Actor and musician Theodore Bikel died at the age of 91 in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
His stage roles include Fiddler on the Roof’s Tevye as well as the Sound of Music’s Captain von Trapp. His film work include parts in The Pride and the Passion, The Enemy Below, Moulin Rouge, The African Queen, I Want to Live!, My Fair Lady, and The Defiant Ones, for which he received his sole Academy Award nomination in 1959.
On television, he appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone, Little House on the Prairie, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, and in 1990 in Star Trek – The Next Generation as Worf’s adoptive father (my personal favourite).
As for his music career, according to All Music:
He signed with Elektra Records in the mid-’50s and recorded Israeli Folk Songs in 1955. He became a co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival and performed at the event in 1960. Bikel’s repertoire proved uniquely eclectic, including songs from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Israel. He played hundreds of dates in United States, from the Rainbow & Stars in New York to The Boarding House in San Francisco, and traveled broadly, performing in New Zealand, Australia, and throughout Europe.
Along the way he recorded dozens of albums. You can find his discography here.
Below is a cut from one of them. The song is “Na Konye Voronom”, a Russian folk song from the album An Actor’s Holiday, released in 1956.