“People ask me: ‘Where are your people from?’ And I say: ‘Bukovina.’ And they say: ‘Where is that?’ And I say: ‘Okay, used to be Russia. When my parents were born, it was Greater Austria. In 1919, it became Romania. In 1946, it became Russia again. And now it’s Ukraine.” And they say: ‘Oh, you moved a lot.’”
When Theodore Bikel tells us his life story, he covers all the bases of 20th Century Ashkenazi experience in Eastern Europe, Israel, and the USA. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) tells us that Bikel was born in Vienna in 1924. The Internet Broadway Database (IBDB.com) tell us that he created the role of urbane Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music in 1959. And Wikipedia tells us that he has now played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof “more often than any other actor (more than 2,000 times to date).” Bikel was nominated for an Oscar and two Tony Awards, and in 2005 he received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.