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Theo Bikel: Biography

on November 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Born in Vienna before moving to Palestine at the age of 13, Theodore Bikel arrived in New York from London, where he had already begun to make a name for himself as an actor. He made his Broadway debut in 1955 in The Love of Four Colonels, before making his film debut in The African Queen two years later.

At the time, Bikel had no ambition to record, but Jac Holzman saw him perform at a Greenwich Village party where “he blew the lid off the place.” Holzman suggested he record an album of Israeli folk songs, released in 1955 as Folk Songs Of Israel. It began a long, 15-album partnership