Israeli actor/screenwriter YOSSI BANAI died today (11MAY06) following a long illness. He was 74. Banai was best known in his homeland for writing and starring in satirical 1970s TV series THE PALE DETECTIVE which made fun of religious and political figures. He was awarded the Israel Prize in 1998 - the country's most prestigious honour. Banai's funeral is expected to take place on a kibbutz near Tel Aviv. He leaves behind a wife and three children.