filmmaker Assi Dayan, son of defense minister Moshe, dies aged 68
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[May 01, 2014]
(Reuters) — Celebrated
Israeli actor and director Assi Dayan, whose father Moshe Dayan
became internationally known as Israel's eye patch-wearing defense
minister during two Middle East wars, died on Thursday at the age of
68, his family announced.
Dayan, who was plagued by substance abuse during his career
and had a history of heart trouble, was found dead in his Tel
Aviv home. No cause of death was immediately given.
The actor had a strained relationship with his late father, an
army general. Moshe Dayan served as defense minister in the 1967
war in which Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the
Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai desert, and in the 1973
conflict with Egypt and Syria.
Assi Dayan's mother Ruth, 97, is a long-time peace activist who
has maintained a public silence about her husband — whose
extramarital affairs were common knowledge in Israel — since
their divorce in 1971 after 36 years of marriage.
"The only thing I inherited from my father is his heartburn and
impatience," Dayan said at a press event in 2011 that launched
the production of a 2013 autobiographical film, "Life as a
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He directed 17 films, including one of Israel's most popular
comedies, "Halfon Hill Doesn't Answer"(1976), which poked fun at
the army, an institution that is widely respected by Israelis
but also a traditional target for satire.
Dayan also made the critically acclaimed "Life According to Agfa"
(1992), a gritty portrayal of Israeli society based around a Tel
Married three times and the father of four children, Dayan played
the leading role of the psychologist in the successful Israeli
television drama, "Be'Tipul", later adapted by the HBO network in
the United States as "In Treatment".
(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
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