Chaim Topol, the actor best known for his roles in FIDDLER on the Roof and the James Bond films, has passed away at the age of 87.
In his illustrious career, the Israeli actor appeared in over 30 motion pictures.
The actor, whose stage name was Topol, was best known for playing Tevye in the 1971 musical movie.
Alongside Roger Moore, he also played James Bond’s ally-turned-enemy Milos Columbo in the movie For Your Eyes Only.
In the cult sci-fi classic Flash Gordon, Dr. Hans Zarkov played another well-liked role.
The two-time Golden Globe winner, who was also nominated for an Oscar and a Tony, has long been considered one of Israel’s most decorated actors and rose to prominence internationally.
President Isaac Herzog of the nation confirmed the news and paid tribute to “one of the giants of Israeli culture” after learning of his passing.
“A gifted actor who conquered many stages in Israel and abroad, filled the cinema screens with his presence, and above all entered deeply into our hearts,” he said of Topol.
Israeli officials tweeted their remembrances and condolences to Topol’s family on Thursday.
Former Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz praised the actor for encouraging Israelis to reconnect with their heritage.
“We laughed and cried at the same time over the deepest wounds of Israeli society,” he wrote of Topol’s performance.
The leader of Israel’s opposition, Yair Lapid, claimed that Topol taught Israelis to love their culture and their country.
British comedian Omid Djalili tweeted: “Amazing to think he was only 35 when he made the film.
“Anyone who plays Tevye knows he can never top Topol. God rest his soul.”