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Theodore Bikel

( b. May 02, 1924 Vienna, AUSTRIA - d. Jul 21, 2015 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Male

Biography: Theodore Meir Bikel was born on May 2, 1924 in Vienna, Austria to Miriam and Josef Bikel. He apprenticed at the Habimah theater in Tel Aviv in 1943, and then studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He created the role of Baron von Trapp in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music. He had a radio show on WBAI in New York. His autobiography, "Theo," was published in 1994 and revised in 2002 and 2014. With Pete Seeger, he co-founded the Newport Folk Festival. He served as president of Actors' Equity from 1973 to 1982. He was a member of the National Council on the Arts from 1977 to 1982. He married Ofra Ichilov and then Rita Weinberg Call, with whom he had two children. He then married conductor and pianist Tamara Brooks, who died in 2012. He then married journalist Aimee Ginsburg.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "My Fair Lady," "The African Queen," "The Defiant Ones," "Shattered," "Crime and Punishment," "The Enemy Below," "Shadow Conspiracy," "I Want to Live!," "My Side of the Mountain," and "Sands of the Kalahari." Television credits include: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Law & Order," "Columbo," "Little House on the Prairie," "The Twilight Zone," "Murder, She Wrote," and "Gunsmoke."

Other Awards: Emmy Award for "Los Angeles History Project" in 1989. Received a star on the Walk of Fame in 2005.

He toured for decades as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, performing the role over 2,000 times.
He sang in 21 languages.
He opened two espresso cafes in Hollywood.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on July 24, 2015.

ProductionsDate of Productions
The Inspector General
[Play, Revival]
  • Performer: Theodore Bikel [Antón Antónovich Skvozník-Dmukhanóvsky]
Sep 21, 1978 - Nov 19, 1978
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Theodore Bikel [Professor George Ritter]
Mar 18, 1966 - Mar 19, 1966
Cafe Crown
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Theodore Bikel [Samuel Cole]
Apr 17, 1964 - Apr 18, 1964
The Sound of Music
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: Theodore Bikel [Captain Georg von Trapp]
Nov 16, 1959 - Jun 15, 1963
The Rope Dancers
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Theodore Bikel [Dr. Jacobson]
Nov 20, 1957 - May 03, 1958
The Lark
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: Theodore Bikel [Robert de Beaudricourt]
Nov 17, 1955 - Jun 02, 1956
Tonight in Samarkand
[Play, Melodrama, Original]
  • Performer: Theodore Bikel [Inspector Massoubre]
Feb 16, 1955 - Mar 12, 1955
Touring ProductionsDates of Touring Productions
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy,Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Theodore Bikel
        Tevye - Replacement
Feb 07, 2009 - Jun 27, 2010
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy,Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Theodore Bikel [Tevye]
Oct 24, 2000 - May 26, 2002
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy,Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Theodore Bikel [Tevye]
Sep 07, 1994 - Jun 23, 1996
2010 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Solo Performance
Theodore Bikel (for "Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears") [nominee]
1960 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Musical
The Sound of Music [nominee]
Also Starring: Theodore Bikel
1958 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Play
The Rope Dancers [nominee]
Performer: Theodore Bikel
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