BIKEL, Theodore (1924-2015)
Austrian-American Jewish actor, folk singer, musician, and composer.
SIG – Vintage fountain pen ink signature in peacock blue. Acquired in person at the American Jewish Congress, New England Region champagne reception fundraiser.
He made his film debut in The African Queen (1951) and was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role as Sheriff Max Muller in The Defiant Ones (1958). Bikel starred in the original stage production of The Sound of Music.
Mr. Bikel was the President of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America and president of Actors’Equity in the late 1970’s and early ’80’s. He served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Partners for Progressive Israel, where he also lectured. His autobiography, Theo, first published in 1995, was reprinted and updated three times.