Mark Ivanir has been working as a professional film and television actor in Los Angeles since the 90′s, breaking out with a role in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar winning ‘Schindler’s List,’ and becoming one busy Hollywood actor, a TV prime time regular and a familiar name in blockbuster movies.
Mark Ivanir’s road to Hollywood was circuitous at best. Born in the communist Ukraine (former USSR), he immigrated to Israel with his family in 1972. While serving in the Israeli Army he participated in the then clandestine mission to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel. His military experience and expertise has been tapped for various roles including De Niro’s CIA thriller ‘The Good Shepherd.’
His acting work started with clowning. Mark completed two years in a Circus school, traveled throughout Europe performing on the streets, and ended up working in a Parisian Circus – Cirque Pawelles. After leaving the circus, Mark entered into formal theatrical training, studying at Israel’s top acting school Nissan Nativ, later co-founding a theatre company made up of actors from the former USSR called Gesher Theatre.
Within two years, Gesher became Israel’s top theatrical outfit and was hailed by the London Times as “one of the six best theatre companies in the world.” Tapping his command of Russian, English and Hebrew, Mark performed many different roles, translated and adapted eight plays for the company and performed everywhere from Lincoln Center to the National Theatre in London as well as on major stages in Paris, Rome, and Berlin.
Ivanir’s role in ‘Schindler’s List’ opened up a lot of doors for him and when he moved to London in the early 90′s to study with Philippe Gaulier, he landed roles in ‘The Man Who Cried’ (with Johnny Depp) and ‘Secret Affair’ which encouraged him to relocate to Hollywood.
He rejoined Spielberg twice, first for a cameo appearance in ‘Terminal’, then again this year for the much anticipated ‘The Adventures of Tintin.’ Ivanir’s latest project includes acting opposite major names in Hollywood: ‘Johny English Reborn’ (starring Rowan Atkinson), ‘Everybody Loves Whales’(staring Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, John Krassinsky), and ’360′ (co starring Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weitz and Ben Foster). Ivanir is also no stranger to prime time television, as he guest starred in shows such as: ’24,’ ‘CSI:NY,” Law and Order,’ ‘Fringe,’ ‘CSI:Miami,’ ‘Nikita’ and many others.