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Theodore Bikel (Actor)
(05-02-1924 - 07-21-2015) Age 91
Bikel made his film debut in The African Queen.

Date Episode Title Plot
1975-05-29 0282 Just One More Day On his last day on the beat, an old cop has premonitions of his own death in a shoot-out. On the very last day of duty, an...

5 Responses to Theodore Bikel

I had the opportunity to meet and be hugged by this giant of a man in the early 1970s. It was after a performance of "Jacques Brel" and I told him I loved him. He wrapped me into his 6'4 or so body and I literally felt any energy in my body leave and go to his. What a beautiful, gifted and talented human being. Shalom, Theo.

This means CBSRMT is two degrees from Frank Zappa.

I've often wondered why certain actors were only used once throughout the series while others were used repeatedly. Names that come to mind that appeared once are Jack Gilford, Donald Buka, and Theodore Bikel. I know there are more than those three.

Perhaps Brown was not the easiest director to deal with for busy actors who worked elsewhere, like my favorite Lloyd Bochner, and perhaps some found out radio just wasn't their cup of tea. After all they could make much better money elsewhere. The repetition of actors also suggests a kind of closed shop where you had to be good buddies with the others or you wouldn't be cast. I would like to have heard more of Theodore Bikel, Bochner and others instead of Fred Gwynne so often myself. The gig only paid Union scale of $73.50 per show for each actor, so it was really a sideline for everyone except Brown, and as a result, not something an indemand actor might pursue. However, writers could earn $350 a script, which explains why many known CBSRMT actors also received the occasional story credit...Sam Dann, Ian Martin, William Redfield.

They were basically a NYC based crew. Interestingly enough Woody Allen often drew on the same group to play bit parts in his films.

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