Best known for his role as the cheeky U.S. Army private, Joe Farnetti, in Anthony Horowitz's British detective series Foyle's War (2002-present), Jonah Lotan was born Yair Lotan in Israel. He grew up in Jerusalem and New York, and now lives in London. The young actor's three-year stint in the Israeli army in the 1990s prepared him for his role in Foyle's War, set around real-life war stories in which characters must wage personal war amid the chaos of an actual war. Lotan says Joe Farnetti reminds him of an army friend who had the ability to see the humor in any situation. The actor's previous credits include the film role of Chris in The Pool (2001), Kenny in the London/New York cross over TV show Ny-Lon in 2004, and starring next to Keira Knightley as an intern in film The Jacket (2005). Jonah joined the cast of the hit TV series 24 for its fifth season as Spenser Wolff, and has occasionally appeared as Dr. Marty Pino in CSI: NY (2004-present). Since returning from India for the filming of One Night with the King (2006), in which he stars as Jesse, Lotan has completed the drama pilot for the, Beyond, a film centering on the scientists at NASA's jet propulsion laboratory during a global crises.
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