Chaim Topol, best known for his portrayal of milkman Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, has died at the age of 87, according to Israel’s president.
President Isaac Herzog, who described Topol as “one of the giants of Israeli culture,” confirmed his death.
Topol was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the 1971 film adaptation of the musical.
His other notable film roles include Flash Gordon, Follow Me, and For Your Eyes Only, a James Bond film.
Herzog described Topol, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago, 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”.
The actor, singer, and illustrator had “represented us with great respect,” he added.