Morocco-born Israeli actor Aharon Ipalé has died at the age of 74. Haaretz reports he passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016, after a battle with cancer. Ipalé’s last TV series credit was for playing Ivan Belikov on the 2015 episode of the Ray Donovan TV show, “The Octopus.”
Ipalé guest-starred as Israeli Prime Minister Avi Dahan on The Brink TV series, which was announced as renewed for a second season, before HBO reversed its decision and cancelled the comedy series. Alias fans will remember him as Ineni Hassan from that hit show’s first season on ABC.
Ipalé’s other TV series work includes The Bible (2013), The Unit (2007), Sleeper Cell (2006), and Hidden Hills (2002). He also appeared on General Hospital and the cancelled soap opera, Search for Tomorrow.
Here is more from Haaretz:
Ipalé died in Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer after battling cancer for his last few months. He left behind a daughter. He was buried Monday night in Holon.
Ipalé was born in Morocco on December 27, 1941 and came to Israel age two with his family. After finishing his army service, he studied theater in London. After his studies, he began appearing in television series and theater in England, playing Jesus in the TV mini-series “Christ Recrucified.” He appeared alongside John Gielgud in “The Shooting Party” in 1985, and with Burt Lancaster in the TV mini-series “Moses the Lawgiver,” in which he played Joshua, the role that put him on his way to Hollywood.
He had parts in a long list of famous American television series, including “Dynasty,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Kojak,” “The Love Boat,” “MacGyver,” “Miami Vice,” and “Charlie’s Angels.” On the big screen, he acted alongside Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” directed by Mike Nichols; and with Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman in “Ishtar.” He also had parts in “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Xanadu,” “Airport ‘79,” “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns.”
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