Assi Dayan

Assi Dayan

Born in 1945 in Nahalal, son to Ruth and General Moshe Dayan, Israel's Defense Minister during the Six Day War in 1967, Assi Dayan is a living legend. Film director, screenwriter, author, journalist and actor, Dayan is one of Israel's most accomplished creative forces. His career as an actor took off after he was chosen to star in A Walk With Love and Death, directed by John Huston in 1968 with Angelica Huston. Other acting credits for the multi-talented Dayan include Operation Thunderbolt, about the Israeli raid in Entebbe, and Beyond the Walls, both of which were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Dayan was nominated for a Golden Globe at the beginning of his career for his performance in Promise at Dawn, was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Life According to Agfa, which he wrote and directed, and won the Israeli Academy Award as Best Actor for Mr. Baum. Dayan has written and directed over twenty films which have won numerous awards and critical acclaim. As a director, he helmed Mr. Baum, Cover Your Ass, Life According to Agfa, The Good, The Bad and the Not So Bad, Letter to Jonas, Real Time, Beyond the Walls, When Night Falls, Five Days in Sinai, The Set Up, and Miri. With all these credits, in 1998 Dayan received a lifetime achievement award from the Jerusalem International Film Festival. His role in Time of Favor was acclaimed by Israeli critics to be his best screen role to date.