Born in Tel Aviv in 1935, Topol begins his acting career in the IDF, putting on performances for other soldiers. In his mid twenties, Topol transitions from the amateur stage to film with roles in the movies “I like Mike” and “El Dorado.” In 1967, Ephraim Kishon casts Topol to play the lead role in the Israeli classic film “Salah Shabbati,” gaining him prominence in Israel. Appearing in over 30 films and TV shows worldwide; Topol, who is widely considered to be the most famous Israeli actor, wins the 1972 Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy.