The 'Homeland' Spy Who Started Out as an Israeli Intelligence Operative

Mark Ivanir was on the verge of joining the ranks of Israel’s spies, but instead he chose an acting career that led him to Hollywood and a star role in the hit American TV series.

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Mark Ivanir likes the idea of being a spy. So much so that the Israeli actor, who plays the Russian secret agent Ivan in the fifth season of “Homeland,” once almost became a real international man of mystery.