Red Buttons

Red Buttons

Highest Rated: 93% Sayonara (1957)

Lowest Rated: 0% When Time Ran Out (1980)

Birthday: Feb 05, 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
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 51% The Ambulance Elias Zacharai (Character) - 1990
29% 46% 18 Again! Charlie (Character) $2.3M 1988
No Score Yet 84% Alice in Wonderland The White Rabbit (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass The White Rabbit (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reunion at Fairborough Jiggs Quealy (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Side Show Harry (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave 'Em Laughing Roland (Character) - 1981
0% 20% When Time Ran Out Francis Fendly (Character) - 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
20% 35% Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Milton (Voice) - 1980
No Score Yet 28% C.H.O.M.P.S. Bracken (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Users Warren Ambrose (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 60% Movie Movie Peanuts/Jinks Murphy (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vegas Tommy Cirko (Character) - 1978
54% 60% Pete's Dragon Hoagy (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Telethon Mart Rand (Character) - 1977
17% 14% Viva Knievel! Ben Andrews (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 43% Gable and Lombard Ivan Cooper (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Louis Armstrong: Chicago Style Red Cleveland (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The New, Original Wonder Woman Ashley Norman (Character) - 1975
80% 75% 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
83% 89% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Sailor (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 41% Stagecoach Peacock (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 45% Harlow Arthur Landau (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Up From the Beach Pfc. Harry Devine (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 56% Your Cheatin' Heart Shorty Younger (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 47% A Ticklish Affair Flight Officer Simon Shelley (Character) - 1963
63% 77% Hatari! Pockets (Character) - 1962
80% 78% Gay Purr-ee Robespierre (Voice) - 1962
No Score Yet 35% Five Weeks in a Balloon Donald O'Shay (Character) - 1962
87% 90% The Longest Day Pvt. John Steele (Character) - 1962
91% 88% One, Two, Three MP Sergeant (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 38% 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 80% ER Jules 'Ruby' Rubadoux (Guest Star) 2005 1995-1996
29% 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% 68% Roseanne Jake (Guest Star) 1993-1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Knots Landing Al Baker (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet 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) 1983 1978-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1980 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop Guest 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974 1962 1959 1953
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 Death Valley Days Levi Strauss (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1959 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1951

QUOTES FROM Red Buttons CHARACTERS

Robespierre says: Amour. Amour. A mush!