Mark Ivanir

Mark Alexandrovich Ivanir is an Israeli-Russian actor.

Date of birth

He was born on September 6, 1968.


His family emigrated to Israel in 1972. His father, Alexander "Sasha", was an English teacher, and his mother Malka, a German teacher. His maternal grandfather Meshulem Surkis was a Yiddish writer, journalist, actor, and a theater critic, a well known activist in the Yiddish cultural world.


Ivanir speaks seven languages: English, Hebrew, Russian, French, Yiddish, Ukrainian and Arabic.

Early life

His road to Hollywood was circuitous at best. While serving in the Israeli military, he participated in the then clandestine mission to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel. His military experience and expertise has been tapped for various TV and film roles. After completing his stint in the Military, Ivanir turned down several job offers from Israel's Secret Service, and gave up studying medicine to pursue a higher vocation-clowning. He completed two years in a Circus school, traveled throughout Europe performing on the streets, and ended up working in a Parisian Circus. After leaving the circus, Ivanir 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." Ivanir 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 major stages in Paris, Rome, and Berlin.

After being cast by Spielberg in Schindler's List, Ivanir moved to London to study with Philippe Gaulier and the actors of the Theater De Complicite. During this stint, he landed roles in The Man Who Cried (with Johnny Depp) and A Secret Affair which encouraged him to relocate to Hollywood. Tapping his command of Russian, English, French, Arabic, German and Hebrew, Ivanir has been working consistently in major studio film and television projects in eclectic roles spanning from a Russian spy to an Israeli producer to a German elephant trainer.


Not yet known.

Love life

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Net worth

Not yet established.


His first major film role was in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar-winning epic Schindler's List.

He rejoined with Spielberg twice thereafter, first for a cameo appearance in The Terminal, then again for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

Mark held a pivotal role in Robert De Niro's 2006 film, The Good Shepherd, later landing a role in Barry Levinson's What Just Happened, this time acting alongside De Niro.

In 2011, he appeared in Universal's Johnny English Reborn (starring Rowan Atkinson), Universal's Big Miracle (starring Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, John Krasinski) and 360 (co-starring Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster).

He has recently wrapped a lead role in Universal's thriller The Fourth State. His biggest part to date was on the critically acclaimed A Late Quartet, released from RKO pictures in the United States, in fall 2012. The film was voted as one of the New York Daily News 10 top films of the year. Ivanir plays Daniel Lerner, the first violin of the string quartet, whose other members are played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken.

Mark has an extensive television resume, having booked over 40 guest star and guest lead roles on television shows such as: 24, Monk, CSI: NY, Law & Order, Fringe, CSI: Miami, Nikita and scores of others.

He had a recurring role on USA's Royal Pains.

In 2015 he had a recurring role on Homeland as Russian intelligence agent Ivan Krupin.

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Mark Ivanir
First Name Mark
Surname Ivanir
Born 6th September, 1968
Home City Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Current City New York, U.S.