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      Red Buttons

      Red Buttons

      Highest Rated: 93% Sayonara (1957)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Feb 5, 1919

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Feisty, diminutive, red-haired comedian who regularly played very serious dramatic roles in features. A veteran of New York burlesque and the Catskills comedy circuit, Buttons appeared as a pilot in training in the moral-boosting stage drama "Winged Victory," and recreated the role soon thereafter in the 1944 film version. He played on Broadway after WWII and enjoyed tremendous popularity during the first season of TV's "The Red Buttons Show" (1952-55). Part variety show, part sitcom, the program gave full vent to Buttons' manic, fast-talking, knockabout style. One of Buttons' oft-repeated gestures, placing his hands together in a desperate, somewhat prayerful manner, was on regular display in the show, and children everywhere mimicked the "Ho Ho! He He! Ha Ha! Strange things are happening!" theme song. His gallery of characters, meanwhile, including the Sad Sack; the Kupke Kid, a child; Rocky, a boxer; and the bumbling Keeglefarven, played up the at-once argumentative and long-suffering aspects of his persona.

      Highest rated movies

      Sayonara poster
      Sayonara
      One, Two, Three poster
      One, Two, Three
      The Longest Day poster The Longest Day They Shoot Horses, Don't They? poster
      They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
      The Poseidon Adventure poster The Poseidon Adventure It Could Happen to You poster
      It Could Happen to You
      Hatari! poster
      Hatari!
      Pete's Dragon poster
      Pete's Dragon

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 75% Goodnight, We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller Unknown (Character) - 2004
      26% 58% The Story of Us Arnie Jordan (Character) $27.1M 1999
      71% 54% It Could Happen to You Walter Zakuto (Character) $37.8M 1994
      No Score Yet 50% The Ambulance Elias Zacharai (Character) - 1990
      29% 46% 18 Again! Charlie (Character) $2.3M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass The White Rabbit (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 100% Reunion at Fairborough Jiggs Quealy (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 84% Alice in Wonderland The White Rabbit (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave 'Em Laughing Roland (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Side Show Harry (Character) - 1981
      0% 20% When Time Ran Out Francis Fendly (Character) - 1980
      14% 38% Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Milton (Voice) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Off Your Rocker Seymour Saltz (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Power Solly Weiss (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 29% C.H.O.M.P.S. Bracken (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vegas Tommy Cirko (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 58% Movie Movie Peanuts/Jinks Murphy (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Users Warren Ambrose (Character) - 1978
      14% 12% Viva Knievel! Ben Andrews (Character) - 1977
      56% 60% Pete's Dragon Hoagy (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Telethon Mart Rand (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 48% Gable and Lombard Ivan Cooper (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New, Original Wonder Woman Ashley Norman (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Louis Armstrong: Chicago Style Red Cleveland (Character) - 1975
      81% 76% The Poseidon Adventure James Martin (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Killed Mary What's 'er Name? Mickey (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Breakout Pipes (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet George M! Sam H. Harris (Character) - 1970
      85% 89% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Sailor (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 41% Stagecoach Peacock (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 46% Harlow Arthur Landau (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Up From the Beach Pfc. Harry Devine (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 67% Your Cheatin' Heart Shorty Younger (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 50% A Ticklish Affair Flight Officer Simon Shelley (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 34% Five Weeks in a Balloon Donald O'Shay (Character) - 1962
      87% 90% The Longest Day Pvt. John Steele (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 77% Gay Purr-ee Robespierre (Voice) - 1962
      64% 76% Hatari! Pockets (Character) - 1962
      92% 88% One, Two, Three MP Sergeant (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 41% The Big Circus Randy Sherman (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Imitation General Cpl. Chan Derby (Character) - 1958
      93% 79% Sayonara Joe Kelly (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winged Victory Whitey/Andrews Sister (Character) - 1944

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 84% ER Jules 'Ruby' Rubadoux (Guest Star) 1995-1996 2005
      27% No Score Yet Presidio Med Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      76% 73% Roseanne Jake (Guest Star) 1993-1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Knots Landing Al Baker (Character) 1993
      No Score Yet 57% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978-1979 1983
      No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie William 'Willie' O'Hara (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1953 1959 1962 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Bill Jacoby (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jimmy Dean Show Guest 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1953 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1951