The two-time Tony nominee, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music on the New York stage and starred in Fiddler on the Roof, passed away on Tuesday (21Jul15), at the age of 91.

Now his theatre friends and fans will recognise his contributions to the stage when the Great White Way goes dark for one minute.

Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, says, "Theodore Bikel was a great talent and an accomplished performer whose contributions touched audiences from around the world. And in his role as President of Actors' Equity Association, he made significant contributions to the world of Broadway. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans."

Bikel made his Broadway debut in Tonight in Samarkand in 1955 and went on to also star in The Lark and The Rope Dancers.

He served as head of the Actors' Equity Association from 1973 until 1982.

He was also honoured on America's west coast this week, when flowers were placed on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star.