If you’re into hot Jewish men, don’t pass over Lior Ashkenazi, because, whether you’re one of the chosen or one of the goyim, this boychik has the kind of shiks-appeal that makes you want to put your lips around his shofar and blow!
Don’t let the name fool you, Lior Ashkenazi was born to Sephardi Jewish parents who made the trip from Turkey to Israel back in 1964. Lior’s father, Shmuel, was a printer and his mother, Victoria, was a housewife. Both parents spoke Ladino, or Judaeo-Spanish, and they raised little Lior in the Neveh Yehoshua neighborhood in Ramat Gan. But when he turned 16, Lior started having problems at school and he moved to Kibbutz Regavim.
After serving as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, Lior studied acting at Beit Zvi. He started his show business career at the Habima and Beersheba Theater before he moved over to the Beit Lessin Theater, where he worked with director Zipi Pines. Since then, he has dubbed voices in Pocahontas (1996), Mulan (1998),Tarzan (1999) and starred in a ton of acclaimed Israeli movies, including Rabies (2010), Israel’s very first horror film, and Walk on Water (2004), for which he won the Israeli Film Academy’s Best Actor award. Oy vey, that’s one his knish dish!