Theodore Bikel, best known for his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, has died in Los Angeles aged 91, his agent has said.
First taking the role in 1967, Bikel went on to play Tevye more than 2,000 times on Broadway.
He created the stage role of Captain von Trapp in the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music.
A prominent film actor, he starred in over 150 films including The African Queen and My Fair Lady.
In 1958 he was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Sheriff Max Muller in The Defiant Ones.
He died of “natural causes”, according to his spokesman Harlan Boll.
As well as acting, he was an accomplished folk musician. He sang in 21 languages.
Bikel is survived by his wife, Aimee Ginsburg, sons Rob and Danny Bikel, and stepsons Zeev and Noam Ginsburg.