Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel
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Bikel in November 2009
Theodore Meir Bikel

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DiedJuly 21, 2015(2015-07-21) (aged 91)
CitizenshipAustrian, American (1961-death)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1946-2007
Known forSheriff Max Muller in The Defiant Ones
Spouse(s) (divorced)
Rita Weinberg Call (m. Template:Hover titleTemplate:Hover title)
(her death)
(his death)
ChildrenBy Call: 2
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Theodore Meir Bikel (May 2, 1924 – July 21, 2015) was an Austrian-American actor, singer, and musician. He was nominated for an Academy Award as Sheriff Max Muller in The Defiant Ones in 1958.

Early life

Bikel was born in Vienna, Austria on May 2, 1924.[1] He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He moved to the United States in 1954. He became a U.S. citizen in 1961.

Personal life

Bikel was married to Ofra Ichilov from 1942 until they divorced in 1943. Then he was married to Rita Weinberg Call from 1967 until they divorced in 2008. He was married to Tamara Brooks from 2008 until her death in 2012. He had two children with Call.

Bikel died on July 21, 2015, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles of natural causes, aged 91.[2]


  1. Bikel's Film Reference biography
  2. "Farewell to Jewish Actor, Singer Theodore Bikel, 91". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 2015-07-23.

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