Shlomo "Moni" Moshonov (Hebrew: שלמה "מוני" מושונוב‎‎; born 18 August 1951) is an Israeli actor, comedian, and theater director.

Life and career

Moshonov was born in Ramla, Israel in 1951, to a family which immigrated to Israel from Sofia, Bulgaria. His father, Moshe, who studied law in Sofia, sold textiles in the Ramla market.[1] Moshonov grew up in Ramla. He did his military service in an IDF entertainment troupe. After studying drama at Tel Aviv University, he joined the Haifa Theater, remaining with the group for five years.[2] In 1977 he made his first film appearance in Masa Alunkot ("Journey of Stretchers") alongside Gidi Gov.[1]

In 1978–98, Moshonov and Shlomo Baraba hosted the satirical TV show Zehu Ze!, first on Israeli Educational Television and then Channel 2. He also appeared in the films The Man Who Flew in to Grab (1981), Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986) and Deadline (1987). During the 1980s he starred in five "Festigal" song festivals, performing children's songs. He also starred in Arik Einstein's children's video Like Grownups in 1991. In 1992 he wrote, produced and starred in the film Cables.[2]

He appeared in many theater plays in the Cameri Theater, Habima and the Beit Lessin Theater, as well as several entertainment shows with Baraba.[3] In 2006 he directed Ideal Wedding at Habima and starred in The Goat: or, Who Is Sylvia?.[4][5]

In 2000 he starred in Besame Mucho and in Dover Kosashvili's Late Marriage in 2001, for which he won the Israeli Film Academy Award for best supporting actor. In 2002 he starred in Amos Gitai's Kedma. In 2003 he played in Kosashvili's next film Gift from Above, and starred in Year Zero. In 2004 he joined the sketch show Ktzarim on the Channel 2, for which he won an Israeli Film Academy Award for best actor in a comedy series, and in 2007 he hosted the Israeli version of Thank God You're Here on Channel 10. In 2006 he starred in Forgiveness ("Mechilot") and in We Own the Night in 2007. In 2008 he joined the cast of the second season of Betipul,[4] and starred in Two Lovers.[1]

Moshonov is married to actress Sandra Sadeh and is the father of opera singer Alma Moshonov and actor Michael Moshonov.[6] He lives in Tel Aviv, near Habima Theater.[7]

In 2012 he played in the Israeli TV series, The Gordin Cell as Peter Yom-Tov, an old Shin-Bet agent from Bulgaria. He co-starred as Nick in the 2013 movie Hunting Elephants.

In 2014 he played in the Bulgarian film Bulgarian Rhapsody, which became the Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.


  1. ^ a b c Fried, Yaron (21 May 2009). "All for love". Haaretz. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Moni and Baraba". Mooma (in Hebrew). Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Moni Moshonov". Habama (in Hebrew). 1 September 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Reichman, Alon. "Moni superstar". msn (in Hebrew). Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Pinto, Goel. "Curtains up and lights out". Haaretz. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Ben Ze'ev, Noam (17 May 2007). "Almost famous". Haaretz. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  7. ^ Halutz, Doron (4 December 2008). "Star quality". Haaretz. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 

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