Aharon Ipalé

Aharon Ipalé (December 27, 1941 – June 27, 2016) was an Israeli-American actor, known for his roles in American and British film and television productions. His credits included Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Innocent Bystanders (1972), Raid on Entebbe (1977), Too Hot to Handle (1977), The Concorde ... Airport '79 (1979), The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980), Xanadu (1980), Who Dares Wins (1982), Eye of the Widow (1991), Son of the Pink Panther (1993), The Mummy (1999), and The Mummy Returns (2001).[1][2]

Aharon Ipalé
Aharon Ipalé at the Bel Air Film Festival in 2014.
Born(1941-12-27)December 27, 1941
DiedJune 27, 2016(2016-06-27) (aged 74)
Tel Hashomer, Israel
Other namesRon Ipale
Years active1963-2015
Spouse(s)Rachelle F. Ellison (1978-?)

Early life

Ipalé was born in Morocco on December 27, 1941.[1] He arrived in present-day Israel with his family when he was just two years old as part of the early migration of Moroccan Jews to Israel.[1] Ipalé enrolled in a theater school in London following his service in the Israeli Army.[1]


He began his acting career by appearing in British television series and theater productions, including the television mini-series, Christ Recrucified, in which he played the title role of Jesus Christ.[1]

Ipalé was cast as Joshua in the 1973–1974 British mini-series, Moses the Lawgiver, which starred Burt Lancaster as Moses. His work in Moses the Lawgiver earned attention from Hollywood and led to his later work in the United States.[1] His American television credits during the 1970s and 1980s included Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Kojak, The Love Boat, MacGyver, Miami Vice and Charlie's Angels.[1]

In 1985, Ipalé appeared in the British dramatic film, The Shooting Party, which starred James Mason and John Gielgud. That same year, Ipalé appeared in the Israeli film, Gesher Tzar Me’od (1985). Two years later, he co-starred in the 1987 film, Ishtar, which was a notorious critical and box-office failure.[1] More recently, Ipalé was best known for his recurring role as Pharaoh Seti I in The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns, both of which were directed by Stephen Sommers.[2] In 2007, he appeared in Charlie Wilson's War.[1]

Ipalé returned to Israel around 2012 after decades residing and working in London and Los Angeles.[1] However, he was unable to recreate the professional success in Israel that he had enjoyed abroad.


Aharon Ipalé died from cancer at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer on June 27, 2016, at the age of 74.[1] He was being treated for the disease for several months. Ipalé, who was survived by his daughter, was buried in Holon.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1971Fiddler on the RoofSheftel
1972Innocent BystandersGabrilovitch
1976Raid on EntebbeMaj. David GrutTV movie
1977Too Hot to HandleDomingo De La Torres
1978The ImmigrantsJoseph Lavetta
1978Hawaii Five-OEpisode: My Friend, the Enemy"Rashid
1979The Concorde ... Airport '79French Reporter
1980The Happy Hooker Goes HollywoodRaul
1980XanaduThe Photographer
1982Who Dares WinsMalek
1985Gesher Tzar Me'od (On Narrow Bridge)
1985The Shooting PartySir Reuben Hergesheimer
1987IshtarEmir Yousef
1988VibesAlejandro De La Vivar
1989One Man OutThe General
1991Eye of the WidowSoltaneh
1993American Ninja VDr. Strobel
1993Son of the Pink PantherGen. Jaffar
1993Invisible: The Chronicles of Benjamin KnightPetroff
1999The MummyPharaoh Seti I
2001The Mummy Returns
2006The Ten Commandments: The MusicalSeti
2007Charlie Wilson's WarEgyptian Defense Minister
2013The BiblePharaohTV Mini-Series documentary
2016The PromiseDr. Nazim(final film role)


  1. Anderson, Nirit (2016-06-28). "Israeli Actor Aharon Ipalé Dies of Cancer at 74". Haaretz. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  2. Evans, Greg (2016-06-28). "Aharon Ipalé Dies: 'The Mummy' Actor Was 74". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
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