Broadway’s marquees will go dark for one minute on Friday at 7:45 P.M. in honor of Theodore Bikel, the actor, folk singer and union activist who died earlier this week. Bikel was best known as a replacement for Zero Mostel in Fiddler On The Roof who extended his Broadway appearance into a run in touring and international productions that resulted in a record-setting 2,000-plus performances as Tevye, the impoverished God-conversing milkman with a cranky wife and five daughters.
Bikel, who appeared in movie, TV and stage roles ranging from The African Queen to All In The Family and JAG, devoted much of his life to helping actors and actors unions, was 91.
Vienna-born Bikel had roles in more than 150 films and TV shows and countless stage productions. He earned an Oscar nomination in 1960 for his supporting role in The Defiant Ones; the same year, he was nominated for a Tony for originating the role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound Of Music on Broadway. He also recorded some three dozen albums of folk music.