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Eli Danker

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Israeli actor Eli Danker is at home both on the theatrical stages of Israel and in front of the cameras of Hollywood. After studying at the Acting Institute of the Beit Zvi School of the Performing Arts in Israel and at the HB Studio in New York, Eli Danker became an ensemble member of Jerusalem's Khan Theatre, where his broad-based talent quickly became apparent. Thus, he played a wide range of roles, including Rogozin in Dostoevsky's The Idiot, Collie Couch in Bertold Brecht's In the Thicket of Cities, the circus horse Negro Kaballo in Erich Kästner's May 35 or Konrad Rides to the South Seas or Dumbo in Joseph Heller's Catch-22. At Israel's National Theater Habimah, to which he soon transferred, he played the following roles, among others: Jason in Medea, Orsino in Was ihr wollt, Menelaos in Die Troerinnen and Mortimer in Maria Stuart. He received a scholarship from the French government to study pantomime at the Jacques Lecoq École. As a result, he was hired by the Israeli Opera as Master Of The House in Les Miserables. After being cast alongside Klaus Kinski and Diane Keaton in the film The Little Drummer Girl, shot in Munich, Eli Danker's film and television career took off. Since 1985, he divides his time between the stages of Israel and film productions worldwide. Some of his recent films include Viktor with Gérard Depardieu, My Mom's New Boyfriend with Antonio Banderas and Meg Ryan, Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and the American TV series 24: Legacy. Eli Danker is a member of the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv, where he most recently played the cook in Bertold Brecht's Mother Courage and can now be seen in Saturday Night Fever. Eli Danker has collaborated with Omer Meir Wellber for Strawinsky‘s Histoire du soldat and Ella Milch-Scheriff's "The Eternal Stranger" which had its world premiere with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig in February 2020.

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