Topol Biography (1935-)

Full name, Chaim Topol; born September 9, 1935, in Tel Aviv, Palestine (now Israel); son of Jacob and Rel (maiden name, Goldman) Topol; married Galia Finkelstein (an actress), October 23, 1956; children: Omer, Adi, Anat (an actress). Addresses: Contact: c/o 22 Vale St., Maidville, London W9, England;Brian Eagles, Howard Kennedy, 19 Cavendish Sq., London W1A 2AW, England; c/o3 Dov Hoz St., Tel Aviv 63564, Israel.

Actor, producer, director
Birth Details
September 9, 1935
Tel Aviv, Israel

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof, Tel Aviv, 1965
  • Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof, London, 1967
  • A View from the Bridge, Palace Theatre, Manchester, England, 1985
  • Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof, Gershwin Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof, Melbourne, Australia, 1998
  • Also appeared as Aimable, The Baker's Wife; The Caucasian ChalkCircle, Romanoff and Juliet, and Othello, all Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England.
  • Major Tours
  • Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof, Israeli cities, 1997-1998
  • Appeared as Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof, various tours to U.S., Canada, Japan, and other cities.
  • Film Appearances
  • I Like Mike, 1962
  • Narrator, Etz O Palestina (also known as The True Story of Palestine), 1962
  • Benny Sherman, El Dorado, 1963
  • (As Chaim Topol) Sallah Shabati, Sallah (also known as Sallah Shabati), Palisades International, 1965
  • (As Chaim Topol) Abou Ibn Kader, Cast a Giant Shadow, United Artists, 1966
  • Ervinka, Ervinka, 1967
  • (As Chaim Topol) Janovic, Before Winter Comes, Columbia, 1969
  • A Talent for Loving (also known as Gun Crazy), 1969
  • (As Chaim Topol) Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof, United Artists, 1971
  • (As Chaim Topol) Gadi, Ha-Tarnegol (also known as Boys Will Never Believe It and The Rooster), 1971
  • (As Chaim Topol) Detective Julian Cristoforou, The Public Eye (also known as Follow Me), Universal, 1972
  • (As Chaim Topol) Title role, Galileo (also known as Galileo Galilei), American Film Theatre, 1975
  • (As Chaim Topol) Dr. Hans Zarkov, Flash Gordon, Universal, 1980
  • (As Chaim Topol) Milos Columbo, For Your Eyes Only, United Artists, 1981
  • (As Chaim Topol) Effi Avidar, Roman Behemshechim (also known as Again, Forever), 1985
  • (As Chaim Topol) Mr. Apfelschnitt, Left Luggage (also known as 2 koffers vol), Castle Hill Productions, 1998
  • Shalem, Time Elevator, 1998
  • Himself, Inside "For Your Eyes Only" (documentary), 2000
  • Film Producer
  • Ervinka, 1967
  • Every Bastard a King (also known as Kol Mamzer Melech and Every Man a King), Continental Distributing, 1968
  • Ha-Shehuna Shelanu (also known as Fish, Football, and Girls), 1968
  • (As Chaim Topol) Ha-Tarnegol (also known as Boys Will Never Believe It and The Rooster), 1971
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Chaim, The Going Up of David Lev, 1971
  • (As Chaim Topol) Michael, The House on Garibaldi Street, ABC, 1979
  • (As Chaim Topol) Dimitri Goldner, Queenie, ABC, 1987
  • Miniseries
  • (As Chaim Topol) Berel Jastrow, The Winds of War, ABC, 1983
  • (As Chaim Topol) Berel Jastrow, War and Remembrance, ABC, 1988
  • Specials
  • (As Chaim Topol) The 45th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Fiddler on the Roof: 30 Years of Tradition (documentary), 2001
  • Also appeared in It's Topol, BBC; Topol's Israel, BBC.
  • Episodic
  • Dr. Rafik Hassan, "Treasure of the Mind," SeaQuest DSV, NBC, 1993
  • Also appeared as Professor Max Kelada, "Mr. Know-All," Tales of the Unexpected.
  • Autobiography
  • Topol by Topol, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1981
  • Books
  • To Life, 1994
  • Topol's Treasure of Jewish Humor, Wit and Wisdom, 1995

Further Reference


    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996

    User Contributions:

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    Sep 5, 2011 @ 11:11 am
    I can find no record of this but can swear that I saw an excellent performance of Topol playing Cyrano deBergerac. I believe it was on Public Television.
    Roberta Grabler
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    Jul 26, 2015 @ 6:18 pm
    Where can I purchase a copy of the film The Boys will Never Believe It. I have been searching everywhere I can think of and I can't seem to find it. I would greatly appreciate this information. Thank you.

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