Zero Mostel

Zero Mostel

Highest Rated: 96% Panic in the Streets (1950)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Producers (2005)

Birthday: Feb 28, 1915

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

Credit
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
73% 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
60% 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 Mastermind Inspector Hoku Ichihara 1969
No Score Yet The Great Bank Robbery Actor 1969
90% The Producers Max Bialystock 1968
85% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Pseudolus 1966
No Score Yet The World of Sholom Aleichem Actor 1959
88% The Enforcer Big Babe Lazick 1951
No Score Yet Sirocco Balukjian 1951
No Score Yet The Model and the Marriage Broker George Wixted 1951
No Score Yet The Guy Who Came Back Boots Mullins 1951
96% 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

Credit
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer 2013
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest 1978
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest 1971

QUOTES FROM Zero Mostel CHARACTERS

Big Babe Lazich says: [Big Babe Lazich has just been invited to join Ricos gang. While he is waiting, he notices that Rico is always on the phone] Who calls him on the phone?

Big Babe Lazich says: [Big Babe Lazich has just been invited to join Ricos gang. While he is waiting, he notices that Rico is always on the phone] Who calls him on the phone?

Philadelphia Tom Zaca says: If youre a good swimmer, you can ask the guy who found out. Hes at the bottom of the river. [He grins]

Philadelphia Tom Zaca says: If youre a good swimmer, you can ask the guy who found out. Hes at the bottom of the river. [he grins]

Kehaar says: Ees long way?

Kehaar says: Perfect landing.

Hazel says: We help you.

Kehaar says: Piss off!

Max Bialystock says: Don't you see Bloom, darling Bloom, glorious Bloom? It's so simple. Step one: We find the worst play world, a surefire flop. Step two: I raise a million bucks. Lots of little old ladies out there. Step three: You go back to work on the books, phony list of backers - one for the government, one for us. You can do it, Bloom; you're a wizard! Step four: We open on Broadway. And before you can say Step five, we *close* on Broadway!