Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy 75th Birthday Topol

Chaim Topol was born on September 9, 1935, in Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine. He began his career appearing in stage plays in the Israeli Army. He then established his own theater troupe in Tel Aviv in 1961 and contributed to the founding of the Haifa Municpal Theater. He gained stardom with his portrayal of Tevye the milkman in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” at Her Majesty's Theater and later in the 1971 film for which he won a Golden Globe and Best Actor Academy Award nomination. He would go on to appear in such films as “Galileo” (1975), “Flash Gordon” (1980) and the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” (1981). During the '80s and '90s he reprised the role of Tvye in a revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” in a world wide tour receiving a Tony nomination for Best Actor. After several film appearances in the '90s he again toured in “Fiddler on the Roof” in Australia and New Zealand. In January 2009 he began a farewell tour of “Fiddler” but had to withdraw because of a shoulder injury. Topol is married to actress Galia Topol since 1956 and is the father of actresses Ady and Anat Topol. Topol appeared in one Euro-western “A Talent for Loving” (1969) as a Mexican bandit. Today we celebrate Topol's 75th birthday.

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