10 October 1941 |
|Occupation||actor, comedian and singer|
Hanan Goldblatt (Hebrew: חנן גולדבלט; born 10 October 1941 in Tel Aviv) is an Israeli actor, comedian and singer who appeared in plays, films, television programs, and who was most widely known for his part in the educational TV show "Bli Sodot". In 2008 Goldblatt was convicted of perpetrating acts of rape as well as other sex offenses against women in his acting class.
Hanan Goldblatt was born in 1941 in Tel Aviv. In his youth Goldblatt studied in the youth village HaKfar HaYarok along with Yisrael Poliakov, and together they performed in various skits in the events and parties. During the later 1950s Goldblatt joined the Nahal troupe.
After Goldblatt finished his mandatory military service he founded the band "HaTarnegolim" (The Roosters) together with several veteran members of Israeli military bands, under the musical guidance of Naomi Polani. In the early 1960s Goldblatt left the band in favor a theater career. in 1962 Goldblatt participated in the play "Root of All Evil" (שורש כל רע) at the Hamam Club in Jaffa, in which he played alongside Yoram Gaon, Bomba Tzur, Yosef Carmon and Margalit Ankori.
In 1966 Goldblatt played in the Israeli musical film "The Flying Matchmaker" alongside Mike Burstyn, Mordechai Arnon and Oshik Levy. In the late 1960s Goldblatt established the entertainment trio "Shlishyat HaTeomim" (שלישיית התאומים) together with Mordechai Arnon and Oshik Levy, which performed until 1970.
After the entertainment trio was disbanded, Goldblatt traveled to the United States. At the end of the 1970s he returned to Israel and joined the staff of the children TV series "Carousel" (קרוסלה), in which he portrayed the balloon seller "Hanan Annan". Afterwards Goldblatt participated in the Educational TV series "Bli Sodot" in which he portrayed the detective "Gashash Balash". Following the series, the participants of the series raised a theatrical show for children.
During the 1980s Goldblatt wrote the children's play "An amazing moment in the carousel" (רגע מדהים בקרוסלה) in which he also performed alongside Tzipi Moore and the magician Yoreinu (יוריני). During those years Goldblatt produced a solo album which included only songs he wrote by himself. During this period Goldblatt began directing shows for military bands, and appeared in the movies "Melech LeYom Ehad" (1982), "Ko'ach Meshiha" (1988), "Irit, Irit" (1985), and more.
During the 1990s Goldblatt participated in children's educational TV show "BeSod HaInyanim", and directed the summer TV show "Dagi Digitaly".
Through the years Goldblatt dubbed the voices of various characters in Israeli Hebrew-speaking TV shows and films.
In addition to his career as a performing actor, through the years Goldblatt also taught theater in a number of acting schools. In 2004 Goldblatt began hosting the program "אדם ומלואו" at Channel 33 (after the sudden death of former host Uzi Hitman). In addition, Goldblatt played a cameo role in two episodes of the Israeli sitcom "HaPijamot" as Micah, the uncle of Alona Tal.
Sex crimes conviction
In August 2005 Goldblatt was arrested on suspicion of acts of rape and sodomy at various acting students, among them several minors, who came to his apartment to study acting. Goldblatt initially denied the accusations, and claimed he never forced himself on any of the complainants. On 3 July 2008 Goldblatt was convicted in the District Court in Tel Aviv of two counts of rape, of sodomy, and of three counts of indecent assaults aggravated on six women, some of which were minors when the offenses were committed during the years 1996 until 2004. The court referred to Goldblatt's assertion, noting:
|“||In our case, in all of the charges the defendant argued that the complainants distorted reality or cherry picked random details and connect those details incorrectly. In all of the charges he claimed that the acts were committed as part of a mutual agreement and as part of a romance or fling, and that in none of the events he intended to deceive the complainants. Nevertheless, the actions described by the complainants whose complaints became outdated, as well as the charges in the indictment indicate that there is no basis for the defendant's claim that the relations were mutually agreed upon, and that he is innocent, and had no intention to deceive any one, and they sufficiently prove a criminal intent, as opposed to a random act.||”|
The court noted that "the events took place over many years, beginning in 1986 and lasted until 2004" and various other women were also offended, but due to the statute of limitations Goldblatt would only be tried on his subsequent offenses.
During his trail Goldblatt noted that in some cases he was frivolous, and that some of the complainants' were offended by him in one way or another. Goldblatt was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment, 2 years probation, and was ordered to provide compensation of 25,000 NIS to each of the two women he was convicted of raping. Goldblatt appealed to the Supreme Court on his conviction and of the punishment imposed on him. In February 2011 the Supreme Court partially accepted Goldblatt's appeal (as it replaced one of the two rape offenses of which he was convicted with fraud under aggravating circumstances), and reduced his sentence to 6 years in prison and 2 years probation.
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