Chaim Topol
Columbo in For Your Eyes Only


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Born in Tel Aviv, Palestine (and now in Israel) Chaim Topol made his film debut in 1961, in a black & white, Hebrew language film I Like Mike. Further film roles, including Sallah (1965, Israeli-made), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), Before Winter Comes and A Talent for Loving (both 1969) followed.

In 1971 he played, perhaps, his most famous role as Tevye in the hit film version of Fiddler on the Roof (1971). He received an Academy Award nomination for his work in the film, but was on active duty with the Isreali army at the time in 1972. He was, however, granted leave so he could attend the ceremony in Los Angeles; which brought him instant and enduring recognition (20 years later he was still playing the part on stage). Future credits include 1972's The Public Eye, and Galileo (1973) and then big productions such as Flash Gordon (1980, as Doctor Zarkov) and the James Bond picture For Your Eyes Only (1981), in which he played Columbo.

Topol has balanced his film work with theatre and television (guest starring in popular series such as Tales Of The Unexpected and Seaquest: DSV) along with producing three movies in his native country.


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