Red Buttons

Highest Rated: 100% Sayonara (1957)
Birthday: Feb 5, 1919
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
American actor Red Buttons, born Aaron Schwatt and raised on New York's Lower East Side, won an amateur night contest at age 12. By age 16 he was working in a Bronx tavern as a bellboy-singer; here he took the name "Red Buttons", in reference to his uniform. He went on to work the Catskills Mountains "Borscht Belt" and to perform as a burlesque comedian. He debuted on Broadway as a supporting player in Vickie in 1942. He served in the Army during World War II, appearing in the play Winged Victory; he played the same role in the film version (1944), marking his big-screen debut. After briefly starring in his own TV show in 1953 he had a weak career until he landed the role of Sargeant Joe Kelly in the film Sayonara (1957), his second movie role; for his work in that film he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, going on from there to appear frequently in films, usually as a comedy actor.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Goodnight, We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller Actor 2004
28% The Story of Us Arnie 1999
No Score Yet Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House Actor 1995
71% It Could Happen to You Walter Zakuto 1994
No Score Yet The Ambulance Elias 1990
29% 18 Again! Charlie 1988
No Score Yet George Burns: His Wit and Wisdom Actor 1988
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit 1985
No Score Yet Reunion at Fairborough Jiggs 1985
No Score Yet The Power Actor 1984
No Score Yet Leave 'em Laughing Actor 1981
No Score Yet Side Show Actor 1981
0% When Time Ran Out Francis Fendly 1980
No Score Yet C.H.O.M.P.S. Bracken 1979
20% Rudolph and Frosty: Christmas in July Milton 1979
No Score Yet Movie Movie Peanuts/Jinks Murphy 1978
No Score Yet Vega$ Actor 1978
52% Pete's Dragon Hoagy 1977
17% Viva Knievel! Ben Andrews 1977
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong---Chicago Style Actor 1976
No Score Yet Gable and Lombard Ivan Cooper 1976
79% The Poseidon Adventure James Martin 1972
No Score Yet Who Killed Mary Whats'ername? Mickey 1971
81% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Sailor 1969
No Score Yet Stagecoach Peacock 1966
No Score Yet Your Cheatin' Heart Shorty Younger 1964
No Score Yet A Ticklish Affair Flight Officer Simon Shelley 1963
80% Gay Purr-ee Robespierre 1962
No Score Yet Five Weeks in a Balloon Donald O'Shay 1962
91% The Longest Day Private John Steele 1962
67% Hatari! Pockets 1962
95% One, Two, Three Military Police Sergeant 1961
No Score Yet The Big Circus Randy Sherman 1959
No Score Yet Imitation General Cpl. Chan Derby 1958
100% Sayonara Joe Kelly 1957
83% 13 Rue Madeleine Dispatcher 1947

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Ruby Rubadoux Mr. Rubadoux
  • 2005
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Early Edition
1996-2000
Walter Stites
  • 1999
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Jake
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Jake Bennett
  • 1991
No Score Yet Knots Landing
1979-1993
Al Baker
  • 1987
  • 1983
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
William 'Willie' O'Hara
  • 1975
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
Norman
  • 1975

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