was It a Dream?, Rudi in The Aristocrats, the titular roles in Sholom Aleichem's Stempenyu and The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Zach in A Chorus Line. In addition to his work as an actor, Lazarov has served as the in-house choreographer at the Gesher Theatre and Cameri Theatre.

Lazarov has played leading roles in more than 40 films and television productions, including The Mentalist, Mama’s Angel (Series Mania – Official Competition, France), the Israeli films The Kindergarten Teacher and The Debt, Fragile, Russian episodic series Mata Hari, The Fifth Heaven, Waltz with Bashir (winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film), Three Mothers, A Touch Away, and The Dybbuk (nominated for best actor).

As a theater director, Lazarov has served as the adapter, set designer, and choreographer for all his projects, including Lolita / Joan of Arc, Fathers and Sons, Alice, Falling Out of Time (based on the David Grossman novel) at the Gesher Theater, The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Habima Theatre, and Igloo (written by Lazarov), which premiered at the Israel Festival and won the Best Director award.

Lazarov is the artistic director and founder of Studio Ankori Middle and High School for Creative Thinking and Entrepreneurship[4]. He is the co-founder, artistic director, and curator of AZA13, an art venue in Tel Aviv[5]. Among his multidisciplinary exhibitions are "Hope", "Censorship", "Demonstration", and "The Art to Survive".

As a visual artist, Lazarov's photography and video artworks have been shown in several gallery exhibitions. He has written and directed a number of short films, including Snow[6] and Lashabiya[7], which have been screened in many international film festivals[8].



Year Title Director(s) Role Notes
1991 Licking the Strawberry Uri Barbach Hezi
1997 Florentine Eytan Fox Erez
1997 The Dybbuk Yossi Somer Hanan Nomination for Best Actor
1999 Woman in Gray Nissim Dayan Roni
1999 Short Stories About Love Hagai Levi Gidi
2001-2004 Shemesh Yoav Tzafir Hemi
2005 The Game of True and False Julie Shles Tomi
2007 The Shelter Roy Hornshtein Father
2007 A Touch Away Roni Ninio Aharon Winner, Best TV Series
2006 Three Mothers Dina Zvi-Riklis Felix
2007 The Debt Assaf Bernstein Ehud
2008 Waltz with Bashir Ari Folman Carmi Cna’an Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film[9]
2008 Ima’lle Ram Nahari Gidon
2008 Five Men and a Wedding Eran Kolirin, Arik Rothstein Yair
2009 Room Service Rony Gruber Eyal
2011 Kol Hazman She’Baolam Rani Magar Israeli Soldier
2011 Barefoot Ori Sivan Naftali
2011 The Fifth Heaven Dina Zvi-Riklis Dov Markovsky
2011 Obsession Nissim Notrika Sami
2012 Ananda Ohav Flantz Yonatan
2012 The World is Funny Shemi Zarhin Roni
2013 Davar Al Mekom Himatzam Yali Bergman Nisan
2013 Fragile Vidi Bliu Etan
2014 The Kindergarten Teacher Nadav Lapid Aharon Official Selection, Cannes 2014[10]
2016 Mata Hari Julius Berg Costelo
2016 The Ambassador's Wife Dina Zvi-Riklis Jonathan
2016 Taagad Zion Rubin Avri
2016 Mama's Angel Eyal Sella Eythan Tamir
2017 Driver Jonathan Indorski Ovadia
2018 Kacha Ze Ram Nahari Plastic Surgeon
2018 The One Who Reads Minds (The Mentalist) [ru] Alexey Moradov Romanov
2018 Call for a Dream Ran Slavin Ruven


Year Title Role Venue Notes
2018 Fiddler on the Roof Tevye Broadway Tour
The Good Person of Szechwan Yong Sun Gesher Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander Gesher Theatre
The Threepenny Opera Mack the Knife Gesher Theatre Winner, Theatre Award for Best Actor[11]
The Yalta Game Demitri Gurov Gesher Theatre
Design for Living Leo Gesher Theatre
Variations for Theatre and Orchestra Singer Gesher Theatre
The Marriage of Figaro Figaro Gesher Theatre
City/Odessa Stories Commander Gesher Theatre
Village Captain Drury Gesher Theatre
The Slave Stefan Gesher Theatre
Shosha Feitelzohn Gesher Theatre
A Chorus Line Zach Cameri Theatre
Was It a Dream? Alexander Pen Cameri Theatre Nominated for Best Actor
The Aristocrats Rudi Cameri Theatre Nominated for Best Actor
Yentl Avigdor Cameri Theatre
Stempenyu Stempenyu Cameri Theatre
The Wide Winged Sea Hannan Cameri Theatre
A King’s Heart King Cameri Theatre
The Picture of Dorian Gray Dorian Gray Habima National Theatre

Theatre Director[edit]

Year Title Venue Notes
2018 Lolita/Jeanne d'Arc Gesher Theatre Adaptation, director, set designer
2017 Fathers and Sons Gesher Theatre Adaptation, director, set designer
2017 The Picture of Dorian Gray Habima Theatre Adaptation, director, set designer
2016 Desire at Dusk Habima Theatre Adaptation, director, set designer
2015 Alice Gesher Theatre Director, set designer
2014 Falling Out of Time Gesher Theatre Adaptation, director, set designer
2014 Orange Blossom Tmuna Theatre Adaptation, director, set designer

Winner, Best Theatrical Language Award

2014 Igloo Israel Festival, Tmuna Theatre Writer, director, set designer

Winner, Best Director Award

2012 Stempenyu Cameri Theatre Co-director
2007 Radio Heaven Kibbutzim College Writer, director, set designer
2006 Hezi Gesher Theatre Writer, director, set designer

Short Films[edit]

Year Title Role Production Company
2016 Snow Writer/Director Green Productions
2009 Lashabiya Writer/Director Mitcha Figa Productions


  1. ^ "Yehezkel Lazarov - Actor - Voice". Moviefone. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Waltz with Bashir cast and crews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Fiddler on the Roof". Fiddler on the Roof. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  4. ^ "Ankori School". Retrieved 12/2/2018. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "aza13". aza13. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  6. ^ Snow, retrieved 2018-12-03
  7. ^ Lashabiya, retrieved 2018-12-03
  8. ^ "The Manhattan Short - One World - One Week - One Festival". Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  9. ^ "Waltz with Bashir". Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  10. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben. "Cannes:". Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  11. ^ "תיאטרון גשר". (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2018-12-03.

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