Who is Oded Fehr?
Israeli actor Oded Fehr was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 23 November 1970, making his zodiac sign Sagittarius. He’s had roles in more than 70 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for his playing of Ardeth Bay in the 1999 action adventure fantasy movie “The Mummy”, which Stephen Sommers wrote and directed, and which starred John Hannah, Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser. It follows a group of archaeologists who’ve awoken a mummy by accident, which now wants to seize the world; the movie won five of its 30 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Sound. Oded reprised his role in the 2001 sequel “The Mummy Returns”.
He’s still quite active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for the upcoming movie “La Cocina”.
Education and early life
Oded was raised in Tel Aviv by his father Ury Ernst Fehr who was a marketing executive and geophysicist, and mother Gila (nee Lachmann) who was a day care supervisor; even though Oded hasn’t spoken about the siblings whom he might have, it’s believed that he has a brother and a sister, as well as a younger half-sister.
Oded grew up being interested in acting, and honed his skills at England’s Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; he also practiced acting at a drama school in Frankfurt, Germany. Upon matriculating in 1989, he served in the Israeli Defence Force, and upon finishing his service in 1992 began working for the Israeli airline El Al as a security guard.
He appeared in a couple of theatre plays between 1992 and 1998, but the names of these haven’t been disclosed.
Roles in TV series
Oded made his debut TV series appearance in a 1998 episode of the mystery crime mini-series “Killer Net”, and could then have been seen appearing in an episode or two of the action crime drama “The Knock”, the biographical romantic mini-series “Cleopatra” and the family fantasy adventure mini-series “Arabian Nights”.
In 2001 and 2002, Oded portrayed the lead character Frank Donovan in the action drama “UC: Undercover”, created by Shane Salerno and Don Winslow, and which also starred Jon Seda and Vera Farmiga. It follows Frank Donovan as he’s leading a federal team which takes on emergencies all around the country, and the series won one of its four award nominations. Oded could then have been seen playing Dr. Nicholas Kokoris in the drama “Presidio Med”, and heard voicing both Dr. Fate and Kent Nelson in the animated action adventure “Justice League”.
In 2005 and 2006, he starred as Faris al-Farik in the crime thriller drama “Sleeper Cell”, created by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, and which also starred Michael Ealy and Henri Lubatti. It tells the story of an FBI agent who’s to infiltrate a terrorist sleeper cell, and the series won four of its 24 award nominations.
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— Oded Fehr (@odedfehr) December 19, 2012
Some of Oded’s TV series roles in the remainder of the decade were in an episode of the action crime drama “Burn Notice”, the mystery crime drama “Eleventh Hour”, and the fantasy crime drama “Medium”, all released in 2009.
In 2012 and 2013, Oded voiced The Choten and various other characters in the animated adventure “Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters”, created by Andrew Robinson and Henry Gilroy, and which starred Scott Wolf, Kari Wahlgren and Phil LaMarr. It follows Rai who’s able to see creatures from a parallel dimension, and the series was nominated for three awards.
He’s also known for his playing of Moshiko Boaron in the 2018 action drama “When Heroes Fly”, created by Omri Givon, and which starred Tomer Capone, Ninet Tayeb and Michael Aloni; it tells the story of four men who’ve reunited after not having seen each other for 11 years, as they try to find the missing girl Yaeli. The series won two of its seven award nominations.
Oded’s three most recent TV series roles have been in the 2021 episode “All That Glitters” of the action crime drama “FBI”, the 2021 episode “I Know Why the Caged Cat Sings” of the animated action adventure “Young Justice” (voice role) and 17 episodes of the action adventure drama “Star Trek: Discovery” since 2020.
Roles in movies
The year 1999 saw Oded play Antoine Laconte in the romantic comedy “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo”, while some of his following roles were in the 2001 action adventure drama “Texas Rangers”, the 2001 short comedy “The Mummy Parody” and the 2003 action science fiction horror “Resident Evil: Apocalypse”.
The year 2005 saw him play Prince Sadir in the family sports drama “Dreamer”, written and directed by John Gatins, and in which he starred alongside Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning; it follows Cale Crane as he’s taking care of Sonador, the horse with a broken leg, and the film won one of its six award nominations. Some of Oded’s most notable performances in the remainder of the 2000s were perhaps in the 2007 science fiction action horror “Resident Evil: Extinction”, the 2008 mystery crime drama “The Betrayed” and the 2009 comedy “Drool”.
The year 2012 saw him play Sayid Abd Al-Aziz in the action mystery drama “Inescapable”, written and directed by Ruba Nadda, and which starred Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson and Marisa Tomei; it tells the story of Adib Abdel Kareem whose daughter’s just gone missing.
Oded has since appeared in only a couple of movies, with his three most recent roles having been in the 2020 short drama “A Score in the Vinyl”, the action thriller “Mission: The Prophet” and the horror thriller “Lair” both in 2021.
Oded received special thanks for the 2000 drama movie “Bread and Roses”, and the 2001 short documentary film “Spotlight on Location: The Mummy Returns”.
He’s been featured in many short documentary films, most recently in 2008 in “The Players: The Cast of ‘Extinction’”, and “Band of the Sand: Actors Unite”, and in the 2010 “Program Alice: Activated”.
Some of the talk-shows in which Oded’s made a guest appearance include “Up Close with Carrie Keagan”, “Good Day L. A.” and “Celebrity Page”.
Awards and nominations
Oded’s been nominated for only a single award: a joint Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the 2016 Melbourne Web Fest, for his, Dichen Lachman and Jessy Chram’s performance in “Hollywood Hitmen”.
Love life and wife
Oded hasn’t shared a lot about his love life with his fans, but it’s still been revealed that he’s today a married man, as well as a father of three.
He met his future other half, American producer Rhonda Tollefson at the Los Angeles Opera, and they married on 22 December 2000; Rhonda’s probably best known for her producing of the 2000 drama movie “Finding Forrester”, which starred Sean Connery and won five of its 18 award nominations, and the 2022 mystery thriller movie “Where the Crawdads Sing”.
Rhonda gave birth to their son Atticus on 4 January 2003, their daughter Finley followed on 26 February 2006, and they also have a second daughter Azelie, but her birthdate remains undisclosed.
Oded hasn’t spoken about other women whom he’s dated, and he’s married to Rhonda Tollefson as of November 2022, and they have three children together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Oded enjoys learning languages, and is fluent is both English and Hebrew, while he also knows some German.
He’s passionate about martial arts, and spent several years during his 20s practicing Hapkido.
Oded’s against guns.
He’s more or less active on Instagram, as he’s posted only close to 50 pictures and videos onto the social media network, however, there are still over 10,000 people following him.
Oded loves all animals, and his favorites are chickens.
His favorite actors are Keanu Reeves and Bruce Willis, and some of his favorite movies include “Replicas”, “Siberia” and “The Whole Truth”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Oded’s age is 51. He has brown eyes and short grey hair, his weight is 180lbs (83kgs) and he’s 6ft 2ins (1.87m) tall.
Oded’s net worth’s been estimated at more than $3.5 million as of November 2022.