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Theodore Bikel

Lowest Rated:   0% Shadow Conspiracy (1997)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
91% 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
39% The Little Traitor
  • Security Officer
$0.5M 2009
100% Profils Paysans: la Vie Moderne (Modern Life)
  • 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
44% 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
No Score Yet 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
67% 200 Motels
  • Rance Muhammitz / Dave
1971
No Score Yet Darker than Amber
  • Meyer
1970
80% My Side of the Mountain
  • Bando
1969
No Score Yet Sweet November
  • Alonzo
1968
84% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
  • Russian Captain
1966
No Score Yet Festival
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Sands of the Kalahari
  • Dr. Bondarahkai
1965
96% 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
81% The Defiant Ones
  • Sheriff Max Muller
1958
100% I Want to Live!
  • Carl G.G. Palmberg
1958
64% I Bury the Living
  • Andy McKee
1958
No Score Yet Fraulein
  • Dmitri
1958
80% The Enemy Below
  • 'Heinie' Schwaffer
1957
No Score Yet The Vintage
  • Eduardo Uriburri
1957
14% 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
75% Moulin Rouge
  • King
1952
100% The African Queen
  • 1st Officer
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Rabbi Koslov
  • 1994
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Schiff's Friend Sol Bregman
  • 1994
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • CPO Sergey Rozhenko
  • 1990
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Eli
  • 1988
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Yuli Pyatakov
  • 1976
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Performer
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Oliver Crangle
  • 1962

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