Job Film, television actor
Years active 1946-present
Known for Villains; threatening foreigners; master of languages, dialects and accents
Top Roles Carl G.G. Palmberg, Dr. R. W. Gibbs, Sheriff Max Muller, General Jouvet, Dimitrios Tassos
Top GenresDrama, Adventure, Romance, War, Thriller/Suspense, Comedy
Top TopicsBook-Based, World War II, Period Piece
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Director), ,
Shares birthday with Brian Aherne, Tyrone Power Sr., William Bakewell  see more..

Theodore Bikel Overview:

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).



Although Bikel was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1958Best Supporting ActorThe Defiant Ones (1958)Sheriff Max MullerNominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Live Performance.

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Theodore Bikel Quotes:

[Why they don't have to worry about finding the 2 convicts]
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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Theodore Bikel Facts
Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1958, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "The Rope Dancers," and in 1960, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "The Sound of Music."

Appeared as a member of a MENSA-like society in "Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case (#6.3)" (1977)). In real life he actually is a MENSA member.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

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