Sep. 9th, 1935
Tel Aviv, Palestine [now Israel]
Topol's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1981 - For Your Eyes Only
1980 - Flash Gordon
1971 - Fiddler On The Roof
1967 - Ervinka
1966 - Cast a Giant Shadow
Guest TV Roles
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- Has appeared in over 2500 stage performances as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof".
- Shares his name (Topol) with a tooth-whitening anti-cavity toothpaste that's been on the market for several years, and is still being sold today.
- In the late 1980s he toured the US in a stage revival of "Fiddler on the Roof." Unlike when he made the movie in 1971, he was Tevye's age by this time. The part of wife Golde was played by 'Rosalind Harris' (qv), who had played daughter Tzeitel in the movie.
- First Israeli actor ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.
- One of his best friends - Rehavam ("Ghandi") Ze'evi, a minister in the Israeli government, was murdered in 2001 by a Palestinian Terrorist
- Before the 1971 film version, Topol had played Tevye in over 400 performances in London. Since the film's release, he has played the milkman over 2,000 times in places from United States and Canada, to Europe, Japan, and Australia.
- Was on active duty with the Israeli army when he was nominated for an Oscar for "Fiddler on the Roof" in early 1972. He was granted leave so he could attend the ceremony in Los Angeles that year.
- In English, his full name means 'Tree of Life'.
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