Sasson Gabai (Hebrew: ששון גבאי; also known as Sasson Gabay, born 24 November 1947) is an Israeli actor who has been acting since 1973. Winner of an Ophir Award, Asia Pacific Screen Award (nominated), European Film Awards and Jerusalem Film Festival in 2007 as Best Actor in a highly acclaimed Israeli film The Band's Visit.
Gabai was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1947 to an Iraqi Jewish family. During his childhood he immigrated together with his family to Israel. After serving his mandatory military service in the Israeli Defense Forces he studied theater and psychology at the Tel Aviv University. After graduating he began playing in the Khan Theater in Michael Alfreds group. Afterwards he played in several stage productions at the Hacameri Theater, the Be'er Sheva Theater and the Beit Lessin Theater, in which he currently is one of the permanent staff. Among the many plays he participated in were Servant of Two Masters, Catch 22, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, and Rain Man. Gabai also played in the 1989 children's musical Peter Pan as Captain Hook. Through the years Gabai played in various Israeli and international films: Sipurei Tel-Aviv,Time for Cherries, for which he won an Ophir award, Rambo III, the Escape from Saudi Arabia, Made in Israel, Aviva, My Love and many others. Through the years Gabai also played in the various productions in the Israeli television. Among others he played in series The Haim Neighborhood (שכונת חיים), Siton (סיטון), Late Night Stories (סיפורים לשעת לילה מאוחרת), and in the drama series The Kastner Trial (משפט קסטנר) in which he played Rudolf Kastner, he was a host in the comedy series Zehu Ze!, and played a cameo role in the popular comedy series Krovim Krovim, in addition to many other productions. In 2007 Gabai starred in the critically acclaimed film The Band's Visit, a role for which he won an Ophir Award and a European Film Award. In 2008 he played the role of Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr in the American TV mini-series House of Saddam. In 2009 Gabai began to play the lead role in the TV series Polishuk, a role for which he won an Israeli Television Academy Award in the category of best actor in a comedy series. In 2011 he played the lead role in a film Restoration, a role for which he was nominated for an Ophir Award. Gabai resides in Tel Aviv, Israel, is married and has five children.