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|Date of birth:||2 May 1924|
|Place of birth:||Vienna, Austria|
Theodore Bikel (born 2 May 1924; age 89) is a versatile character actor, born in Vienna, Austria. A master of languages, dialects, and accents, he often plays ethnic roles, such as a German officer and Serbian king. In 1990, he appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation, playing Sergey Rozhenko, the Russian adoptive father of Worf, in the fourth season episode "Family".
Outside of Star Trek, Bikel is probably best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Sheriff Max Muller in the classic 1958 film, The Defiant Ones. This film also featured fellow Star Trek guest actors Whit Bissell and Lawrence Dobkin in the cast.
Bikel has made appearances in a number of other classic, highly memorable films, including The African Queen (1951), the original Moulin Rouge (1952), The Enemy Below (1957, with Biff Elliot), My Fair Lady (1964), and The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966, with Brian Keith, Andrea Dromm, Don Keefer, and Michael J. Pollard). In 1958, he starred in the acclaimed drama I Want to Live!, directed by Robert Wise (who would later direct Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and written by Don M. Mankiewicz. This film also featured Jon Lormer in an uncredited role as a doctor.
Bikel has made guest appearances on such television shows as The Twilight Zone, Dr. Kildare, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Charlie's Angels, Murder, She Wrote, Fantasy Island (starring Ricardo Montalban), L.A. Law (with Corbin Bernsen and Larry Drake), and Law & Order, and had recurring roles on Dynasty (with Joan Collins) and Falcon Crest. He also had two roles on Babylon 5. He portrayed President Richard Nixon's secretary of state Henry Kissinger in the 1989 Watergate TV movie The Final Days. This movie also featured James B. Sikking, Gregg Henry, Richard Kiley, and David Ogden Stiers.