Quick - name the most successful Jews in Hollywood.
Now, factor in a different demographic: Israelis.
If you don’t yet know who the most successful Israelis in Hollywood are, you will. A new list of the most successful Israelis in showbiz developed by the educational non-profit Israel21c includes established industry veterans like actress Ayelet Zurer, star of “Angels and Demons,” who topped the list, Madonna’s long-time manager Guy Oseary, who came in at #10, as well as up and coming talent like actor Aki Avni, whose career has taken shape alongside movie stars Natalie Portman and Meg Ryan.
If Israelis were once relegated to bit parts or ethnic roles, they’re now taking center stage, tackling diverse industry roles from actor to producer to talent manager.
Ali Suliman, the only Israeli-Arab to make the list, took the #9 spot and will next appear in Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies.”
Producer Oren Peli clocked in at #7, earning due recognition for his sleeper hit “Paranormal Activity”, a $15,000 home-spun movie he parlayed into a $100 million sensation.
Also included are Meital Dohan (#2), star of the popular Showtime series “Weeds”, “In Treatment” producer Noa Tishby (#4) and cover girl Gal Gadot (#3), who appeared in “The Fast and the Furious” and “Entourage”.
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