Chaim Topol, also known simply as Topol, was an Israeli actor, singer, and producer. He was born on September 9, 1935, in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Topol is best known for his portrayal of the character Tevye in the stage and film productions of “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Topol began his career in the 1960s, and his breakthrough role came in 1964 when he played the lead role in the Israeli film “Sallah Shabati.”
He went on to portray Tevye in the London West End production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1967, and then in the 1971 film adaptation of the musical. Topol’s other notable film roles include playing the title character in “Galileo” (1975) and the Bond villain Milos Columbo in “For Your Eyes Only” (1981).
In addition to his acting career, Topol is also an accomplished singer and has released several albums throughout his career.
He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement in the arts.
Chaim Topol died on March 8, 2023, at the age of 87.
Chaim Topol Parents: Meet Jacob Topol and Rel Topol
Chaim Topol’s parents were Jacob Topol and Rel Topol. Jacob Topol was a plasterer, and Rel Topol was a homemaker.
They were Jewish immigrants from Poland who settled in Tel Aviv, Israel, where Chaim Topol was born and raised.
Topol has often spoken about the influence that his parents had on his life and career, and how they instilled in him a strong work ethic and a deep sense of Jewish identity and culture.