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Zero Mostel

Highest Rated:   95% Panic in the Streets (1950)
Lowest Rated:   50% The Producers (2005)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, USA
Before he turned to performing, Zero Mostel intended to be a painter, but by his late 20s he had begun appearing in nightclubs and on radio. A few Hollywood films followed: Du Barry Was A Lady (1943), Panic in the Streets (1950), and The Enforcer (1951), among other early '50s films. Unfortunately, his career was amputated when he became a victim of Hollywood's McCarthy-era blacklisting, and he would not work again until the end of the decade. His talent was rewarded when he won three Tony Awards for his Broadway appearances in Rhinoceros, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which he repeated for the screen in 1966, and Fiddler on the Roof. He followed Forum with one of the classic comedy performances of all time, producer Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks' The Producers (1968). Almost all of Mostel's performances are worth watching, but especially The Angel Levine (1970), The Hot Rock (1972), and his poignant, heart-rending performance as a blacklisted TV comic in The Front (1976). Mostel's final appearance was in the Academy Award-winning documentary Best Boy (1979). His son is actor Josh Mostel.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
50% The Producers
  • Actor
$19.2M 2005
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of the Tony Awards
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
2005
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Best Boy
  • Actor
1979
82% Watership Down
  • Kehaar
1978
75% The Front
  • Hecky Brown
1976
No Score Yet The Little Drummer Boy Book II
  • Brutus
1976
No Score Yet Journey Into Fear (Burn Out)
  • Kopeikin
1975
No Score Yet Fore Play (The President's Women)
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Foreplay
  • President/Don Pasquale
1975
No Score Yet Once upon a Scoundrel
  • Carlos del Refugio
1974
No Score Yet Rhinoceros
  • John
1974
No Score Yet Marco
  • Kublai Khan
1973
63% The Hot Rock
  • Abe Greenberg
1972
No Score Yet Best of the Best of The Electric Company
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet The Angel Levine
  • Morris Mishkin
1970
No Score Yet The Great Bank Robbery
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Mastermind
  • Inspector Hoku Ichihara
1969
91% The Producers
  • Max Bialystock
1968
83% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • Pseudolus
1966
No Score Yet World of Sholom Aleichem
  • Actor
1959
86% The Enforcer
  • Big Babe Lazick
1951
No Score Yet Sirocco
  • Balukjian
1951
No Score Yet The Model and the Marriage Broker
  • George Wixted
1951
95% Panic in the Streets
  • Raymond Fitch
1950
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady
  • Rami the Swami/Cagliostro
1943
No Score Yet DuBarry Was a Lady
  • Actor
1943

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • 2013

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