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Theodore Bikel

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Bikel in 2014

Source: rhinohandmade.com

Theodore Meir Bikel (pronounced bih-KEL; May 2, 1924 – July 21, 2015) was an Austrian-American Jewish actor, folk singer, musician, composer, and activist. He made his stage debut in Tevye the Milkman in Tel Aviv, Israel, when he was in his teens. He later studied acting at Britain's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his London stage debut in 1948 and in New York in 1955. He made his film debut in The African Queen in 1951, and in 1958 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in The Defiant Ones. For most of his acting career, he played primarily character parts in American and British films, often portraying foreigners, due to his ability to speak numerous languages.

Fact file

  • Born: Theodore Meir Bikel May 2, 1924 Vienna, Austria
  • Died: July 21, 2015 (aged 91) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Occupation: Film, television actor; folk singer
  • Years active: 1946–2015
  • Spouse(s): Ofra Ichilov (m. 1942; div. 1943) Rita Weinberg Call (m. 1967; div. 2008) Tamara Brooks (m. 2008; d. 2012) Aimee Ginsburg (m. 2013; wid. 2015)
  • Children: 2
  • Website: Theodore Bikel

Read more about Theodore Bikel at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

Broadway to honor Theodore Bikel by dimming lights Friday
Yahoo Entertainment, 2015-07-23 15:10:31
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights on Friday night in memory of Theodore Bikel, who starred on Broadway as Capt. Georg von Trapp in the original 1959 production of "The Sound of Music" and portrayed Tevye in many stage productions of "Fiddler on the Roof."

Broadway Will Dim Its Lights in Memory of Actor Theodore Bikel
Playbill Combined , 2015-07-23 14:29:21
The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed for one minute at 7:45 PM July 24 in memory of actor Theodore Bikel, who passed away July 21 at age 91.

Kirk Douglas Remembers Theodore Bikel, An Old Friend Whose 'Fiddler' Awed Him (Guest Column)
Hollywood Reporter, 2015-07-23 00:56:44
The 98-year-old survivor of Hollywood's Golden Age recounts his nearly half-century association with the 'Fiddler on the Roof' star, who died July 21 at 91, and explains how he wound up with a life-size sculpture of Bikel's Tevye on the roof of his home.read more

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