Character actor, Theodore Bikel, was born Theodor Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924 in Vienna, Austria. Bikel died at the age of 91 on Jul 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA .
Theodore Bikel was a swarthy, heavy-set Austrian born actor and entertainer -- a beefier version of Topol. He fled to Palestine before World War II and moved to England in the post-war years, where he was seen in films, mainly as sweaty, threatening foreigners. Latter in Hollywood he played characters of a more kindly disposition. He also sings, plays guitar and is keenly interested in New York politics. He was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the sheriff in "The Defiant Ones".(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Although Bikel was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.
|1958||Best Supporting Actor||The Defiant Ones (1958)||Sheriff Max Muller||Nominated|
He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Live Performance.
Sheriff Max Muller: They'll kill each other in five miles.
Lady at Ball: That young woman with Colonel Pickering, find out who she is.
Zoltan Karpathy: With pleasure!
[after their submarine runs aground]
The Russian Captain: [in Russian; subtitled] Devil take it! What a mess! What a mess.
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