Chaim Topol was an Israeli actor, singer, and illustrator. He is best known for his portrayal of Tevye, the lead role in the stage musical Fiddler on the Roof and the 1971 film adaptation, performing this role more than 3,500 times from the late 1960s through 2009.
Chaim Topol age
He was 87 years old when he died. He was born on September 9, 1935, and died on March 9, 2023.
Where does Chaim Topol come from?
He comes from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Chaim Topol biography
Chaim Topol was born in Tel Aviv, then-Mandate Palestine. Jacob Topol, his father, was born in Russia and moved to Mandatory Palestine in the early 1930s to work as a plasterer. He also participated in the Haganah armed group. Imrela “Rel” Topol, formerly Goldman, was his mother.
Before emigrating, Topol’s parents were active in Warsaw’s Betar Zionist youth organization. His father had origins in the Hasidic community; his father was an Aleksander Hasid and his mother was from a Gerrer Hasidic family. Growing up, Chaim and his two younger sisters lived in the Florentin working-class district of South Tel Aviv.
His primary school teacher, the writer Yemima Avidar-Tchernovitz, saw a theatrical side in him when he was young despite the fact that he wanted to be a commercial artist and encouraged him to perform in school plays and read tales to the class. At age 14 he started working as a printer at the Davar newspaper while continuing his high school studies at night.
He finished high school at age 17 and moved to Kibbutz Geva. A year later, he joined the Israeli troops and joined the Nahal entertainment group, performing in stage productions while singing. He advanced to the position of troupe leader.
Chaim Topol cause of death
Topol’s son Omer disclosed in June 2022 that his father had Alzheimer’s disease. Topol’s family requested seclusion on March 8, 2023, and informed the media that he was “living his final hours” and close to passing away.
The next day, at the age of 87, he passed away. A memorial service will be held at Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theater on March 9 before he is buried at Kvutzat Shiller.
Chaim Topol children
Topol and his wife had three children, a son and two daughters. Their names Anat Topol, Omer Topol and Adi Topol