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Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
(Hebrew: חיים טופול‬, born September 9, 1935)[1], also spelled Haym Topol,[2] mononymously known as Topol,[3] is an Israeli theatrical, film, and television actor, singer, comedian, voice artist, film producer, author, and illustrator. He is best known for his portrayal of Tevye the dairyman in the musical Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
on stage and screen, a role he performed more than 3,500 times in shows and revivals from the late 1960s through 2009.[3] Topol began his acting career during his Israeli army service in the Nahal
entertainment troupe, and later toured Israel
with kibbutz theatre and satirical theatre companies. He was a co-founder of the Haifa Theatre. His breakthrough film role came in 1964 as the title character in Sallah Shabati, by Israeli writer Ephraim Kishon, for which he won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer—Male. He went on to appear in more than 30 films in Israel
and the United States. In the 1960s through 1980s, he was Israel's "only internationally-recognized entertainer".[3] He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor
for his 1971 film portrayal of Tevye, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor
for a 1991 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. He is a founder of Variety Israel, an organization serving children with special needs, and Jordan River Village, a year-round camp for Arab and Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses, for which he serves as chairman of the board. In 2015 he was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement.


1 Early life 2 Early film career 3 Tevye the dairyman 4 Other stage and film roles 5 Musical recordings 6 Author
and illustrator 7 Charitable work 8 Other awards 9 Personal life 10 Filmography 11 References 12 Sources 13 External links

Early life[edit] Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
was born in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
in 1935, in what was then Mandatory Palestine. His father, Jacob Topol, had immigrated to Mandatory Palestine from Russia in the early 1930s and worked as a plasterer;[4][5] he also served in the Haganah
paramilitary organization.[6] His mother, Rel (née Goldman) Topol, was a seamstress.[4][7] Though the young Chaim wanted to become a commercial artist, his elementary school teachers saw a theatrical side to him, and encouraged him to act in school plays and read stories to the class.[3] At age 14 he began working as a printer at the Davar
newspaper while pursuing his high school studies at night.[3] He graduated high school at age 17 and moved to Kibbutz
Geva. A year later, he enlisted in the Israeli army and became a member of the Nahal
entertainment troupe, singing and acting in traveling shows.[3][8] He rose in rank to troupe commander.[3] Twenty-three days after being discharged from military service on October 2, 1956, and two days after marrying Galia Finkelstein, a fellow Nahal
troupe member, Topol was called up to serve in the Sinai Campaign. He performed for soldiers stationed in the desert. After the war, he and his wife settled in Kibbutz
Mishmar David, where Topol worked as a garage mechanic.[3] Topol assembled a kibbutz theatre company made up of friends from his Nahal
troupe; the group toured four days a week, worked on their respective kibbutzim for two days a week, and had one day off. The theatre company was in existence from early 1957 to the mid-1960s. Topol both sang and acted with the group, doing both "loudly".[3] Between 1960 and 1964, Topol performed with the Batzal Yarok ("Green Onion") satirical theatre company, which also toured Israel.[3][9] Other members of the group included Uri Zohar, Nechama Hendel, Zaharira Harifai, Arik Einstein, and Oded Kotler.[10] In 1960, Topol co-founded the Haifa Municipal Theatre with Yosef Milo, serving as assistant to the director and acting in plays by Shakespeare, Ionesco, and Brecht.[3][11] In 1965 he performed in the Cameri Theatre
Cameri Theatre
in Tel Aviv.[11] Early film career[edit]

Topol's sketch of himself as Sallah Shabati

Haim Topol, then a young man and of Ashkenazi heritage, plays the old Sephardic manipulator with such consummate skill that even aged immigrants from Morocco and Tunisia were convinced that he was one of them. “ ”

–Tom Tugend on Topol's portrayal of Sallah Shabati[12]

Topol's first film appearance was in the 1961 film I Like Mike, followed by the 1962 Israeli film El Dorado.[3][10] His breakthrough role came as the lead character in the 1964 film Sallah Shabati.[3] Adapted for the screen by Ephraim Kishon
Ephraim Kishon
from his original play, the social satire depicts the hardships of a Mizrahi Jewish immigrant family in Israel
in the 1950s, satirizing "just about every pillar of Israeli society: the Ashkenazi establishment, the pedantic bureaucracy, corrupt political parties, rigid kibbutz ideologues and ... the Jewish National Fund's tree-planting program".[12][13] Topol, who was 29 during the filming,[14] was familiar playing the role of the family patriarch, having performed skits from the play with his Nahal
troupe during his army years.[3][10] He contributed his own ideas for the part, playing the character as a more universal Sephardi Jew instead of specifically a Yemenite, Iraqi, or Moroccan Jew, and asking Kishon to change the character's first name from Saadia (a recognizably Yemenite name) to Sallah (a more general Mizrahi name).[3] The film won the Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Foreign Language Film, and Topol won the 1964 Golden Gate Award for Best Actor
at the San Francisco International Film
Festival and the 1965 Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer—Male.[3][9][10][15] Sallah Shabati
Sallah Shabati
was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, losing to the Italian-language Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.[3] In 1966, Topol made his English-language film debut as Abou Ibn Kaqden in the Mickey Marcus
Mickey Marcus
biopic Cast a Giant Shadow.[16] Tevye the dairyman[edit] Topol came to greatest prominence in his portrayal of Tevye the dairyman on stage and screen. He first played the role in 1966[10] in the Israeli production of Fiddler on the Roof, replacing Shmuel Rodensky for 10 weeks when the lead actor fell ill.[3] Harold Prince, producer of the original Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
that opened on Broadway in 1964, had seen Topol in Sallah Shabati
Sallah Shabati
and called him to audition for the role of the fifty-something Tevye in a new production scheduled to open at Her Majesty's Theatre
Her Majesty's Theatre
in London on February 16, 1967.[17] Not yet fluent in English, Topol memorized the score from the Broadway cast album and was tutored in the lyrics by an Englishwoman.[17] When Topol arrived at the audition, Prince was flabbergasted that this 30-year-old man had played Shabati, a character in his sixties. Topol explained, "A good actor can play an old man, a sad face, a happy man. Makeup is not an obstacle".[3] Topol also surprised the producers with his familiarity with the staging, since he had acted in the Israeli production, and was hired.[3][18] He spent six months in London learning his part phonetically with vocal coach Cicely Berry.[18] Jerome Robbins, director and choreographer of the 1964 Broadway show who came over to direct the London production, "re-directed" the character of Tevye for Topol and helped the actor deliver a less caricatured performance.[19][20] Topol's performance received positive reviews.[20] A few months after the opening, he returned to Israel
to serve in the army during the Six-Day War
Six-Day War
in June. He was assigned to an army entertainment troupe on the Golan Heights.[20] All told, he appeared in 430 performances of the London production, which ran for a total of 2,030 performances.[21] It was during the London run that he began being called by his last name only, as the British producers were unable to pronounce the voiceless uvular fricative consonant Ḥet at the beginning of his first name, Chaim, instead calling him "Shame".[3]

Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
breathed life into Tevye. “ ”

–Norman Jewison, 2011[22]

In casting the 1971 film version of Fiddler on the Roof, director Norman Jewison
Norman Jewison
and his production team sought an actor other than Zero Mostel for the lead role. This decision was a controversial one, as Mostel had made the role famous in the long-running Broadway musical and wanted to star in the film.[23] But Jewison and his team felt Mostel would eclipse the character with his larger-than-life personality.[24][25][26] Jewison flew to London in February 1968 to see Topol perform as Tevye during his last week with the London production, and chose him over Danny Kaye, Herschel Bernardi, Rod Steiger, Danny Thomas, Walter Matthau, Richard Burton, and Frank Sinatra, who had also expressed interest in the part.[3][25][27] Then 36 years old, Topol was made to look 20 years older and 30 pounds (14 kg) heavier with makeup and costuming.[5] As in his role as Shabati, Topol used the technique of "locking his muscles" to convincingly play an older character.[3][28] He later explained:

As a young man, I had to make sure that I didn't break the illusion for the audience. You have to tame yourself. I'm now someone who is supposed to be 50, 60 years old. I cannot jump. I cannot suddenly be young. You produce a certain sound [in your voice] that is not young.[3]

For his performance, Topol won the Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy[29] and the 1972 David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor, sharing the latter with Elizabeth Taylor.[10] He was nominated for the 1971 Academy Award for Best Actor, losing to Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
in The French Connection.[16] In 1983 Topol reprised the role of Tevye in a revival of Fiddler on the Roof in West End theatre.[21] In 1989, he played the role in a 30-city U.S. touring production.[30] As he was by then the approximate age of the character, he commented, "I didn't have to spend the energy playing the age".[30] In 1990–1991, he again starred as Tevye in a Broadway revival of Fiddler at the Gershwin Theatre.[30][31] In 1991, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor
in a Musical,[32] losing to Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
in Miss Saigon. Topol again played Tevye in a 1994 London revival,[21] which became a touring production. In that production, his youngest daughter, Adi Topol Margalith, played one of his daughters.[3][33] Topol reprised the role of Tevye for a 1997–1998 touring production in Israel, as well as a 1998 show at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne.[34] In September 2005 he returned to Australia for a Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
revival at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney,[35] followed by an April 2006 production at the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane[36] and a June 2006 production at Her Majesty's Theatre
Her Majesty's Theatre
in Melbourne.[34] In May 2007, he starred in a production in the Auckland Civic Theatre.[37] On January 20, 2009, Topol began a farewell tour of Fiddler on the Roof as Tevye, opening in Wilmington, Delaware. He was forced to withdraw from the tour in Boston
owing to a shoulder injury, and was replaced by Theodore Bikel
Theodore Bikel
and Harvey Fierstein, both of whom had portrayed Tevye on Broadway.[3] Topol estimated that he performed the role more than 3,500 times.[3][16] Other stage and film roles[edit] In 1976, Topol originated the leading role of the baker, Amiable, in the new musical The Baker's Wife, but was fired after eight months by producer David Merrick. In her autobiography, Patti LuPone, his co-star in the production, claimed that Topol had behaved unprofessionally on stage.[38] The show's composer, Stephen Schwartz, claimed that Topol's behavior greatly disturbed the cast and directors and resulted in the production not reaching Broadway as planned.[39] In 1988, Topol starred in the title role in Ziegfield at the London Palladium.[11] He returned to the London stage in 2008 in the role of Honoré, from Maurice Chevalier's 1958 film Gigi.[3] Topol appeared in more than 30 films in Israel
and abroad.[16] Among his notable English-language appearances are the title role in Galileo (1975), directed by Joseph Losey; Dr. Hans Zarkov in Flash Gordon (1980);[40] and Milos Columbo in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981).[40][41] In Israel, Topol acted in and produced dozens of films and television series.[10] As a voice artist, he dubbed the Hebrew-language versions of The Jungle Book and two films in the Harry Potter film series.[16] He is also a playwright and screenwriter.[13] He was featured on two BBC One
programs, the 6-part series Topol's Israel
(1964) and It's Topol (1968).[9][42] A Hebrew-language documentary of his life, Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
– Life as a Film, aired on Israel's Channel 1 in 2011, featuring interviews with his longtime actor friends in Israel
and abroad.[7] Musical recordings[edit] A baritone,[7] Topol recorded several singles and albums, including film soundtracks, children's songs, and Israeli war songs.[43] Author
and illustrator[edit]

Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres
by Topol

His autobiography, Topol by Topol, was published in London by Weindenfel and Nicholson (1981).[9][34] He also authored To Life! (1994) and Topol's Treasure of Jewish Humor, Wit and Wisdom (1995).[34] Topol has illustrated approximately 25 books in both Hebrew and English.[10] He has also produced drawings of Israeli national figures. His sketches of Israeli presidents were reproduced in a 2013 stamp series issued by the Israel
Philatelic Federation,[10] as was his self-portrait as Tevye for a 2014 commemorative stamp marking the 50th anniversary of the Broadway debut of Fiddler on the Roof.[44] Charitable work[edit] In 1967, Topol founded Variety Israel, an organization serving children with special needs.[10][45] He is also a co-founder and chairman of the board of Jordan River Village, a year-round camp for Arab and Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses, which opened in 2012.[10][46] Other awards[edit]

Topol (center row, far right) and other winners of the David's Harp award in arts and entertainment

At an October 1963 awards ceremony, Topol was a recipient of Israel's David's Harp award in arts and entertainment.[47] He received a Best Actor
award from the San Sebastián International Film
Festival for his performance in the 1972 film Follow Me![10] In 2008, he was named an Outstanding Member of the Israel
Festival for his contribution to Israeli culture.[10][48] In 2014, the University of Haifa
University of Haifa
conferred upon Topol an honorary degree in recognition of his 50 years of activity in Israel's cultural and public life.[10] In 2015, he received the Israel
Prize for lifetime achievement.[45][16] Personal life[edit] Topol married Galia Finkelstein in October 1956. They have one son and two daughters.[3] The couple resides in Galia's childhood home in Tel Aviv.[16] Topol's hobbies include sketching and sculpting.[3] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1961 I Like Mike Mikha

1962 The True Story of Palestine (Etz O Palestina) Narrator

1963 El Dorado Benny Sherman (credited as Haim Topol)

1964 Sallah Shabati Sallah Shabati (credited as Haym Topol) Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Most Promising Newcomer - Male San Francisco International Film
Festival Award for Best Actor

1966 Cast a Giant Shadow Abou Ibn Kader

1967 Ervinka Ervinka (credited as Haim Topol)

1969 Before Winter Comes Janovic

A Talent for Loving General Molina

1971 Boys Will Never Believe It Gadi Zur

Fiddler on the Roof Tevye David di Donatello
David di Donatello
Award for Best Foreign Actor Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor
- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Sant Jordi Award for Best Performance in a Foreign Film Nominated-Academy Award for Best Actor

1972 Follow Me! Julian Cristoforou San Sebastián International Film
Festival award for Best Actor

1973 The Going Up of David Lev Chaim (TV movie)

1975 Galileo Galileo Galilei

1979 The New Media Bible: The Book of Genesis Abraham

The House on Garibaldi Street Michael (TV movie)

1980 Flash Gordon Dr. Hans Zarkov

1981 For Your Eyes Only Milos Columbo

1983 The Winds of War Berel Jastrow (TV miniseries)

1985 Roman Behemshechim Effi Avidar

1987 Queenie Dimitri Goldner (TV movie)

1988 Tales of the Unexpected "Mr. Knowall" Professor Max Kelada episode: Mr. Know-All

1988–1989 War and Remembrance Berel Jastrow (TV miniseries) 11 episodes

1993 SeaQuest DSV Dr. Rafik Hassan episode: Treasure of the Mind

1998 Left Luggage Mr. Apfelschnitt

Time Elevator Shalem


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Award for Best Foreign Actor

Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1957) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
/ Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1958) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1959) Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(1960) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1961) Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins
/ Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1962) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1963) Fredric March
Fredric March
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1964) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1965) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1966) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1967) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
/ Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1968) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1969) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1970) Ryan O'Neal
Ryan O'Neal
(1971) Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
(1972) Yves Montand
Yves Montand
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
/ Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1974) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
/ Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
/ Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1975) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
/ Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1976) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(1977) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1978) Richard Gere
Richard Gere
/ Michel Serrault
Michel Serrault
(1979) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1982) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1983) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) Tom Hulce
Tom Hulce
(1985) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1986) Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
(1987) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1988) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1989) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1990) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1991) John Turturro
John Turturro
(1992) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1993) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1994) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1995) Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel

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– Motion Picture Musical or Comedy


Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1950) Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1951) Donald O'Connor
Donald O'Connor
(1952) David Niven
David Niven
(1953) James Mason
James Mason
(1954) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1955) Mario Moreno (1956) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1957) Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1958) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1959) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1960) Glenn Ford
Glenn Ford
(1961) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1962) Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1963) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1966) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(1967) Ron Moody
Ron Moody
(1968) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1969) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1970) Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
(1971) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1972) George Segal
George Segal
(1973) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1974) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
/ George Burns
George Burns


Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson
(1976) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1977) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1978) Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
(1979) Ray Sharkey
Ray Sharkey
(1980) Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
(1981) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1982) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1983) Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
(1984) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1985) Paul Hogan
Paul Hogan
(1986) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1987) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1988) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1989) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1990) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1991) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(1992) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1993) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(1994) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1995) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1998) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
(1999) George Clooney
George Clooney


Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(2001) Richard Gere
Richard Gere
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2005) Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
(2006) Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
(2007) Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
(2008) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2009) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2012) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2013) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
(2014) Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(2015) Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
(2016) James Franco
James Franco

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