Theodore Bikel, star of Broadway’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ dies at 91

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Actor Theodore Bikel arrives at the opening night of the UCLA Film and Television Archive film series in Los Angeles, August 9, 2013. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Gus Ruelas.

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(RNS) For countless theatergoers, Theodore Bikel was synonymous with Tevye, the loving Jewish father from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

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  • Jonathan J. Turner

    Theodore Bikel was one of my late brother Walt’s folk music heros from the early 1960’s. But for me he will always be remembered as the evil character Rance Muhammitz (that’s right!) in Frank Zappa’s 1971 movie “200 Motels.”

  • Larry

    Its Rabbi Koslov from Babylon 5!
    One of the few “Jews in Space!!!!”

  • I’m sorry to hear of his passing. I loved his role in Fiddler on the Roof. It seems every time that movie comes on I have to stop and watch it for a while. The soundtrack is beautiful. But I always sense that there is something missing from that film. What is missing is hope. For the believer in Yeshua there is a “certain hope” of life beyond the grave. A certain hope of resurrection. This hope makes all the difference, not only in death, but through all of life. May many come to find this blessed hope. Shalom