Tutte Lemkow

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Tutte Lemkow (1918-1991)
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Tutte Lemkow

Born: Wednesday 28th August 1918
Died: Sunday 10th November 1991 (age: 73)


Tutte Lemkow  was a Norwegian actor and dancer, who played mostly villainous roles in British television and films. His chief claims to mainstream familiarity were his roles as "the fiddler" in the film version of Fiddler on the Roof and the old man ("Imam") who translates for Indiana Jones inRaiders of the Lost Ark. He also appeared as a dancer in John Huston's 1952 film Moulin Rouge and Blake EdwardsA Shot in the Dark as the Cossack who drinks the poison intended for Peter SellersInspector Clouseau. Lemkow also appeared in the Sellers films The Wrong Arm of the LawThe Wrong Box and Ghost in the Noonday Sun as well as Woody Allen's Love and Death.

Lemkow was born in OsloNorway of Jewish heritage. He played three roles in Doctor Who with William Hartnell's Doctor: Kuiju in Marco Polo (1964), Ibrahim in The Crusade (1965) and Cyclops in The Myth Makers(1965), as well as providing choreography for The Celestial Toymaker (1966). He also appeared in the Morecambe and Wise comedy film The Intelligence Men (1965).

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