Theodore Bikel

Actor, Singer, Guitarist
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/01/1924 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (76)

Crime and Punishment 2014 (Movie)

Captain Koch (Actor)

The Little Traitor 2009 (Movie)

Interrogator (Actor)

JAG 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Second Chances 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Eternal Road: Encounter With the Past 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Taste of Chanukah 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Taste of Passover 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Boing 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Festival 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burning Zone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shadow Conspiracy 1997 (Movie)

Professor Pochenko (Actor)

Trickle 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

L.A. Law 1987 - 1992, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1987 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1992, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Benefit of the Doubt 1993 (Movie)

Attorney Gideon Lee (Actor)

My Family Treasure 1993 (Movie)

Grandpa Danieloff (Actor)

Sidney Sheldon's Memories of Midnight 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Business of Art and the Artist 1992 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Shattered 1991 (Movie)

Dr Berkus (Actor)

The Assassination Game 1991 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

Easy Come, Easy Go 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

In Vino Veritas 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices of Leningrad 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lodz Ghetto 1989 (Movie)

(Voice)

See You in the Morning 1989 (Movie)

Bronie (Actor)

Dark Tower 1988 (Movie)

Dr Max Gold (Actor)

Inside the Soviet Circus 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

The March For Disarmament 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

1986 Miss America Pageant 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Jews of Moscow: An Inside Story Special Edition 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

Martin Luther King: The Dream and the Drum 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Prince Jack 1984 (Movie)

Russian Ambassador (Actor)

Very Close Quarters 1982 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Charlie's Angels 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Ark 1972 (Movie)

The Captain (Actor)

200 Motels 1970 (Movie)

Rance Muhammitz (Actor)

Darker Than Amber 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Side of the Mountain 1969 (Movie)

Bando (Actor)

Sweet November 1968 (Movie)

Alonzo (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Sands of the Kalahari 1965 (Movie)

Dr Bondarah-kai (Actor)

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming 1965 (Movie)

The Captain (Actor)

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

Zoltan Karpathy (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

A Dog of Flanders 1958 (Movie)

Piet (Actor)

I Want to Live! 1958 (Movie)

Carl Palmberg (Actor)

The Angry Hills 1958 (Movie)

Tassos (Actor)

The Blue Angel 1958 (Movie)

Klepert (Actor)

The Defiant Ones 1958 (Movie)

Sheriff Max Muller (Actor)

Woman Obsessed 1958 (Movie)

Dr Gibbs (Actor)

The Pride and the Passion 1957 (Movie)

General Jouvet (Actor)

The Enemy Below 1956 (Movie)

Schwaffer (Actor)

The Colditz Story 1955 (Movie)

Vandy (Actor)

The Divided Heart 1955 (Movie)

Josip (Actor)

Forbidden Cargo 1954 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

The Young Lovers 1954 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

The Little Kidnappers 1953 (Movie)

Willem Bloem (Actor)

The African Queen 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Laugh, a Tear, a Mitzvah (TV Show)

Actor

A Stoning in Fulham County (TV Show)

Actor

Babylon 5: In the Beginning (TV Show)

Actor

Killer By Night (TV Show)

Actor

Loose Change (TV Show)

Actor

Murder on Flight 502 (TV Show)

Actor

Testimony of Two Men (TV Show)

Actor

The Final Days (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Victory at Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Josef Bikel

Father

Miriam Bikel

Mother

Daniel Martin Bikel

Son

Robert Simon Bikel

Son

Ofra Ichilov

Wife
divorced

Rita Weinberg

Wife
married in 1967

EDUCATION

University of London

attended

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
entered in 1946; graduated with honors

Milestones

2000

Toured as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof"

1999

Returned to the NYC stage in "The Gathering"

1998

Appeared in the shorts "Trickle" and "Boing"

1997

Acted the part of Profesor Pochenko in "The Shadow Conspiracy"

1989

Portrayed Henry Kissinger in the ABC movie "The Final Days", based on the book by Bob Woodward

1987

Appeared as recurring character Martin Dimitrov on CBS' "Falcon Crest"

1985

Had recurring role as Warnick on ABC's "Dynasty"

1977

Appointed by President Carter to serve a five-year term on the National Council for the Arts

1976

Acted in ABC movie "Victory at Entebbe"

1976

Played what is reportedly his favorite role in "Zorba!" on tour of US cities

1972

Headlined the national tour of the stage musical "The Rothschilds"

1968

Delegate to the Democratic convention

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"

1966

Portrayed the Captain in "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming"

1964

Played noted linguist Zoltan Karpathy in George Cukor's film version of "My Fair Lady"

1959

Created the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in Broadway production of "The Sound of Music" opposite Mary Martin; received Tony nomination

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"

1957

Played the second-in-command on the German U-boat in "The Enemy Below", directed by Dick Powell

1955

Made TV debut on ABC's dramatic anthonlogy series, "Star Tonight"

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

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'

1949

Appeared in West End production of "A Streetcar Named Desire", directed by Laurence Olivier; eventually assumed role of Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell

1948

London stage debut in "You Can't Take It with You"

1943

Co-founded Israel Chamber Theatre (date approximate)

1942

Theatrical debut as the Village Clerk of "Tevye the Milkman" in Tel Aviv

Emigrated to then-Palestine (now Israel) at age 13

Toured U.S. cities as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" in the late 1960s and 1970s

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

Moved to England to study

Bonus Trivia

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

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