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Chaim Topol is a Actor and Producer Israelien born on 9 september 1935 at Tel Aviv (Israel)

Chaim Topol

Chaim Topol
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Nationality Israel
Birth 9 september 1935 (86 years) at Tel Aviv (Israel)

Chaim Topol (Hebrew: חיים טופול‎; born September 9, 1935), often billed simply as Topol, is an Israeli theatrical and film performer, singer, actor, comedian, voice artist, writer and producer. Best known of his role as Tevye the dairyman in the production of Fiddler on the Roof on both stage and film. He has been nominated for an Academy Award and a Tony Award, and has won two Golden Globe Awards.


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Best films

For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Flash Gordon (1980)

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Filmography of Chaim Topol (17 films)

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Left Luggage, 1h40
Directed by Jeroen Krabbé
Origin Pays-bas
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Laura Fraser, Isabella Rossellini, Jeroen Krabbé, Chaim Topol, Marianne Sägebrecht, Maximilian Schell
Roles Yacov Apfelschnitt
Rating72% 3.645353.645353.645353.645353.64535
While escaping from Nazis during World War II, a Jewish man buries two suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, an obsessive compulsion. He keeps checking old maps and keeps digging, trying to find what he lost. His daughter Chaya is a beautiful modern girl looking for a part-time job. She finds a place as a nanny in the strictly observant hassidic family with many children, although her secular manners clearly fly in the face of their beliefs. One of the reasons she is accepted is that mother of the family is absolutely overburdened by the household, so Chaya stays despite the resistance of the father, who is normally an indisputable authority in the family.
Queenie (1987)
, 3h56
Directed by Larry Peerce
Origin USA
Themes Films about immigration
Actors Mia Sara, Joss Ackland, Martin Balsam, Sarah Miles, Serena Gordon, Kirk Douglas
Roles Dimitri Goldner
Rating67% 3.391093.391093.391093.391093.39109
Queenie Kelley (Oberon had been known earlier in life as "Queenie O'Brien" and "Queenie Thompson") is an extremely beautiful girl of Indian and Irish descent, fair enough to pass for white. Growing up in Calcutta, however, Queenie is made all too aware of her "chee-chee" (mixed) background by her enemies, including wealthy, jaded socialite Penelope Daventry.
For Your Eyes Only, 2h8
Directed by John Glen
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Underwater action films, Political films
Actors Roger Moore, Julian Glover, Carole Bouquet, Chaim Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Lois Maxwell
Roles Milos Columbo
Rating66% 3.3486353.3486353.3486353.3486353.348635
The British spy boat St Georges, which holds the Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), the system used by the Ministry of Defence to communicate with and co-ordinate the Royal Navy's fleet of Polaris submarines, is sunk after accidentally trawling an old naval mine in the Ionian Sea. MI6 agent James Bond, code name "007", is ordered by the Minister of Defence, Sir Frederick Gray and MI6 Chief of Staff, Bill Tanner, to retrieve the ATAC before the Soviets, as the transmitter could order attacks by the submarines' Polaris ballistic missiles.
Flash Gordon, 1h48
Directed by Mike Hodges, Brian W. Cook
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Superhero films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Chaim Topol, Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti
Roles Dr. Hans Zarkov
Rating64% 3.248163.248163.248163.248163.24816
Emperor Ming the Merciless declares that he will first play with and then destroy the Earth using natural disasters. On Earth, New York Jets football star "Flash" Gordon boards a small plane, where he meets travel journalist Dale Arden. Mid-flight, the cockpit is hit by a meteorite and the pilots are lost. Flash takes control and manages to crash land into a greenhouse owned by Dr. Hans Zarkov. Zarkov, who believes the disasters are being caused because an unknown source is pushing the Moon towards Earth, has secretly constructed a spacecraft which he plans to use to investigate. Zarkov's assistant refuses to go, so he lures Flash and Dale aboard. The rocket launches, taking them to the planet Mongo, where they are captured by Ming's troops.
The House on Garibaldi Street, 1h38
Directed by Peter Collinson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Spy films, Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Martin Balsam, Chaim Topol, Janet Suzman, Leo McKern, Charles Gray, Nick Mancuso
Roles Michael
Rating69% 3.485693.485693.485693.485693.48569
Israeli premier David Ben-Gurion approves a Mossad operation to be led by Isser Harel to kidnap Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi mass murderer. Harel's team travels to Argentina to track down Ricardo Klement, who they believe is Eichmann. They soon discover that the Klement family moved two months before. Primo, a local contact, goes to their former residence and gets a lead to Dieter, one of Eichmann's sons. They arrange for a bellboy to deliver a parcel to Dieter, addressed to another son, Nicholas. They trail Dieter, but he goes to the dentist instead of his house. Michael, the agent in charge, sends the bellboy back to the Klements' old address, and he learns their new one. Harel is told that Israel has been invited to send a delegation to Argentina's 150th celebration of its independence, so a special flight can be sent, on which Eichmann can be smuggled out of the country. The Mossad finally spot Eichmann, and Harel flies to Argentina to take over the operation. The Mossad rent three houses near Buenos Aires. They snatch Eichmann off the street and take him to one of the houses. Dieter Eichmann contacts other local Nazis for help in finding his father. The Israeli agents watching Eichmann are conflicted: they want to kill him, but their orders are to bring him back alive. The Israeli special plane arrives. Meanwhile, Michael interrogates Eichmann about his role in the Holocaust. Michael thinks they are on the verge of being caught by the police and should kill Eichmann while they can, but the others talk him out of it. When it is time to leave, they drug Eichmann and disguise him as an Israeli mechanic injured in an accident. A policeman in the pay of the Nazis tries to stop the takeoff, but they persuade the airport officials to let the flight proceed. The plane returns to Israel, where Eichmann is tried, found guilty of crimes against humanity, and executed.
Galileo (1975)
, 2h25
Directed by Joseph Losey
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Chaim Topol, Edward Fox, Georgia Brown, John Gielgud, Tom Conti, Margaret Leighton
Roles Galileo Galilei
Rating65% 3.292733.292733.292733.292733.29273
The film closely follows the "American" version of Brecht's play Galileo. In 1609 Galileo is a mathematics professor in Padua, Italy. While his salary is inadequate, he possesses the freedom to pursue controversial scientific studies under the protection of the Venetian republic. Part of his work involves the use of a telescope, a relatively new scientific instrument brought from the Netherlands. Using the telescope, Galileo seeks to test the theories put forth by Nicolaus Copernicus that place the sun – and not the Earth – at the center of universe. As his research progress, Galileo accepts a more prestigious academic position in Florence, Italy. But his new position does not come with the government protection he enjoyed in Venice, and his friends in the higher echelons of the Roman Catholic Church refuse to come to his aid when he is summoned before the Inquisition.
Follow Me!
Follow Me! (1972)
, 1h35
Directed by Carol Reed
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Mia Farrow, Chaim Topol, Michael Jayston, Margaret Rawlings, Annette Crosbie, Dudley Foster
Roles Julian Cristoforou
Rating69% 3.4936053.4936053.4936053.4936053.493605
Set in London, it is the story of a wealthy businessman (Michael Jayston), who suspects that his wife (Farrow) is having an affair. He hires a private detective (Topol) to follow her. She becomes aware that she is being followed, and the detective realises that she has found out. However rather than abandoning the case, the detective begins an elaborate game of cat and mouse with the complicity of the wife.
Fiddler on the Roof, 2h52
Directed by Norman Jewison
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Théâtre, Musical films, Films about Jews and Judaism, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Chaim Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Paul Michael Glaser
Roles Tevye
Rating79% 3.9982953.9982953.9982953.9982953.998295
In 1905, Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman living in the Russian village of Anatevka, explains to the audience what keeps the Jews of Anatevka going is the balance they achieve through following their ancient traditions, comparing their precarious circumstance to a fiddler on a roof: trying to scratch out a pleasant tune, while not breaking their necks. The fiddler appears throughout the film as a metaphoric reminder of the Jews' ever-present fears and danger, and also as a symbol of the traditions Tevye is trying to hold on to as his world changes around him. While in town, Tevye meets Perchik, a radical Marxist from Kiev. Tevye invites Perchik to stay with him and his family, and as a deal, offers him food, in exchange for Perchik tutoring his daughters.
A Talent for Loving, 1h50
Directed by Richard Quiney
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Western
Actors Richard Widmark, Cesar Romero, Geneviève Page, Derek Nimmo, Caroline Munro, Chaim Topol
Roles Mexikanischer Bandit
Rating48% 2.4039352.4039352.4039352.4039352.403935
A gambler named Patten wins the deed to a Mexico ranch, but finds a curse has been placed on the place. Don Jose must marry off his beautiful, nymphomaniacal daughter to permanently free her of the curse.
Before Winter Comes, 1h43
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Political films
Actors David Niven, Chaim Topol, Anna Karina, John Hurt, Anthony Quayle, John Collin
Roles Janovic
Rating59% 2.955252.955252.955252.955252.95525
Before Winter Comes takes place in the immediate aftermath of World War II. British Major Giles Burnside (David Niven) is assigned to an Austrian refugee camp; his mission is to send the groups of displaced civilians to either the Russian or the American zone. Burnside is a by-the-books commander but runs into trouble with the intertranslations of many different languages. However, of the refugees, Janovic (Topol) is willing to help as he can speak many languages. Janovic quickly conveys Burnsides's orders and helps the way station run smoothly. Janovic runs into romance with a lovely innkeeper, Maria (Anna Karina). But his love with her stops when he discovers her affair with Burnside. Meanwhile, Janovic is found to be a Russian deserter, and must be returned to the Russian mainland to be executed. Burnside offers to help him escape, but Janovic can't decide whether to trust his commander.
Ervinka (1967)

Directed by Ephraim Kishon
Genres Comedy, Crime, Romance
Actors Chaim Topol, Mosko Alkalai, Gila Almagor, Shaike Ophir, Ephraim Kishon, Yossi Banai
Roles Ervinka
Rating67% 3.370613.370613.370613.370613.37061
Ervinka is a young man living in Tel Aviv of the 1960s. He does not believe in work, morality, law and order, and settling down. He ekes out a living as a petty con man by charging parking fees to a lot that doesn’t belong to him, stealing electricity from his neighbors, eating for free in family events he is not invited to, and extorting money from movie directors by revving up his moped engine near their film sets. He also finds ways to con the authorities, taking advantage of the stupidity, laziness, and inefficiency of bureaucrats (a favorite subject of Kishon's work). Ervinka even ingratiates himself with the local underworld by getting them out of trouble with the law over a robbery. His only dream is to win the lottery so he would not have to get by on his wits anymore.
Cast a Giant Shadow, 2h26
Directed by Melville Shavelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Political films
Actors Kirk Douglas, Senta Berger, Angie Dickinson, Yul Brynner, James Donald, Frank Sinatra
Roles Abou Ibn Kader
Rating63% 3.1999153.1999153.1999153.1999153.199915
The film is a fictionalized account of the experiences of a real-life Jewish-American military officer, Colonel David "Mickey" Marcus, who commanded units of the fledgling Israel Defense Forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
Sallah (1964)
, 1h50
Directed by Ephraim Kishon
Origin Israel
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Chaim Topol, Arik Einstein, Gila Almagor
Roles Sallah Shabati
Rating72% 3.6404053.6404053.6404053.6404053.640405
The film begins with Sallah Shabati, a Mizrahi Jewish immigrant, arriving with his family in Israel. Upon arrival he is brought to live in a ma'abara, or transit camp. He is given a broken down, one room shack in which to live with his family and spends the rest of the movie attempting to make enough money to purchase adequate housing. His money-making schemes are often comical and frequently satirize the political and social stereotypes in Israel of the time.
El Dorado
El Dorado (1963)
, 1h28
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin Israel
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Chaim Topol, Gila Almagor, Yossi Yadin, Shaike Ophir
Rating66% 3.300133.300133.300133.300133.30013
After a man is accused of a crime he did not commit, his lawyer is against taking the case and does nothing to help him. Pressure politically is aiding in finding the man guilty, and he is forced to admit guilt. He then fights to prove his innocence.