Gideon Singer

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Gideon Singer
Chizbatron 1949.jpg
Singer (left, bottom row) with the Chizbatron in 1949
Born
Harry Singer

(1926-06-29)June 29, 1926
Brno, Czechoslovakia
DiedMay 11, 2015(2015-05-11) (aged 88)
Tel Aviv, Israel
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1949–2015

Gideon Singer (Hebrew: גדעון זינגר; June 29, 1926 – May 11, 2015) was an Israeli actor and singer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Brno, Singer emigrated with his family from Czechoslovakia to Israel in 1940 and he was a survivor of the Patria shipwreck. Singer lived in Tel Aviv where he started singing as well as learning to play the violin and he also worked as a diamond polisher during his youth. After passing adolescence, Singer served in the Palmach where he also participated in the Chizbatron mainly during the late 1940s and early 1950s and he was also a member of a satire singing group along with Yaakov Ben-Sira, Shimon Bar and Reuven Shefer.[2]

After appearing twice in the Israel Song Festival, Singer appeared frequently at the Habima Theatre, the Cameri Theatre and the Beersheba Theatre and appeared in stage adaptations of The Threepenny Opera, Twelfth Night and numerous musical productions. His success on-stage led him to star in European and Broadway theatre productions as well. On films, Singer had notable roles in One Pound Only, I Like Mike and Blaumilch Canal. His television appearances include Delet Haksamim and he was the Hebrew voice of Mr. Owl in Fabeltjeskrant.[3]

In 1983, following his dismissal from the Habima Theatre, Singer moved to Austria and had lived in Vienna since 1987.[4] He found professional opportunities on stage and screen and he heavily contributed to the Theater in der Josefstadt.[5] He made his international cameo appearance in the 2015 film Woman in Gold. This was his final film before his death. Singer returned to Israel occasionally. His most notable visit was during his 80th birthday.

Personal life[edit]

Singer was married twice. From his first marriage, he had four children. His son, Joel is a lawyer who served as a legal adviser to the Israeli Foreign Minister during the Oslo Accords. He married Shira Singer ten years before his death.

Death[edit]

On May 11, 2015, at the age of 88, Singer died at Ichilov Hospital due to complications from heart surgery he had prior to leaving Austria.[6] He was buried at Yarkon Cemetery.[7]

Partial filmography[edit]

  • I Like Mike (1961) - Benjamin Arieli
  • Rak Ba'Lira (1963)
  • Sallah Shabati (1964)
  • Dalia And The Sailors (1964) - Vice Captain
  • Moishe Ventilator (1966)
  • Haminiyah Leretzach (1966)
  • Hu Halach B'Sadot (1967)
  • Ha-Shehuna Shelanu (1968)
  • Hamisha Yamim B'Sinai (1968) - Egyptian Colonel (uncredited)
  • Blaumilch Canal (1969) - Police Chief Akiva Levkowicz
  • Shod Hatelephonim Hagadol (1972)
  • Nahtche V'Hageneral (1972)
  • Ha-Glula (1972)
  • Azit Hakalba Hatzanhanit (1972) - Dr. Haruvi
  • HaSandlar HaAliz (1973)
  • Ha-Balash Ha'Amitz Shvartz (1973)
  • Abu el Banat (1973) - Dr. Mazor
  • Rak Hayom (1976) - Doctor Lapid
  • Another Shadow (1976)
  • Millioner Betzarot (1978) - Gila's Father
  • The Fox in the Chicken Coop (1978) - Prof. Tennebaum / Elifaz hermanovitch
  • Imi Hageneralit (1979)
  • Ta'ut Bamispar (1979) - Hotel Manager
  • Lo La'alot Yoter (1979) - Dr. Singer
  • Transit (1980)
  • Firefox (1982) - KGB agent (uncredited)
  • Trostgasse 7 - eine Kindheit in Wien 1934-1938 (1988) - Herr Kohn
  • Hund und Katz (1991) - Pogosz
  • Gospel According to Harry (1994) - Jerry
  • Ha-Gamal Hame'ofef (1994) - Professor Bauman
  • Jailbirds (1996) - Opa Steinbock
  • Der Bockerer 2 (1996) - Beamter im Paßamt
  • Der Bockerer III - Die Brücke von Andau (2000) - Pfalzners Assistent
  • Woman in Gold (2015) - Restitution Witness

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gideon Singer’s filmography (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ גדעון זינגר, zemer.nli.org.il. Retrieved September 21, 2020 (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ "השחקן גדעון זינגר הלך לעולמו" (in Hebrew). e.walla.co.il. May 11, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "גדעון זינגר הלך לעולמו" (in Hebrew). israelhayom.co.il. May 12, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "Josefstadt-Ehrenmitglied Gideon Singer gestorben" (in German). vienna.at. May 11, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  6. ^ "הלך לעולמו השחקן גדעון זינגר" (in Hebrew). Ynet. May 11, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  7. ^ "מת השחקן גדעון זינגר" (in Hebrew). haaretz.co.il. May 11, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2020.

External links[edit]

Media related to Gideon Singer at Wikimedia Commons