Habima Actor Avraham Mor Loses Battle With Cancer

Zipi Shohat
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Actor Avraham Mor, 77, a veteran of Tel Aviv's Habima Theater, died on Sunday at Meir Hospital, Kfar Sava, after battling cancer over the last few months.

Just three weeks ago, he was still performing in "The Visit" by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Durrenmatt and during a road show felt so ill that he could not go on and was replaced by an understudy. He also recently appeared in Habima productions of "The Mother-in-Law" and "Madame Rosa."

Mor belonged to the old generation of theater actors for whom acting was a kind of mission. He had a unique and enchanting stage presence of a character actor who could be convincing in both comic and dramatic roles.

Actress Dvora Kedar, who appeared with Mor in "The Mother-in-Law" at Habima, said: "Avremaleh was a terrific actor and an outstanding partner and I say this not because he is no longer with us. And he didn't insist on leading roles because he did not know how to and did not want 'to act out.' He did not chase after publicity. He was a very humble person and a good family man. I'm very sad today. His death really breaks my heart. I had hoped to be able to act beside him for longer."

Mor began his acting career at the Ohel Theater in Tel Aviv, was a founder of the Batzal Yarok entertainment troupe, and performed in most Israeli theaters. He acted in "The Trial" and other plays at the Haifa Theater; in "Hedda Gabler" and "Henry IV" at the Cameri Theater; "I Like Mike" and "My Fair Lady" at the Giora Gudik Theater; and in "Bustan Sephardi" at Bimot.

But his home base was Habima, where he appeared in dozens of productions, including "The Caucasian Chalk Troupe," "A View from the Bridge," "Cry, the Beloved Country," "Baderekh Lebroadway," "The Emperor's Clothes," "Keter Barosh" and "The Spotted Tiger" - and this is just a partial list.

Mor also appeared in films including "Moishe Ventalator" (1966 ), "Kuni Leml in Cairo" (1983 ), "Alex is Lovesick" (1986 ), and "Lend Me Your Wife" (1988 ). He also acted in a number of television shows, including "Carousel," "Parpar Nehmad" and "Sesame Street." In 2011 he was in a number of television series: thriller "Achat Efes Efes," comedy "Hahayim Zeh Lo Hakol," and drama "Srugim."

Mor's coffin will lie at the Habima Theater at 12 P.M. today, followed by the funeral at 3:30 P.M. in Kfar Sava's Menucha Nechona secular cemetery, where playwright Anat Gov was laid to rest one week ago.

Mor leaves behind a wife and two sons.

The new Habima Theater building in Tel Aviv. Credit: Aviad Bar Ness
Tel Aviv's Habima Theater veteran actor Avraham Mor.Credit: Yossi Zveker