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Posted: May 1, 2014 3:47 AM

Updated: May 1, 2014 3:47 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) Actor and director Assi Dayan, an Israeli cultural icon who was known for both his trailblazing films and troubled personal life, has died. He was 68.

Dayan died on Tuesday in his Tel Aviv home. He had suffered from several illnesses in recent years.

A scion to one of Israel's most prominent families, Dayan was the youngest son of famed general and politician Moshe Dayan.

He acted in 50 films and TV shows and directed 16 movies. He played the lead role in the acclaimed TV drama Betipul, which was adapted into the HBO series "In Treatment," with Gabriel Byrne playing Dayan's role.

Dayan, who had four children from three marriages, had a tumultuous personal life. He was open about his bouts of drug and alcohol abuse and suicidal tendencies.

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