Newswire: R.I.P. Theodore Bikel, veteran of stage and screen, from The Defiant Ones and My Fair Lady

Theodore Bikel, an actor whose 60-year career ran the gamut from My Fair Lady to Charlie’s Angels, and whose roles ranged from fair-hearted sheriffs and space-faring rabbis to cunning murderers and a former secretary of state, has died at the age of 91.

Originally from Austria, and trained in Tel Aviv and London, Bikel was known for his work on both stage and screen, originating the role of Captain von Trapp in the Broadway production of The Sound Of Music, and playing garrulous Jewish milkman Tevye more than 2,000 times in stage productions of Fiddler On The Roof. Credited in more than 150 roles on television and in film, Bikel’s most notable film roles include a small appearance—his first in a motion picture—as a German officer in The African Queen, as Hungarian phonetics expert Zoltan Karpathy in the 1964 film version of My Fair Lady …

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