Makram Khoury

Makram Jamil Khoury (Arabic: مكرم خوري‎, Hebrew: מכרם כורי‎) is a Palestinian born Arab-Israeli actor, born 30 May 1945 in Jerusalem. He was the youngest artist and the first Arab to win the Israel Prize, the highest civic honor in Israel.

Makram Khoury
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Makram Khoury in the movie Petah Tikva By Tom Shoval.
Makram Jamil Khoury

(1945-05-30) 30 May 1945 (age 76)
OccupationActor, director
Years active1970–present
(m. after 1976)

Makram is active in films,[1] on the stage, and on television.


Makram J. Khoury was born in 1945, into a Palestinian-Christian family, in the al-Sheikh Jarrah section of Jerusalem to his father, who was a judge, and his mother, a teacher. The Khoury family fled to Lebanon during 1948 Arab-Israeli War. A year later, they returned to what had become the new State of Israel. The family took up residence in the port city of Acre, near Haifa. Educated there and in the nearby village of Kufr Yasif, Khoury finished high school in 1963. He then entered the Hebrew University of Jerusalem but later dropped out and pursued a career as an actor.

Khoury trained in Israel and from 1970 to 1973 he studied for three years at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, England. He later became involved with the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv and the Haifa Municipal Theater, continuing as a member of the latter for twenty years.

Makram has recently returned to Haifa following a year-long tour playing Tierno Bokar in Peter Brook's 11 and 12.[2]


His eldest daughter, Clara Khoury, is a rising actress in Israel, having recently appeared in three films that garnered international attention: Rana’s Wedding (2002), The Syrian Bride (she played the daughter of the character played by Makram) (2004) and Lipstikka (2011). His son Jameel Khoury is also an actor, and appeared in Ridley Scott's film Body of Lies (2008).




Year Title Role Notes
2010 11 and 12 Tierno Bokar
2015 The Merchant of Venice Shylock Performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The West Wing Chairman Nizar Farad 6 episodes
2008 House of Saddam Tariq Aziz
2014 Zaguri Imperia Superintendent Hazan
2015 Homeland Samir Khalil 2 episodes
2020 Messiah Mullah Omar 3 episodes


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Makram Khoury IMDB (1945-)". Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  2. ^ "Strolling Players review". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  3. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1987 (in Hebrew)". Retrieved 2009-07-03.

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