Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel

actor, director, writer

Theodore Bikel was born on May 02, 1924 in Austria. Theodore Bikel's big-screen debut came with Island Rescue directed by Ralph Thomas in 1951, strarring Man at Newspaper Vendor (uncredited). Theodore Bikel is known for Babylon 5: In the Beginning directed by Michael Vejar, Bruce Boxleitner stars as John J. Sheridan and Mira Furlan as Delenn. Theodore Bikel has got 3 awards and 2 nominations so far. The most recent award Theodore Bikel achieved is Rhode Island International Film Festival. The upcoming new movie Theodore Bikel plays is The Little Traitor which will be released on Apr 02, 2009.

Theodore Bikel is one of the most versatile and respected actors and performers of his generation. A master of languages, dialects and accents, he has played every sort of film villain and semi-bad guy imaginable, and always adds depth, dimension and even sympathy to characters that would end up as cardboard cutouts in the hands of lesser actors. His memorable supporting roles include a German naval officer in La Reine africaine (1951), the king of Serbia in Moulin Rouge (1952) and a German submarine officer in Torpilles sous l'Atlantique (1957). He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in La chaîne (1958). Equally at home on the stage, Bikel is remembered for creating the role of Captain Von Trapp in the original Broadway cast of "The Sound of Music" opposite Mary Martin. He also appeared on stage in "Tonight in Samarkand", "The Lark" and "The Rope Dancers". Bikel is fluent in more than half a dozen European and Middle Eastern languages, and sings folk songs in nearly 20 languages, skillfully accompanying himself on guitar, mandolin, balalaika and harmonica. He was a regular on the early 1960s TV show Hootenanny (1963), a weekly cavalcade of folk music. Over the years he has performed on college campuses and in concert halls all over the country, and has recorded a number of record albums of folk music from around the world.

  • Birthday

    May 02, 1924
  • Place of Birth

    Vienna, Austria

Known For


3 wins & 2 nominations

Rhode Island International Film Festival
Journey 4 Artists (2013)
Winner - Lifetime Achievement Award
Walk of Fame
Live Performance
Winner - Star on the Walk of Fame
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Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows