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Also Known As: Theodore Meir Bikel Died:
Born: May 2, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austria Profession: actor, singer, guitarist, writer, photographer, editor

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Internationally renowned actor and folksinger Theodore Bikel made his first stage appearance as the Village Clerk in a Tel Aviv production of "Tevye, the Milkman" and would in fact play the life-loving Tevye so many times in productions of "Fiddler on the Roof" that it became his signature role (although he claimed to have liked "Zorba!" better). After graduating from London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he won acclaim for his work in West End productions of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1949, directed by Laurence Olivier) and "The Love of Four Colonels" (1951, directed by Peter Ustinov) before making his Broadway debut in "Tonight in Samarkand" (1955). Though he also played Robert de Baudricourt in "The Lark" that year on Broadway, a part he would reprise for the 1967 NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "St. Joan", his best-known theatrical credit (aside from Tevye) is probably his creation of Captain Georg von Trapp for the Broadway production of "The Sound of Music" (1959), starring Mary Martin.

Internationally renowned actor and folksinger Theodore Bikel made his first stage appearance as the Village Clerk in a Tel Aviv production of "Tevye, the Milkman" and would in fact play the life-loving Tevye so many times in productions of "Fiddler on the Roof" that it became his signature role (although he claimed to have liked "Zorba!" better). After graduating from London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he won acclaim for his work in West End productions of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1949, directed by Laurence Olivier) and "The Love of Four Colonels" (1951, directed by Peter Ustinov) before making his Broadway debut in "Tonight in Samarkand" (1955). Though he also played Robert de Baudricourt in "The Lark" that year on Broadway, a part he would reprise for the 1967 NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "St. Joan", his best-known theatrical credit (aside from Tevye) is probably his creation of Captain Georg von Trapp for the Broadway production of "The Sound of Music" (1959), starring Mary Martin.

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 Boing (1998)
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 Trickle (1998)
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 Babylon 5: In the Beginning (1998) Lennon
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 Shadow Conspiracy (1997) Professor Pochenko
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 Benefit of the Doubt (1993) Attorney Gideon Lee
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 My Family Treasure (1993) Grandpa Danieloff
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 Crime and Punishment (1993) Captain Koch
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Emigrated to then-Palestine (now Israel) at age 13
1943:
Theatrical debut as the Village Clerk of "Tevye the Milkman" in Tel Aviv
1944:
Co-founded Israel Chamber Theatre (date approximate)
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Moved to England to study
1948:
London stage debut in "You Can't Take It with You"
1949:
Appeared in West End production of "A Streetcar Named Desire", directed by Laurence Olivier; eventually assumed role of Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell
1951:
Directed by Peter Ustinov in West End production of "The Love of Four Colonels"
1951:
Feature acting debut in "The African Queen", playing first officer of the 'Luisa'
1955:
Broadway debut as Inspector Massoubre in "Tonight in Samarkand"; later that year portrayed Robert de Baudricourt in Broadway production of "The Lark", starring Julie Harris
1955:
Made TV debut on ABC's dramatic anthonlogy series, "Star Tonight"
1957:
Played the second-in-command on the German U-boat in "The Enemy Below", directed by Dick Powell
1958:
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role as moderate Sheriff Max Muller who refuses to get caught up in or intimidated by the mob psychology in Stanley Kramer's "The Defiant Ones"
1959:
Created the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in Broadway production of "The Sound of Music" opposite Mary Martin; received Tony nomination
1964:
Played noted linguist Zoltan Karpathy in George Cukor's film version of "My Fair Lady"
1966:
Portrayed the Captain in "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming"
1967:
Reprised role of de Baudricourt for NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "St. Joan"; also played Mr Van Daan in ABC's version of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
1968:
Delegate to the Democratic convention
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Toured U.S. cities as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" in the late 1960s and 1970s
1972:
Headlined the national tour of the stage musical "The Rothschilds"
1976:
Acted in ABC movie "Victory at Entebbe"
1976:
Played what is reportedly his favorite role in "Zorba!" on tour of US cities
1977:
Appointed by President Carter to serve a five-year term on the National Council for the Arts
1985:
Had recurring role as Warnick on ABC's "Dynasty"
1987:
Appeared as recurring character Martin Dimitrov on CBS' "Falcon Crest"
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Was frequent guest star on CBS' "Murder, She Wrote": played Crenshaw in a 1987 episode; world famous opera singer Bertolucci in 1989's "When the Fat Lady Sings"; Uri Lermentov in "The List of Uri Lermentov" (1991); and Inspector Van Horn in a 1994 episode
1989:
Portrayed Henry Kissinger in the ABC movie "The Final Days", based on the book by Bob Woodward
1997:
Acted the part of Profesor Pochenko in "The Shadow Conspiracy"
1998:
Appeared in the shorts "Trickle" and "Boing"
1999:
Returned to the NYC stage in "The Gathering"
2000:
Toured as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof"
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Education

University of London: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

Among his many honors, Bikel was named Man of the Year (1967) by B'nai Brith

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wife:
Ofra Ichilov. Divorced.
wife:
Rita Weinberg. Married in 1967.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Josef Bikel.
mother:
Miriam Bikel.
son:
Robert Simon Bikel.
son:
Daniel Martin Bikel.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Folksongs and Footnotes" Meridian Books

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