Actor Theodore Bikel — he was a well-known Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and originated the role of Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway — celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday at the Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Some 250 party-goers, including Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, were on hand to fete the actor at a dinner benefit for Moment Magazine, a nonprofit Jewish publication. Bikel looked spry for a nonagenarian, entertaining the crowd by belting out Broadway favorites including “Edelweiss” and “If I Were A Rich Man” and reminiscing about another, long-ago vocal performance in Washington.

In the 1980s, he was among a group of protesters outside the Soviet Union’s embassy demonstrating against the country’s treatment of Jews, he recalled. They were singing protest songs when police arrived and took them one by one into a waiting van. “The sergeant came up to me and said, ‘I’m leaving you for last…you’ve got the best voice,'” he said and paused before adding: “I wouldn’t mind having that on my gravestone.”

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