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 Oslo
Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi
Dead Europe
The Infidel
Green Zone
The Promise




75% 68% Oslo Joel Singer (Character) - 2021
14% 59% Damascus Cover General Fuad (Character) - 2017
0% 20% 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% 45% Dead Europe Syd (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 76% 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


No Score Yet 43% Riviera Jakob Negrescu (Character) 2017 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Ropes Sami Al-Amir (Character) 2018
85% 86% Homeland Gen. Youssef (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspect Muki (Character) 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