Robert "Bob" Bingham (born October 29, 1946) is a retired American actor and singer. Bingham is best known for playing the role of Caiaphas in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar in the original Broadway cast and in the 1973 film version.
Life and career
Bingham was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Washington for three years and studied singing with Ernest J. Anderson and acting with Home Adjunct, Inc. His first professional appearance was in a touring production of the musical Hair in 1970, first at the Moore Theatre in Seattle that ran for more than three months, a local record, and then in Miami, Florida. At the same time, Bingham led a Buddhist group dedicated to world peace.
Bingham created the role of Caiaphas in the original concert tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and went on to perform the role in the original Broadway production which ran from 1971 to 1973, and in a Paris production. He appeared in the film El fantástico mundo de los hippies in 1972. Along with Barry Dennen (Pilate) and Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene), Bingham reprised his Broadway role in the 1973 film Jesus Christ Superstar. In 1974, he played God in the original production of Up from Paradise, by Arthur Miller, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He retired from show business soon afterwards and worked in a managerial position in a zipper factory.
In April 2015 he appeared on-stage at the Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in a Question and Answer session with Ted Neeley, Barry Dennen and Kurt Yaghjian following a showing of a remastered version of the 1973 film Jesus Christ Superstar. This was as part of a national screening tour. His reminiscences of appearing in the 1973 film were recorded with those of the rest of the original cast in the DVD Superstar: the Making and Reunion of the Film (2015).
Bingham lives in Brewster, New York with his wife and two children.
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