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Chaim Topol, Tevye in Film and Stage Versions
of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Dies at 87

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Posted By: Dreadnought, 3/9/2023 1:46:08 AM

Chaim Topol, who became professionally known solely by his last name in a career that included starring in “Fiddler on the Roof” on stage and screen and co-starring in the James Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only” and the campy sci-fi film “Flash Gordon,” died Thursday in Tel Aviv after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87 years old. Topol’s death was confirmed by Israel’s president Isaac Herzog, who described him as a “gifted actor who conquered many stages in Israel and overseas, filled the cinema screens with his presence and especially entered deep into our hearts.”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: avital2 3/9/2023 5:52:43 AM (No. 1420818)
an icon. he left us all with wonderful memories. may his memory be a blessing.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Peaches 3/9/2023 8:37:21 AM (No. 1420914)
He was so talented. Rest in peace, Topol.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Kate318 3/9/2023 9:07:32 AM (No. 1420951)
He was a terrific Tevye. RIP, sir. Thank you for your contributions to the human race.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Vaquero45 3/9/2023 10:14:07 AM (No. 1421047)
I read somewhere that he had to get special permission to leave Israel to film “Fiddler On The Roof” because, at the time, he was on active duty as a sergeant in the Israeli defense forces. An all-around good guy who created a memorable character on stage and screen. RIP, Topol.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: zoidberg 3/9/2023 11:18:58 AM (No. 1421107)
I read that he played Tevye an estimated 3500 times. But that pales in comparison to Yul Brynner's 4400 times as the King of Siam.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: TexaTucky 3/9/2023 11:26:23 AM (No. 1421114)
I've always liked this Tevye quote: "I have some advice for you, get off my land. This is still my home, my land. Get off my land." It should be posted along the southern border every quarter mile.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: broken01 3/9/2023 12:59:15 PM (No. 1421183)
I remember my Performing Arts class in college we did Fiddler on the Roof. I played Avram and even though I can sing pretty good I can't act or dance to save my life. Mind you this was me going to college after 20 years active-duty Navy while working a regular job. I still have to say that it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a plus that I can draw and was able to help with props and sets. One of the ways to get ready to do the production My much better half rented Fiddler on the Roof starring Mr. Topol. He was great as Tevye and I enjoyed watching it so much I watched it three times during our production. Funny enough my classmate who was also my World History professor looked similar to Mr. Topol when he played Tevye. Watching that helped me get into the right frame of mind to do the 8 shows we did. So, with that said Chaim Topol is part of one of my favorite memories as my first and only college stage musical and for that I thank him.
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