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Robert 'Bob' Bingham born 29 October 1946 in Seattle, Washington U.S. is an actor and singer. Bingham is most remembered for playing the role of Caiaphas in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.
Bingham's first professional appearance was in a production of Hair in his native Seattle. 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 1971-1973, as well as a Paris version. Along with Barry Dennen (Pilate) and Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene), Bingham reprised his Broadway role in the 1973 film.
In 1993 he appeared in the film The Nostril Picker.
Kurt Yaghjian (right) as Amahl offering his crutch to the Magi as a gift to the Christ Child in the 1963 video presentation of Amahl and the Night Visitors
Kurt "Frenchy" Yaghjian (also known as Kurt Yahjian) is an American actor and singer known for his appearance as Annas in the 1973 film Jesus Christ Superstar.
Kurt Yaghjian is the son of Haigh Yaghjian, a former assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of a school choir that participated in the premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Death of the Bishop of Brindisi in May 1963. He is of Armenian descent. Menotti was impressed with the expressiveness of Yaghjian's face and recommended him to NBC for the role of Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors in 1963, the first time that the production was videotaped, previous versions having been shown live. The videotaped version with Yaghjian was shown annually until 1966. In 1971 he graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts.
He has taken part in advertising campaigns for products such as Coca-Cola, Ford Motors, Domino's Pizza, Toyota, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Budweiser and Sprite.
He appeared in the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar from 12 October 1971 to 30 June 1973 as a leper, a reporter and as understudy to Ben Vereen as Judas Iscariot.
From the early 1990s until after the events of September 11, 2001 Yaghjian was in a band called Little Isidore and the Inquisitors. In October 2001 he joined another band called Kenny Vance and the Planotones. His musical appearances include Amahl in the television movie Amahl and the Night Visitors (1963), Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) (film and soundtrack), and Hair (1979).