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      Yigal Naor

      Yigal Naor

      Highest Rated: 96% The Women's Balcony (2016)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jun 25, 1958

      Birthplace: Giv'atayim, Israel

      Isreali-born character actor Yigal Naor (aka Igal Naor) is of Iraqi ancestry, a genetic legacy providing him with the thick, dark-eyebrowed physical appearance that has made him popular casting for numerous Middle Eastern roles, among the best known of which is his portrayal of Saddam Hussein in the 2008 mini-series "House of Saddam." Naor made his debut in 1987 with a supporting part in the Israeli- and American-produced drama "Witness in the War Zone," which starred Christopher Walken. With the exception of his appearance in the 1993 horror "The Mummy Lives," most of Naor's roles over the next decade and a half were limited to Israeli film and television. His big break, if a mixed blessing in terms of typecasting, came in 2005, when Steven Spielberg cast him as a terrorist in his epic bio-drama "Munich," a role that gave Naor great exposure and led to subsequent big-ticket projects. In 2007, he landed a meaty role in the CIA-thriller "Rendition," where he lead an underground prison, and in 2010 he played the even more substantial supporting part of General Al Rawi, a figure more loosely comparable to Saddam Hussein, in Paul Greengrass' Iraq War thriller starring Matt Damon, "Green Zone." Thanks to the U.K., where he has increasingly earned work in film and TV, Naor found a little comic relief from all the war- and terror-related content, to some extent, when he played a Muslim cleric in the 2010 British comedy "The Infidel."

      Highest rated movies

      The Women's Balcony poster The Women's Balcony Oslo poster Oslo Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi poster
      Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi
      Dead Europe poster
      Dead Europe
      The Infidel poster
      The Infidel
      Green Zone poster
      Green Zone
      The Promise poster The Promise Rendition poster




      81% 66% Wendell & Wild Unknown (Voice) - 2022
      75% 67% Oslo Joel Singer (Character) - 2021
      14% 60% Damascus Cover General Fuad (Character) - 2017
      0% 21% Stratton Tariq Alawi (Character) - 2017
      96% 77% The Women's Balcony Zion (Character) $1.2M 2016
      51% 92% The Promise Mesrob (Character) $8.0M 2016
      No Score Yet 62% Suicide Muki (Character) - 2014
      45% 51% 300: Rise of an Empire King Darius (Character) $106.6M 2014
      No Score Yet 67% Farewell Baghdad Salman (Character) - 2013
      60% 44% Dead Europe Syd (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 75% I Am Slave Said (Character) - 2010
      59% 45% The Infidel Arshad El Masri (Character) - 2010
      53% 57% Green Zone Al Rawi (Character) $35.0M 2010
      47% 62% Rendition Abasi Fawal (Character) $9.7M 2007
      69% 92% Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi Aviho, the headmaster (Character) $54.3K 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All I've Got Unknown (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field Sender (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 84% Clara Hakedosha Headmaster Tissona (Character) - 1995


      100% 67% Munich Games Rafi Paz (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 41% Riviera Jakob Negrescu (Character) 2017 2020
      85% 86% Homeland Gen. Youssef (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Honourable Woman Shlomo Zahary (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ambassadors The Prez (Character) 2013
      60% 100% House of Saddam Saddam Hussein (Character) 2008