Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel

Highest Rated: 100% Modern Life (Profils paysans: la vie moderne) (2008)

Lowest Rated: 0% Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

Birthday: May 2, 1924

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Though he has logged many impressive credits as an actor, Vienna-born Theodore Bikel preferred to think of himself -- and bill himself -- as a folksinger. Emigrating to Palestine in the 1930s, Bikel supported himself with his music, and also acted with Tel Aviv's Habimah Theatre in Sholem Alecheim's Tevye the Milkman. A quick study in several languages, Bikel honed his acting skills with Britain's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Three years after his London stage debut, Bikel made his first film, playing a German naval officer (the first of many villainous roles) in The African Queen (1951). In 1958, he was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting appearance in The Defiant Ones. One year later, he costarred with Mary Martin on Broadway, originating the role of Captain Von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. Active in many political causes ranging from Jewish relief to the Democratic Party, Bikel served as president of Actor's Equity from 1973 until 1982. In a mid-1980s interview, Theodore Bikel noted with amusement that, in spite of his many stage and screen appearances, many fans remembered him best for his brief unsympathetic appearance as a Russian officer in the otherwise forgettable 1957 film Fraulein. Bikel continued working well into his advanced years, both on screen and on stage. He died in 2015, at age 91.

Highest Rated Movies



92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words Actor $0.4M 2016
No Score Yet Theodore Bikel: In The Shoes Of Sholom Aleichem Actor Director 2014
41% The Little Traitor Security Officer $0.5M 2009
100% Modern Life (Profils paysans: la vie moderne) Actor 2008
91% Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal Actor 2005
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment Captain Koch 2002
No Score Yet Taste of Passover: A Celebration of the Joys and Music of the Holiday Host 1999
No Score Yet Noon Wine Actor 1998
No Score Yet Babylon 5: In the Beginning Lenonn 1998
No Score Yet Second Chances Actor 1998
0% Shadow Conspiracy Professor Yuri Pochenko 1997
No Score Yet The Four Sons: A Guide to Passover Actor 1994
No Score Yet Jewish Holidays Video Guide Actor 1994
0% Benefit of the Doubt Gideon 1993
No Score Yet El Tesoro de mi Familia Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Assassination Game Leo 1992
No Score Yet Crisis in the Kremlin Leo 1992
No Score Yet Memories of Midnight Napoleon Chotas 1991
31% Shattered Dr. Berkus 1991
55% See You in the Morning Bronie 1989
No Score Yet The Final Days Actor 1989
No Score Yet Lodz Ghetto Actor 1989
No Score Yet Dark Tower Dr. Max Gold 1987
No Score Yet Prince Jack Russian Ambassador 1985
No Score Yet Very Close Quarters Victor 1985
67% The Return of the King Actor 1980
100% The Stingiest Man in Town Actor 1978
No Score Yet Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case Actor 1977
No Score Yet Victory at Entebbe Yakov 1976
No Score Yet Murder on Flight 502 Otto Gruenwaldt 1975
57% 200 Motels Rance Muhammitz / Dave 1971
No Score Yet Darker than Amber Meyer 1970
83% My Side of the Mountain Bando 1969
No Score Yet Sweet November Alonzo 1968
86% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Russian Captain 1966
100% Festival Actor 1966
No Score Yet Sands of the Kalahari Dr. Bondarahkai 1965
95% My Fair Lady Zoltan Karpathy 1964
No Score Yet The Blue Angel Klepert 1959
No Score Yet The Angry Hills Dimitrios Tassos 1959
No Score Yet Woman Obsessed Dr. Gibbs 1959
No Score Yet A Dog of Flanders Piet van Gelder 1959
83% The Defiant Ones Sheriff Max Muller 1958
93% I Want to Live! Carl G.G. Palmberg 1958
64% I Bury the Living Andy McKee 1958
No Score Yet Fraulein Dmitri 1958
83% The Enemy Below 'Heinie' Schwaffer 1957
No Score Yet The Vintage Eduardo Uriburri 1957
22% The Pride and the Passion Gen. Jouvet 1957
No Score Yet Flight From Vienna Kosice 1956
No Score Yet Above Us the Waves German Officer 1955
No Score Yet The Colditz Story Vandy 1955
No Score Yet The Divided Heart Josip 1954
No Score Yet The Little Kidnappers (The Kidnappers) Willem Bloem 1954
No Score Yet The Love Lottery Parsimonious 1954
No Score Yet Never Let Me Go Lieutenant 1953
78% Moulin Rouge King 1952
98% The African Queen 1st Officer 1951


No Score Yet JAG
Gunther Schmidt 2003
No Score Yet Babylon 5
Rabbi Koslov 1994
No Score Yet Law & Order
Schiff's Friend Sol Bregman 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Insp. Van Horn Prof. Crenshaw Rosanno Bertolucci 1994
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
CPO Sergey Rozhenko 1990
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
Eli 1988
No Score Yet The Equalizer
No Score Yet Knight Rider
Deauville 1983
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Yuli Pyatakov 1980
No Score Yet All in the Family
Klemmer 1979
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
Wycinski 1977
No Score Yet Columbo
Brandt 1977
No Score Yet Sesame Street
Performer 1971
No Score Yet Ironside
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Gen. Casimir Zepke 1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Martin 1965
82% The Twilight Zone
Oliver Crangle 1962
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
No Score Yet Testimony of Two Men
Peter Heger


Russian Captain says: I am wounded in dignity only.

Lt. Rozanov says: I am wounded in dignity only.

Rance Muhammitz says: I don't wish to alarm you, but the signature must be made... in blood.

Rance Muhammitz says: I don't wish to alarm you, but the signature must be made, in blood.