Arieh Elias

Arieh Elias (Hebrew: אריה אליאס‎‎. 1 April 1921 – 7 May 2015) was an Israeli actor.[1]

Arieh Elias
אריה אליאס
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Born(1921-04-01)1 April 1921
Died7 May 2015(2015-05-07) (aged 94)
Tel HaShomer, Israel
Years active1954–2006


Arieh Elias was born in Baghdad. In 1941, he was the first Jew to be accepted to the drama faculty of Baghdad's Academy of Fine Arts.[2] Elias immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1947. He joined the Palmach and fought in the War of Independence. At first he had trouble finding work as an actor due to his pronounced Arabic accent, but his popularity grew after playing the lead in the Israeli film HaYeled Me'ever LaRechov (The Boy Across The Street) in 1965.[3]

Acting and film careerEdit

In the early 1960s, he directed the theater troupe of the Frank Sinatra Center in Nazareth, staging Jean d'Arc, Nasser Aladdin and Majnun Night for El-Hadit Theater.[4]

Elias appeared in more than thirty films from 1954 to 2006. In 2013, he won a lifetime achievement award from the Israeli Artists’ Association.[5]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi Grandfather Bar Dayan
James' Journey to Jerusalem Salah
1975 Hagiga B'Snuker Halfon
1974 Kazablan Moshiko
Charlie Ve'hetzi Zaki Ben Hananiah
1965 The Boy Across the Street

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