Yehoram Gaon – Personal
Yehoram Gaon is considered one of the major proponents of
the Israeli culture and entertainment worlds. As Israel's
all time most popular singer, gifted
actor, TV and radio host, writer, poet and publicist, Gaon
has a long list of performances on stage and screen in both
movies and on television. He has produced and directed plays
and movies and written and edited books on Israeli culture
Gaon was born and grew up in Jerusalem. After completing
high school, he studied Middle-East studies and Hebrew Literature
at the Hebrew University. Gaon did his three-year army service
as a singer and entertainer in the popular Nahal Troupe.
Taking up a theatrical career, Gaon appeared with the Israel
Cameri Theatre in theatrical productions of Arnold Wesker's
Chips with Everything, Bichner's Vitzek, and the classic
Israeli drama Kinneret Kinneret,by the National Laureate,
Nathan Alterman, and others.
In the early 1960's, Gaon studied acting under the famous
Utta Hagen at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York, and
graduated with honors from the RCA Institute for TV Production.
He returned to Israel to play the starring role in the musical
Kazablan, which became an immediate hit. After more than
600 performances, Gaon also starred in the movie version
of the musical, which became one of the classics of the
Israeli movie industry.
Other movies followed including; Siege, Every Bastard a
King, The Eagles Attack at Dawn, Joker, The Lover, No-Way
Street, and The Entebbe Operation.
Gaon's deep love for Jerusalem and his sensitive understanding
of the Sephardic heritage are evident in the movies he directed
- I am a Jerusalemite and From Toledo to Jerusalem.
Together with the former President of Israel, Yitzhak Navon,
Gaon also directed The Spanish Romances. Other theatrical
performances in which Gaon has appeared include, Children
of a Lesser God and Same Time Next Year by Neil Simon, with
Israeli leading actress, Gila Almagor.
Gaon's singing career has yielded 7 solo shows, over 70
long-playing records and countless special performances.
His songs have become the cornerstone of the Israeli music
and it was only natural that Gaon was chosen by the late
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to be the Representative Israeli
Singer at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo in 1994.
There he sang, at Rabin's request, the inspirational The
Gaon has also hosted weekly radio shows such as The Taste
of Manna from Heaven and Spices for Shabbat. During the
last ten years, his weekly radio show Gaon on Air- a program
that is a bitter-sweet commentary on the events of the week,
attracts one of the largest listening audiences on Israeli
Gaon has also appeared in and hosted a wide range of TV
programs, from talk shows to special productions. The comedy
series Close Relatives, that
Gaon starred in ran for three years and enjoyed immense
popularity. another dramatic mini series, Mr Muni, was based
on a bestseller by Israeli popular writer A.B. Yehoshua.
As a TV host, he hosted the highly successful Friday with
Gaon which ran for three years and was sequel by Good Evening
Israel which is still running.
Gaon is the author of a book, In The Middle Of The Road
which includes poems, family stories and photos, and has
also edited Spices from Spain, a compilation of quotes from
Ladino, with Hebrew translation, collected by his father
the late Moshe David Gaon, a renowned historian. He has
recently published a second edition of the monumental encyclopedia
Eastern Jews in Israel, originally published by his father.
In 2004, Yehoram Gaon was awarded the prestigious Israel
Prize for his contribution to Culture and Hebrew Song.
While still active in the entertainment business, Gaon served
eight years as a member of the Jerusalem Municipal Council
until 2002. He held the Portfolio for the Cultural Affairs
and Special Educational Needs.
Yehoram Gaon is actively involved in civic affairs, serving
as an active member of various NGO's such as the Committee
for the Advancement of Ladino, Yad Ben-Zvi Fund for Diaspora
Research, Adopt a Soldier Fund, The Association for Soldiers
Welfare, The Association for Autistic Children, The Fund
for Music Therapy and The Academy For the Hebrew Language.
2008 - to
present time: The show "Bechol Hakavod" (With All
Respect) one man show with the musician David Krivoshei
2007 - A
renewed album "To Thee Jerusalem" with renewed old and
loved Jerusalem songs
2007 - Played
himself as a guest star in the musical "Like in a Movie"
2006 - Double
album "My Country Stood By Me " contains nostalgic songs
in new arrangements.