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Strauss won the Award for Best Actor in the 2009 Jerusalem Film Festival for his appearance in Eyes Wide Open, and the 2009 Ophir Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film Lebanon. He was nominated for the same prize in 2006 and 2012, in recognition of his roles in Things Behind the Sun and Magic Men. He also won the ASSITEJ-Israel Award for Best Actor for the 2009/10 theater season.
Strauss earned a law degree from the University of Leicester but chose to become an actor, graduating from the Yoram Levinstein Studio in Tel Aviv in 2001. He debuted on the stage of the Herzliya Ensemble Theater and also performed in Habima Theatre. He won praise in 2010, when the Be'er Sheva Theater's staging of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, at which he portrayed Randle McMurphy, won the Israel Theater Award. He also appeared in a variety of film and television productions, including Beaufort, Jellyfish, Kirot, Srugim and Zaguri Imperia.
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