James Bond and Fiddler on The Roof star Chaim Topol dies after Alzheimer’s battle

James Bond and Fiddler on The Roof star Chaim Topol dies after Alzheimer’s battle

Flash Gordon and James Bond star Chaim Topol has died at the age of 87, Israel’s president has now confirmed, with fans taking to social media to remember the star.

The Israeli actor was best known for his portrayal of Tevye in the 1971 musical Fiddler On The Roof alongside acting legends like Rosalind Harris, Norma Crane and Leonard Frey.

Chaim's death was confirmed in a statement shared on Twitter by president Isaac Herzog on Wednesday, in which he paid tribute to Topol as “one of the giants of Israeli culture.”

Herzog described Chaim as “a gifted actor who conquered many stages in Israel and overseas, filled the cinema screens with his presence and above all entered deep into our hearts”.

He added that throughout his career, the actor had “represented us with great respect.”

Reacting to the sad news, one person wrote: “Really sad news. Absolute legend!”

Another said: “So sad, 'Tevye' is gone, as legendary Israeli performer Chaim Topol, dies age 87. May his memory be always blessed and his films & performances continue to entertain and inspire us!”

A third added: “May his memory and legacy forever be a blessing.”

“Chaim Topol was one of the most iconic and determining figures culturally for American, Israeli, and world Jewry—and everyone else. A legend. May his memory be a blessing,” wrote another fan.

The Oscar-nominated actor was reportedly diagnosed with dementia last year.

Chaim's acting career began to gain momentum after he was cast as the titular character in the Israeli comedy Sallah Shabati, which earned him the Golden Globe award for the most promising male newcomer.

Chaim went on to star in a number of films, both in Israel and the US, including the 1975 adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo and 1980 sci-fi film Flash Gordon.

Chaim scooped a second Golden Globe in 1971, this time for best actor, for his role as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof.

A 1991 Broadway revival of Fiddler On The Roof also saw him nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor.

In his statement, Herzog added that despite being highly decorated for his “talent and creation”, it was the people of Israel that had won “the most important award” by being able to enjoy his work.

In addition to acting, Chaim also dedicated his time to charitable causes and founded Variety Israel – an organisation that provides support for children living with disabilities and their families.

Chaim also served as the president of Jordan River Village, a free overnight camp for Israeli children living with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

In 2015, Chaim Topol was awarded the Israel Prize – the country’s most prestigious award – for lifetime achievement and special contribution to society and the state.

Chaim is survived by his wife Galia, who he married in 1965, and the couple’s three children, daughters Anat and Ady and son Omer.


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